Forget all that you know about Christmas, because here in Southern California the most wonderful time of year is already upon us. That's right: We're in the midst of summer! Yes, we at The Studio salon mainly focus on hair styling because that's that's, like, kind of our job. However, we're located just blocks away from the beautiful Corona Del Mar State Beach and we know very well that there's a culture that comes with summer here in So-Cal. We'd like to help you make the most of it, so we've gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the best ways to make this season one to remember.
Go to the beach. It may seem obvious, but there's just no way that we can leave it off this list. If you're a regular at our salon, then chances are that you already live near the coast and have access to a handful of the hundreds of beaches in Southern California without having to make a long trip. Take advantage of it! There's, like, so much more to the ocean than basking in the sunlight or getting your feet wet.
Try something new such as surfing or paddle-boarding. Go whale watching. Most beaches will regularly hold fun events for the social crowd during the summer, so be sure to look into those as well. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, take a trip along the beautiful Calif. coast and visit as many beaches as possible.
Go to the fair. Whether you're looking to go on some rides, play some fair games, or try some foods you'd otherwise avoid, the three-week event offers something for everyone to enjoy and is a fantastic way to enjoy a summer evening. They also throw nightly concerts, from well established artists to a Beatles cover band. For the charitable folks out there, the OC fair offers free admission every Wednesday for a small donation. Be sure to check out their website for the required items: https://ocfair.com/oc-fair/discounts/
Try something new with your hair. We had to sneak this in somewhere! But hey, we're big believers that your hair says a lot about the real you. Why not express yourself by doing something fun with your hair? You can find lists of what's in style, and if you're going to do that, then we won't stop you. We recommend that you think about what suits you, and don't be afraid to get just a little crazy! Add some color to your hair, or some extensions. Or if you want to take it a step further, try both! For those unfamiliar with the HALOCOUTURE brand, they specialize in high-quality hair extensions, so feel free to give their website a visit for some fun hairstyle ideas. We really like their Prism line due to its fun variety of extension colors. Try one color or go crazy and mix and match! Take a look at what they offer here: http://halocouture.com/prism/
Go ice skating. We almost didn't put this on the list because ice skating is understandably known as a winter activity. But really, some summer days are just too hot to spend outdoors, and being cooped up in your home with the air conditioner running is both expensive and not very fun. At an ice rink, you can have a blast AND stay cool on those scorching summer days, all while getting a workout. You don't even necessarily have to be good on skates. Most rinks have skate attendants who are more than happy to help keep you on your feet and having a great time. Call ahead if you have young kids as many rinks are very accommodating and attentive to young skaters.
Go to a movie. Similar to an ice rink, movie theaters allow you to be inside an air conditioned building. Unlike an ice rink, summer and movies go hand in hand as it's arguably the season that introduces some of the most popular films of the year. Did we mention air conditioning? Just making sure.
On the flip side, nights tend to cool down during the summer unless we're in the midst of a major heat wave. What does that mean for you movie-goers? Well, why not enjoy some classic movies outdoors and under the stars? All throughout Orange County, classic films are being screened at parks, and can be an incredibly entertaining way to spend an evening among other like-minded individuals. These events are perfect for a date night or an evening out with friends. For a full list of these events in the OC, check out https://ocevents.co/free-outdoor-movies-in-the-park-in-orange-county-for-summer-2018/
Throw a barbecue. As far as summer culture is concerned, barbeques are right up there with a day at the beach. Often they go hand in hand. You ask most people to picture a California summer, and they'll imagine someone flipping burgers on a grill while catching a wave at the same time.
Well, okay. In your head they're probably using a bonfire pit or grill. But something about the thought of a surfer screaming “Tubular!!” while catching a wave and grilling at the same time just seems so So-Cal to me. I'll think what I want, and you think what you want! Point is, I think we can all agree that barbecues are a major part of summer. For the vegetarians out there, there is just NOTHING like grilled veggies. This particular blogger loves grilled zucchini.
Look up at the stars. Sometimes it's nice to just slow down and think. Stargazing has a fantastic way of allowing us to reflect on our lives in positive ways as well as give us a sense of wonder. One of the best things about summer in So Cal is being outside at night tends to be comfortable and relatively cloud-free. It's perfect weather for looking up at the stars. You can even download one of the many “star maps” onto your smartphone. These apps use your phone's camera to track where it's pointed and gives you the name of all the stars, constellations, planets, and everything else you've always been curious about. For the best stargazing, you will want to drive to an area as far from city lights as possible or, at the very least, somewhere that is not brightly lit. If all else fails, your backyard or patio will work just fine. So grab a lawn chair, a pair of binoculars if available, and have a seat outdoors while looking out at the universe.
Just have fun! Memories don't always come our way. Sometimes we have to create them. This summer, go all out and don't let anything stop you from having the time of your life. Try something you've never done before. If you're on a diet, give yourself a cheat day and try that delicious ice cream flavor you pass by every time you're at a grocery store. Take a road trip. Go camping. Meet new people. Don't limit the amount of joy that you can get out of summer. Whether you're sporting a new hairstyle or engaging in exciting recreational activities, we want you to know that you deserve to have an amazing season and nothing should get in your way.
There you have it. The Studio specializes in hair, but we also understand the value of enjoying this special time of year in Southern California. For many, it means a lot of trips to the beach and barbecues, but that's only scratching the surface. We at The Studio want to encourage you to have the time of your life this summer. We give you permission to treat yourself and do whatever allows you to feel your best. If a new hairstyle is what's going to jump start that goal, we encourage you to stop by the salon and we'll do our part in making sure that this season is one to remember. Most of all, though, it's all about you! Because of that, all our employees offer you these three special words: “Just. Have. Fun.”