SUMMER (SO FAR)

I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that it’s August. Seriously. Where did the summer go? I have these feelings every year when the first week of August rolls around. It probably has something to do with the impending return to school when you were a kid. That doom-and-gloom feeling. I think I still get it. I get in this panic to to pack in as many summer-y activities (trips to the lake, margaritas by the pool, outdoor grilling) as possible. The truth is, this summer has been pretty fantastic. I’ve managed to almost/sort of finish my house renovation (will it ever really end?), go on several weekend getaways, celebrate birthdays, and drink plenty of margaritas in between. The reason the summer flew by? Because it’s been so much fun. And the best part is that it’s not over yet.

Here, a quick peek at just what I’ve been up to the past couple of months.

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Finding the perfect, go-to shade of lipstick can take years – but once you’ve found it, you hardly ever stray. (I alternate between this one and this one. Both Tom Ford. No surprise.) Why not let the editors of Vogue help you on your quest? Here, 10 editors of the magazine reveal their favorite shade. Don’t you want to know what Lauren Santo Domingo puckers up for?

Got a case of wanderlust? This will probably only make it worse. Violet Gray uncovers the top five beaches – including the one frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald back in the day – in the South of France.  A girl can dream.

Calling all of my fellow blue-and-white lovers: Tory Burch debuted her tabletop collection this week. With the prettiest patterns, all of the pieces can be mixed-and-matched. (The salad plates are by far my favorite.) It’s a blue-and-white paradise.

Summer’s recipes usually revolve around lighter fare. It’s simply too hot to eat anything heavy. But sometimes you get a craving for pasta. This avocado and basil pasta dish should do the trick.

Don’t you love it when your clothes pull off double duties? That’s what’s happening in this J Brand coat. With its functional zippers, this coat can be made long for cooler nights or short for an edgier look. Genius.

There’s nothing I like more than perusing a good beach house – especially if there’s some color love. This Hamptons home is punched up with splashes of color and a mix of to-die-for prints.

 

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Looking to inject some color into your Friday? Just take a peek at this Pucci-clad place. Talk about a bold abode!

It’s only getting hotter and that means everything I take in is only going to get colder. These ombré popsicles certainly fit the bill. Something tells me they’re just as tasty as they are pretty.

Vintage Chanel bracelets? A pair of ’70s KJL earrings?  How about a turquoise Birkin? It’s all right here in the latest One Kings Lane vintage sale. (This fish KJL necklace happens to be my favorite. Kind of perfect for Harbour Island, don’t you think?) Better hurry to this one. It’s a good one.

Still celebrating yesterday’s National Tequila Day? Me too. How about adding some bites to go with those margs? These fish tacos with a watermelon salsa (yum!) sounds mighty delicious.

It just so happens that I’m headed on a drive (Austin: here I come!) today. This Tory Burch “Road Trip” playlist came at the perfect time.

Thanks to Victoria, I just discovered the website Medium. (Am I the very last to know about this? You can read more about it here.) It’s basically just a place where individuals can write stories and we can read them. There’s some really good stories on there, too. The one I really love today is this one: The Crossroads of Should and Must. It’s a wonderful reminder and something I should probably re-read several times a year.

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If you were to interview with Anna Wintour, what on earth would you wear? The question must have crossed your mind. Find out what these 13 interviewees wore – and whether or not they got the job!

J.Crew just keeps ‘em coming. Their latest sale has lots and lots of new additions (like these!) and the items are an additional 40% off with the code SHOPMORE. That makes this dress (adorable, right?) and these hot pink sandals that I love under $100. Yes, please.

The latest Haute Couture collections have been out-of-this-world gorgeous. I normally can’t pick a favorite but this year, I’m all about Giambattista Valli. The collection will absolutely blow your mind.

What to do with all of those delicious summer peaches? Make these ice cream sandwiches, of course!

Is it strange to be this obsessed with a bowl? I can’t help it. The new watermelon bowl from Furbish is basically the only thing my summer tablescape needs.

I needed a new pair of metallic sandals – something to make my summer look just a tad dressier. I ordered these Sol Sana sandals and they’re already a favorite. Best part? They’re under $100!

 

 

SUMMER SIPS

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In addition to my newfound appreciation for smoothies, I’ve also been making drinks of another kind: cocktails. Lots of them. A good cocktail is appreciated year-round , but there’s something about summer that makes the happy hour beverage taste extra delightful. (This is especially true when they’re extra-cold. The temperatures are rising here and I’ll do just about anything to keep cool.) I’m usually fairly adventurous when I’m grabbing a drink at a bar, studying the menu and trying their freshest concoction. However, when it comes to making drinks at home, I stick to what I know: wine and margaritas. You all know by now how much I love margaritas (and wine, too) and I’m certainly not growing weary of them, but I’ve decided it’s time to mix it up a bit. With so much delicious fruit (it’s National Blueberry Month!) right now, it’s the perfect time to focus my attention on some new libations.   Plus: it gives me a reason to pull out my new summer glassware.

When it comes to cocktails, I’m a big believer that simple is always best. When you add in too many things, it just never tastes as good. (The NY Times has a great section on three-ingredient cocktails that’s worth checking out.) So, I’ve been saving recipes with this in mind. There are a few margaritas in there (how can you resist this one?), but I’m really trying to branch out with some new flavors. (This one sounds incredibly refreshing.) Here, a few of my favorites so far. I would love your recommendations, too!

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Rosemary-Peach “Shucks Deluxe”

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Raspberry Margarita

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Blueberry Moscow Mule

cucumber lime marg

Cucumber Lime Margarita

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Lime Rickey Slush

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It’s hard to believe that July is just two short weeks away, but you’ll be glad it’s here when you see J.Crew’s newest arrivals for the month. A ruffle-sleeve top is “neon flame” is exactly what my summer wardrobe needs.

Watermelon is my very favorite fruit – especially around this time of year. I eat it every single day so I’m always trying to come up with new recipes for it. This spicy salad (with avocados) is on my weekend must-make list.

This is a dining room of my dreams. The vintage Paul McCobb chairs seal the deal for me.

My favorite summer dinnerware from Kim Seybert is on major sale at Neiman Marcus. Scoop it up while you can!

You all know I love a good beach house. Check out the design elements that are key to the best ones.

I used to hate avocados (and broccoli, along with many other things). Now, I eat an avocado almost daily. Why the change? This article explains why our tastebuds now love the things we used to hate.

 

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It’s always fun to peek, right? I love looking at the real-estate listings in other cities just for fun. This Palm Springs house is the epitome of Old Hollywood-Midcentury glamour.

Just in time for the official start to summer, Neiman Marcus is having a major swim sale. You can stock up on Mara Hoffman’s bold prints, a sporty one-piece, and one of these gauzy, aqua-blue coverups.

I don’t know about you but I’ll take all the beauty tips I can get – especially when they’re coming from Nina Garcia. The fashion editor gives all the details of her skin and makeup regimen on Into the Gloss.

Speaking of helpful hints, how about a travel tip or two from Tory Burch? The designer’s city guides cover the chicest spots to eat, sleep and be while on vacation.

Who’s ready for a cocktail? A mango-coconut-orange vodka crush sounds like a grown-up slush puppy. I’ll take two. TGIF.

Leave it to Jonathan Adler to turn a simple beach towel into a bold and bright masterpiece. They remind me of Hermès – but without the hefty price tag.

 

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What’s your sign? There’s a cocktail for just for you! I might be a true Taurus, but the Leo cocktail sounds a little more up my alley. … Yesterday’s Goop (it’s one of my favorite things to arrive in my inbox) had a really great article on how what we say really matters. It’s a great reminder of just how powerful our words can be. … There are so many good summer movies out there (Weekend at Bernie’s, anyone?). Check out Bazaar‘s list of the top 10 summer flicks. There are plenty of new-to-me films on there. … I always forget about how much I love Club Monaco – until new arrivals like these appear on my radar. (How chic is this sleeveless trench?) They have some seriously perfect summer dresses (hello.), and I wouldn’t mind scooping up a pair of these scalloped shorts. … No wonder white wine gives me a headache. According to this article, people tend to pour more white wine into a glass than red. Check it out for other weird reasons we’re sipping too much vino. … Hello, Palm Beach. Get a dose of glamour – books, tunics, and perfect sun hats! – via the latest sale from One Kings Lane.

 

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Moda Operandi’s is just the first (of several) Memorial Day sales you won’t want to miss. You can scoop up my favorite clutch for 50% off. Oh, and there’s ever a few pairs of Frame Denim, too! … It’s an oldie, but a goodie. This L.A. home is a lesson in timeless style. … Paperless Post is killing it. They keep coming out with better and better collections. Their latest one comes straight from J.Crew. It will make you want to throw parties all summer long just so you can send out some of these invitations. … Speaking of parties, it’s about time for an outdoor fiesta, don’t you think? Check out C. Wonder’s latest and greatest (and very affordable!) tabletop offerings. (My personal favorite? The seagrass placemats and pineapple stir sticks!) … When it comes to summer adventures, I never leave home without my camera. What I really need is this camera. Beach-proof and striped? Yes, please. … I’m a huge fan of Brigitte Bardot, and I’m not the only look. The timeless beauty has inspired many a model and actress alike. Check out Vogue‘s list for the top Bardot look-alikes of all time.