I’m guessing a lot of you are gonna be with me on this, but now that it’s July, anyone else kind of wondering where half this year has gone?

My husband and I met up with 4 friends in their yard a few days ago for our first socially distant “get together” now that restrictions have been eased up a bit in Scotland. Everyone seemed a little dazed but happy, and I’m sure the beautiful warm and sunny weather helped a lot, especially after the realization that we’d spent pretty much the entire spring in lockdown.

So what’s on the agenda for July? Usually towards the end of the month Edinburgh would be welcoming throngs of artists and tourists for the Fringe Festival, but that was cancelled towards the beginning of lockdown.

I am admittedly not too terribly disappointed in this, since I can be a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to the Festival. I love what it represents, I love that so many artists have a chance to show their talents to audiences from all over. What I don’t love is that Edinburgh is still a smaller city and the infrastructure here hasn’t been able to keep up with the explosion in visitor numbers over the last few years. As someone who actually lives here, getting into and around the city center takes ages.

The festival lasts a month, so by the time it’s over, even though chances are I’ve seen some great shows and had a wonderful time with my friends…I’m ready for it to be over.

Lockdown has made it difficult for most of us to be able to plan much into the future with the ever-changing situation, but all we can do is the best we can do and enjoy what we can in life while it’s there. So I’m mostly staying hopeful for great weather and time to spend with my favorite people, even if it’s a few meters away!

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This super-useful and versatile pantry organizer increases space by utilizing the often-overlooked space on a door or wall. It’s fully adjustable to fit changing pantry needs, has baskets you can reposition and a utility board complete with bins for storage of smaller items like spices or kitchen gadgets. (via The Container Store, ON SALE $138)

Tie die is back in a big way and the Rivington racerback tank is a fabulous piece for summer. If tie-dye isn’t your thing, it also comes in 7 other colors and patterns. (via Bandier, $68)

Mansur Gavriel puts a cool new twist on his iconic bucket bag by adding pleats. This robin’s egg blue is my favorite out of the 10 colors it comes in. (via Mansur Gavriel, $795)

About a year ago, my parents Alaskan Malamute was having recurring stomach issues, and on the advice of a friend we switched her over to a low-grain dog food. Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Large Breed Formula Dry Dog Food has done wonders in keeping her happy and healthy since then! (via Chewy, $46.46 for a 34 lb. bag)

Speaking of issues related to food, you can now test for food sensitivities at home with the Everlywell Food Sensitivity Test. (via Amazon, $99.95 for 96 foods, $194.25 for 204 foods – Not available in NJ/NY/RI)

Buxom Cosmetics

The classic Rodney D’Orsay flat perfect for everyday wear that you can dress up or down, and now it’s on sale more than half off the original price! Comes in 8 colors and patterns. (via Sam Edelman, ON SALE $39.95)

These elegant and on-trend link chain gold-finish baguette hoop earrings are a great finishing touch to almost any outfit whether casual or dressy. (via Fendi, $350)

I love puff sleeves this year and this sculptural, sunshine-colored silk minidress by SOLACE London is a perfect statement piece for your next big night out. (via Saks Fifth Avenue, ON SALE $186)

An affordable accent cabinet that combines the best of rustic charm and practical storage into one. (via Amazon, $179.98)

Any favorites you’d like to share? Leave them below in the comments!