Summer things you never knew you needed…

It’s the middle of the summer, and things are feeling….a little stagnant. The weather is getting to the point where it’s a little (read: a lot) warmer than we prefer, we’re all back to the grind after having spent vacations planned around July 4th, and we’re in a long stretch til the next national holiday (labor day!). So the best thing to do is shake things up a little and read our list of things you didn’t know you needed to liven up the rest of your summer!

Photo via Bethenny

SkinnyGirl Sangria: Did you know the creator behind SkinnyGirl Margarita came up with a new concoction? Here it is! The Skinnygirl Sangria, and frankly, I am pretty excited. Sangria is one of my favorite summer drinks, but let’s be honest – it’s kind of a chore to make! I haven’t tried this yet but I will soon – and even if I end up not liking it, I have my trusty Trader Joe’s secret recipe as back-up. Okay, it’s not really that secretive – all it takes is a bottle of two-buck chuck (Charles Shaw label for all those not in the know), sparkling water, and cut-up fruit. One of their employees passed it along to me a few years ago, and I swear it’s a perfect sangria recipe. PS: Bethenny, where’s Skinnygirl mojito?!?

Nude underitems: You’re wearing a lot of white and sheer items lately, yes? Watch out and make sure you’re not exposing parts of yourself that you don’t intend to. As all-white ensembles are a summer must, so are the nude undergarments that are a must underneath. PageDaily did an awesome round up of bras, underwear, and other accessories to make sure you wear white right!

Photo via Brookstone

Bed fan: Add this crazy bed fan to more random items at Brookstone that make you say, “I gotta have that.” Something else you probably didn’t know you needed? This popsicle maker. Claims to freeze yogurt, juice, and smoothies into delicious pops in minutes.

YOMA: A mix of yoga, mixed martial arts, and the Alexander technique, YOMA is a really unique approach to your typical yoga practice. Gregory Bycoff created YOMA and teaches private and group sessions all over NYC (I took my first class last night and LOVED it). Check out his schedule on the website to find out where you can try this fun and tough class.

Here’s a video of Bycoff doing YOMA, in case you’re curious

Ashton Kutcher “replacing” Charlie Sheen: You need to see this promo photo about the new season of “Two and a Half Men.” So funny! Admit it….you’re curious about what’s going to happen and how Ashton will be replacing Charlie. I know I am – and I don’t even watch “Two and a Half Men” so that’s saying something.

Photo via OnTheRedCarpet

Photo via ThebeautyDepartment

Dying the tips of your hair: Something about this look is so fun and summery, and I think it might be easier to pull off than it seems. Lauren Conrad’s website has a step-by-step from her hair stylist on how to create this look, and LC is really rocking the hair style! Since it’s just the tips, the bright colors can be hidden in a bun for work, and it’s temporary, so summer is the perfect time to test out bright colored tips!

Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Anti-Friction Stick: This thing sounds AWESOME. Apparently, you glide the stick on your feet and it creates an invisible barrier between your shoes and your skin, thus preventing friction which will cause blisters (the worst!). A reviewer says, “it glides on like a solid deodorant, but it doesn’t feel greasy or slimy or anything.” We love a good sole-ution over here at CitySlips, and for $7, it sounds worth it to us!

What are some other things we didn’t know we needed? Leave it in a comment!




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