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The Summer Survival Guide

Yes we are only 8 days into summer, but the temperatures are rising and people are flooding the streets to enjoy a dose of sunshine and the outdoors.  I truly believe people in California are happier because they get to wake up to warm weather and palm trees, an undeniably ‘upper’ combination.  Now that the heat is here, I won’t complain.  If anything, I will soak it up like a sponge and try to take advantage without getting sunburn or tanlines.  I live for the summer. 

A Coral Necklace – Nothing says summer like a coral necklace.  Like clockwork, every season, new accessories and clothing in this colour emerge.  Why?  It looks so scrumptious and fresh against tanned skin.  I have a few varieties from chains with ombre beads to the Wilma Flintstone rounds in red and orange.  Very high ROC.  I might be shaking up the status quo here, but I do declare coral the new turquoise. 

Organic-ly coral: This one is Kenneth Jay Lane. Surely pedestrian stopping 'OMG, where did you get that?' worthy

Girls In White Anything – My absolute preference is for white eyelet, particularly in a dress.  Two words:  Garden Party.  And for a white ruffle mini, another three words:  Dancing Al Fresco.  We only have so many days before we have to tuck away our white linens and ultra-soft cottons.  Yes, it is acceptable to wear white after Labour Day but only Winter Whites people.

Paired with a lingerie inspired tank, this Free People White Tiered Mini is oh so pretty.

Artsy Nails – I am of the female persuasion, therefore, I have a Sephora obsession.  This week, I checked out the store, where they have recently installed a Nail Bar.  What’s on tap?  Only tiger, lace, skull and pop art Nail Art for starters.  I once met a fashionistah adventuress who treated her nails like mini canvases – tiny lightning bolts, polka dots and stripes meticulously painted in different colours without stencils.  When I asked, “Did someone do that for you?”  She responded, “I did them.  I went to Art school.”  Crazytown, non?  If you don’t have the courage to try something Guggenheim worthy, why not go for a splashy colour from the Havana Nights collection from OPI.  My absolute favourite is the limited edition Havana Dreams, a pale blue which looks like Hard Candy circa 1994.

Nice try Havana Nights. Sorry, I only have eyes for Havana Dreams (far right)

Whit-Whit sporting her light blue nails.

Songs In The Key of Summer Lovin’ – Sunshine, a ghettoblaster and dance songs = such an unbeatable mix.  Here are some rump-shakers to keep you grooving until the break of dawn.  

  • She Wolf (Shakira Cover) – Hot Chip
  • Hard – Rihanna f. Young Jeezy
  • Carryout – Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake
  • Loonies to Blow – Drake (A-Trak Remix)
  • Airplanes – B.O.B. f. Paramore


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