It’s no secret: I’m a Summer Girl. Sandals and Italian water ice and sunscreen and I’m as happy as a clam. And nothing says summer quite like my typical weekend view of the underside of a beach umbrella. I first had the pleasure of watching umbrella tassels dance in the warm breeze two summers ago when I was touring the French Riviera and the Spanish and Italian Coasts, so this summer, due for a new beach umbrella, I knew I needed to find one with fringe (thank you, Kate Spade!) to recapture that jet-set feeling. Now if someone could just bring me a seaside glass of Bandol rosé, make the Atlantic as clean, warm, and inviting as the Mediterranean, and teach American beach-going children to behave as well as their European counterparts, we’d be all set.
Almost as much as I love summer, I adore Cinemagraphs, especially those by the medium’s pioneers, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg. Video is not something I work with often, so when I found the über-simplified Cinemagraph-inspired app Cinemagram, I was over the moon… Until I discovered just how difficult it is to make a really good one. The secret, of course, is to keep it simple and have a steady hand, which is easier said than done and in turn I’ve created some duds… Mostly starring one or more of my cats. This one, however, just came out so lovely and so beautifully captured the feeling of summer that I just had to share. Stare along with me, now.