A 20-something’s survival guide to summer

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Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, summer is upon you. As such, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the best ways to survive summer in as comfortable and chic way as possible. In the months leading up to summer, or as I like to call it – defrosting from winter, feeling the gradual warmth is refreshing and exhilarating, thoughts of the beach and rooftop bars come into your mind and everything seems brighter.

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In reality, for me, summer is indeed bright and exciting, but it’s also the time where I have a summer survival kit in my bag wherever I go and tend to stick to air conditioned locations as much as possible. I have a confession to make: I am a sweater. Makeup during the summer months is simply not going to happen for me as the moment I leave the air conditioning I start to sweat. What do you expect? it’s hot!

In my bag at any given time between May and September, I have a summer survival kit that is my wingman for all warm situations. In my bag, I will always find tissues for wiping my face if needed, hair ties to pull my hair back, sunglasses, lip balm, water bottle, sunscreen, mini perfume bottle, and lotion.

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There is an art to being able to handle yourself during the summer months. It’s not easy getting from point A to point B and remaining as fresh as you were when you left the house. At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of being prepared – that’s the key to being cool (at least in vibe), calm and collected. We all go from our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars or transit system, to our offices and from there to wherever else life takes us, but being prepared for being outside is super important.

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I am the extreme case of a walking heater. I suffer from the heat immensely (although that won’t stop me from going to the beach and getting a tan), I get very uncomfortable and annoyed and take about 2 showers a day to feel normal, even if I hadn’t been exposed to the heat at all that day. There are others who don’t feel the heat as much and love summertime. The heat, for some, is welcomed and air conditioning is unnecessary. I think those people are crazy and I will be eternally jealous of them.

So to sum it all up, if like me, you suffer from the heat, take heed and create your very own summer survival kit to take with you in your bag. Don’t forget your wallet, keys, cell phone, headphones, and the other classic items every woman shouldn’t go without.

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