I love to dress up my (daily) denim with a blazer. This preppy plaid version is perfect with a white tee, pink clutch and my favorite denim (that is on sale). The look still feels casual and breezy with just he right polish.
Tall stems and long days – it’s Summer! Sunflowers scream summer to me with their bright yellow and stems that seem to grow forever. I am enjoying the longer days even if it does seem to make it impossible for my seven year to go to sleep. He like, me wants to chase the light. We take a later walk and scooter ride with the dog stopping along the way to smell the flowers.
Now is the time to pick up some easy summer pieces on sale. Everything in this outfit is on sale (except the shoes) including my favorite pink bag! This is an easy casual look that still looks polished and is comfortable on the warmer days of summer.
This weekend we put our outdoor furniture cushions out and were ready for outdoor entertaining. A fresh print and summer bag were just what I needed.
J. Crew just launched an exclusive collaboration with SZ Blockprints for J. Crew. Created by founder, Sarah Zellweger in a unique block printing process in Jaipur, India with the help of artisans. SZ Blockprints donates 15% of proceeds to the SZ Foundation (a non profit that supports female education and empowerment initiatives).
The prints are unique and colorful with great details in the tassels and layout of the prints. The collection includes these pieces. They are available online only and are linked below.
Happy Memorial Day! In the summer, I like easy. A statement tee, like this linen one are simple to wear and fun to accessorize in a number of ways. Stripes, gingham, or leopard (not pictured but always in my imagination) – take your pick. I also love a little subtle embellishment in the form of a sequined navy anchor. Preppy meets glitz. Statement tees are ready to pack for adventure and can be dressed up or down.
It’s time to get out our whites! Actually I have been wearing white jeans year round, but this weekend still signals the start of the summer season. Not much changes in California. I miss living in a four season climate and putting away hats, boots and scarves and working at a more leisurely pace than in the winter. I also miss being so excited for summer clothes. My son and I may travel to San Francisco this summer (where I lived for ten years), so I know better than to put those sweaters too far into storage. Regardless of the climate, the days will be longer and more leisurely. The time from Memorial Day to the equinox and the official start of summer on June 21st are my favorite. The days get just a little longer each day and feel full of the promise of summer fun.
This look puts me in a summer mood. I styled this breezy top with my current favorite jeans, clutch and the first shoes I bought as a result of Instagram inspiration two years ago (I have linked several other options below).
Our end of the Summer mini-vacation included an amazing meal at Plow and Angel at the San Ysidro Ranch. It is just so beautiful there. I wore a J. Crew dress that I featured in Stripes and Paisley on the Vineyard. This time swapping the pops of pink for my favorite leopard print. The dress is so easy to wear and is a great neutral shirting stripe that can be styled so many ways.
Enjoying the beautiful grounds after dinner.
Dinner at or absolute favorite restaurant. It is rare to find a place with such amazing food for adults and healthy options that are appealing to kids too.
Then we headed back to Butterfly Beach and The Biltmore for sunset.
Saying goodbye to summer is hard. Last week we got away for an end of the summer mini-vacation to Santa Barbara and had so much fun. We stayed in Montecito where my husband and I were engaged and married as I mentioned in Pom-Poms at the Courthouse. We had a great time with a visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo, beach and pool time, and some great meals.
I decided to add a pop of pink (wild flamingo to be exact according to J. Crew speak) to my navy in this outfit to reflect both my end of summer blues and my excitement for fall. These photos were taken at the Montecito Inn, which was built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928. You can read more about the history here. The hotel is so charming and I love the archways.
I am soaking up the last days of summer with family time, beach time, barbecues and yes, I think some bubbles are in order. This summer was really fun. My son shares my love of travel and we were great travel partners. We are working on our list for next summer as well as vacations this year. My husband was able to join us on several trips.