This summer will be the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” the iconic counterculture phenomenom that’s become the perhaps the greatest single symbol of the hippie movement. San Francisco and London (two of the centers for gathering flower children) have a variety of special celebrations planned, but I think that we can all commemorate the Summer of Love in our own way by dedicating ourselves to self love this summer. I was just talking to a friend about how the start of summer always feels the start of something new more than January ever does to me. So I’ve come up with a few ways to embrace self love all summer long.
Wear whatever swimsuit you like.
As the saying goes, there are two steps to getting the perfect swimsuit body. 1: Have a body. 2: Put a swimsuit on it. I talked a little bit about wearing my first plus size bikini in a previous post – in short? Just do it. Honestly, one thing I was surprised (and kind of put in my place) by last time I was at the beach was how much ~The Fatkini~ is a product of internet fashion culture. Because there were definitely plenty of women of all sizes and all ages wearing all kinds of swimswuits. Not stylish plus size beach babe swimsuits…just normal swimsuits. Because that’s what humans do at the beach. (I’m not saying that the movement isn’t badass and inspiring, btw, just that sometimes we get so deep into this world that we forget that the Real World keeps on turning.) If you need swimsuit inspiration, I rounded up some sweet plus size swimsuits the other week!
The same goes for shorts/crop tops/tank tops/maxi skirts/etc.
Get that haircut.
I’m pretty sure every woman in history has talked about trying something new with her hair “for summer” at one point. My friend, this year is the year you do it. Hair grows back. Dye fades. Make it happen.
Do what you will with your fuzz.
If there’s one thing I hate more than d-bags judging women for their human body hair, it’s women apologizing for their human body hair. Girl, it’s none of my business if you didn’t have time to shave or if a sewer alligator ate your razor. Live your life, as fuzzy or non-fuzzy as you wish.
Give yourself a vacation.
Not gonna lie, I don’t really get why kids get summer vacation and non-teacher adults don’t. What did you ever do that deserved three months off, teenage Penny?? I definitely still feel summer vacation in the breeze sometimes, and I think it’s important that we remember to give ourselves a break. So whether it’s pack-your-bags travel or just a night of letting your mind be free, save time to get away from it all, for at least a little while, this summer.
Self love means physical self care too! If you’re going to be out in the sun having all sorts of zany summer fun, make sure your precious skin is protected. Your skin does a lot of quality stuff for you. It keeps your muscles from getting dirty! Do it a solid and slap on that sunblock.
Are you going to join in the Summer of Self Love? ❤︎