easy does it.

josh brody dress; ray-ban aviators; michael by michael kors clutch; rosegold heels

Summer is the time to kick back and get a little free spirited. It’s a time when the only reading to do is for leisure and the only items on the agenda involve travels and adventures. It’s already one month into summer break (time flies!) and I’ve been embracing the easy spirit with a loose dress, wavy hair, and big ol’ shades. Hope you’re enjoying it as much I am!

lemon lime.

express skirt; rosegold heels; juicy couture wallet/clutch

For over a year now, I’ve had this neon green skirt sitting in my closet without any idea what to do with it. When I bought it online, the color was called “citronelle” and it didn’t look nearly as intense as it does in person (even the picture doesn’t do it justice). So for a year, I let it sit in my closet while it taunted me with its radioactive glow.

I finally decided to take a stab at incorporating the skirt into an outfit by balancing the intensity of the neon with neutral pieces. Paired with a dark gray top and my new favorite cut-out nude heels (perfect for elongating the legs), the neutrals let the neon shine without blinding any bystanders.

A neon outfits is definitely manageable when tamed with the right neutral pieces. And my favorite neutral accessory happens to be furry and scurrying through the bottom photo.

sweet treats.

I can’t remember the last time I had a popsicle, but after browsing through these recipes and then stepping outside into the sweltering heat, I knew I had to get my hands on some homemade treats.  So I dashed over to Target and grabbed a pair of popsicle molds for $3.99 (each mold makes four popsicles).

Having never made popsicles before, I decided to start off with a pretty simple recipe involving 1 cup OJ, 2 cups fresh or frozen mangoes, and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Blend and pour into the molds and freeze until solid (at least 4 hours or overnight).

The result: a chilled tangy treat, tamed by the richness of the honey.  It’s a perfectly divine escape from the summer temps and will be sure to melt you away!