Solving Your Late Summer Date Night Conundrum

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Sick of the same old, same old date nights? Us too! With the beautiful summer weather getting ready to start turning into that crisp fall weather, we want to take advantage of soaking up that warmth before it’s all gone. With that in mind, our late summer date ideas all revolve around the same theme: being outside! Whether it’s a Friday night or Saturday afternoon, we have you covered with a range of fun options to do something new with your beau.

Fruit Picking  

Who doesn’t love freshly picked fruit? There’s just something extra special when it comes to picking a blueberry off a push and popping it right into your mouth! Not a blueberry fan? No worries, you have plenty of options. At least here in MA, blueberries are picked from July until mid-August, peaches, nectarines, and pears from early August until mid-September, and raspberries from mid-August until late September. Jackpot! Bonus points for those couples who go home and bake a yummy treat with their pickings.

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Image Source: @jmkuzeja

Hiking

There’s nothing like taking in that fresh mountain air! We love a good hike. It gets the blood pumping and the sweat dripping. Plus, you’re rewarded with stunning views at the end. Seriously, what’s better than that?! Pick a short or a long route, whatever suits your fancy. If you opt for a longer trek, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the top before heading back down. Don’t forget your camera for some fun and scenic shots, too!

Batting Cages or Driving Range

Step it up from your usual mini golf game and go big! Either try out the driving range or go a different direction and scope out the batting cages. These are both fun activities that can give you some laughs. Work on technique and see who can hit the ball the furthest!

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Image Source: @birchlane

Flea Market

There are so many hidden gems to be found at flea markets. Here in Western Massachusetts, we get spoiled with the Brimfield Flea Market three times a year! Not to fear, there are plenty of other flea markets all over the place, lots going on on a weekly basis. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it can be fun to walk around and explore a flea market. Check out all the unique and beautiful antiques available and who knows, maybe you’ll end up bringing something home!

Fire Up the Grill for Some Sweet Treats!

Summer is basically synonymous with grilling! We love ourselves a good BBQ. And while we love s’mores, it can be fun to switch it up and try something new, too! Since you’ll already have the grill fired up and warm, why not try a new grillable dessert recipe? While it’s not something we traditionally think to do, there are so many delicious desserts that you can make on your grill. We’re sharing our favorites with you today!

Grilled Pineapple

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Image Source: Roti n Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 round slices pineapple (each ½ inch thick)
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Cut each slice of pineapple into semi circles.
  2. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle over pineapple slices on both sides.
  3. Heat up a cast iron grill pan on the stove. Brush pan with vegetable oil.
  4. Place pineapple slices on the pan and grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove and serve!

Blueberry Cobbler

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Image Source: Tablespoon

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 can Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

Steps

  1. Heat up your grill over its medium setting or prepare charcoals for grilling.
  2. Wash the blueberries and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and flour and stir well to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8"-square disposable baking pan.
  3. Place the pan onto the grill on direct heat and close the lid of the grill. Cook for 10 minutes, then stir briefly. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the blueberries have largely released their juices and the mixture has swelled up.
  4. Top the blueberry mixture with the biscuits in one layer. Close the lid of the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Remove the pan from the grill (carefully! it will be extremely hot). Let cool slightly before serving.

Grilled Doughnuts

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Image Source: Sugar Hero

Ingredients

  • 6 glazed yeast doughnuts
  • 6 TBSP unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 pint ice cream
  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • Toppings like fudge sauce, whipped cream, etc (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn a gas grill to medium heat, lower the cover, and preheat for 5-10 minutes, until hot.
  2. Slice the doughnuts in half, and spread the cut side of each doughnut with a thin layer of butter.
  3. Grill the doughnuts, cut side down first, for about 60 seconds per side. Watch them carefully, especially when the glazed side is down, since the sugar can go from nicely caramelized to burnt in no time. Grill times may vary, so it’s best to watch them throughout the cooking process.
  4. Once toasted on both sides, remove the doughnuts from the grill and let them cool until they’re warm but not hot. Top the warm doughnuts with a scoop of ice cream, fresh berries, and any other toppings you’d like, like fudge sauce or whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Get Adventurous This Summer with A New Kind of Lemonade

With the blazing heat of the summer, nothing is more refreshing than having a cold drink while soaking up sun rays. Lemonade is a delicious go to, but summer is about being adventurous! So, here’s a fresh twist on the classic beverage using peaches and raspberries from The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

For this recipe we’re going to divide the ingredients by the three different components. So starting with the raspberry peach puree you’ll need:

  • 4 fresh and pitted peaches cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/4 cups of water

For the lemonade you’ll need:

  • 7 cups of cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups of fresh lemon juice (this should be roughly four lemons)
  • Ice cubes

Lastly, for the simple syrup you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Image Source: The Chunky Chef

Start by adding all  the ingredients for the raspberry peach puree into a blender or food processor and blend them until it’s the same consistency as a puree. Place a sieve over a mixing bowl and pour the raspberry peach puree on top. Then use the back of a spoon to push the puree around, making sure the liquid falls into the bowl and the seeds are left behind on the sieve. Discard the seeds on top of the sieve and leave the mixing bowl aside for a moment. Add the simple syrup ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved into the water, make sure to stir occasionally! Boil this for around three minutes and it should start to become a syrupy consistency, then set it aside to cool. In a large pitcher add the lemonade ingredients and stir till combined. Then pour in the raspberry peach liquid and cooled simple syrup and stir again until everything is combined. Store in the fridge until you serve it, feel free to garnish it with raspberries, peach slices, or mint leaves for an added flair!

Your Beach Bag is Incomplete Without These Essentials!

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Image Source: Lion Brand Yarn

Going to the beach is one of the highlights of summer. It’s meant to be a relaxing, fun filled day. However, if you forget something your day off takes an unnecessary stressful turn. Luckily we’ve come up with a checklist of essentials to make sure your beach bag is stocked full of everything you need!

Cooler

It is SO important to stay hydrated during the summer. Having a cooler packed with ice and a ton of cold drinks is a necessity. Nothing feels better than cracking open a cold drink while getting your tan on!

Sun Protection

Although this is pretty much a given, it never hurts to have a reminder. Protecting your skin is essential year round, but even more so during the intense summers. Make sure to lather on some sunscreen and pop on a pair of sunglasses and hat before soaking up the sun rays! Check out our article on our favorite face sunscreens too! Don't forget those sunglasses and a nice oversized floppy hat to help protect your scalp, too.

Food

Beach picnics are the cutest! Some classics are sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, and ice cream are all great options.

Bathing Suit

Of course when you go to the beach you’re going to wear a bathing suit, but it’s important to bring the right bathing suit for you! Odds are you’ll probably be at the beach all day, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable.

Books & Music

If you plan on taking in the soothing scenery rather than splashing around in the waves, make sure to bring a good book or music playlist to help you unwind!

Add An Extra Pop with These Summer Nail Trends

Is it just us or does having freshly done nails make you feel ten times more put together and stylish? Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new colors and designs and go out of your comfort zone! Here’s some different nail inspirations for you to try at home!

Bright and Simple

Having a simple, solid color on your nails will still help to elevate your look. Go out of your comfort zone by trying a bright color like this one (it is summer after all)!

Sparkle and Shine

If you want a little more than just a solid color, add some sparkle! Glitter polish is an easy way to liven up any nail look. You can do a single accent nail on each hand, the whole hand, or even just use it as a top coat!

Ombre

Ombre nails look incredibly impressive, and are surprisingly easy! Whether you want to do your whole hand or just an accent nail, these nails will always be an eyecatcher. Start by painting your nail white and let it dry. Paint around your nail and down to your fist knuckle with either glue or liquid latex and let dry. Next, take a triangular beauty sponge and create an ombre with at least two polishes. Dab the sponge on the nail and repeat until you reach the desired opacity. Peel of the barrier around the nail and add a top coat!

Your Summer Date Night: A Romantic Evening Picnic

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Image Source: @natashasechenova

We love a good summer date night! While it’s fun to splurge on a date night out every once in a while, we also really enjoy having a date night in, or creating our own adventures. That’s why this week we decided to put together our list of must-haves to create a perfect date night picnic for you and your beau! Whether you decide to head to the backyard with your picnic blanket, or a local park, make sure you have some yummy food and it’s sure to be a hit. If you can, grab a couple of pillows and even a spare blanket so you can comfortably snuggle up and watch the sunset. Bug spray is a must, too!

The key to a good picnic is to have a good spread, but everything is easily premade, doesn’t need to be reheated, and travels well. Keeping that in mind, here are our picks for your menu!

Appetizer - Bruschetta and Crostini

We love a good bruschetta and this one is super easy and delicious! A nice light and refreshing appetizer is the perfect way to get you started.

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Image Source: Life She Lives

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 vine tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 small white onion, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • Juice from 1/4 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan (optional)
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Image Source: Life She Lives

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Saute minced garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until fragrant and golden. Set aside.
  3. Chop tomatoes, onion and fresh basil and combine in a mixing bowl. Add sauteed garlic WITH the excess olive oil from the pan.
  4. Squeeze 1/4 lemon juice over the vegetable mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix well and chill in the refrigerator.
  6. In a small bowl, season the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil with salt and pepper.
  7. Lay baguette slices on a baking sheet and use silicone basting brush to apply seasoned olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  8. Top each baguette slice with a spoonful of tomato bruschetta and a small sprinkle of shredded Parmesan (optional).
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Image Source: Lil' Luna

Dinner - Chicken Caesar Salad (Wraps)

Easy and a classic, we love a good chicken Caesar salad. If you’re not a straight salad kind of person, make it a wrap! Easy to eat and easy to travel with.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup croutons
  • ½ cup Caesar dressing
  • 5-6 flour tortillas (8 inch)

Steps

  1. Add the first 5 ingredients to a medium bowl.
  2. Mix in caesar dressing until evenly coated.
  3. Spoon into tortillas and enjoy!

Dessert - Mini S’Mores

Making real s’mores during a picnic is a little difficult without a fire. But they’re such a summer classic, we have to get them in there somehow! Which is why we love these mini s’mores that you can make ahead of time to enjoy at the end of your meal.

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Image Source: Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (14.4 ounces) graham crackers, quartered
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
  • 2 cartons (7 ounces each) milk chocolate for dipping
  • 4 ounces white candy coating, melted, optional

Steps

  1. Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature or until mixture reaches a spreading consistency, about 10 minutes.
  2. Spread chocolate mixture over half of the graham crackers. Spread marshmallow creme over remaining graham crackers; place over chocolate-covered crackers, pressing to adhere.
  3. Melt dipping chocolate according to package directions. Dip each s'more halfway into dipping chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until dipping chocolate is set.
  4. If desired, drizzle tops with melted white candy coating; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Spice Up Your Summer Tablescape with These Fab Looks

Summer is all about vibrancey and warmth. We’re always looking to liven up our table with pops of color, fruit, and greenery! Today, we wanted to share some of our favorite inspiration images that do just that. Many of these are quick and simple changes that make a big pop and will elevate your tablescape from drab to fab in no time. Happy decorating!

Our Top 5 Summer Face Sunscreen/Moisturizer Combos You Need in Your Life

As much as we love soaking up the glorious sun rays in the summer, it’s incredibly important to protect your skin. Here’s our top five picks for face moisturizers and sunscreens!

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex

This moisturizer is lightweight and is packed with SPF. It won’t make your skin greasy, and it’s super affordable!


Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 35

Another Neutrogena product (What can we say? They make great stuff!). Although this one doesn’t have as much SPF as the first one, it will still keep your skin healthy and safe! It’s also oil free and affordable like the other product. 


Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin

As someone with sensitive skin, I can say that this product is a gift! The moisturizer is fragrance free and contains vitamin E and aloe to help soothe the skin. Also lightweight and non-greasy!


DERMALOGICA Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15

This moisturizer has a matte finish, which is a life saver in the summer! Even though it’s a matte finish the formula is super hydrating, so don’t worry about your skin drying out!


Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40

This moisturizer has a high SPF of 40 and it's water/sweat proof! Because it has a light tint, this product is perfect for the days where you don’t want to apply foundation but still want a little coverage without it feeling heavy. As an added bonus, it’s also hypoallergenic and gluten free!



 

Get Funky with These S'mores Twists!

S’mores are a traditional staple of summertime. You can never go wrong with the choice to make some, but it never hurts to experiment with different options. Here’s some new twists on the classic s’more!

Peanut Butter Cup S’more 

Instead of using chocolate between your marshmallow and graham crackers, put a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead!


Chocolate Chip Cookie S’more 

Use some yummy chocolate chip cookies to hold your s’more together!


Caramel Apple S’more 

For a “healthier” alternative, use two cored thinly cut Granny Smith apples slices in the place of graham crackers. Take one slice, add your chocolate, marshmallows, and drizzle a bit caramel before placing the second apple slice on top!

If you have a little more time on your hands and want to branch out more, here are some other s’more inspired treats!


S’more Pizza

Mind blown, right? For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cup mini marshmallows

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. In bowl mix all your dry ingredients.

In mixer, mix the butter and sugars until they are well incorporated (around 2 minutes). Next, add the vanilla and egg into the mixer and mix them well. Scrape down sides of the mixer, then add in dry ingredients and mix until everything is combined. Take this dough out of the mixer and place it onto a pizza pan and press it out. Bake this for 12 minutes until it’s golden brown. After it’s done, sprinkle the chocolate chips on the hot crust and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

In the meantime turn the oven to broil. Then spread melted chocolate chips over crust like a sauce and top with marshmallows. Finally, broil for 5 mins until marshmallows are just browned. Make sure it eat it right away and enjoy! 

S’mores Bark

Who said bark is just for the wintertime? For this you’ll need melted milk chocolate, melted white chocolate, graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and chocolate bars!

Start by placing wax paper in a pan, make sure it completely covers the bottom and sides of the pan. Next, pour in the melted milk chocolate and tilt the pan around to make sure it covers the whole bottom. Then drizzle a bit of the melted white chocolate on top and use a toothpick to marble the two chocolates together. Break off bits of graham crackers and scatter it throughout the chocolate. Repeat this step with the mini marshmallows and bits of chocolate bar. Refrigerate this for an hour and you’re bark is ready!

Make Sure You're Prepared for Your Summer Entertaining with These Essentials

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Image Source: @sgardnerstyle

We’re excited it’s summertime and we love entertaining! The beautiful summer weather creates the perfect atmosphere for a gathering, whether it be with family, friends, or a significant other.

If you’re hosting outside, create an ambiance with some fairy lights strung around the yard and a comfy blanket thrown on the patio furniture for when it gets a little chilly after sunset. To stay out all night stargazing with no worries, we love this DIY Bug Spray.

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Image Source: Etsy

DIY Bug Spray

The smell of bug spray is almost as pesky as bugs, so here’s a DIY recipe for some spray that’s more enjoyable!

You’ll need:

  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 30 drops of citronella essential oil
  • ½ cup of water or vinegar
  • ½ cup of natural witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (optional)

Once you have all your ingredients start by putting all the essential oils in a spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and shake. Next, add the witch hazel and shake again. If you decide to use vegetable glycerin add it now, if not no worries! Finish it off by adding the water and shaking once more. Voila! You have some homemade bug spray that smells lovely and is chemical free- just remember to shake the bottle before each use!

Even if you’re entertaining outside, that doesn’t mean your inside can’t be just as nice! In your bathroom you can create a little assortment of goodies for your guests to use when they have to make a pit stop. Include some room spray, mints, and individual face cloths rather than just one towel. These DIY summer soaps add the cutest touch to your bathroom!

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Image Source: Baby Center

DIY Summer Soap

These individual soaps are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself! Plus, they’re 100% customizable.

You’ll need:

  • Cute soap molds (we think these flowers are perfect for summer!)
  • Clear glycerin soap
  • Soap colorant of your choice (can easily be found on amazon or your local craft store!)
  • Soap scent or essential oil of your choice

All you have to do is melt your glycerin soap in a glass container. Once it’s melted you want to mix in the colorant and scent you chose, then pour it in a mold. Once it hardens, your soap is ready!

BBQ 101: The Complete Guide to Your Summer Outdoor Entertaining

School’s ending and those summer feelings are starting to hit us… hard! We’re so ready for the warmer weather and all the outdoor entertaining over the next few months. It’s easy to fall into the same routine with your outdoor activities, which is totally fine, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and try something new. In the spirit of trying something new, we’re sharing our favorite ways to switch up your summer barbeque for you to try this year.

Food

If you’re hosting a BBQ, it’s pretty much assumed that there’s going to be grilling going on. While we love the classic combo of burgers and dogs, there are tons of other great meal options you can test out, too. Try some smokey ribs, or grilled shrimp! We love having a variety of sides too. Whip up some pasta salads, a nice garden salad, some corn on the cob and baked beans. Depending on the size of your crowd, make it into a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite summer side dish to take some of the burden off of yourself.

Entertainment

It’s not all about the food, you need activities too! We loooove activities. There are so many things you can do, even if you’re confined to a smaller space. We love yard games. Things like corn hole and ladder toss are classic favorites. Or go old school and throw around the football or frisbee. If you have plenty of space, play a little game of wiffle ball! There are so many options when it comes to the great outdoors. If you have a fire pit, get that fire started around dinner time. Not only does it give off some great ambiance, but who doesn’t love making some s’mores?!

Setting

An outdoor backyard event can still be set nicely. Maybe you don’t want to go all out with table linens, which is totally fine, and you can still set a nice spread without them! How about an upscale picnic feel? Set up some blankets in a general eating area for your guests to lounge on while they chat and eat that delicious food you’ve worked so hard on.

Summer Date Night - Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

The spirit of summer is all about having fun and adventuring, whether it be trying a new activity, testing out the latest fashion trends, or experimenting with new foods. Instead of opting for plain pasta, try a healthier alternative with one our favorite shrimp scampi recipes with zoodles- perfect for any summer date night!

Image and Recipe Credit:  Food Network

Image and Recipe Credit: Food Network

 
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups zucchini noodles, from 2 medium zucchinis (about 1 pound)  
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
 
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Step 1: Heat your butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.

Step 2: Once the butter has melted, add in garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir the mix until it’s fragrant and the garlic becomes a light golden color (this should take around 2 minutes).

Step 3: Next pour in the wine and lemon zest and cook until the alcohol smell is gone and the sauce turns to a nice golden color (around 4 to 5 minutes).

Step 4: Add in the shrimp, ½ teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Stir frequently for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp start to turn pink on the outside, but are still translucent on the inside.

Step 5: Stir in zoodles until they are coated with the sauce and begin to wilt slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 6: Transfer into a serving bowl and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with parsley.

Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

Note: Recipe takes about 30 minutes and serves 4.  The fastest and easiest way to make zoodles is to use a vegetable spiralizer. Although some can be pricey, there are many more affordable options available on sites like amazon and trust us, you won’t regret buying one!

 

 

 

Summer Wedding Footwear & Advice on Summer Surfaces

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image source: style me pretty

You’ve decided on your wedding venue, picked out your dress, and now it’s time for shoes! Having a summer wedding means your free to have all the open-toe options and you also have the option to even go barefoot!

Before picking shoes, it’s important to know your venue and the surfaces you’ll be walking on. As we all know, heels and grass do not mix well. That also applies with heels in sand. Don’t fret – this does not mean you can’t wear those heels you’ve been eyeing! If you’re getting married on the beach and want to wear heels, opt for a boardwalk aisle so you won’t be sinking in the sand. If you’re getting married in a backyard or on a lawn, you can also make an aisle runner on which you won’t sink in the ground; however, if you want the natural look, ditch the heels and wear chunky wedges, beautiful flats, sandals, or even the new trending barefoot sandals!

Summer Wedding Guest Fashion

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Now that you’ve been invited to a wedding, it’s time to decide what to wear! Attending a wedding in the summer means you have a wide range of outfit options! From summery florals to bright pops of color, you’ll be the next best looking person in the room (next to the bride, of course)!
 

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image courtesy of : hello his

Have some fun with your dress and go for floral patterns! With a patterned dress like florals, you don’t need to have statement jewelry, for your dress is a statement itself! Chances are, you can also re-wear this dress as a sundress throughout the summer!

The bride’s not the only one who gets to rock lace on her big day! There are so many cute summer dresses with lace textures, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to wear! Pair with some cute earrings and a clutch!

Brighten up this summer day even more with some bold pops of color! With colors such as hot pink and vibrant orange, it’s going to be hard not to take the attention off of the bride!

 

Summer Beach Bag Essentials

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: BIKINI CLIQUE

Finally, our favorite season is upon us! It’s time to throw on some flip flops and head to the beach! Since going to the beach is an all-day event, it’s important to know exactly what to pack in that cute beach bag of yours. Aside from the obvious, such as beach towels and sunglasses, we put together a list of our top beach bag essentials for summer 2017.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: STUDIO DIY

Even though we all want that sun kissed tan, it’s SO important to wear sunscreen! Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day, and it doesn’t hurt to pack a little SPF lip balm to avoid burnt lips! In addition, grab some protection for your hair. With products such as Sun Bum leave in conditioner, you’ll leave the beach with soft and hydrated hair.

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: BIBLIOTECAEROTICA

Nothing is more relaxing than catching up on some reading with the ocean waves in the background. Whether on your kindle or a classic hard cover, be sure to buy some reading material to enjoy on your beach day!

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: CASUALTY IN A BOAT

Whether you bring headphones, speakers, or even your own guitar, having music at the beach surrounded by your friends is a great way to spend your beach day! Go the extra mile and get a waterproof speaker (and of course, be sure to be mindful of your beach neighbors with your music).

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be sure to drink enough water throughout the day, as the sun dehydrates you! In addition to bringing water, it’s also smart to carry along a cooler to keep your drinks nice and cool (and to store some beach snacks, too). Get one of our favorite S’well water bottles here!

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IMAGE COURTESY OF: S'WELL BOTTLE