Friday, June 24, 2016

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It's finally our favorite season around here, and with 4th of July just around the corner (how, so soon, I can't really wrap my brain around ... ) I wanted to share a few of my summer favorites. Unfortunately I've been cooped up in the house all week long glued to my laptop, juggling the babe with a fever who wants to be held as I type. Which certainly makes things more complicated. But my eye is on the prize. Three days, with great food, our dearest friends and that beloved old faded flag swinging from a palm frond in the sunlight all weekend long.

It's the holiday we look forward to most every year, so it's what's been keeping me focused during these dreadful days locked inside.



Here, a few things I'm digging this season:

Reading: The Girls, by Emma Cline  which I bought because of an article I became engrossed in one lazy Sunday morning about the brief friendship between Denis Wilson and Charles Mason and "The Family." It's what ignited a whole new intrigue in the gruesome history I had priorly known only in fragmented detail. The book is already an instant hit and with good reason. I made the mistake of reading it when I knew there was no time to loose myself in it and it too some major will power to set it aside. Cline's prose sweeps you away and lands you right in the hazy glow of a "honey suckled" hippy nightmare.

Wearing: Cutoff thrifted Levis daily, this Black dress for evenings, and alternating white button downs because they're the only airy alternative I can find to the sundresses I usually stick to.

Loving: The Plum and Sparrow Kenyan storage tote that seems to be the only bag I have that can hold the bulk of my beach goods. And looks great doing it. (Discount details below)

Watching: Blood Line. It's tropical, dramatic, and staring Coach Taylor. What else need I say.

Hearing: my summer staples - exotic Elvis. Paul Simon, Sam the Sham and Dick Dale. Mike revived his love for the Standales (he played in a 60's surf band when I first met him) and so all of these are reflected in the playlist I made HERE. A mix of swanky, sweaty 60's classics. Think Don Draper, tanned and woozy in Palm Springs. At least I did while I was curating most of it. . .

Looking Forward to: A couple days in Topanga Canyon, bunking in an old Japanese tea house with a rope swing on 13 acres. Listing compares it to "rugged camping" and hints that the house squeaks with every foot fall and yet it only made me love it more.

Preparing: A menu for next weekend. Which is always fancier in mind than proves in reality. But that's ok. Should I ever learn that hot dogs wrapped in heated tortillas is the cheapest, easiest solution, my life might be too easy, and then what would I do?

Searching: For yet another sunhat to replace the one I ruined last month. And while I still hold out faith that I'll stumble across a suitable one at the Good Will, time is of the essence, and I'm getting desperate. Any suggestions welcomed.



*Plum and Sparrow are offering readers here 15 percent off using the code: HouseINhabit15 - offer good until Wednesday.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting the summer playlist! It is getting me through the long Friday afternoon at work. Really enjoying it :)

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    1. Heck yah. SO good to hear that. xx

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    2. Heck yah. SO good to hear that. xx

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  2. I just finished listening to a podcast called You Must Remember This, the episodes I listened to were a while ago in their feed, but they are about Charles Mansons Hollywood. It has quite a few installments for that one topic and is fascinating (and grim). The Girls is on my summer list to read! Love your music suggestions (and Don Draper, rawr) ;) Happy Summer!

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    1. Oh Katie I love you! I am so going to tune into this as soon as I finish the book. Thank you.

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  3. Bloodline is great, we just finished season 2. Sounds like The Girls is right up my alley. I'm always fascinated and frightened by listening to any documentaries about the Manson Family.

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    1. It's good. I totally recommend simply based on Cline's stellar narrative & prose.

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  4. Thank you for appreciating Coach Taylor and for the recs. You should do a beauty post sometime! As a mom of two I would love to know what a mom of four deems worth her time and money ;)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them, Annie! And you know, the beauty post, that's a good idea. I never thought of doing one before - because I am so low key when it comes to that kind of stuff - but maybe that's a good thing. I know, for me, too many products can get overwhelming. Maybe some would appreciate a bare basics (which is really all I have time for anyway) kind of post :D

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    2. I would definitely appreciate getting clued into some bare basics! Oh, and this playlist is FIRE!!!

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    3. Woohoo! Always happy when the music picks are winners :D

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