So. Close… Summer.
Summer (or Frappuccino Season if you’re an avid Act Normalite) is when America comes alive. It’s so close I can taste it: shorts, BBQ’s, flip-flops, margaritas, sunny dispositions, hula-hoops and the beach. Sorry I’ve been lagging in posts lately, the lead-up to summer is a busy time at work. After memorial day I’ll have much more free time. So chill the eff out, already.
Sucks if you live in Montana… it’s snowing there. NOT HERE SUCKASSSSSS!!
(Photo via suttonhoo, Flickr)
For me, summer 2009 will be the ‘Summer of Throwbacks’ – the following is a sampling of the fads I either plan to enjoy, follow or create for myself this summer:
Colorful Shoes – The kind that you can only really pull off in between Memorial and Labor days. Bright white, coral, maybe yellow?! Don’t know, don’t know if I’ll have time. I’m also on a kick for old school espadrilles (handmade peasant shoes from the Pyrenees) – they are cheap, look good and are the perfect warm-weather shoe.
Murder Mystery – I’m on a sudden fix for old school murder mystery stories. When at the beach or pool I plan on reading vintage copies of Agatha Christie novels and on those 100 degree, humid Sunday’s I will escape from the heat and watch Murder She Wrote DVD’s. I love it.
Cuffed Jeans – This fad has not really gone mainstream for men, but women seem to be rocking it. On a recent trip to Seattle I saw that a lot of trendy young guys were cuffing their jeans to just below the knees. I like it (if it’s cool enough to wear jeans in the forseeable future).
Music That Makes Me Smile – Not really a throwback per se, but why the hell not. Best bets are Matt & Kim, Tom Petty and Alphabeat. Do it!
Digital Watches – I love watches and am opting to spend more time wearing watches with no hands. When I was a tween I wouldn’t have ever considered wearing an analogue watch. Now I’ve become the exact opposite. I’m going to switch it up with something like this Casio or go modern with Tokyo Flash (I’m obsessed with Japanese watches).
Butch Thermos – The classic Stanley Thermos is the kind fighter pilots carried during World War II. I plan to put my own spin on its functionality by carrying frozen margaritas to the pool.
Old issues of Life Magazine – Available at second hand book stores for the same price as Details or GQ, Life is a photojournalism magazine that started running weekly in the 1930’s. It’s a fascinating publication and if you’re one for flipping through picture books I recommend.
Yellow – I never really liked yellow before, but now that it’s popping up in stores all over the place in muted colors I’m really digging it. I already bought a few different shades for t-shirts.