Summer Recap

posted on: 9.24.2014

Let me begin by apologizing for the photo quality, our camera died on Saturday and unfortunately it needs to be taken in for a tune up...huge bummer. In turn, you are left with measly iPhone photos for the time being #firstworldproblems. On Sunday, Erik and I spent our anniversary on the beach which we considered fitting since it was the last weekend of summer. Speaking of summer, do you remember this post? In any case, I would like to recap my summer bucket list and follow that up with my must-dos for fall! See below.

-take several sunset ocean swims    not as many as I had liked, but still- check!
-enjoy a bonfire or a beach BBQ    yep, see pics above, we made sausages mmmmm
-go on a desert river trip    this post is proof
-surf (an old hobby I'd like to revisit)    well, I went in spring does that count?
-tan, no judgement please    I am sure I have the wrinkles to prove it
-listen to lots and lots of reggae    always
-rock no makeup for a week    sort of...I still put on concealer in Belize when needed
-drink fruity cocktails by the pool    check!
-eat s'mores :)    nope, and now I want them
-sneak wine into a movie theatre with friends    also nope, but we snuck in macaroons!
-finish a large painting    ha, how about 6 small ones, will that do?
-read 2 books for pleasure    yes! on my fourth, guess which one above is mine
-put lemon in my hair for natural highlights   I did it one day, then opted for real highlights instead
-go fishing, sailing and snorkeling (3 in one)   snorkeling, yes...the rest I must role over to next year
-fall asleep on a hammock    I didn't quite fall asleep, but I was relaxed to say the least

Bucket list for autumn:
-go to a "pick your own" pumpkin patch
-add a new miniature to my slowly growing Halloween Town (can you say nerd alert?)
-try homemade mulled wine
-order seasonal drinks from each coffee shop I visit
-bake pumpkin pie, again
-figure out an awesome couples costume (we were major failures last year)
-get a super dark colored mani-pedi
-treat myself to some new boots, it is about time
-sign-up for another 10K
-read "Gone Girl," everyone is talking about it
-watch Hocus Pocus, Halloween Town, Coraline, and The Nightmare Before Christmas
-open that freaking Etsy shop!

What would you add to your fall bucket list? I need inspiration, this one feels short.


  1. You NEED to read Gone Girl! It's amazing! And I do recommend reading it before seeing the movie, because you don't want all the twists and turns to be spoiled for you when you read!
    Also, absolutely love your bikini is these pics! So cute!

    Xo Kylie

  2. Cute sunnies and love your gingham check swimsuit!

  3. Looks like an amazing summer! I love your fall list.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  4. Looks like you had a great summer! And I have so of those same items on my fall bucket list for sure!
    xo Southern Style

  5. Amazing photos!


  6. Thank goodness SoCal is experiencing an Indian summer this season! I'm not over the sun-kissed beach days just yet! Beautiful shots babe!

    If you have a moment, would love to get your thoughts on my latest design!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  7. these are lovely photos
    I love them
    makes me long for summer all over again..

    e d i o t

  8. That bathing suit is so adorable!! Love the retro feel :) And I'm so with you on the pumpkin patch goal, I haven't done that in years!


  9. Such a great list! Loving your suit!

    xx Cara

  10. Ok can I join you on this list?! I want to do everything! Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown are my favorite! Oh and you'll love Gone Girl and I tried mulled wine last weekend not my fav! Haha!

    <3 Shannon

  11. Aw you are so beautiful! Great summer recap! I love these pics, so sweet!
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  12. I love your bucket list! I need to read gone girl as well.

    Heidi D.

  13. Ahh what a great summer! I am in love with your sunglasses! Also, I can't guess which book is yours...but If it's not GoT, you must read it!! I am currently re-reading the series...Nerd alert! but I think you have made me start my own fall bucket list! :)


    1. Haha I guess it wasn't that obvious! I watch GOT and am obsessed but the books' lengths are intimidating, Erik loves them though! Maybe, I'll give the first one a go :). xo

  14. Love your list for fall! :) Hocus Pocus! Yes! I think I need to create a list too.... It's inspiring!
    xo Erin

  15. Love the fall list and sounds like a wonderful time even without the camera :)

    xx 365hangers

  16. Snorkling sounds like a lot of fun! Also, your beach reads are much more elevated than mine.. (fashion magazines mostly!)

    Another Beautiful Thing

  17. You know I love those Asos sunnies but I'm also loving that red gingham suit! So retro! Love your summer to do list. Pretty impressed by how much you accomplished! You def must hit up a pumpkin patch! Loads of fun!

  18. Seriously can not wait to see Gone Girl. I've heard GREAT things. Loved these pics, love. If you get a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xx :)

  19. I know this is your summer recap...but it has me excited because I have summer coming up just around the corner here in New Zealand! Sounds like you had a great aim is to get to the beach more this year!

  20. Seems like you had an amazing summer! Love your bucket lists, you seem like such a fun person :) Now I need a fall bucket list too :D

    Bella Pummarola

  21. ugh i want to be in a hammock! i dont know where id find one in chicago though haha. and how adorable is your swim suit? these photos make me sad fall is around the corner- im so not ready to say goodbye to all that sunshine!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  22. Great photos! How about making an autumn wreath? That's one that is on my list. :)


    1. Ooo great idea Kate!!! Totally making one now! xo

  23. Belize looks BRILLIANT!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your pics! Looks sooo stunning! Great gingham suit!!!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  24. Oh gosh, Eric and I haven't dressed up ONCE since we've been together. I am making this our year, I think I finally have the perfect costume ;)
    Also, your swimsuit makes me happy. You are the cutest!!
    xo TJ