we’re having a heat wave

the-romantic-the-winoIt’s not even a tropical heat wave–it’s a city heat wave, which, in case you’re wondering, is the worst kind of heat wave. We love when friends and families come see us in our respective places, but we’ll be the first to admit: June-August in NYC and DC is not the ideal time to visit. Each city is sweltering, public transit is full of sweaty, stinky people, and tourist numbers are way up, all agitated and confused by the situation.

Though we like to focus our summers on beach vacations vs. city exploration, we’re no strangers to weather discomfort disrupting our plans.

Lucky for you, we also know how to cope.

Be Prepared.
Like packing a trendy scarf for each day you’re in Paris and wine for a picnic, you need to take a look at what the weather is going to be like and go in with the proper and necessary supplies. Going to Ireland? Pack an umbrella, a rain jacket, and a cute pair of wellies. We can all take advantage of how stylish rain boots are these days–the romantic stomps puddles in her black Hunters and the wino pledges her allegiance to Tory Burch, always.

Bonus? If in Ireland you decide to go horseback riding, you’ll have your own stylish pair of boots to sport, rather than being forced to wear their back-up options, which may be unfortunate for a variety of reasons.

Pre-ride with Dingle Horseriding and still so stylish, no?

Play indoors.
We know, we know–we prefer the outdoors too. But a weather catastrophe, like pouring rain or sweltering heat, doesn’t have to be…well, a catastrophe. Keep a few indoor plans–like museum hopping or indoor tours–in your back pocket for days like these. If all else fails, run to the nearest pub/cafe/covered awning and make the most of your situation. AKA: drink.


Acceptable indoor activity in Amsterdam? Cheese (and wine) tasting at Reypenaer.

Embrace it.
In August 2011, New York City braced itself to be ravaged by Hurricane Irene. Instead of fleeing the city, we stocked up on junk food, beer, and pajamas and locked ourselves inside for three days with friends. Making the most out of crappy weather is easy when you’re with friends. Or the random people you met in your hostel bar.

We don’t have a picture from said Irene weekend because we were drunk and in our pjs for 72 hours straight. Which leads us to…

Accept that extreme weather conditions will make you look ridiculous.
This is difficult, we know. But honestly, you can pull on your cute rain boots and button up your trenchcoat, and you will still look like a windblown nutjob in a matter of seconds of opening that door. Oh, it’s sweltering hot? Cute sundress, why is your face so shiny? These are just the facts of life and it’s better for you to accept it now than try and fight with style while traveling. The one slight exemption is that pretty much everyone looks adorable in the snow… but no one looks cute once they return indoors. Accept. It.

We’ve all been there. (Credit: Friends – The One In Barbados)

P.S. We’ll respect you more if you get the above reference.

Free your inner lazy traveler.
Among the many perks of not planning every single second of your vacation is one very important point: you can’t be let down if plans change. Be it a fellow traveler or an act of god, if you don’t leave yourself some wiggle room, you’ll just find yourself frustrated when something gets bumped from your schedule. Take it in stride, accept that there’s nothing you can do, and move onto plan B.


the romantic & the wino



  1. Lauren
    June 22, 2012 / 00:52

    That Friends episode was just on today!

  2. Travel Freak (@FreakOutOfTown)
    June 22, 2012 / 10:09

    No, I respect YOU more for incorporating Friends into a post! You guys are really setting the bar high here.

    • June 22, 2012 / 10:33

      i mean, we can’t talk about crazy humidity and NOT mention monica’s fro, right?!

  3. Leah Walker Puckett Ŧ
    June 22, 2012 / 10:25

    Much respect for the Tory Burch and Hunter references.

  4. Diane
    June 22, 2012 / 10:26

    Love the horse/boots pic!!!!

  5. June 24, 2012 / 03:47

    Great advice! Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Kudos for incorporating Friends! (Also- love the boots in the horse-riding picture!)

    • June 24, 2012 / 08:17

      since you can’t control the weather, you can’t let it ruin your vacation!

  6. June 24, 2012 / 08:56

    Yes, staying indoors and hanging out with friends is a great way to ride the storm! And that Friends show was hilarious!

    • June 24, 2012 / 09:12

      the weekend of irene ended up being one of our favorites in new york, only because it was so ridiculous.

  7. June 24, 2012 / 10:01

    WINO i need those boots for my Euro adventure with Leah in the fall. i’m not joking.

    anyhow…oh boy – do i remember those sweaty summer days in NYC when i lived there. i actually loved summertime in the city. you had the place to yourself & could get in anywhere and everywhere. the cocktails never tasted so good 🙂

    • June 24, 2012 / 11:25

      tory burch! they’re from a few seasons ago but i’m sure you can find something similar!

      a little maxed out on summer in the city already, but a few beachy weekends away should bring us back to reality 🙂

  8. June 24, 2012 / 12:24

    Haha, I just recently re-watched that Friends episode!

    Good advice. Chicago gets really hot and humid in the summer and the humidity is the hardest. But good thing we have the lake. 🙂

  9. June 24, 2012 / 15:29

    City heat is the WORST heat! But, you’re right it’s always important to be prepared, or just accept it.

    That’s one of my favorite Friends episodes…also, it’s how I looked last summer in SouthEast Asia. No hair product, mine or anything I bought, was a match for my frizz, so I just kept it up and dealt with it. I’m assuming I’ll be dealing with the same during my four weeks in Africa, though I will attempt be be prepared. 🙂

    Great post, and so true!

    • June 24, 2012 / 17:54

      oh yes, we are well acquainted with the over-frizzed look. pretty much our entire lives from age 12-now.

      • June 24, 2012 / 18:49

        Hahaha, spot on. Started at age 12, but when oh when will it end?!?!

  10. June 24, 2012 / 16:27

    LOL, of course I recognise Monica when they went to a fake tropical location for a conference 😉 luckily, I suffer only a bit from that issue.

    I like going to NYC all year round – and have very fond memories of complaining about the bitter humidity in the summer. The plus was, of course, you “had” to go for drinks after work at Bryant Park and PS1 on saturdays… can I come for a weekend?

    • June 24, 2012 / 17:58

      it’s true, the heat is the perfect excuse for a drink. and yes, come for a weekend!!

  11. June 24, 2012 / 22:14

    Just spent two days at an awesome resort, in the pouring rain. I hadn’t swam in a pool while raining since I was a kid…forgot how fun it can be:)

  12. June 25, 2012 / 18:57

    Love that you’ve been to Ireland and yes – the boots really are fab:) Hahah yes I too can relate to Monica in Friends – my hair + humidy do not mix at all :/

    • June 25, 2012 / 19:55

      we love hearing that everyone is the same humidity-induced frizzhead boat as we are!

  13. Francesca
    June 26, 2012 / 12:17

    OMG I can’t even think about a heat wave, as we’re expecting 100 degrees here this week! I don’t do well in the heat, unless of course a pool and frozen alcoholic beverages are involved. Anyway, valuable advice here about being flexible when traveling, having back-up plans, and just accepting the situation.

    • June 26, 2012 / 12:21

      samesies–all things in life can be cured by a pool and a frozen alcoholic beverage, no?

  14. June 26, 2012 / 17:54

    I feel your frizzy pain.. Last summer I tried to tame my wild mane in DC, NYC, and NOLA. Good thing top knots were in 🙂

    I’m desperate to find those boots in the adorable horse pic for my Paris trip next fall.. Snow + Cold + a girl from California = a need for fashionable, warm, and comfy boots. Help!

    • June 26, 2012 / 17:59

      oh god, none of those cities can be good for frizz! and the boots are tory burch from a few seasons ago… not sure if she still makes them but godspeed in your hunt!

  15. John
    June 26, 2012 / 21:46

    Great tips! I’ve always wanted to have a hurricane party, but the only hurricanes I’ve ever been close to were in New Orleans and that’s the last place I’d want to take any chances!

    • June 26, 2012 / 22:08

      yeah, we would probs avoid hurricane parties in new orleans… but it was hard to take too seriously in manhattan!

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