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Surviving the Hot and Humid Days of
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Article Written by: Heather Gitlin. Featuring Rachel Gitlin Welch
June 2016, 
Photographer: David Welch
The hot and humid days of summer are here.  This is the time of year you’ll enjoy watching movies with your family in Ellington Park, strolling through the gorgeous grounds of Checkwood Gardens, swing dancing in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, or browsing your favorite farmer’s market.  Hiking enthusiast will love the many trails Tennessee has to offer.  You will enjoy these activities more when you are comfortable in what you are wearing.  As a former South Floridian, here is some advice:
Use a face moisturizer that has sunscreen in it and apply plenty of sunscreen to your body as well.  Make-up should be light.  You don’t need an illuminizer this time of year.  The moisture in the air gives you a nice youthful glow.  You can try the no make-up trend.  Use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream or CC cream insteadof your foundation.  Also use a creamy blush, minimize mascara, and use a tinted lip balm.  Brows should be well groomed.  Invest in a good bronzer and self-tanner.
When creating a summer wardrobe, start with a few pairs of cotton pants in basic colors like beige or white.  Then add some short sleeve tops and tank tops in your favorite colors.  Along with this, add a few light and airy sundresses.  Stay away from tight fitting clothes that will make you sweat more.  Fight the temptation to purchase any kind of scarf especially if you are going through menopause.  It will only put you in a bad mood.  By the end of the day you’ll be using that thing to wipe off the perspiration on your face or you might be tempted to smack your teenager with it.
Start your day by checking the weather report.  If the weather channel is saying sunny, put on a nice pair of metallic sandals or a pair of Birkenstocks (yes, they are totally cool and back in style).  Invest in a good pedicure.  The French pedicure is a nice clean look.  Feeling daring? Try a neon orange color.  No heavy purses!  A loaded purse will make you feel hot and heavy.  A light purse will make you feel airy and free.  Carry only the essentials like keys, cell phone, credit cards, license, and lipstick.  Feel the freedom of hanging your light purse across your chest or consider carrying a wristlet.
Long hair girls will find it cooler with her hair off her face.  Braids and a few pretty barrettes are good for that.  Think about tweaking your present hair styling routine.  Think of the summer as a little break from high maintence hair styles.  Spend less time with your head under a hot blow dryer.  Stay away from heavy accessories like watches, bracelets, and necklaces.  The humidity of summer will cause many bad hair days so purchase some hats instead.  Baseball hats are great with sporty outfits or exercising.  Booney hats are great for hiking.  But if you want to make a big fashion statement, think Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s when shopping, and look for hats with classic style.
Top off your summer wardrobe with high quality polarized sunglasses.  Want to look a bit retro?  Cat eye frames are back in style.  Have water with you at all times to stay hydrated.  Bored with water?  Here are some tips to help motivate you to drink more H2O.  Start with a cup that is well-insulated.  It can be clear or in your favorite color.  Fill the cup with sliced lemon or lime or your favorite berries.  Smash the fruit with a fork to release the flavor.  Now pour in the water.  Go beyond the ordinary and try something exotic like pineapple-orange ginger water.  Add a few pieces of pineapple, slice a few pieces of orange and a small amount of freshly grated ginger.  You will have no problem staying hydrated with these simple flavored waters.
Wearing comfortable clothing, keeping make-up light, wearing light purses, purchasing hats and sunglasses, wearing sandals,  and maintaining easy hair styles will help you enjoy the summer while coping well with the humid weather.  Very soon you’ll be hibernating indoors again wondering when the temperature is going to reach eighty degrees.  So happy summer Tennessean women and remember to stay hydrated!
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