Welcome, Summer

Today is officially the first day of summer and I couldn't be happier.  I love summer, and summer's in Chicago feel like something I can't quite pinpoint.  It kind of feels like if you blink it will be gone.  You can't take these summers for granted because they don't seem to last.  They're like pure gold.  Anyway, I'm glad summer is officially here because I love so many things about it.  Camping (especially with dogs who drink whiskey), watermelon, ice cream, the lake, long walks and summer drinks - just to name a few.

I'm so ready to go camping, too!  As soon as we get settled in, I'm begging people to go camping with us.  We got a new-to-us tent (thanks, brother), a lantern and other camping accessories while I was home last time (Wichita is home to Coleman so prices are dirt cheap) so we're ready to go.  Just seeing the tent and fire below has me giddy!


Vintage top, $17
Old Navy long sleeve top, $6.97
Old Navy floral denim shorts, $23
Keds wedge sneaker, $30
Progressive Microwave Smores Maker, $9.99
Festival chairs - music festival seats - chairs for festivals -..., £9.99
Cabela's: The North Face® Base Camp Duffle Bag, $100
Camping Equipment Sticker - Embellishments, $4.59

Summer, I'm so glad you're here!

* Top photos first row l to r = 1, 2, 3
second row = 1, 2, 3


Marian June 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

I'm a fan of your camping outfit!! Can never go wrong camping in flannel:)

Vanilla - notes from my closet June 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM  

summer hasn't quite arrived in the UK but I have high hopes of sea side ice creams and picnics in flower gardens... if the rain stops... ha :)

Love, Vanilla


Michelle {lovely little things} June 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

Yay, so excited for summer!
P.S. That kiwi watermelon cube thing in the top photo is awesome!

Kristen June 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM  

I loooooove Summer! Even if it is 104 right now.. :)

I have Red Keds that I just got at a yard sale for only a $1 brand spankin' new!
I'm glad their still in style!

Vintage is for Lovers June 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM  

Happy Summer Solstice! Your round ups and their display is beautiful! You got me so in the mood! Love! xo Samantha

Lady Grey June 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

I love camping too! Great choices on the camping gear and outfit : )

jillian :: cornflake dreams. June 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

YAH! SO glad summer is here. i cant believe its already the end of june! anyhooo have fun on your camping adventures this summer (and be sure to bring some smores supplies!) xo jillian

Jenny in Ohio June 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM  

I am pumped to go camping too! It's the best...so relaxing...

Erika Lee Sears June 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

i love easy camping! I have always wanted to do one of those walk in camp grounds.

ag. June 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM  

Um, watermelon ice cream = the best! I love this post because I love summer so much! It's my fave by far! I'm so looking forward to all the same things!

Liz June 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

Love this post! Yay sweet summertime!

caroline June 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM  

LOVE, love, love the camping inspiration! i just planned two camping trips for the summer!

stephanie j June 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

ooooh i love this post :) one of my favorite things about summer is also the drinks, specifically, mojitos!! YUM! side note: where do you find a dog that drinks whiskey?! maybe i should see if bowie is a fan?? LOL

Johanna June 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

Is that a rubik's cube of fruit? Holy crap...where do I get one of those?

Caroline June 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM  

I love that long sleeve top from Old Navy and this post is just screaming Summer!!!! XO!

Amber Blue Bird June 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

I wish I could enjoy camping. It seems like such a fun activity but I am so scared of snakes and bears.

theolivetree June 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM  

Happy first day of summer!! That watermelon cake looks divine!

Noodles and Waffles June 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

I wish summer weren't ruined by mosquitoes. Camping would be so much more enjoyable without them.

Mandy Crandell June 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

Hooray for summer! And yes, summer in Chicago is magical. I spent my childhood there, and I miss this season there. :)


Signe June 21, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

Hooray, summertime :)
It is raining over here today, but we have had some nice weather lately so I can't complain! My freckle collection got off to a good start!


birdie to be June 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

I am seriously into this board! I love it!

Gloria June 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM  

sign me up - i love camping!!

la petite coquine June 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM  

You are KILLING ME! That watermelon ice cream slice is literally all I can think about right now. Thank Goodness summer is here!

marissa at the boot June 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

now i'm all excited! love the lady in the cute shorts outfit! and the camping gear has inspired me! yay for summer!

Red Reidinghood June 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

Amazing pictures!
The cube of fruit parts looks so cute! I really feel the urge to eat fruit right now!



Kirby June 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM  

GAH! I want to go camping so badly!

Bud and Leo June 21, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

The camping outfit almost makes me want to go camping! You have no idea what a stretch that is! :)

MapleandVine June 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

oh my what is that strawberry kiwi contraption it looks amazing and so does the watermelon pie. I have been wanting to go camping FORever

Bad Joan June 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

This is an amazing post and so in tune with summer! Great blog!


Tang June 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

Hurrah to summer! I'd love to visit Chicago one day. I'll have to ask you for pointers when I do!

Melanie June 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

That watermelon ice cream slice looks like my kind of summer dessert. I'm sure my attempt would not turn out quite as cute though.

Anna of IHOD June 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

I am in the mood to go camping now:D This is full of fun!

And that watermelon ice cream is nostalgic for me...used to be my birthday cake:D

Stacey June 21, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

Oh what a great post to kick off the summer! XX

Caitlin C. June 21, 2011 at 11:28 PM  

I love the camping collage! What cute gear - I've actually NEVER been camping but my friends and I talked about going this summer and I'm excited! I'll have to incorporate some of your inspiration :)

La Boheme June 22, 2011 at 1:06 AM  

Yes for summer! Everybody should experience camping at least a few times in their life...so much fun! Cute outfit is a plus :)

Sarah Jane June 22, 2011 at 7:55 AM  

You don't have to beg, I'm sooo in for camping;) Miss that from my California days. How's packing?? The move coming up ! Hooray. xo

Brandi {not your average ordinary} June 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

Happy Summer, Mo! I think I might need to go camping this summer -- sadly, I've never been. Will you be in the Chicago area in about three weeks? I'll be there around the 10th and would love to meet up if you're free!

vintch June 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM  

yes! camping in the summer sounds fabulous. and i am always, continually jealous that you're in chicago. it's my fave city. summers are perfect there!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY June 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

ok, i seriously thought of you when i heard there were so many in chicago w/o power. it's funny when you start associating places w/ blog friends.

i want that watermelon w/ feta now. really, anything w/ feta would do!

Nicole Marie June 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

oh my gosh that watermelon cake!! i want to y camping again. i've had bad experiences.

annie June 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

okay, that camping outfit almost has me convinced to try camping out for myself. it's so hot in florida that i've put it off... but maybe this fall...

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