Heat Wave Essentials

01 September 2017


The San Francisco summer has officially arrived! For those of you who don't live in the Bay Area, the months of September and October are the absolute hottest up here, and today, being the first day of September, was no exception, with temperatures reaching up to 102ยบ F (unheard of!). I find myself envious of people who are beginning to see fall colours and wear more layers, especially on a day as hot as today. I can't help but feel angry at myself for not taking advantage of the times I was cold, that's just how miserable it feels today!


Thankfully, growing up on a tropical island with year-round heat and humidity provided me with a bit of expertise in surviving the scorching heat, and for those of you still experiencing it, I thought I'd share my heat wave essentials that I carried with me today. Although these products aren't the cure to the inevitable sweaty, stickiness, they do contribute somewhat of a solution to the symptoms of a sweltering day in the city, apart from lots (and I mean lots) of ice cream. Other than consuming said ice cream alongside gallons of water to stay hydrated and cool, these six things really helped get me through the day the most comfortably I could. 

  1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe • Spritz for a cooling and calming burst to the skin! I spray it before I apply my makeup and then throughout the day to refreshen my skin.
  2. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer • A light, moisturising primer that feels light and cool to the touch! Perfect for keeping my makeup from melting away.
  3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen (SPF 100+) • As a fair skinned redhead, it's important to protect my delicate skin! This sunblock is easy to self-apply and works like a charm.
  4. Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes • There's nothing worse to me than the feeling of sticky, dirty hands. Carrying these around was a must with today's mugginess.
  5. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen • An excellent oil-free sunscreen that wears expertly under my foundation and protects my face from harmful UV rays.
  6. Kate Spade New York Kandi Cat Eye Sunglasses • Light eyes are the most sensitive to light! With the amount of sunlight and reflections (and easily triggered migraines) I would be nothing without my sunnies!
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For those of you enduring the heat alongside me, we can get through this together! It's days like today that make me wonder why anyone enjoys being out in the sun. San Francisco homes are scarcely equipped with AC, so even being indoors has been exceptionally uncomfortable. I am looking forward to next week when I'll be heading to a cooler climate, but more on that later!

Do you have any further advice for surviving hot weather? I know it won't last forever, but I am at my wit's end! It's hard to believe I survived living in Hawaii for eleven years now that I've grown so accustomed to the crisp San Francisco air.

x Sarah




  • playsuit: anthropologie
  • shoes: steve madden
  • brows: anastasia beverley hills (in auburn)                         
  • foundation: kat von d (in light 42 neutral)
  • blush: tarte (in paaarty)


  • handbag: anthropologie
  • sunnies: kate spade
  • lips: bobbi brown (in orange)
  • eyeliner: nyx 


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