To me a summer filled with romance, is a summer surround by white, fresh cut flowers and casual, yet pulled together style. It’s the simple things that count in the summer….fresh, aromatic and just plain easy.
When I think of dressing for summer I think of cotton dresses, sandals, white, big sunglasses, wearing hair up, floral clothing, shorts, tank tops, coverups, floppy hats, baseball caps, flip flops, canvas bags, capri pants, wedge Toms, bikinis, white T’s, painted toes, and tube tops! Yes, I was born in the 70’s! I love a little romance mixed with casualness. I’ve always been inspired by girly girl meets tomb boy meets preppy meets classy pants. You can make these combinations happen all summer long!
I love hosting a party, and even more so in the blooms of summer when everything is bright and sunny. Hosting a garden party is my idea of girly perfection. When I think of garden party I think of…..china, pink, flowers, cake, linens, doilies, refreshing drinks, colorful table covers, mason jars, freshly cut flowers, hanging lights, desserts, fruit and vintage anything! Here are some of my inspirations. Jealous? Then start planning now!
A quote I saw that I just can’t get out of my head, “I Long for Salt Air in my Hair”. I’m thinking about long lazy days spent at the beach with my boys. The beach is where so many of our summer memories are made with family and friends. I’m ready!
I am always impressed with people who can dress well, and I even get a little jealous when they have nailed down their own classic style. Working an out fit to get all the attention it needs takes a lot of thought, whether this is intentional or not. There are a lot of elements that line up perfectly when an outfit is stunning, like knowing what you want to wear, how to wear it and then, knowing the right place to wear it is the tricky part, but when those three magically happen~ that’s what I call a “stunner”. There usually is one person at every event I attend that I find to shine like a star. They just have their style down and the perfect place to go wearing it. You be the judge, but this gal, Isis is a “stunner” to me! So jealous of her effortless style. Here are a few of my favorite Isis looks! Notice how well she mixes inexpensive and affordable items to create her signature style!
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Burberry Scarf, Alpaca poncho, Jbrand jeans in Gold dust, Coach padded hat, Harlow snake skin clutch, Vince Camuto red platform booties.
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Blazer, H&M fancy sequin pants, H&M jewelry
Forever 21 high waisted shorts, Ella Moss vintage top
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Forever 21 dress, gold leather belt, jewelry H&M, Kate Spade Sunglasses
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Burberry brown sunglasses, coach scarf, James Perse button up, Ralph Lauren jeans, Ferragamo Belt, Sailing sneakers in metallic
I just spent a week with my sister in law, Florecita in Seattle and we enjoyed Pisco Sours every night! It was a beautiful thing….catching up with family while cooling off with our Pisco Sours. I have had Pisco Sour only once before, and really enjoyed the ever so addicting sour flavors. My father in law, says “you’re born with a sour gene or not born with it”. Well, I was born with it and crave this refreshing lightweight summery drink.
Pisco is an odorless amber colored grape brandy, which is produced in regions of Chile and Peru. Florecita is from Peru and I can safely speak for her, ‘Pisco originally came from Peru’. I’m sure it’s a toss up as which country Pisco started in first. But, there is a coastal town and river in Peru named Pisco. I’m just pleased that I know people who share their Pisco with me!
Greg Hoitsma, Andina, Portland, OR, Sunset
Scoop Deck in Wells, Maine is like an adult ice cream dream come true with oh, are you ready for this, 72 flavors to choose from! Not only do they offer ‘old fashion’ ice cream that is oh so yummy, but they offer an old fashion feel good experience. The feeling you get when your there is that it’s ok to not take yourself serious at all, kinda like when you were a kid and everything was fun and easy. The Scoop Deck fills my tummy and mind with a smile, so much so that it can be addictive! The prices are right, and the scoops are ginormous and perfectly creamy, bursting with flavors that will bring you back to old summer days.
Maine = Lobster
I made the mistake of ordering a small… it was 2 scoops! oops!
These messages around the “Scoop Deck” are what make this place a fun experience.
If you are as inspired as much as we are by the Scoop Deck check out their website and if you get the chance, go! Open everyday, 11-11!
Summer, I thought was a time to reenergize, relax, catch up with friends and maybe even read books under lazy sunny days. Well I’ll tell you one thing, not for me, do I have time to get re-energize, and if I tried to relax then I’d fall asleep, and I can’t even read a magazine, so I have to say it…the truth. The truth is once you have kids summer is all about them since they aren’t St school all day it is my job to find & schedule the fun, oh and pack up, get the kids ready and attend these activities with them while making sure they are staying hydrated and protected from the sun and fed. I don’t want to sound like summer isn’t fun, but it surely isn’t relaxing. I love the beach and the pool and the lake and our kitty pool but one of these days it has to be my turn to float around on a mat and daydream about the hot summer day. Or not. I will do it all smiling and having fun, and know that I am making some life long memories for my kids just like my parents did for me. It is my turn and I will do it with drink in hand, or until they go back to school again.
I don’t know why but, I’ve always had a soft spot for change, not all change, but things coming to an end. This year my oldest son attends first grade and we’ve had a really nice year. I always make it a point to volunteer every other week for an hour and will pop in for a lunch date with my younger son. John, my youngest is ending preschool, where he has been attending for the past couple of years. We’ve had great success there as well and I know he is ready to move on, but with all this change happening at once maybe I’m not ready to move on.
Come to find out the morning of my son’s last day of first grade, he said to me, “I wish we had two more days of school” and “it’s going to be like 50 more days until I can go to school again”. It makes me smile to think of all the fun he is going to have this summer, especially with grandma coming to visit, but it also broke my heart to hear how sad he was about school ending.
This made me think about how we all struggle with change and depending on the situation our reactions vary in great degrees. Sometimes I’m fine with things coming to an end, like my kids swimming lessons, and other times, I have a harder time wrapping my emotions around what is to come next.
With my children being out of school now, we are taking one day at a time and I have to say, summer isn’t so bad after all…. it’s a blast!
So far we have had two full days off from school for summer vacation and we’ve gone for ice cream, had a playdate at our friends pool, went to another friend’s house for dinner, played with different friends at their house all morning, went to the beach, swam in the river, and now we are going out to eat at Dairy Queen and get ice cream!
I secretly want to be “The Pioneer Woman” living on her ranch making chicken fried steak for her cowboy. I love that she gets to wear that hat everyday and she makes mason jars look attractive. So in honor of channeling Ree, here are my efforts to be a wanna be cowgirl that I am.
The kids playing on a homemade rope swing.
1, 2, 3………jump
My son & his best girl jumping off the Rocky Acres farm stand sign, a locally owned family farm stand with a country feel.
Picked our own blueberries and made fresh pies & jellies.
We made our own pins and shrugs and dresses! Momma Fix is where I do that.
I used mason jars to store my mom’s banana bread, for up to one year! Which is sold at Rocky Acres Stand!
We baked, rode on hay, arm wrestled and walked our small town parade!
I know I am not even close to Ree with her pioneer empire, cowboys & girls, cookbooks and all, but a small piece of me knows that what we’ve done in these photos helps me fulfill that country side of me. I do have many other cowgirl things to try this year…I never know what I am going to try next!! I can’t wait! Stay tuned!