Here's a quick rundown of how I survive the baking temperatures of the Midwest during summertime.
1. I drink. Constantly. And we're not talking booze specifically here, but iced tea, iced coffee, water, juice, Kool-Aid if I'm in dire straits....
2. Lots of sunscreen. I've already had the misfortune of a deep burn this year, so I'm upping my game with a better UV cream now.
3. Short hair. I know a lot of people don't want to sacrifice long and flowing locks for the sake of being cool, but I rather like my pixie cut so it ended up being the perfect summer hair style.
4. Powder foundation. I have semi oily skin to begin with and the summer humidity does NOT help matters. Thus, I forgo most of my liquid products and opt for a nice powdered foundation in a light shade.
5. Waterproof eye makeup. This one is kind of a no-brainer if you sweat just by stepping outside.
6. Sheer fabrics and light colors. For me, summer is a time to branch out away from traditional Goth looks. I start to experiment with witchy and boho maxi dresses, floppy hats, and vintage inspired looks.
7. Handheld fan. These are a godsend. I prefer the pretty ones that fold up nice and neat to tuck in my purse, but I wouldn't turn down a battery operated fan with misting effects. :)
8. Appropriate sandals. Normally, I adore crazy footwear, but it's just not practical when it's 98 degrees F and 99% humidity. So I have a go-to pair of thong sandals that match most summer Goth coordinates. They're black and the straps have rivets on them - subtle but effective.
9. Books. I tend to really stock up on books during the summer months. I want to be productive, but in a sense that doesn't involve much movement or heat exhaustion. Besides, a good novel goes perfectly with that spiked iced tea for earlier. ;)
10. You just can't beat good old fashioned air-con, though. Whether it's a central air unit or a window device, I need to stay cool indoors. So do my plants and such. And my cat.