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Hey Sis! Summer is on the wayyyy, Target is rolling out the swimsuits, and a little nagging voice kept telling me to remind you that we only have this one life to live and you betta live it to the max! Then I had the feminine urge to curate the ultimate hot mom/hot girl summer checklist so you can experience Summer 2022 just all the way off the Richter scale!
Only your favorite cousin is looking out like this.
By now we are all privy to the meaning of “hot girl summer” (and if you’re not check out this blog post), and we can’t ever forget the good Sis Megan for giving us an entire anthem that will ring in the spirits of women for decades to come from that one slapping *ss hot girl summer.
I’m not gonna lie, I won’t ever forget that hot girl summer, because it was so live! The air was the purest, I felt the free-est, the drinks were the coldest, the weather was the tropical-est, it was just the litty-est!
1. Go drive the Lambos & ‘Rarris!
Maybe because I know in a different life I was supposed to be a Nascar driver this is absolutely my #1 summer bucket list item. If you have rich friends who happen to have one, you could find a private track or see if their uncle has one y’all can borrow. In the off chance that’s not the case you can also book 5 laps in a Lamborghini Aventador for $499 plus tax. Pricey but huge on my bucket list! IykmYK!
I lovvvve getting outside in the elements, but so often I get real hermit-like and catch myself indoors just a lil’ bit excessively. The panny has most definitely contributed to my recluse state too ugh! Hiking is a great way to get the benefits of fresh air and exercise while still minding your business and staying away from other people. That’s a win-win! Bonus if you have a fur baby/real baby/spouse/partner/bestie you can bring along for company. They will be so happy you invited them!
3. Thrifting bomb outfits
Thrifting is one of the most relaxing art forms for creatives. Go into a thrift store on a day when you have nothing to do, no kids to pick up, no prior scheduled engagements, and sift through each section hanger by hanger. Be spoken to by different colors and textures and patterns. Create intuitively. Creative expression through fashion is one of my FAVORITE summer bucket list items. You have to try it!
Ieshathegr8 literally gives us tutorials, style hacks, thrift hacks, mindset and just reintroduced herself on her YouTube channel with some new exciting content on the way! Subscribe to her channel and follow her Instagram y’all I promise you’ll be so glad you did!
I think summer brunches need no explanation, I just wanted to paint an accurate picture of a beautiful hot girl summer for y’all. For me this includes crab cakes and prawn cocktails with extra spicy cocktail sauce or a good deviled egg, and grown-up beverages. Definitely lots of grown-up beverages. (But also beignets, fresh fruit crepes ahh).
5. A girls only AirBnb staycay
Get a quick Airbnb reservation somewhere close by or within an hour and a half driving distance that you can feel like you’re getting away without going too far, and chill with your girls! Karaoke, cooking, wine, dancing, and a movie night? Yes please!
6. Water balloon showdown (on a deathly hot day)
This one is always epic! Get together with your girlfriends in bikinis and everybody fill up 100-200 water balloons. I say “deathly hot” because all waterproof makeup isn’t created equal and we all have friends in the circle who are not wetting their hair unless it’s serious enough to LOL! (Me, I’m this friend, especially if my hair is straight.)
7. Daily Affirmations – playlist
One of the things that changed my life was devoting time daily to listening to my affirmation playlist, usually when I’m getting ready for the day, so during my shower all the way until my hair and makeup is finished. It sets my vibration for the day! You can get access to it here!
8. Chill with some food at the lake
Get some weather-friendly snacks like chicken salad and crackers or something pre-made or stop and pick up something yummy right before you go! Pack your sunscreen, a hat, and a blanket to lay out and just BE! (If you’re from where I’m from visit the lake at your own risk, people getting robbed everyday B.)
4-wheeling, (or ATV riding) is so friggin’ fun on the summer bucket list. A two-hour ATV tour is the perfect amount of time to learn/practice riding and get your adventure in. 2019 hot girl summer my daughter and I went 4-wheeling for our birthdays and had so much fun!
10. Workout/body movement
The reason this is on your hot mom/ hot girl summer checklist is because of the amazing effects body movement has on the mind/spirit connection! If you aren’t ready to start a whole new pull-up-at-the-gym-every-day routine just yet, just start with some yoga or at-home sensual belly dancing. All of this is highly self-teachable through YouTube. So the benefits of moving your body do definitely include the byproduct of getting in shape, but to me the most beneficial one is the way you feel about yourself after you do one of these activities. Yoga is my favorite, sensual belly dancing is a close second!
11. New income stream
If you ask Maya the Philosopher, collecting your coins is a spiritual matter. Any woman alive will tell you that there is a freedom that is unmatched that goes along with a certain level of financial stability. The power to go get what you want and need when you want or need it is 100% revolutionary. With the current state of inflation and the rest of the financial stressors that affect hot girls everywhere, it is now more than ever important that you creatively develop some alternate income streams! Some money making ideas include affiliate marketing, which you’ll see I do a bit of here on the blog and in my YouTube content, Amazon KDP, virtual assistant work, growing a YouTube channel which can lead to brand deals and influencer marketing. Some of these really are life-changing opportunities that weren’t in existence even a decade ago! What a time to be alive, am I right?
12. 1 new pajama set (for every day of the week if you’re extra)
First things first, I am extra. Okay now that we got that out of the way, this one may seem a tiny bit insignificant, but hear me out. I used to have a drawer full of random raggedy t-shirts and short and sweatpants that I threw on for bed with no rhyme or reason and one day I just remember telling myself, I’m going to do a jammy purge and get rid of these one at a time. So I started grabbing a cute pajama set here, a new one there, until finally I had one for each night of the week that I was actually excited to wear! I knew I was successful at the task when my daughter and baby cousin both commented that I “always have the cutest pajamas”! When we look good we feel good, so whether you’re sleeping with a bae or solo, step your sleepwear game up and see how it makes you feel!
Check out these super cute pajama sets on Amazon to get you started!
13. Mansion walks
Mansion walks are so important to me and my mental well-being. It’s like exercise and cardio at the same time as grounding at the same time as vision boarding! It’s literally my secret weapon for my down times. The fresh air paired with the views that affluent neighborhoods give…just hurry up and put on a cute athleisure fit and pull up your Google maps already! If you try this tip leave it in the comments bae! I wanna hear about it!
14. A lil flight somewhere light
Have you signed up for Next Vacay?? Girl if you haven’t you SHOULD! They just sent me a roundtrip nonstop ticket option for dead in the middle of the summer to New York for around $200! I live in Cali and would likely be flying out of SFO so that is just unheard of. They have deals to the Maldives, Barcelona, Hawaii, just everywhere you can imagine! If you love a good deal on a flight then you have to see what they’re about.
15. 1 or 2 new swimsuits
And on that note, if you are going to be taking part in any travel, pool days or other water activities previously mentioned in this post, you’re gonna want a cute swimsuit to wear doing it! I got this one from Amazon and rocked it all summer long because it gave very much “HOT MOM SUMMER” vibes! What do you think?
16. Colorful manicures/pedicures/sets
Nails are a form of artistic expression. Period.
17. Lots of pictures
I used to take pictures all the time, right now I’ve been living more in the moment with less documentation and where I think I’d be happy is right smack-dab in between the two. Professionally (but super fun) I’m realizing that I’m going to need to take pictures a) for the blog + website and b) for brand collaborations and general content sooooo.. YAY! But as far as a hot girl summer goes, you need to take more pictures girl! Show us those super cute fits, those fun brunches, shoot give us those jewelry detail photos and that red lippie through photos! I wanna see it and be inspired! And leave me your Instagram handle in the comments when you do!
18. 1 cute matching set (again, if you’re extra…)
We’re all gonna die porque global warming, so one day it’s Summer in February and by evening it’s winter time. To make sure you have something for any time of day, I pulled together a couple cute ones!
19. Road trip
You can grab your closest girlfriend and be Thelma & Louise or you could grab your 6 or 10 bae friends and create a vibe in a Sprinter van! (Be careful with option 2 unless your friend group has had several get-togethers prior to the road trip. I’ve seen some people I never would have thought jump bad with the perfect storm of personalities.) If you’re from the Bay Area like me, a cool road trip is always LA, Vegas or Palm Springs. Places you can get to in about a workday or so, but give the illusion of a new stomping ground. Also, refer to #17!
And so it begins…
Hot Girl Summer 2022 will commence on June 21 (even though we all know and consider Memorial Day weekend to kick it off LOL). Some of the items on the checklist don’t require you to wait! If you have a remote work type of job, for example, take the road trip whenever it’s clever. If your city gets a heat wave throw some water balloons. Colorful manis & pedis are for whenever the mood strikes and no matter the season LOL! I think the main takeaway here is go and do what makes your soul smile, because we only get one life and it’s to explore and experience everything the Creator put on this green earth. Share your ideas below, I may update the list down the line! Also would y’all want this as a YouTube video? Let me know! Enjoy your best life babe.