To-do lists are often equated with stress and busyness, but this round-up of recommendations is designed to wind you down when your period arrives. Here’s what to watch, read, listen to, buy, and do for some maximized downtime during that time of this month.
As August heats up, it’s your job to chill out. With end-of-summer sentiments and semester starts on the horizon, embracing relaxation and taking the time for self-care is a must (particularly around that time of the month). Fortunately, with feel-good music, modernized movie reboots, and transportive beach reads, downtime doubles as an opportunity to catch up on recent media—or just enjoy a simple swim. Read on for the Pill Club’s picks for August, each selected for its cool factor.
In an era of sexual and social reckoning, the time has come for a male makeover movie. Netflix’s reimagining of the late ’90s classic She’s All That releases on August 27, and stars Addison Rae as an influencer who bets that she can transform a not-so-popular boy into prom king through the power of aesthetics. A bonus: Rachael Leigh Cook makes an appearance in the reprisal.
Billie Jean King is the very definition of a powerhouse; she’s the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, founder the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation, co-founder of World Team Tennis, part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers… the list goes on. But we don’t have to tell you—now, you can read about it in her own words. King’s new autobiography (available this month from Knopf) has already gained acclaim from the publishing industry and the likes of Serena Williams, who calls the book (and King herself) unapologetic, brilliant, and fearless. In need of some serious girl power? We suggest going All In.
Billie Eilish is experiencing a bout of growth that coincides well with the release of her second studio album, Happier Than Ever. With song titles like that of spring single “Your Power,” “my future,” “Getting Older,” and “Therefore I am,” it seems that Eilish is stepping into her spotlight in a new, thoughtful way. Gone (for the moment) are her more punkish hair hues, exchanged for a peroxide shag and makeup and nail palettes of soft pinks and nudes. We expect that this new album will offer more than one anthem espousing wholehearted self-acceptance, regardless of stage or phase. Listen while soaking up the sun—or in the tub.
In the height of August, what could be better than a cooling (and hydrating) gel stick? Milk Makeup’s Cooling Water contains de-puffing caffeine and soothing seawater, with an easy-to-use design primed to be pulled under eyes or anywhere that requires a quick cool down. Keep it in your bag for on-the-go alleviation.
Take a Dip!
The ultimate means of saturating yourself in the balm of late summer? The submersion of your choice, naturally. Whether you opt for a soak in the tub, pool, ocean, or local watering hole, a quick (or lengthy) dip is sure to wash away mental and physical discomfort, lowering temperatures and stress levels while reminding you that the season is still in full swing.