I used to love going back to school shopping. The new clothes always made me feel like a fun new year was about to begin.
There is no "school year" for me any more. One month really blends into the next. But that means I need a little pick me up now more than ever. Since I don't have a summer vacation to look forward to, at least I can have a little summer wardrobe fun? I've officially declared this summer to be the summer of Orange and Blue. Here's a peak at my summer wardrobe:
A chambray top is the perfect alternative to a cardigan. Although a bright and colorful cardigan is nice too.
I love a light tunic for a bit of a beach feel.
Last fall I picked up a couple of Old Navy t-shirts and loved the thinness of them, so I grabbed a couple more this summer.
And I grew to appreciate Target tank tops when I was pregnant. Even now I'm a big fan of their length.
I'm always looking for a maxi dress that doesn't drag on the floor since I'm a little height challenged. This one is PERFECT. I love it and it just hits my ankles!
Every summer I go through the "I have nothing to wear on my bottom" phase. This year I tried to nip that in the bud by picking up some truly summery picks. Like white jeans and colorful orange capris
I jokingly call these denim shorts my "mom shorts" but really, everyone should have a pair of denim shorts. And my spicy red shorts are anything but "mom shorts" so really it evens out.
I've been a fan of J.Crew bathing suits for years. I have a long torso and practically no legs, and the J. Crew suits accommodate that perfectly. This tank doesn't ride up, and the bottoms offer great coverage, even when I'm chasing around a toddler. The low-cut of the neckline is certainly a little revealing, but also makes it a sexy suit.
I practically live in sandals year round - one of the benefits of living in Southern California. So summer is a great time to stock up. I'm very into the one-strap sandals this year. Thatboy has been equating them to thong underwear. Barely there, shows a lot of skin, and ever so sexy.
My summer cookie of choice is the Almond Cookie. Thatmom is a fan of cookies made with almond paste, and I can't say that I blame her. They are the staple of any Jewish bakery. Almond paste rainbow cookies, sandwiched with jelly and dipped in chocolate. Almond S cookies sprinkled with almonds. Almond horns dipped in chocolate. The sticky, chewiness of almond cookies mirrors the humidity we've been having here lately. And like summer, their sweetness lingers on.
7 oz almond paste
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/8 tsp salt
- In an electric mixer combine almond paste, sugar, and egg whites until well blended.
- Add confectioners' sugar, flour, and salt and beat until well combined.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 300. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Let cool completely before removing from parchment paper.