chapter ii

chapter ii


Guest Post: Mary Claire's Favorite Summer Things

I'll only say a couple of things to preface this post. 1) I have seen Mary Claire cry before because she was cold outside and 2) Basically you can treat these favorite things as a cliff's notes for how to be a bit trendy and cool without having to do the work...because she's done it for you. Leave lots of comments so she'll want to do another!Hope you enjoy!

So I have to admit this post took me forever to finish. My favorite things about summer—I wasn’t even sure where to start! First of all, obviously weather that doesn’t make me cry, pool times, lemonade, drinking outside, eating outside, functioning outside. This is especially true in New York where the summer months seem to bring everyone outdoors. So I’m just going to make a list of things I’m loving this summer- ideas, trends, movies. Trying to avoid the things everyone loves every summer. Then Mal asked if my post could have a 4th of July theme- so it’s a little of that too.  

1. Prosecco Pops- not much explanation is needed here. Prosecco in the form of a frozen pop! I don’t think there could be a more perfect July 4th treat.  

• 3 cups unsweetened white grape juice
• 1 cup prosecco (or ginger beer for a juice nonalcoholic version)
• 3 tbsp lemon juice
• 6 peaches, sliced (* Substitute strawberries and blueberries for the 4th)
DIRECTIONS: Combine grape juice, prosecco, and lemon juice in a container with a pour spout. Place 1 or 2 peach slices in each ice pop mold (we like Progressive's Frozen Pop Maker, $21; Gently pour liquid over the peaches. Cover mold with aluminum foil, secure your Popsicle sticks, and freeze for at least 12 hours.

2. Pendleton (for opening ceremony in the fall, but for now there’s nothing I want more than to pack the good, classic stuff for the 4th in Aspen). I’d love to get one of these big Pendleton beach towels to sit on...

 maybe while the rest of my travel compadres try their hands at white water rafting..... 

3. Hot pink (hi-liter pink) nails- despite this being the signature color of my old boss- who sometimes puts a pretty bad taste in my mouth- this is undeniably the shade I’m loving for summer above all the rest. It will make you look tan and it seems to breathe some new life into my overwhelmingly neutral wardrobe.
4. Americana- we’ve all been wearing Breton stripes to death for months, and this trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere- but my closet has taken a decidedly patriotic turn lately. Yesterday I had on red and white stripes with a chambray skirt.  I’ve been buying red white and blue anything and everything. Crisp white eyelet, little round tortoise shell sunglasses (Karen Walker ideally), whatever I can find with a star motif. Something about it feels really right, and really summery...

 ala Chanel 

5. Outdoor art installations

 this is more of a summer treat for us New Yorkers, especially those of us who work near Times Square or any of the major parks. The city has commissioned some incredible artists to do awesome public pieces like this one that can make a summer commute almost enjoyable (albeit smelly, sticky and full of crazies)

6. Babies in bikinis! Like this bathing beauty
7. Ohh and this has nothing to do with summer or the 4th of July, but I did watch it this summer and it's awesomeness is too great not to mention.  For anyone who loves art history, photography, the 60’s and 70’s New York art movement and good documentaries- Black, White & Grey: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time, replacing Man on Wire on the top of my list. Wagstaffs eye for art and overall influence on contemporary art and photography as a whole is something anyone interested in the postmodern art world will find fascinating. He’s not too hard on the eyes either...

8. ANYTHING CELINE. Phoebe Philo can do no wrong. 

9. For those of us with office jobs in the sweltering city—here are a few pictures of places I know I’d rather be over the next few months. (Mostly, I just wish I was in a Tim Walker photograph, or on Inks Lake.. which is true for me all year round)

Pictures from google images, Harpers, Tim Walker, Instyle. 


Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Babies in bikinis made me tinkle a little bit.

Cara said...

Love it Ciz Wiz!!! Where can I get a Pendleton skirt?!


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