Friday, November 30, 2012

Number One

 Remember this song circa middle school?! Oh yeah you remember it. Anyway, as I am getting older (I cringe as I say that), my Christmas lists have evolved and changed. I have noticed that since college, instead of asking for little things like clothes, I usually have one "big" want. This year my big want is...drum roll.... 

I have wanted this ring since high school, but have always had it on the back burner... but now it has resurfaced and hopefully, Santa thinks that I have been a good girl this year! 

Actually, I went through a Yurman phase around junior/senior year and I feel that the phase has returned ... because I want it all! Here are a few other picks that I wouldn't mind receiving from the man in the red suit. 

What is your "big" item that you are hoping the man with the bag brings?!
Have a fabulous day! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


I recently realized that I have never done a post on one of my favorite designers... Shoshanna. Shoshanna has the absolute best party frocks and the structured construction of most of the clothing makes it work appropriate as well. It's classic with a fun twist whether it be bold colors or fun embellishments.

Metallic, tweed and classic construction. Oh so perfect for work or play. 

Ohh do I love this. That turquoise blue is perfect. I have a thing for mod and this definitely has a mod vibe to it. I also love the style of a straight up and down/shift type cut. 

Throw on a strand of pearls, grab your gold glitter clutch and you are set for holiday parties! 

I love the cut of this dress. It looks a tad short on the model, but hopefully that's just because she has super long legs!

I was head over heels with this dress this summer. This is actually on sale right now too!

Do you love Shoshanna? Have a fabulous day!

RueLaLa and J. McLaughlin

J. McLaughlin is on RueLaLa today starting at 11am! I am hoping to scoop up some goodies as this is sure to be a good sale! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monogramming with Barbour

I posted last month about my Barbour obsession and it hasn't ceased. I mean, it really is the perfect jacket. I have this wild thought in my mind... Ok, well it's not wild at all, but I can't seem to find anyone else that has done this... I want to monogram my Barbour jacket.

I looked into it and it looks like Barbour supports monogramming (see article, here). The website says, 
Last weekend, Barbour’s Soho store hosted a monogramming event offering Barbour New York fans the chance to initial their favorite Barbour pieces. The store monogrammed more than 80 Barbour pieces, ranging from jackets to bags, while guests enjoyed store discounts and refreshments. Shoppers were so excited to add personal and life-long accents to their beloved Barbour products!
I was actually thinking about embroidering it on the left pocket in the same color as the jacket (nice and small). However, I can't decide if that is too "showy".

What do you think? Is it a go, or no go? Thanks for your input and have a fabulous day! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Gift Guide

I can honestly say that Black Friday is not my thing. I have never ventured out on Black Friday and this year was no different. However, Cyber Monday is much more my speed. All I have to do is click and I save? Sounds like a plan to me! Here is the second Summer Wind Gift Guide of 2012 to direct you to my favorites on sale!

Deal: 15% off through 11/28 with code SMALL BIZ SAT 
I have the Black Leather Shoulder bag and love it (see post here). It is definitely a perfect, ladylike, classic handbag that I will have for years to come. I am simply in love with the Caramel Leather Bow clutch and the Creamy Soft Leather Mini Clutch. Both are definitely atop my ever growing wish list! Fun fact? You will be able to find Pink Tulips handbags at Urban Outfitters starting in December! 

Deal: 25% off $50 or more with code bf2013
Remember my post about Lemon and Line, here? I think these make the absolute perfect gift or stocking stuffer. At just around $25, these are affordable and a crowd pleaser. Chatham Pink is my favorite-- it layers  beautifully with my other baubles. 

Deal: $20 off 100 or more, etc. using code HG12
Starts December 2nd. Country Squire offers all of the best--Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Smathers and Branson, etc. Not to mention, the customer service is exceptional! 

Deal: up to 75% off until 11:59pm tonight! 
So many good deals on the cutest things! I am loving the "Eat Cake For Breakfast" tote. What a fun gift to give or receive! The Marie pump is another favorite of mine. It is the perfect holiday peep toe, complete with a bow... and at $129, this punchy pump is a steal! 

Deal: 20% off, ends tonight, use code CYBER
Piperlime carries a lot of my favorite brands. I am obsessed with this metallic lace dress by Shoshanna. I am thinking the above dress paired with the Kate Spade Karolina pumps make the perfect NYE ensemble, what do you think? 
Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy are sister companies and are offering 30% off your entire purchase using code CYBER. Remember my post about the Gap plaid loafers? Definitely the time to buy! 

Deal: 30%  off $100 or more using code CYBER12
Scroll through for some of my favorites. Gentlemen, if you are struggling for gift ideas, anything from Bendel's is a winner! Their iconic brown and white stripes are sure to win any girly girl's heart! Not spending $100? Sign up with your e-mail in the upper-left corner and get 10% off and free shipping!

Deal: 30% off full price, 50% off sale
The Bettina Corduroy Trousers are the absolute best. I have them in both red and yellow and they are just perfect. I suggest sizing up as I usually wear a 2 or 4 in most brands including Rugby, but ordered a 6 and they fit comfortably.

Honorable Mentions:
Vineyard Vines: 20% off $200 or more with code cyberfunday
RueLaLa: Special Holiday Boutique 
Brooks Brothers: Free Shipping 
Tory Burch: up to 30% off, free shipping and gift
Gilt: Lots of Holiday pop up shops including a 90% off boutique! Invite, here.

Where are you shopping? Have you scored any good deals? Have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Social Media

I am a huge social media buff. I love to read the latest articles and create accounts for the latest platforms. I thought I would update my readers and share what Social Media platforms I use regularly.

Where I post random snapshots of my day and my OOTD's!

A forum where I link my Instagram account, upload photos that may not have been added to the Summer Wind blog and a quick and easy forum to ask questions

I really don't use or like Pinterest very much, but I know a lot of readers enjoy it so link up so I can follow you!

Summer Wind is on Facebook. I like to share retailers promo codes and discounts and also like to add pictures and status updates. It is an easy way to stay updated about the happenings on Summer Wind blog. Summer Wind is almost to 1,000 followers, so head on over and "like" the page if you haven't yet! 

This is truly my random thoughts throughout the day. Anything from quotes to #nowplaying can be found on my Twitter account. 

You can also find all of the links to my social media pages under the "Contact Me" tab at the top of the page.  I am always delighted to receive e-mails from companies and readers alike. Drop me a line at 

Now readers, share your social media sites. Fill out this quick "form" and enter it in the comment section so I can keep up with you through Social Media! 


Have a fabulous day! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks

For every meal we eat as a family (which is several times a week) we say the prayer:
Bless us, Oh Lord,and these thy gifts whichwe are about to receive from thy bounty,through Christ, Our Lord.Amen.
I don't think there is a time where we didn't say this prayer. Well, on holidays, my grandpa would say a little something extra. We all hold hands around the table, bow our heads and he would say a few words before our usual prayer. So in memory of him and all of my family that cannot be with us on Thanksgiving, here is Grandpa's prayer:
May this food bless and nourish our bodies,
 bless our loved ones near and far,
for we pray in the name Lord Jesus Christ,
It is short, sweet and to the point. So today, I am thankful that I can remember Grandpa's prayer. What are you thankful for? From my family to yours, have a safe, happy Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season. It's Christmas music time!!! 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baring it All

I came across this picture on Tumblr the other day and it brought up a question. The girl in the picture is wearing high heels and bare legs... in the middle of a blizzard. While this picture is cute, it doesn't exactly scream practical

The question is, what do you think about bare legs in the winter? On one hand, tights add warmth and hide your pale legs. On the other hand, some dresses/outfits just don't look right with tights. In some climates, like the South, you can get away with not wearing tights because of the warmer temperatures, but bare legs just do not seem justifiable during wintertime above the Mason Dixon Line. What are your thoughts? 

Have a fabulous day! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gift Guide: Spa Edition

It's that time of year again... Gift Guide time! Let's kick things off with a Spa gift Guide. This guide is perfect for people that "have everything" and for people that are "hard to shop for". Spa products are available in most price ranges which is another big plus!

To get the ideas flowing, here are Summer Wind's top products for holiday 2012.... 

I have been using this for several months now and can't think of a better product. You use it once a week and it makes your skin smooth and radiant... it's like getting a weekly facial at home. 
Perfect for: Anyone that wants skin to have a youthful look. 

L'Occitane Aromachologie Shampoo/Conditioner 
This is hands down the best shampoo and conditioner. I only use it when I travel because it is definitely more pricey than my regular Dove shampoo/conditioner. It smells wonderful and leaves my hair silk smooth. Perfect for: Anyone who "has everything". This is definitely a unisex product.

 I love Fresh's Sugar line. Lip polish is perfect for the winter months to cure lips of the awful chapped/dry spell and the Sugar Passion has just the right amount of color for everyday use. 
Perfect for: A beauty snob. This is for someone who loves to try tons of different products. This is a beauty staple and you can never have too many Sugar balms! 
Best lip balm. I stash these in coat pockets, my handbags and my car. Purchase a few and use them as stocking stuffers. 
Perfect for: Anyone. Young to old, guy to gal, everyone can appreciate a good lip balm. 

My dad loves Anthony's products and uses them daily. 
Perfect for: Your boyfriend, a male friend with sensitive skin, a business man who travels a lot. 

In my opinion, this is the best scent there is. 
Perfect for: Someone who likes light scents. Grandma, aunt, mother, etc. 

I loved this scent so much that I purchased two bottles. It is limited edition so I was worried it would disappear! It's very light but still has "woodsy" notes. 
Perfect for: Your best friend or sister. 

Butter London Polish Trio
Perfect holiday shades! 
Perfect for: Polish addicts, girly girls alike! 

What would you add to the list? Have a fabulous day! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Maniac Magazine

I attended the Maniac Mag event a few nights ago to celebrate their holiday issue featuring Nikki Reed! Maniac Magazine is a Pittsburgh based publication featuring fashion, culture and lifestyle articles.

Funnily enough, Pittsburgh was rated the 3rd worst dressed city just behind LA and Boston and among Martha's Vineyard and Manhattan. I think that is in part because of all of the sports gear that people wear everyday. Maniac, along with many others in Pittsburgh are trying to change the Pittsburgh fashion scene and highlight what Pittsburgh has to offer in regards to style. Pittsburgh must know some realm of fashion because ModCloth's headquarters are in Pittsburgh!

The party was low-key with some hors d'ouevres, manicure stations and some cocktails. 

I loved reading the feature on Twilight's own, Nikki Reed along with some of the other articles. 

I got a chance to chat with Steph from Glam and Graffiti! Her blog is fabulous and covers a lot of the Pittsburgh style scene so be sure to check it out! I wore a black peplum top from Zara and pink silk pants from Talbots. All in all, the event was great and it was fun to connect with other bloggers! Have a fabulous day! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hostess Giving the Mostest

During the holiday season, it is almost inevitable that you will be the hostess at some point. You are planned to host, but you should also plan to be a guest. Sure, you can always just show up, but here are some tips on how to be a fabulous guest during the holiday season! 

Arrive with a bottle of something. Cupcake prosecco is a great inexpensive bubbly option while Veuve is a little pricier, but oh-so-good. Have several bottles of each on hand during the holiday season and you will have a winning hostess gift...even last minute! As for wine brands, I recommend Cakebread as your higher end and Campo Viejo as your average bottle. If you know the host or hostess enjoys something specific, try making time to pick up a bottle of their favorite. If the host/hostess doesn't drink, think about giving something like a gourmet set of teas or hot chocolate. 

If you want to jazz up the bottle, I always suggest taking a tea towel, like the plaid one above from Williams-Sonoma and wrapping the bottle in the towel and adorning with a large bow. This is a festive but useful addition

Attach a gift tag and you are all set! I make my own, print them on heavy card stock, cut them, and attach with ribbon or double sided tape (whichever is appropriate for the gift). I find that making your own is a way to create a unique, personalized gift! 

What is your go-to hostess gift? Have a fabulous day! 

Monday, November 12, 2012


Remember when I posted my wish list not too long ago? Well, I have checked off the Clubmasters and I am in love. They are by far my favorite pair. There is something about them that is one part classic and one part chic and I just feel polished when sporting them!

I got the classic tortoise/gold/green combo and am very please. I like that they are a lot more"sturdy" than my aviators. I think the all metal frame and arms of the aviators makes them a little more delicate which is hard to wear on an everyday basis. These have become my go to sunglasses in the past few weeks.

I am a big fan of Olivia Palermo's style and she wears the Clubmasters well! 

I love Mac Miller's music, and looks great in them as well. 

I saw Argo a few weeks ago and noticed John Goodman sporting a pair. Great movie, great sunglasses. 

Don't love Ed Westwick, but I do love his character, Chuck Bass, so I had to include this photo! Do you have Clubmasters? What are you favorite pair of sunglasses? Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Freedom is Never Free

‎"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis

Today especially, but everyday, may we never forget the men and women who have fought for our country. Today I remember my veteran, my grandfather, wCm Sr. 

God Bless the USA. 


Friday, November 9, 2012

Gap is Mad for Plaid

Do not walk, run to your nearest Gap. I have honestly not shopped there in years. In my opinion, it had a real dry spell. Well, this season, Gap seems to be back on track. After reading EAS from Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore (she has the best taste!) blog about these shoes and a discount code, I was sold. They are the Canvas Loafers. The only thing I will say is that they are only really worth what you pay for them. The material is thin as well as the sole but that does in turn, make them super comfortable. They will most likely last a winter or two instead of several years. 

Right now I have my eye on this flannel shirt dress. If I end up purchasing, I plan on wearing a turtleneck underneath or a puffer vest on top. I love the booties with the dress and have just the pair! I think thick wool tights will be necessary as well. 

And who knows... maybe Santa will come down the chimney with this pretty blazer. Can you tell I have a thing for plaid? 

Last on my Gap list, this cardigan. I may just have to hole up and hibernate in this all winter long. Cozy. 

Even better, as if you needed more of a reason to shop, Gap is donating clothing and funds to victims of Sandy! 

Have you shopped Gap recently?  What are your picks? Have a fabulous day! 

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