Friday, May 27, 2011

Today's Guest Blogger: Julie of Fresh Basil

 It's finally Friday, friends! We're lucky enough to have my very-long-time friend, Julie from the blog Fresh Basil, share with us her summertime must-haves. Julie is a wonderfully talented friend who provided the much-needed encouragement to start this very blog. I hope you take some time to check out her unique perspective at Fresh Basil.
Take it away, Julie!

Many thanks to my sweet newlywed friend for inviting me to post on Meet Me in Philadelphia today! I'm so thrilled to help her mind the shop while she's off on her fabulous honeymoon.

Since Ashley and Adam are galavanting around Greece (and the rest of us are counting down to the first long-weekend of summer!), I thought it would be fun to put together a little collection of some favorite summer-time goodies.

1. Out of Africa, by Isak Dineson: I don't like reading books set in the location I'm currently in (i.e. I hate reading books that take place in NYC while I'm home). Unless you're headed to Africa this year for your summer vacation, this is a fantastic book about an adventurous, inspiring woman. Lions and tigers farming? Oh my.

2. Vanicream Sunscreen: My absolute favorite sunscreen. It's the only one I've ever used that actually works for an entire day; no need to reapply. Also, perfect for super-sensitive skin!

3. Copperhead Snake Print Tieks: During my childhood, I spent a great deal of time to teasing my mom about the crazy metallic sandals she just couldn't part with. Now that I'm older and wiser, I've seen the light. Metallics go with everything, making them the perfect summer vacation shoe. These get bonus points for folding into a little pouch for easing toting!

4. Bandeau Shirred One-Piece Swimsuit: Three of my girlfriends (all with dramatically different body types!) have a version of this shirred one-piece suit, and it looks amazing on all of them. I'm now convinced it's the most universally flattering style out there.

5. Vibrant Springtime Scarf: I loathe super charged air conditioning systems, but alas, it seems they're here to stay. This pretty scarf is the perfect thing for a little extra coverage inside too-cool buildings.

6. Packable Crushable Travel Sun Hat: I'm a new but highly enthusiastic member of the large-sun-hat team. I have one just like this that flattens out when packed up for a trip, but regains it's shape perfectly when you're ready to wear it again!

What about you ladies -- any fun summer-time goodies you're loving these days? Do share!


  1. Great summer recommendations! I'm going to look up that bathing suit right now!

  2. Fun to find your guest blog, Julie! Those shoes are great...and since it's been eons since I've seen Out of Africa, I'd love to read the book. Great suggestion :)


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