This weekend marked the first few days that have actually felt like summer to me, and thanks to temperatures in the mid-nineties, I’ve got a mild sunburn to prove it. People gripe about the heat in Texas, but as a native I have to say that I relish every moment of blazing sun (crazy, I know)My only complaint: I wish I had a beach nearby. Austin has its fair share of watering holes, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of ocean air and the smell and taste of saltwater. I consider the season a failure if I’ve let it pass without making at least one trip to the beach, and in my dreams, the vacation takes place somewhere along the Mediterranean with a sailing trip on the itinerary. Currently that notion remains a fantasy, but today’s inspiration board is getting me one step closer. Hope that it’ll help you get into a summery state of mind too, and if you’ve got an enviable vacation on the calendar, I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section!

photo by deb schwedhelm; bicycle, original source unknown; photo of merci stamps by jules vernacular; tobi tobin’s malibu beach cottage from lonny magazinebathroom from story hotel; loutro in crete, greece;  surfboards via sfgirlbybay; Sasha Pivovarova in Vogue Paris

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  1. 1
    Alyssa May 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Everything about this is perfect!

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    Ada Gonzalez-Decorator May 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I just came back from a few sailing excursions, oooh how I miss it – soft breeze, worry free, great tan 😉

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    Camille Styles May 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I just want to go swimming in this… total serenity.

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    kelsey May 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    how beautiful is this board?! love it

    • Chanel Dror May 21, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Glad you like it Kelsey! Gives me all sorts of wanderlust.

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    Jennifer Rose Smith May 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Love that image of the boat with the shadow underneath. Take me there NOW please.

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    louisablackmore May 21, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Hi Chanel – what a brilliantly curated selection of images. All i can think now is I neeeeeeed a holiday! My husband is in Texas for work at the moment and he said it is super hot. Since I’m stuck in rainy old England, I would give anything for 30 minutes sunshine! We’re off to Portugal for a long weekend at the end of June, and I literally cannot wait!

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    Kat Rodriguez May 21, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Ahhh, I feel like I’ve had a mini vacation…

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    Michelle May 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

    My husband and I will be traveling with our 2 yr old to France this summer. We’ll be visiting my husband’s family first in Skopje then make our way to St Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo. I am thoroughly excited for this trip! Thank you for sharing this inspiration board. Definitely got me to a “summery” mood!

    • Chanel Dror May 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      I am thoroughly excited FOR you! That sounds absolutely unforgettable… enjoy!!!

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    Nancy warden May 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Just got back from Orange Beach,AL. It was wonderful…. uncrowded, cool & sunny, great sea breeze…… sitting under an umbrella on one of the Florabama’s decks eating a shrimp poboy and drinking margaritas…. the best!

    • Chanel Dror May 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Key word: uncrowded. Sounds like what I need right about now!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} May 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

    such an inspirational collage! last summer we visited both the french rivera and the amalfi coast, it was so incredible.

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    Kelly d'Amboise May 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

    love this board! so pretty, makes me want to jump into it.

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    Miro - Dose of Dash May 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    My favorite beach adventure ever was in Corsica in the city of Bonifacio. It was quite hard to reach without a car and in the off-season, but well worth it. The views from houses perched atop cliffs and looking into the bright blue sea towards Sardinia were breathtaking!

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    Elisha May 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    This is a beautiful collection!

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    Jana @ 333 Hand Lettering Project May 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’d love to frame this up and hang it on my wall 🙂 Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering



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