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Beautiful Solitude Summer Days for Sensitive Souls

Why I think we should all take ourselves on solo summer dates ESPECIALLY if you’re a sensitive soul. 

Being a sensitive QUEEN myself, I feel, I reflect, I process and I digest emotions constantly. Once upon a time (pretty recently tbh) I used to get frustrated with myself, like “GIRL give it a rest not everything is that deep and necessary to think about!” But me, being me I couldn’t/can’t be blasé with myself and not dive into my emotions, so the past year I’ve really leaned into my sensitivity, and I can honestly tell you it has been the most eye opening, magical and biggest SELF LOVE thing I could have done for myself.

Something that I’ve incorporated into my sensitivity self-love routine is taking myself on day dates. Yep! That’s right ‘me, myself & I’ on sweet summer solo adventures. So, with that being said here are my top summer solo date scenarios for us sensitive sisters who need solace self-love. 

Me the Beach & I:

Nothing screams SELF-CARE to me more than a day of sun, salt and sea. I absolutely LOVE a solo beach day: 1. Because it is the perfect remedy for a cluttered mind and 2. It revives your body like nothing else, maybe it has something to do with the fact our bodies are made up of 70% water and we just VIBE with all things H2O.

So, to break down my perfect beach day I’m going to categories what I need to take, what I’m doing AND to keep it cute and linked to TASNEEM Cosmetics what 2-IN-1 product(s) I’m wearing, because after all it is a solo DATE, and who better to show up and show out for than YOURSELF!

What I need: A beach day affair is a whole day thing for me, so I’ll be NEEDING a beach towel (preferable 100% cotton, it makes such a difference trust me), a wide brim hat, sunscreen and umbrella shade (because we aren’t trying to age any quicker), hydration is key so a big bottle of water, speakers for tunes, and a book to get stuck into (not an e-book, a real book with pages, because there is something special about salty sandy fingertips flipping through crispy pages that is soooo satisfying).  

What I’m doing: It is all about the rotation of laying out and dipping into the water. For the perfect lay out experience the music playlist needs to be sublime! A few albums I’ve recently had on repeat that get me feeling like a melanin DEVINE queen is ‘Made in Lagos’ by Nigerian Afrobeats artist WizKid and ‘Noir’ by French singer-songwriter Yseult (check them out on Spotify, you will not regret it). If I’m not listening to music I’m reading a book or listening to a podcast or having a lush nap while my skin socks up the sea salt water and sun.

What I’m wearing: If I do wear makeup to the beach it is usually because I want to take some cute selfies (gahh SUE ME your girl likes a few pics for the gram), I apply a hydrating cheek and lip tint using the hydrating balm stick formula end of our 2-IN-1 products. All our 2-IN-1 products are water resistant meaning you can dip and dive in the water without your makeup shifting throughout the day.

My personal go to beach summer shades are Sahara which is a sandy nude shade and Bahati which is a rich caramel brown shade. Both these shades give me a radiant summer glow!

Picnic Pampering:

For a creative gal I’m all about curating a beautiful picnic and I’m not just talking grab a packet of crisps (or controversially ‘chips’, shout out to my Aussie galdem!) and lay out any old blanket in the park. I’m talking a checked picnic rug, homemade lemonade in glass mason jars accompanied with a beautiful charcuterie platter on a wooden board OR perhaps delicious baguette sandwiches wrapped in brown butchers paper and secured with twine. I know, I know sounds EXTRA, but honestly it makes me so happy! For a long time, I thought beautiful picnics had to be enjoyed in group settings with friends or family, and don’t get me wrong picnics with pals are bomb BUT have you tried a park session on your own? Pure therapy!   

What I need: For me, I’m all about a nice picnic blanket, one that looks good and feels good too, if I’m feeling extra fancy I’ll pack a cushion so I can lay out and have a cat nap in the sun. Then of course some scrumptious snacks and beverages to graze on for hours. Also a notepad, pen and some watercolours are essential to my picnic pack.

What I’m doing: When I have a picnic to myself I like to get reflective and creative, I usually turn my phone to airplane mode and I’ll do some watercolour painting and then also TRY (yep try being the operative word) to journal, journaling is something I really want to get into and I think would be really beneficial, however I struggle to write freely without intention. Recently to guide me with my journaling journey I’ve started writing in response to prompted questions, for example: ‘I’m appreciative of [fill in the blank]’ where I then fill in the blank. There are a HEAP of beautiful guided journals out there, a fancy pants brand that has beautiful journals (that are extremely aesthetically pleasing) is PAPIER at www.papier.com. 

What I’m wearing: For picnics I really like to embrace my inner girly girl, dressing up in a flouncy floral dress with sweet makeup to match. If I’m after rosy cheeks and lips I’ll always reach for our dusty rose pink shade Ishtar and if I’m feeling more vibrant I’ll add a splash of colour with our floral fuchsia shade Sharmeen.  

Views & Deep Breathes:

The past month I’ve been doing daily 1-2 hour long walks during the week days and on the weekends longer hikes, once I arrive at a scenic rest point I do 10 minutes of deep breathing. It sounds so simple, but taking deep breathes in nature is extremely rejuvenating and grounding for me. Recently I’ve been thinking about the ‘next chapter’ of my life, I’m turning 30 next year, and you already know how it goes, any decade defining birthday makes your assess ‘what’s next’, ‘who do I want to be’, ‘what do I need’, ‘what are the relationships that I foster and are the ones that I leave behind’ (I know a lot to mentally cram in! It’s like that assignment you procrastinate doing up until the night before its due!). So, as you can imagine, I’ve been feeling all the feelings you could possibly feel. Taking some time out to walk and do deep breathes has changed the game for me, it’s allowed me to be more understanding and forgiving to myself and my emotions.

A few apps that are really helpful for conscious deep breathing are the apps Calm and Headspace.  

What I need: When I’m walking or hiking I don’t need much, just good footwear, a full bottle of water and a charged phone and headphones.

What I’m doing: Walking and breathing. Simple.

What I’m wearing: An earthy TASNEEM Cosmetics 2-IN-1 shade as a simple cheek and lip tint. I’ll probably reach for a shade from our Brown Set. So either Elvira our chestnut brown shade, Bahati our caramel brown shade or Anyana our deep coca brown shade. 

Table for One:

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but take yourself out to lunch or dinner! It has to be one of my favourite solo things to do, and when I say take yourself out to lunch or dinner HAVE the glass of vino (if you want it), get the fila min yon steak, dress like you’re that Bi*%#. During a solo meal I also really like to virtually connect with a good friend or family member over FaceTime. I’ve had some of my most memorable/beautiful chats, starting off with a virtual cheers.

What I need: A good google reviewed restaurant/café.

What I’m doing: Pretending to browse the menu when I know good and well I’ve already checked the menu online. Then I just settle in, get comfy and enjoy my solo date!

What I’m wearing: I think a solo date calls for a SPICY red number, so I would pick any of our red 2-IN-1 shades to help me look and feel fire on my date. So either Wewak our blood orange red shade, Viola our vibrant tamarillo red or Rumi our rich deep burgundy red shade.

Well, there you have it! That sums up my go to summer solo scenarios!

[Mood board images sourced via pinterest]

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