It’s officially the last full week of August, and I’m officially in denial that summer is coming to an end. Sure, I could do without the 100-degree weather, but I’m not ready to let go of the excuse to eat ice cream every day, or the hot summer nights that feel like they could last forever.
In my attempt to hold on a bit longer, I pulled together my favorite summertime treats that are reminding me that summer is a state of mind, not just a time of year.
Read: The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo — Amy Schumer
While I admittedly haven’t read it yet, I can’t wait to get my hands on my favorite celebrity’s brand new book. Amy has been my inspiration for quite some time (please tell me you too have seen Trainwreck countless times!), and I can’t help but admire her hustle. Is the woman ever not working?! Reviews for her new essay collection are good—editors from renowned publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times covered the book release, but I also saw quite the buzz from ordinary folks like myself around the webs about Amy’s slam dunk of a memoir. What better way to wind down the dog days of summer than with a laugh-out-loud read?
Listen: Know-It-All — Alessia Cara
Okay, I’m aware that this album came out almost an entire year ago. But I would bet most of you haven’t heard more from it than ‘Here,’ the mega-successful single that launched this 20-year-old Canadian into the spotlight. Not only is the album full of powerful, brilliantly written tunes (like Wild Things and Seventeen), but Alessia herself has become an outspoken promoter of self-confidence and vulnerability. I am obsessed with Scars To Your Beautiful, a perfect ode to the girl who goes unnoticed, even by herself. I just stumbled upon a tweet where Alessa talks about doing her first-ever major TV performance with no makeup, natural hair, and her own clothes. “It only feels right to be my true self while singing about self-acceptance.” Sing it, girl!
Eat: Rolled Ice Cream
Like I said, summer is all about frozen treats. Last weekend while perusing the options at Smorgasburg, I came across Roll’n Chill, a Brooklyn-based Thai ice cream shop. Their booth arguably had the longest line (maybe tied with the ever-popular Ramen Burger), so I stopped by for a taste. If you have never heard about rolled ice cream, watch this fascinating video. It’s basically a dessert, entertainment, and a science lesson all in one. And let me tell you—it’s worth whatever line you’ll probably have to wait in.
Learn: “Our Super Adventure”
The word of the hour is representation. There’s Elena of Avalor, the new Disney animated series that is reminding little girls everywhere that they too, look like princesses. Then there’s the Olympics, which showed us that athletes aren’t just physically fit role models—they’re examples of achievement and power. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about representation and why it’s so important cross-industry, and it can get a little daunting. Then I stumbled across a story about Sarah Graley, a writer & author who creates comics starring strong queer women like herself. “I'm also a bisexual lady — growing up though, I don't remember any media that featured queer woman, let alone starred?” Check her out here.
I can’t be alone in noticing that 1-in-10 women I pass by on the streets this summer is rocking the same off-the-shoulder sundress. Can I? To prove my hunch, I took a peek through my Pinterest feed, which, to no surprise, was full of these styles. I’m all about showing a little shoulder, especially if it makes me look like style queen Jamie Chung. And because summer is winding down, you might even find some of these great bare-shouldered dresses on sale in the next few weeks. Score!