Floppy hats are kind of like my summer disguise. I have what I like to call “wings” (not as in an angel), but as in hair frizzies, and Houston humidity shows me no mercy. Alas, hats of all kinds are welcomed with open arms during the summer months, and I decided I’d ad my token aesthetic to a plain floppy happy with these DIY polka dots.
Ironically my lovely friend Kelly and I happened to both make painted floppy hats around the same time (hers in her true donut fashion), so I held off a bit before sharing mine. It’s hard to compete with donuts, but then you add a little bit of pink and I melt, ya know?
All of this to say don’t judge me the next time you happen upon me at brunch wearing an oversized polka dot floppy hat indoors…
Well it’s getting to be that time of year in Texas again, folks. Much like preparing extra water and cookies in advance for storms, it is due time to bust out the battery operated spritzing fan and Ban cooling cloths to keep the face glimmering to a minimum (and I don’t mean the glamorous kind). Cooling cloths might not sound (or look) cute, but it’s not my fault I don’t wear extreme heat well… I blame my mom.
All of this to say that in my almost four years of surviving Texas summers, I’ve come to learn a trick or about prepping summer essentials and these are a few of my favorites.–
a super lightweight beach towel, there’s no reason to have thick cotton when you’re practically dry on spot // a water bottle for every occasion. it might as well be cute if you have to have one // a token floppy hat. not just for the sun, but for disguising my crazy humidity ridden hair // mario badescu oil free moisturizer to calm down my already dewy skin without heat // tanning isn’t something my skin naturally likes to do, so a little sunless encouragement helps and this seems to be the current rave // cooling cloths for a quick freshen up that won’t make you feel like you’re stealing wipes from a baby // a bag worthy of toting around all of the summer staples // token leather sandals that leave a little room for fresh air // retro eye gear // tunic dresses for mixing comfort with as little clothing as possible while still staying classy // go all natural with air dried hair and a little sea spray for just off the beach hair with zero effort
Compensation was provided by Ban via MomTrends. The opinions expressed are my own (only I would admit to extreme glistening, after all) and are not indicative of the opinions of Ban or Momtrends.
I have a tendency to be quite the bag hoarder, as does my lovely friend Cara (that graciously let me force modeling upon her super cute four month pregnant self to take photos for this post), so naturally I will always welcome a new one. These bags from R. Riveter are a bit different though, because they support a much better cause then unnecessarily filling my closet even more so I was happy to share…
R. Riveter is a company started by military spouses to provide mobile and flexible income to other military spouses. All of their bags are made using recycled military materials and they maintain the small, handmade quality in all of their pieces. Even if you’re not a crazy bag lady like myself, this is a cause worthy of supporting. For the rest of you who are, you’re in luck because R. Riveter is giving one lucky a reader this Mrs. Bell messenger bag, see the details here!