While this Summer might look much different than you imagined earlier this year, there’s no reason you can’t still embrace the spirit of the season. In this post I’m sharing my Top 10 Summer Finds for Food + Wine Lovers that were chosen especially to enhance your enjoyment of Summer without wandering too far from home.
And for some reason I can’t seem to get enough of this gorgeous citrus yellow color! It literally makes my eyes smile which triggers an immediate flood of endorphins in my brain. And as a big proponent of “feeding your senses,” sight is a very important one and when feeling down or depressed, just focus your peepers on the above photo and see if this color doesn’t do the same for you.
Simply scroll down for the curated list and all the associated details. I hope these items help you celebrate Summer and live your best life in a new but thoroughly enjoyable way. xo
1.) SPARTINA Embroidered Florida Bag ($129): These charming, colorful embroidered bags truly represent the casual elegance of Summer and are available in many coastal states.
2.) REWINED Soy Wax Rosé Scented Candle ($28): This stylish candle is handpoured in Charleston, SC + beautifully captures the soft red berry, rose petal, white peach and pink peppercorn notes of your favorite rosé wine. It has an incredibly long burn time and it’s subtle delicious scent is positively perfect for Summer.
3.) LILLY PULITZER Marielle Scallop Dress in Lilly’s Lemon Floral Scallop Eyelet ($218): This absolutely gorgeous dress is Summer personified! Leave it to Lilly to come up with the most glorious, eye-catching citrus yellow color and combine it with the perfect seasonal eyelet fabric. This is sure to be a favorite for years to come.
4.) GLOSSIER Coconut Balm Dotcom ($26.95): This cult-favorite, do anything lip balm has the most heavenly coconut scent + once you experience it you’ll understand why it so frequently sells out! Formulated with nature’s heavy-duty moisturizers including Castor Oil, Beeswax + Lanolin it nourishes the skin while getting you in the Summer spirit.
5.) ISLAND CREEK OYSTER Starter Pack ($75): If you can’t make it to Cap Cod this Summer but still want the oyster experience, you can’t go wrong with oysters from Duxbury, MA! This started pack includes 2 dozen oysters PLUS shucking tools so simply pop a bottle of bubbly (the PERFECT pairing!) + get shuckin’!
6.) COMPTOIR SUD PACIFIQUE Vanille Coco Eau de Toilette Spray 1 OZ/30 ML ($42): The master perfumers behind Comptoir Sud Pacifique have truly captured the feeling of the tropics. Vanille Coco embodies the gentle warmth + relaxation of a South Pacific beach. The scent blends notes of island vanilla, refreshing coconut milk + intoxicating heliotrope for a blissful escape to a warm + gentle memory of paradise.
7.) CALIFORNIA PICNIC BASKET Set for 4 ($99.95): In lieu of that Summer trip, enjoy green spaces closer to home! Whether you choose the gently rolling hills of a local park or the beautiful white sands of your favorite beach, this picnic basket set is perfect for packing up your favorite al fresco foods (see #8 for some fab ideas!) + a bottle of wine and enjoy the COVID free fresh air!
8.) THE PICNIC: RECIPES + INSPIRATION FROM BASKET TO BLANKET BY MARNIE HANEL ($16): A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day + a chance to turn a meal into something more festive + memorable. This fabulous book shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together including no-fail recipes, helpful checklists + expert advice ~ Enjoy!
9.) BALL MASON JARS Regular Mouth w Lids + Bands (16-ounces) Set of 4 ($14.22): These multi-purpose jars are a Summer essential in our house! In addition to using them for preserving jams and jellies, we use them for everything from serving our favorite Summer cocktails (especially this one), to mixing a batch of salad dressing + creating layered salads + overnight oats - the possibilities are truly endless!
10.) CUISINART ICE-20 Automatic 1 1/2 Quart Ice Cream Maker ($89.97): One of Summer’s great delights ice cream on a hot, sunny day! And with this beauty you’ll always be prepared - it is a true investment that you will gain years of delicious enjoyment from. And if you’re looking for inspiration, try my recipe for Honey Lavender OR Browned Butter + Bacon ice cream.