Top Tips To Beat the Heat

Global warming is in full effect in Brisbane this week. Temperatures have soared into the 30s and we are all definitely feeling the heat… and it's only November!! Surviving this kind of humidity is certainly a skill so here our top 5 tips for beating the heat. 

Fruit Popsicles

A super quick and easy way to quickly cool yourself down is with a popsicle. These bad boys are so simple to make and there are endless combinations to suit your tastebuds. One of our favourite and super refreshing combos is watermelon, lime and ginger. See recipe below. 

You Will Need: 

  • About 5 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • Pinch of fine salt 
  • Popsicle sticks 
  • Popsicle moulds 

Directions: 

  • Puree watermelon, sugar, lime juice, ginger and salt until smooth
  • Pour mixture into moulds. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until firm 

Frosé

Dubbed the 'it' drink for the Aussie Summer, what better way to cool down and enjoy the weekend with your new favourite cocktail. See recipe below. 

You Will Need: 

  • 750mL bottle of rosé
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Punnet of strawberries (250g)
  • Juice of 2.5 limes

Directions: 

  • Pour rosé into 33x23cm pan and freeze until almost solid.
  • Meanwhile, bring sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan' cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavour. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 mins. 
  • Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, strawberry syrup and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), about 25-35 mins. 
  • Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses. 

Head to the beach

We are so lucky here in Brisbane as we have access to so many beautiful beaches. Go for the day or even the weekend and enjoy the cool water. 

Tallebudgera Creek - Palm Beach

Tallebudgera Creek - Palm Beach

Dress Appropriately 

Another way to beat the heat is to dress appropriately! Wearing the wrong clothing can make you agitated so here are some of our favourite THG outfits to keep you cool.

Dakota Crepe Set | $75

Dakota Crepe Set | $75

Bailey Ribbed Top & Shorts | $85

Bailey Ribbed Top & Shorts | $85

Maggie Collared Mini | $75

Maggie Collared Mini | $75

Roxy Frill Hem Dress | $75

Roxy Frill Hem Dress | $75

 

Broderie, crochet and lace: How to!

Chic and romantic, sweet and feminine are the perfect words to describe this seasons favourite fabric! A fusion of broderie anglaise, crochet and lace have taken over the runway, and are spreading through the streets this summer. With the flowy and flattering silhouettes, it is time to embrace this trend, and re work it to suit you own individual style! Here are our best tips:

1.     Pair a basic top for a new element of sophistication to this summer look. Accompanied by a block heel, and you’re ready to go. 

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2.    Tone down the flowy top with a slim fitted bottom. White pants or denim shorts are the perfect staple pieces to tie in your look.

3.     If dressing bold is your go-to, then don’t hold back with head to toe broderie. Neutral accessories are perfect to compliment this statement outfit.

A few pieces from our Girl & the Sun range suit this trend perfectly! 


Holy grail of tanning

We all know that there is a widespread belief that self-tan products make you look orange! Now by no means are we suggesting that none of them ever will make you appear in this way, BUT by choosing self-tanners suitable for your skin tones, and using correct application techniques your fears of looking like an oompa loompa will no longer exist!

Our sunless tanning winners are:

  1. Bondi Sands Self Tanning foam – the perfect lightweight tan, enriched with aloe vera and coconut
  2.  Loving Tan 2HR express tanning mousse – For us time poor individuals, this tan applies smoothly and dries quickly, developing in only 2 hours!
  3. St Tropez Self tan bronzing mousse – For a long lasting, smooth tan, designed to appear 2-3 shades darker than your natural tone
  4. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel – Ideal if you desire a subtle golden colour! This product is non-oily and quick drying.

Entering into the summer months we all want that summer, flawless glow, without having to lie out in the sun for hours or appearing like a streaky mess. For best results here are a few tips on how to tan like an expert:

  1. Exfoliate and shave before you let self-tanner anywhere near your body. Use a mild exfoliant to make sure you're sloughing off your dead skin cells before the self-tanner goes on. 
  2. Stand between two mirrors to apply the self-tanner, so you can see exactly what you're doing. 
  3. Be extra mindful of the knees, hands, elbows, feet, ankles and face. These are the areas where self-tanning mistakes show up most. Use a minimal amount of tanning lotion in these areas, and consider wearing latex gloves or a tanning mitt to apply it. 
  4. Once you've applied your self-tanner, keeping your skin hydrated is the key to making it last. Apply lotion daily.