15 Summer Dinners You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes – The Everygirl






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I grew up in Washington, D.C., about 40 miles away from the Eastern Shore in Maryland. Because of my proximity to the best crabs—dare I say in the world—summer always meant crab season. We’d hop in the car and drive for about an hour to sit on the water and crack open crabs all afternoon. Over the past few years living in Chicago, I’ve found that the crab quality doesn’t come close to matching anything on the East Coast, so I’ve had to find other ways to celebrate the summer food season.

Fresh herbs from our garden and other varieties of seafood seem to do the trick (that is, between my trips back east to get the good stuff). I thought I’d share some easy summer recipes that are simple, quick, and delicious, and will get you in your summer cooking groove. Keep reading for 15 summer dinners you can make in less than 30 minutes. 

 

1. Crispy Lemon Chicken Thighs





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2. Mediterranean Orzo Salad





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3. Korean Beef + Toasted Sesame Rice





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4. Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta





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5. Bhetki Fish in Citrus Basil Butter Sauce





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6. Ultimate Vegan Burrito Bowl





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7. Mango Chicken Teriyaki





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8. Healthy Southwestern Chicken Bowls





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9. Lemon Butter Scallops





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10. Grilled Romaine Salad with Jalapeño Ranch





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11. Honey Garlic Chicken





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12. 5-Minute Seared Tuna





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13. Jerk Salmon with Pineapple Salsa





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14. Prosciutto and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette





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15. Orecchiette Pasta with Lemon and Asparagus





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13 Things You Need to Do Before You Go on Vacation






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If you ask us, one of the greatest joys in life is to jet set away from the automation of day-to-day tasks, escape to somewhere new, and explore all of the scenic adventures that the world has to offer. Here at The Everygirl, we’re always counting down the days until our next vacation and looking forward to our next getaway.

Whether you prefer relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, getting down and dirty with the challenging hikes and stellar views of the Pacific Northwest, or sightseeing and eating your way through Europe, the prep that goes into the week leading up to your trip is essentially the same. Besides packing up your suitcase and setting your work status to OOO (out of office), here are 13 things to take care of the week before you go off the grid:

 





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1. Strategize your grocery shopping and meals

When you’re getting ready to leave for a vacation, planning your grocery shopping and meals for the week can be tricky. You don’t want to do a full fridge restock only to pick at a few items and throw the rest away before your trip, but you also don’t want to put yourself in a position to spend a ton of money eating out and making not-so-great fast food choices.

One of our favorite pre-vacation hacks is to set up meal delivery with Blue Apron for the week before we leave. With 35 delicious recipe options a week, a plethora of options for dietary preferences, prices as low as $7.49 per serving, and pre-portioned ingredients to reduce food waste, it’s the perfect solution to that awkward week of a half-empty fridge we tend to endure before our getaway. Besides the fact that they offer so many yummy recipes (Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry, you have our heart), we love how easy Blue Apron makes things, especially during our busiest weeks. With portioned, premium ingredients and easy cleanup, Blue Apron takes the guesswork out of meal prepping and makes dinnertime an absolute breeze.

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2. Review travel information and keep it in one place

Unless you’re a spontaneous, go-with-the-flow traveler, it’s more than likely that you put a decent amount of planning into your trip. Between travel itineraries, hotel confirmations, dinner reservations, and daytime excursions, there are a lot of details to keep track of. The week before your vacation, compile all of your confirmations into one space (physical or electronic) that you can bring with you when you travel. Double-check the dates, times, and locations of what you have pre-planned to ensure that you’re showing up to the right place at the right time to help avoid any issues when you get to your destination. 

 





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3. Arrange care for your pets

Unfortunately, we can’t always bring our furry friends on vacation with us, and for such getaways, we need to arrange care for our pets ahead of time. If you have someone pet sitting or someone checking in for a few hours a day, be sure to provide a house key and stock up on pet food, treats, litter, and/or doggie bags. Place everything in a designated area so that the person pet sitting can find everything your pet needs with ease. If your pet is going to someone else’s home, pack up an appropriate amount of food and provide toys, treats, litter, water/food bowls, and other necessities. 

Provide clear instructions for your pet’s day-to-day schedule, their vet’s number in case of an emergency, and your contact number in the event that they have any questions. Knowing that your furry family member is in great hands will allow you to fully relax on your getaway.

 





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4. Circle back with your work contacts to remind them you’ll be OOO

While you probably (and hopefully) already let your team know that you’d be traveling, one week before your departure is a great time to put your out-of-office status back on everyone’s radar. As much as you’ve been counting down the days until your vacation, the odds are that your team members aren’t paying attention to the same countdown. Making sure that everyone communicates their needs with you before you leave is crucial to avoid all of those last-minute requests and mid-vacation calls that you don’t want to be receiving while away.

Whether you’re someone who likes to check in on projects while on vacation or prefers to go off the grid completely, it’s important to communicate your expectations to your team members for your time away so that they can prepare accordingly beforehand.

 

5. Prepare in-flight or beachside entertainment

A perfect day at the beach or a long plane ride is just so much better when you have your next new read queued up and ready to go. The week before you leave, be sure to download podcasts, music, audiobooks, and eBooks so that you’re not downloading them in a panic right before boarding your flight or while en route to the beach. Also, in case you didn’t already know, Netflix allows you to download shows and movies so that they’re available to watch while you’re on airplane mode during your flight. It’s such a game-changer that makes in-flight time, delays, and long-car rides absolutely fly by.

Downloading media so that it’s available (even if you don’t have service) can take a bit of time and a strong Wi-Fi connection, so it’s best to prepare your entertainment options at least a few days before you depart.

 





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6. Alert your credit card company

There’s no greater buzzkill than getting to your destination, swiping your credit card for a long-awaited margarita, and getting hit with a “declined” message because you forgot to alert your credit card company of your travels.

While on a normal day we appreciate the safeguards that come with new purchases in areas we don’t normally frequent, it can be a total pain to deal with your credit card company while you’re on vacation. Before you leave, notify your bank of where and when you’ll be traveling to avoid being locked out of your own funds. While every bank works differently in terms of how and where to send travel alerts, the process usually only takes a few minutes, which is definitely worth avoiding the hassle once you’re in vacation mode.

 

7. Take out cash just in case you need it

In a modern world of swiping debit cards, relying on credit cards, and using touchless payment methods like Apple Pay, bringing cash to your travels is something that can quite easily slip your mind. It’s always a good rule of thumb to bring cash on your vacation for a multitude of reasons—it’s preferred by small vendors, important to have on hand in case you don’t have access to an ATM, essential for exchanging currency, necessary for tipping service members and taxis, and useful in emergencies. 

While pre-paying for as much as possible ahead of time will help you to reduce the amount of cash you should need while away, it’s still important to bring about $50-100 per person per day for meals, drinks, transportation, entertainment, tips, and whatever else your day abroad brings you.

 





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8. Pause package deliveries

If you don’t have someone checking in on your home, pets, plants, or mail during your vacation, it’s a great idea to pause your package deliveries. While you can plan ahead by not ordering new items the week before you leave, there are always those surprise “I forgot I ordered this!” items and subscription packages that we may not feel comfortable leaving on our doorsteps.

Vacation holds and hold mail requests can be arranged with USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL to stop package delivery for a specified timeline. This will help you avoid that pesky and frustrating “return to sender” situation—which is probably one of the last things you’ll want to deal with after your getaway.

 

9. Take care of bills ahead of time

Review your finances before you leave for your vacation and make sure that you won’t miss any deadlines while you’re away. While you can put a pause on a lot of things in life, bills are (unfortunately) not one of them. Be sure to pay your bills early or set up auto-pay to ensure that you aren’t missing any payments and subjecting yourself to late fees (because we simply don’t have time for that). 

 





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10. Make a list of all of the last-minute items you have to pack the morning of your trip

While you can pack clothes for a trip pretty far in advance, a large part of our packing lists can’t really be packed until the last minute, which can make the moments before leaving the house extra stressful. Making a list of all of those items (phone, Apple watch, chargers, toiletries, hair styling products, identification, etc.) can help keep you a bit more organized and less stressed in the hours before your trip.

 

11. Water and relocate your plants

Even if you can find a designated person to water your plants while away, if you’re a dedicated plant parent, figuring out how to set your plants up for success while you’re gone can be tough.

While considering an automatic watering system is always an option (check out these watering cones, glass bulbs, and in-house irrigation systems on Amazon), you can also water a little extra and add woodchips, newspaper, rocks, or mulch to hold in water. According to Travel and Leisure, it’s also helpful to dabble with the idea of a makeshift greenhouse, moving humidity-loving plants into the bathroom (which tends to be the most humid part of the house) and moving sun-loving plants a bit farther from the light source (more sunlight = more watering).

 





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12. Clean your home

The week leading up to a vacation can feel like a race against time. Getting packed, arranging care for pets and plants, confirming travel plans, and getting prepared while still having to be present for your day-to-day operations can be pretty messy. But as we all have probably experienced at some point, coming back to a tornado of a home after a week abroad is one sure way to be violently thrust into the Post-Vacation Blues. 

Two days before you leave, start cleaning your home so that when you return, you can start fresh and only have to focus on unpacking and doing laundry from your trip. Take out the trash, empty out your fridge, tidy up, and do the loads of laundry that you won’t be bringing on your vacay. 

 

13. Set your A.C. so you don’t come back to extreme temps

To turn the air conditioning off or to leave it on? That is the question. Sure, we don’t want to waste energy, but we also don’t want to walk into the extreme temps that come with sauna-like summer temperatures or below-freezing winter weather. 

First things first: Check the weather in your hometown for the week you’ll be away. If the weather will be relatively mild while you’re gone, it’s a safe bet that if you turn off your air conditioning, your home will survive and you’ll be fairly comfortable when you get back.

If your home base is going to be experiencing hotter-than-average temperatures, consider keeping the home cool but not cold, seven to 10 degrees higher than you would normally set it if you were at home. This will prevent your cooling appliances from working overtime to compensate for above-normal temps within the home. On the other hand, if your city is going to be experiencing below-freezing temperatures, it’s best to set your thermostat to 50 to 55 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing.

 

 






This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Blue Apron, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

 

 

11 Skincare Products a Dermatologist Would Get From CVS

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We talk a lot about the beauty products recommended by our editors and by celebrities because it’s important to know whether or not the products you’re testing (likely on your face) are actually worth the hype. Who wants to order a $100 cream before they know how to use it, what the texture is like, or how often it should be applied? But there’s something to be said about skincare products loved by the experts we all look to for advice: dermatologists.

After watching about a dozen TikToks about drugstore skincare recommendations, I needed to know what the experts had to say. What are dermatologists telling their patients to pick up when they head to the drugstore? We scoped out the long list of skincare products available at CVS to find which ones were actually worth the price, according to doctors.

 





Differin

Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment

If you can’t make it to a dermatologist or are afraid to try tretinoin, Differin is the next best thing. It’s an adapalene gel, meaning it’s a gentler, over-the-counter alternative to tretinoin and is known as one of the best ways to treat acne without seeing a doctor. Dr. Fatima Fahs, board-certified dermatologist in Michigan and creator of the Dermy Doc Box, said this gel is great for comedonal acne, the small bumps you might get on your forehead or chin that never seem to go away.

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Neutrogena

Rapid Tone Repair 20% Vitamin C Face Serum

Regardless of your skin type, incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine should be high on your priority list, and this one from Neutrogena (a brand loved by dermatologists for their effective, tested, and inexpensive products) rivals high-end formulas without the price tag. These come in capsules that you break open and apply to your skin, resulting in a smooth, bright, clear complexion in just a few uses.

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Cetaphil

Gentle Skin Cleanser

There’s a reason you can’t get out of a dermatologist’s office without hearing someone utter the words “gentle cleanser.” Especially when you’re using actives like retinol and AHAs, opting for a gentle, basic cleanser like this loved one from Cetaphil ensures you don’t over-exfoliate your skin. “It hydrates while cleansing the skin and also strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier. I like that it is fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and does not clog your pores,” said Dr. Marina Peredo, a board-certified dermatologist in New York.

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CeraVe

Moisturizing Cream

When you need a good facial moisturizer, you can always count on CeraVe. This moisturizing cream is thick without feeling heavy, so it’s great for many skin types, but especially great for dry and very dry skin. Dermatologists recommend using this with retinol to keep your skin hydrated and plump.

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Panoxyl

Creamy Wash 4% Benzoyl Peroxide Daily Control Deep Cleaning Wash for Acne

“[I] love this benzoyl peroxide-based wash for managing body acne,” Dr. Fahs said. “Stick it in your shower and use it as a body wash to acne prone areas like your chest, back, and even bottom!” She said it’s also great to keep on hand after a sweaty workout.

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La Roche-Posay

Anthelios Ultra Light Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 50

Finding a sunscreen for dark and deep skin tones at the drugstore can be a struggle, but this tinted one from La Roche-Posay ranks quite high. It’s a mineral formula, so you don’t have to worry if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin, and the extra tint adds a physical protection against UVA/UVB rays. It has a matte finish that doesn’t disturb anything else you put on your face, so it’s ideal for long days when you know you’ll need to reapply.

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Aquaphor

Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

Classic Aquaphor is one of the best products to have in your arsenal if you deal with dry skin, eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions that make you feel itchy and irritated. You can use it on your lips, elbows, heels, knees, cuts, scrapes, and even on your face as a highlighter. “Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment is ideal for those who suffer from dry, cracked skin,” Dr. Peredo said. “It helps restore the skin to be smooth and healthy.”

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Amlactin

Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

If you’re on the hunt for a moisturizing body cream with some exfoliating ingredients, look no further. This one contains lactic acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. “I love this for keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) on the arms, rough elbows, knees, and heels,” Dr. Fahs said.

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Aveeno

Daily Moisturizing Lotion

If you bring home samples from your dermatologist, you can bet some Aveeno moisturizers will be in there. Dermatologists swear by the minimal ingredient list and love that the product is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. It’s also light and not greasy. Apply it after you shower when your skin is still damp for soft skin that doesn’t feel sticky.

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RoC

Retinol Correxion Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream

According to Dr. Fahs, “this is one of the strongest over-the-counter eye creams formulated with retinol and a great addition to a routine looking to target fine lines and discoloration under the eyes.”

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Vanicream

Gentle Facial Cleanser

“This is the most underrated drugstore brand that truly has amazing products all around,” Dr. Fahs said. “Their gentle facial cleanser is one of my favorite nighttime cleansers. Simple, effective, and won’t leave your skin super dry.”

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Why Won’t My Hair Hold Curls? Here’s The Answer

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Everyone’s seen the Instagram and Pinterest pictures of women with gorgeous, long curled locks. You spend an hour (or more) in front of the mirror, twirling a scalding hot iron around your head, creating the perfect curls that will hopefully brush out to the messy waves of your dreams. Then, after all that time, your hair falls flat before you even walk into the restaurant and you’re left wondering: why won’t my hair hold curls? Womp womp.

I’ve always had very fine hair that refuses to hold a curl. I did beauty pageants as a child (#nbd), and my grandma used to have to curl my hair and put it in sponge rollers for them to stay long enough to last the duration of the pageant. No one has time for that, but I also know that my lifeless curls need some revision stat.

So, why exactly does our hair lose shape so quickly? I went on a mission to figure out what I was doing wrong (self-awareness is key), and yeah, it was a lot. This is what I’ve learned from my mistakes!

 

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You’re not using the right tools

2
You’re not properly prepping your hair

3
You’re not sectioning your hair

4
You’re curling from the bottom to the top

5
You aren’t holding the curls in place

6
Your hair is too clean

7
You’re brushing out your curls

 

You’re not using the right tools

There’s more to curling your hair than the old curling iron your mom gave you freshman year of high school for the homecoming dance. Upgrade your iron to something higher quality with ceramic plates that heat equally all the way through—this way your curls are the same size all the way through. A lot of people think that their irons need to get super hot to get the best curls. If you have very thick hair, you’ll want a higher heat than someone with finer or thinner hair; however, you shouldn’t need an iron with anything over 300 degrees, and make sure your iron is never set above 400 degrees.

Pay attention to the size of the barrel. Short hair would benefit from a thinner barrel because you can wrap your hair around the barrel more times and it forces you to use smaller sections. People often think you need a large wand to do tousled waves. I’m not telling you what to do, but using a smaller barrel will make the curls tighter from the start so they fall throughout the day.

Also, don’t discriminate against curling irons! You can use a wand, an iron with a clip, or even a flat iron to create waves.

 

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Porcelain Ceramic Curling Iron

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You’re not properly prepping your hair

The prep is almost as important as the actual work of curling your hair! One trick to getting your curls to last is using a product with hold before you put the iron on your hair. Whether it’s a moose, a heat protectant, a hair spray, or a dry texture spray, your hair will already be prepared to hold onto the curl.  I love dry texture spray instead of hair spray because it gives your hair some grit which allows it to stick to the iron rather than sliding off and adds a nice messy texture. 

If you have the money and are trying to get curls for a big event, consider adding extensions! Not only does this add length and tons of volume, but it also adds a different hair texture to the mix. This gives your curl more bounce.




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Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer

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Dry Finish Working Texture Spray

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Propolis Infused Polishing Primer

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You’re not sectioning your hair

If you have a lot of hair, you need to section. Not sectioning makes it easy to miss pieces, which makes your hair look flat even when it’s not. Don’t be afraid to go all-in with your sectioning.

Especially if you’re using a small barrel, large sections of hair won’t get the same amount of heat across the iron, so make sure your sections are no larger than an inch.

 

You’re curling from the bottom to the top

When you curl from the bottom to the top, the bottom of your hair is getting most of the heat. This means your curls are the tightest at the bottom, which weighs down the hair closest to the scalp and makes the curls fall faster. This trick is especially important if you’re using a curling iron with a clamp.

This technique also comes in handy if you’re using a curling wand that tapers at the bottom. If the bottom of the barrel is thinner than the top, your ends are getting a tighter curl than the hair at the root. This creates a beautiful wave; however, it also tends to fall faster than a curling iron that is all the same size. You could opt to purchase a different curling iron or make do with what you have and place the entire section of hair onto the bottom of the barrel.

 




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You aren’t holding the curls in place

Curls aren’t set until they cool, so while they’re still hot, pin them to your head. You can use bobby pins or clips. If you really need them to stay, spray your hair while they’re setting!

 

Your hair is too clean

Clean hair just doesn’t have the grit and hold as hair with a little oil in it. Curls work best on second or even third-day hair. If you need to be clean, you can add dry shampoo to your hair before you curl to give it some texture and volume.

 

You’re brushing out your curls

Of course, no one’s walking out of the house in pageant curls; however, you don’t need to use a brush to get the bounciness out of your curls! A brush pulls the curl down too much, whereas using a wide-tooth comb or just your fingers pulls them apart without overdoing it. I also recommend flipping your head over just after you finish curling and shaking the curls out at the root of your hair. Not only does this add serious volume, but it gives your curls some piecyness. My favorite trick for messy, undone curls!

Make sure to spray them with hairspray or dry texture spray before you brush them out so the hold stays.

 

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9 Period Sex Positions That You Should Try Next






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Being on your period isn’t a death sentence to your sex life. Seriously. In fact, there are several period sex positions that can make you feel a little more comfortable (yep, sex can help with cramps!)

It’s a scientific fact that we get a little horny on our periods, especially when we feel like it’s the one time we can’t have sex. But that’s a lie the patriarchy fed us, and period sex is just like having sex any other time. 

While you can do any sex position on your period, these are the ones you should try next:

 

1. Standing up in the shower





Shower sex is a no-brainer when you’re on your period because, well, duh. Try a standing up position in which you face each other (likely propping up your leg against the edge of the tub or the shower) to make figuring it out (and not slipping) a bit easier. Whether you’re being digitally stimulated or having penetrative sex with someone with a penis, this is likely the easiest on this list.

 

2. Lying on your side





Any position in which you’re laying down will make having sex on your period extra enjoyable (or any time—no shame in being a pillow princess). This position involves you laying on your side and your partner entering you while they’re propped up on a pillow. 

 

3. Missionary with butterfly legs





You can never go wrong with missionary; there’s a reason it’s the most common sex position out there. But to make it even more comfortable during your period, try it with your legs in a butterfly yoga pose. It’ll open up your hips a little bit and feel oh, so good. This is also a great position for your partner to be on top of you using a vibrator or any other toy you love.

 

4. Doggy style





There are so many variations of doggy style to try. From laying down on your stomach with your butt up to putting a pillow under your knees to lift you up a bit, this position is a favorite amongst many for a reason. But while on your period, if you so choose, this is also a good time to try anal sex if you haven’t yet.

 

5. Missionary with legs straight up





Another variation of classic missionary, this one puts you in the standard “legs up the wall” yoga pose except your partner is the wall. Keep your legs together and place them on their chest or have them hold them up for you. This allows your partner to get very deep while still being able to access your clitoris for all that extra stimulation you’re craving.

 

6. The Lotus





If you’re wanting a position to feel really close to your partner, try this. Have your partner sit on a couch or on the bed with their legs out in front of them. You’ll straddle them from the top, wrapping your legs around their waist. Because you’re facing each other, it’s easy to look into each other’s eyes and really connect. This is also a great position if you just want to grind on your partner, especially if your partner also has a vagina. 

 

7. Mutual Masturbation





If you’re not quite feeling it but still ~feeling it~, masturbating with your partner while you’re side-by-side or facing each other might be the way to go. Side-by-side means you can touch each other if you feel like it, and facing each other provides quite the view. You can’t go wrong either way.

 

8. Spooning





What better position on your period than one where you lay down and don’t do any work? To make this position a little more fun, lift your leg closest to the ceiling up so your legs are in a “T” position. Your partner will have a little more room to enter you at that angle and a nice view! 

 

9. Cowgirl





With your hormones making you a little hornier than usual, you might want to do the exact opposite of all of these and absolutely strut your stuff, and when that’s the case, opt for cowgirl. This position allows you to stay in control, and it’s really easy for your partner to use their fingers or a vibrator on your clit at the same time. 

 

 

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The Best Shoes at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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If there’s one thing I love to shop for more than anything else, it’s shoes. Sneakers, boots, sandals—you name it, I want it. There’s just something about having an amazing shoe collection (I don’t know, maybe it’s the Carrie Bradshaw in me) that feels amazing. We all know that shoes can make or break your look, so why not have a large selection to choose from?

When it comes to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I always start by browsing the shoes. The deals are insane, and you know that you’ll get a ton of wear out of the shoes that are on sale. It’s also the perfect opportunity to look ahead at fall and winter and see what’s going to be trending. This year, for example, the NSale is full of chunky, lug-style boots that really go with everything.

Although I would say that boots are the way to go when buying in the sale, there are amazing deals on sneakers, mules, sandals, and even slippers. Here are our favorite Nordstrom Sale shoes that you’ll wear for years to come:

 





Adidas

Swift Run X Sneaker

Our entire team is obsessed with Adidas Swift Runs, and there’s no better time to pick up a pair than during the Nordstrom sale. Under $60? We’ll take one of each color!

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Nike

Internationalist Sneaker

Retro-style sneakers have slowly been making their way back into mainstream fashion, and this fun color combo makes for the perfect summer sneaker.

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Vionic

Shayla Sneaker

These sneakers are the perfect in-between for when you need something super comfortable but still want to look cute.

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Sorel

Kinetic Renegade Mesh Sneaker

There’s just something about a pair of pink sneakers that we can’t resist, and this peachy-pink toned pair from Sorel is no exception.

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Nike

Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Running Shoe

These sneakers are great for running and working out, but the all-white look also makes a super chic statement.

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Nike

React Escape Run Running Shoe

The leopard print accents on these white sneakers are eye-catching in all the right ways. Plus, they look like the most comfortable sneakers ever.

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Caslon

Andes Sneaker

These under-$50 sneakers come in four super cute colors and are perfect for the transition from summer to fall.

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Sam Edelman

Poppy Sneaker

All four colors of these sneakers are insanely cute, but the white option is seriously the perfect white sneaker that goes with absolutely anything all year around.

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Converse

Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Platform Sneaker

The canvas version of these have been my go-to shoes all summer long. When I saw that they come in leather too, I 1) audibly gasped and 2) immediately added them to my wishlist.

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Marc Fisher LTD

Gadri Pointed Toe Bootie

This pointed-toe, Western-style pair of booties from Marc Fisher has become iconic for a good reason. They’re chic, go with everything, and make you look instantly put together.

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Franco Sarto

Waxton Chelsea Boot

Miranda Priestly, who? These square-toed booties are so chic that everyone will want to know where you got them.

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Franco Sarto

Stevie Bootie

If you haven’t added a pair of mid-calf boots to your closet yet, now’s your chance. They’re back with a vengeance this year, and we predict that this trend will stick around for a while.

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Dirty Laundry

Groovy Platform Boot

The ‘70s are back, and these retro-style booties are a great way to bring the groovy style into your wardrobe in a subtle way.

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Marc Fisher LTD

Padmia Chelsea Boot

These boots will become your #1 go-to through fall and winter. All three colors are super cute, and these are easy to slip on with any outfit.

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Caslon

Miller Water Resistant Chelsea Boot

These boots were top sellers all through last fall and winter, and at under $60, you’ll definitely want to grab a pair now.

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Steve Madden

Hayle Platform Chelsea Boot

This pair is the upgraded version of an insanely popular pair of boots from last year—so if you get yourself a pair now, you know you’ll be ahead of the game.

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Blondo

Drew Waterproof Bootie

Our team loves Blondo boots—especially the suede option that is also waterproof. For under $100 and with this super cute zipper detail, this pair is a must-have.

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Steve Madden

Finn Chain Pointed Toe Mule

These are a perfect addition to your wardrobe if you’re heading back to the office soon. They come in six colors that are all adorable, plus the oversized chain detail is very on-trend this year.

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Treasure & Bond

Nova Mule

You’ll be living in these mules this fall—they’re not only cute and comfortable, they’re also very affordable at under $40.

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Sarto by Franco Sarto

Sandra Mule

This unique take on a classic mule is the perfect way to spice up your footwear collection. Plus, we seriously want one of each color and pattern.

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Marc Fisher LTD

Saraly Faux Fur Lined Mule

If you love the idea of fur-lined mules to keep your feet warm this winter but don’t want to splurge on a higher-end brand, these are a great option for you.

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Vince Camuto

Loralee Mule

Woven sandals have been absolutely everywhere this summer, so these mules are a great way to bring that trend into the fall.

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Michael Michael Kors

Petra Block Heel Sandal

These block heels are the answer to the question we’ve all been wondering: If plain suede ankle-strap heels are out, what’s in?

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Chinese Laundry

Lana Slide Sandal

These comfy heeled sandals will have you looking cute for the rest of summer, and the leather material means you can also make them work into early fall.

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Aerosoles

Lima Slide Sandal

Hello to these shoes and these shoes only! They’re so fun and the absolute perfect summer-to-fall transition shoe.

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Zac Zac Posen

Yanni Sandal

If you have any weddings to attend during the rest of the year, these heels are a fun and trendy addition to any dress.

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Vince Camuto

Candialia Sandal

Everyone needs a classy pair of heels that can go with anything, and this woven pair definitely fits the bill.

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UGG

Genuine Shearling Slipper

Our editors wait all year long to snag Ugg slippers at a lower price during this sale. Although other brands are cute, nothing comes close to the sheer comfort of a classic Ugg slipper.

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UGG

Cozette Genuine Shearling Slipper

These are the classic Ugg slipper’s Gen-Z little sister. If you have a trendy gal to buy a gift for or just want to branch out yourself, these are a great option.

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Nordstrom

Snuggle Plush Faux Fur Slipper

You’ll find yourself slipping on these classic crossband faux-fur slippers all the time. Plus, they come in five colors, all of which are super cute.

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The Best Plus-Size Matching Sets on the Internet RN

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Sometimes advice comes in unexpected forms, and one of my favorite pieces of it came from the 2011 version of Footloose (yes, really). Ariel, played by Julianne Hough, is getting ready for a dance, and her mom tells her that “simple elegance is something to strive for.” It’s always stuck with me and is something I try to incorporate into my outfits constantly. I’ve figured out a few go-to outfit formulas that I feel fit the bill, and as of late, that almost always includes a matching set.

But as we’ve discussed time and time again, finding incredible plus-size pieces isn’t always easy, so when we do, we love to shout it from the rooftops. Matching sets come in countless different cuts and fits—long pants and a tank top, shorts and a long sleeve, you name it—which means there’s something out there for absolutely everyone.

Another plus of a good matching set? They’re almost always uber-comfortable (we’re talking pajama-level cozy), which makes us gravitate toward them even more. Looking good doesn’t need to equate to spending a ton of time putting together an outfit, and mastering effortless style is easy with the help of an arsenal of a few good matching sets. Ready for your new summer uniform? These are the best plus-size matching sets for any and every occasion:

 

For your day (or night) out

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Kayla Top

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Kayla Skirt

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Tie Strap Top

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Abercrombie

Smocked Mini Skirt

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ASOS

Color Block Shirt

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ASOS

Color Block Shorts

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ASOS

Satin Crop Top

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ASOS

Satin Skirt

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ASOS

Maxi Beach Set

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Ribbed Polo Set

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For lounging

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ASOS

’70s Track Top

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’70s Track Shorts

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SKIMS

Cotton Rib Bodysuit

8 colors available
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SKIMS

Cotton Rib Boxer

8 colors available
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ASOS

Ribbed Sweatshirt

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ASOS

Ribbed Joggers

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ASOS

Knit Set

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For your workout

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Girlfriend Collective

Long-Line Sports Bra

10+ colors available
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Girlfriend Collective

High-Rise Bike Short

7 colors available
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Athleta

Long-Line Sports Bra

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Athleta

7/8 Capri

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Old Navy

Long-Line Sports Bra

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Old Navy

High-Waisted Leggings

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ATHLETA

V-Cut Sports Bra

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ATHLETA

7/8 Leggings

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6 Ways to Style Your Gorgeous Velvet Sofa

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As someone who just moved from a tiny studio apartment to a somewhat spacious two-bedroom, let me vent for a sec: Finding the right couch is hard. It has to be comfortable but chic and stand out enough to update your style while still being timeless enough to adapt to your changing taste throughout the years. Committing to a couch is arguably more stressful than committing to a relationship.

Whether you’re in need of a new couch or just looking for a statement piece to take up space, I have the perfect solution for you: a velvet sofa. Bold yet classic, comfortable but chic, it’s the investment piece you didn’t know you needed. It immediately makes any space more luxe, but at the same time, it’s still welcoming. Call us bias, but the gorgeous pieces from The Everygirl’s collab with Interior Define come in a variety of shades in luxe velvet fabrics, ranging from gorgeous jewel tones to chic neutrals. Trust me, you won’t miss your boring old sectional. Just to prove that velvet works in any season or style, we put together a style guide on how to style your velvet couch in six totally different ways. Whether your style is more classic or trendy, there’s a velvet couch setup for you. 

 

Minimal farmhouse





couch / ottoman / lamp / rug / faux eucalyptus / wall art / wood tray

If Nancy Meyers had a velvet sofa on set, this is how it would be styled. If you’re a sucker for timeless style, muted colors, and lots of texture, you’re going to love plush velvet mixed with woodsy accents and a jute rug to make it feel more grounded. Joanna Gaines would be proud! 

 

 

Eclectic 





couch / pouf / throw pillows / mirror / gold vase / fiddle leaf tree

For the style star who isn’t afraid to stand out and gravitates toward accents with personality, try the classic couch in a bold color like blush mixed with fun prints, bohemian poufs, and eye-catching pieces. 

 

 

Mid-Century Modern





couch / coffee table / accent chair / snake plant / wall prints

We love mid-century modern because the cool design and clean lines means pieces that look more expensive than they are. Velvet pairs perfectly with the chic style, thanks to dark colors, sleek lines, and the perfect addition of faux leather and wood. 

 

 

Grandmillenial





couch / throw pillows / end tables / dried bouquet / vase / lamp / wall prints

That’s right: your grandmother’s sitting room is officially cool, thanks to the grandmillenial style sweeping Instagram. Think: pleated textures, muted florals, and vintage pastels. It’s like you entered a very on-trend time machine. 

 

 

Relaxed Modern





couch / print / baskets / candle / stool / plant / rug

If your vibe is more California-cool, velvet textures will warm up natural accents and simplistic pieces. Let a black and white print and tropical plant stand out next to a few simple and stylish pieces. It’s like the interior design version of “I woke up like this” makeup–intentionally effortless and oh-so-cool. 

 

 

Parisian





couch  / rug / wall print / faux peonies / mirror / bust / storage basket / side table

When you can’t go to Paris, you bring Paris to your living room. Velvet is arguably the most elegant couch fabric, and it goes perfectly with extravagant gold mirrors, pretty peonies, and French girl-approved accents like rattan or busts. C’est si bon!

 

 

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The Best Cold-Weather Pieces at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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For those of us who look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year (raises both hands), we know that it puts us in an interesting situation: It happens during the heart of summer but allows us to stock up on pieces that are released for fall. The result? Wishing we could speed up time and get to fall so we can wear all of the incredible new pieces we scored at incredible discounts.

In my humble opinion, the absolute best items to add to your cart at the Nordstrom Sale are cold-weather essentials—coats, boots, jackets, the whole shebang. Cold-weather pieces tend to be a lot more expensive than items for other seasons, so being able to get them at a discounted price means we’re strategizing our entire fall and winter wardrobes in the middle of July—and can you blame us?

We’re not saying that you should want to fast-forward time and skip straight ahead to the cool, dreamy days of fall. All we’re saying is that if these pieces make you want to, don’t blame us. These are the absolute best cold-weather items you can pick up at the 2021 Nordstrom Sale (and you can bet they’re already in our carts).

 

In this article

1
Coats & Jackets

2
Sweaters

3
Boots

 

Coats & Jackets

Bernardo

Peaked Lapel Coat, $149

originally $265
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Bernardo

Belted Wrap Coat, $149

originally $265
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Bernardo

Belted Wrap Coat, $149

originally $265
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Halogen

Double Face Wool Coat, $129

originally $199
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CLUB MONACO

Maite Trench Coat, $194

originally $329

A classic trench is a staple in anyone’s wardrobe, and this cult-favorite option is rarely discounted. You’ll never regret having this in your closet.

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Ralph Lauren

Snap Front Quilted Jacket, $99

originally $170

For the in-between weather where it’s chilly but not quite chilly enough for your parka, this chic, quilted coat is your answer. It’s timeless but will give your look a little something extra with its chic gold hardware.

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RALPH LAUREN

Wool Blend Jacket, $249

originally $380
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Ralph Lauren

Diamond Quilted Jacket, $119

originally $200
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BLANKNYC

Faux Shearling Jacket, $64

originally $98
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Thread & Supply

Dolman Quilted Jacket, $35

originally $55
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ALLSAINTS

Leather Biker Jacket, $325

originally $489

I picked this up at a Nordstrom Sale a couple of years ago, and it is without a doubt one of my top five favorite items in my entire closet. It is the absolute perfect leather jacket, and I get asked about it almost every time I wear it. If you choose one investment piece in the sale, I couldn’t recommend this more.

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BLANKNYC

Suedo Moto Jacket, $99

originally $188
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BLANKNYC

Plus-Size Moto Jacket, $99

originally $188
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BLANKNYC

Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $54

originally $98
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Thread & Supply

Shirt Jacket, $31

originally $49
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The North Face

Water Repellent Down Parka, $224

originally $300

The perfect winter coat for any cold climate, this editor favorite has passed the test of Chicago winters (which is saying a lot). If you’re looking for a new parka to invest in, this is one that will take you through winter after winter.

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SAM EDELMAN

Belted Wool Coat, $149

originally $320
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Bernie

Faux Fur Coat, $119

originally $215
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Sweaters

Treasure & Bond

Button Front Cardigan, $49

originally $79
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VINCE

Wool Longline Cardigan, $324

originally $545
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Nordstrom

Cashmere Sweater, $69

originally $119

Cashmere rarely goes on sale, so we’re adding this one to our cart while we still can (in multiple colors, if we’re being honest). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for a classic, cashmere sweater, and we know this is a piece we’ll wear for years to come.

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Barefoot Dreams

Cozy Chic Cardigan, $79

originally $128

One of our favorite things to pick up at the Nordstrom Sale is any and everything Barefoot Dreams (they make the softest, coziest products we’ve ever experienced in our lives), and this wrap cardigan is like a hybrid between our robes and a sweater. All we can imagine is sitting on the couch on a winter day working from home snuggly in this.

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Nordstrom

Cashmere Sweater, $69

originally $119
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Madewell

Coziest Yarn Cardigan, $58

originally $98
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Halogen

Rib Cardigan, $45

originally $69
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Free People

Too Good Sweater, $49

originally $78
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Madewell

Kent Cardigan, $58

originally $98

Looking for a staple to add to your wardrobe? Look no further than this classic cardigan that you’ll reach for time and time again.

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BDG

Fisherman Half Zip, $45

originally $69
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VINCE

Chunky Wool Sweater, $269

originally $445
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Good American

Collared Sweater, $79

originally $129

Polos aren’t just for the country club anymore, and this sweater falls into the 2021 trend in a subtle way that you can wear for years to come.

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VINCE

Easy Fit Crewneck, $179

originally $295
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Free People

Princess Sweater, $69

originally $108
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Boots

3 colors available

Cedar Bootie, $89

originally $135
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4 colors available

Water Resistant Stretch Bootie, $329

originally $495
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4 colors available

Lace-Up Bootie, $149

originally $249

You’ve probably seen this cult-favorite boot all over Instagram every time the temps drop below 40—but they rarely go on sale. If you’re looking for a new winter boot that will keep you warm and looking good, this is it.

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4 colors available

Knee High Boot, $149

originally $225
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4 colors available

Stevie Bootie, $109

originally $168
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6 colors available

Welland Bootie, $99

originally $150
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4 colors available

Slouchy Boot, $89

originally $139
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2 colors available

Water Resistant Chelsea Boot, $59

originally $99

This water-resistant boot was constantly sold out last year for a reason: it falls into the chunky boot craze that’s all the rage (without being too chunky), but is practical for real life since it’s water resistant. I wore these boots almost every time I left the house last winter, and if I didn’t have them, I’d be snagging them up in an instant this year. These are going to sell out fast, so get your hands on them while you can.

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SARTO BY FRANCO SARTO

Chelsea Boot, $119

originally $190
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2 colors available

Chelsea Lug Boot, $249

originally $378
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2 colors available

Ramona Bootie, $152

originally $228
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3 colors available

Lori Bootie

originally $170
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4 colors available

Pointed Toe Bootie, $129

originally $198

With a walkable, two-inch block heel, these are the absolute perfect booties—and are an editor favorite around our office. If you’re looking for a go-to black bootie, this leather option is for you; if you want a statement bootie for the colder weather, the blue suede is calling your name.

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20 Summer Hobbies You Can Start Today

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I don’t want to jinx it and scare away warm Chicago temps but summer is almost upon us which means that it’s the perfect time to finally adopt that summer hobby you’ve always wanted to try. 

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about adulthood, it’s that finding a hobby is more difficult than meets the eye. It can take a bit of trial and a whole lot of error to find what exactly lights your fire, but once you do, life just gets so much better. Whether you’re in it to fill a void, get away from your tech screens, work your creative muscles, or experience new ventures, we’ve got you covered. These 20 summer hobbies are here to help you have your most fulfilling season yet:

 

1. Take up photography

Remember that one time when you bought that one DSLR camera and swore you’d use it, then refrained from bringing it anywhere because it’s just too chunky for casual use? Fair enough, but hear us out: Summer is the perfect time to pick photography back up and to learn how to use your fancy camera beyond “auto” mode. Whether you’re documenting your favorite summer sights or learning how to get the perfect golden hour pics, there is no better time to learn the groundwork of photography than when you can comfortably be in natural, outside light without freezing your ass off.

DSLR or not, learning the basics of photography can make any pictures (yes, even the ones you take with your iPhone) exponentially better. Watching YouTube videos to learn about photography basics (aperture, exposure, shutter speed, and ISO),  tips/tricks, and mistakes to avoid can help you understand the camera you already have or inspire you to invest in one. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll has great reviews on Amazon and is another great place to start.





Canon

DSLR Camera Bundle

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Instant Film Camera

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Sensyne

iPhone Tripod

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Henry Carroll

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs

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2. Develop your green thumb

Maybe you’re already a trusty plant mom or maybe you’re like me who can’t get within 10 feet of a plant without it passing away. Regardless of your previous skill level, gardening can be a nice, rewarding hobby to take up in the summertime. Starting a garden can be an intimidating task but thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there to help you get your green thumb on. Whether you prefer to read about how to plan, sow, plant, and maintain your garden or watch a YouTube series on how to get started, there are plenty of ways to learn and to get going and growing.





DK

The Complete Gardener’s Guide

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Tammy Wylie

Container Gardening For Beginners

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Aladom

Gardening Kit

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AeroGarden

Indoor Garden

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Planters’ Choice

Indoor Herb Garden

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3. Take a hike

Grab your hiking boots, ladies, we’re trailblazing this summer. If you’ve been hiking before, you know that it’s one of the best ways to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. Hit up a local trail in your area or road trip to a place with great heights and terrain—the world is truly your playground! Get lost in thought, get those endorphins pumping, soak up some vitamin D, and let the good times roll. If you’re a beginner, invest in some good hiking gear, stay hydrated, bring a good SPF, and check out these hiking tips to ensure that you have a safe and fun experience.





Osprey

Hiking Daypack

11 colors available

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KUYOU

Hydration Daypack

5 colors available

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Salomon

Backpacking Boots

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4. Make your own jewelry

Arts and crafts have always been at the tip-top of popular summer hobbies but have you tried making your own jewelry yet? Capture your own design aesthetic in wearable pieces that you can make from the comfort of your own home. Make them for yourself, gift them to a friend, sell them on Etsy… the possibilities are endless. There are some awesome kits, books, and Youtube videos (essential techniques, supplies to purchase, and of course, hacks) that will make getting started a whole lot easier.





Cecilia Leibovitz

Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners

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Shynek

Jewelry Making Kit

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5. Repurpose old fabrics

Here at TEG, we’re all about spring cleaning, bingeing our closets when they’re busting at the seams, and donating or selling pieces that either don’t fit, aren’t our style, or remind us of darker days. But one thing we haven’t quite explored? Upcycling our fabrics into cool new pieces that you just can’t buy on any online shop or any storefront.

Grab your scissors and your sewing kits (sewing machines, if you’re fancy) and prepare to transform your dusty old pieces into something fresh, trendy, and wearable. If you’re not into sewing (yet), start with these 11 no-sew upcycle clothing projects and then move on to some more advanced techniques when you’re ready to completely transform an item you’d otherwise get rid of. Whether you want to flip thrifted pieces, try out a new trend, or completely transform your wardrobe, upcycling your old clothes is a fun way to enter a creative flow, express yourself, and be a bit kinder to the environment. That’s what we like to call a win-win situation and we’re here for it.





Artika

Mini Sewing Kit

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Yula Designs

Embroidery Starter Kit

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Fiskars

Fabric Cutting Mat

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LIVINGO

Fabric Shears

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6. Explore new places in your town

If there’s one thing that we took for granted pre-pandemic, it was appreciating the beauty, the nooks, and the crannies of our own hometowns. As small businesses, farmers’ markets, and attractions begin to reopen with masking and social distancing restrictions, it’s once again becoming safe to rediscover the beauty of your own city. Challenge yourself to visit one to two new places a week to safely broaden your horizons and to appreciate all that your city has to offer.

 

 

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7. Hit the tennis court

Channel your inner Serena Williams because tennis is a phenomenal way to get outside, get your heart rate up, and get your sweat on. Do I personally know one thing about tennis other than the mandatory grunt that comes with serving? No. But do I enjoy the satisfying “plunk” that occasionally occurs when a tennis ball bounces perfectly off of the center of my racket? You bet. If you want to get official, you can hit up some YouTube tutorials like this one so that you can get a match going with a friend.





Penn

Tennis Balls

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Wilson

Tennis Racket

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Aoneky

Portable Tennis Net

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8. Read in the sunshine

Name a better feeling than curling up with a book while basking in the sunlight. We’ll wait. The slow moments of summer serve as the perfect opportunity to finally tackle that ever-growing “to-read list.” And whether you’re looking for books that keep you on the edge of your seat, give you a sense of wanderlust, give you all of the Bridgerton vibes, or inspire you to be better, we’ve got some page-turning recommendations for you. 

 

9. Dabble in mixology

If whipping up classic, daring, or snazzy cocktails has been a feat on your to-try list, we’re declaring that this summer is the one that you make it happen. Try taking a virtual mixology class from the comfort of your backyard, check out a cocktail recipe book (that doubles as a coffee table book, of course), invest in some cocktail accessories, and toast to trying new things.





Sother Teague

I’m Just Here for the Drinks

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Tim Federle

Tequila Mockingbird

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Mixology & Craft

Mixology Bartending Kit

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10. Practice journaling

Journaling is a great way to get in touch with your inner-self, explore new ideas, and express what is weighing on your heart. Whether you view journaling as a way to record a stream of thoughts or as an outlet to discover your purpose (like with these awesome journaling prompts), getting started can be a therapeutic addition to your “me time” that you can take just about anywhere (early, sunny morning on the Chicago lakefront, anyone?).





Paperage

Bullet Journal

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Bonnie Myotai Treace

52-Week Guided Journal

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Intelligent Change

The Five Minute Journal

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iBayam

Colorful Journaling Pens

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Pilot

Fine Point Gel Pens

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11. Hit a hole in one

OK, maybe a hole in one is a little ambitious for those of us who may have never hit the links before but golfing is a summer hobby that you can stick with for (pretty much) ever. There are so many components to golf that you can spend time mastering (putting, chipping, driving, driving the golf cart while looking cute in golf attire, etc.). While investing in a set of clubs can be a bit expensive, a good set can last you forever and can be a great social activity to partake in once the world opens back up. 





Wilson

Women’s Complete Golf Set

4 colors available

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Adidas

Golf Shoe

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12. Switch up your form of transportation

Yesterday, I saw this video of a gal effortlessly gliding on and off of a longboard, barefoot, and looking cool as hell. It seemed so liberating and the vibes were absolutely immaculate. I briefly thought to myself, “I want to do that!” before coming back to reality and remembering my super average athletic abilities and impressive lack of balance. Though I’ll likely never zippity-do-da on a longboard like the aforementioned graceful woman, there’s something about biking, rollerblading, and scootering that reminds me of summer nights in my hometown as a kid and leaves me nostalgic AF. And who knows, maybe you’ll spot me gliding on a longboard down Michigan Avenue one of these days.





OutdoorMaster

Cycling Helmet

11 colors available

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SANVIEW

Beginner Longboard

8 colors available

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Public Bikes

European-Style City Bike

8 colors available

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K2

Inline Skates

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13. Update old furniture (or start from scratch):

There’s a big learning curve when it comes to tackling anything handy—especially if you’re like me—but after watching stunning home improvement projects on TikTok for a few hours, I suddenly feel like I am Joanna Gaines herself and start looking at my old furniture thinking, “oh, I for sure can sand and stain that!” Entering the world of home improvement is no joke but the payoff is wildly great. Not only will you feel a sense of “holy shit, I did that” accomplishment, but it can also result in some really great pieces that save you a ton of money in the long run. 





Black+Decker

Home Tool Kit

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Krylon

Matte Black Spray Paint

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Black+Decker

Orbit Sander

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Retique It

Furniture Paint

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14. Brew some beer

Nothing screams “it’s summer” quite like cracking a cold beer but, as with all things, food and drink tend to taste better when you put time into making it yourself. I’ll admit, until our Editor in Chief mentioned that her husband dabbled in beer making last summer, I hadn’t even considered the possibility of brewing my own. I am picturing myself in a garage, singing the wrong words to country music, brewing some beer, and enjoying the fruits of my labor and I declare—this could the most unexpected summer hobby yet.





Northern Brewer

Beer Making Kit

4 flavors available

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John J. Palmer

How To Brew

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Joshua M. Bernstein

The Complete Beer Course

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Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans

Beer School: A Crash Course in Craft Beer

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15. Foster an animal

If you’ve fostered an animal before, you know that fostering is one of the most rewarding and mutually beneficial relationships in the game. Not only may it result in cuddles, kisses, and overall cuteness overload, but it’ll help prepare the animal for future adoption and free up room in the shelter, allowing the shelter to take new animals in. It’s a great way to experience puppy or kitty love without long-term commitment and is a great way to help out a furry friend in need (and your community). Reach out to shelters in your area to find fostering opportunities near you and thank me later!