39 Things to Bake When You’re Bored

Whether I’m bored, happy, sad, anxious, or hungry, the solution is usually the same: head to the kitchen and find a few things to bake. It’s the perfect weekend activity, after-work way to de-stress, or midday pick-me-up that never fails to make me smile.

And I’m starting to think that baking is my love language, too. Even though a chocolate chip cookie isn’t going to solve the world’s problems, I feel a certain peace knowing that I can at least make a friend smile with some homemade baked goods. I’d like to think my roommates love this about me since it means our kitchen is usually stocked with treats. That always seems to be the way to anyone’s heart, after all.

36 Delicious and Easy Things to Bake at Home

Get out of your comfort zone! In my experience, some of the most fun things to bake are the recipes that challenged me and taught me new baking methods or techniques. Just have fun leaning into the challenge, and don’t stress yourself out. Because truly, the best part is yet to come: eating and sharing your masterpiece with your loved ones.

So, turn on your favorite playlist, preheat your oven, and work your way down our list of things to bake when you’re bored. And don’t forget to share the love when you’re done.


Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Why We Love It: First off, we always love pumpkin pie. There’s something so comforting about the warm, spicy, and sweet flavor that we’ll happily indulge in all throughout the year—not just Thanksgiving. But classic recipes can often lean on the boring side of things. So, to amplify the flavor, Camille livened things up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a gingersnap crust. The result of her experiment is nothing short of divine.

Hero Ingredient: Give it up for that gingersnap crust. No one will miss the pie dough.

Classic Buttermilk Pie

Why We Love It: A classic buttermilk pie combines a tangy, custardy filling with a buttery crust. Seriously—what’s not to love? This recipe comes straight from Camille’s mom, who would make it each year for Thanksgiving. With plenty of vanilla, nutmeg, and yes—butter—it’s an easy bake that’s sure to have everyone begging for more.

Hero Ingredient: A buttermilk pie is nothing without plenty of buttermilk. It’s responsible for this pie’s unique, signature flavor.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

Why We Love It: Okay, sure—not a pie exactly, but that’s just because these cutie little bars are way easier to make. If you love the classic pumpkin pie flavors but want something that’s make-ahead, let me introduce you to the perfect dessert. These bars are made up of multiple layers: a graham cracker crust, pumpkin filling, and soft peaks of whipped cream. It’s impossible not to have these blow you away.

Hero Ingredient: The secret to the most pumpkin-y pumpkin filling? Homemade pumpkin butter—and it’s easier than you think.

Cookies and Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why We Love It: No matter the season, these chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies will always satisfy my sweet craving. They’re balanced with a tiny bit of saltiness to complement the sweetness. Unlike other chocolate chip cookie recipes, the chopped chocolate chunks ensure these cookies stay extra indulgent.

Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin puree gives these cookies their unique, cozy flavor.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Why We Love It: Whenever I whip up these oatmeal cookies, my roommates and I will devour them for breakfast, lunch, dinner (and, of course, dessert). They’re not overly sweet, but super simple to make in a pinch when you need a fast dessert without all the sugar.

Hero Ingredient: I’m of the opinion that every cookie needs a sprinkling of flaky salt on top.

Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Why We Love It: For PSL fans, these pumpkin spice cookies might just give your favorite bev a run for its money. While no one wants to order the coffee version year-round, these cookies are perfect for whenever you need a dose of coziness.

Hero Ingredient: This cinnamon glaze is to die for.

Flower-Pressed Shortbread Cookies

Why We Love It: These might just be the most gorgeous cookies you’ll ever make. While the recipe stays true to its roots and remains easy, we love the little flourish of edible flowers that makes them all the more special. Serve these at an afternoon garden party with iced tea or as a sweet and simple after-dinner treat.

Hero Ingredient: Good butter makes for good shortbread. But I’d have to say, with this recipe in particular, the egg yolks edge it to earn top billing. Good ones give your cookies a gorgeous, golden hue.

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

Why We Love It: Since creating this recipe, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made these lemon bars. They are one of my favorite things to bake because I developed this gluten-free recipe with my mom, and those moments in the kitchen with her are some of my most treasured memories. Sentimentality aside, these lemon bars are the ultimate light and refreshing dessert that seems to complement every single meal. And, they come together in just 10 easy steps.

Hero Ingredient: A graham cracker crust, especially this gluten-free one, can’t be beat. 

Peanut Butter–Banana Cookies

Why We Love It: You would never know that these PB banana cookies are vegan and free of gluten and refined sugar just by tasting them. They’re decadent and crisp, while being made with only whole, real ingredients. Plus, they aren’t too sweet, making them perfect for a snack at any time of day, multiple times a day.

Hero Ingredient: The coconut sugar keeps these cookies refined-sugar-free and perfectly crispy. 

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Brownies

Why We Love It: I’m never not craving brownies. I can’t think of a single scenario in which I could possibly turn down an ooey gooey brownie, and this GF/DF recipe makes it all the more tempting for me to give in. These are the first gluten- and dairy-free brownies that I’ve made that aren’t disappointedly crumbly. They come together in one bowl and will probably be gone in one hour. 

Hero Ingredient: The almond butter keeps the crumbles away, while the flavor stays. 

Why We Love It: This double chocolate skillet cookie is what all chocolate lovers’ dreams are made of. It’s crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and pairs perfectly with a scoop (or two) of ice cream. Plus, it’s easy to bake and pretty foolproof, making the process stress-free and fun. What’s not to love?

Hero Ingredient: The vanilla extract and espresso powder deepens the already-delicious chocolate flavor.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Brownies

Why We Love It: If you’re wanting to up your brownie game, look no further than these salted caramel cheesecake brownies. This recipe is one of the most fun things to bake because it brings in so many elements: the perfect fudgy brownie, a no-bake cheesecake layer, and the easiest homemade caramel. It comes together beautifully to create a sweet, salty, chocolatey dessert that you’ll make again and again.

Hero Ingredient: The cheesecake layer is game-changing. 

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies With Tahini

Why We Love It: This is a sophisticated take on your favorite cookie. While you may think classic chocolate chip cookies don’t need an upgrade, it’s always fun to get a little creative. The tahini and chickpea flour add the perfect nuttiness to these delectable cookies, satisfying your sweet tooth with every bite. 

Hero Ingredient: Trust us, don’t swap for peanut butter. The tahini is both unexpected and delicious.

Cast-Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why We Love It: This cookie skillet is made in one bowl, then baked and served from a single skillet. Simplicity aside, it’s also so unbelievably good. I prefer to eat it straight out of the oven topped with ice cream so that it’s warm, gooey, and delicious.

Hero Ingredient: M&M’s forever and ever. 

Vegan + Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Café Gratitude

Why We Love It: This GF and vegan cookie recipe is one to save because it’s something everyone can enjoy. From your friend with a food sensitivity to your kids with sugar cravings, I dare you to find someone who has a negative thought about these chocolate chip cookies. They have a perfectly chewy, moist texture and are made with whole ingredients you can feel good about eating. 

Hero Ingredient: I’m very generous with the vegan chocolate chips (because why not?).

Muffins, Cupcakes, and Breads

Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Why We Love It: If you’ve yet to try your hand at a pumpkin bread recipe—let this be your first. Topped with a delicious homemade cream cheese frosting and crushed nuts of your choice, everyone will be begging for this recipe after the first bite.

Hero Ingredient: Cinnamon is the perfect, spicy-sweet touch.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Why We Love It: A little bit zesty and sweet in one bite, these cranberry orange muffins are the perfect year-round snack or dessert. The secret ingredient? An addition of Greek yogurt for creaminess and moisture creates a fine, tender crumb.

Hero Ingredient: Dried cranberries add the perfect touch of tartness.

Citrus Olive Oil Muffins

Why We Love It: It’s very possible that all of my favorite things to bake feature edible flowers. How could you not love them? They make it possible to step up your sweet treat with a simple flourish that frees you from experimenting with any tough decorating techniques. (Piping? No thanks.) These “muffins”—call ’em cupcakes, if you’d like—have a perfect, moist crumb thanks to the olive oil. And the pop of citrus keeps them tasting fresh and light.

Hero Ingredient: These muffins boast countless powerhouse ingredients, but I’ll give the award to the Greek yogurt. Combined with the olive oil, it’s responsible for these treats’ fluffy, delicious bite.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Why We Love It: I can and will eat carrot cake recipes all year long. These gluten-free and vegan carrot cake cupcakes are one of my go-to’s and one of the most requested recipes I make. Last Easter, I made them in a mini cupcake tin, and they turned out to be the cutest, bite-sized dessert.

Hero Ingredient: You’ll never not add vegan butter to store-bought icing again. 

Two Hands NYC Banana Walnut Bread With Espresso Mascarpone

Why We Love It: I love a recipe that can be eaten for both breakfast and dessert. This twist on banana bread is an Austin favorite at Two Hands and now a family favorite at my house. The recipe for the bread is great on its own, but the simple espresso mascarpone elevates the dish and (warning!) makes it highly addictive.

Hero Ingredient: Finishing things off with a drizzle of honey goes a long way. 

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

Why We Love It: I stand by the fact that it’s never too early for all things pumpkin. No matter the weather, I’m always ready for one of these gluten-free dairy-free pumpkin muffins because they are that good. They are also super easy to make, come together in one bowl, and are refined-sugar-free. I guarantee these will become a year-round staple for you, too.  

Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin people, unite!

Blueberry Power Muffins

Why We Love It: These blueberry muffins are a healthy excuse to eat cake for breakfast. They are gluten- and dairy-free and are delicious for a grab-and-go breakfast, afternoon snack, or even a dessert. I love that they pack in pecans for some extra nutrients, making these more filling than typical blueberry muffins.

Hero Ingredient: Pecan power. 

One Bowl Morning Glory Muffins

Why We Love It: The best way to start your day is with one of these morning glory muffins. They satisfy your sweet tooth just enough but are also packed with oats and grated fruits and veggies to give your day a healthy start. Bake a batch of these on Sunday and look forward to treating yourself to a deliciously healthy muffin every day of the week.  

Hero Ingredient: The super sneaky veggies bring moisture and plenty of vitamins to these unassuming delights.

No-Knead Olive & Rosemary Focaccia

Why We Love It: If baking bread intimidates you, I beg you to try this focaccia. It’s one of the easiest things to bake, though it definitely tests your patience with the resting periods (but it’s so worth the wait!). This bread is studded with rosemary, garlic, red onion, and olives, and will fill your kitchen with the dreamiest garlicky scent.  

Hero Ingredient: California Ripe Olives are the juiciest, richest, and most delicious olives you’ll ever eat.

Cakes and Tarts

Orange Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Why We Love It: Have you ever seen a cake so pretty? While I often say that carrot cake is simply a vehicle for cream cheese frosting, this recipe proves that it can be so much more. The cake itself is perfectly spiced, with a teaspoon of cinnamon leading the charge. From there, this cake stays pretty true to tradition, except for…

Hero Ingredient: … the orange zest! Combined with orange extract, it lends a fresh, citrusy flavor that—IMO—every carrot cake isn’t complete without.

Lemon Icebox Cake

Why We Love It: Let me introduce you to your new crowd-pleasing, favorite cake. If you’re not familiar, icebox cakes sit perfectly at the intersection of incredibly easy and impressive. Layers of whipped cream and cookies go into the freezer to set, and the resulting cake is nothing short of magic.

Hero Ingredient: The lemon curd earns this cake its citrusy, sour name.

Gluten-Free Citrus Cake with Strawberries and Cardamom Coconut Cream

Why We Love It: Though I’m not gluten-free, I’m all for a dessert that everyone can eat—without sacrificing flavor or texture. Simply swap out your regular AP flour for gluten-free and the rest couldn’t be easier. It’s your basic cake-making method, but with the volume turned up.

Hero Ingredient: And don’t you dare skip the cardamom coconut cream. I’ll take another dollop, please and thank you.

Black Raspberry–Bourbon Mascarpone Tartlets

Why We Love It: Your summer dinner party needs these raspberry bourbon mascarpone tartlets. This recipe is guaranteed to surprise your guests and have them begging for seconds. Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps, though! While scrolling through the instructions may feel intimidating, this recipe is simpler than it seems. Plus, you can make all the components up to three days in advance, so feel free to spread out the work.

Hero Ingredient: The pistachio praline crunches the competition. 

Rhubarb Meringue Cake

Why We Love It: Oftentimes, the most fun things to bake are the recipes that are the easiest to whip up and the prettiest to look at. This rhubarb meringue cake definitely fits the bill. It only requires six steps and will have all your guests ooh-ing and ah-ing when they see it. Plus, you can make the compote two days in advance to save some prep on the day you serve the dish. 

Hero Ingredient: The crunchy sliced almonds are the perfect addition to the tender cake. 

Orange-Walnut Olive Oil Cake

Why We Love It: This is one of those recipes I had to try immediately after seeing it. It’s my ideal dessert: not too sweet and full of interesting flavor profiles. I’m not going to lie—it was a bit more labor-intensive than other cakes I’ve made, but aren’t all fun things to bake a bit of a challenge? I’ve never felt more satisfied pulling something out of the oven. My family ate this cake for breakfast, an afternoon snack, and dessert—our taste buds were never bored.

Hero Ingredient: I went nuts over the walnut flour flavor. 

Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Why We Love It: Strawberries have been my favorite food since I was a toddler, and these GF strawberry shortcakes are now one of my favorite ways to enjoy them. They are crispy, fluffy, light, satisfying, and downright delicious. Our Executive Producer, Michelle, notes that “they re-instilled in [her] a love of slowing down and enjoying the process of creating something from scratch.” I couldn’t agree more. 

Hero Ingredient: The strawberries are the star.  

Simple Pear Galette

Why We Love It: This dessert comes together with just a handful of ingredients, no special kind of pan, and minimal effort. The flaky dough pairs with the sweet fruit to create the perfect, not-too-sweet dessert for any occasion. This is your sign to pick up plenty of pears from the farmer’s market and get baking!

Hero Ingredient: Fresh pears are the perfect pair for this dessert.  

Mina Stone’s Olive Oil Cake

Why We Love It: Olive oil cakes are a new addition to my favorite fun things to bake, and I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to try them. This specific olive oil cake from Mina Stone is super simple, but so moist, citrusy, and delicious. While I’ll eat this cake all throughout the year, the cinnamon and clove flavors make it perfect for your holiday parties.

Hero Ingredient: Obviously, olive oil. 

Berries & Cream Layer Cake

Why We Love It: I made this cake for a Labor Day party last year, and my friends still talk about how good it was. It was simultaneously one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made and one of the most raved about. I love that you can really put in as much or as little effort as you want, and the results will be the same. For the cake, you can either bake it from scratch, from a mix, or buy one pre-made. The same goes for the whipped cream. The point is, no matter how you go about building the components of this cake, the flavor satisfies every time. 

Hero Ingredient: The whipped cream has me whipped. 

Lemon Ricotta Poundcake with Candied Lemon Slices

Why We Love It: I’m a sucker for anything that boasts this lemon ricotta combo. From pancakes to pasta, the flavor pairing never gets old. Not only is this cake one of my favorite fun things to bake, but this recipe also teaches you how to make homemade ricotta, which is a skill I now brag about all the time. (It’s easier than you’d think!) 

Hero Ingredient: The homemade ricotta is a lotta fun. 

Cobblers and Crisps

Spiced Peach and Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Why We Love It: Baked oatmeal is a fun idea for a healthy and sweet breakfast. This spiced peach and pecan bake perfectly balances the fruity and nutty flavors that everyone strives for in their best oatmeal creations.

Hero Ingredient: Pair with Greek yogurt for an added bit of protein.

Blackberry Cobbler

Why We Love It: One of my favorite culinary activities is finding fun things to bake with whatever ingredients are in season. This specific recipe has two secret ingredients that make it the best cobbler of all time: the zest and juice of an orange and a cornbread-inspired batter. These two swaps make a world of difference and help it taste extra summery and delicious. 

Hero Ingredient: Orange you glad you know about adding this secret ingredient?

Brown Butter Bourbon Apple Crisp

Why We Love It: There’s no better way to welcome fall into your kitchen than with this Brown Butter Bourbon Apple Crisp. It’s a great transitional dish because while it’s full of fall flavors, you can serve it with a cold scoop of ice cream, and still enjoy it on a warm evening. You can customize the dish with different fruits, but whatever you do, don’t skip the brown butter. The richness that it brings and the way it complements the apple, oat, and cinnamon is to die for.   

Hero Ingredient: Bring on the brown butter. 

One Bowl Baked Banana Cashew Oatmeal

Why We Love It: Let’s be honest: I am not a morning person. No matter how much I wish I didn’t, I tend to roll out of bed 10 minutes before heading out the door. Thus, this baked oatmeal recipe is not only fun to bake, but it’s a morning lifesaver, too. It’s a pre-made breakfast that’s nutritious, delicious, and perfect for meal prep or serving a crowd on a weekend.

Hero Ingredient: Peanut butter, please!

This post was originally published on August 18, 2022, and has since been updated.

Make This Pear, Prosciutto, and Mozzarella Grilled Cheese When You’re Craving Comfort

Cozy season is upon us, and with it, the craving for comfort food (best enjoyed with a side of Netflix and cozy socks). And let’s face it: there’s nothing quite like the combination of flavors found in the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the ideal blend of golden crunch and creaminess, and really needs no improvement. But why not elevate it with a seasonal twist? Enter my prosciutto, mozzarella, and pear grilled cheese that’s almost sophisticated enough for a dinner party… and every bit as drool-worthy as it sounds.

The Best Pear & Cheese Pairings

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk pear and cheese pairings (say that five times fast, lol). Pears, with their sweet and juicy texture, have long been a classic complement to a range of cheeses. From the creaminess of Brie to the robust stinkiness of blue, pears’ versatility makes them an excellent pairing for various cheese options, but it’s hard to beat this pear-meets-mozzarella combo. Its melt-in-your-mouth quality ensures an unforgettable sandwich.

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe


  • Ciabatta bread
  • Fig preserves (I used fig butter from Trader Joe’s)
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Arugula — its peppery bite balances out the creaminess
  • Thinly-sliced prosciutto
  • Pear — any firm, sweet variety works well
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Balsamic reduction

How to Make This Pear Grilled Cheese

  1. First, we’re going to halve the ciabatta bread and toast it under the broiler until it’s golden.
  2. Then we add our fig preserves to both sides.
    • To one side, add torn mozzarella, arugula, and prosciutto.
    • To the other side, layer on torn mozzarella, sliced pear, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  3. Pop back under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is perfectly melted.
  4. Then we’re going to sprinkle some fresh rosemary and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
  5. Press the two sides together, slice, and devour.

Getting the Perfect Melt

Since a grilled cheese with cheese that’s only halfway melted is a major letdown, let’s talk about how to get the full melt and gooeyness we’re looking for. I like to set my oven to broil and pop the sandwich underneath “open-faced” style to get an even melt without making the bread too soggy or the cheese too crispy.

Butter Versus Oil Versus Mayonnaise

You may or may not be aware that there’s a healthy debate on the interwebs about butter versus mayo on grilled cheese. While traditionalists swear by butter for its rich flavor and golden finish, others opt for mayo due to its even spread and crispy result. However, for our grilled cheese, we’re fully leaning into the Mediterranean flavors by using olive oil to toast the bread, and the fig preserves provide plenty of moisture inside the sandwich without the need for additional fats.


Whether it’s a cozy evening indoors or casual night with friends, this prosciutto, mozzarella, and pear grilled cheese recipe promises to elevate your fall. Scroll on for the recipe…


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Filled with crunchy pear, salty prosciutto, and creamy mozzarella, this grilled cheese is the perfect sandwich for a cozy dinner.

  • 1 ciabatta roll, or a 5-6-inch piece of ciabatta bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fig preserves
  • A few pieces of torn mozzarella
  • A handful of arugula
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Balsamic glaze/reduction

    1. Preparation: Set your oven to broil and place a rack on the upper third level.
    2. Toast the Ciabatta: Halve the ciabatta bread and brush both sides with a little olive oil. Toast the top sides until they’re golden. Flip and lightly toast the other sides.
    3. Add the Flavors: Spread fig preserves generously on both sides of the ciabatta.
    4. To one side, add torn mozzarella, arugula, and prosciutto. To the other side, layer on torn mozzarella, sliced pear, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
    5. Melt and Crisp: Pop both sides back under the broiler “open-faced style,” and broil until the cheese is perfectly melted.
    6. Final Touches: Once out of the oven, sprinkle some fresh rosemary and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
    7. Serve: Press the two sides together, slice, and enjoy your sophisticated grilled cheese.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: lunch, sandwich

Keywords: pear grilled cheese, sandwich recipes

If You’re Feeling Stressed, a Nutritionist Says to Try Eating These 7 Foods

Meditation. Mindfulness. Movement. Meet the alliterative trifecta of stress-reducing practices. It’s no secret that these ubiquitous solutions to stress are widely written about and adopted. After all, they’re known to increase stress resilience and improve our ability to cope with triggers. But as we know, what we eat can also have the power to transform how we feel. Truly, it’s no secret that nutritious meals can boost our mood. And when it comes to the best stress-relieving foods, delicious, supportive ingredients are the key to feeling our best.

I’m wary of sweeping generalizations, but it’s safe to say that we’re likely all pretty familiar with the concept of stress. It can be assumed that we’ve likely all experienced it, too. Reports of a national mental health crisis are on the rise—and they have been for years. A March 2022 ValuePenguin survey found that 84% of Americans feel stressed at least once per week (an increase from 78% reported in March 2021). In other words: not good.

The Expert on Stress-Relieving Foods

The good news though, is that we can intentionally design our meals, snacks, drinks, and occasional indulgences to combat the creeping stress. When it comes to stress-relieving foods, the usual suspects prevail. Fruits, nuts, and adaptogenic herbs reign supreme, but adding a few surprise superfoods to the mix (hint, hint: organ meats) will contribute to a happier, healthier outlook and life.

I’ve teased the takeaways long enough. Ahead Kim Rose, RDN, shares her expertise in the world of stress-relieving foods. Keep reading for her top seven foods to eat for stress, plus key insights into the role diet plays in improving mental and emotional wellness. Let’s dive in.

Foods to Avoid or Limit to Reduce Stress

Rose cites alcohol and “sugary, caffeine-laden beverages” like energy drinks as being two of the biggest stress-inducing culprits. “Energy drinks may give you an artificial boost,” notes the dietitian, “but they can leave you with undesirable mental health outcomes that inflict stress.” Of course, our social and even professional lives are often structured around going out for drinks, ordering wine with dinner, and enjoying the occasional nightcap. But according to Rose, adopting a sober-curious lifestyle can help keep stress levels stable. (Because, after all, a little *good* stress comes with its own health benefits.)

If you don’t want to cut out alcohol completely, Rose looks to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an understanding of safe, recommended amounts of alcohol. Daily recommendations suggest no more than one serving of alcohol for women and no more than two servings for men, daily. “Alcohol may initially free your inhibitions and drown your stress, but it’s likely to leave you more stressed than you were before consumption,” she says. (See here for our favorite zero-ABV drinks that offer a tasty break from the booze.)

The Role Adaptogens Play in Stress-Relief

A buzzy word in wellness, adaptogens have been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions for centuries to combat stress. “Think of adaptogenic plants as natural stress regulators,” says Rose. Her top two favorites? Holy basil and ashwagandha. “Holy basil,” she notes, “is one adaptogenic plant that provides a foundation of calm to help us unwind after a long day.”

Ashwagandha, however, is perhaps the adaptogen that garners the most interest and attention. Rose says its popularity can be attributed to its stress-relieving magic. “The roots and berries of the ashwagandha plant have been used in traditional medicine for various purposes to enable you to relax and sleep well for a nightly recharge.”

Unfortunately, as with any health trend, suspicious products often flood the market. To be sure you’re purchasing high-quality, supportive adaptogens, Rose says to look for vendors with a National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certification. “NSF certification ensures that products, such as dietary supplements, have been tested for safety and that what’s listed on the label is what is in the product.”

For calmer days ahead, Rose emphasizes ensuring that you’re purchasing products with “clinically-effective levels of the adaptogen in question. This is another way to ensure that you get the benefit of that ingredient—in addition to clearing your use of it with your doctor, which is most important.”

7 Stress-Relieving Foods a Nutritionist Wants You to Try

Chamomile Tea

Already well-attuned to sipping chamomile tea as a before-bed beverage? Not only are you helping your sleepy self snooze away, but you’re proactively decreasing stress levels, too. Rose recommends brewing a cup at night to wind down or any time you’re craving something soothing throughout the day. Functional nightcaps for the win.

Recipe: Chamomile and Jasmine Herbal Ice Cubes


It’s no wonder turkey lulls us to sleep in the middle of our Thanksgiving meal, and according to Rose, it’s all thanks to tryptophan. “Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that our bodies can’t make; consequently, we must get it from the foods we eat.” She adds that tryptophan is the sole precursor to serotonin. Sound familiar? Yep—serotonin’s the feel-good, burnout-beating hormone known to reduce depression and regulate anxiety.

Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad With Spicy Peanut Dressing


Our forever-favorite fruit (a berry, if we’re getting specific) knows no bounds. Lauded equally for being full of skin-supporting biotin as they are for being delicious on a slice of toasted sourdough, avocados are also rich in magnesium. “Magnesium is important for stress management and guarding the body against susceptibility to stress,” adds Rose.

Recipe: Grapefruit, Avocado, and Golden Beet Salad with Crunchy Chickpeas and Feta


If they aren’t already your go-to snack, it’s time to stock up. “Cashew nuts are the way to go when looking for a tryptophan-rich food that can help you avoid burnout,” suggests Rose. If you don’t consume or crave poultry, cashews are a great plant-based option—and they make this cozy soup delectably creamy.

Recipe: Big Green Immunity-Boosting Vegetable Soup

Organ Meats

Now here’s the wild card. Rose advises adding liver, gizzards, and kidneys to your cart during your next trip to the store. “Vitamin B-2, also known as riboflavin, is found in organ meats,” she says. “Riboflavin helps to convert carbohydrates into energy that the body can use. It may also help you overcome the physical aspects of burnout.” Those benefits are enough to make anyone a believer. And if you’re still wary, trust that the taste is surprisingly, incredibly palatable. Some may say delicious.

Recipe: Chicken Liver Paté from Wholesome Yum

Dark Chocolate

Chocolate lovers, unite! This tried-and-true health-promoting staple is a favorite among the wellness-obsessed—and for good reason. “One, among several benefits,” notes Rose, “is that dark chocolate can be a great mood booster, combatting the overwhelming feelings of burnout.” Another reason to always say yes to a midday or after-dinner treat. These truffles pair the superfood with avocado to double down on the calm-inducing effects.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles from Eating Bird Food

Adaptogen-Fueled Beverages

If you’re new to the (wide) world of adaptogens, one of the easiest ways to reap the stress-busting benefits is to incorporate them into your drinks. This creamy and comforting hot cocoa incorporates a mix of adaptogens and is perfect for sipping on after your nighttime meal.

Recipe: Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

This post was originally published on May 5, 2022, and has since been updated.

Dressing for the Seasons—Exactly What to Wear if You’re an “Autumn”

You know when you wear a certain outfit and the compliments begin to roll in? People might remark on the way your eyes pop, how great your skin looks, or maybe it’s a flat-out, “That top is your color!” These are all signs that the color you’re wearing is working in harmony with your natural features. Your skin appears more even, your eyes sparkle, and there’s a general sense of ease to your appearance. This is the magic of dressing for your season.

Of the four seasons, there are two over-arching types: warm (Springs and Autumns) and cool (Winters and Summers). If you’re in the warmer seasons, you’ll favor more yellow tones whereas cool seasons favor more blues. If you want to find out your color type, we did a deep dive on each season right here.

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Now, it’s important to remember that these characteristics aren’t strict, set-in-stone rules to determine your seasonal category. They’re more like friendly guideposts commonly linked to each season. This especially holds true for individuals with diverse skin tones, where traditional seasonal color advice often leans toward those with lighter complexions. Ultimately, your color journey is all about what makes you feel fantastic and authentic.

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into what it means to embody Autumn—that magical season when the earth takes on a golden hue and we reach for cozy books and warm drinks. I’ll unpack the three sub-categories of Autumn color analysis and show you exactly what to wear to dress in harmony with your season. But first, let’s recap Autumn as a whole.

Autumn Color Analysis

Autumns have low contrast but with warm undertones. They often have warm hair colors, warm-toned eyes, and medium to dark skin. Autumns thrive in rich, earthy color combinations like deep rust and olive green.

Signs you might be an Autumn:

Vein Test: If your veins appear more greenish, it suggests you have warm undertones, which align with the Autumn season.

Eye and Hair Color: Autumns often have warm, earthy tones in their natural eye and hair colors. This includes shades like deep brown, auburn, red, or warm blonde. If your natural eye and hair colors fall within these warm, earthy categories, it’s another sign of being an Autumn.

How Colors Make You Feel: Pay attention to how you feel when you wear certain colors. Autumns typically look best in warm, earthy, rich colors like deep oranges, browns, olive greens, and mustard yellows. If these colors make your complexion appear more vibrant and healthy, you’re likely an Autumn.

Jewelry Metals: Autumns tend to look better in warm metals like gold and bronze due to their warm undertones. If gold jewelry enhances your skin tone more than silver, it’s another clue that you might be an Autumn.

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The 3 Sub-Categories of the Autumn Color Analysis Palette

There are three sub-categories within the Autumn color palette: Soft Autumn, True Autumn, and Dark Autumn. Determining your specific sub-category within the Autumn palette involves a deeper analysis of your skin, hair, and eye tones and understanding your overall color harmony and contrast levels. Here’s how you can distinguish between these sub-categories:

Skin Undertones and Depth:

Soft Autumn: If your skin has neutral or golden undertones, but they are softer and more muted in intensity compared to Dark Autumn, you might fall into the Soft Autumn category.

True Autumn: If your skin has warm undertones that are moderate in intensity with either neutral or golden undertones, you could be a True Autumn.

Dark Autumn: If your skin has neutral, slightly warm undertones and has a richer, deeper hue, leaning toward olive or golden, you may align with Dark Autumn.

Hair Color and Depth:

Soft Autumn: Hair for Soft Autumns is warm and rich in color, often a mix of medium to dark browns, auburn, or warm shades of chestnut.

True Autumn: Hair for True Autumns is warm and falls within the medium to dark brown range, exhibiting a natural warmth and richness without being too deep.

Dark Autumn: Hair in the Dark Autumn category is typically deep and rich, ranging from dark brown to black, with warm undertones.

Eye Color:

Soft Autumn: Eyes tend to be dark yet warm in hue (rather than cool or bright) with colors like softer brown, light hazel, or light green with warm undertones.

True Autumn: Eye colors are moderate in intensity and warmth, often featuring shades of medium to warm brown, amber, or green.

Dark Autumn: Eyes in this category often have warm, deep tones like rich brown, hazel, warm green, or warm hazel.

Contrast Level:

Soft Autumn: Soft Autumns have a soft level of contrast between hair, skin, and eye color.

True Autumn: True Autumns also have a moderate level of contrast, providing a balanced and natural appearance.

Dark Autumn: Dark Autumns have a higher level of contrast between their hair, skin, and eyes, creating a striking and vibrant look.

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The Soft Autumn Color Palette

Picture the Soft Autumn palette as a canvas mirroring the gentle transition from summer to autumn. It’s that magical moment when nature begins to shift its colors and autumn gracefully steps into the spotlight after the vibrant days of summer.

Soft Autumn celebrities include Kate Winslet, Thandiwe Newton, Elizabeth Olsen, and Drew Barrymore.

Best Jewelry Metals for Soft Autumns

Soft Autumns can have it both ways—with a neutral yet slightly warm undertone, your skin is harmonious with both gold and silver. But when it comes to texture, opt for brushed or matte metal over polished so your dark features shine. Opt for shades like soft yellow gold, peach gold, or rose gold, which add a soft and complementary warmth to your skin tone. Copper and bronze are also excellent choices for Soft Autumns as they align with the warm, earthy hues of this palette.

Consider incorporating gemstones that align with the Soft Autumn color spectrum, like amber, citrine, peridot, or carnelian. These gemstones harmonize well with the warm and earthy tones of the Soft Autumn palette.

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Best Makeup & Nail Color for Soft Autumns

Muted colors are favored across the board for Soft Autumns. Makeup should be neutral, slightly warm-toned rather than either cool (blue-based) or super warm (yellow or orange-based) to complement your gentle contrast. Since your features are soft, bright and bold colors can easily throw you off balance. Instead, look for muted colors—but don’t be afraid of a little shimmer. For a neutral mani, consider muted rose pinks or go bolder with muted reds.

Best Colors For a Soft Autumn Wardrobe

Neutrals are shades of beige, navy blue, off-white, and shades of brown. Black, white, and grey may be your go-to’s, but they’re less harmonious with your skin tone, draining you of color and more likely to bring out the darkness under your eyes. Warm, earthy, muted with a vintage feel. Accents colors are muted, warm-toned shades.

Since your colors are low-contrast, low-contrast outfits complement your features best. Combinations of linen, nudes, and soft off-whites are always a hit, but consider adding in a muted blue, green, or rose accent when you’re feeling adventurous.

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The True Autumn Color Palette

The True Autumn palette lands right in the middle of autumn’s peak richness. The leaves are fully transitioned to orange and yellow, and a warm tone is in full effect with no hint of blue or cool tones in sight.

True Autumn celebrities include Julianne Moore, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lopez, Ana de Armas, and Beyoncé.

Best Jewelry Metals for True Autumns

True Autumns have a very warm undertone, meaning you align best with warm-toned metals like gold, brass, bronze, and copper.

Consider incorporating gemstones that align with the True Autumn color spectrum like amber, tiger’s eye, topaz, and jasper. These gemstones add a touch of warmth and elegance, accentuating the beauty of the True Autumn color palette.

Best Makeup & Nail Color for True Autumns

Similar to Dark and Soft Autumn, True Autumns should avoid makeup with blue or cool undertones and opt for warm colors that enhance (rather than hide) your features. Think muted neutrals like peach and rose. Try a muted blush pink on your nails for a neutral look or make it fun with an olive green.

Best Colors For a True Autumn Wardrobe

For True Autumns, neutrals include off-white and cream, with the addition of warm browns and navy rather than black. Your accent colors are very warm but with a muted tone. No one wears mustard like you, but you can also pull off a rest-toned red or deep burgundy. And you’re a rarity in that you can even pull off orange!

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The Dark Autumn Color Palette

Imagine the Dark Autumn palette as a canvas reflecting the deep, rich hues at the end of autumn—the moment when nature flaunts intense colors just before the transition to winter.

Dark Autumn celebrities include Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Meghan Markle, Halle Berry, and Rashida Jones.

Best Jewelry Metals for Dark Autumns

Dark Autumns, with their warm and neutral undertones, radiate with both gold and silver jewelry, but the metal matters. Embrace the rich shades of gold and brass with vintage-style finishes to amplify your dark features.

Copper, akin to the burnished leaves of autumn, is a perfect metal choice for Dark Autumns. Its reddish-brown tones complement the warmth of this palette and add a touch of opulence to your jewelry. Bronze, with its luxurious warmth, is also an excellent option that resonates with the deep, earthy hues of Dark Autumn.

When it comes to gemstones, opt for amber, citrine, garnet, peridot, or smoky quartz—gemstones that perfectly harmonize with the deep, warm tones of the Dark Autumn palette.

Best Makeup & Nail Color for Dark Autumns

Dark Autumns should opt for colors that embrace your neutral warmth rather than either cool (blue-based) or super warm (yellow or orange-based). Your coloring is prime for more intense neutrals but bright and bold colors can easily throw you off balance. However, a deep red lip that complements your golden undertones is a must. Same for nail color—embrace the mystery of deep, rich tones.

Best Colors For a Dark Autumn Wardrobe

Think of Dark Autumn as the end of the season—you can handle deep, bold colors. And while jet blacks are not harmonious with your complexion, charcoals and dark browns make you shine. Your neutrals are warm, with more yellow in them than grey. Think ecru, caramel, and cappuccino. Your accents are beautifully rich—deep plums, magentas, forest greens, and warm pinks.

11 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time (And Exactly What to Do About It)

It’s no surprise: among feeling overwhelmed at work, round-the-clock stress, and news headlines that keep the concept of ‘doom-scrolling’ relevant, everyone’s asking: Why am I so tired all the time? Sure, the answer(s) might seem like a mystery, but when we start to take stock of our social media use, sleep habits, and other underlying factors, it becomes obvious that many of us aren’t prioritizing the restorative routines that keep us feeling well. The result? Throughout our day-to-day, we’re operating on empty.

In countless conversations with friends, co-workers, and family, I’ve noticed lately that when I ask how they’re doing, 75% of the time, their response is either tired, exhausted, or simply—beat. It’s almost as though being worn out is just another part of our busy, modern-day lives that we’re somehow supposed to get used to.

Featured image by Riley Blanks Reed.

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11 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

When our bodies and minds are in sync and healthy, we should feel amazing and energized even when our schedules are full. However, as most of us know, that’s easier said than done, and there are several reasons why you may be feeling mysteriously tired. Or… perhaps it’s not so much a mystery. In fact, if we consider underlying health conditions, our sleep habits, sleep schedule, and other lifestyle factors, the reasons for our daytime sleepiness become all the more apparent.

Ahead, we’re diving into some of the most common symptoms and causes behind why you’re feeling so tired. Scroll on to discover the lifestyle interventions that will help you rediscover the energy you need to feel your very best. Good sleep hygiene—and the answers to your workday irritability—awaits.


Dehydration is one of the most common, but oftentimes overlooked, causes of fatigue. Even slight dehydration has been shown to cause moodiness and fatigue in women. Other signs can include headaches and inability to concentrate.

But take heart, it’s an easy fix! Just drink more fluid throughout the day! Women should consume, on average, 2.7 liters of fluids (or about 11.5 cups) a day. (Even more, if it’s hot outside or you’ve been exercising.) I try to keep a big bottle of water on my desk while I’m working or in the car when I’m driving, so I can continuously sip throughout the day. Bonus: you can also up your hydration through your diet. Discover the best hydrating foods, in case you’re tired of the 8-glasses-a-day age.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

Before you roll your eyes at how obvious this one is, think about it: are you really getting seven to eight hours every night? Because that’s the amount the National Sleep Foundation recommends most people need. Well actually, that’s the suggestion for people over age 64—they advise seven to nine hours for people between the ages 18 to 64. And if you’re not getting that much, then it’s probably the main cause of your fatigue.

Make an effort to get to bed earlier, and stick to a regular nighttime routine that encourages a restful night’s sleep.


Over the past few years, more and more research is coming out about alcohol’s effects on women’s bodies and minds. But among the impacts on mood, physical wellness, and mental health, it’s understood that alcohol has a negative effect on our sleep.

There’s a longstanding misconception that alcohol is a sleep aid. And while it can make us feel groggy, it disrupts the quality of our sleep. Drinking alcohol before bed causes us to miss out on crucial REM sleep (the most restorative state of sleep). As our contributing editor, Lauren Zielinski, wrote previously, “As the night goes on, there becomes an imbalance between slow wave or N-REM sleep and REM sleep resulting in shorter sleep duration and more sleep disruptions.”

So if you’re ready to ditch the feelings of tiredness throughout the day, consider swapping in a mocktail, sparkling water, or an after-dinner tea in place of your go-to glass of wine. Trust, this simple lifestyle switch can do wonders.

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Caffeine Misuse

Like alcohol, caffeine can impact how well we sleep at night. When we explored the topic of the optimal time to drink coffee, experts agreed that, in general, 9:30 a.m. is ideal. But of course, health isn’t one-size-fits-all. And because of that, it’s important to be in touch with the messages your body is sending you. If your daily cuppa is a non-negotiable, focus on developing a healthy caffeine routine by journaling about how the stimulant affects your energy and mood throughout the day—not to mention your sleep patterns.

As nutritionist Serena Poon shared with us, “Caffeine has a half-life of about five hours and its effects may be felt for up to 9.5 hours, so you would want to drink coffee at least five hours before you go to sleep. I usually recommend that my clients get their coffee in before 10 a.m.” So, to improve sleep, keep your anxiety at bay, and reap the benefits of drinking coffee in moderation, tune in with yourself to develop your own personal, healthy relationship with coffee.

Sleep Apnea

Sometimes people think they’re getting a good night’s sleep, but if you suffer from sleep apnea, you experience short bursts of wakefulness through the night caused by brief interruptions in your breathing. It’s also not a condition that should be taken lightly. The Mayo Clinic states that sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder because your breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. Since people often aren’t even aware that they have it, a doctor may order a sleep test to diagnose.

Not Fueling Your Body With the Right Food

Eating too little is an obvious issue, but eating the wrong foods can also be a major drain on your energy levels. Data shows that eating less fiber, more saturated fat, and more sugar throughout the day is linked to lighter, less restorative sleep. In one study, researchers tracked diet and sleep for a group of healthy adults over the course of five nights and found that indeed, food choices during the day affected sleep.

Including protein (eggs, fish, meat, lentils), healthy fats (avocado, nuts), and good-for-you-carbs (fruit, slower processed grains like quinoa and oats) will give you long-burning energy. Simple carbs and sugar will make you crash and burn. It’s important as well, to keep your blood sugar levels balanced with a diet that prioritizes glucose management. What’s more, you want to ensure that you’re fueling your body with the calories it needs. (Keep that metabolism revving!) Chat with you doctor to discuss a plan that support you best.


In particular, iron deficiency anemia is one of the common reasons for fatigue in women and is more common during pregnancy. While initially, it can be so mild it often goes unnoticed, once the body becomes more deficient in iron and anemia worsens, the signs and symptoms intensify. Some of these symptoms include extreme fatigue, weakness, headaches/dizziness, cold hands and feet, and more. See your doctor for some blood tests on your iron levels then take a high-quality supplement, and incorporate iron-rich foods into your diet.

Not Getting Enough Exercise

It may seem counterintuitive, but anyone who regularly works out will tell you that breaking a sweat actually gives you more energy throughout the day. And The Mayo Clinic backs it up: “Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.” It just makes sense—when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores.

I try to get my heart rate up every morning, and even better if it’s outside. (Sunshine is one of the most effective natural energizers!) On days when I skip my AM workout, I definitely feel more sluggish by the time the afternoon hits.


Your thyroid controls how fast or slow your body converts fuel into energy, and hypothyroidism (a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of certain crucial hormones) means that it’s under-active which can lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease. Fatigue is also a side effect of this condition. Head to the doctor for a blood test if you think you may need to get your thyroid checked.

Food Allergies or Sensitivities

If you have an undiagnosed food allergy or sensitivity or suffer from environmental allergies, you could be in a cycle of inflammation and fatigue also known as brain fog. Allergist and immunologist Mark Aronica, MD told Cleveland Clinic that this disconnected feeling is fatigue, and it’s caused by the inflammation that results when your body tries to counteract your allergy symptoms. Try eliminating certain foods to test your intolerance levels and see if your fatigue improves. (A simple elimination diet is a good start.) You can also see a functional medicine doctor who can run a full spectrum of tests to help you pinpoint any sensitivities.


Many people don’t realize that depression has physical symptoms as well as emotional ones. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, such as consistently experiencing low mood, exhaustion, a loss of appetite, or headaches, consider seeing a doctor or speaking with someone who can help. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service. Call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

This post was originally published on July 26, 2016, and has since been updated. 

34 Summer Nail Trends You’re About to See Everywhere

There’s so much to love about summer. Between the outdoor activities, al fresco dining, and beach vacations, it’s a perfect season. The only thing I could do without? Triple-digit temps. Though I do my best to brave even the hottest, sweatiest days, I always feel like summer limits my self-expression. I can’t stand to wear more than my most lightweight summer basics and I strip my beauty routine down to serums and sunscreen. But to take back my style personality, I’m going big with my summer nails.

Whether you keep your nails short or you prefer bold designs, there’s a summer nail trend for everyone. This season, the nail spectrum spans natural nudes to neons and everything in between. I’ve scoured social media to find the coolest nail trends by celebrity nail artists and crafty DIYers alike. Bookmark this page and save for summer nail inspo that you can take to the salon or try your hand at (!) yourself.

Featured image from our interview with Babba Rivera by Belathée Photography.


No doubt, Barbiecore is the hottest trend of the summer. Pink is the shade, Barbie is the reason. To me, Barbiecore is a reminder to add some whimsy to your life and do something fun for your inner child. Nothing says that like all pink everything—including your summer nails.

Pink Soda

Another way to pull off the pink trend is to channel your favorite summer drinks. This glittery texture imitates the perfect fizz of a strawberry lemonade or a fun summer spritz.

Rosé All Day

Short, nude-esque nails are all the rage. (We have the quiet luxury trend to thank.) This pinkish, rosé-inspired hue is perfect for a summer vacay.

True Nude

For a truly classic look, you can’t go wrong with a glossy nude. And this summer, you’ll be seeing them everywhere.

Milky Pastel

Pastels are back, mostly in milky shades. I can already picture enjoying these candy-coated summer nails while savoring a soft serve on the beach.

Classic Red

Red hot for summer: this spicy classic. Go for a firey shade or a more tomato hue to channel the latest Italian summer trend—#TomatoGirl—for your vacation nails.

Strawberry Summer

A fun twist on a classic red nail is this easy-to-DIY strawberry look. We’re loving strawberries on everything this year—nails are no exception.

Fruit Salad

Adding fun pop art on your nails is like a low-stakes version of a cute sticker tattoo. This year, fruit salad decals are all the rage. Your mani will be the star of any potluck.


All the best fruits are in season, and what better way to celebrate the harvest than with your summer nails? Adding a cherry detail to a French manicure (or really any other look) is a fun summer flair.


Channel this classic summer vibe with a breezy gingham print. Inspired by picnic baskets and summer dresses, this whimsical look works in every color.

Flower Crown

Flower crowns may be passé, but flower crown nails are a fresh take on florals. Cap off a colorful French mani with a string of flower details.


Tenniscore is everywhere this summer. On or off the courts, we’re channeling the preppy style this season. Give your green nails—which were trending this spring—an upgrade with this tenniscore twist.


If watching The Little Mermaid live-action at the start of summer inspired you as much as it did us, you won’t be surprised by the resurgence of mermaidcore. Anything that feels ethereal and underwater goes for this one—bonus points for glitter and iridescent sparkles.


For the ultimate throwback mermaid reference, channel the beautiful beachy vibes with an aquamarine blue. You could say we’ve got a blue crush on this shade.

Sky Blue

Now that we’re out of the June gloom, the skies are finally crystal clear and your nails can follow suit. One of the most popular colors this summer is sky blue. Just head to your local salon for the proof.

Head in the Clouds

Even if the skies are clear, soft clouds on your nails are an easy DIY that makes any color even more interesting.


This one’s for anyone who checks CoStar daily and asks everyone they meet for their star sign. Clear summer skies mean a night sky full of stars. It’s the perfect reason to add star decals to your nails.


The world is your oyster—a truth your summer nails know well. If you’re a fan of adding 3D ornaments to your nails, pearls are an elegant way to get in on this trend. Quiet luxury meets ornate nail art. It’s the best of both worlds.


Another opulent way to adorn your nails is to add crystals. A dusting of clear crystals will elevate even the most simple summer looks.


Take the crystal trend one step further with colorful gemstones. To make it even more personal, research your birthstones and use those to inspire the look.

Glitter Glam

Take it back to basics and add a glitter coat to your nails. Get the glam look without the upkeep of 3D nail jewelry.

Disco Nails

Is your disco ball your favorite piece of home décor? Do you always take a video of every disco ball you encounter on a night out? Same—and this nail trend is for us. It’s perfect for summer concerts, from Eras (hello, mirrorball) to Renaissance (disco tips!).

Stained Glass

This colorful take on the disco trend will make your nails look like stained glass. It’s funky, cool, and guaranteed to catch everyone’s eyes.


Fairycore is the ethereal extension of cottagecore that we’re totally here for. Exploring nature all summer long? Do it with fairy-inspired nails. Think: mossy, earthy colors with colorful accents.

Rainbow Tips

One of the biggest rainbow trends we saw this June was a subtle rainbow tip. Good news: this look is going strong all summer.

Ombre Tips

New takes on the classic French are all the rage. And while ombre hair and ombre clothing are trends of the past, a subtle ombre gradient on your nails is cool and classy.

Neon Gradients

Want to take your ombre look to the next level? Try mixing neon gradients with unexpected colors for a bold beach nail look.

Neon Edges

Another way to try neon is a neon outline around a nude nail. Balance.

Neon Texture

Textured details are a cool way to embrace 3D nails without intense upkeep and protruding nail jewelry. Neon lines and textured curves are huge this summer for a playful look.

Chrome Flame

Embrace the chrome trend and the texture trend with these chrome flame nails. Add some edge to your look while manifesting many nights spent beside outdoor fire pits.


The snake trend is a simple DIY with a super cool result. Whether you add snake decals or just stick to embracing snake print, it’s a cool way to give the illusion of texture and add a funky print to a plain color.


A classic for summer. Channel afternoons at the botanical gardens with butterfly details on your nails.


The cowboy and western aesthetic is here to stay. Bring back cow print everything. I’m fully here for it.