25 June 2012

Summer Gingham

It's already near the end of June and we're full-on official Summer now. Which means for some of us, workloads slacken a bit - or is that they just seem too based on our growing reluctance to do work or the slowing speed at which we get projects completed nowadays?

Co-workers and neighbors disappear for days at a time into overstuffed vehicles. Ice cream consumption becomes a mandatory daily occurrence. Cheeks freckle, shoulders darken, pants become shorter and shorter. Pop music seems to be more ... pop-y.

pink gingham

What does summer mean to me? In the immediate sense, it means cotton - days to be spent in gingham and shorts with a fruity pedicure hue on display. Cold beers in sweating glasses, weird tan lines, finding honing in on big expanses of water. An upcoming family road trip to see my grandmother. An impending business trip to London (sooooooo excited, guys). Taking my shoes off under my desk and wiggling my toes because they long to be free.

The onset of summer also reminds me of wee Lisa when she came to the States with her family. My first years on US soil were spent on a little quiet beach town in Jersey. Waaaaaaaay before the days of Jersey Shore and way before weekend party kids overran the place.

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We briefly lived in an apartment right across the street from the beach, over an ice cream shop. I had a front row view of boardwalk hi jinks from the living room windows and the shop owners below were so nice, I got all the ice cream I could stuff in me for free. And I got to go to the beach whenever I wanted to.

I was real little then, pre-school years I think, so it's not like my memories are that clear, but it is more of a feeling - walking hand-in-hand with my dad into town to buy the latest Smurfs figurines, going to the carnival that set up by the pond, red balloons, egg hunts, sunsets on the beach, learning to chew gum from my big sis (it was a thing for me, OK), playing translator with my then-inadequate English abilities between my mom and our neighbors, prancing around in my rainbow-hued one-piece because at four, I apparently thought I was the shizzle.

What comes across your mind when you think of "summer?" Does the idea of long, lazy, too-warm days make you wax nolstagic over certain  hot-temp memories?

pink gingham

pink gingham

Top: LEC gingham poplin (worn here - sim, sim)
Skirt: J.Crew crinkle chiffon (worn here - sim, mini, midi)
Necklace: F21 twisted rhinestone (worn here - simpler, luxe)
Bracelets: Target pearl, J.Crew (sim, sim, sim, wider)
Shoes: Vince Camuto bello (worn here - sim)
Outfit inspired by Sally.

40 comments:

  1. Summer in India was my least favourite season! The temperature would go up to 45-50 degrees celsius and we'd all be hot and sweaty and whiny. Plus there would be power cuts at night which would make it impossible to sleep! My parents, brother and I would spread bedsheets on our balcony floor and sleep there :-D

    I love this tonal combo on you. You wear this knotted shirt look so well :-)

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    1. I've been to Dubai in the ME in November where it was technically winter and it was soooo hot. I could not imagine what it would feel like during the warmer summer months - so I have an inkling of what you had to go through, especially without electricity! Makes me feel like a wimp for complaining about the heat in SE USA, haha!

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  2. That sounds like an excellent summer. I used to spend summers as a kid on Cape Cod with my grandparents. For me, the smell of the salt marshes is pure summer. Most people hate the smell of the marshes, but I love it.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  3. Love your gingham and gorgeous skirt. So flowy and romantic! Talking about weird tan lines. I have flip flop tan lines, ahhhhhh!

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    1. I totally had those last summer. My feet looked so funny when I wore regular shoes!

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  4. I am in love with that skirt! I'm always a sucker for some pink gingham too. Summer makes me think of family road trips & soccer tournaments :o)

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  5. How neat that you grew up at the Jersey shore! Luckily for me, the small beach town I live in is more families and elderly people than frat boys. Summer for me is going to the beach, bbqing, drinks on the porch, mini golf on the boardwalk, and motorcycle rides :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. I don't think a lot of people know how peaceful and pretty it is in those small Jersey beach towns - nothing like any of the stuff they've shown on Jersey Shore!

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  6. Summers to me used to mean going out on the lake with my family eating hot dogs and getting dirty as all hell. Unfortunately, all the lakes we used to frequent are now ablaze in fires. :-(

    Love gingham so much for summer Lisa and your skirt is super pretty!

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    1. I lived in NM for a few years and summer wildfires were the worst. You don't think you're affected because it is off in the brush away from the city - until you realize you can't escape the city during the weekends because of all the fires!

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  7. Love your outfit. The arm party is cute and the pearls are a great touch. Summers as a tween were the best. All day with my best friend, floating in her pool and running around the neighborhood.

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    1. When I was growing up in NYC, anyone who had one of those above-ground pools in their yard were the bo-diggity-omb for us kids! Nothing like floating and splashing all day, then walking around with a TAN!

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  8. Ice cream! Fruit drinks! Seasonal fruit! Sun dresses! Yes, Lisa these are some of my favorite things. HaHa I love your outfit! That coral shade is so pretty and I love gingham. I think better than seersucker or linen. Hmmmm. Fabulous shoes too! I am so jealous you are going to London! Girl, have an AWESOME AMAZING time!!! This is definitely the year to go. Everything is going on! HaHa Promise to tell us all about it! Promise! Promise! Have a great week Lisa.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Haha, I've already been told it will be mayhem at the airports in London!

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  9. ok number 1, i LOVE this entire outfit. you really wear pink quite well! 2, our real summer here doesn't start until august, sept, oct. while inland gets heat, we often get fog. so layers are a must for us (think scarves, jackets, sweatshirts). bah. the only time of the year that i would trade another region for their seasons..

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    1. I don't know - around here, hot temps start around March and stay hooooot until about November. Grass always looks greener, huh.

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  10. You look great! I especially love the texture of your skirt! And isn't daily ice cream a year round occurrence? No? Just at my house? Ok. I think my favorite part of summer is the loooong days and hours of daylight. It's so depressing when it's dark most of the time in winter, I just tell myself to hang on until the solstice, when each day gets a few more minutes of light!
    --TS

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    1. I'm still trying to figure a way to get an at-home soft serve machine - that would be my year-round ice cream dream!

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  11. Lisa - I love this outfit! SO quintessentially summery. :) And I love your summer memories. Mine usually include popsicles, running through the sprinklers in the backyard, and hours and hours of reading books both indoors and outdoors.

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    1. I usually go blind readin outdoors but I love it - something luxurious about it for some reason!

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  12. Swimming in the river with my grandmother - those were some of my best childhood summer memories.

    I have the gingham shirts - must find a chiffon or tulle skirt. But I have a new kitten at home, so not too quickly :P

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    1. I have a pup - who has matured quite a bit, but I still can't wear lace or crochet anything, haha!

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  13. Summer always reminds me off the ice cream truck that used to roll up in our neighborhood - sad I don't see many of them these days.

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    1. I miss the old white box trucks that rolled around in NYC playing that twinkling tune. Granted I've seen plenty of other ice cream trucks, none of them seem to match up to the awesome NYC ones.

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  14. I'm totally in love with your skirt! You look exceptionally summery today, perfect!

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  15. Jersey before Jersey Shore..ah :D
    love your outfit, love the colors.

    xx

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  16. What an awesome post!!! You paint such a beautiful and vivid picture, Lisa!! Your a very talented writer.

    Summer is slacker time for me!! hahaha

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    1. I am def mentally slacking this time of year!

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  17. Summer definitely means daily ice cream consumption for me too! As of right now it also means having the summer off (not for long though). I love your pretty summery look too, especially that fun skirt! By the way, I'm now following along on GFC :)

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    1. Oh I wish I could have summers off. I didn't realize how good I had it back in my school years!

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  18. i love love love summer!! It is my favourite season of all time!! I love when you wake up its nice and bright and sunny and it doesn't get dark until really late and eating ice cream and going to the beach! Love it! Envying you guys with your summer wear :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  19. Perfect outfit for a summer day! I love the black and white accessories. Hmm, summer makes me think of long afternoons riding bikes, eating otter pops and Icees, trips to the zoo, and the totally uncluttered schedule you only have when you're a kid ... :)

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  20. I loved the summers when I was a little tyke growing up in Jersey. We didn't go to the Shore, but we had some awesome summers hanging out in Brooklyn with my cousins. We often cooled off in front of a water hydrants and we ate tons of ice cream back then. I think that's why I love ice cream so much. Plus you have to find any way to cool off in the summer in Florida. Btw...I'm really loving this outfit. The color is perfect for summer.

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  21. I love everything about your outfit- the jewelry, the pink- just summery yummy!

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  22. I love your stories, they really draw me in! Also, I love gingham. Your darling.

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  23. ahhhh i love all your bright pink!
    yes, summer does mean all those things, and i am committed to having ice cream every day no matter what.
    your childhood summer sounds like every kid's dreams.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  24. I love your bracelets!

    Also, I gotta say that you inspire me as a blogger. In additional to being one of the first blogs I've ever read, you continue to motivate me to do better because you write so well. You're incredibly engaging.

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  25. oh my goodness, you look amazing. This outfit is so summer. Obsessed. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec I'd love to hear your thoughts on my interview for College Lifestyles magazine. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  26. Cute as a button as they say. (And why do they say that, anyway?!)

    In any case, very cute, fresh and retro cool.

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  27. Love this look, especially the bracelets with the rest of it!!! Super fun!

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