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Summer Aesthetic, Themes, and All Things Summer ☀️

I’m having SO much fun planning and filling out my season Evernotes based on the categories I made. I think I’ll modify each and put them as a page during each season.  The movies are a list of movies from other bloggers’ summer suggestions plus anything else summery that I think I might like, so these are movies I haven’t watched and can’t vouch for, just possibilities. I need to do this for new to me books next year. I welcome any Summery suggestions for any category as well!

  • 4th of July
  • Family birthdays (mine and 5 others thus far)
  • Midsummer
  • Labor Day
  • Sunshine
  • Beach
  • Island
  • Adventure
  • Safari
  • Tropical
  • Jungle
  • Animals, Zoology, Oceanography
  • Nautical/Navy
  • Pirates
  • Westerns
  • Summer sports movies
  • Vibrant, vivid
  • Bold, brave
  • Happy
  • Picnics
  • Island
  • Farming
  • Country
  • A Tangled Web  2021
  • Blue Castle 2021
  • Abby books  2021
  • Eight Cousins duology 2021
  • Ivanhoe 2021
  • Katherine Paterson books 2021
  • Key to Extraordinary  2021
  • Mother 2021
  • Much Ado About Nothing 2021
  • Snicker of Magic 2021
  • Tangled Web 2021
  • The Borrowers 2021
  • To Kill a Mockingbird 2021
  • Ashtown Burials 2021
  • Leepike Ridge 2021
  • Annie Henry  2022
  • Little House books 2022
  • Boys of Blur 2022
  • Dianna Wynne Jones Books 2023
  • Mo and Dale Mysteries 2023
  • Witch of Blackbird Pond 2023
  • 100 Cupboards 2023
  • Stratton-Porter Books 2023
  • The Hunger Games 2024
  • MM Kaye 2024
  • Jane of Lantern HIll 2025
  • Magic for Marigold 2025
  • Corfu Trilogy 2025
  • Summer-y sports movies
    • Baseball
      • The Natural
      • Moneyball
      • Angels in the Outfield
      • 42
      • The Sandlot
      • A League of Their Own
      • Field of Dreams
    • Football
      • We are Marshall
      • Remember the Titans
      • Rudy
      • The Blind Side
      • Friday Night Lights
    • Tennis
      • Wimbledon
    • Golf
      • The Greatest Game Ever Played
      • Caddyshack
    • Soccer
    • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Westerns
    • Destry Rides Again (1939)
    • Along Came Jones (1945)
    • Texas Across the River (1966)
    • Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)
    • North to Alaska (1960)
    • Angel and the Badman (1947)
    • Gunfight in Abilene (1967)
    • The Virginian (2000)
    • The Sheepman (1958)
    • Saskatchewan (1954)
    • Hildago
    • Only the Valiant (Peck!!!)
  • Beachy/sea
  • Nautical
    • Gregory Peck Horatio Hornblower
    • The Horation Hornblower TV series
    • Master and Commander
  • 1940 P and P
  • Dirty Dancing 1 and 2
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Footloose
  • Indiana Jones (actually summer)
  • Fisherman’s Friends
  • The Dig
  • Aquamarine
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Pompeii
  • The Hannah Montana Movie
  • Roman Holiday
  • Say Anything
  • Monte Carlo
  • The Parent Trap
  • Walking on Sunshine
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Stand by Me
  • Adventureland?
  • The Notebook
  • A Room with a View
Summer playlist
  • Here is my current one. Almost 100% Country or Country bands covering pop songs. That is just Summer to me! Well, when I’m in the mood for music. Which is like at most one day out of a given month.
4th of July Playlist
  • I’ll work on this next year, gather up some of the ones I’ve linked on past Independence Day posts.
  • Farmers Market
  • Picnics
  • Lakes, beaches (except I prefer them cooler?!)
  • Swim with Bjorn
  • Peach and berry picking
  • Shop local
  • Travel my state
  • Drive in movie
  • Gardening, picking, canning, and such
  • Make ice cream and sorbet
  • Tennis lessons
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Work on my balcony, summer furniture painting or DIY projects
  • Citrus
  • Berries
  • Fresh air
  • Summer florals
  • Garden produce
  • All types of lemonades
  • Iced tea
  • Cordials, punch, and such
  • Sandwiches
  • Barbecues, grilled foods, cookouts, that type of food
  • Tacos, taco soup
  • Colors
  • Bright berry and citrus and floral type colors
  • Bright ocean and beach colors
  • Ice cream!

This will vary by hardiness zone; use drop down to find Europe, Australia, Canada or US zones. I’m making a list of flowers I’d want to plant for each season for my area with details about the height of flowers and sun and shade. I found a helpful list on a state college’s horticulture site for garden flowers. Also, aren’t some of the common names of flowers absolutely glorious, like Bachelor’s Button. Snapdragon. Michaelmas Daisy.



  • Nautical
  • Beachy
  • Maxi
  • Vintage play suits
  • Palazzo pants
  • Summer-y boho
  • Not so much my style, but animal print, explorer/safari style fits well with summer. Actually, since I’m rereading The Ashtown Burials series by N.D. Wilson, I’m loving all the adventure style clothes, maybe I’ll have to incorporate some into next summer’s wardrobe.


  • Florals, brighter than Spring
  • Polka dots
  • Nautical
  • Stripes
  • Cotton voile
  • Linen

Nail Polish/Beauty

  • Bright colors
  • Sheer, jelly shimmers in bright colors
  • Self tanner?


  • Nose rings
  • Toe Rings
  • Anklets
  • Beach glass
  • Minimal jewelry
  • Metallic temporary tattooes
  • Fresh flowers!!!!
  • Bowls of fruit
  • Seashells, sea glass
  • Baskets
  • Gauzy curtains
  • Polka dot or checked or striped table cloths
  • Outdoor living mainly
  • Hammocks
  • Gardens


  • Marian

    I’m with you on the nautical! I love it all year round but especially summer.

    My favorite summer beverage this year is white peach cranberry juice from Fred Meyer (Kroger). I also love Starbucks Peach Green Tea Lemonade (when it’s not out of stock lol).

    I don’t wear earrings, but the feather earring trend from 2013 (ish ?) always struck me as very summery. 🙂

    • Rachel Olivia

      Oooh, that peach cranberry does sound yummy I’ll have to see if my Kroger has that.

      I’ll have to add the earring idea. I did have peacock feather earrings for awhile but sadly I think I gave them away.

    • Rachel Olivia

      I just need to get one of those ice cream makers, they aren’t really too expensive. I’ve made some in my parents, my mom has a whole collection of recipes we’ve tried. So yummy.

  • Elizabeth

    Your lists sound amazing!! I missed Midsummer and I feel sad about that, I’m going to try remember it next year.

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