it's no secret that summer is my favorite time of year. from long days with abundant sunshine, warm weather and balmy nights, i look forward to this season all year round. it also happens to come with some of my favorite accessories and plenty of occasions to spend time with friends and family. my list of summer essentials changes each year, but my criteria is almost always the same: an item must be colorful and chic, with a dash of quirk. here's my favorites this year.