chic or geek

a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste

summer's here!

adventure, lifestyle, styleAnna KellerComment

while many people think of Memorial Day as the kick off of summer, I think I can safely say that my absolute favorite season is here  - hopefully, to stay!  this past weekend consisted of cruising on the bike path with my newly acquired bike all the way up to North Beach park, with a picnic of a deli sandwich and a cold box of wine in my Fjall Raven backpack.  here's what I'll be using to get me through the next few months:

1. I was overcome with an urge to stress shop a few weeks ago, and I can safely say it was a smart decision because I am now the proud owner of this amazing H&M picnic blanket - fleece on one side, plastic on the other, with a strap to bundle it up and make it easily portable.  this is my new favorite possession.  2 & 3. it's a Vermont state park rule that you can't have alcohol in glass containers.  luckily, there's a decent selection of delicious boxed wine out there - both Bandit and Bota wines are totally worthy of your classy picnics (you can say goodbye to Franzia for good!)  4. I fell in love with Fjall Raven Kanken bags when I lived in Copenhagen and everyone fram age 4 to 34 would wear theirs in an adorable rainbow of stylish colors.  the good news is that they're much cheaper stateside than they are in socialist Denmark!  scope out your Fjall Raven here.  5.  I'm all about getting some color this summer, but I'm 25 now, so I have to do something to prevent my wrinkles from getting any more out of control (laugh lines I can deal with, but my 11s? no thank YOU).  this lovely sun hat from J. Crew is my and your friend in these sunny months.  6. for me, this scalloped Chloe bikini is a thing of dreams, but thank goodness I had the decency to pick up H&M's knock-off when it was in stock  7. you're not supposed to wear (much) makeup at the beach, right?  consider Maybelline 14-Hour Lipstick your pretty saving grace when it's so hot and sticky that even a caftan seems like too much effort  8. to go along with that sun hat, Clinique City Block is the best sun protector out there.  when other SPFs left me high and dry (and red), this amazing product kept my face cool and sunburn-free