Your Perfect Summer Staycation



You know what’s just as delicious as a glamorous summer vacation, but doesn’t have the big price tag??  An easy-breezy summer Stay-cation.  Don’t get me wrong – there are few things more exhilarating than that feeling you get when you’re about to board a plane to some exotic, faraway land.  But glitzy travel can also rack up a big bill.   Not to mention, vacations don’t always give you a chance to decompress and re-charge your batteries when you’re busy tourist-ing and taking in the sights.  So if your wallet’s a wee bit thinner this year, or if you just need some time to unplug, unwind and slow things down, then a Staycation may be just what the doctor ordered.  So take a big exhale and take a load-off, sister.  Here are 8 ideas for a fabulous vacation, chez vous:



1. Set the tone

1 - Set the Tone

Turn your out-of-office on, so you won’t have the anxiety of feeling like anyone is expecting a quick response back from you.  Turn the TV and Internet off (gulp, we know…), and give your brain a much-needed break from the never-ending overload of Instagram images, Pinterest eye candy, status updates and news.  Finally, fill a pretty pitcher with ice water and slices of fresh cucumber, lemon and mint leaves…  then take long, luxurious pulls from it as you mosey through your day(s).   Oh, and gurl.  Make sure you take naps whenever you feel like it. (Photo Credit: Tumblr, Indulgy)


2. Indulge a little


2. Indulge

In our everyday routines, we probably all Soul Cycle, salad & Skinny Girl our faces off.  But this week, treat yourself to something you LOVE.  Maybe it’s cupcakes…  or Pad Thai…  or French fries…  or if you’re like Steph, dunking a crusty, buttered baguette into your latte in the morning.  Whatever makes you happy – we say go for it.  You’re on Staycation (!)  (Photo Credit: Vegan Foody)



3. Make yourself a vacation soundtrack


3. Vacation Playlist

Let your senses absorb the sounds of these songs while curled up on your couch for a java/croissant/Sunday paper-kinda morning; on your patio at sundown surrounded by tea lights with a glass of vino; floating in the pool at dusk; or in a local park with a blanket, book and a pair of headphones:  Desafinado by Joao Gilberto | On & On by Snakehips | Wizard of Ahhs by Sinewave | Swing by Zero 7 | Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix) by Sia | Denial by I Break Horses | Cool Like Me by Fryars | Born Too Late by Dent May | Harvest Moon by Poolside. (Photo Credit: Scratching Colours)


4. Treat yourself to a spa day


4. Spa

Maybe that means a facial, massage and/or mani-pedi at your favorite Zen retreat.  Or, maybe it means you turn your bathroom into a DIY spa.  In that case, start by lighting a few candles (Voluspa’s Laguna is wonderful), turning on your new soundtrack, and drawing yourself an Epsom salt bath (we love Dr. Teal’s lavender scent for relaxation, or the Eucalyptus Spearmint for rejuvenation…  and we use Epsom salt for EVERYTHING, à la Toula’s dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding with Windex).  Steph’s favorite beauty trick??  Once you’re soaked to prune-y perfection, use a homemade sugar scrub (granulated sugar + baby oil + coconut oil) and give your limbs a long, gentle scrub.  Your skin will, literally, feel like buttah afterward.  And if you shave your legs post-scrub, prepare for them to be BABY soft.  For a DIY mani, we love Essie’s Jam & Jelly for a punchy summer pink, Adore-a-Ball for the perfect neutral, and Power Clutch for a moody, sophisticated hue. (Photo Credit: Cleopatra’s Choice ,Truster)



5. Go on a book binge


5. Book binge

Being close to home means less time frit fratting on your travels in constant motion; instead it means sleeping in a little later, reaching over for that book you’ve been putting off, and cozily diving in.  A couple books we’re currently loving: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life, by Cheryl Strayed.  Thousands turned to Strayed (the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail), who was then-anonymous, for advice on love, family, friends, life – and Strayed answered them with insightful, compassionate answers every time.  The second book:Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.  A fictional tale about a girl who grows up while dying over and over again, in many different ways.  We dare you to put it down. (Photo Credit: Simon BrownMelanie Acevedo)



6. Have your girlfriends over for a movie night


6. Movie Night

You know what’s more fun that watching a great flick?  Hunkering down and watching a few great flicks in a row.  With your girls.  And a little bubbly (we love Sofia champagne, in all its adorable pink can glory).  Take the stress and clean-up mess out of cooking and grab take-out from your favorite restaurant, then serve it on your prettiest china.  Throw in some good old-fashioned movie snacks for good measure, and you’re all set. (Photo Credit: Style Me PrettyCafe Cartolina)



7. Tackle a DIY project you’ve had your eye on


7. DIY

Only do this if it won’t feel like a chore, and if getting your hands dirty is a release for you.  I’ve been DYING to do the wood bead chandelier from House & Home’s July 2013 issue, and these stenciled heart jeans…  among others. (Photo Cred: House & HomeDIY-Craft)



8. Take a picnic and take in some live music in the park


8. Picnic live music

‘Tis the season for outdoor summer concerts…  and live music is good for the soul, right?  We love Ravinia in Chicago, Connor Prairie’s Marsh Symphony on the Prairie in Indy, Columbus Commons’ Live Concert Series in – you guessed it! – Columbus, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, or any of these in NYC.


Do you feel rested and rejuvenated yet??  (Sigh), we do.  Happy Staycation!

Steph & Karrie of Covet Living



Photo Cred: The Vogue Vibes