Summer in the City

Everywhere I turn, people are talking about getting ready for fall and going back to school. Well not me! It’s still summer and I intend to wring every bit of fun out of the remaining weeks. To that end, I’m planning to do every outdoor activity available in New York until the leaves begin to fall off the trees!Last weekend, I made it to Long Beach with my girls for a semi-cloudy but perfectly glorious day at the shore. We munched, played a little soccer kickball and danced an impromptu jig to P!ink’s So What. Good times!

Long Beach & #SummerStreets ~ Summer in New York City

We also did an Aviator Challenge. I know. Random.

Summer in New York City ~ Beauty at the Beach
Brown girls at the beach ~ Kristal, Abiola and Patranila.
Summer in New York

Before heading to the beach, Kristal and I spent Saturday soaking in the activities of Summer Streets which is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space–its streets. (That’s what the website says. I personally think Central Park is NYC’s most valuable public space but I digress.) On three consecutive Saturdays in August, the Department of Transportation restricts vehicular traffic on seven miles of streets in Manhattan which allows folks to walk, run, cycle and play. I don’t need to tell you how totally awesome that is!The big draw of Summer Streets for me was the zip line in lower Manhattan but after several early morning hours of waiting on line, the zip line was a bust, as was the rock climbing wall in SoHo. But we did get to borrow a couple of bikes and helmets from Bicycle Habitat and that seriously saved the day. Zipping up Park Avenue while dodging oblivious pedestrians and well-meaning traffic cops was exhilarating!

Here’s a super quick video clip from our bike adventure!

Next weekend, kayaking on the Hudson. Yeah baby! Can’t wait for that.

If you’ll be spending your final days of summer out in the sun, don’t forget to protect and soothe your skin. My favorite sun care products of the moment are L’Oreal Sublime Sun Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun. The Sublime Sun comes in a spray bottle which makes it easy to apply (and re-apply) and the Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is a new discovery that soothes sun-drenched skin with aloe vera. Trust me, with its coconut and papaya fragrance, it is divine.

What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Sound off in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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*Hawaiian Tropic After Sun was provided for testing purposes by Influenster.


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  • Reply Samantha Angell 21 August 2014 at 3:54 PM

    What a fun weekend! For the rest of summer, I am busy getting settled in here in Sweden- and starting hockey season already!

    • Reply patranila 24 August 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Wow! Is it hockey season so soon?! Have fun!

  • Reply Patty Woodland 21 August 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I love your bright and happyily colored bathing suits. I too love the heat of summer and hate to see it go

  • Reply Lisa B 21 August 2014 at 9:52 PM

    I love your pictures. Summer has flown by good for you to milk every last minute out of it.

  • Reply samantha amberstone 21 August 2014 at 10:31 PM

    i love the pictures and the video i wish i could have been there with you, you seem so approachable and happy. thank you for the uplifting post today 🙂

  • Reply Annemarie Leblanc 21 August 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I can't believe that the summer has gone by so fast this year, it's almost Fall already.

  • Reply Gabby OBrien 21 August 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I am loving these photos! It looks like you had such a blast. I love central park. I wish I could make it to the city more often. I went to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade in june! It was so much fun and I recommend it to anyone who has an open mind!

    • Reply patranila 24 August 2014 at 6:54 PM

      The Mermaid Parade is awesome!! I haven't been in years.

  • Reply Heather Jones 21 August 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Wow, you really do have it all lined up!! I love that P!nk song by the way!!

  • Reply Ms. Travelqeen 22 August 2014 at 12:03 AM

    That sounded like fun and I most definitely have to look that up for a Girl's Getaway next year. And you are so right, everyone is in high gear for Fall. My favorite time of year.

  • Reply Tina 22 August 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Oh my, one of my biggest disappointments every year is how early school starts back now. The kids are back in school but it's still summer. That stinks! However, like you, we are doing the best we can to enjoy as much of our beautiful summer weather as we possibly can, well except for the fact that it has rained here for several days now.

    • Reply patranila 24 August 2014 at 6:57 PM

      We haven't had much rain in NY this season but I did get caught in a thunderstorm a couple of days ago. I had to walk home barefoot because my wet flip flops were going to kill me! I love the rain though, so no complaints! LOL

  • Reply Sweepster 22 August 2014 at 1:03 AM

    I love kayaking! You're so right, there is still a whole month of summer to go!

  • Reply Lisa 22 August 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Winding Down My Kids Are Already Back To School Its Nice & Quiet Here Finally Yippee LOL! Sounds Like Some Great Products Will Have To Try Thanks!

  • Reply Karon Warren 22 August 2014 at 2:10 AM

    This looks like it was so much fun! Way to keep summer going!

  • Reply Tanya Coffman 22 August 2014 at 3:45 AM

    I'm so happy to hear you haven't hopped on the early fall/holiday ban wagon too! I'm trying to savor every drop of the sunshine we can get in 😀

  • Reply Ben Butler 22 August 2014 at 4:53 AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. I'm trying to cram in as much summer fun as I can before it's back to shoveling snow and trying not to fall on ice. =/

  • Reply Danielle 22 August 2014 at 10:02 AM

    It looks like you all had a fab weekend. I am loving the aviators!

  • Reply Catherine Sargent 22 August 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. You can never go wrong with a trip to the beach. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  • Reply Becka M 22 August 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Never can go wrong with a beach trip! 🙂 What a great weekend!

  • Reply Liz Mays 22 August 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I didn't know the city did that for a few weeks. That is seriously so cool of them!

  • Reply mail4rosey 22 August 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Sorry for the long lines. i'd like to zipline too. I think it's fun to rent bikes, we did that in Mackinac (Michigan).

  • Reply lisamc7 22 August 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Looks like you had a great time! We have a picnic and shopping planned but other than – we are flying by the seats of our pants for one more week!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor 22 August 2014 at 9:57 PM

    This looks like you had a wonderful time. I wish I could have that much fun.. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Ronda Ogilvie 22 August 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Yay, what a bunch of fun girls you are!! Sounds like you are enjoying your summer!!

  • Reply Ann B 23 August 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Its great that you like to enjoy the summer adventures that are all around us. I love your bathing suits such nice colors. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Diana 23 August 2014 at 2:02 AM

    We have been doing the zoo almost every single day. I look forward to my boys being a little older so that we can enjoy a day at the beach!

  • Reply nikkidargantes 23 August 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun in the beach! Enjoy the rest of summer! 🙂

  • Reply ♥ Vanessa 23 August 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I totally agree. I always say that summer doesn't end until fall begins. There is still a lot I have to get in.

  • Reply Diana Long 23 August 2014 at 6:29 PM

    It seems in the midwest where normally we are starting to cool down were are just as hot. I think if you can get out there and enjoy the sun more power to you. I wish I was close to a beach.

  • Reply Eliz Frank 24 August 2014 at 7:08 AM

    You've been busy having a blast! When I read Long Beach, I thought you were in California and then you mentioned NY. Yeah, the city that never sleeps is very alive in the summer. Enjoy the rest of it and when you come up the Hudson, wave as it's my neck of the woods. 😉

  • Reply Christie C 24 August 2014 at 7:16 PM

    A fun summer day with friends! Glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply Kath Rivera 24 August 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Enjoy the rest of your summer, it's already rainy season here in our country. We only stayed home last summer because it's so hot here.

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