Spring bows out, and summer strolls in like it owns the place. Less jackets, more joy. It’s the season switcheroo – from ‘Where’s my jacket?’ to ‘Where’s the sunscreen?’ We trade flower petals for ice creams and get ready to turn up the heat, the fun, and maybe the air conditioner too!
Zaweer Ebrahim, brand manager for Playgirl takes us through five steps to embrace all that is summer.
Step 1: Wardrobe refresh
Bid farewell to layers and step into the sun with breezy dresses, shorts, and vibrant colours that mirror the blossoms of spring. Make a day of revamping your wardrobe, pack away the long sleeves and light spring jerseys that were there for those ‘just in case days’ to make room for the sun-kissed styles of the upcoming season. Fill your cupboard with the spirit of summer, choosing fabrics that breathe and colours that reflect the warmth of longer days.
Step 2: Scented skin
With the mercury on the rise, consider a transformation in your fragrance routine by embracing scented body sprays or lotions that encapsulate the carefree vibes of summer. Swap out the heavier winter scents for lighter, refreshing options that linger on your skin, creating the summertime bliss. Take, for instance, Love Is body lotion by Playgirl, boasting floral and white flower notes, is also enriched with skin-caring oils, essential vitamins, and nourishing tissue oil, this fragrance ensures your skin stays smooth and hydrated.
Step 3: Fresh flavours
Transition your palate from the comforting flavours of spring to the vibrant tastes of summer. Explore local farmers’ markets like the Fourways Farmers Market or the Oranjezicht Farmers Market for a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Experiment with refreshing recipes that incorporate seasonal produce, creating light and flavourful dishes. Don’t forget to complement your meals with summer-inspired drinks – think chilled iced teas or fruity mocktails that will keep you cool and refreshed under the sun.
Step 4: Sun-soaked relaxation
As the days grow longer, find moments of tranquillity to bask in the warmth of the sun. Whether it’s lounging by the pool, reading a book in a hammock, or simply enjoying a quiet moment in your garden, prioritise self-care in the transition to summer. Embrace the slower pace, allowing yourself to recharge and appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons.
Step 5: Nights on the town
Embrace the energy of summer by filling your evenings with lively excursions. Gather friends or loved ones and explore the local nightlife scene. From rooftop venues with panoramic city views to cosy beachside cafes, discover places that come alive as the sun sets. Whether it’s sun-kissed Salsa dancing in Seapoint, attending outdoor concerts, or simply enjoying some of the best Joburg views at The Wilds Nature Reserve. Let your summer nights be filled with unforgettable moments.