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Ready for a rat girl summer? The term was coined by Tik Tok influencer Lola Kolade to encourage people to go outside in the warm weather, eat good food and not overthink everything, The key to an ultimate rat girl summer is authenticity and self-expression. Embrace your individuality, have fun, and create unforgettable memories that reflect your unique style and interests. Here we list six essentials to help you get ready!

1. Natural beauty: Embrace the natural “at girl" look. Rather than opting for a heavy foundation, consider a light, organic BB creme and blush, as well as organic moisturisers and other products that will nourish your skin. Your skin in the largest organ in your body, and what you put on it absorbs into the blood stream, so opting for more natural products to keep you glowing is key.. And remember, always wear sunscreen!

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2: Get a bicycle: Part of a rat girl summer is being adventurous and seeing where the day takes you. Having a bike is an easy way to get around, and an environmentally friendly mode of transport. You also don't need to pay for parking, which not only saves you money but eliminates the hassle of searching for a spot. It's the perfect way to explore your city or countryside, feeling the wind in your hair as you pedal along scenic routes, discovering hidden gems,and embracing the freedom that comes with the open road.

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3: Swapping lacy panties for boxer briefs: The rat girl will be scurrying around town and has no time to be worrying about her dress blowing up. Step One’s Boxer briefs come in a variety of fun colours and they cover a lot more than traditional briefs, minus the VPL. You will feel free to get on with your day, and not really care if the wind causes you a wardrobe malfunction. As a bonus, the bamboo viscose briefs allows skin to breathe, and helps prevent chafing. It's perfect to wear when you are out all day in the sun, running around, hiking or doing a swim/ walk combo.


4. Art items for DIY Projects: Get in touch with your creative side by embarking on DIY projects. Whether it's crafting, painting, or creating zines, use your summer to explore your artistic talents and express yourself. You can also attend art classes or workshops to enhance your skills. Join a local market and put your homemade goods out for sale.

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5 Enjoy local bands and festivals: Dive into the local music scene and attend underground concerts, indie music festivals, or DIY gigs. Discover new bands and immerse yourself in the culture of live music. Don't forget to curate your summer playlist with your favourite tunes.

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6. Build connections: Don’t forget a rat girl summer is also about building connections and embracing a sense of community. Attend meetups, join clubs, or participate in events that align with your interests. Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for art, music and adventure.



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