In a few days, August will be over, and that means that summer is coming to an end. I literally do not know how this summer went by so fast. Regarding travels and being exposed to nature, it was not the best one I have ever had. However, concerning creative brainstorming, projects and writing a lot has been accomplished. 

Summer has this charm of nostalgia for childhood, for being free, being in nature, being energized by the physical activities and time spent outside. I hope this post will be helpful for all of you, who like me, due to many different circumstances were not able to leave the chaos of the city behind. There are many ways to nurture ourselves emotionally, spiritually and physically. The most important thing is not to lose lust and curiosity about life and the simple elements of beauty that our everyday existence consists of. 

I spent last two weeks searching for books to read, items you need around you and music to listen to boost your mood out of the end of summer blues. I hope you will find some of my suggestions will be helpful.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

This book was recommended to me with the premise that it was a fantastic fun read for women in their thirties (of course not only!). Those women who, due to many life circumstances, have no idea where their single life can lead them and instead of spreading the anxiety about not settling down like most of their friends, they are allowed to take a deep breath and have some fun. In the interview for the LA Times, Kirstin Newman said: "Traveling by myself changed the way I was at work and changed the way I was with my family and changed the way I was with my friends, because I came home from these trips feeling like I knew that I had the ability to take care of myself and connect with people and make choices that kept me safe. This sense of confidence is what I got out of it."

Contrast Bow 70's Blouse; Asos

 My admiration for Yves Saint Laurent's style is well known on this blog. I am so glad '70s are back this fall because a classic white shirt with a contrast black bow is something that reminds me of young Catherine Deneuve's style. It's playful but not in an infantile way.
 When the days get shorter, we all need some extra vitamin D and if it comes in such a cute and cheerful packaging who can resist it!

Sunshine Pill; Strong Nutrients

The last movie of Peter Bogdanovich is criticized by many as an act of plagiarism of Woody Allen's style, but I loved it. Based in New York City, with a British actress with a hard-core Brooklyn accent, simple situations with a lot of humor in them and a gallery of the movie stars (Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots, and Owen Wilson), the perfect movie to make you think it's summer all year long.

She's Funny That Way by Peter Bogdanovich

Recently I have read an interview with a musician, in which she mentioned that Pzizz is the best app out there for people with sleep problems. You can set it up for a nap or night mode and relaxing music as well as a very soothing voice will lead you to the arms of Morpheus. I can confirm, it really works!

Pzizz - App for those who can't sleep

 Jillian Hervey, a daughter of Vanessa Williams, has proved this year that she inherited her mother's vocal talent and took it to her unique level. Check her out!

Lionbabe - Jillian Hervey - New Musician to Check Out

 If leaving to work in the morning, especially when it's still dark, makes you sad, you need this lunch bag!

Lunch bag; Bloomsbury

 I am addicted to unique desk accessories, and as I work at my desk most of the day, it really matters to me what I see in front of myself. With those pencil holders, you cannot help smiling.

Pencil Holder; Burke Decor

Incense so modern you can have it on your office desk? Only Japanese craftsmanship can guarantee it. Just sit down, meditate and enjoy!

Organic Incense; Myrtle

I am all into creative journals and coloring books for adults lately, and I have had just received this journal today. Meera Lee Patel, New Jersey raised artist makes this world a more colorful place with her prints and books. Check out her Instagram, and you will leave your worries behind.

Perfect Creative Journal; Meera Lee Patel
Scents of Land - Candle
Scents keep memories alive, and if something smells as natural as candles handcrafted in New York, there is no doubt I need it.

Cooking by yourself, which I am still trying to convince myself to do more often, can be very relaxing and therapeutic. This collection of recipes from around the world can make you feel like you are traveling with the writer.

Near &Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel; Heidi Swanson

 I found about this Polish fashion illustrator and blogger through one of my favorite websites Behance, where you can explore thousands of artists from around the world. I love her color pallet and fun she is having with fashion-inspired portraits.

Aleksandra Stanglewicz; Fashion Illustrator

This is not a children's book, or to be more precise it is a book for children of all ages, for all dog lovers and everybody who needs to be reminded what is important in life. Who can teach us better about the meaning of life than dogs!

Lessons from A Dog; Patrick Moberg

How do you deal with the "end-of-summer" blues? What is your instant mood booster in times when your motivation is low?

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