Summer Bookworm Guide: 7 Books to Read By the Pool

Dear bookworm, whether you prefer the beach or the pool, you know there’s nothing like having a great book to keep you entertained. Here are a few I plan to check off my list this summer:

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For My Bookworm That Loves A Thriller

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Have you read The Girl On The Train? If yes, then know the suspense and mystery that will wrapped in this one. In Into the Water. a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of a river and her teenage daughter knows that there’s more to the story than suicide. I can’t wait to crack this one open!

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland

Think Devil Wears Prada with as a thriller. Here’s the synopsis: A high-powered fashion editor dies in her office, her best friend / work wife Cat knows that it wasn’t because of something she ate (or, in this case, didn’t eat). Cat enlists the help of a detective and they get on the case — which winds the duo up in a web of sex, lies, and makeup counter madness.

For The Bookworm That Loves YA Fiction and a Little Romance

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) by Jenny Han

I’m a big fan of the first two books in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. So I’m excited to revisit all of these characters sipping frosé by the pool. Start with the first book and you’ve got a summer series.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories


Ok, this one isn’t out until next week, but it’s a perfect beach/poolside read of yeah you guessed it 12 love stories written by young adult authors.

For the Woke Bookworm

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Ace included Between The World and Me on her summer reading list and it’s also on mine. However, I thought I’d give you a classic option to consider. The Fire Next Time was originally a letter, written by Baldwin to his nephew on the 100th anniversary of the “emancipation” of black America and is completely relevant today.

“The impossible is the least that one can demand.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

For The Bookworm Who Also Loves Pop Culture

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper: A Novel by Hilary Liftin


This is a funny pool read that plays out like a E! True Hollywood story and is written by Hillary Liftin who is a ghostwriter that specializes in celebrity memoirs.

For My Bookworm Who Rereads The Great Gatsby

No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

I saw this book in so many articles about what to read in 2017. The story is basically a 2017 version of Gatsby, but I admit – I’m intrigued.

Do you have any suggestions for summer reads? Leave them in the comments below!

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How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

“I’m just trying to live my best life” is something I started saying heavily before leaving for Hangout Fest. My friends and co-workers love it just as much as I do. It’s probably because some of our “best life” decisions are questionable. Either way summer is almost officially here, and the only life I want to live is my best one!

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How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

Be consciously selfish.

It’s okay to say no to things that don’t benefit or interest you. This doesn’t mean to ignore your loved ones to sip sangria at the pool– at least not everyday. If your family is as big as mine, your calendar is already 50% booked with events. Make sure to make time for the fun and/or productive things you want to do.

Wear the bathing suit.

I know first hand this is easier said than done, but I also know that self consciousness and the heat don’t mesh well together.

Unplug.

If you didn’t Snap about it, did it even happen? Yes. Yes it did. Nothing says summer like a good drink-in-the-air picture, but sometimes we forget to live in the moment. Not to mention that a break from the 24-hour news cycle is good for the soul. Being on your phone too much takes away from quality pool and/or nap time. (Please note that I love a good drink in a float picture just as much as the next person.) How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17 - The Palmetto Peaches

Don’t apologize for living the life you chose.

You’ve earned whatever you’re celebrating. What other people think of your idea of fun has nothing to do with you. Maybe your best life is washing your hair and reading a book–maybe it’s drinking wine out the bottle. If it makes you happy and isn’t harmful to yourself and others–DO IT. Worry about yourself fam.

Here are things I plan to check off my list to help live my best life this summer.

launch my summer arts camp.

This is the year I’m FINALLY beginning the journey of sprinkling art into the lives of Charleston’s youth. The 2-week camp launches in July, so stay tuned for more details!

Take a solo day trip.

A day to myself in a different city would be adventurous, even in a city I’ve visited before.

Attend (at least) 3 festivals

Hangout Fest is 1 out of the 3. Music Midtown is on my list, but I’d like to attend a food or culture related festival too.

How do you plan to live your best life this summer, and every other day of the year?

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The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure

The Bachelorette: Let It Be Your Guilty Pleasure - palmsinatl.comOk ya’ll. We have to talk about this season of The Bachelorette. Now I’m a pretty inconsistent watcher of The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette franchise. I basically decide if I’m going to watch based on who is cast as the lead. I mean sometimes they just choose big douche bags/ f*ckboys — I’m looking at you Juan Pablo! Or the bachelorette is just uninteresting. However, this season is probably the one I’ve been the most excited for and not only because the lead, Rachel Lindsay, is the

first black Bachelorette!

Although, this is important.  The Bachelor began in 2002 and The Bachelorette a year later. Neither show has had a black lead, although one Hispanic man has been the bachelor. Y’all it took 33 seasons –  33 damn seasons!! Interestingly enough, Rachel’s also the oldest (not old though) – she’s only 32. So why is Rachel’s race important?

Black women are often overly sexualized, but not seen as objects of affection or marriage material. There are studies that show black women on online dating sites have the lowest message response rate from men of all races, while being the most likely to reply to men.  To see the beautiful, intelligent, funny, black bachelorette be courted by men of all races vying to be her husband, is such a beautiful reminder for women that look like me that we are desirable and deserve the love we seek.

More about Rachel:

  • Rachel is a lawyer from Dallas.
  • She’s got an adorable dog named Copper… like Copper and Tod from  The Fox and the Hound. 

We’re only two episodes in and while I think you would be thoroughly entertained binge-watching these four hours of greatness, here’s a quick catch-up.  If you plan on watching and don’t want any spoilers here is where you need to stop reading.

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Wordless Wednesday: Hangout Festival 2017

#WordlessWednesday: Hangout Festival 2017

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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

So earlier this week, Ace and I shared our Hangout Festival playlist with you all. Now maybe you’ll be out at Gulf Shores like us or perhaps you’re hitting the road to Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Essence Music Festival, Lollapalooza or one of the many amazing summer festivals. Either way you’ll probably need to pack a few items and I’ve got you covered with some music festival essentials.

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Music Festival Essentials: What Should I Pack?

Sunscreen

Talk about essential. Everyone needs sunscreen and this includes my melanated friends. A bad sun burn can ruin the rest of your trip. I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen in SPF 70 for my face.It sits flawlessly under makeup without giving you that weird blue cast. For the rest of my body, my go-to is the Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50. If you’re one of the unfortunate souls that does get burnt, I recommend Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sun Burn Relief Sun Care After Sun Lotion.

Portable Power Bank

If you’re going in a group there’s a likely chance that not everyone will want to see the same sets. I personally think you should have a festival buddy. But in case you plan on wondering off. I would suggest a portable power bank to charge your phone in case it dies before you can link back up with your squad. There are plenty on the market, but I purchased the
Polanfo 12000mAh Portable External Power Bank last year when my old Samsung S6 had the battery life of a yawn. I recently upgraded, but I’m still packing the power bank.

Beach blanket

Many festivals don’t allow you to bring in chairs, so I would recommend a blanket. I ordered one of these really cool round beach throws from Zulilly, but of course it didn’t ship on time.

Water Bottle

This is not a game people. Hydrate! Between the heat, the dancing, sweating and the booze, it is so easy to get dehydrated. If you’re camping, buy gallons of spring water to have handy. Otherwise make sure you have a stainless steel refillable water bottle or even consider bringing a Camelbak (if they are allowed).

Body wipes

Sometimes you just need a little refresh. I’m a big fan of the Pacifica Deodorant Wipes because they have coconut milk and essential oils. The wipes are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. I went to Target and purchased the travel size version, but I love these for after the gym or a workout. Some old-school baby wipes will also do the trick.

Mini Bottle Of Hand Sanitizer

Since we’re on the topic of hygiene. Let’s talk about port-o-potties. They are gross, but you have to just suck it up. For these instances, make sure you have some hand sanitizer.

Meds

In addition to any medication you regularly take, think about packing some Advil or Tylenol. I feel like I read somewhere once that immunity boosters like Emergen-C and Airborne don’t actually work. It doesn’t matter, I will not let anything have me down and out for the festival so I plan on packing some Airborne for a little extra dose of Vitamin C.

Optional: Flower crown

Listen…I’m that girl. Flower crowns are on everyone’s festival bingo. Forever 21 usually has a good selection or you can DIY your own with a few supplies from the craft store. I found some other great options on Amazon as well.

Obviously, your list will include some additional items, but these are some music festival essentials I stand by. Do you have any items that are must haves for you? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

We are three days away from Hangout Festival 2017!

We’ve gathered  some of our old crew (710) and some new friends and we’re heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama for a much needed vacation filled with live music. We haven’t done this as a group since Bonnaroo 2011.  So basically we’re expecting a beautiful disaster.

Issa festival!!

We’ve pulled together a playlist of the artists we’re really excited to see. Frank Ocean canceled at the last minute, so we’re a little bummed, but it’s not the end of the world. The theme for our time at the beach is: Don’t throw shade, throw parties!

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Don’t Throw Shade, Throw Parties – Hangout Festival Playlist

  • DJ Snake – Turn Down For What
  • Mumford & Sons – The Cave
  • Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  • Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs
  • The Suffers – Giver
  • Chance The Rapper – Smoke Break
  • Major Lazer – Lean On
  • Tkay Maidza – Simulation
  • Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
  • Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  • Bishop Briggs – River
  • Twenty One Pilots – Ride
  • The New Respects – Money
  • Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio
  • The Suffers – Make Some Room
  • Lil Yachty – One Night
  • Tkay Maidza – Tennies
  • LP – Tokyo Sunrise
  • The New Respects – Come As You Are
  • A$AP Ferg – Work (Remix)
  • LP – Into The Wild
  • The New Respects – Trouble
  • A$AP Ferg – Shabba
  • MGMT – Your Life is A Lie
  • Dillion Francis – Get Low
  • MGMT – Electric Feel
  • Chance The Rapper – No Problem
  • MGMT – Time To Pretend
  • MGMT – Weekend Wars
  • Major Lazer – My Love
  • MGMT -Kids
  • Major Lazer – Light It Up
  • A$AP Ferg – New Level
  • MGMT – Plenty of Girls In the Sea
  • Chance The Rapper – Juke Jam
  • Major Lazer- Cold Water
  • Weezer – Beverly Hills
  • Major Lazer – Run Up
  • The Head and the Hurt – Rhythm & Blues
  • Weezer – Buddy Holly
  • Young The Giant – Cough Syrup
  • The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
  • Young the Giant – Silvertongue
  • Shaggy – Angel
  • Young the Giant – Amerika
  • The Head and The Heart – Down in the Valley
  • Shaggy – Boombastic
  • Charli XCX – After the Afterparty
  • Lukas Graham – Drunk In the Morning
  • Tory Lanes – Say It
  • MAGIC! – Rude
  • Lukas Graham –  7 Years
  • MAGIC! – Girl at Coachella
  • Young the Giant – Mr. Know – It – All
  • Charli XCX – 3AM

 

If you want to see what’s happening follow us on instagram to hear the artists on our hangout festival playlist and see some IG stories full of Festival fun!

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