Summer is here, y'all! I'm excited that I'll be enjoying summer from Illinois where it's cooler than 110 degrees, thankyouverymuch. Here are a few things getting my summer off to a fun start!
Essie Summer Collection
If you ask me, Essie's summer collection is just plain adorable, and a fresh way to update darker nail shades. I'm especially loving that blue color - called "bikini so teeny".
Sunbeam Igloo Shaved Ice Machine
This cutie is $24 at Target, and I couldn't resist. Sure, it's a uni-tasker, and sure, Brent is lamenting about yet another appliance to move, but a perfect shaved ice snow cone on a hot afternoon is SO worth it. It shaves ice cubes right out of your freezer into snow-cone stand quality. Then pour on syrup, concentrated Crystal Light, or fruit juice, and you're good to go!
Revlon Lip Butter
I am loving this moisture-rich, shiny balm. It's like chapstick but with summery color. I have "Fig Jam", and it's bright and beautiful.
The Webster for Target
When I first heard about "The Shops" at Target, I put it on my calendar so as not to miss it like I did with Missoni. I went on day 1 and may or may not have bought 5 pieces. I LOVE them. If there are still some pieces at your Target, check it out! Chic and cheap.
Crystal Light Mocktails
Sure, you love a good margarita, but maybe not at noon. Enter... mocktails. I love Crystal Light in the summer, and these new flavors are so fun! The mojito is pretty good - nice and minty.
This recipe for homemade salsa from Cooking Light is A-mazing. Addicting. Brent and I ate a very large bowl in one sitting with crispy chips. It's made with canned tomatoes, but it tastes SO fresh! It couldn't be easier - throw it in the food processor and press the button. Find the recipe here.
I want to live in maxi dresses. I have one that I call my "pajama dress" because you can literally feel like you're going out in your pajamas and still look polished. Most of the maxis I have are older or sold out, but I took the liberty of finding a good option for you. Here's an adorable maxi from Old Navy for $27. Yes, please.
Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. I can not believe my good luck that we are renting a house with about 6 very large hydrangea plants in the yard! My neighbor and I clip flowers to our heart's desire, and they really brighten up a room. If you don't have hydrangeas in your yard, sorry, but you can pick some up at the store! Here are the bushes in my yard... be still my heart.