Monday, January 30, 2012

Seasonal Summer

It's a golden afternoon as my grandmother lies on her lounge chair working on her tan. She is wearing a lightweight sun dress and soaking up every ounce of sunshine. A 15 year old version of my mother sits next to her in a t-shirt, shorts, and sneakers.

This is the first time I've ever laid eyes on this photograph, but the second I looked at it I knew it was taken in summer. Probably late summer - July or August by the color of the trees and the way the light is captured.

Just by looking at this photograph my heart jumped for joy a little bit - summer…that amazing season. My mind immediately races to picnics and the beach, camping and light houses, sun dresses and sandals…and most importantly - warmth and sunshine.

This ties in a bit with my last post of my transition from a midwesterner to a Californian. When you grow up in the midwest you learn to cherish each summer day and live it to the absolute fullest. From going to the pool early in the morning with your family to walking the dog in the middle of the day to running through sprinklers with friends at night…you are always outside.

Here in southern California it's always summer. The trees don't change, the light of the sun doesn't change, and the birds don't leave.

There's not much to suggest which season it is. Over the fall I started seeing people wearing blazers and scarves, but I felt it was more to fit in with the rest of the country than for any functional reason. Now that it's January there's an unending sea of sandals and maxi dresses around. I'm seeing plenty of springtime florals just as much as I'm seeing winter neutrals.

Don't get me wrong, I love that it's 80 degrees in January! After coming back from a weekend in Michigan it feels like paradise. However, there's just something special about the idea of summer as a season opposed to summer as a lifestyle. Perhaps being a Leo just makes this a touchy issue for me. :)

*Photos by Jon Knitter

The Breakdown:


Dress: Urban Outfitters, Clothing Swap
Jacket: Thrifted, Vintage
Cardigan: H&M
Sandals: Filene's Basement

Sunglasses: Meijers
Necklace: Forever 21

P.S. As you can see Jon and I finally made it to the beach! These photos were taken at Pacific Beach in La Jolla!


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