Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bitches Beat the Heat

Greetings from the land of the Broke!


A big hello to all our fellow Bitches. Oh, how we have missed your loving comments and undivided attention to all things cheap in the city.


We're back and better than ever, with a new computer on the way! We've missed you this week (although we may be missing our old laptop slightly more), but we'll be around, keeping you posted on the best free summer activities, happy hours, and awesome events from Brooklyn to Queens. 


We hope you've been finding ways to stay cool, cute, and fly- which is much easier said than done with this 90 degree weather that's absolutely stifling us beyond belief. With the arrival of this stifling heat wave, we've been trying to hold out as long as possible before buying a steady supply of oscillating box fans. While one of our closest Brooklyn Bitches swears she's only eating soft serve for the month of June to beat the heat, we have neither the dollars nor the endless appetite for wafer cones to make that happen. Although, if it's covered in rainbow sprinkles, we just might have to reconsider...


1. Get in touch with your pulse points. A cold washcloth to your wrists, the back of your neck, and the back of your knees may sound silly, but we promise you'll stop giggling as soon as you feel a wave of cool  wash over you. We swear by this trick- it costs no dollars at all and feels as good as crashing a friend's pool.
2. Scope out nearby businesses and places that have air conditioning. The best locations to flock to are those that do not require a purchase or particular service (i.e. coffee shops and restaurants). We're big fans of the library (settling in for an afternoon of reading back issues of Vogue for FREE is one of our favorite summer activities), IKEA (especially if you take the Staten Island ferry and save your dollars for lunch instead of unnecessary kitchen utensils), community bookstores that encourage browsing, and the indoor areas of the Zoo (although they may smell like penguin). If none of these suggestions sound possible, your best bet may be to leave all your electronics at home, don your shortiest of short shorts, and find an open fire hydrant. Bedford Ave is a great street to cruise as you walk towards the Williamsburg Bridge, as a hydrant is almost always spewing cold goodness.
3. Be smart and dress for the weather- pit stains, sweaty butt stains, and dripping foreheads are just not cute, no matter how you slice it. Dresses, skirts, and tunic tops are your new best friends. Anything loose and lightweight will make you sweat a lot less and keep all the air moving down there. Caution: you will be extremely susceptible to exceptionally strong winds, subway breezes, and small children who want to play peek-a-boo. Plan accordingly, and avoid subway grates and playgrounds- especially if your undies are in no condition to be put on display.
4. Fill a pitcher with cold water and a few lemon slices (2 for $1 at pretty much any fruit man in Manhattan, making this quite a Brooklyn-Bitch-friendly cocktail indeed) and keep in the fridge. Every time you pour a glass of this refreshing 
5. Keep your blinds/curtains drawn. Strong light from the sun = a living room that will soon evolve into an oven. Let's save the baking for chocolate chip cookies and not internal organs and sofas, please. If you've got white shades, you're in luck- the color will actually reflect light away from your windows and your apartment, keeping you at least three to four degrees cooler.
6. Sleep naked. Enough said. 


Got any more suggestions? With no end to the seasonal summer weather in sight, we're looking for any tips or tricks to beat the heat. Lord knows we'll be resigning ourselves to a summer of blue box mac-n-cheese and ramen if we're forced to purchase a window air conditioning unit. Drop us a comment below, send us an email at bbonabudget@gmail.com, or tweet us @bbonabudget with all of your suggestions- especially if you'd like to meet up for some soft serve!

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