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Just in time for the summer solstice here in the States, my new early summer Beauty & Use Collection is in the shop!

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Everyone who knows me well knows I am way more into black than blue but I break that rule entirely in the summer. I can’t get enough blue! This navy linen scarf is no exception.

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I guess it’s to be expected that I love stripes since I live in Maine. I’m not ashamed to fit in with the crowd!

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A crisp white tank is going to be my go-to piece this summer. I don’t wear a lot of tight things and this piece is both breezy and simply beautiful.

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Probably my favorite piece in the collection, I am excited to have heard your feedback about this one already through Instagram. I love the vintage look to this fabric. It will never go out of style.

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Every woman needs a silk tank. I know it’s an investment, especially when cut and sewn by hand here in Maine, but it should last just as long as you do! Silk only gets better. As my friends at Scratch Baking Co. say, treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself.

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Again with the stripes? YES! This classy linen scarf is my nod to the simplicity of well-made Irish linen.

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Thanks for checking out my new Beauty & Use Collection. As ever, everything is made with love here in Maine and is very limited in stock. I hope you love it as much as I do! Special thanks to our own Evan for modeling … such a beauty. xo

20 June 14 • SCB

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We have just arrived at the summer solstice, but I feel as though summer is already in full swing—we have a trip to the Southeast under our belt and the first crop of strawberries have come and gone. I admit, I am starting to feel anxious to fill our calendar and find time for everything we love this time of year. I have a few friends that truly come alive in the summer season, but I am not one of them. I do love it, but the abundance of summer—the light, the heat, the free time for my kids, the food and flowers—sometimes overwhelms me. I have to remind myself that we don’t have to stay busy sunrise to sunset or pick all the blueberries or complete every home renovation we’ve dreamed of. This is perhaps my agrarian ancestry making itself known?

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Anyway, I am learning to find the summer joy, and this week I looked through some old summer-themed posts and photos to share with you. No pressure, just reading a book in the sunshine is a good choice too, but if you are so inclined, here’s some favorite summer recipes and activities:

Gathering my summer essentials (here are MAV’s)

Putting together a summer adventuring kit

Hang the laundry on the line

Looking forward to another crop of strawberries

Salads for dinner: I like fresh slaw with asian dressing or the caramelized corn salad in 3191Q Issue No. 1

Salad rolls are great on a hot night too.

Pickles!: I will be canning Melissa’s pickles (recipe and instructions are in 3191Q Issue No. 5), but try quick pickles if you prefer not to can.

Drinking cold brew in the morning and a gin and tonic at night.

Popsicles! Yogurt fudgesicles in Issue No. 1 or apricot strawberry yogurt

Picking wild blackberries and making blackberry oatmeal scones or crisp

Happy Midsomer!!

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