summer fun for grads and dads

Summer of Fun begins…for you, Dad and Grads!!

Time for fun in the sun, sand, and shade…for this Saturday’s Guest Post by MMK!

Enjoy Father’s Day grilling tomorrow, lobster rolls, fruit bowls, watermelon, and homemade ice cream!! Think checks, seersucker and chinos…. bathing suits, pools, and beaches!! Summer libations abound…pool and bar drinks made by masters…and what would summer be without a trip to wine country?? Our longest day of the year – the summer solstice – between June 20 and 22 each year. This year it’s this Monday, June 21. Enjoy some of my favorite things, and cheers!! R. Nichols is a favorite artist with so many fabulous images. His work is always a smile!! Here, his graphic man celebrates with champagne, of course! xoxo


opens in a new windowR. Nichols Cards

Can’t you just smell!! Ocean & Sea?? Coconut and Palms??

opens in a new windowThe Ocean Mist & Sea Salt collection from Nest is ready for summer with packaging created with noted photographer Gray Malin. His work is charming, fun, and travel right, whether as a gift or for your home office wall for inspiration!! Enjoy under an umbrella or the famed Beverly Hills Hotel!! Gray’s chic poolside print brings back an earlier time.

opens in a new windowGray Malin Print

opens in a new windowGray Malin Coconut & Palm Collection

opens in a new windowGray Malin Print

Every year in Beverly Hills – one of my former hometowns – there is a very special, annual Father’s Day Car Show – opens in a new window Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance on Rodeo Drive!! Not to be missed!! The opens in a new windowBeverly Hills Hotel and famed “ Bungalows” are spectacular! The “Pink Palace” has been enjoyed by Hollywood royalty for years! If those walls could talk!! Imagine!! I remember brunching there, alongside Jimmy Stewart in the Polo Lounge, in his later years – so elegant, so charming – no shorts accepted for lunch there!! Happy, fun memories!

Let’s continue to celebrate Dad’s…and all of their loves…

”Daddy’s Little Girl” at Baker Beach in SF…and RLM, incognito in his “Shades” with his “Man’s Best Friend!” Murphy. MacKenzie-Childs classic enamel check dog bowl is perfect for Dad’s beautiful collie!!

opens in a new windowDog Bowl


opens in a new windowRayBan Sunglasses

“Dad – ACC” vacationing poolside, in his fabulous Porsche Aviators!! Avec chilled Perrier, of course!!

opens in a new windowIce Bucket & Tongs


opens in a new windowAviator Sunglasses

Couldn’t resist showing you our “Boys” in one of his car collection treasures, Vintage Mercedes-Benz!!

Frame a special pup in opens in a new windowAerin’s “Shagreen” classic, many colors and sizes…for elegant memories for home, office, or you!

Dads love their Wine, Dogs, Horses, Cars, and Bartending, too!!


opens in a new windowDogs Book

opens in a new windowWine Blueprint Art


Wine lovers are all of us!! A great Cab is my 1 st choice…although in Summer, White Wine Spritzers and special love are White Sancerre! Its cool crispness wins my heart every time and transports me to a favorite Paris Bistro with a little steak tartare…very happy memories!! A volume of Whiskey Cocktails, in beautiful leatherbound quality – could be great for the connoisseur.
Father or Grandfather, Grad, Groom or Father of the Groom…personalized, of course!! Remember – when the initials are the same size…as shown, it could be for Mark Samuel Becks!! He will love you even more and please don’t forget the Best Man and Groomsmen too!!

opens in a new windowWhiskey Cocktails Book Personalized

Ralph Lauren’s Wyatt Silver Suite is equestrian-inspired saddle leather-trimmed, chic in its streamlined shape, and stainless steel for a modern RL twist to entertaining. This is great for Dad, the “Happy Couple’s” Wedding or Shower gift, Graduate or a first Home, Housewarming treat!! Enjoy a beautiful last Spring Weekend –- with Father’s Day Tributes and all until next Saturday. Remember to celebrate our longest day, Monday….

opens in a new windowRalph Lauren Wyatt Cocktails

Happy Summer!! xoxo MMK, SF and Margo, Pup of a very dear friend “Dads!!


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  1. Eve wrote:

    The weekend post is always interesting.

    Posted 6.19.21
    • Marlene Kristoff wrote:

      Hi Eve…
      Glad you enjoy…I love connecting with you!! Happy Weekend – Happy Summer!
      xoxo MMK

      Posted 6.19.21
  2. Christine F wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    This is the first time I am completely confused over your post. I read your blog every day, did I miss something? Who is MMK and who were the people this person was talking about? I am not trying to be rude, just would like some clarification. Thank you and have a blessed day

    Posted 6.20.21
  3. Ghost Writer wrote:

    Great post! Love all the home attire and the dogs!! Thanks.

    Posted 6.21.21
    • marlene kristoff wrote:

      Hi Ghost Writer…
      Love and delighted you enjoy!! xoxo MMK

      Posted 6.22.21

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