Blog Linkup: Summer Essentials

I almost missed this month’s linkup announcement over at The Well. I must already be in summer mode! This month, Meg and Victoria posed this question for us:


After last month’s tough question, I was happy to see this one. This one is easy for me to answer because I absolutely loooooove the summer! I’m pretty sure that it’s because my birthday is in July, there are plenty of warm sunny days, and I have had summer months off from school and work for pretty much all of my life. Summer. Nothing beats it. Wish we had a few more months of it!

Anyhoo, so, on to my summer essentials (apparently I have quite a few). Here. We. Go.

1. Open windows. I love having my windows open and letting the breeze flow through my home.


2. Passport. My passport is always ready to go, but the summer is the most convenient season for me to take a vacation, so I always do. Lucky me!

img17cvia Mark & Graham

3. Bathing suit. I do not have an extensive bathing suit collection, but I put every piece to very good use all summer long. I typically wear navy or black suits, but I’m also open to colour.

NMZ14RZ_mkGucci bikini, via Neiman Marcus

4. Havaianas. I basically live in them during the summer months. I know I should probably up my footwear game, but these flip flops are perfect for grocery store runs, lounging around the pool in Florida, and hitting up garage sales. I currently have brown, black, and orange in rotation, but I think I should invest in a red or fuchsia pair. Maybe even a white pair. Beyond that, by the time June rolls around, I’m just so tired of wearing socks and closed toe shoes (and boots!). My feet need air!

HavaianasWomen-Havaianas40000290001356_medium_PRODUCT_TOP_8261via Havaianas

5. Sangria. Red. White. It doesn’t matter. I just love it. I think this is because when I was in my early 20s, I traveled around Spain for a few weeks with my pen pal (Yes, I have a pen pal. Hi Vanessa!), and I was introduced to this delicious summer bevvie.

Apple-and-Pear-White-Sangria-finalvia Love Grows Wild

6. Hammock. I won a hammock last summer over at Lindsay’s blog, and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s the ultimate backyard perch.

hammock-White-Cabanalook at how relaxed I look

7. Ice cream. I love eating ice cream in the summer. When we’re in Florida, my friend Shannon and I stock the freezer with loads of flavours, and slowly quickly eat our way through everything. It’s glorious. The Magnum mini is my current favourite, but I definitely don’t limit myself to just this type.

Product_varietymini116-745979via Magnum

8. Panama hat. I picked up my Panama hat in New Orleans a few years ago, and I just love it. It’s way better than my winter toque!

White-Cabana-Jordana-2here’s a selfie from New Orleans

9. White shirts, tanks, and tees. I can never have too many of these in my wardrobe! I add new versions to my collection each summer (well, every season, really…I do wear a lot of white).

cn9151519the Gap remains one of my favourite go-to tee shot

10. Camera. I got a new camera recently, but I have yet to really figure out how it works. I am really looking forward to playing around with it this summer. If anyone has a good DSLR how-to book recommendation, please let me know!

white-cabana-camera11. Books. Stacks and stacks of reading material for at home and on vacation. I’ve been going to the library every week all winter long, and I’m planning on continuing this habit over the next few months/forever. The Waterloo Public Library is fantastic.


12. Mozzarella. Any cheese. Any time. Right? Mozzarella is on the top of my cheese buying list because it will go so well with the tomatoes and basil that are growing in my garden. Hello caprese salad, I’ve missed you!

18734e475c3f5c0098996724457d9062via Local Lemons

13. Bicycle. It’s so handy to take my bike around town, and I hope to do it as often as I can this summer. Nothing fancy. Just leisurely rides around town to get my errands done. A Beach Cottage

I guess that’s about it for now in terms of summer essentials. What about you? What’s on the top of your essential list?

As per the linkup tradition, I would encourage you to read through the essential items of my fellow bloggers:

26 and Not Counting
Alyssa J Freitas
soak and simmer
The Not Quite Adult
Carrie Loves
The Yuppie Files
Knowing Kelly
Something Good
Feathers and Stripes
Cassandra Monroe
Sunny Side Up
Life Modifier
Leigh Clair
Rae Loves
Rose Colored Water
Fashion to a T
Emilie Lima Burke
Ember & March
Business Betties
with love from ellie
Mint Julep Girl
Love Peace and shimmer
Rae Everyday
Little Wild Heart
star-crossed smile
Luv in the Bubble
Perfect Enough For Us
Sorcha Eleanor
Dreams and Colour Schemes
Elana Lyn
Sequins & Strawberries
Pattern Me Pretty
Beauty and the Pitch
White Oak Creative
The Toppy Top
White Cabana
In The Grey
Taryn Williford
Cooper + Thames
Mrs. on the Move
Magnificent Temptations
Meg Biram
Victoria McGinley

Read my previous linkups here: January, February, April, May. Thanks to Meg and Victoria for bringing us all together again this month.


  1. Tierney Shea June 18, 2015

    I might be making that sangria this weekend- yum!!

    • Jordana June 18, 2015

      Go for it! There are a lot of great recipes out there!

  2. turqandteale June 18, 2015

    Your list sounds like mine! I have a stack of books to read and love my Havaianas!

    • Jordana June 18, 2015

      We’ve got a handle on summer, I guess. Havaianas have never let me down, so I’m going to keep on buying them!

  3. Kelly June 18, 2015

    Open windows = check!!! My boyfriend loves the AC but I’m a fan of the natural breeze. I’m sure he’ll win soon, but for now it’s so nice to wake up to the fresh smell of nature

    • Jordana June 18, 2015

      Show him this post…maybe it’ll convince him to give fresh air a chance!

  4. thepillower June 18, 2015

    I’m loving this list! It would be amazing to have a hammock to relax on 24/7 but unfortunately it’s a little hard considering I live in an apartment. Also, caprese salad sounds so delicious right now!

    • Jordana June 18, 2015

      If you have a balcony, you could set one up on a stand. Otherwise, take one to the park and chill out!

  5. OMG that Mozzarella looks amazing!

    • Jordana June 20, 2015

      And it would taste amazing with tomatoes and basil!

  6. jamie June 21, 2015

    I agree with your summer essentials, especially the white havs! I think that you did a great selection. xoxo 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer


  7. I have a pretty big head so I never find hats that fit me. It wasn’t until I went to Spain a couple of months ago and went into a custom hat shop that I finally was able to buy a hat that fit my head! And it’s a Panama hat. I’m obsessed. It’s so perfect for summer!

    • Jordana June 22, 2015

      A custom hat seems pretty darn fabulous to me! Enjoy!

  8. Erica June 24, 2015

    I’ve been living in my fedora the past few weeks. It’s perfect to cover up a bad hair day (or just unwashed hair) and keeps the sun off my face!

    • Jordana June 26, 2015

      Wonderful! I won’t tell anyone about the bad hair/unwashed hair cover-up. I do it, too. It’s perfect!

  9. Allison June 27, 2015

    It’s amazing how something so simple as having your windows open feels like such a luxury! I totally agree!

    • Jordana July 9, 2015

      Oh, yes! I keep them closed all winter long, so I really take advantage of the open windows during the warmer months.

  10. I’m a fan of everything natural. I also open my windows and let natural sunlight illuminate my living room plus big savings on my electric bill. Thanks for featuring some simple things about your life.

    • Jordana July 9, 2015

      You are more than welcome. I adore the open windows and the breeze. The sunshine is pretty darn perfect, too!


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