I got a bike earlier this year as a gift (thanks, boyfriend!) and have already logged a good amount of miles on her. In fact I’m gearing up to take part in one day of a weeklong bike trek across the state next week, RAGBRAI! While I’ve really been enjoying spending more time outside and cruising around, I can’t get on board with the typical ‘bike wear.’ Spandex and padded shorts just will never be my thing. My favorite kind of ‘bike wear’ is more like this – a cute bike print overtaking a simple linen pencil skirt. (I can’t get enough of this skirt – I’ve worn it weekly since I got it!) If you do have any recommendations though on ‘cute’ active bike wear – please do share!
This summer has been all about enjoying the season as much as possible. My go-to outfit in the summer is always a dress as it makes for the quickest way to get ready in the morning. (That – along with letting the hair air dry! Oh, the things I get done now with those extra minutes a few times each week!) I’m always flying out the door grabbing a bunch of things to take with me for the day – my laptop, camera, newest magazine, snacks, and usually a smoothie or coffee along with my purse. This punchy watermelon tote has been my latest carryall to hold together all my ‘necessities’ – isn’t it the cutest?
My friend Laura has been making really great, fun and witty postcards for awhile now, but recently printed a couple of her illustrations on bright colored bags. I’m keeping mine within arms reach in my car all summer long and packing it with me on weekend getaways – it folds neatly into itself into a tiny little nugget. You can get yours here. (also totally nuts for this pineapple one!)
Photography by Thomas Eslinger
I’ve been an exfoliation nut kind of forever. My first encounter with it involved the $3 peach St. Ives body scrub I’d buy with my babysitting money as a teenager (and really – it’s one I’ve gone back to over and over through the years because it really does work great!) I’ve dabbled in making my own face and body scrubs – using straight-out-of-the-kitchen items like honey, olive oil, raw sugar, coconut oil, baking soda, and more. So when I read about Frank body scrub on my friend Grace’s blog, I was super intrigued and it led me to do a little research on my own. Just reading about it made it sound pretty magical…and after digging around on Instagram a bit it seemed as if Frank had a sort of cult following. All of this along with the fact that it was made with all natural ingredients + Grace’s recommendation had me diving for my credit card.
After just one use, I can see why the Frank cult exists! The intoxicatingly yummy coffee + coconut-y smell, and the way it leaves your skin feeling…it’s all just wonderful. The experience and end results are well worth the momentarily super dirty shower it will create while using it. (picture coffee grinds just everywhere!) You can order it here but at least do yourself a favor and check out their website – it’s too good. Any other fan-favorite scrubs you know about?
All summer – actually all year long – I look forward to the 4th of July – I mean during the nastiest of winter storms aren’t you just positive that July will never actually get here? Then suddenly it’s passed and you’re left wondering how summer is half over and all the magazines are touting the best new sweaters for fall. I have a lot of fun things I’m trying to squeeze into this summer, and time is ticking by too quick.
I wore this dress during my 4th of July getaway to the lake (actually twice!) because I love it so much. It was a spontaneous purchase the day before I went out of town, which I have a tendency to do a lot of the day before getaways. It’s like I get some sort of pre-vacation panic that I suddenly have nothing to wear for whatever adventure is taking me out of town!
My entire weekend was spent on or in the lake boating, attempting (with little success) wake surfing, enjoying the prettiest sunsets and fireworks, and ended with chasing down an ice cream truck all in the name of a Sunday sweet treat. Hope you all had a happy 4th!
Photography by Justin Meyer