Summer Bucket List

July 6, 2021

Summer Dresses

Summer is here and the livin’ is easy. Or at least easier than summer 2020, right? It has been so, so nice to be back making plans with friends, eating at restaurants more regularly and indulging in summer’s favorite pasttimes. It feels good. With having just celebrated the 4th of July holiday, I’m really in the summer swing of things now – do you feel the same? Which only means one thing: It’s time for my summer bucket list!

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

I am so happy to be partnering with Ann Taylor once again to bring you this bucket list! Their latest collection is out now and it is full of pieces that’ll have you excited to be getting dressed again. I selected to style two little black dresses that can be worn a myriad of ways and are both comfy, knit fabrics that aren’t restrictive for all of summer’s fun activities.

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

First up, I love the ruffle sleeve detail on this midi dress. I chose to dress it up with espadrille wedges and think this look would be perfect for cocktail hour, a summer work event or, with the right jewelry, a wedding. You could pair it with stilettos or sneakers or even slide sandals, too!

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

Summer Dresses

And this button front midi dress had my name all over it. I have been loving ribbed fabrics lately and this dress has such nice detailing to it. I decided to style it more casually with a pair of sleek sneakers but I also love how Ann Taylor styled it on their site with strappy sandals to make a bit dressier!

I hope these looks inspire you to do a little summer shopping & make some fun plans to coincide with your new outfits. 

Now, onto my bucket list for the season!

My Summer 2021 Bucket List

Make strawberry shortcake.

Is there anything better than strawberry shortcake in the summer? With homemade whipped cream is a must in my book!

Read in the park.

I to often read just from my couch or my bed so this summer I want to get in the habit of taking my book down to the park to read with a bit of a breeze and mother nature.

Read five books.

I’m rather behind on my reading goal for 2021 so I hope to get at least five books read before Labor Day. I just finished this book and it totally got me in the summer mood. Highly recommend – I read it in one weekend!

Explore new farmer’s markets.

I love visiting the farmer’s market to inspire dinner and this season I want to visit some new ones.

Master a frozen cocktail at home.

Because there’s nothing more fun than a boozy slushie.

Citibike somewhere new.

I first need to buy a helmet and then I want to explore more of Brooklyn by bike.

Indulge in an ice cream sundae.

With all the toppings, please!

Play board games with family and friends.

I can’t wait to be home with family soon and I know we’ll get to playing some of our favorite games.

Take in the sunset from Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

There’s nothing like a summer sunset from this park in my backyard.

Get a drink at a new cocktail bar. 

While many spots have closed in New York following the pandemic, there are also plenty of new spots opening up and reviving the city. I want to check out at least one of the newer spots!

Go on a hike. 

Tis the season! I plan to get in at least one and hopefully more while in Colorado later this month.

Drinks at Pilot.

This is one of my favorite Brooklyn summer pastimes.

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What’s on your bucket list this summer?

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This post is in collaboration with Ann Taylor. Thank you so much for supporting the brands I love to work with! You can see our last collaboration here.

[Ashley Gallerani Photography]


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2 comments on “Summer Bucket List”

  1. I mastered the frozen Negroni last year – so good! Think I’m going to go for something watermelon this year!

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