Seasonal Edit: Summer
Summer is my absolute favorite for her warmth, sunshine, and relaxed vibes all season long. This seasonal edit is full of textures, wildness, and simplicity. Or at the very least, an intentional effort to try and keep things simple amongst the chaos. 🙂
Truthfully, this summer has been more challenging than I expected. Since Spring we’ve moved to an apartment in the city, each gotten new jobs, and I’ve felt a shift within that I’m still trying to work through. I’ve had like 5 different haircuts in under a year which is a clear indication there’s a lot of change going on, haha.
Black and white textures
The majority of outfits I wore this summer were some version of a black and white pattern, white tee, and splash of denim. Whether it was a summer dress in a classic pattern or a pair of patterned shorts, black and white was the palette. Usually I lean towards color and lightweight fabrics for the summer but I think going between air conditioning and heat multiple times a day, instead of the beach vibes I was used to living by the lake, had something to do with it.
Wildflowers, Wild Woman
It’s been the best living near the farmers market because fresh flowers ALL. SUMMER. LONG. Sunflowers are my favorite for how they depend on the sun for their happiness. It seems emotional. When the sun went down my sunflowers heads would droop on the counter and come to life again in the morning sun. I can relate which is why I like them so much. More wildness came through in the books I read this summer. I re-read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, always have Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes on my nightstand, and started a new one The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd. Having a Sue Monk Kidd moment I guess.
I kept finding myself craving the open country roads this season. Rolling down the windows to feel the heat that brings good memories from childhood. Listening to grasshoppers making music in the ditches. Watching the corn fields blow in the lazy breeze.
I needed to know calm still existed amidst all the change this season. Even if it’s out there somewhere far away right now. I needed to remember what my soul enjoyed. Needed to stop chasing external ideals and feeling pressure of others expectations for me and my own pressure of what I should be doing at this point in my life. In the open space, amongst the wildflowers and bees buzzing, all that dialogue vanished. I found ME again & you know what she loves?
Soul music. Open spaces.
Nowhere to be. Just enjoying the view.
The journey within will always be discovery and I’m guessing some chaos (has been so far). With that comes the importance of wellness – mentally, physically, spiritually. I’m always trying to keep that the priority. This season was about trying some new things and sticking with tried-and-true ingredients.
Care/Of Daily Vitamins
Care/Of is a new thing I’m trying. They’re a subscription-based and customized way to take daily vitamins. It takes you through a quick and thorough quiz and gives you a detailed recommendation list of vitamins. I’ve selected energy-boosting and stress-free vitamins for the last 2 months and can really tell the difference in my overall well-being in these areas. Their customer service is also AMAZING and the boxes are cute enough to keep on your kitchen counter to remind you of your daily dose. Use my code “TYRWB” at checkout for an entire FREE month of vitamins to try it out. 🙂
There are a lot of benefits to honey, even if it’s just a teaspoon daily in the morning to help with allergies. The most beneficial is getting honey from your local farmer’s market. The bees are pollinating from the very plants in giving you the sniffles so it’s important to get honey close to home and from local beekeepers (not the grocery store stuff, too much unnatural sugar).
Coconut + Mango Hand Wash
I was never a coconut fan but then my Mom gifted me this coconut face mist. It feels so summery and refreshing, like I’m on a paradise island somewhere with no worries mahn (thanks Mom!). Since then, I started using this hand wash to keep the good vibes going for the bathroom.
Seasonal Edit is a curated list of lifestyle essentials and well-designed products inspired by the seasons of the Midwest. See all edits here.