Summer Activities and Trends

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Summer officially arrived on June 21st. The summer season brings warmer temps, longer days, outdoor events, travel, and family fun.

When planning your summer activities, plan on creating some trendy outfits.

Summer Activities, My top ten list:

One: Go to the beach or pool

Sweet, sweet burn of sun and summer wind, and you my friend, my new fun thing, my summer fling.” —K.D. Lang

I love going to the beach. My family and I would go to the Jersey Shore almost every summer. We still visit some of the shores of Jersey or Florida as often as we can.

Two: Enjoy some ice cream and other frozen treats

“Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.” — Don Kardong

Family enjoying Gelato in the North End – summer 2021

Three: Attend Evening Outdoor Events; including watching fireworks and outdoor Movies

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” —Wallace Stevens

There are many outdoor evening activities to check out during the summer, from Shakespeare in the Park to Outdoor movie events.

Break out the sparklers on the Fourth of July and find some local fireworks to watch.

Summer of 2018 in Florida

Four: Attend Daytime Outdoor Events; including fairs, art walks, shopping, etc

Five: Enjoy Outdoor Dining and Grilling

The grill is the summer equivalent of a fireplace; everyone gravitates to it.” —Katie Lee

Dining at Il Panino July 2021
For dining in your yard: from Amazon, Outdoor String Lights, $17.98

Six: Go for a bike ride

I’m part of an active family; we run together on holidays and go for bike rides together during the summers.

family bike ride – July 2021
LBI cousin bike ride 2017
Summer 2016 – LBI

Seven: Visit a local park or garden

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” —John Lubbock

Seven: Play Outside

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Beach baseball 2017

Get the family together to play games on the beach, in your yard, or at the local park.

Eight: Evening walks and watching sunsets

Never go too long without watching a sunset.” Atticus

Family walk – summer 2021
LBI sunset

Nine: Go on a Boat Ride

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain, 1835–1910,  the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens

If you live near the water, take a local ferry ride or book a local boat cruise.

MBTA ferry from the Boston Aquarium to Charlestown
The ferry ride to Salem – Summer 2017

If you’re lucky, you might have a friend or family member with a boat:

Captian of the MollyBelle
Cruising on the MollyBelle

We said goodbye to the MollyBelle this year, but we have many fun trips to remember.

Ten: Travel

All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer… one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doing, come as near perfection as anything can come in this world.” – L.M. Montgomery

These Classic Customizable Canvas Totes Are Going Viral — and They’re the Perfect Travel Summer Bags

PHOTO: COURTESY OF L.L. BEAN, LAND’S END

There Are Tons of Elevated Vacation Staples Hiding in This Amazon Section, Starting at Just $12

Read travel tips in my post: https://lifestyleofafashionista.com/2022/06/17/travel-tips-and-tools/

Summer Trends:

For the beach and pool:

Ruffles on your swimsuit:

Is This the Big Swimwear Trend for Summer 2022? Celebs Seem to Think So. Get ready to see frilly detailing everywhere this season

Ruffle Swimsuits Are the ‘It’ Look of the Summer — and This High-Waisted Bikini Is Less Than $40 on Amazon

SPORLIKE Women Ruffle High Waist Swimsuit Two Pieces Push Up Tropical Print Bikini $36.99 on Amazon

A stylish one-piece: A Great One-Piece Is A Summer Must, And We Found The Most Figure-Flattering Styles You Can Buy

So Solid Loreta One Piece $174 at Revolve

Crochet coverup: https://people.com/fashion/sulozom-crochet-swimsuit-coverup-dress-sale-amazon/

Trends for other summer activities:

For men: 25 Pieces Of Menswear From Amazon That Reviewers Say They Love. Including summer styles, year-round favorites, and everything in between.

The Best Men’s Short-Sleeved Button-Ups for Dressing Like a Hollywood Star This Summer

Travelers Are Obsessed With These ‘Extremely Comfortable’ Walking Sandals That Double as Water Shoes

PHOTO: COURTESY OF AMAZON

For Women:

Ruffle dresses: Ruffle Dresses Will Be Everywhere This Summer, and Amazon’s Outlet Is Filled with Them — Starting at $13

$31.99 on Amazon

White dresses: Time To Shop For White Dresses—These Are The 10 Styles Women Are Buying

$27.19 on Amazon
CREDIT: GOTHAM/GC IMAGES; MEGA/GC IMAGES; AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN/FILMMAGIC

From People: Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, and More Celebs Are Confirming That This Is Still Summer’s Go-To Uniform. Like florals for spring, white dresses for summer are hardly groundbreaking. We’ve just recently noticed a slew of them popping up around Hollywood, confirming what we already know to be true: White dresses are still the go-to summer uniform

Tank Tops:

6 Ways to Wear a Tank Top in 2022 (and 3 That Date You Immediately)

Shop similar styles: WSLY Rivington TankTop ($68); Mejuri Drawn Cable Chain Necklace ($168); Rotate Birger Christensen Rotie Pants ($250); Strathberry Nano Tote Bag ($505); Rothy’s The Point Flats ($145)

The good old fashioned white tank top is having a moment right now as more than just a layering piece. The wardrobe basic is all over TikTok and, lucky for everyone, is incredibly easy to pull off. Our favorite way to rock a tank is with some wide-leg statement pants, a simple gold chain necklace and a sleek ladylike handbag. Or, for something more casual, try a slip skirt and flip-flops for a ‘90s-inspired weekend look.” from Pure Wow

From Old Navy: Old Navy Sale Finds; These Summer-Ready Finds Are Already On Sale—And Selling Out Fast

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