It doesn’t take much to thrill me in the summer. Well, let me clarify that statement. It doesn’t take fancy things or money to thrill me in the summer. By the middle of the summer, I am weary. I am downtrodden. I just want a few moments of respite or peace. Usually our cheap thrills post focuses on great sales for clothes or decor, today we are focusing on cheap and easy ways to make yourself happy.
Call us vain, but getting a beauty treatment is a shot in the arm for all ladies. Here are some great ways to still be pampered on the cheap.
Manicures can be pricey, and if it’s shellac that you are looking for, that will run you extra. I have a trick for the in-between actual manicure times: cut and file your nails yourself, then go to your favorite manicurist and request just a polish change or a polish change for shellac. It takes about 20 minutes and costs less than $20. Sure, you don’t get all the bells and whistles, but you do get nice-looking nails that you did not have to paint yourself.
A blowout is a great elixir for me. Let someone else wash and blow out your hair, and you will have great hair for the weekend. Do it when you have a summer party or wedding, and you don’t have to battle the frizzies on your own. StyleBlueprint readers recommended Great Clips for an inexpensive good blowout, which I only knew as a place to get my son’s hair cut. These run about $20. www.greatclips.com
Empire Beauty School on Chenoweth Lane offers all sorts of beauty services, but their facials come highly recommended by StyleBlueprint readers. Facials are pretty easy to do, and because it does not involve anything too complex (like a haircut or color) I would entrust this to the students here with no fear. It is $20 for a basic facial and $30 for a spa facial. Visit their website for more information: www.empire.edu
Namaste, friends. Did you know that every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. there is a yoga class on the Waterfront? Classes are in the Brown-Forman Amphitheater, next to Tumbleweed on the river. The cost of the class is $5. Bring your mat and good vibes. Beginners welcome. www.louisvillewaterfront.com
The Parklands at Floyds Fork
Hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, gardening are just a few of the things to do for little or no cost at The Parklands at Floyds Fork. Take a morning, an afternoon or even just an hour to check out this gem in our city. www.theparklands.org
While you are walking or exercising, instead of your usual playlist, listen to a podcast instead. You will be amazed how the time flies. My personal favorites are from Ira Glass, producer of This American Life. Stories can last 20 minutes or 2 hours, you pick. I’ve been listening for years, and I’ve never heard a bad one. And yes, they are completely free. www.thisamericanlife.org
Sometimes, you need to put yourself in timeout. Well, at least I do. But timeout does not need to be in the corner or in the timeout chair.
Bookstore and Coffee Break
Grab a coffee at Heine Brothers’ and head over to Carmichael’s Bookstore — either location will do. Even if you don’t pick up a book, just reading their personal descriptions of all the books is enough to satisfy. Grab a comfy chair and peruse all the books you plan on reading this summer. www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
What if there are so many books you want to read, but you have no time to read them? Do you live in your car, shuttling people to their various activities? Have you tried Audible yet? This is an app on your phone with audio books. Associated with Kindle, it has a library of books from which to choose, and you can listen to them anywhere. The best advice I have heard about Audible is to listen to it in your car while you are driving to and fro all summer long. This way you can keep up with your “summer reading.” www.audible.com
There is magic in ear plugs, as many of us who share a bed with a snorer know. But there is also magic in putting them in during the day to catch a power nap. By drowning out the sound, it is easier to fall asleep for your little cat nap. I prefer the ones with a connecting line between them so you can’t lose them. Find these at any drugstore or grocery store for less than a dollar.
This is not your typical lemonade. Heine Brothers’ makes a seasonal lemonade which is oh, so refreshing. There’s frozen, berry, ginger and many more. Might I recommend the Cucumber Lemonade this summer? Try not to go get one twice a day (it will be tough). heinebroscoffee.com
The grab and go counter at the Weekly Juicery has an amazing selection of snacks that are raw and delicious. In the heat of the summer, nobody wants a heavy snack, and these hit the spot. Try the veggies with cashew queso for a quick, healthy fix. theweeklyjuicery.com
Happy Summer! We can all make it through with a little time to ourselves, right?