“Every Summer has a story”~ I read those words in a recent email comm. from jewellery brand Missoma, and they made me pause. Every Summer truly DOES have a story doesn’t it? From the summers spent at school, when (for me at least) my school uniform would switch from a dull grey to a printed gingham. And then how we’d tumble into 6 weeks of playtime, and fun, and eventually part-time jobs. Summer has always afforded us a ‘pause’, a mid-way point in the year to down-tools, let loose a little and – perhaps! – even travel.
The last couple of years have been capital-W-eird summers thanks to COVID. On a sunny summer’s day in England I truly feel like there’s no better place to be, but when the grey weeks are long it can feel like summer’s passing by without ever really ‘landing’.
As I type this I’m currently in Menorca with my Dad. My family have an apartment over here and we’ve been coming to the island for 10+ years. This is the first trip I’ve taken here since Oli and I got married in Menorca in 2019. Ater a week or so I finally found my shoulders dropping, my stride slowing and my general ‘internal pace’ aligning more with the slow sunshine outlook of this sleepy island.
Whether you’re getting away this summer, or have stayed home, I thought I’d pop together a few end-of-summer ideas to help you to mark the season. Summer, whatever it’s looked like this year, is a season for pause and taking stock.
A change of pace and some reflection is SO important: “rested work is your best work” after all. I hope that these ideas can help you to carve out a little summertime fun, wherever you’re at.
7 END OF SUMMER IDEAS
1 ~ Make it legit. There’s nothing like seeing dates marked in your diary to give them some legitimacy. Even if you’re staying home for summer, like so many are, by marking out your ‘summer days’ you know that there’s a change of pace afoot. And yes, even if you’re still working and life-ing and doing alllll the things you’d usually do in your non-summer schedule, allocate some ‘summer days’ so that you can change things up. August is very nearly over, which IMHO calls for a final end-of-summer push!
2 ~ Write down a list of summery things you want to do, and incorporate them into your ‘summer days’. No excuses. Perhaps you want to wake up earlier and go for a walk every morning (one of my favourite things to do in the summer). Or finish up work a little sooner so that you can head to the beach for an evening. Or maybe you want to take a ‘summer weekend’ with ZERO responsibilities and just kick back. Just a little while ago I borrowed a convertible MINI for Oli’s Birthday and we had the BEST time exploring our local countryside, and popping into some countryside pubs. Whatever sounds like summertime FUN for you . . . on the list it goes!
3 ~ Change up your food + drink. One of the things I most associate with being on holiday is the difference in food and drink. The coffee’s stronger and bitter here in Menorca, the pastries on the island are big, dusty and flakey, and even the salads hit a different note. Can you consider changing up your food + drink to make it more summery? Perhaps you could try a new salad recipe? I love this fig, goat’s cheese and herb one. Or you could try a new tipple? I love KUDA Cocktails’ spiced rum punch. Splurge on some ingredients you wouldn’t usually go for, and craft your very own summer spread.
4 ~ Put down the phone, pick up a book. I use my phone A LOT for work, and no matter how many boundaries I set, as soon as I’m on my phone my attention is directed there instead of the big wide world around me. One of my favourite ways to reduce my phone time, especially on holiday, is to simply replace one habit with another. Down with the phone, up with the book! I recently read Expectation by Anna Hope and really enjoyed it. And you can’t beat Elin Hilderbrand for escapism + juicy, gossipy beach reads! Ella introduced me a few years back and I’m officially IN the Hilderbrand fan club.
5 ~ Bring the ‘hotel’ home. A while back, since we weren’t travelling, Oli and I took to creating ‘staycation’ nights at home. We pulled out our blow-up mattress, popped it in the middle of our living room and had a sleepover + movie marathon. Complete with snacks and ‘cinema food’. Those nights have been some of my favourites over the last couple of years! Ever, really. What can you do to bring the hotel vibes home? Same goes for a boujee picnic. Pack the wine – aime or savōr are recent faves – load up a basket and go!
6 ~ Experiment with your outfits + beauty routine. My holiday wardrobe looks a little different to my ‘day to day’. I wear more dresses, use my baket bag on repeat and am glued to my big hoop earrings. A kaftan in the office may be a step too far (though, y’know, you do you), buuuttt perhaps a midi dress to mix things up? Or a white shirt tucked into camel trousers? Or simply an update on your beauty look! Again, it’s the change which marks your ‘summertime’, so mix it up! You can peruse my High Summer Shopping Edit for inspo.
7 ~ Let go a little. This is a reminder to me as much as anyone, as this girl loooves a structure. One of THE best things about summertime is letting go a little. There’s September for ALL the structure, and routine, and new stationery (ahhh the new stationery!), but before then there’s one last slice of summertime.
WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?
How are you celebrating the end of summer? What’s on your agenda? And what would you LOVE to be doing to mark the end of season? I’d love to know!
Love, Monica x
Dress: Love & Roses
Hat + Woven Bag: Marks & Spencer
Cushions + throws: Marks & Spencer + La Redoute
Picnic Basket: Vintage
Car Hire: Partridge of Hampshire MINI, Chandlers Ford