Becoming a Lady of Leisure: A Summer Survival Guide
As temperatures rise and days feel more carefree, every woman deserves to be a lady of leisure. Whether you’re a nine-to-five workaholic or full-time busy mom, you’ve earned some leisurely indulgence in the summertime. With a little imagination and ingenuity, you can deem yourself as a lady of leisure no matter your time, daily obligations or funds. The kids won’t be neglected and your house won’t fall apart, if this summer, you dedicate just a little extra time for yourself.
Enjoy Your Chores
Typically, tending to household duties, such as cooking, are perceived as dreaded chores that intrude on limited free time. This distorted perspective masks the enormous dividends that mindful efforts can provide by seeing the mundane as memorable. Use summer as an opportunity to change up your dinner menus and take on new fresh and light recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Sip on Strawberry-Basil Rose Sangria or a Raspberry Thyme Spritzer on the back patio while searching for healthy, summery recipes and planning a schedule of meals. Prepping for grilled fish tacos with watermelon salsa, sausage and pepper skewers or lobster rolls will feel more like a fun cooking event than a daily household obligation.
Care For Yourself
A lady doesn’t have to experience Elizabeth Gilbert’s global adventures to achieve peace in the mind, body and spirit. Detailed in her best-selling memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love” Gilbert learned how to care for herself through the art of living with balance. Find balance by reserving time for being active, which improves the body and mind. Routinely working out and moving the body helps clear your head and relieve stress. Download games that have fitness aspects to involve the whole family. You can also find your zen anywhere, anytime, by practicing yoga through a video or app. Embrace leisurely moments early morning before the rest of your day’s chores and tasks clamor for attention.
Nurture Your Connections
This summer, you deserve to reunite with old girlfriends on a weekend getaway or invite groups of friends over for a backyard cookout. For your alfresco soiree, go for a retro cocktail theme and ask everyone to wear their most stylish fashions, from bow ties and plaid to flirty floral frocks. Sunset.com features an array of “fast and fresh summer meals” for fancy, evening dinner parties. Grill up Beer and Bison Burgers with Pub Cheese, Cilantro and Pistachio Pesto Shrimp Skewers or Southwest Chicken and Avocado Melts. Quench the thirsts of your guests with breezy and bubbly champagne punch or tropical pineapple and mango run cocktails. Also, be unapologetically romantic with your loved one by going on a picnic date. Pack a basket and cuddle on a blanket in a park to re-ignite that blazing flame you both once shared.
Make Time to Laugh
They don’t talk about laughter being the best medicine for nothing. Go to see an improv comedy show. Play charades with friends. Take a short break from work to look for the web’s best site for funny pics. Enjoy watching your kids play and explore the world. There’s always joy and humor to be found if you just look for it.
Be Carefree With Style
Accenting your wardrobe with a few new beachy pieces can make over not only your style, but your attitude. Treat yourself to a whimsical dress and a pair of brightly colored sandals. No matter where you’re headed in your new outfit, whether it’s for weekend errands or summer vacation, you’ll feel like a runway fashionista. Since this is the summer for being a lady of leisure, transform into a wayward soul through carefree, trendy looks. Cool off by keeping the hair off your neck and styling your hair into a fishtail braid or high ponytail. Adorn your look with a Free People floral halo or celestrial bun picks.
What do you have planned for your summer? Trying any new recipes or workouts? What new clothes have you bought for the summer? Share some summer plans in the comments.
Enjoy your day!