I love the summertime, but if I’m going to be honest…I don’t love the heat. I can’t lay out and tan all day long without feeling like dying (😂) and am normally the one splashing around in the pool.

August is usually the hottest month of the summer here in Chicago, and the heat is getting to me. So, I decided to share a few of my tried-and-true tips with you all about how to stay cool + beat the heat while summer rages on.

Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

  • Carry around a facial spray or mist in your purse/pool bag. My favorite is this one from Evian. These sprays are lifesavers for reviving makeup and giving you a cool blast during a day out.
  • Always wear sunscreen when outside! I like to use a face primer/moisturizer that has SPF already in it’s ingredients.
  • Drink chrysanthemum tea. (Weird, right?) Apparently, chrysanthemum tea is proven to actually lower your body temperature.
  • Take a cold shower for a quick fix.
  • Stick your pillow cases + sheets in plastic bags, and then place into the freezer for a couple hours. By bedtime, you’ll have chilled bed linens! (Totally trying this one.)
  • Stay hydrated! Your body sweats a lot in the summer, and it’s important to replenish yourself with liquids. Drinking water can be boring sometimes, so I drink Spindrift® sparkling water to keep me hydrated + add some fun into my summer days.

I’ve started to drink Spindrift® this summer and have fallen in love. Their drinks are unsweetened + the only sugar/calories in it come from the real fruit they use. My favorite flavor is their Raspberry Lime, but they have a ton of flavors, including Lemon, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Orange Mango, Strawberry, and Blackberry.

And Spindrift® is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Spindrift® = sparkling water + real fruit. Yup, that’s it.

Interested in buying Spindrift® products? Find a store that sells Spindrift® close to you by clicking here, or visit their website.


*This post is sponsored by Sprindrift® and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EmmaLenhart.com possible!*

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If you’ve been following me for a couple years now, you may know that I am (what Amelia Rose Studio’s owner Jodi calls) a “blonde-a-holic.” I love my blonde and have been bleaching + lightening my hair for years.

That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get my hair colored by Jodi Shachar at Amelia Rose Studio. Jodi specializes in blondes, and I trusted her with my locks.

The sad truth is that my hair was waaaay overdue for a color. I had been double processing my hair (bleach + tone) for about a year, but “let it go” and my darker roots were overgrown. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my hair anymore, and I was a little lost.

Want to know how I used to dye my hair at home? Read my post “How to Bleach Hair at Home for the White Blonde Look”

But Jodi knew just what to do, and consulted with me during my appointment, suggesting that she add in both highlights + lowlights to give me a softer blonde. I was down for the cause, and in just a few hours, my hair was completely transformed into a beautiful, ashy, blonde.

About Jodie Shachar

Jodi’s story is really cool, and I loved being able to hear it told by her personally. She always wanted to have a baby girl but instead was blessed with 3 boys. Instead of giving up on that dream, she decided to create Amelia Rose Studio, a space that reflects all of the traits she would want her daughter to have: elegance, beauty, confidence.

Jodi’s energy and attitude is contagious, and I had such an awesome time chatting with her during my appointment. She really takes time with all of her clients + recognizes that blonde hair coloring requires a little extra patience + attention.

Another cool thing about Jodi + the salon? It is sustainable + a certified Green Circle Salon; which means that she recycles everything she can: foils, color, and even hair.

Before + After

Before you look at these photos, I’m going to ask you to not judge me 😂 I am well aware that I let my blonde go for far too long, and that’s why I needed Jodi’s help so badly.

Before

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After

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Book an appointment

Interested in getting the perfect blonde? Visit Amelia Rose Studios’ website by clicking here, or calling the salon at 773-519-1336.


*This post was made in collaboration with Amelia Rose Studios. All opinions are my own and honest.*

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Thank you Deer Lord! for sponsoring this post. Grab your new edition of Deer Lord! social party game, available through Target retail stores starting July 30.

I recently got to go back home to Cleveland and spend time with my family. I love getting out of the city for a little bit and being able to clear my head with the people I love most.

You can check out what I did back home by following me on Instagram.

Family Game Night with DEER LORD!

One night, in particular, I decided to introduce my family to my newest obsession, Deer Lord! It’s a party game where players challenge each other to “Duels,” and also attempt to “Dupe” each other by secretly getting away with funny social actions unnoticed. Deer Lord! began as European independent game phenomena. The new revised editions differ from the original in several ways: the new edition rules are more expansive than the minimalist version in the classic edition, and the classic “Do Something” cards have become “Dupe” cards.

The game is so hilarious, and my family quickly caught on to why I love it so much!

What I especially love about this game is how easy it is to “catch on” and learn the rules of the game. Nothing’s worse than trying to introduce a new game to your family, only to have to waste an hour trying to explain how to play!

My sister and mom had tears in their eyes by the end of the game 😂 The “Duel” cards are so much fun, because you get to challenge another player to do something ridiculous with you. For example, my sister once dueled me during the game to see who had the best “pimp walk” between the two of us. She won 😂

If you want to see how to play/experience a round of the game yourself, take a look at this video, or check out the website.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Chicago’s most exciting music festival is happening this weekend and the city could not be more ready! I’m planning on attending Lollapalooza for my first time ever, and can’t wait to share my experience with you.

Before hitting the park, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to look + feel your best. I’m partnering with Bed Head to show you how to get ready for this weekend in fun + stylish way!

Lollapalooza Hair Styling Essentials

There’s no doubt that it is going to be HOT outside at Lollapalooza, so it’s important to make sure your style stays in place and that you are not damaging your hair in the heat.

I’m using a few Bed Head products before + during Lollapalooza to keep my hair looking fresh. The great part about Bed Head products is that all the products were signed to be blended, layered, and cocktailed together! 

To protect my hair from the harsh sun, I’m using the TOTALLY BEACHIN’ Shampoo + Conditioner. The shampoo cleanses hair to remove sweat, sea, and sand (and trust me, there will be lots of sweat at Lolla!) The conditioner helps treat stressed locks and replenishes shine.

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I’m also going to be using my HAUTE IRON spray from CATWALK by TIGI to protect my hair from any heat styling I may want to do before going to the festival.

I love flat ironing my hair to get a super sleek look, but hate the damage it causes my tresses. Luckily, HAUTE IRON spray protects my hair from high temperatures while adding more shine to my look.

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Lollapalooza-Hair-Essentials

Like what you see? Bed Head products can be purchased at Ulta Beauty or at Ulta.com!

Come party with Bed Head!

You’re invited to an exclusive event at The Bed Head Hotel! Bed Head Hotel is taking place at The Hard Rock Hotel (230 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601) on August 4th + 5th from 12 PM until 6 PM.

I’ll be at The Bed Head Hotel on Saturday night and would love to see some of my blog readers there! Check out the picture below for more information.


*This post is brought to you by Bed Head by TIGI and Her Campus Media All opinions are my own and honest.*

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