Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Bucket List Check-In

Well, somehow we are halfway through the summer!  In my mind, summer goes through September (since it's so hot in Charleston), so I'm giving myself more time than just until Labor Day for my summer bucket list.  Looking forward to a few days filled with fun, I thought it'd be cool to see what I've been up to and what I might be able to check off this weekend...

- Start running again: I need to have one more small eye surgery at the beginning of August, but I SWEAR, I'll start after that!  Mike and I did sign up for the Light Side 10k at Disneyland, too. 
- Finish visiting every brewery in Charleston: Freehouse, Tradesman, Oak Road, Frothy Beard, Cooper River Brewing Company, and Ghost Monkey: well, none of those, but I did go to Edmund's Oast, who brews all their own beer, a couple weeks ago!
- Bike ridebikes are still at our apartment on the porch - whoops!
- Meet our neighbors: met a few so far!
- Throw a housewarming party: it'll happen once we're all unpacked - see bullet below.
- Unpack all boxes by September 1st: well, it's not September 1st yet, so I have time!
- Play 3 new golf courses: one down - Crowfield
- Try 5 more new restaurants in Charleston: check - Wasabi, LoLA, Edmund's Oast, Community Pizza House, and 82 Queen (Their jambalaya below...yum! Their she crab is also killer!)
- Expand my wardrobe: rompers (check), off-the-shoulder looks (check), distressed denim, stripes (check), and more white pieces
- Avoid tan lines at all cost through July 30th: I AM SO CLOSE!!
- Plan 3 weekends to new cities to take with our companion pass: Anyone have a suggestion for this??
- Attend a free movie night or event in Charleston: Or a suggestion here?

Did you have a summer bucket list this year?  If so, how's it going?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Watermelon Sangria

This post first appeared on the skirt! Charleston blog.  Head over to see guest posts from members of the Charleston Blog Society contributors each Tuesday!

So, many of y'all know I'm originally from New England, and while I miss the seasons of the Northeast, I have a serious love affair with summer.  It has the best weather, clothes, food, and drinks.  Whether it's by the pool, at the beach, or on the golf course, I could spend every summer day outside.
Shop my look: cover-up (similar) ||| swim suit top and bottom ||| sunnies ||| nail color ||| watermelon pool float
Today, I'm excited to share with y'all the perfect complement to any summer afternoon: fresh watermelon sangria.  This is definitely my go-to party drink; with just a few ingredients, you can have a whole pitcher filled with delicious summer flavors.  Please note that the following recipe is only intended for readers who are 21 years of age and older.
All you need to make your own fresh watermelon sangria are: 2 cups cubed watermelon, 8-10 fresh mint leaves, 2 limes (one sliced, one juiced), 1 bottle of white wine (I used chardonnay), and 1/2 cup of watermelon vodka.
Simply combine all the ingredients in a pitcher, stir it up, let it sit in the fridge for an hour for the flavors to meld, pour it into some plastic glasses, and add a cute straw to enjoy by (or in!) the pool.  I love how refreshing this cocktail is on a hot day, and it has just the right buzz!
Now wouldn't this be the perfect addition to your summer weekend?  Or, you can pin the image below for later!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap: America's Pastime

This weekend, we made our annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown, New York for the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction.  It takes a bit more planning now with flights involved instead of just a 4-hour car ride, but it's worth every minute!

This year, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted.   It's been so much fun over the last few years to see guys inducted who I grew up watching (and idolizing).  I've had a Ken Griffey, Jr. glove since I was 12, and he was always so exciting to watch on tv.   As a Yankees fan, that Subway World Series in 2000 against the Mets is one of my fondest baseball memories, and those home runs by Mike Piazza always had me on the edge of my seat.
In addition to roaming through the Hall of Fame and Museum each day, we also took trips to Fly Creek Cider Mill, down to the lake to feed the ducks, Brewery Ommegang (full post about that one coming later this week!), Cooperstown Distillery, and, of course, rode the city trolley.
We also enjoyed all of the traditional weekend events like the Parade of Legends where all the Hall of Famers ride in the back of huge trucks to their Hall of Fame cocktail party on Saturday night, and the induction ceremony on Sunday with almost 50,000 of my closest friends.
By Sunday night, almost everyone had left and the city was quiet again.  It was a fantastic year, and I'm already getting excited for the next few years' of inductee eligibles: Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, and, my boy, Derek Jeter in 2020!
Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

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