Summer Favorite Things

R.I.P. summer.

I’m writing this blog post from my new dorm room for my sophomore year of college on the first day of classes, and I have to tell you that I have looked out the window forlornly a million times.

I’m that sad puppy dog who sits on the windowsill and watches their owner drive away.

My owner is summer, and it officially left me to fend for myself this morning.

But here’s the surprise my lovely reader people: I owe you guys three months worth of favorite things jammed into one. So let’s get to it.

*swings open double doors*

Da-da-da-daa!

Splendidly, Kait’s Summer Favorite Things:

Song: 1 NIGHT Lil Yachty Cover (Re-Prod by OSUMARU) – Destiny Briona

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Near the end of April, my talented friend Destiny dropped her cover of Lil Yachty’s “1 Night” on Soundcloud. This was in the midst of my finals, and I remember playing this song on a loop during late nights in the library. Then, when finals were over and I went back home to New Jersey, I put all my girlfriends onto this song.

Every single time I was in possession of the aux cord, I blasted this, until there came a point where this would always be the first song of our night, my friends already blasting it as they came to pick me up.

I never liked the original version of this song, but that’s just because I’m not a fan of Yachty’s singing voice. But Destiny’s version has basically become my go-to hype song, and I know every word, every run, and even every ad-lib during the closing minutes.

This was my summer song. Check out more of her music on her Soundcloud below!

Album: Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande

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I’ve been a fan of Ariana Grande since her Nickelodeon days, and I can proudly say that she has musically never let me down. Her third record Dangerous Woman was released in May, and is one of those listen-straight-through-no-skips type of albums.

In my opinion, this is her best release yet, as you can literally feel the creative shift in her music. No more of the bubblegum cookie cutter pop that was being forced onto her due to her delicate demeanor and small frame. This album is darker, edgier, and sexier.

And I loved every second of it.

She’s 23. She can sing about not being able to walk straight after sex if she wants.

I’M HERE FOR IT!

Read: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

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This novel was published in March 2005, but in July 2016, I discovered it on an impromptu trip to the library with my best friend. It was on the free book shelf, and it sounded interesting, so I grabbed it along with four other books.

Something Borrowed is about a woman who accidentally falls in love with her best friend’s fiancée.

Full of honesty and deception, this book had twist after twist after twist. I cried and I laughed out loud, but it’s not just because I’m an emotional person – Something Borrowed was just that good. I showed up to the party eleven years late, but I still had a kickass time.

Clothing Item: Thrift store shorts

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Freshman year of college widened my mind… and my thighs and my butt. When I went back home, I had a total of three pairs of shorts for the summer that still fit me.

So I did what I always do, which is head to Goodwill and raid the denim section until I found my signature mom jeans.

Jasmine cut them for me, and then these two pairs ended up being worn way more than they should have throughout the summer. But they were worn with love, and that’s all that matters.

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Skin Care Item: S.W. Basics Cream

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As stated before on the blog, I have dry skin, no matter if it’s hot and sticky outside or bitter cold. This cream, made up of organic shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil, saved my life this summer. I mostly used it during nighttime, since it is heavier than most moisturizers, but my skin was so thirsty and so grateful.

I bought the mini jar of the cream at Target for $10, as the full-sized jar is a little more on the expensive side at $32 for 3 oz. I can’t wait to see how this cream holds up during the fall/winter and if it really does have my back.

Movie: The Secret Life of Pets

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I’ve always been a fan of animated movies that show the “secret life of” (Toy Story, Cars, Monsters, Inc., Ratatouille, Inside Out, etc.) so I was pumped for TSLOP release.

The movie follows one dog and his pals on an adventure all around New York City, and it was silly, heartwarming, and so much fun. The little kid in me left the theater grinning from ear to ear, both times I went to see it.

If you have pets, this movie will change the way you greet them when you come home.

I miss my dogs already.

College sucks. 😦

Buy: Zenni Optical Clear Framed Glasses

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I got my first pair of Zennis this summer! Affordable, chic frames are not easy to come by when you have a -4.50 and -5.25 prescription.

(For all my 20/20 vision people out there, those numbers are just fancy glasses speak for “absolutely shit eyesight.”)

Yet, Zenni CAME THROUGH CLUTCH with these adorable clear frames for $60.

They were only $60 because my lenses are so thick; normal glasses wearing people would be able to purchase them for $30.

I haven’t touched my expensive Dolce and Gabbana frames since, which is ironic.

Order yours at zennioptical.com!

Picture: Taken June 27

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My cute family reppin’ Belize during our vacation. This is one of those pictures in which every single person shown was truly happy. I hope there are more of these kinds of photos in my future. ❤

Farewell to Summer

Summer Sixteen was one for the books. Honestly. I know that’s said nearly every year, but this summer was remarkable.

This was the first summer in which I experienced adult freedom.

This was the first summer I wholly cherished my family and home life after being apart from them for a school year.

This was the first summer I spent nearly every week with my best friends.

I traveled, I laughed, I was with my family, I felt like a bonafide teenager.

I had fun.

Coming back to school was definitely hard. This is because I knew I was leaving such a great three months behind, but I’m going to take Summer Sixteen as sort of an appetizer for this school year… it’s only going to get better.

Here’s wishing you all the best going into September.

Splendidly,

Kait

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