You guys. I cannot believe it is almost the end of AUGUST! Summer ’16 has almost come to an end (although we are sure to be #blessed with at least a few more weeks of 100 degree temps in Texas)! In honor of all of the greatness that is summer, I’ve compiled the six things you need to put on your to-do list before the end of the season! Surprise – half of them involve food and bev.
1. Take your poolside cocktail game up a notch and whip up a batch of FROSÉ.
Because rosé is trendy AF and so is the frozen version. The Kitchn just shared one of the best recipes I’ve seen so far: watermelon mint! All you need is a magnum of rosé, watermelon cubes, sugar, water, mint, and a few lemons. Sounds like the recipe for success to me. Get the full recipe here.
2. Invest in a fun float (or two).
Summer ’16 has truly been the summer of pool floats. We discovered so many new varieties that we never knew existed – unicorns, popsicles, swans, flamingos – if you can name it, there was a blow up version created this summer. And I must say, the swan is particularly comfortable. I barely left it during bach party weekend, but sometimes you just need to pay a visit to your rental’s karaoke room for a quick jam sesh. Yes, karaoke room. Bottom line, you need to invest in one of these ASAP before it’s too late to use it. I recommend GoFloats or Funboy!
3. Cool off with a fancy sweet treat.
Reason #58473 that we love summer: it’s full of awesome national holidays like National Ice Cream Day. Like we really need an excuse to indulge in something cold and delicious in the summer heat. Cow Tipping Creamery offers relief in the form of ice cream “stackers,” shakes, and cones – including flavors like Gimmie S’More, Fluffer Nutter, and Minty Fresh. Motor Sisters is another great Dallas option with “Tricked Up Cones” that are out of this world. If you’re thinking pint, go buy one of Lick Ice Creams’ Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey pints. Just do it.
4. Suit up…ON SALE!
The end of summer isn’t all bad. Note: major swimsuit sales. Even if hot temperatures aren’t in store for you in early fall, why not stock up for next summer? The looks in the above image are currently on sale at Revolve, and I’m also really feeling this white mesh racerback number (on sale at J.Crew now)!
5. Try a cooler take on your morning coffee.
Some mornings, a hot black cup of coffee just isn’t going to do it for me. That’s where matcha comes in. Health benefits like antioxidants? Yes please. Add some almond milk, honey, and ice, and we’re in business. Get the recipe AND helpful details like where to buy matcha powder over at Pinch of Yum!
6. Vacay in style.
Summer isn’t over until it’s over! So take a last minute Labor Day weekend trip and enlist some appropriate new travel gear. My picks: the above Ban.do duffle and THIS WATERMELON COOLER. Because no matter where you’re going, you’ll need to chill your bevs.
Enjoy what’s left of Summer ’16, people! Tell me how you’ll be wrapping it up in the comments!