Thursday, June 23, 2016

The 'I Heart Summer' Tag

Hi. Well, this is awkward. It's been a while since I've written here. So, I'm going to transition back into blogging with an easy peezy tag post. And, with the first day of summer being just a few days ago, what better tag than the 'I Heart Summer' Tag? I hope you enjoy my answers to these questions and get excited for summer! No matter what your plans are for the summer, I hope it's poppin'!

Oh also, the photos in this post are from my trip to Guatemala because you know, they're totally relevant. Who am I kidding, I just need an excuse to sneak these in wherever remotely possible and I will do just that ;)

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?
My all-time favorite bronzer is a discontinued one from VS Pink that is on its last leg at the moment, sad life. It’s that perfect shade that makes it look like the summer sun caressed you in the kindest of manners. Definitely irreplaceable, but to share something attainable with you all, the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder is almost as good. I use the shade medium, which is just a tad darker than my skin color and produces a subtle effect. Get it: here

2. You're relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on?
Considering my biggest guilty pleasure of LIFE is coffee, it would probably be an iced coffee. Also, I really really love coconut water, so as long as we are using our imaginations, I'd probably have that in between to off-set the caffeine rush.

3. Favorite summer lip product?
THIS. It's the perfect color and formulation in my opinion.

4. Pool or Beach?
Hands down, the beach. And as much as I LOVE ocean beaches, I also genuinely appreciate lake beaches too. Luckily, Lake Michigan is only a fifteen minute drive from my house and while certain parts aren't that great, other areas will just take your breath away!

5. Sun bathing or fake tan?
Neither. I'm brown and my people can't participate in these shenanigans.

6. Favorite summer nail polish?
White, hot pink, turquoise, basically any color that's going to really contrast and accentuate my tan toasted skin.

7. Any summer traditions?
Every year, we do the 4th of July Parade in my town and go to the festival at nights with my cousins. It is definitely one of the highlights of my summer and I always run into people from high school, which is fun. A personal tradition of mine is that I read fiction books during the summer. I go to the library more regularly, and life just feels more "oomphy" when your mind can travel to far off places and time periods at a moment's notice. Currently, I am reading Even After All This Time by Afschineh Latifi. So far, I am obsessed with it and have to force myself to put it down.

8. Favorite summer scent?
I love that potent sweet scent that gardens get in the summer time humidity, especially after a rain shower. Also, I love the artificial coconut and vanilla scent in sunscreen. You know, the one? I live for that smell. 

9. Favorite BBQ food?
Anything that has been touched by the BBQ hand of Midas is my favorite food. I love barbecues, and barbecue sauce, and summer, and life. 

10. Any summer vacation plans this year?
Yes! I am going to the east coast at the end of July and seeing my best friend who I haven't seen in what feels like ages, so needless to say, I am so stoked, U know?!!

Now, that you know some summery facts about me, share yours in the comments below! I'm interested to know your favorite thing about the summer season. Tell me, tell me, please! :)

Have a happy day!

xo Aneela