What I Look Forward to Every Summer

Branford Trolley Trail Nature Path, Connecticut

Trolley Trail Nature Path in Branford, Connecticut

Most New Englanders can agree that our mood is easily dictated by the season and weather. Now that the first day of summer has officially begun, we can dust off our beach chairs and head outside. Trust me, we are bouncing in excitement with our sunscreen and beach towel in hand!

To kick off my favorite season, I wanted to share a short list of happy things I look forward to every summer. These items are personal to me, but hopefully you can still relate to some degree.

Sundresses and sandals.

Every girl knows that flowy sundresses are synonymous to freedom because we no longer need to wear constraining pants. Throw in some color or your favorite pattern, then it’s definitely something worth celebrating. Plus, it’s a bonus not having to don several layers or boots before leaving the house. Toes out, everyone!

Longer days.

In the winter months, the sunset usually beats us home from work, leaving us in the dark before dinner time. How depressing! But once summer hits, there’s plenty of sunlight long after we get home. We love stopping by the town beach, which brings me to my next point…

Beach trips.

As you know, we live right on the Connecticut coastline. We take advantage of our location as often as possible by heading down to the town beach every other night. Living minutes away from sand and beach waves is the best thing I could ever ask for.

P.S. Sunsets are way more glorious on the beach! But you probably already knew that.


Dan has lived and breathed the boating lifestyle ever since he was a little boy, so of course, when we started dating, I’ve adopted this lifestyle, too. We love to go boating down the Connecticut River every summer with his family.

Family BBQs.

My sister and brother-in-law recently bought their forever home in a woodsy neighborhood with a spacious backyard, so we’re excited to have family BBQs. My nieces, Madison and Emma have just discovered the joys of water, so we’ll be splashing around the kiddie pool in the backyard while my brother-in-law grills this summer.

Summer romance novels.

Reading about young summer love has always been my guilty pleasure. That may sound creepy AF but hear me out. My current favorite is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. While it’s not the Da Vinci Code, it’s easy to finish within a day or two on the beach and always evokes warm summer vibes.

Writing this list made me super happy so I hope you were just as happy reading this!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

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  1. June 28, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    I agree! Yay for sandals and summer dresses! I’ve also been enjoying skirts!
    Fall was always my favorite season, but this summer I’ve been really getting into the summery season. I don’t mind cool weather though.

    Also, your first vlog was fun to watch! Looking forward to the next one. XD

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:59 am

      Skirts are just as flowy and comfortable, so I agree with you! And I love fall because of the changing leaves and breeze in the air. It’s quite a different feeling from summer. Glad we are both blessed to live in an area with seasons!!

      Thanks for watching my vlog!! 😀

  2. June 28, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Summer is the most happy mood of the world! Right? 😀
    With love,

    • July 6, 2017 / 7:58 am

      For sure!

  3. June 28, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Romance novels are perfect for the summer and just what I look forward to as well! I’m currently reading GOT but once I finish the first I might switch gears to something a little more romantic! I love longer days and beach days, there’s something so happy and free about summer. The photo is gorgeous by the way, Connecticut looks stunning!


    • July 6, 2017 / 8:02 am

      I had to look up with GOT was… never realized it was a book too! Summer is such a freeing season, which is why it’s my favorite. Also, no one ever says Connecticut looks stunning, haha, so thank you!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Cheers for summer!!

  4. June 28, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    I love to read and see what others love about summer and the things they get excited about. Totally love this post. Definitely have to add a few things to my own list.

    With love AMELY ROSE

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the read! Thanks for visiting!

  5. June 28, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I know my mood is easily dictated by the season and weather too XD. I love the longer days! It makes me feel safer walking out at 7 pm because it’s still daylight. Major YES to sundresses!!! I have a bunch sitting in my closet waiting for the right weather to sport them. You can never go wrong with BBQ during the summer. Thanks for sharing your list!

    I’m always looking forward to the BBQ and wearing shorts during the summer!


    • July 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Totally agree! During the summer, I tend to stay out later because the sun is still out! Hope you enjoy the BBQs this summer!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Yes longer days make all the difference!

  6. June 29, 2017 / 3:48 am

    I totally agree with beach trips, sunny dresses and longer day ! Summer is definitely the best mood for this places! I wish you a happy and wonderful summer!

    Carolina | https://missbouclenoir.com

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Summer is the best, isn’t it! Hope you have a wonderful summer too!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Glad you agree! Hope you have a great summer!

    • July 6, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      For sure, mine too!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Yes! I always take advantage of the warm weather then!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Totally agree! 😀

  7. June 29, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I absolutely love this, Kim! Summer is a season I get stoked for – it’s so exciting to see the days stretch out longer and be able to enjoy the warm breeze! Especially since it usually is so cold every other season!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Glad you agree, Michael! Hope you have a wonderful summer. Can’t wait to read about it on your blog!

  8. June 29, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Great post! Family BBQs are always a ton of fun – I’ve got a big one this weekend! Love reading romance novels in summer too as its so much fun to do when you have loads more time. Summer is definitely the best season!

    Heather xx

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Awesome! Hope you had fun at the family BBQ! I wish summer never ended!

  9. June 29, 2017 / 11:01 am

    The sames goes for Chicago! Something about the summer brings new life! I really really love the longer days and being able to wear dresses all the time!


    • July 6, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Absolutely! Everyone gets more lively during the summer! Dresses are so fun to wear too.

  10. June 29, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    You and me, both! I echo everything you said in this post except I’m on the other side of the country! 🙂

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Aw, I love that we share similarities, even across the globe!

  11. June 29, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Everything on your list for summer is what I look forward to as well. Especially the longer days. Makes it so much easier to be a blogger because you can do a photoshoot after work on a weekday and you’ll have no problem with chasing sun.

    Rina Samantha

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Haha, you have quite the practical mind! But, I agree as well, there’s time to work more in the summer days!

  12. June 29, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    It wouldn’t be summer without a few camping trips! Especially if it’s beach camping.

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Ah good thought! I definitely want to try camping this summer!

    • July 10, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      So trueee!

  13. June 29, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Awe I love this list and it couldn’t be more on point! Except that I don’t read enough novels as is. Definitely open to romance novel recommendations though! 🙂


    Amber | http://www.loveambervictoria.com

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      Young Adult novels are usually a quick and simple read for those who don’t have time/don’t really read!

  14. June 30, 2017 / 3:39 am

    Longer days and summer dresses is what this season is all about for me!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


    • July 6, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Yes, girl, preach!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:56 pm


  15. June 30, 2017 / 6:38 am

    I’m over in the other England haha, but we love being distracted by the weather and all the other perks of summer as well! Lovely post x


    • July 6, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      I bet England is beautiful during the summer!

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:59 pm


  16. Keri Elaine
    June 30, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I’ve never been to Connecticut, but this post makes me think summer is the perfect time to visit!

    Keri Elaine

    • July 6, 2017 / 2:59 pm

      Good! I think anywhere in the U.S. is really nice during the summer! 🙂

  17. June 30, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Looks like so much fun!

    • July 6, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Hope you like summer too!

  18. Amy
    June 30, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Summer is such a fun season!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • July 6, 2017 / 3:05 pm

      My favorite!

  19. June 30, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Nice list! The longer days are my fav. Always hard to get used to at first though. Walking outside at 830pm & still light out, what in the world? Haha.


    • July 6, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thank you! Haha I totally get you!

    • July 6, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      It’s the best!

  20. Gabrielle
    June 30, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Absolutely love your picks; everything sounds so calm and dreamy. Family BBQ’s are definitely the best, and there’s no better time of year for fashion in my opinion – YES to sandals and dresses!


    • July 6, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      So true! I should have talked more about summer fashion!

  21. June 30, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I’m missing summer right now! Even though I still have to wait like 5 months to summer… I’m looking forward to this. I read The summer I turned pretty years ago and I loved it! It brought me some memories.

    xx, Melissa

    • July 6, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      It’s a great book! Sorry for writing so much about summer when you are on the other hemisphere!

  22. June 30, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    This post made me so happy! So many wonderful summertime things, all so so so so important 🙂


    • July 6, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Awe, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading!

    • July 6, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Awesome! Enjoy the travels!

    • July 10, 2017 / 12:59 pm


    • July 10, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Same with me!!

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      So glad you do! Thank you and you too!

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Isn’t it the best?!

  23. July 2, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I lovveeeeee having the longer days, although I could deal with the sun rising a bit later than 5:30 in the morning! This post makes me kind of grateful that I live in a place where I don’t have to worry about the weather influencing my mood as much. That was always a huge struggle for me growing up in the Midwest!

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Ah so true, lucky you! Sometimes I feel a bit more slower in the winter months, since it’s so dreary outside.

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:30 pm

      Romance movies, too!

  24. July 2, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I always look forward to go to the beach and this summer will be the first one that I will not be able to go!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Oh noo! Sorry about that! Hope you find a good subsitute!

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Yaaas so glad!

  25. July 3, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I love the longer summer days- sitting out on the patio through the late evening and drinking a little wine while the fireflies come out is a fave summer pastime of mine!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Ah you said it better than me!

  26. July 3, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Yes to all of these! They all give me that warm summer feeling. I always look forward to traveling to beach destinations in Europe. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Omg, I bet beaches are amazing in Europe! Have fun adventuring! Plus I love that warm summer feeling too!

    • July 18, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Thank you!

  27. July 4, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Well… you already know how I feel about summer DX
    Hoping you have a far more exciting summer than me!

    cabin twenty-four

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Aha I probably wouldn’t love the hot California weather year after year either… At least this summer, you can plan for your wedding (early)!

  28. July 4, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Summer is my favorite season and I like everything you mentioned, that’s what I look forward to summer as well 🙂

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      Glad we think alike!

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:43 pm


  29. July 5, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I always look forward to summer because of the longer days too! The more sunshine the better. Living near the beach sounds lovely for the summer time. I just always look forward to spending more time outside! x


    • July 10, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Yes, outside time is a necessity!

  30. July 5, 2017 / 10:42 am

    My favourite part of summer are the sundresses and sandals as well!! Who would ever want to wear anything else?!




    • July 10, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Totally agree! I’m in sundresses and sandals like 90% of the summer.

  31. July 5, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Yes to all of them! Summer dresses, longer days, the beach and ice-cream are my favorite things about summer 🙂

    • July 10, 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Of course, can’t forget about the ice cream!

  32. July 5, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I’m totally with you on all of these! One thing I love is when it’s summertime, a sleeveless top or tank dress is all you need to stay cool.

    xx Yasmin

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      So true! Summer is the best!

  33. July 6, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I love summer, too! I can wear swimsuit, short shorts and dresses. Summer is the best season.
    Great post! Love it!!!
    Much love, Len

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Same here, isn’t it great to shed off all the layers from winter?!

  34. July 6, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I have the same feelings for each summers! Ah, I love so much everithing about them.. weather, dresses, beach, sea sea sea, sun, freedom.. 🙂 lovely feeds
    With love,

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thanks, writing this post about summer made me even more happier! Same with reading your comment!

  35. July 7, 2017 / 2:15 am

    Your list is great and I hope you enjoy everything. Definitively, summer is the most special season.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you. I love summer!

  36. July 9, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I love this list, especially the boating and beach trips, there is nothing I love more. I bet the beaches in New England are amazing too!

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      True, New England beaches are one of the only beaches I know, besides Florida and some parts of the West coast.

  37. July 9, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I always look forward to summer so I can just wear floaty dresses and sun hats rather than having to layer and have cold hands all the time! 🙂

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Same here! I hate cold hands!

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Me too!

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:31 pm


  38. July 12, 2017 / 8:29 am

    New England sounds like a dream! Summer is my favorite season – what’s not to love? I would love to visit a northern beach!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Just to warn you, the water is colder up here! 😉

    • July 18, 2017 / 12:32 pm