Summer sort of snuck up on me this year. We’ve been having this lovely, mild weather lately, with plenty of rainy afternoons.
I was starting to wonder if we were even in West Texas.
But this week, the heat returned with a vengeance and finally hit that 100 degree mark, so it’s been cool, breezy dresses every single day.
There’s something about a pure white dress that just makes me nervous. I don’t want to be responsible for keeping it clean, especially with all the chips and salsa and dusty patio chairs around.
But an ivory dress with some texture and pattern to it, like this one? Definitely less intimidating.
(Even though I might still bring my chambray shirt along, just in case I need to tie it around my waist. Dusty chairs and all.)
Since it’s officially feeling like summer around here, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite poolside playlists + reads with you.
- Patio Dinners playlist / Just like it sounds, this is my go-to for patio dinners. It’s a mix of 60’s and 70’s soul mixed with some modern R&B and indie. The vibe is happy and a little nostalgic.
- Indie Poolside Chill playlist / Put this playlist on shuffle while you’re hanging out by the pool. It’s indie pop with a beachy sound.
- The Royal We book / There’s a good chance you’ve already read this book, but I can’t help but mention it. I read it last summer, and it’s so fun that I might read it again this year. Light and easy, it’s a fictionalized version of Will and Kate’s love story.
- Mistborn Trilogy books / You might be surprised to learn that I’m super into the fantasy genre — and this series was what got me into it. It’s got a strong female lead, political intrigue, and a bit of romance. It’s more intense than most beach books, and quite a bit longer too — three books, 700 pages each — but if you’re looking for a shake up in your fiction lineup, this is it.
Got any summer books or playlists to share? I’d love to hear!
Next week, I have a little surprise for you. I’m releasing a new + updated version of my printable capsule planner! You’ll be able to print it out — for free, as always — and complete the whole thing in less than 30 minutes. Even if you just want to use it to get a better grasp on your style, you’ll love it.
And hey! If you’re going to be in Austin this weekend, you can get an advance copy of the new planner. I’m going to be at Madewell at the Domain on Sunday the 19th from 10am – noon. We can sip a mimosa or two and fill out the planner together. See you there!
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03 | Bag by ONA