10 Things to Do on a Hot Summer’s Day

Isn’t this just this sweetest summertime look? I love how lightweight and airy this skirt feels. Perfect for hot hot hot Houston. I wore this outfit yesterday to the zoo with a few of my friends and their baby girls. Of course, I switched my wedges out with converse because … duh! We all met right when the zoo opened to take advantage of the morning temperatures but you know what, it was still so sweltering that we all only lasted about an hour! It’s this time of year where I really just want to stay shut-in indoors because it is just soooo hot out in Houston. But that would get really old after a while!

To avoid becoming a complete hermit, I’m rounding up 10 fun things you can do both indoors and outdoors to beat the Texas heat below! Now to remember to refer back to this list as often as possible! 😉

Anthropologie blue and white striped skirt paired with a white top and a straw sun hat.

Shop the Look:

First things first, this outfit! I popped into Anthropologie for the summer tag sale and of course had to fall in love with something that wasn’t even on sale. Doesn’t that always seem to happen? But I’ll live because this blue striped skirt is THAT amazing and worth every penny! The fabric is so soft it feels as if it were floating while you were wearing it. I paired it with a simple white bell sleeve top that I knotted at the waist. The drawstring waist on the skirt already has a lot going on so I felt that tucking something into it just made for a lot of fabric in one spot. I love how the knotted tee turned out!

I paired this look with a sun hat I just snagged for our beach trip, the cutest wedges from Elaine Turner & a beaded necklace with fun shell details that just scream summer to me! This straw bag is one of my favorite purchases from last summer. Sadly it is sold out but I found a few that look SO similar and they’re all less than $35 too! Linked ’em below for ya!

10 Things to Do On A Hot Summer’s Day

  1. Head to the pool! (of course) There’s no better way to combat the soaring temperatures than splashing around in a pool. VillaSports new complex up in Cyprus has the most amazing pool with one nifty feature that is a must-have for Houston. The water temperature is set at 82 degrees, that way it’ll always be cool even when it’s boiling out.
  2. Treat Yourself to an Iced Coffee at a local coffee shop.
  3. Binge watch a new series! A few that had me glued to the couch this year are: The Newsroom, Anne with an E, True Blood, Gilmore Girls.
  4. Read a book. A deliciously good book is the perfect thing to distract you from the fact that it’s too hot to stroll around the neighborhood. Plus, I truly do feel like I read more during the summer than any other time of year. Beach reads are popular for a reason!
  5. Watch a baseball game. It’s America’s favorite past time after all. Whether it’s major or minor league, the hot dogs and beer will taste just the same!
  6. Visit a Water Park. Most cities have water parks at least within a couple hours drive. Houstonians can jaunt down south to Galveston’s own Schlitterbahn.
  7. Wake up VERY early and go on a walk! How often do you see the sunrise and actually enjoy it? In Houston, if we want to go on a morning walk it’s got to be at 7:30 or earlier to keep cool. (In my opinion at least!)
  8. Visit a library or book store. It’s one thing to get great book recs from Amazon & the internet, but there is something so magical about getting lost in the library or book store and picking up/reading the backs of REAL books.
  9. Head to the lake or the beach. We’re fortunate enough to be only 45 mins away from the Gulf in Galveston. Waking up with the sunrise and heading down for a morning at the beach can not be beat! Same goes for any and all lakes, naturally.
  10. Make your own popsicles.  Whip up a tasty treat on your own at home. Pinterest is filled with tons of fun recipes from margarita pops to strawberry cheesecake pops. We love the Zoku Pop Molds because they are so easy to use & reuse!

The summer season doesn’t officially end until September so cheers to several more weeks of summer & sun!

xo, alice

photos by Ban Avenue