Hallelujah, beautiful, balmy weather has arrived! Yesterday, the temps in New York City reached optimal levels (in my opinion) and I celebrated by drinking beers on my roof and cultivating a patchy base tan. The only downfall to this arrival of summer weather is how hot I get when my hair is down — but I’m bored of pulling it back into a simple ponytail or sloppy bun. This summer, I vow to eschew the usual in favor of these pretty and funky takes on braids, buns, ponytails and twists. Click through for 20 options with links to how to style them yourself!
I don’t know about you, but I love me a high-waist bikini. The perfect way to camouflage annoying love handles while highlighting the waist. This year’s offering of high-waist bikinis include styles ranging from vintage to futuristic. Some of my favorites feature the beautiful abstract, geometric, and photorealistic prints I have been lusting after all spring. Check these 12 out!
Iced tea is my cool-down drink of the summer. While there are many store bought options, I have come to love making my own. Brewing your own iced tea puts you in control of the strength, sweetness, and ingredients, plus it’s the perfect opportunity to utilize fruit and fresh herbs to create unique drinks week after week.
Finnish designer Elina Halttunen is a breast cancer survivor “with one breast and a passion for swimming.” She collaborated with Finnish art duo Tärähtäneet ämmät (“Nutty Tarts”) to make these incredible “monokinis,” designed especially for women who have lost a breast to the disease. “Having only one breast made finding fitting bikinis difficult. Therefore I fashioned my own Monokini,” Halttunen says on the Monokini 2.0 website. “I thought that maybe there would be others out there like me, women who wanted swimwear that would not make them feel that they were missing a breast.” Here are six of the swimsuits she designed, modeled by the very women they’re intended for. So cool! [Monokini 2.0 via The Gloss]
Arancini is a popular Italian dish in which balls of rice, often mixed with cheese, are breaded and deep fried. Thus the common nick name, rice balls. My Italian brother-in-law, who prepared them regularly at his deli, introduced me to them and I fell in love with how creamy and cheesy the inside of these nuggets are. The result is mouth-watering food in the palm of your hand. Wanna make them at home? Try one of these eight recipes or create your own!
“I’m outdoorsy in that I like getting drunk on patios,” pretty much sums me up to a T. I think we can all agree that one of the best things about the warm weather is the ability to throw back cocktails in the sunshine, am I right? So when the people move from indoors to out, the booze needs to move, too. Have no fear. Celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss says bar carts are the new “it” thing when it comes to entertaining, because they’re functional AND cute, whether you choose to roll them outside or keep them indoors. Check out 10 bar carts we love (all under $150!) that are perfect for your next boozy brunch.