Summer sure looks different now than it used to, doesn't it? Today, we have fancy iced coffee drinks, thong bathing suits, and Instagram documentation of your every move, whereas when I was a kid? Well, let's just say that summer in the '90s versus summer in 2016 shows that a lot of things have certainly changed in the intervening years. When I was a wee one, summer was about playing outside all day long and being constantly entertained. As an adult, when I think of summer, I start concocting a master plan that involves never having to change out of my pajamas or leave the house. I guess you could say my idea of fun has changed juuuuuust a bit.
In fact, the perfect summer day to me today is maybe 20 minutes at the pool (any longer and my hair gets sweaty), followed by a few hours buried in a good book dressed in comfy pants, a baggy t-shirt, and definitely no bra. Bras are anti-summer. Screaming children happily playing outside make my skin crawl, even though I spent many a day as a young one being a screaming child happily playing outside myself. Why are they not inside playing on their smartphones? Isn't that what kids do these days? Rude!
But while I undoubtedly miss the summers of my childhood, I can't say I don't love the summer season now, too. I mean, it's summer. Generally we're all happier in the summer. And I'll bet I'm not the only one who's gone through these little transformations:
1. Pool Time Festivities
'90s: Let's set up the Slip 'N Slide. Hose that bad boy down.
Today: Let's spend an hour inflating my ridiculously giant swan. Tally-ho!
2. Tanning Expectations
'90s: Pass me the tanning oil. Bring on the awkward tan lines.
Today: Pass me the SPF 200. My neck is getting wrinkly.
3. Drink Of Choice
'90s: Capri Sun for the win!
Today: Is the fruit-infused peach mint goji jojoba water ready yet?
4. Wardrobe Picks
'90s: Cut-off shorts with iron-on patches. Heck and yes.
Today: Rompers for daaaaaaaaaaays.
5. Celebrity Idols
'90s: Britney Spears in her pigtails and fluffy hair accessories.
Today: Miley Cyrus in her g-string and grill.
6. Pool Party Musical Selections
7. Summer Crushes
'90s: Nick Lachey is bae.
Today: Nick Lachey is still bae.
8. Hair Inspiration
'90s: Crimped, glitter gel, and about a dozen butterfly clips.
Today: Rose gold ombre something something something.
9. Vacation TV Marathons
'90s: Nickelodeon when the parents were home — Real World when they were away.
Today: OITNB. End of story.
10. Outdoor Playtime
'90s: Skip-It, sidewalk chalk, and Moon Shoes.
Today: Yoga paddle boarding, because namaste.