Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer According To... City of Dionne


This new series called Summer According To... features my favorite bloggers.
First up: City of Dionne!

I absolutely adore Dionne from City of Dionne.  
She creates these magical posts with her fabulous illustrations and incredible photos. 
It's actually a little ridiculous how talented she is. 
 For this feature, I sent her some sentences and asked her to fill in the blanks.
Her answers, along with her photography, has to be one of my favorite posts yet.



Without further adieu, here is:
Summer According to... City of Dionne
(all images by the lovely Dionne)

Summer is outdoor social time!  I love the active, social aspect to summer.  Everything is bright and cheery, and people seem to always be smiling.

My favorite summer activity is outdoor eating with friends.  Whether they come to our place and I cook them a meal to be eaten outside, or meeting up at an outdoor bistro - anything involving eating and outside is a favorite.



My favorite summer memory is meeting my husband at Laguna Beach in California.  I recruited him to build a sandcastle with me that day, not realizing how much he'd change my life.



A summer menu must definitely include a fresh fruit sorbet for dessert (I often plan my desserts first, and then work the rest of the meal around it).  I think a nice lunch to precede it would be some fresh tacos with homemade tortillas and loads of fresh ingredients.


Summer romance is salsa dancing.  Not that I get to do it often or am great at it, but I like the idea of salsa dancing at some outdoor party.  Hot, fun, playful - hmmm... I am going to talk to my husband about this - it's been too long!

Summer mornings is waking up early with my husband and going to the Summer Farmer's Markets.  We eat a breakfast of fresh bread from our local bakers there, and then explore what produce this Summer season has to offer.  Simple, yes - but we love it!


Summer nights is at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.  There's an outdoor theatre here in Houston that has free musicals and plays and other performances on a big outdoor stage.  People just come and set up their picnic blankets and watch theatre under the stars.  Lovely.



My summer outfit is anything with shorts.  I live in shorts over the summer.   Even when I am going out at night.  I just dress them up with heels and a fancy belt.  I even went to a cocktail party in shorts - some sequiny shorts and wore a girly button up top and a skinny tie with heels to glam it up.



Thanks, Dionne!
Your posts always brighten my day!
visit her blog here.
Stay tuned for more Summer According To... posts by my favorite bloggers.


25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post and I also love eating outdoors during summer:) Hugs and kisses

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  2. Lovely series, and this is so fun to hear Dionne's thoughts on summer life!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  3. what a fun series! i love eating outside in summer too. and i live in shorts and skirts in the summer! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  4. Sounds like so much fun! I loved her post, she sounds truly interesting.
    xx

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  5. what a great idea! Such beautiful sights and smells of summer! xo

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  6. What a gorgeous post!! English Summer Days are almost an anomaly... so few and far between. Here the sun, now the shadow and wind. Wouldn't mind swopping lives with Dionne :)

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  7. oh what a fun and beautiful blog! i had never been over to her corner of the blogosphere, so thanks for sharing such a great guest post.

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  8. Aww, how lovely!! I love that story with her husband - that's SO sweet :) And that's definitely the best part of summer, for sure - getting to eat outdoors and enjoy the warm summer nights - that's definitely mt favorite thing too :)

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  9. beautiful post!!! have a great week and hope you arrived safely!

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  10. love this post! I also love eating outside during the summer. And going to the farmer's markets. So fun :)

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  11. cute- I love the story of recruiting a guy on the beach to help build a sand castle- that must have been some castle!

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  12. I enjoyed the vivacity of this post and Dione's Summer Outlook - great post!

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  13. That bread looks deeeeeeeelish!

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  14. I'm starving and in awe-what a gorgeous post, and a perfect view of summer!

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  15. This is exactly why I love summer! The food, the clothes, the memories, the family trips. Oh why can't summer last all year?

    Happy Monday Dear! xo

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  16. eating outdoors = bliss! those beef tacos just made me starving!

    the july giftaway is on! hope you'll enter!!

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  17. i can get down with this kind of summer!

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  18. Love that she met her husband by recruiting him to build a sand castle... that is just so sweet! xo

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  19. Oh my gosh what a fun series! I'm looking forward to reading more!

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  20. Oh I just love this series!!! You know how much of a summer fanatic I am. And thanks for introducing me to Dionne. She seems fabulous. Off to check out her blog now :)

    xoxo

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  21. what a sweet post!! love this series tiffany! :)

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  22. lovely post, i will definitely check out dione's blog! xoxo

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  23. Thanks for the kinds words, y'all! And thanks for having me, Tiffany! :)

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  24. I love this blog post! Dionne has such an awesome blog.

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