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It’s the end of summer, but not really. We still have like 15 days or so left, and I think it’s entirely appropriate to wear white jeans all the way up until then. And maybe after. And then again in March, when the time changes. New rule! Make it happen.

I’m so excited for this time where summer and fall intersect, when days consist of eating grilled corn and drinking iced pumpkin coffee within hours of each other. When it’s still warm but chilly at night. Oh and I sort of cheated and drank some iced pumpkin latte this weekend… whatevs. No, I still don’t like coffee. Prob had my fill already. But I can’t help that I just want to be a cool kid like you.

And I’m totally thrilled for things like pomegranates and even… brussels sprouts. I know. With bacon grease and parmesan of course… but still.  What? I don’t even know what I just said.

I ate so much cake this weekend I could die. No.more.cake.please.

Does the end of summer mean I should retire my embarrassingly large and ridiculous sunglasses? What about my denim jacket, which I wore, oh… maybe every single day for the last four months? You obviously knew that because it’s been like, the only thing I’ve been photographed in all season. I think I’ve washed it twice. Oh well… true life. Can’t hide anything from you. I think the neon nail polish is done for the year, but only because I have weird life rules and now it’s time for purples and greens and blues and burgundy-like things. I still fully plan to wear neon otherwise and have style that resembles that of a 17-year old.

The last four days were waaaay too much fun. The included a surprise party for my brother’s 25th birthday and three nights in a row going to bed later than MIDNIGHT. Huge deal. My eyes are drooping as I type. And now I’m watching Dirty Dancing and seriously contemplating… could there BE a better summer movie?! I think not.

Hold on to summer! What did you do that was seriously fun this weekend? The only thing I want to do today is eat a freaking hot dog. Well okay… maybe two hot dogs.

P.S. this was THEE summer of Pimm’s cups. I mean, if you can’t eat your vegetables, you may as well drink them.

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63 Responses to “An End To Summer Fun. (but not really.)”

  1. #
    Liz — September 3, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Love this recap and the photo layout!! You are seriously talented, I can’t say it enough.

    Bring out those new nail polish shades! :)


  2. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — September 3, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Summer kind of ended for me when I had to go back to work – school is a summer dream crusher, I’m telling you.


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    Krissy @ Make it Naked — September 3, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Bring on the candy corn! And the brussels sprouts. But bring on the candy corn first.


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    Jacky — September 3, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Oh man, do you have the recipe for those cookies on your site? Been obsessed with finding a recipe for cookies I had that looked like that. Love all the photos!


    • Staci — September 4th, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, thanks for asking, those look delicious, cant wait to try them!


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    kim@hungryhealthygirl — September 3, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Love your summer pics! Your a pro at instagram. And keep wearing those big glasses and white jeans!!


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    bridget {bake at 350} — September 3, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    I want to celebrate end-of-summer with YOU….clearly, you know how to do it right!!! Don’t you dare put away those big sunglasses OR your jean jacket! Total transition pieces! Heck, down here a jean jacket is a winter coat. I kid you not.

    I never got brave enough to try the maple bacon beer….what did you think?


    • Jessica — September 3rd, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      I didn’t try it yet! I’ve heard it’s both wonderful and disgusting. I will let you know. :)


      • Samantha — September 4th, 2012 @ 10:17 am

        I purchased that beer when we went to visit family in northern Virginia. Apparently NC refuses to sell it. I understand why – it smelled like maple syrup, which was enticing. I love maple syrup – but it tasted like burnt bacon soaked in bud light. Not good. Not good at all. No one – not even numerous friends – could finish it. Thankffully it wasn’t expensive.

        But if you and your husband are fans of beer, I HIGHLY suggest getting some Troegs Mad Elf. Should be coming out shortly and is only available for a short period of time. Best beer ever. It will taste like the hholidays in your mouth…no lie.

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    Samantha — September 3, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    There is no end to summer in sight here in Florida but for fun this weekend we took the kids to stomp fruit at the local winery! The most fun EVER!


  8. #
    Vanessa — September 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Couldn’t help but notice – we have the same watch! Just bought the pink-couloured one the other weekend in Chicago and can’t stop wearing it – pops of colour like that just make life better. Oh and I read your blog every day and you are fantastic. The end!


  9. #
    Katie — September 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I am holding on for dear life to those last 15 days. You just watch me.


  10. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — September 3, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    You live in such a beautiful world! Thanks for sharing it.


  11. #
    JulieD — September 3, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Love love!! I’m actually ready for summer to be over. With the ac being broken for like 36 hours it was unbearable!! I am going to miss the long sunny days though.


  12. #
    Megan — September 3, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    We have 20days of summer, officially, left. (my birthday is the first day of fall and I may be well past the days of willing it to come, I still accept presents!)

    Second, I’ve never washed my denim jacket and I’ve had it for over 5years!



  13. #
    Kaitlyn — September 3, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Pimms is the bomb!


  14. #
    Sheri — September 3, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Your denim jacket can be worn until it’s too cold out! It’s a great transition piece from summer to fall. Keep rocking it!
    Love the white and gold watch too!


  15. #
    Diane, A Broad — September 3, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Those are the puffiest chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever seen! Also, that Rogue beer looks insane.


  16. #
    Erica — September 3, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    WHERE did you get the beer? I’ve been searching for that one for awhile!!


  17. #
    notyet100 — September 3, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Such a cute post,..:)


  18. #
    Cai — September 3, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Hey! I’m 17. We have awesome style. ;))) haha.


  19. #
    natalie — September 3, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    ok, i realize i’m missing the point here, but I LOVE THOSE SHOES (in the beer pic) ;) THEY’RE SO CUTE!!!

    I was already pulling out my fall “polish” colors, BF will be super annoyed for the next few months when I’m all dark in my maroons, neutrals, and deep purple colors…

    I can’t wait for pumpkin and pomegranates…

    Also, i would like a piece of that cake. I hope you saved a piece for me??? :)


  20. #
    Beth @ Kitchen Minions — September 3, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    Good bye Summer, Hello Fall! Can’t wait for the new season to begin!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 3, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Great photos of your summer and I love this time of year, too, when the seasons intersect. They’re intersecting now with 87F temps in San Diego, hotter than it’s been all summer like it usually is every September and I love it. My idea of fall – and I’ve been making pumpkin stuff too. Lol


  22. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — September 3, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Oh man, i love all these pictures!!!


  23. #
    Holiday Baker Man — September 3, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Cute guy….. Love the Donut Maple Bacon Ale although I am not sure how it falls under the German Purity Law of 1516 :)


  24. #
    Andrea — September 3, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    Those cookies are HUGE!!! I did eat a hot dog yesterday… followed by too many muddy buddies at an awesome game night with friends. I’m not done with summer yet!


  25. #
    Ross | TheFaceBaby — September 3, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Awesome shots! Didja like that voodoo bacon beer? Tried it last weekend and I gotta say, the bottle looks really cool but its contents were pretty gross. Maybe I didn’t drink it with the right food?


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    Mara@ What's For Dinner? — September 3, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I have that watch… i’m rather obsessed with it, and the chuck taylors i just bought in the same color.
    I can’t consider summer as over until it’s not eleventy-million degrees outside. We’re making barbecued meatloaf today… best of both worlds, no?


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    Jen @ ConcreteNCoffee — September 3, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I want cool nights! Not for another month, at least, down here in the south. But I do love pumpkin beers and I can at least get started on cracking those open while I wait impatiently for more suitable pumpkin spice latte weather :)


  28. #
    LisaG — September 3, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

    No Fall in sight down south; I’m riding out the summer! Jean jackets are winter coats here! Love me some Pimms.


  29. #
    Eileen — September 3, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    That cake looks delicious…..do you have the recipe for that? I would have eaten too much cake this weekend if that was in my face, lol! I am sad to see summer go, but super excited for everything pumpkin & spice :)


    • Jessica — September 3rd, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

      I don’t – it’s from a local bakery!


  30. #
    Kristen — September 3, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Love your pictures!!


  31. #
    Kayleigh — September 3, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Where oh where did you get that watch? I love it!


    • Jessica — September 3rd, 2012 @ 9:09 pm



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    Deanna — September 3, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    Voodoo Bacon Maple beer!!! that’s from Portland, where I live. I love it. I haven’t tried it yet – what did you think??? Also, I did not have enough pimms cup this summer. I’ve definitely missed out!!


  33. #
    nick p — September 4, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    i am so jealous of all your photos! they make me want to be there right now, with beer and everything, hahaha. did you teach yourself or were you trained in photography?


  34. #
    Kristen — September 4, 2012 @ 2:35 am

    How did I miss this whole Pimm’s bandwagon??!?! My summer is officially lacking…but since SF weather really peaks in the fall, I’ll be sure to get on that asap…still time for sun + pimms.


  35. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — September 4, 2012 @ 4:06 am

    gorgeous photos! loving the new site!


  36. #
    Tali Simon @ More Quiche, Please — September 4, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    No one commented on the iced coffee photo yet? That was my favorite. It’s so wonderful.


  37. #
    Maria — September 4, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    Who made up the white rule…btw? I’m about to cry that I have to give up my new white Jean jacket…I knew those were Pimm’s cups…ever since last summer and our trip to London, it’s a favorite drink for us!


  38. #
    Suzette — September 4, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    The last picture you have is some type of choclatey cakie thinge. Do you have a recipe for this?


  39. #
    Kristie — September 4, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I’m really envious of your ridiculously cool life. Adopt me.


  40. #
    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — September 4, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    That cake at the end looks to die for and cheers to the same denim jacket all summer


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    Mandy — September 4, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Sounds like you had a pretty fabulous time!
    Surprisingly summers end is taking a turn for the better here int he UK – the place is hot!!
    My weekend was taken up with a ton of sport in the Olympic stadium in London, watching the most inspiring Paralympic athletes doing great things!! Well done to my home town for making ‘London 2012’ the best sporting event ever!!!


  42. #
    Tawny — September 4, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I had that nail poiish on my toes too. They glow!


  43. #
    megan — September 4, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Sometimes, I want to be you for a weekend…or a week :) Read through the posts and saw someone beat me to the cookie question and you supplied the answer…THANK GOODNESS! Oreo stuffed choc chip cookies are also going on the MSU tailgate list. The CAKE: oy vey…good thing I have a birthday this weekend and I always put way too much frosting…after that picture I REALLY need a cake fix!

    Life looks good…

    P.S. jean jackets are in all Fall :)


  44. #
    teresa — September 4, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    How much do I LOVE your passion for life!
    Cucumbers in a drink, twinkling outdoor lights, a hubby that lights up LIFE, corn on the cob for days, and NEON forever!
    Love you to pieces!
    P.S. I can’t remember the last time I washed my old/fave denim jacket and I wear it allllll the time! xo


  45. #
    Colette — September 4, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Love the new look!


  46. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 4, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    LOVE the photos! And I know I’m behind the times, but also love the new look of your page!


  47. #
    Hayley — September 4, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Gorgeous photos as usual, and I’m super jealous of your life. Also, I’m sooo ready for pumpkin. Bring. It. On.


  48. #
    Joy — September 4, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    What are these “pimms” cups? Never heard of them. I’m ready for fall and all things related to pumpkin!


  49. #
    Katriel — September 4, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    I LOVE this season too! Maybe partly because I’m getting married in like 11 days, but the warm days, cool nights thing has always been a favorite!


  50. #
    Mia — September 4, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Craaap! Why did you remind me about fall and neon nail polish? I love neon pink anything, but commit myself to dark cherry mango chutney and deep red nail polishes through the fall and winter. Even though I’m from AZ, where winter often means 75 degrees. And even though I now live in the midwest, where winter clearly should mean no open-toed-shoes (but only really means that sometimes).


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