First of all, I’d like to mention that I’m on a personal campaign to resurrect the sunflower from its position as pedestrian second fiddle to all of summertime’s more fashionable fleurs. Sure, they bring to mind printed sundresses from the mid-90s, but look at them! So earnest and sunny and tall! Surely there’s a way a stem or two thoughtfully arranged could make an artful minimalist ode to summer. Surely a whole pitcher of them wouldn’t be so bad either. Bonus for city dwellers, they’re always among the few flowers at the corner stalls that don’t come wrapped in plastic. Live and let sunflower, I say. And without further ado, a few other ways to soak up summer, now that we’re in the thick of it.
Sort through your summery closet, two ways:
+ Toss your whites and brights into this lidded basket.
+ Now is the time to take stock. What did you love wearing this summer? What haven’t you touched? Why? Consider it.
Get yourself dewy skin, two ways:
+ Treat yourself to a mini facial.
+ Take a short run on a humid afternoon. Revel in the miracle of your muscles.
Drink chilled wine outdoors, two ways:
+ Slip a bottle of rosé into this pouch with this cool pack. Proceed to park.
+ Scrape the last remaining bit of worn-off label from your 10-year-old cooler pack. Remember why you gave up last time. Double-down on the elbow grease and finish triumphant.
Stock up at the local farmers’ market, two ways:
+ Invest in a market basket. Make your first stop the sun gold tomatoes.
+ Spot clean your existing basket with hot water, a little soap, and a stiff brush. Dry upside down in the sunshine. Head to the raspberry stand.
Eat a watermelon, two ways:
+ Find an old-timey spigot. Fashion yourself a watermelon keg.
+ Cut a big one into slices. Sit yourself in some green grass with a friend. See who can spit the seeds the farthest.
Enjoy your ice cream, two ways:
+ Save pennies for the pretty fridge of your dreams.
+ Take a soapy sponge to the inside of your freezer. Relish the gleam every time you reach for an ice cube.
Let your toes breathe, two ways:
+ Slip on a pretty pair of summertime slides.
+ Kick your shoes off altogether. (First one to walk across the gravel driveway without grimacing wins.)