Happy happy! So glad it’s the weekend, though it’s a little scary to think that we only have four more of them before summer’s over. Instead of letting it get me down, I’m using it as extra incentive to make the most of these slower-paced days with some quintessentially summer activities: dinners al fresco, afternoon ice cream and staying out way past my usual bedtime. Also: big congrats to Lauren on her sweet new bundle of joy! I paid a visit to 2-week-old Greta yesterday, and she is just perfection. We couldn’t be more thrilled for their family (though we miss Lauren terribly around the office during her maternity leave!) Hope you’re all having a lovely morning so far, and take some time to enjoy my favorite links from the week (below.) Oh, and if you find yourself feeling a bit down that the weekend’s coming to a close, never fear: tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to actually look forward to Mondays!

This pineapple boat with sorbet (above) has got to be one of the prettiest sweets ever.

Loving every square inch of Julia Leach’s country home.

10 ways to wear a white shirt.

This garden party menu is summer perfection.

Beach and outdoor party essentials to get you excited for the hottest month of the year.

Can’t wait to give this fish tacos recipe a try this weekend and find out if it truly is “perfect.”

Bet you’d never guess that these lifelike birds are made from paper.

30 dresses to take you right on into fall.

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

Decoding the best bright lips for every skin tone.

The books I can’t put down this month.

10 jaw-dropping rooms that make me want to be a kid again.

*photo by Laura Sumrak for The House That Lars Built

3 comments
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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | August 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Loving the 30 dresses! The H&M short dress and Ann Taylor trench dress are fall essentials.

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    preppyandfunny | August 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for all the amazing links! Particularly loved: 10 ways to wear a white shirt, the garden party menu, the birds made out of paper (OMG what a talent!).
    Cheers!
    preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

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