Things Are Warming Up!

Here’s exactly how to spend your carefree summer days — creative ways to beat the heat.

June is HERE and July is ALMOST here! And we couldn’t be happier. The unofficial start of the warm-weather season fully underway, we’ve made the shift to a summer state of mind. That means snackin’ on all the summer salads, soaking up the long days with friends and family, and sending our jeans to the back of the closet, not to be unearthed until fall. Summer offers a much-needed escape from the busier seasons, and we’re already slowing down and prepared to savor the summer goodness. In need of ideas for things to do in the summer months? Don’t worry, Messycafe’s got your back as we’ve been planning for these months all year.

While summer vacay may have once been a fixture of our youth, the reality of adulthood is that our work-centric weeks carry on. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still soak up all the summer goodness. It’s a funny season, one where you’re paradoxically wanting to be out and about all day while also spending time reflecting. The season’s natural beauty has a way of grounding me and calling me to dedicate a few of its hours to being with myself. After all, growth is a process that impresses itself upon us, inside and out.

If you’re feeling the same way, get ready for all the inspiring things to do this summer. We’ve packed this month’s bucket list with ideas for what to watch, read, focus on, and do. Scroll down to discover our top 10 fun ideas for things to do this summer, and if it’s a full-on bucket list you’re looking for, bookmark this, too. Hello, summer!

10 things to do in summer for inspiration and energy, all months long:

Start Perfecting Your Strawberry Shortcake.

Gluten-free and vegan strawberry shortcake, that is. If you’re unfazed by a steamy summer day and craving something sweet, there’s nothing that screams summer more than a classic strawberry shortcake. 

Wary of gluten-free takes that resembled hockey pucks more than cake, get ready for a shortcake that’s fluffy on the inside while still maintaining crisp, golden-brown tops. In other words, sheer summer baking brilliance. Get the recipe here.

Read All of Emily Henry’s Books.

Is there a more perfect author to deep-dive this summer? While we’re well-versed in the reality of today’s dating culture, rom-coms still manage to maintain a strong hold on my heart. Emily Henry’s voice gives a decidedly modern twist on the tropes and narratives we can’t help but fall for again and again. If you haven’t read it yet, Beach Read is an excellent place to start. Keeping things chronological, follow up with People We Meet on Vacation, and finally, her latest, Book Lovers. You might be getting hundreds of pages worth of juicy, relatable reading, but trust me, you’ll be craving more.

Ditch the Blowdryer.

Most of our girls here at MC have to to agree that we’re secretly grateful for our inclination to lean on the lazy side of things when it comes to beauty does double duty in saving me time and keeping our hair healthy. Wash your strands twice a week? No problem. Sport my wet hair while I work from home? Happy to do so. Don’t get me wrong, blowouts look amazing (and that Dyson Airwrap? OooOhh!). But with a few stylist-approved tips and tricks, you can perfect effortless, air-dried locks.

Pick Up Tennis.

Although I prefer badminton over tennis and I’m not an avid tennis player, it’s be a mission accomplished to support and recruit as many people to the sport as possible. With little equipment required (a racquet, shoes, and a tube of balls will suffice) and public courts in most towns and cities, it’s just about the most fun and accessible form of exercise around. Gather up your friends and get ready for a summer filled with a whole lotta healthy competition. Oh, and if you’re in need of cute tennis threads, Outdoor Voices and Girlfriend Collective are universal faves.

Watch Conversations With Friends.

This summer bucket list idea comes with a caveat, you have to tell us what you think. Coming at the heels of Normal People’s successful TV adaptation, Conversations With Friends has dropped on Hulu to steam up our (fictionalized) summer love lives. Admittedly, this was my least favorite of Sally Rooney’s books, and the show does feel like a bit of a flop. But in a world where TikTok commentary and reputable reviews are three-quarters of the fun, who wouldn’t dare pass up the opportunity to form their own opinion.

Hot takes? The characters are unlikable and one-dimensional (but some of it’s intentional…). The show is, however, beautifully shot and produced, and Jemima Kirke doesn’t disappoint. As for T. Swift’s beau? That’s for you to decide. (P.S. The show serves up major design inspo.)

Reframe Your Relationship with Social Media.

We don’t know about you, but the often-shared advice of getting the heck off your social media feeds just doesn’t work for me. The platforms are designed to be addicting, after all. However, the mindset shift that’s transformed how we view and use social media couldn’t be simpler.

So often, we would tap into the apps on autopilot, habitually opening Instagram, TikTok, and the like. Now, before we go on, let’s define our purpose. Are we seeking inspiration? Do we need a laugh? Are your friends posting about something that you want to celebrate? The more intention we weave into our social media habits, the more beauty and connection we can discover online.

Plan an Easy and Elegant Summer Menu.

Cooking seasonally in summer means all the vibrant veggies and flavorful fruits. Light, but bright and colorful ingredients abound and the result of all the fresh, farmer’s market goodness is savor-worthy, sun-kissed meals. Our favorite foodies and cookbook authors know this truth well, and we’re always taking notes.

Jump On the One-Shoulder Trend.

Is it just me, or are one-shoulder tops and dresses everywhere this season? We’re fully here for the easy, breezy trend that lets you make a statement with hardly any effort at all. Browse our favorites and get ready to fill your closet with this universally flattering look.

DIY Your Own Jewelry.

As a self-proclaimed DIY enthusiasts, we consistently jump for joy every time we discover a new fashion trend that you can make myself. While jewelry making is nothing new, the hobby blew up practically overnight during the pandemic. And sure, crafting indoors might seem like more of a wintry activity, but you’re more than welcome to take your creative plans outside. If you’re looking for a good place to start, these beaded necklaces are beyond gorgeous, we’re obsessed with these statement earrings, and what’s more summery than shell-embellished jewelry? Answer: nothing.

Get Inspired with The Artist’s Way.

Are all your friends talking about the life-changing practice of “morning pages”? If so, then it’s likely that you’ve caught wind of The Artist’s Way. Though Julia Cameron published the first edition back in 1992, the book’s popularity has held strong for three decades. Slated as a “spiritual path to higher creativity,” Cameron lays out an interpretation of artistry and craft that’s inclusive and meant to resonate no matter how you view yourself as a creative. She offers practical exercises and insightful guidance to help everyone build self-confidence in their creative skills and trust their innate talents. Start today.

Summer is finally here and to stay for good! Prepare yourselves for the heat wave and get ready to blast that air con full volume! Hope this post prepares you for the summer that’s about to begin, and as always leave your lovely opinions down in the comments, we’d love to read your thoughts as we’re enjoying our cup of morning coffee.

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