June is the perfect time…summer is young and welcomed by the birds singing, children playing, and the pool is just so inviting! Heighten your senses for this delicious warm season with some très été
recommendations to read, sip, eat, see, wear, listen, and pin everything summer.
Read: Paris in Love and Love in a Warm Climate
Paris in Love: Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Love in a Warm Climate: Helena Frith Powell writes about what do you do if you find a bra in your husband’s luggage that isn’t yours? Or even his! This is the dilemma facing mother-of-three Sophie Reed, shortly after she moves to France with her family to start a new life. As they are unpacking her husband admits to having an affair with a French woman called Cecile. Sophie thinks about throwing him out with the bra. But then what? Should she move back to England? Her inner French woman tells her otherwise.
Sip: Searching for the perfect refreshing wine for warm summer evenings? I love the pretty pink color of rosé . Try sipping these summer wines.
Bottega Vinaia Pinot Grigio, a limited-production, estate-bottled wine from northern Italy’s Trentino region, is setting a new standard for premium Italian white wines. Exceptionally fragrant, Bottega Vinaia exudes an alluring floral perfume of an intensity and persistence uncommon in a Pinot Grigio.
Marques de Caceres rosé has an beautiful ruby color. Expressive bouquet with notes of raspberries, bilberries and cherries, enlivened by a touch of spice and a depth of vanilla. Charming fruit in the mouth with good structure that highlights concentrated flavors and fleshy tannins. Nice complexity on the tasting resulting in good length.
See: Sebastiaan Bremer
The titles of Bremer’s works are each a line of the famous poem, “Ode to Joy,” and it is very fitting for this series, where the colored dots of paint could be compared to bubbles of champagne or child-like balloons of bright colors…c’est magique!
Wear: Italian designer, Guia La Bruna’s bikini says summer fun at the pool. The feminine fabric makes this suit coquettish and girly.
The girl from Ipanema probably wore a suit like this. The Camilla and Marc one-piece is eye-catching with its color blocking and playful polka dots.
Listen: The Peach Kings, my sister’s band, has a song Fisherman that needs to be on everyone’s summer play list!
Pin: Follow these lovely ladies on Pinterest for summer inspiration.
http://pinterest.com/debsylee/ Deborah is a British mom, loves tea, wine and glamour.
http://pinterest.com/gomarwrites/ Margo’s pins will make you want to travel. She’s the publisher and editor of Travelbelles.com
http://pinterest.com/llb/ Laetitia is a Parisian living in DC and her pins are oh so French.
http://pinterest.com/aidanlarson/ A fellow Texan living in the south of France…Aidan’s pins have French/Texan flair.
You can follow me too! http://pinterest.com/ashleyecooley
Eat: Marinated Shrimp and Artichokes: This recipe can double as a side dish or appetizer. Feta cheese, fresh herbs, and a garlic-and-herb marinade give the shrimp and artichokes outstanding flavor. It’s the perfect appetizer for your summer pool party.
Savor the summer…read, sip, eat, see, wear, listen, and pin until your heart’s content.