4.11.2010

What if...?

“Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by someone I do not know. I admire lolling on a lawn by a water-lilied pond to eat white currants and see goldfish: and go to the fair in the evening if I'm good. There is not hope for that – one is sure to get into some mess before evening.”
John Keats

What if…you were invited to a picnic in the park at this very moment?

I imagine I would slip into Parker’s Cami Romper; spread a luxurious blanket out on the dew-drenched grass; set Belle & Sebastian’s Piazza, New York Catcher to repeat on my iPod so as to serve as the day’s theme song; plop down on my stomach, and loll the afternoon away – my LOFT Cross Strap Wedge-clad feet waving carelessly to and fro in the air, my nose buried deep within the pages of Yvonne Prinz’s Vinyl Princess. Reading breaks, of course, would be taken; but only to bite into juicy pieces of ruby red watermelon!

How would your perfect picnic in the park play out, my loves? What would you wear? What would you listen to? What would you read? Do tell dolls!


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J. said...

Some Kate Bush, wine and no ants! (I'm very allergic to ants!) Oh, and in a lovely forest where the sky peaks through the trees!

Francy said...

Oh...Keats is so wise! I would have a wine, cheese, and french bread picnic, with She & Him playing in the background.

MOLLYKT said...

give me any picnics that involve tea, sunshine and sandwiches and i'm sold!
xxx

Joanne said...

Doesn't food taste so good when eaten outside? My perfect park picnic would need to have lots of trails, too, in sunshine and through shady trees, for leisurely walking on when I took a break from reading.

Valerie said...

I love going on picnics! I'd be sitting on a blanket at the beach in Malibu with my husband, reading my current book The Time Traveler's Wife, eating a Godmother sandwich from Bay Cities Deli. Sounds fabulous!

G said...

ah decisions.. I would have to be wearing a floaty dress of some sort, that's a given.. belle & sebastian would be a must, along with some mumford and sons, laura marling, noah and the whale, summer camp, johnny flynn, maybe a bit of mystery jets to inject a bit more energy!! But that's just how I'm feeling today, I'm sure it would differ completely depending on my mood :)

Amanda Lee said...

the romper is a very very good choice! i love the colours & how i wish i could just find time to kick back a pair of wedges and chill!

xx
a.

amandalee-x.blogspot.com

Leah said...

I can imagine your outfit... I would love to wear a flowy white dress, a hat and a strappy sandals. It feels so romantic. Happy Sunday Erika! xoxo

Jackie said...

I can't say what I'd wear, nor what music I'd listen to. Although, probably whatever songs are on my boyfriend's Zune, so something like Tom Waits or maybe some Ray Charles. I can tell you what I'd eat though-- summer sausage and cheese cubes and a PB&J. My boyfriend isn't a savvy cook, but I don't mind!

Hope said...

I would probably be wearing a floral romper of some sort, reading a enticing book,(no bugs), and the sun setting! Ahh! So many options, haha!

vicky h. said...

i'm actually visiting nyc in july with my best friend and we have been planning to picnic in central park for 4th of july with some crackers, cheese and a bottle of red wine, of course wearing stars and stripes :)

xox
Bikinis & Passports

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh I imagine my favorite (and only!) Catherine Malandrino dress with scalloped neckline and hem, a basket with baguettes, parmesan, prosciutto, chicken salad with tarragon, tomato salad, watermelon, strawberries, and some lovely prosecco. Wow, am I lusting after picnic food or what?

Hope you're having a lovely weekend darling!

ellie said...

cool shoes. i did like the book you mentioned. its sad..we only have one used record shop in the area.

fhen said...

woah it would be a great day!
to me.. emm maybe wearing a floral dress and nice hat enjoying some sushi cupcakes and juice will do cause it is me and his favourite food

xoxo

K said...

I'd probably plop myself down in my silvery grey spring dress, turn on some 60's music, and enjoy a light lunch of spinakopeta, strawberries, bagel with cream cheese and lox, and bellinis or sangria galore.

R. said...

This is perfect weather for a picnic and I think I might be blaring Belle & Sebastian, too! Perfect picnicking music! xox

xoxoKrysten said...

I would love to go on a picnic today! Sounds nice!

Miss Jessica said...

I would wear my favorite, oh-so-soft, red jersey dress and let my feet go bare. :) I would listen to Disc 2 of the Marie Antoinette soundtrack on repeat because it is filled with gorgeous classical music and my favorite songs by Dustin O'Halloran. I would prefer some lighthearted reading---magazines like House Beautiful, BHG, and Fresh Home.

My bf would come along in his comfiest, worn-out blue jeans and t-shirt. (I'd coax him into going barefoot, too.) And he would read the newspaper.

We'd eat raspberries because they're my absolute favorite.

Thank you for this lovely post and invitation to daydream!

nookie said...

a picnic sounds sooo good;)

J said...

i would wear my blue polka dot skirt with a simple white tank top and some cute little sandals, read my glamour magazine and relax by eating some fruit. it would be darling!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Oh how I adore picnics! It's a shame that there never seems to be enough time to organise one. :( I'd take my girlfriends with their boyfriends, card games, would sip on home-made sangria and yumm on chocolate brownies while listening to Jazzanova! :)XXX

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madeleine said...

What a beautiful picnic! lol. I love this new "What if...?" section!! love love love

stay classy,
madeleine

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I had a picnic this weekend!! It was lovely. There was delicious food, delicious wine, and delicious company. ;)

I hope you are having a magical weekend!! xoxo

Cat said...

Oh, I would wear one of my new maxi summer dresses with a cardigan (in case it got chilly) and dine of wine, cheese, and cookies. My reading of choice...Elizabeth (the book I am currently reading, but not fast enough...it is sooooo good!)

Shop N' Chomp said...

I'd be on a checkered red and white blanket under a big shady tree with a wicker basket of yummy sammies, a few bottles of Pellegrino, with my two loves: the hubs and dog. :) The Beach Boys would be on.

stylechanges said...

sounds cool my picnic in park with love, may boring for me

FASHION SNAG said...

Wine and cheese and a pretty floral dress for a picnic in the park. Add some red grapes too =) x

www.FashionSnag.com

Jodes said...

One of our local bookstores used to use that quote on their bags.
So great!
Your ideal picnic sounds so simmilar to mine. There's something about a picnic that just BEGS for rompers.

I have no idea how I haven't found your blog before!!!!
You had me at every moment deserves a soundtrack, cocktail rings, and coffee. Sista, we are SOUL MATES.

Love&Light!

Josie said...

I love your romper pick! I LOVE picnics! And what a fab quote.
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

sharonlei said...

Today is perfect picnic-ing weather, but of course I'm at work and so is the hubby. It's a rarity I even go into the office on Sundays, but who doesn't want to make extra cash?! A picnic is in order in the near future.. I'd pack yummy sammies, berries, mangos, pineapples, and some homemade lemonade.. ooo and popsicles, if they survive. :)

xx Love & Aloha

Midtown Girl said...

Ohh- I would be in my Milly butterfly maxi dress & Tory Burch Huxley sandals...love this series Erika ;-)

XOXO

girlnextdoorfashion said...

funnily enough, when i was uploading my outfit from today to chictopia i selected "picnic" for the occasion.
I think my dress today would be great for sitting in the sun on a big blanket and eating sandwiches and crisps!!

Charlotte
girlnextdoorfashion.wordpress.com

xxx

Theresa said...

I love this new feature of yours!
picnics are so much fun, aren't they?
snacking on delicious little morsels, sitting peacefully enjoying the pleasant atmosphere with whomever you're with atop a cozy worn blanket, listening to some oldies, or even Robert Francis. Too perfect! <3 Of course, taking some shots with a classic film camera to savor the moment.

Andie said...

if i was invited to a picnic right now, i would panic and try on everything i have

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Jen said...

I adore picnics - sitting amongst daffodils with cheese and wine, maybe my iPod and a pair of earphones to share. Sun in the sky, birds in the trees and my lovely boy by my side - what could be more perfect? :)

dasha said...

love Keats. and what a beautiful picture. wish i was her.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

A picnic sounds amazing! Potato salad... watermelon... enough said!

PinkBow said...

perfection! i plan on lots of picnics this summer!

meg said...

Some really fun stuff in the post. I guess I'm going to have to clean out my closet and see if I have anything anywhere close to spring or summer fashion. Its hard to make a transition with the cold winter we've had, but its warming up.

Sara Lynn said...

I was just talking about a picnic with the BF yesterday!

I think I would wear my favorite blue sundress, some cute but comfy flats, eat peanut butter and jelly with some sangria (cause I am odd like that) and have a bowl of strawberries to much on after attempting to fly a kite. I would play weezer "island in the sun in the backround" :) great post Erika!

Winnie said...

Hmmmm I would love a picnic, I always have such good memories from days sitting in the sun, shades on, eating strawberries and lots of chips and dip with good company of course.

Jammer said...

Hmmm...it would definitely be by a lake. We would need a deck of cards, a couple of beers, watermelon, and privacy lol.

Love the blog!

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Cindy Whitehead said...

Here's to more picnic in the park days! So easy, inexpensive and nice - why do we all not do this more often? (-:

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Clare said...

Oh I am so desperate for a picnic is Central Park! Nothing sounds more amazing!!

gleenn said...

for sure id wear denim shorts, comfu huge tee and sneakers. I'd love to read some romance thriller novel or? I can continue writing my own novel in the middle of the green fresh grasses. :)

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

That sounds heavenly! I would love to have a picnic!

thesydneygirl said...

sounds like a perfect picnic! x

Rick said...

I read this post too late. Had I read it earlier, I definitely would have done the Keats thing...plus my best of Sheryl Crow CD and latest Sade! (next weekend can't get here fast enough!! :) Hope you had a great weekend, Erika!

Naina said...

Great post as always! I'd probably wear floral printed shorts with a tank, listen to Florence and the Machines and read Jane Eyre, because it is my favorite book of all time.

hélène said...

What a lovely photo! I like any kind of picnic, so nothing ideal comes to mind... except maybe having it ending with a little makeout session! Ha!

Dancing Branflake said...

Cheese, bread, sparkling water, and a hot guy next to me. The only sound is the stream near by and the wind rustling through the trees.

Elle said...

Oo i love this new series! A picnic in the park, for me, would not be complete without boxed wine, peppered brie or humbolt fog, a mini baguette and a checkered blanket, of course :)

Niki B. said...

that quote... oh it does sound like perfection!
xx Niki

http://ahautemess.blogspot.com

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beckyxoxo said...

Ahh picnic ! It's been a long time for me not to have a picnic . Haha . I'll definitely wear my cutest dress . Haha .

Leia said...

That sounds like the perfect picnic! I think I would wear a comfy, light-colored sundress and dainty sandals, with flowers strewn in my hair. :)

wulanasihsetyarini said...

omg i reallyy fall in love with that pic.......

just cant take my eyes on that..

Fashion Court said...

that romper is darling! ..i'm not so much an outdoorsy person so i'd prefer an indoor picnic :p or i'll even go to the extent of one on my deck, near the pool!

pixelhazard said...

Oh how sweet. In my head my picnics loks like this but not so romantic in real life, lol

Pass the ham?

Sherin said...

That romper is so perfect for a picnic. I would also take a lot of strawberries with me.

Inspiration in Italy said...

I love the way you take us all away with your posts....you tap into our girly imagination and fill our days with dreaming! My perfect picnic would involve red wine, a girly summer dress, and a puppy! :):)

xoxoxoxo
Rachel

Jessica said...

Such a sweet post! I'd wear a white linen sundress to feel the breeze tickle my bare legs.

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SabinePsynopsis said...

What a lovely thought... blanket, cashmere cardi, fresh strawberries and champagne, music... I would do it just like Keats, I think.

Christina Lee said...

Hmmm first have to decide whether my 5 y.o. was with us or not. if so, he'd be very quiet and still so my hubby and I could actually TALK about things...anything except schedules and school, etc. ;-)

Romany said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it made me day! Of course you know how much I enjoy your writing, as if I haven't said it enough already. Though there is ALWAYS room for compliments as far as I'm concerned.
To a picnic, I would probably wear denim shorts and a very light and floaty blue shirt with ballet flats. As for the music, well I think I'd pretty much enjoy anything that played if I were in that blissful a situation.
Romany
xx

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Rachel said...

This is a great new feature, Erika!

Plus, this sounds like the perfect picnic in the park. That romper is too cute!

Sara Bentley said...

A picnic in the park... what a superb idea! Personally, I like it simple -- great company, flip flops, peanut butter and honey sandwich and a guitar -- with hopefully one of the aforementioned "company" members playing :)

www.sarabbentley.blogspot.com

Maddy said...

What would I wear? Definitely something comfy and I would layer too! I could forsee a day of hanging out with my beau and watching the hours fly by, until realizing it's getting dark & breezy!

Last year, I had a fabulous picnic in Central Park with the hubby and some friends! I hope we can manage to do it again real soon :)

Andhari said...

Probably a cute pants and a shirt, will bring blanket as well...books, ipods, sparkling wine / champagne, some chips and good friends!

ediot said...

well id put on my new maxi striped acne dress-- and chunky boots and a big warm knit- and leg warmers and bring with me wine and sprite. and veggie-saucages- and bread.and an one-time grill. and my best friends. and an football. and an ipod and speakers. that would be it ;)
haha

OceanDreams said...

Oh I want to go on a picnic and eat yummy bread, meat, and dessert! And sit on the green grass in a new Modcloth dress! Ohh I love to dream.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

A picnic sounds so good right now. I would want to eat strawberry shortcake and read any book by Jane Austen.

Nikolett said...

Aww, love this new installment! My perfect picnic ... wow ... I would wear some kind of sundress that would be all flowy so when a gust of wind would pass by it would look all pretty haha. I wouldn't listen to any music ... just listen to the environment around me. And I'll get back to you on what I'd read :)

Taj Acosta said...

How I love Keats! I just watched Bright Star too. I'm long overdo for a picnic in the grass..xoxo

The Style Revolution said...

I want to be in Love and have a picnic with my love!!

The Style Revolution said...

I want to be in Love and have a picnic with my love!!

Marz said...

I adore the picture; makes me wish I was doing that right now!

Spicy Candy said...

oh! i love this, Erika you are going to LOVE our next post ;) Katya and I love to do picnics and the weather is worm enough for us to do so this weekend! cant wait, will def bring lots of fruits, cheese, wine and your playlist! yes I have all the wonderful songs you introced us too saved under " play it again, Sam" ;)

Claire Kiefer said...

This sounds perfect . . . as long as you add a little chilled wine to the mix. ;)

Jessica said...

picnics are the best! The weather just got nice here today so I'll be planning a "Pique-Nique" with friends, very soon!

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