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Lazy Day Summer Essentials

Sunday is the first official day of summer. I love a lot about summer. I especially love margaritas, bright nail polish, sandals and ice cream with sprinkles. One thing that I do not like one little bit is the heat.

Yes, I know that I am from Florida and so maybe I should be used to hot weather. But, living in the city during the summer is a completely different animal. Everything is sticky or smelly or stifling. After a quick 15 minute walk you just start to melt. It is utterly unattractive.

When I lived in NYC the crowds in the summer were unreal. NYC crowds = gross smells and frustration. I would try to avoid the tourist areas and breathing at all costs, but walking on 5th Ave could sometimes be a great relief when you’ve had a long day. If you time it right, you can get a whiff of the air conditioning from the fancy store doors opening and closing. City summers make you desperate.

When it gets hot in Boston, one of our favorite summer escapes is to go to the Esplanade and spend the afternoon by the Charles River. We have a favorite spot under a big tree that keeps us under the shade while the breeze from the river keeps us cool. We like to bring Barley and our picnic blanket and lounge around reading and listening to music and podcasts all afternoon. It is so peaceful and relaxing. I just love it.

Since summer is officially here, these are a few of my favorite things for lazy days spent lounging outside wherever you are:

Picnic

Grass is Greener Picnic Blanket $45; Break the Ice Cooler Bag $50

Sun Protection

Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm SPF 30 $8.50; Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream $23Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Summer Hair Sun Care Protective Hair Veil $28; Davines This is Sea Salt Spray $27; Ombre Straw Sun Hat $34.50

Happy Summer!

My Summer Reading List

Reading is hands-down one of my favorite things to do.

When I was in school, I used to love summer break because I could spend days at a time lost in a book with no interruption. I would start my day reading out by the pool, then move inside and sprawl out on the couch, and then finish out the evening by reading all curled up in my bed. It was totally lazy and absolutely glorious.

I can’t really do that anymore because of you know, life and stuff. The good thing is that I tend to be a pretty quick reader so I try to sneak in a book whenever I can. Also, I keep track of what I’m interested in and am constantly finding new books to add to my ever-growing list on Goodreads (check it out if you haven’t already).

I still plan on spending an ample amount of time this summer reading, despite the fact that I am now an adult with responsibilities and a life. So here are a few of the books that I am hoping I can escape into this summer:

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

In The Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Luckiest Girl Alive

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

What books do you have on your summer reading list this year?