It’s hard to believe summer is just around the corner. I don’t think I’ve ever shared a post of this nature before, but it sounded fun and I’ve been saving lots of pretty things for summer. I’m definitely in a cheerful mood lately as temperatures are starting to increase, and I’ve got summer travel & adventure on my mind. I thought it may be interesting to show some of my go-to items, what I’ve liked recently, some things I’ve added to my cart, and stuff I’m just feeling for the season ahead. With Memorial Day weekend ahead, the timing felt perfect for a casual post of things that have caught my attention lately. From home items to good reads and everything in between, click through for a summer loving mood board filled with ~40 favorites that are sure to inspire. I’m also sharing a list of summer activities Emmett & I are hoping to do this season!
First, let me share our activity list for summer! Looking for some fun things to pencil into your calendar this season? Maybe you’ll find some inspiration from our list… here are 30+ things we’re hoping to do this summer (in no particular order). I’m not sure we’ll get through all of these, but I sure hope so!
Our Summer To-Do List…
- Host a summer BBQ or dinner party.
- Take the dogs hiking.
- Kayak or white water raft.
- Go boating.
- Visit our neighborhood food trucks & eat on the lawn.
- Summer breweries with live music.
- Go camping.
- 4th of July in Kentucky with my parents.
- Go to the movies or drive-in.
- Walk to the ice cream shop and get the campfire s’mores flavor.
- Go fishing.
- Cocktails around our fire pit with friends.
- Get our advanced scuba diving certification.
- Host out-of-town house guests.
- Go off roading and grill at the top of the mountain.
- Attend an outdoor concert.
- Make time for a few picnics.
- Cook & bake our summer favorites at home.
- Go golfing (I’ve never been and we live on a golf course, which feels sad!)
- Read at least three good books.
- Go swimming.
- Finish our entryway renovation.
- Make a pitcher of margaritas.
- Plan our next project.
- Get shaved ice or make granita.
- Go to the farmers market or Park Silly.
- Plan our next vacation.
- Make homemade pizzas on Fridays and eat outside.
- Ride bikes.
- Go to a local fair or festival.
- Host a game night.
- Take a nap in the hammock.
- Deep clean the house & light a fresh candle.
- Read a magazine under the shade tree.
- Take a road trip.
Our list is kind of ambitious, but we’ve already started crossing things off! Most of these are free or inexpensive, so I’m feeling pretty good & confident about having a great summer ahead.
Over the weekend, I pulled out a big beach / picnic blanket and setup a makeshift picnic in our side yard. I forgot how pretty it is over here, on the opposing side of our shed! I caught up on some magazines, the dogs napped, and Emmett joined me after he worked on more of our entryway tile. We also squeezed in one night of camping! It was a full weekend. How was yours?
Are you ready to see my favorite things for summer? It’s a healthy mix of clothing, accessories, functional items (like my go-to SPF), and home decor.
To shop & explore, click on the thumbnails below- or use the numbered links at the bottom of the collage to shop… not all of the images are clickable.
01: wrap dress // 02: florian chandelier // 03: glass jar candle // 04: chloe sunglasses // 05: wallaroo hat // 06: picnic basket // 07: things we never got over book // 08: hillside landscape // 09: phone case // 10: woven sandals // 11: glass hurricane // 12: pore purifier // 13: beach towel // 14: beach tote // 15: olive dress // 16: nesting baskets // 17: marble coasters // 18: blush pink lilies // 19: classic swimsuit // 20: wakefield planter // 21: platform sandals // 22: scallop edge quilt // 23: sunscreen // 24: pizza making gift set // 25: beach blanket // 26: poetry of place book // 27: espadrille wedges // 28: woven candle // 29: byredo perfume // 30: moss pedestal topiary // 31: white sneakers // 32: maxi dress // 33: black cake book // 34: woven scalloped table // 35: block print paper napkins // 36: green glass tumblers // 37: violet vintage rug
I can personally vouch for these and highly recommend… from my favorite reef-safe sunscreen to my go-to sunglasses (and everything in between), this is what I’m loving and am inspired by for the summer months ahead. Feel free to pick my brain if you have questions about anything! The only two items I don’t currently have are the sneakers (which are really close to my Eileen Fisher ones pictured throughout this post) and the ticking stripe beach towel- which is on my wishlist.
What are some of your favorite summer items? How about three things you’d take with you to a deserted island? I think mine would be: sunscreen, sunglasses, and my go-to swimsuit. I know I’ll probably regret saying this when it’s 100+ degrees outside and we haven’t seen rain for months, but I’m very ready for warmer weather, summer fun, and the long days ahead. I just love packing as much into each season as I can… and summer is no exception. In my opinion, it’s always one of the most fun seasons for activities, adventure, and making memories.