If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed that this summer has been crazy. I’ve been around the world, while at least northern Europe, and back and because of that I haven’t gotten to post as much as I would’ve liked, meaning my favorites have been a little slacking. Don’t worry; I’m now going back to posting twice a week. So I thought I’d combine all my summer favorites into one gigantic list! But before I do one last disclaimer: If you’ve read my other favorites you might notice that I didn’t include a places section, that’s because I’ve spent the summer traveling and I have way too many places I’ve fallen in love with. All of which you can read about in my summer series: Sweden Stories!
Okay, if you live in a big city and have to commute to work every day you may think I’m nuts, and hey maybe I am, but hear me out. The subway commute is the perfect time to relax and listen to your favorite music while taking in the city, which is pretty incredible when you’re living in a place as stunning as Stockholm. It’s the rush of independence, knowing that if you wanted to, you could ride the subway to the end and disappear into the early morning. And it’s even more magical if you don’t get stuck next to a guy who probably should’ve applied three extra coats of antiperspirant.
Any good traveler knows that headphones are a necessity. I was gifted Bose Headphones, and let me just tell you they are game-changers! For a long time, I associated big headphones with my 5th-grade computer class, but now I love the whole nomadic hipster vibe. Not only are they super cute, but they are the perfect way to escape on your morning commute. Plop on your headphones, take in the city sights and pretend you’re in a music video, I promise you won’t even notice the smelly grandpa standing next to you. But wait, there’s more if you get sound blocking ones you can block out your travel partner whose snores put a freight train to shame.
When I imagine my mid-20s, I imagine myself wandering through foreign cities, all my belongings on my back and a map in my hand. I’ve always romanticized the idea of solo-traveling, but the closest I had ever gotten to it was a short plane ride with someone waiting for me at the arrival gate. So much for living on the edge. And then this summer the opportunity flopped into my hands, and suddenly I had booked a solo trip to Copenhagen. For a girl who can’t even decide what to eat for breakfast, I was worried that it was going to be a chaotic mess. But it wasn’t, in fact, it was one of my favorite trips. It’s the perfect time to figure out what truly interests you. No ones dependent on you so you truly can explore whatever your heart desires. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love travel partners, but solo traveling is the perfect alternative for when that’s not an option. Who knows, you might even learn some things about yourself, like your newly found obsession with Christianna bikes.
You might remember the fantastic thrift store I went to in Chapter 2 of Sweden Stories. Well, that was only the beginning. I got home and literally fell into the clutches of thrifting. Some background: growing up, I hated thrift stores. Everythings used, unorganized, and let’s just say they offer some unique pieces. And now that’s exactly why I love it. Everything has a story, it’s a constant treasure hunt, and you can find one-of-a-kind pieces all while saving money and being sustainable. You’ll notice in my upcoming apartment tour that I may have gone a little overboard with thrifting. Hey, what can I say? After watching countless thrift flips on YouTube, you feel very inspired. Hell, I’ve even coined a name for my new style: old golfer! Nope, those oversized sweaters and plaid trousers did not come from Urban Outfitters.
Okay, so maybe coffee with friends has always been a favorite of mine, but now it’s cultural! Fika is a Swedish tradition that focuses on bringing people together while enjoying warm drinks and tasty treats. At my work, we would have Fika every Friday and discuss our week; my boss would even bring me a slice of vegan cake!
If you got nervous when I mentioned something other than chai in Sweden Stories: Chapter 3, you might want to sit down. Yes, a new drink has made it onto my favorites list. Let me tell you cold brew is where it’s at. It is the perfect blend of refreshment and energy that is desperately needed in a Floridian summer. And it makes my love for coffee shops a little less obscure. My favorite cold brew, okay, you’re really gonna think I’ve lost it, is from Costco. Yes, you read that right, Costco, the bulk buying store. They sell it at the concessions and holy guac it’s delicious. Next time you’re stalking up on groceries, I would recommend grabbing one for the road.
In a world full of stylish Swedes, it’s hard to keep up with the runway looks. My go-to look was a casual vintage blazer. I got mine at the thrift store for only $8! It’s perfect for looking like a boss babe both at work and after when you’re exploring the city. There are so many pieces you can pair it with. Jeans, Skirts, Linen Pants, Trouser, you name it. My favorite way to wear it was with my beige industrial romper and a black polo-neck sweater. I love pairing neutrals with basics, but you can spice it up using any colors and patterns your heart desires.
I had gotten a sample size of Plum Rain months ago. While I loved it at the time, I quickly ran out and forgot about it. Then, in Sweden, I had forgotten to bring body wash, and there it was like a beacon of light calling me from across the store. Okay, not really, but I do love the smell. It’s a nice blend of clean and sweet smells that can be worn in any season.
I had been KonMaring when I stumbled across these gold hoops that used to be my grandmothers. I couldn’t believe my luck; recently I had been eyeing a similar pair on Pinterest. Now, I wear them all the time. They instantly level up any outfit while still fitting my minimalistic style. The best part: they belonged to someone who meant the world to me. While you won’t be able to get the exact same pair as me, you can find a similar look for an affordable pair here. Or if you’re feeling lucky, KonMari your apartment and see what treasures you stumble across!
Here are all the beats I’ve been loving this summer. Don’t forget to comment down below with your favorites for this month!