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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Favorite Summer Things

Not gonna lie, there's not much to report on the house-front. Our bathroom installation is ready for drywall (yay!). But, we decided to finish off our downstairs TV room first so that we can have our comfy sanctuary for relaxing after a long day back before we start to finish the bathroom. The TV room is currently in the drywall process, and we're hoping to have it taped, sanded and re-painted by mid-August.

While all that is happening, there's not much else to talk about. So, today I decided to share some of my favorite summer things. July is my favorite warm-weather month because it's the epitome of summer with July 4 festivities, sunshine days, and - it's my birthday month. Yay! July is also when we take our summer vacation to Cape Cod, and we leave this Friday. So, I've been in full on summer celebration mode as of late, and have a few summer-related things to talk about that I'm enjoying at the moment.




1. Strawberry shortcake. It's not summer until I have strawberry shortcake with buttermilk biscuits and a mound of whipped cream on top. No further explanation is needed with this photo.




2. My new favorite light, refreshing and healthy meal from Inspiralized. I adore this food blog for the best healthy and satisfying recipes, and this zucchini pasta with roasted artichokes and a lemon parmesan dressing is to.die.for. It's been in constant rotation in our weekly dinners, and after we scarf it down, we're always like, "Ohmigawdthatwassogooooooooooood!"





3. Colorful nail polishes. I'm a nail polish junkie (my collection is embarrassingly large), but over the past year while renovating, I haven't worn it as much because it gets ruined so quickly. The past few weeks, however, I've been breaking out some of my favorite summer colors, and putting them on my nails, and they just put a little spring in my step. My favorites are Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Julep Brittany, Julep Isabela, Essie Geranium & Chanel Holiday. The Chanel polish is the one I usually wear on our summer vacation, so it has special priority status.





4. Watermelon tank from J.Crew. It's hard to not have memories of summer BBQs that include streams of watermelon juice running down everyone's hands and arms, and spitting watermelon seeds everywhere, amiright? It's true for me, at least. This tank from J.Crew has tiny beaded watermelons scattered all over, and I was able to snatch it up during a 30% off sale. If this doesn't scream summer, I'm not sure what does. It totally brings a smile to my face when I wear it.





5. Drenched Body Butter. This is by Organic Bath Co., and while it's not really summer-specific, I just discovered it so it'll always remind me of summer now. This is, by and far, the best body butter I've found - and it's organic! I purchased the smaller, travel-friendly size, but during our upcoming stay in Boston, I plan to buy the full size because it's that good. My favorite way to apply it is on slightly damp skin, just after getting out of the shower. It blends in like a dream either way because of the whipped texture, but this method is extra luxurious.




6. Amongst The Waves oil-based perfume. I have such a sensitivity to regular perfumes. If I'm near anyone that's wearing them, it's a guaranteed headache and a possible upset stomach (I'm not high maintenance or anything). I've since gotten into perfumes that are anchored by essential oils, and this one by Olivine is my summer favorite. It's not completely scented with only natural essential oils, but the fragrance has never once given me a headache in the two years I've used it. And, I must include the owner's description of this scent because just reading it, you'll be intoxicated:

Imagine walking on a beach in the heat of the day, your toes still in the surf, the tropical breeze washing over your skin still wet from the ocean. You smell the scent of salt air, the coconut oil on your body, tropical flowers from the lush jungle in the not so far distance. At that moment in time, your spirit is soaring Amongst the Waves.
Inspired by my favorite place in the world– Hanalei, Hawaii, Amongst the Waves captures the ultra relaxed, sensory paradise that is a beach day in this Hawaiian nirvana. With a top note of ocean salt and black coconut, Amongst the Waves melts into a full bodied, floral heart composed of lush stargazer lily, waterlily and tiger lily. These flowers rest on a warm base of clean musk mingling with tonka bean and Arabian sandalwood.
If that doesn't make you want to buy it, then there might be something wrong with you (half kidding). I sniff myself all day when I wear it.

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