Summer Salt

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The best part of summer is undoubtedly the spontaneous day trips to explore new places with friends. Sadly, those trips were more difficult to pull off this summer due to the 9 to 5 job I’ve been working since January. But because I love summer adventures and I’m moving to another county in less than a month (!!!), I knew I had to squeeze in as many small outings with my friends and family as possible.

In my state, there’s a small town on the coast that I adore, and my best friend and I have made a habit of going down there for a day for his past two birthdays. There’s something about strolling through small, locally-owned shops on streets reminiscent of the New Orleans French Quarter that makes my heart flutter. I love the smell of the salt air, the art on the sides of buildings, and creating the perfect playlist to listen to on the ride down. It feels like summer feels – light and yellow with hints of blue, like a fond memory in photograph.

Outdoor adventures in the summer call for simple, fuss-free outfits. The summer months in Alabama are absolutely boiling, so lightweight pieces are essential. On this day, I opted for my American Apparel denim shorts that I scored on Poshmark for half the price and a simple black tank top I’ve had for so long I don’t even remember where I got it. I brought along a red corduroy shirt I picked up from a consignment shop to wear inside chilly shops and restaurants and to add some color to the outfit. Finally, my Sseko Crossover Slides are one of my favorite purchases I’ve made in a while. They’re so comfortable, versatile, and perfect for spring and summer. I’ve worn them to the beach, out and about, to a concert, and to work. I’ve had them for about three months, and I’ve definitely already gotten my money’s worth.

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What’s your go-to summer outfit?

Listen to Candy Wrappers by Summer Salt.

– Lauren

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A word. A picture. A sound.

I’ve found I like to collect places the same way I would collect seashells on a beach – not unlike this one – on the coast of Florida when I was seven years old. I have this place that once was mine where five o’clock settles in slow, that built much of me out of cricket songs and Dogwood trees, and I didn’t realize it until I left it behind for someone else. I keep coming back, though I’m made of more places now. I’m looking for something worthwhile and always find it in the heart of a saltwater cure.

Upswing – Prinze George

– Lauren

 

Tybee Island

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Hey there!

Since my freshman year of college, my roommate and I have been talking about taking a trip to Savannah, Georgia over one of our school breaks. However, break after break came and went, and we never did anything to make it happen. With the realization that I would be graduating in the spring (which is no longer the case), we decided that it was now or never. We got some friends together, loaded up the car, and drove six and a half hours to Georgia.

One of my favorite things about the trip was our visit to Tybee Island, which is undoubtedly the most beautiful American beach I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, October is the perfect time of year for a beach trip. It’s not crowded, and the weather is perfect, which makes walking along the ocean, finding starfish in the tide pools, and spending time with great friends even better.

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What’s your favorite fall vacation destination?

-Lauren