I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering how it is now July and suddenly temperatures are 25 degrees or more? In the UK, summer seems to creep up on us. One minute you still need a jacket to pop out to the shops, and the next there’s a danger of getting heatstroke from just walking in to your own garden.
If you had good intentions this year of being completely ready for the summer, and are now panicking about the fact it’s arrived and you’ve done nothing, don’t worry. Here are my tips to bring your body, wardrobe, diet and home up to summer standards in a flash.
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Quick Body Prep
Let’s face it, despite New Year resolutions to finally get that perfect beachbody this year, most of us still fly in to a panic at the first sign of the sun as we’ve not kept up with that gym subscription after all. There’s lots we can do to feel instantly better about ourselves though. First of all, good exfoliation is essential for good skin. Start with body brushing, which not only exfoliates but also helps drain excess fluids from the body. I swear by it to help with water loss and that bloated feeling. Then grab a load of your favourite body scrub and really go for it.
Next step is a fake tan. A tan can give the illusion of health and also make us look slimmer. A couple of applications, or even a gradual tanner used over a few days, can give a real confidence boost when wearing less clothing.
Final touches like a good eyebrow wax, manicure and pedicure, and a switch to lighter and fresher makeup can make us feel instantly polished and confident.
Changes To Your Diet
If your beachbody this year has been created through a less-than-perfect diet you might not be looking just as you’d hoped. If you’re feeling bloated and a little bit flabby, you can turn it around in a couple of days without resorting to an unhealthy crash diet.
Drinking water is the key to losing bloat. Make sure to drink at least two litres a day, and more if it’s particularly hot. Avoid fizzy drinks that can bloat the stomach out. You can also increase your water intake by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. These will also make you feel more full from the extra fibre.
Experiment with new salad recipes and healthier summer desserts if you have a sweet tooth. My Raspberry and Coconut Milk Lollipops are perfect for hot weather and are good for you.
By eating lighter and more filling foods, you will instantly feel lighter and therefore better about yourself in summer clothing.
A little glass of something chilled every now and then does no harm, though 😉
A Quick Wardrobe Revamp
If you’ve suddenly had to dig out your old vest tops, shorts and dresses from last year and they all seem to be things you wish you’d thrown out rather than kept, you can quickly update your wardrobe cheaply and easily. When looking for last minute summer clothes, either for home or on holiday, I look for vouchers online. After all, quite often hot weather is short-lived in the UK and we don’t always want to spend a fortune on clothes we’ll wear for a short time.
Have a look at the available discounts for AX Paris on Voucher Slug as an example. You can pick up some gorgeous dresses for less than retail price. A maxi dress in particular is a great choice if you’re less than confident in summer clothing.
Don’t forget to have a look at your current sunglasses, sandals and handbags to see if anything needs updating, as you can get bargains on these new items at the same time.
Update Your Home
A day or two of sorting out your home can help both it and you feel more summery. In bright sunlight, dust and dirt shows up more, so have a good clean and tidy. Don’t forget the windows!
Switch out that duvet to a lighter tog, and get the fan down out of the loft as you’re likely to need it at night. We did this just a couple of days ago and found we had forgotten what a difference it makes to getting a good night’s sleep in the summer.
Weed your garden and cut some fresh flowers to bring inside. Clean off the garden furniture, find out the picnic basket and outdoor dining accessories, and you’re almost ready.
The last step is ensuring you’ve got plenty of sun tan lotion and insect repellant in an easy-to-find location.
Image: The Cotswold Company
These are my top tips to enjoy the summer as soon as it arrives, even if you’ve not had time to prepare. In a couple of days you’ll be feeling brighter, more relaxed in your surroundings and wearing something new that makes you feel gorgeous!
This is a collaborative post, written by me. For more information, please read my full disclaimer here.
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