Summer To-Do List

What's on your summer to-do list?

When summer arrives in Seattle, it puts everyone in a good mood. We may deal with perma-drizzle and grey skies the rest of the year, but our summers are pure bliss. For that reason and so many others, this time of year has always been my favorite. Besides sitting outside and soaking up the sunshine for the next three months straight (which sounds like a pretty solid plan, actually), here are a few of the things I can’t wait to do this season.

1. Wear bold, vibrant lip colors. NARS Heat Wave, how I’ve missed you!

2. Find the perfect little white sundress

3. Make rosé slushies

Rosé slushies

4. Get my Shark Week fix, perhaps with some themed snacks

5. Take off on a weekend road trip

6. Dine al fresco as much as possible (rooftop deck at Terra Plata, I’m coming for you!)

Rooftop deck at Terra Plata

7. Read a book (or four) on the beach

8. Attend the Bite of Seattle (Jules and I missed it last year because we were meeting Emily Schuman! Worth it.)

9. Master the art of self-tanning (has anyone tried these?)

10. Get in the water. Lake, pool, backyard sprinklers…it’s all good!

Get wet!

Obviously there’s so much more (making s’mores, watching the fireworks on the 4th of July…) but these are just some of the highlights.

What are you looking forward to this season? Do you have any special summer traditions?

♥ Mil

 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been quite a week…now that it’s behind me, I definitely need a massage and a couple of stiff drinks. Not necessarily in that order. What are you up to for Memorial Day weekend? Is anyone going on a road trip? I really meant to plan a mini adventure/getaway this year, but sadly it just didn’t happen. I’ll have to make up for it this summer. Anyway, let’s kick off the weekend with a few fun links!

Friday Favorites: Me time, how to become a morning person (sort of), natural lipstick brands, colorful cocktails, and an interview with a wedding columnist

1. Everyone deserves a little “me time,” but all too often it falls by the wayside. Here are five nice things you can do for yourself next month. They’re easy, I promise! (The Golden Girl)

2. I’m pretty sure this guide to reaping the benefits of being a morning person without actually getting up early was written with yours truly in mind. (The Zoe Report)

3. Beauty junkies, you’ll love these natural lipstick brands. Bite Beauty is one of my all-time favorites. (A Beautiful Mess)

4. These gloriously colorful, whimsical cocktails will have you in the mood for summer entertaining. (Glitter Guide)

5. This interview with the wedding columnist for the New York Times is fascinating. Major job envy! (The Coveteur)

Have a wonderful long weekend!

♥ Mil

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine has been crazy busy, but we had a mini heat wave a few days ago, so I dropped everything and made a beeline for the beach after work. It was glorious. Apart from that, things have been pretty nonstop. I’m really looking forward to relaxing this weekend and having my mom over for brunch on Mother’s Day. Mimosas and scones are the greatest gift of all, right? (Just kidding, Mom!) What are your plans for the weekend? As you count down the hours to sweet freedom, please enjoy a few of my favorite links from this week.

Friday Favorites

1. Looking for vacation inspiration? Set your sights on these incredible Airbnb homes around the world, including a private prep school in Ireland and a lighthouse in Australia.

2. A French company in Dubai has opened a pop-up nap bar, where you can curl up amidst luxury pillows and relax in style. And oh yeah, it’s free. Happy hour indeed!

3. These 15 wine slushies are making me look forward to summer even more than I usually do. Bring on the sangria sno cones!

4. One Kickstarter campaign is taking the “woman card” to the next level – by creating a full deck featuring badass ladies like Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Beyoncé.

5. This guide to selecting a brunch outfit according to your hangover made me laugh. Brunch will not be denied!

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

Margarita Madness: 10 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and that means one thing: ALL the margaritas! Jules and I love our holidays, and I’m especially enthusiastic about any holiday that aligns so perfectly with my passion for cocktails. Pineapple margs are my all-time fave, but in the interest of expanding my drinking horizons, I’ve rounded up 10 inventive margarita recipes that will take your Cinco de Mayo festivities to the next level. Made with everything from St. Germain to habanero peppers, these margs aren’t messing around. So pick a favorite below, round up some friends, and enjoy a batch of sweet, tart deliciousness. Salud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t resist a frozen marg, and that sangria swirl looks amazing! As does the chili lime mango…but I think the prickly pear margarita might be the prettiest. Which marg is calling your name?

♥ Mil

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