In case you haven’t noticed, we are ind the midst of sizzling summer heat out there! Today, we’re talking about how to beat the heat and stay cool in the summer.
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We’ve been spending more time out doors than ever before, well since Brooke was little, anyway, and I’m starting to get used to it. You heard right…I’m getting used to it. (That doesn’t mean I’ve given up my search for a mountain home though. It’s definitely on the list for next year.)
I thought that with 40 years of experience in dealing with sizzling heat and humidity that are summers in Florida, I’ve learned a trick or two for thriving in these hot and humid days. Today we’ll cover everything.
Have you even met one of those southern girls who looks amazing all the time? Ever wonder how she keeps her hair and make up in place? Of course you can’t ask, that wouldn’t be polite, and if there is one thing I adore about southern women is their manners.
So for many years I was a complete sweaty mess until I discovered a few secrets. First, is Estee Lauder Double Wear. Most women in the South swear by it because it doesn’t budge, and once you get the hang of applying it (it goes on best with a damp makeup sponge) your skin will look beautiful and most importantly, stay in place. (You can read more of my sweat proof beauty secrets here)
When it comes to hair, I learned to keep my style simple and it is part of the reason why my hair is long. When I wore my hair shorter, it required gels, moose and hairspray to keep it somewhat in place. Most of the time it melted into a droopy sticky mess that looked like a bird’s nest. With longer hair, if things get really bad you can always put it up in a chic bun. I share all my hair secrets here.
How to Beat the Heat in the Summer
Now when it comes to clothes, I have a few tips:
- Wear natural fibers. They are hard to come by these days and a bit more expensive, but definitely worth it. During the summer I will only wear linen, cotton and washable silk.
- Dresses are definitely cooler than shorts—yet people seem to always chose shorts for some reason! A dress allows the air to flow, they look amazing and by extension you feel amazing.
- Choosing the proper undergarments is key. Light weight, moisture wicking bras and panties are worth their weight in gold.
- I go with gold hoops and sometimes a fine gold necklace. I just can’t abide heavy jewelry in the heat, no matter how chic it looks.
Now let’s talk hot flashes. It’s one thing to be out in the heat, and another to have a hot flash while in the heat. I’m not sure anything is worse. Well, there are a few things worse. From what I’ve read so far, no one is quite sure why we get hot flashes in menopause, and some of us have them for years after menopause. Recently fennel, the vegetable has been studied for its properties in reducing hot flashes for those of us who can’t use hormones. I found a product called FabuVag (terrible, embarrassing name) that has fennel in it. I am currently trying it to see if it really works so stay tuned! When all else fails, an old fashioned fan will do the trick.
I love clean light scents in the summer; there is something about a whiff of a light perfume on a sizzling summer’s day that feels a bit cooler somehow. I change my scents seasonally, it may be my imagination but I feel cooler in a summer perfume. Check the carousel above for some summer favorites.
In summer we fill the house with flowers, grill out doors as much as possible and eat our fill of watermelon, cherries and all the bounty of summer vegetables. Enjoy!
Here are more great tips and fashions for thriving sizzling summer heat!
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Julie from Fashion Trends and Friends Says: This summer in Chicagoland has been hot and humid! My typical summer uniform is t-shirts and shorts. However this summer, I find myself reaching for summer dresses, which are cool, easy to throw on and fun to style!
Ada Furxhi from Elegance and Mommyhood says: “Sizzling Summer is my jam in the most colorful pair of shorts I own and an asymmetrical black camisole, because – balance. Both of these pieces are silk which means they are comfortable and super light to beat the heat! Plus my shorts have drawstring elastic band which makes it OK if you have to eat or drink a little more, while on a dinner night out – like I was when I wore this outfit.”
Michelle from Seechele_styles on Instagram says :“ This thrifted sundress with built in bra is how I beat the summer heat” @seechele_styles
Suzanne Bell from Ask Suzanne Bell : “I’ve recently discovered the joy and freedom that comes with wearing a Caftan. Dress her up or down, with flats or heels… there’s and instant glamour associated with this one-and-done timeless silhouette that has me dreaming of Palm Beach and mimosas poolside.”
Emma from Style-Splash is wearing a gorgeous maxi featuring summer’s bright hues. Maxi’s are definitely a great way to stay cool.
Nicole from High Latitude Style is super chic as always in her maxi dress.
Nancy Nancy’s Fashion Style For me nothing speaks more Sizzling Summer than a white dress. And some evening sun, long hot Summer Eve’s with cocktails!
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What are you favorite tips on how to beat the heat during the summer? Let me know in a comment below!
We have a heatwave here so the theme was to the point! And with a hot flash now and then it’s even more exhausting! But BBQ s and long summer eves make up for that don’t they!
Great looks to beat the heat
Thank you Nicole, I really loved your maxi dress I can’t wait to check out your post!
I love the white swimsuit and cover up, and the red maxi is gorgeous!
Thank you so much Emma! Looking forward to visiting Style Splash!
It’s a balmy 62 degrees today in San Francisco; our “summer” comes in autumn (go figure)!
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FabuVag! Now who in marketing came up with that name??? But hey, these days I’ll try anything ? great fun post Nina, thank you!
I believe you are one of those Southern women who always looks very put-together, Nina. You look stunning in that very elegant white one-piece swimsuit. I love all the other outfits, too. =) Great tips in this post about beating the heat. I agree on the materials you mentioned and having the right foundation on!
It was so nice being a part of STYLISH MONDAY with you this month! Hope we can do it again next month. Welcome and check out my post too and you can join my Thursday Moda linkup tomorrow and every Thursday!