Cheers to the end of the 2019-2020 school year - whether you are in the thick of your academic career, graduating (I am thinking of you :) ), or homeschooling all I can say is... we took all the curve balls like a champ and I've never been more ready for summer.
I am not quite sure what this summer will have in store (as our European travels have been put on the back burner) but dare I say I'm excited for this uncertain period. While the virus is a scary thing that continues to give us a reality check, I have enjoyed more of the day to day living that some of the uncertainty brings.
With summer upon us, I am excited to once again lay out in the sun with a good book, start a new tv series and spend time outside (social distancing, of course).
Here are a few of the things currently on my To-do list for the beginning of Summer 2020.
Where the Crawdads Sing- This book has been on my reading list for ages and has been recommended to me by many. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I actually started this book and was half way done when school kicked back into gear after spring break and the grind was on. It is fantastic from what I have read so far, and I cannot wait to finish it!
This is Not a Fashion Story- I just pre-ordered Danielle Bernstien from We Wore What's first book and I cannot wait to read about her journey through life and professional career as an entrepreneur, influencer, designer, etc. I have looked up to her for years and can't wait to get to know her even more through her book.
All the Light We Cannot See - After my year in Paris (I can't believe it was a year ago, it feels like yesterday) I continue to be inspired by the culture, fashion, lifestyle that makes up the City of Light and have loved reading books set in Paris/France to transport me back to my favorite place that I was so lucky to call home.
Outerbanks - If you haven't seen the Netflix Original Outerbanks have you really been quarantining? I finished this show in < 48 hours they first time, told everyone under the sun about it, and then watched it again with my family in <24 hours. While this show starts off a little teeny, the plot quickly develops and proves to be the perfect binge (and that's coming from someone who isn't necessarily a "binger").
Little Fires Everywhere - This Reese Witherspoon produced series is the perfect show to get cozy with and chat about with your girlfriends. Centered around a twisting plot made up of mystery, law, and a little romance this is a great quarantine find (all episodes can be streamed from Hulu).
Ozarks - I have heard fantastic things about this series and just started the first episode and am on the edge of my seat. I look forward to switching between watching this and reading Where the Crawdads Sing to balance out the start of summer.
As I am sure many of you can relate (whether you are a student, parent, sibling, etc. etc. etc.) with the school year complete, and summer upon us, there is a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders. I'm not sure if this is because of the warm breeze that generously flips the page of the fantastic novel you are reading by the pool, or if it is because you actually chose to read that novel but there is just something in the air. Especially given the current state of the global community, it feels like we all just need a little more R & R in our lives. Without further ado...
A Walk/Hike - Leaving the house, even if only to go around the block a few times, has never felt so good. Whether you are accompanied by the quarantine playlist you have been perfecting for months or just your thoughts, this is the perfect way to re-join the world and be re-inspired by you environment.
Coloring Books - I purchased a beautiful coloring book about a year ago to-date in Paris, at a little shop on my way home from a daily adventure, and have yet to dive in with some creamy Faber-Castle colored pencils but I think this is just what the doctor ordered. I am not the most artistically gifted individual, but I love coloring, being creative and am hoping that this will fill the void of any travels that have been postponed.
I would love to hear of any activities that you have picked up in quarantine or cannot wait to do this summer, in the comments.
Wishing you a wonderful new season filled with many adventures and much inspiration?