Ten Things That Scream Summer
I don’t know why, but it finally feels like summer all of a sudden. Maybe its the incredible weather here in Maryland (mid-eighties, sunny, hardly any humidity) or the fact that I finally found a little bit of time to sit by the pool and read my book this week.
Whatever it is, I’m loving it. Summer is hands down my favorite season for a bunch of reasons, and I relish every single day of it while it sticks around.
Here are ten things that are screaming summer to me this weekend:
1. Outdoor Evening Entertainment
Shakespeare in the Ruins
the Little Italy Italian Film Festival
These are things I look forward to all winter long. Nothing screams summer like lounging outdoors, drinking a glass of wine, waiting for the sun to set somewhere around 9 pm, and soaking in some good times with good people.
A sandwich from the neighborhood deli (Isabella’s) doesn’t hurt, either.
2. $15 Sundresses from Forever 21
If it’s wrong to still be shopping at Forever 21 now that I’m 26, then I don’t want to be right.
3. Berries Galore (and on sale!)
Oh, heavens. So bright and juicy, they almost look fake. I promise they are real and every bit as delicious as they appear.
4. Punchy Nail Polish Colors
Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos and Sephora by OPI’s Don’t Go There. Obnoxiously bright, and totally summer-appropriate.
5. Ice Cream.
This is now one of three open containers in my freezer. No shame.
6. Fresh Flowers
The fact that they were a random gift from Nick makes me love them that much more.
7. Smoothies (yup, still)
At least this one is a deviation on my old standby. This tastes like liquid PB&J, and I can’t get enough of it:
1/2 C. nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 frozen banana, sliced
1/2 C. frozen strawberries
1 T cocoa powder
topped with 1/2 C. Kashi GoLean, 1/2 T peanut butter, and some chocolate oat crumbles.
8. Iced Coffee (skim milk, 1 packet of stevia)
Next to ice cream, iced coffee is my favorite summer treat. I need to start making it at home and saving myself the $2 a pop!
9. Summer Reading
Once my summer classes are over on July 13, I will be devouring the stack of books sitting on my bedside table. These are the two that are up first on my rotation. Any other suggestions for some good summer reading?
10. (Fill in the Blank)
OK, so I cheated. I only gave you nine things that are screaming summer to me. But that’s because I believe sharing is caring!
So go ahead, share the love: what is screaming summer to you right now?