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Summer is finally here and I’m so happy to kick off this sunny season.  This summer I’m focusing on leaving my office earlier, shutting down the emails, and enjoying the backyard and the beach as much as possible.

For those who have visited San Francisco you may recall our fickle summers….sometimes it’s a beautiful sunny day, and sometimes the fog rolls in an tries to blanket your sunny summer plans.  One of the most famous San Francisco quotes (often misquoted to be by Mark Twain) is “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.  But this summer we are kicking off the sunshine we do get and enjoying it barefoot and cocktail in hand.

Matt, the pups and I have been so excited for more summer afternoons outdoors and recently took a trip to Chrissy Field for an afternoon of Lillet Spritz cocktails, games of fetch, and summer memories.  The Lillet Spritz cocktail is a favorite for the summer months and so easy to make, just add all of the ingredients to a glass of ice:

  • 2 parts Lillet wine, here we used Rose
  • 4 parts tonic water
  • Cucumber slices, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • Strawberry, for garnish

It’s such a light and refreshing cocktail for a warm day, I love mixing it up too and swapping seltzer water for the tonic and muddling the strawberries, mint, and cucumber for some extra fruity flavors! Matt has been on Lillet Spritz making duty on Friday afternoons this June–it’s becoming our summer of spritz tradition!

Summer afternoons also means being comfortable and relaxed–I live in maxi dresses in the summer.  I love the beautiful and flowy movement of this Malia Mills maxi dress in the San Francisco Bay breeze–it looks like magic.  And peeking out from under my dress, my Malia Mills burnt orange swimsuit is the most beautiful and perfect fitting suit, perfect for the pool or when the San Francisco fog stays at bay (I love how Malia Mills does dress sizing on their swimwear for the perfect fit).

Cheers to summer and enjoying afternoons with those who mean the most.  Grab your glass and your swimsuit and make the most of this beautiful summer!

In partnership with Lillet and Malia Mills

Videography by Melissa De Mata, editing by me



  1. robin rue
    June 19, 2017 / 11:55 am

    That cocktail sounds so good. I can’t wait to make one!

  2. June 19, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Now that’s a great way to toast the summer. I can’t wait to make this fruity, deliciousness!

  3. June 19, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Classy. I like it. I think this will be perfect for a next back yard shin dig. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Meagan
    June 19, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I totally agree – I live in Maxi dresses in the summer! Sounds like a very relaxing summer day!

  5. June 19, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I think it’s officially time for me to grab my glass and my swimsuit. I mean you said I had to right?

  6. June 19, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    That sounds like a nice cocktail! I’m definitely happy that summer is here. I need to plan for a week off soon!

  7. Pam
    June 19, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    This sounds like a great summer cocktail! I’m so happy that summer is finally here.

  8. June 20, 2017 / 4:43 am

    Sweet summer time! So happy that summer is here, well not technically but the weather is starting to show signs that we are there. Enjoy your summer season!

  9. Brianne
    June 20, 2017 / 8:53 am

    So looking to do the same this summer. I may start incorporating a summer friday!

  10. June 20, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    What a lovely drink idea. It isn’t for me, but I know some others who would enjoy it!

  11. June 20, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Cheers to summer indeed! Remember to drink responsibly.

  12. June 20, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Cheers to summer indeed! Remember to drink responsibly.

  13. June 20, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I love summer cocktails. Today wouldve been a great one to have one.

  14. June 21, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I love summer for the fact that i can wear light sun dresses and drink refreshing cocktails! I really would love to visit san Francisco some day, my husband wants to make a trip this summer!

  15. My Teen Guide
    June 22, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Yay for the summer. It is time to take out the light, flowing dresses and sip refreshing cocktails. I love your recipe, I am going to save the recipe and mix some after I am done with my work.

  16. Stephanie Z
    May 16, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    I also think maxi dresses are great to wear in the summer. The Malia Mills maxi dress sounds nice.

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