And no one could be more excited than yours truly.
I swear…I must have really hated school-I get so ridonkulously jazzed on the first day of Summer even now. And I live in Southern California for God’s sake.
Still, it just makes me so HAPPY. I should have saved the song for this week!
So to celebrate…some Summertime goodies;
Mostly new and a sprinkling from Summers past.
Make the effort to have fresh flowers in your space every week.
Even a single bloom does the heart good.
“Flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Seriously hate to get your hair wet?
Me too. Don’t even get me started with the pool/hair thing. How about wearing a cap? I can’t help worrying I look like Ethel Mertz in one, but if you’re game, check out the vintage inspired caps on this cute blog; KellyGoLightly
Kelly’s no Ethel and her husband ‘FredBaby’ (Hey-how about that his name is Fred!) takes her photographs.
The Coral Casino, Four Seasons Biltmore, Montecito, California (Instagram pic)
Bury you face in a lobster roll. YES with fries, dammit, we’re celebrating Summer!
Get out your Big Brimmed hats, scatter them everywhere like I’ve done here, including the car (but promise me you’ll still wear sunscreen. More on that fun subject later.)
Time to get your Summer Bar prepped again.
Gin ready to launch into my martini in The Maldives
A little glimpse of the bar in my conservatory (and yes, of course I bought the “Toucan” bottle just for effect. )
Revisit your youth and buy something crocheted. And it has to be in white. It’s the law.
Crocheted skirt by Melissa Odabash
Get sand between your toes
Get 3 scoops
Buy a silly phone case and pretend your Anna Dello Russo.
Moschino iPhone case is calorie free
Register some quality time in a hammock. Tackle a huge tome this summer. I’m reading “Middlemarch” (I think for the first time?) I’m also reading “My Struggle: Book 1” by Karl Ove Knausgaard on my Kindle. So far it’s the most depressing start, like, ever. Going to hang in there though. Should make for an interesting summer going back & forth (between the two, 1330 pages) I’ll keep you posted.
OK, so the above might be a little far fetched for most of us, but you could go to your nearest Drive-Inn movie theatre sometime this summer. Do you have one? We do here in Santa Barbara.
Perhaps it’s time to invest in some new outdoor furniture. Or maybe just cushions.
It sure is at our house.
2 images via Pinterest
Blue & White is a winning combo on any continent.
Eat outdoors whenever possible
Go tropo and buy wildly exotic fruit at the grocery store. Have you tried Mangosteens yet? Just recently allowed importation into the U.S., they’re probably my favourite fruit. Ask the grocer to open one up for you-to make sure they’re ripe as the tough outer skin sometimes makes it difficult to tell.
The Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
I mentioned about prepping the Summer bar, right??
I’m learning about vermouth as my new aperitif is a Negroni
Fresh King Coconut water, The Maldives
Incorporate a little coconut into every summer day; drink it, cook with it, moisturise your skin, treat your hair, and don’t forget coconut ‘pulling’. This stuff is the bomb.
Practice Visualocity (I say it’s a word)
Enjoy the details
Create, record, experiment
Galle, Sri Lanka
Milk every last violet ray from every summer sunset.
Soak it up, soak it in, have fun
One Year Ago: “Happy Summer Solstice!”
First Day of Summer 2011; “Must Be Jelly Cause Jam Don’t Shake Like That”