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I was an indoor kid for my formative years, even though I grew up in the tropics. I hated feeling sweaty and sticky, and life inside the house promised the things I found most appealing: books, television, video games, and air conditioning in EVERY room. Seriously – stepping into an air-conditioned room in the middle of a hot, humid summer day is still one of life’s small victories.

Since moving to the States, and more specifically to D.C., I’ve begun to appreciate the outdoors a great deal more. I recognize that each of the seasons has its unique charm, and to be fair, I really enjoyed Wednesday’s snow day. That being said, I am so READY for warm weather. Here’s a list of things to help you enjoy your time outside:

  1. Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones: I want to ride my bike around town listening to Kali Uchis and lapping up the sweet spring breeze like a dog sticking his head outside a car window. I’ve been thinking about making a switch to wireless headphones for a while and think I might bite the bullet and get these – they get consistently great reviews and allow for call functionality. And yes, I know it’s dangerous but I’m a RISK TAKER, mom.

  1. Patagonia Men’s Torrentshell Jacket: Did you guys know that Patagonia has an entire section of their website dedicated to selling second-hand gear? It’s part of their commitment to sustainability and circular economy. And, as if I didn’t love the company enough already, they sued the Trump administration for reducing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

M's Torrentshell Jacket, Viking Blue (VIK)

  1. A new Kanye West album. ‘Ye has been holed up in Wyoming working on this new record for the last few weeks, and apparently it’s almost here. In a year when most rap releases could be described as “meh” at best (looking at you, Huncho Jack) I could really use some salvation via Yeezus.

  2. A seat at Garden District. Great beer and delicious food, in a no-frills beer garden that isn’t as nuts as Dacha on a weekend. Also, low-key – their music selection is as weird as I like it; plenty of Flying Lotus and Thundercat bumping in the background.

  3. An Aperol Spritz. Svetlana knows what I’m talking about – this is simply the best warm-weather cocktail there is. I’m not fancy, but sometimes you just want some bubbles.


Feature photo by Markus Spiske