Summer days are here again. And it’s lovely. Except when you feel like you’re going to melt into a puddle on the floor. In which case, you need my simple summer saviours.
Ever wondered how to make iced coffee?
I’ve always been a real stick-in-the-mud with my coffee. I have it hot, or not at all. But last week it was so hot (and my caffeine addiction so great), that even I had to budge. I decided to try making iced coffee at home and what a happy experiment it was. My method is very simple, although it does require an espresso maker:
- Fill a glass with lots of ice
- Make a double espresso and pour it straight over the ice
- Top up with cold milk
And that’s it! It’s so incredibly easy and delicious. I use fresh beans and my favourite French Breakfast blend to make a smooth cup of coffee with no bitterness. Also, it turns out that keeping your carrot cake in the fridge is a bit of game-changer too.
Lifting my strappy dress ban
Did I already mention that hot weather generally makes me less of a stick-in-the-mud? Basically, it forces me to change my ways. I usually have a ban on strappy dresses and tops because I don’t like my chunky shoulders and upper arms. But when the temperatures soar above 30˚C I can’t keep this rule up any longer. When I realised I had nothing suitable in my wardrobe, I panic bought this Pieces stripe midi dress from ASOS. And I’m glad I did, because it’s cool and surprisingly flattering (even on my wrestlers’s shoulders).
Keep frizz at bay with a hair band
The current trend for hairbands is so incredibly useful for summer. They can perk up dull hair, tame frizz and keep your fringe out of your eyes. I am slowly building up a rainbow of pretty coloured fabric bands to match any outfit. H&M have the best selection – this one is very similar to mine.
A cooling face spray
Essential for baking hot days at home. My absolute favourite is Beauty Elixir by Caudalie. I first discovered it fourteen years ago during one long hot summer in London. It smells amazing, thanks to a blend of lovely essential oils like rosemary, orange and peppermint. I like to use it morning and evening, but you can squirt it on whenever you like. It’s bliss after a cool shower on a hot day! You could also try making your own version with some very heavily diluted essential oil and spray bottle of water.
And if all else fails…
Eat an ice lolly and stick your feet in a bucket of cold water. It never lets me down!
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