This summer has been extremely busy, but I’ve managed to take advantage of any free moments by spending quality time with friends and family (without any electronic devices clutched in hand), reading (now absorbed by Gone Girl) and taking care of myself physically and mentally by getting out on hikes and taking tennis lessons. Here are a few of the little things I have enjoyed lately.
Lemon lime margarita salt shakers (from a pottery store) any my favorite vintage dish make for a summer-y cocktail bar centerpiece.
I put this succulent planter together a year ago (DIY here) and admire its growth and pretty hues (read: wonder how I haven’t killed the plants yet!) when I sit out on our patio in the warm evenings.
These nude leather ballet flats (via Banana Republic) go with everything. They are comfy, perfect for a grassy graduation (congrats to my little sister on finishing college) and flattering in a shade that nearly perfectly matches my skin tone.
A few rhinestones (and all-temperature glue via glue gun) jazz up an ordinary wine glass.
Veggie enchiladas (black bean, corn and chili) and chicken enchiladas (chicken, chili and cheese) and a Mexican-inspired fruit salad were perfect for hosting a game night with friends.
Fourth of July just might be my favorite holiday. As far as holidays go, it is the most laid back. Independence Day requires little planning, but always seems to offer great rewards. The weather is always beautiful and the day usually consists of frolicking on the beach, spending time with friends and family, barbecuing and fireworks.
This year, the fourth is a little awkward since it falls in the middle of the week, but my boyfriend and I will be at a barbecue with friends and family on Wednesday. Then, we are taking a long weekend to stay at a cabin in the beautiful Sierra Mountains with friends, so it sort of feels like we get two holidays out of one. Here are some of the things I am looking forward to this week.
I plan to remake this refreshing drink with mint, sweet tea, vodka, lemonade concentrate, lemon juice and ice.
I love these blue and red straws with stripes and stars for the drinks.
I want to wear this polka dot blouse.
With this white tulip skirt.
This dress is pretty darn cute too.
A floral and striped red and blue wedge will look perfect with either outfit.
What are your plans for Fourth of July? Are you a big fan of this holiday too?
To all the fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day! I Hope it’s a great one!
Dad, thank you for giving me a life full of love, laughter and adventure. Love you! xx
With my dad and aunt circa 1989.
A photo taken by my dad during our biggest father daughter trip – a week at Yosemite (a floral jumper was as about as sporty as I got for strenuous hiking).