Hello fellow shopaholics!
As you all have probably similarly experienced, this summer has been different than summer's passed due to social justice issues & COVID. However, I have found that with some positive vibes, creativity, hand sanitizer, & a mask- having a good summer has been & is still possible. Keep reading if you want to find out what I have been doing to stay busy this summer. :-)
S T R I P E D C O W
One of my favorite places to shop this summer has been the Striped Cow here in Lawrence. The Striped Cow has always held a spot in my heart, but this summer I especially can't seem to shop there enough. I personally LOVE rings. They are such an easy way to add some bling, personality, & style to any outfit. The Striped Cow has an incredible selection of jewelry to choose from, & all items are reasonably priced. Although the rings are my favorite, there is much more to be found here. You can also find candles, decor, perfumes, pins, patches, snacks, & more! So next time you are in town, stop in & support this local business!
S Y L A S & M A D D Y ' S
If you enjoy ice cream on hot summer days I definitely recommend checking out Sylas & Maddy's. The ice cream is homemade, delicious, & comes in so many unique flavors. My personal favorite is the lavender lemon cake. If you are a student, bring a friend & your student ID with you on Tuesday's for BOGO ice cream!
A R T & G O O D R E A D S
Painting & reading have been some relaxing pastimes of mine this summer. Both give me an opportunity to clear my mind & mellow out. Below I have linked my favorite water colors for my fellow artists. These are super compact, blendable, vivid, & easy to paint with!
My favorite books I have read this summer are The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur, & It's Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vezzini. Rupi's poetry is raw, empowering, & was very relatable for me. The book sheds light on overcoming struggle, growing as a person, female empowerment & becoming comfortable in your own skin.
Ned's book is humorous, honest, & illustrates what it is like to live with mental illness. Personally, I have struggled with my mental health throughout my life & have only recently started to truly not let it control my life, so this book hit home. It's Kind of a Funny Story, portrays the message that the only way you can overcome your demons is by working hard, not caring what others think, & staying true to yourself.
F R I E N D S
Being that summer 20' is the last summer I will spend living in KS & being a KU student, it has been a nostalgic one. I have been soaking up all the time that I can with friends, family, & indulging in the things I have come to love around Lawrence. Words will never be able to describe how truly lucky I feel to have met the people I have & having the pleasure of calling Lawrence home the past three years.
K A N S A S S U N S E T S
A favorite thing of mine to do all throughout my life here in Kansas, has been to steak out a good place to watch the sunset. Here in Lawrence, the damn at Clinton Lake is the perfect spot for a clear view. There is just something about the warm summer air in the evening, mixed with watching the sun's beautiful colors melting into the earth, that makes me feel centered & extra grateful for the life I have the privilege to live every day.
I hope you all have made the most of your summer so far, & enjoy what is left of it! Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, stand up for what's right, smile at strangers, & live life to the fullest
Till next time,