The summer heat is here, but we’re not complaining one bit. June is perfect for lounging by the pool, enjoying a glass of rose and picking up a book from our Summer 2019 Reading List. And to help you make the most of all the summer fun, we’ve asked some of favorite local business owners to tell us the things they can’t live without.
FROM ALI AT THE PRICKLY PEAR:
These microfiber beach towels are super absorbent, don’t collect sand, dry quickly and save space in your bag or suitcase. “I’ll never use another towel after taking it on spring break,” says Ali from The Prickly Pear. “It does exactly what they say it’s going to do.” Find your own microfiber beach towel, for $19.99, at The Prickly Pear.
If you plan on being in the pool this summer, products from the Malibu Swimmer’s Wellness line can keep your hair healthy and gorgeous. “It’s the only thing that’s worked for my hair,” Ali says. Find this treatment kit for $23.99 at La La Daisy.
FROM GWEN AT MERRIDIAN HOME FURNISHINGS:
If outdoor dinner parties are on your calendar this June, this pierced metal and mango wood hurricane can create the ideal ambience. “It’s perfect for entertaining outdoors all season long and is very illuminating for summer nights,” says Gwen from Merridian. Find it, for $85, at Merridian Home Furnishings.
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Gwen also told us about the new vodka popsicles available at Costco. “I mean, what’s not to love?” she says. These boozy treats are sure to keep you cool during the hot summer days. Find a 12 pack, for $19.99, at Costco.
FROM HALEY AT THE BRIDAL SUITE OF LOUISVILLE:
“This adorable lemon makeup bag is my best friend this summer,” says Haley from The Bridal Suite of Louisville. “It’s perfect for traveling or putting essentials in for a day at the pool.” Find this lemon makeup bag, for $13.50, at The Bridal Suite of Louisville.
Whether you’re camping or spending long summer days at the ballpark, the YETI has ample space for food and drinks. “I love going to the lake during the summer, so the YETI Cooler is a must for taking on the boat to keep drinks cold,” says Haley. Find it for $199 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
FROM ASHLEY AT CHICK-A-DEE’S:
According to Ashley at Chick-a-Dee’s, Bogg Bags are the quintessential beach tote: “They’re tip-proof so your stuff won’t fall out; they’re washable so you can easily remove sand with a hose; and they come with clear bags to hold your phone so you can text without fear of getting it wet.” Find it for $69 at Chick-a-Dee’s.
Summer also means keeping kids entertained even when they’re not at the beach, and, for that, Ashley turns to Target. “My kids love to play in the sprinkler in the summer, so this year I bought them a giant rainbow sprinkler … they’re going to freak out!” Find this rainbow sprinkler for $90 at Target.
FROM SHERRY AT BLU COLLECTIVE:
In summer, every woman needs her go-to getup for the the pool or the beach. We love the idea, from Sherry at Blu Collective, to match a bikini with a cute floral cover up and matching earrings. Find this swimsuit for $49, the matching cover up for $49 and the earrings for $10 at Blu Collective.
When it comes to protecting her eyes, Sherry doesn’t take a chance with dollar store shades. “Ray-Bans are an absolute must in the summer,” she says. Find this pair of Erika Classic sunglasses for $128 at Ray-Ban.
FROM GWEN AT VERMILION HOUSE
“Bath bombs are the bomb!” says Gwen at Vermilion House. She absolutely loves the scent of their Japanese cherry bombs, which are made locally in Louisville. Find them, for $5.50, at Vermilion House.
Gwen also has an obsession with Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. “I do not tan easily, and this moisturizer gives me a little color without making me look orange,” she says. “And it’s cheap!” Find this tanning moisturizer for $7.98 at Walmart.
FROM TESSA AT PAPER SOURCE:
Single for the summer? No problem! Get yourself an inflatable hunk to hold your drink while you float the day away. “There’s a sailor, a life guard and a half-dressed tuxedo man,” says Tessa from Paper Source. These guys will keep you company and keep your drink above water. Find them, for $17.95 each, at Paper Source.
It’s a 10
“It’s a 10” is described as a “miracle leave-in” conditioner that brings dry or damaged hair back to life — and Tessa swears by it. “If I don’t use this on my hair after being in chlorine in the summer, my hair feels like straw,” she says. Find it, for $27.42, at Walmart.
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FROM CAREY AT DIGS:
If you’re looking for a way to add some texture and flair to your patio furniture, this articulated vase is the way to go. “You can make it into a design or wrap it around your table umbrella to make it look more finished,” says Carey from Digs. “It’s a great way to decorate without breaking the bank.” Find this articulated vase, for $50, at Digs.
If your kiddos plan to spend the entirety of their summer in a bathing suit, these towels are a game- changer. “My kids are swimmers, and these towels ring out easily and dry quickly,” says Carey. Find these towels, for $12.95, on Amazon.
FROM SB SHOP:
Waffle weave robe
This monogrammed, waffle weave robe is a must for your summer getaway. It’s thigh-length and kimono style and features 3/4-length sleeves, two patch pockets, double belt loops and self belt. Find it for $60 on the SB Shop.
The C Bracelet
Inspired by one-of-a-kind finds, Carden Avenue Jewelry is crafted from vintage coins, gemstones, leather, pearls and anything else that can be transformed into something beautiful. The C Bracelet is an essential, everyday summer accessory — you can wear alone, stacked or paired with your favorite bracelets. Find yours, for $72, on SB Shop.
Here’s to the most unforgettable summer yet!