Summer Essentials: 10 Moxie Must-Haves
Originally published in the Naples Herald in my Life with Moxie column
Summer is in full swing and we are feeling it. Between the heat, thunderstorms, water, activities and travel, our plates are overflowing in every way. In helping us manage our time, health and quality of life, the team at Life with Moxie selected a few favorites that will be certain to lighten the load and put a spring in your step! From classic to modern, there is a little something for everyone.
Music has the power to calm the mind, set the scene and empower those who seek it. Fortunately summer offers the opportunity to take it with us in unique ways. On your bike so you can still hear traffic, underwater doing laps in the pool or on a blanket in the park, music will make it all the more satisfying.
Waterproof (IP67) Mini Cube Bluetooth Speaker by Pantheon, Shower Pool Outdoor Speaker, Comes with Built-in Mini Microphone. https://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Bluetooth-Speaker-Pantheon-Microphone/dp/B01CWU01P4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1467947016&sr=8-4&keywords=mini+cube+bluetooth+speaker
The Perfect Beach Bag
Jute Burlap Beach Bag; The Sandbag Large Beach Tote
Beach bags are a dime a dozen and most look disposable. At Life with Moxie we have discovered that most of us are looking for quality construction and timeless styling that will last. Perfect for those new summer essentials, beach reads and champagne glasses wrapped in the beach towel with a bottle of Moet Ice Imperial. Cheers to summer!
Sunscreen That Works
EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41
Sunscreen is a hotly contested area of research. What we know is that the most popular brands aren’t making the grade and are loaded with toxins. The July 9th Life with Moxie Radio show did nearly a whole show about how misunderstood sunscreen is, listen here http://www.lifewithmoxie.com
Step up your skin protection with a brand that passed the tests and don’t forget your hat!
Men’s beautiful summer floral tie.
Summer fashion for men is exploding in so many fresh and edgy ways. Here’s a beautiful, simple piece to makeover those more traditional moments, be it this weekends garden party, best friend’s wedding or to just brighten up your work day.
Wooden craved sunglasses with polarized lenses.
Sunglasses are a given for eye health and they are also amazing accessories if they have personality. These are definitely a statement piece.
Vans in a moody summer floral
Nothing says summer like Vans. Now in floral and about 100 other patterns to suit your personality. We really love these!
Serious Olive Oil
2016 GOLD Medal Winner PJ KABOS Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Summer dining is light and fresh, no need for heavy sauces and extensive prep time. A fresh squeezed lemon with a really amazing olive oil is the perfect accompaniment for salads, pastas, vegetables, and of course, for dipping that amazing crusty loaf you grabbed at the farmers market.
“Aromas of green fruit, green grass, artichoke and notes of herbs. Taste exhibits abundant fruitiness, green grass, some sweetness, some bitterness, medium pungency and notes of almonds, with exceptional harmony, a high complexity and a high persistence.”
A Brilliant Rosé
Chateau Gassier Rose 2015, Le Pas du Moine, Cotes de Provence, Sainte-Victoire
Nothing beats the heat in a more decadent classic way than with a juicy, floral Rosé. With its luminescent scarlet color and intense, muscular flavor it’s very different from the Provence rosés a short distance to the south. A luscious blend of crisp cherries and ripe summer peaches. The perfect pairing for brunch, beach or an early dinner
40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 10% Rolle, 10% Cinsault. 5% Uni Blanc
Moisturizing Lip Oil
Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil
Normally we reserve lip oils for right before bed. But this natural one from Yes To (with coconut, avocado, and tingly eucalyptus oils) is housed in a fun squeeze-y tube, so you can pop it in your pocket or purse. Plus, the formula is super slick and lightweight, so it leaves lips shiny and soft but not weighed down in goop—perfect for midday touch-ups. Best of all, its free of all the bad stuff like aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, soap, dyes, talcum, sodium lauryl sulfate, DMDM hydantoin, lanolin, PABA, petroleum, mineral oils, or phthalate. https://www.amazon.com/Yes-Coconut-Cooling-Lip-Ounce/dp/B00N57OO48/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1467942183&sr=8-1&keywords=yes+to+lip+oil
Floral Slip Dress
Printed Seasons In The Sun Slip
Nothing says summer like a beautiful floral slip dress. They are beautiful, feminine, cool and effortless. This printed midi slip features a high neckline and racerback detail. Smocked bodice and breezy skirt make for an easy fit and flowing silhouette. Exposed seam detail creates a lived-in look. Semi-sheer bottom.
Thanks for reading! Have ideas you’d like to add to the list? Need more suggestions? Let me know! You can also join us at Lifewithmoxie.com and on all of our social media pages for more tips and ideas as you charge through your week. Now get out there and put that moxie to use! Have a great weekend everybody!
Julie Koester is CEO of Life with Moxie, a Lifestyle Revolution Company www.lifewithmoxie.com and Host of Life with Moxie Radio, Saturday’s at 1pm on 98.9 WGUF in Southwest Florida. You can reach her at Julie@lifewithmoxie.com
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