My Summer Bucket List

Dear Stephanie,

If you had a summer bucket list, what would be on it?


1. Tour a local brewery
Brooklyn Brewery anyone? I do love beer and I’d love to see what goes into making it. I’m thinking a Saturday afternoon in a cute sundress, taking the train to BK and indulging in a few cold beers on a hot day.

2. Go to the Jersey Shore
And not just because of the show. If anything, that might make me want to go less. I want to go because it is a way of life for tons of people here. You work during the week, then go down to the ‘shore house’ on the weekends. That’s just how summer goes.

3. Book a trip
Not necessarily go on the trip during summer, but I always love having a fun trip planned to look forward to. Especially doing a little shopping to get ready for it!

Capri, Italy

4. Host a dinner party
Entertaining is one of my favorite things. When I can get everyone together, especially if there’s food {and wine} involved, it’s bound to be a great time! So to my lady friends, let’s all pick a night that we’re free and get this party started!

5. Change my hair
I get so jealous when my friends have new hair. I used to color mine, but I really wanted it to grow, so I gave up the dyes. I kind of want to do something like an ombre, but different since I had that a few years ago. Stay tuned!

Ombre hair (working hard at my internship), 2011

6. Stay up until the sun rises
This used to happen quite frequently back in my NYC party girl stage. It was totally fun and I had the time of my life. Only this time around, I hope to be staying up until the sun rises not tucked away in a dark, loud club with a tiny glass in my hand, but perhaps on a rooftop sipping hot chocolate after chatting the night away. Any takers? 🙂

7. Take a cooking class
Let’s get one thing straight- I know how to cook. I mostly cook by finding ingredients in my apartment and seeing what I can make out of it. However, I’d like to learn true technique from a professional, whether it be baking chicken without it being bone dry or becoming a better baker.

8. Spend a lot of time at Central Park
I’ve been going more frequently so far this summer than any other summer in the past. I think I am starting to appreciate the kind of Sunday that I spend catching a few rays in the park rather than at a boozy brunch. There ya have it, I’m old.

9. Rent a sailboat for a day
Though I grew up in speed boats on Lake Winnipesaukee, I have never been on a sailboat. It looks so fabulous in pictures and when I see people on tv in them. Like, can’t I just wear nautical stripes and actually be on a boat for once?

10. Learn to swim
No, I can’t swim. I probably could if it meant saving my life, but I’m not particularly fond of deep water. In fact, I’m terrified of it. Especially if I can’t see my feet. Errkkk. Also, if I had a dime for every person that told me they’d teach me how to swim, well, I’d probably have around $1.30. Now. Is. The. Time. It’s embarrassing that my little sister is so much better at swimming than me. Poor me.

11. Ride bikes in Central Park
I’m not great at riding a bike. They say that once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. It’s not that I forgot, I’m just not great at turning corners. When I ride bikes with little J, she gets annoyed that I have to get off my bike to turn it when we get to the end of the street. Refer to no. 10. I would love to rent a bike and journey through the depths of Central Park. But first, helmet, elbow and knee pads, and lots of bandaids handy.

12. Make s’mores
Need I say more? Campfires are pretty nonexistent here in NYC, but maybe I can find a friend that will build a fire on the beach somewhere with me. Or just let me borrow their grill. Or I could light a fire on my fire escape. Is that legal? All in the name of s’mores.

13. Go to Brooklyn botanical garden
It’s a must. I’ve been wanting to go ever since I moved here. I have gained a love for fresh flowers since I’ve moved to the Upper East Side and I always have a fresh bouquet somewhere in my apartment. Also, flowers make for fabulous props in pictures. Haven’t you noticed?

14. Find a local ballet studio to relive my childhood
Dancing was my favorite when I was younger. I danced for around 9 years or so then quit in high school because I thought my boyfriend was more important. Derrrrrr. Do I need to tell you how that ended? With me all sad because I gave up something I loved. So I would like to get back into ballet and get those spins and twirls down again.

15. Read a book
I have never been a reader. Someone once told me that usually a person is either a reader or a writer. It looks like it’s pretty clear which category I fall into. I don’t really read is because it is sort of at the bottom of my priority list. I even have a hard time reading a whole magazine. It takes me about 4 or 5 weeks to finally get through one. Sad, I know. But, I would like to read a book this summer. Any suggestions?

So there you have it! Whats on your summer bucket list? Comment below and let me know! Any that are the same as mine? 

This was a great question by one of you fabulous readers! I love getting questions- keep them coming:!

Happy Monday!

xx -S

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