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.



  1. 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.

  2. 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. 😉

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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).

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

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

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

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

  14. 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. =/

  15. 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 😀

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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.

    1. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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 🙂

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

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

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

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