Today marks the official first day of summer, otherwise known as the summer solstice! While the longest day of the year signals the beginning of some great summer pastimes—barbecues, trips to the beach, bike rides—it can also be a little unwelcome, especially for urban dwellers. With unbearable humidity, the sweltering heat often rising above the 90s, and nowhere to escape within a jungle of heat-trapping concrete, summer can often feel like an endless battle to maintain one’s sanity (and composure). When it comes to summer in the city, sometimes the best course of action is to just let go: accept the sweat, don a pair of short shorts, and get down Lovin’ Spoonful style. From the perfect city-style way to stay cool to some jams perfect to get you in the summer mood, here’s a weekend to-do list that will get your summer (and your weekend solstice plans) off to a good start. —Max
1. Do: Bust Out The Hose — Absent an open fire hydrant, a backyard hose is one of the best (and most fun) ways to stay cool in the summer. Invite some friends over and get your spray on! You can even add a sprinkler if you’re feeling fancy. While any old hose will work, I’m loving these colorful Dramm ones from West Elm Market.
2. Wear: Espadrilles— While these summertime sartorial options have been a thing for a few years now, I recently started wearing them and oh-em-gee, you guys, they have totally changed my outlook on summer dressing. With a cool canvas top and an interior sole made of jute rope, these simple shoes make walking in the heat a literal breeze—they breathe perfectly. While there are a few brands making these stateside, I’ve become partial to Soludos. I love their color options!
3. Look: Photos of New York Summer In The 70s — Although these fantastic photos of 1970s New York summers (especially ones by photographer Danny Lyon) made their blog rounds a few years ago, I will often revisit them to get in the summer mood. With images of kids chilling at the public pool and people hanging out at the Central Park bandstand, you’ll be thankful that it’s summer in the city! Check some of them out on Curbed.
4. Make: Ice Cream — If there is one absolute requirement for surviving the urban summer, it is without question ICE CREAM. While I can frequently be found getting my ice cream fix at local places like The General Greene and Van Leeuwen, it’s also great to take the DIY route. This recipe for sweet corn raspberry ice cream ran on the site a few years back and I’ve been dying to take a crack at it!
5. Listen: Stevie Wonder — For several years now, Stevie Wonder has been an essential part of my summer listening. There’s something about his funky, upbeat sound—from Signed Sealed Delivered to Higher Ground— that gets me in the perfect summertime party mood. For the best-of-the-best, check out his Definitive Collection.
Also— in case you missed anything this week, here is a summary of this week’s highlights! Have a lovely solstice weekend, everybody!
- Must Read: My Favorite 15 Magazines + Neon Magazine Holder, Vintage Trailer Rentals from Goodness Travels, 3 Awesome Art Summer Camps
- Weddings: 20 Great DIY Wedding Backdrop Ideas, DIY Gold-Edged Wedding Table Numbers
- Biz Ladies: What To Do When You Feel Jealous of Other Biz Ladies
- Biz Ladies Profile: Joy Thigpen
- City Guide: Kansas City, MO
- Human/House/Harvey: Road Trippin’
- Sneak Peeks: Best of Studio Apartments, A Hidden Garden in the Middle of Brooklyn, A Brooklyn Brownstone
- Living In: Moonrise Kingdom
- In the Kitchen: Nicole Hunn’s Gluten-free Lemon Cream Eclairs
- DIY Projects: DIY Ombre Rain Chain
- Entertaining: It’s Not A Party Unless There’s Confetti!
- Artwork: New Artwork from Lena Wolff
- Misc.: Couch Breaking: It’s a Thing, Cabrillo Pendant, Storm Clouds Wallpaper, Anchors Away by Caitlin Wilson, Zak + Fox for Sofa.com