Saturday, September 1, 2012

Summer to September + Jumping by the Sea

It seems summer is just getting started over in my neck of the woods, so it seems a bit strange to start packing the summer frocks and unfurling the wardrobe for Fall. But I know in a blink the short summer will be over and Autumn will arrive with no more fan fare than a sudden shift in light and a shortening of days.

Jumping for Joy: Bella + Mary leap for joy while Boyfriend captures the moment on camera.







Right now, Summer is in full bloom, gardens are just gearing up for a fruitful (and vegetal) harvest. Berries are at the peak of juicy ripeness, and the days are equal parts delicious land, sand and bluest blue of sky. Daylight lingers to almost 10 o'clock at night, and we humans are greedily using every hour. There is much to savor in this short sprint of a summer.

I'm in the middle of busy season for me- a mix of entertaining friends from out of town, celebrating weddings, hanging with the boyfriend and working as much as I can muster. And getting situated in a new place so there's a queue of "to do" and not really as much time as I would like to get stuff done. Thankful for the long days, and the energizing boost of sunshine. 

Also thankful for the creative outlet of this blog, and you dear readers, for indulging me. 
 
And now for a big thank-you and shout out to my sponsors, because, without their support, I wouldn't be able to spend as much time as I do on this blog labor of love.

THANK-YOU:
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29 comments:

Shybiker said...

What a lovely post. You capture some of the essential joys of Summer. Love your jumping pose and happy expression.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Gorgeous post, Bella! I love the dress + sneakers, grasses gone golden, and discarded bright blooms. Beautiful writing as well.

P.S. I am THRILLED to be included on The 40+ Blogroll, which is one of the best things on the internet ever! Thank you!

Bella Q said...

You are a lovely friend, Ally. Thank you.

Bella Q said...

Thank you Amber! I'm glad we've discovered eachother! xo. -Bella Q

Joni said...

I'm feelin' the Seattle's tail-end of summer too, but the nights are getting cooler for sure. One day we will have to meet and kick up some sand, or toss a few. ;)
Take Care!

The Style Crone said...

Can't believe it's September! You are looking especially happy these days as you radiate in your black dress by the sea.

Patti said...

Ack! It's September! Still blazing hot here, but Fall is coming nonetheless. You look wonderful at the beach, love the joy on your face.

Lynne DeVenny said...

If I can't be at the beach, seeing pics of cool style bloggers there is the next best thing. I love the black frock on the sand. I haven't bought anything black in ages but today I thrifted a black skirt and shirt dress. Maybe it's time to admit it's still my favorite color :)

Beryl said...

Don't be too quick to put away the Summer stuff - the Indian Summer is what we used to live for in Seattle. It can go until almost Halloween. You and your friend look pretty cute on the beach - Shilshole?

Forest City Fashionista said...

It's getting dark by 8 pm here, so summer is on it's way out, even though it's still warm. I love the backless black sundress with the red converse (which go with everything, of course!)

Style Higher™ said...

Hi Bella Q! So great to see you. I've missed your blog and unique attitude. That is a great shot of the flowers and the wood, so nice. Love your happiness. :-)

déjà pseu said...

Late, long summer days at the beach = Heaven! Love the red kicks too...

lasophia said...

Your happy poses make me want to find a halter dress in black. And that is hard to do. Me and halters don't mix. You are bridging gaps.

Terri said...

The jumping photo is wondrous and that last one is a beaut. I'm a little envious of the weather you're having there...as it has rained here. But I don't grudge you the beautiful days at all.

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Glad you are enjoying the rest of the summer. We have had great weather in Seattle so far.

c... said...

Love this - and are feeling a bit of envy - its autumn here..

pastcaring said...

Lovely pics, Bella. Nothing beats being with a good friend and having a laugh, especially by the sea on a beautiful day. xxx

SACRAMENTO said...

I realized this morning how far Seattle is from where I live. I would have to crosse the ocean and then the whole of America, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So near, yet so far.
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Sara said...

Sounds like you are having a great summery time ! Beautiful pictures! :)

Stacey said...

Your weather looks absolutely beautiful! Now I'm hanging out for a bit of Summer sunshine myself. That dress is gorgeous too!

Veshoevius said...

Sigh - reading this post made me realise how much I DON'T want summer to end - weather looks great where you are.

Statements in Fashion said...

You look great hunnie!! I can't wait to pull out Fall clothes....its been soo hot here, I can hardly stand it! lol
Hope you are well!

thorne garnet said...

Wish I was there, too! Missing the West(the best) coast.

Heather Fonseca said...

I feel like the summer weather is finally in full swing here in Los Angeles too. After a cool, foggy June and July it finally got hot in august. It doesn't look like it'll cool down anytime soon, but there I was yesterday, diligently moving my summer frocks and light colored clothing to the bins at the top of my closet and dragging out the dark colors of fall. All of this took place with th AC on. I felt silly.

Glad to be one of your sponsors again bella!

A BRIT GREEK said...

I am still definitely feeling summer, but am ready to let go and embrace the new season, only it'll still be hot here till October!

That last pic summarizes how I was today! At the beach and enjoying time out for once!

x.o.x.o

Janet Mandell said...

LOVELY photos!
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Lynn Dylan said...

Love those pics! Wish I was there too!

xoxo
Lynn

Susan Partlan said...

Thank you for sharing your joy Bella. I love your red converse sneakers :).

Miss Simmonds Says said...

it looks so gorgeous on that beach and you look lovely too xxx

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