Songs of Summer

I have a stack of old mix CDs dating back to my early college days that always flood me with memories each time I play them. Music has an incredible way of capturing the feelings and moments of a given season in one’s life. I still like trying to create a few playlists a year, to serve as a musical time capsule of my life, so to speak. I thought I’d share this year’s summer playlist with you, just for fun. Enjoy!

PS – Feel free to share some of your favorite summer tunes below – I love discovering new music!

Cucumber, Lemon, & Mint Infused Water

My husband and I went out to dinner the other day, and I noticed a jug of water on the hostess’s station with slices of lemon, cucumber, and mint floating in it. I had a small sample while we were waiting to be seated – it was so delicious, refreshing, and unlike anything I’d ever tried! I knew I had to get my hands on a recipe to recreate it. After a little online research, I decided to follow this recipe.

Cucumber, Lemon, & Mint Infused Water

I thinly sliced a whole lemon and about half a cucumber, putting both in my 2 quart glass pitcher. I snipped three sizable sprigs of mint from the plant I have growing on my kitchen windowsill and tossed them in too. I filled the rest of the pitcher with cold, filtered water and put it into the fridge overnight. Sure, you could serve this right away, but I recommend giving the fruits & veggies ample time to infuse the water. The flavors will intensify the longer it sits.

Cucumber, Lemon, & Mint Infused Water

I think this recipe is perfect for those who dislike drinking plain water (hi Mom!), or for those that simply need a change of pace from their usual summer lemonades, iced tea, lattes, etc. This infused water is flavorful, but not overpowering, and is essentially calorie free. I even enjoyed snacking on some of the cucumbers as I sipped glass after glass all weekend. Enjoy!

Cucumber, Lemon, & Mint Infused Water

What I Wore: Summer Skin

This is an outfit I wore to a recent outdoor dinner gathering. We ate delicious homemade buffalo chicken pizza and had a bonfire once it got dark. Summer evenings tend to get cool here in upstate New York, so a lighter summer scarf was a good idea to bring along.

What I Wore: Summer Skin

What I Wore: Summer Skin

These fun yellow sandals are a new addition to my closet. They are made of the softest faux-leather and are incredibly comfortable. I plan on wearing them a lot for the rest of the summer months!

What I Wore: Summer Skin

Shirt – boutique in Lambertville, NJ
Capris – NYC boutique in NYC
Sandals – O’Neill via Zappos
Sunglasses – Steve Madden via TJ Maxx
Scarf – thrifted