July 4th ~ Dress Picks

July 4th- Dresses

L to R: 1. Loft $98 / 2. ASOS $76 / 3. ASOS $76 /

4. ASOS $69 / 5. New Look $42 / 6. Glamorous $64 / 7. Topshop $95

For the last ten years I’ve spent July 4th either beachside in San Diego or lakeside in Tahoe. It’s always a day full of friends, sunshine, cold beers, bbqing, and amazing memories. It’s one of my favorite holidays and really signifies the start of summer.

It’s also the perfect excuse for outfits that combine two of my obsessions: everything nautical and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” cover. You know the one. Here are my July 4th dress picks (which could also be titled “Denim is BACK”) for wherever the holiday takes you, all for under $100.

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Six Clicks – Week of June 15

Six Clicks 6/16/15

1. Love this home tour of a San Francisco, Pacific Heights apartment. Great inspiration for renters.

2. Perfect summer hat for only $15.

3. Happy to jump on the suede trend with this adorable light blue top.

4. Remember this post where I obsessed over Gray Malin’s amazing jet-setting photography? He just put out a line of fun beach towels with his photos.

5. This barn in the English countryside was converted into the most charming guest cottage. Click the links to see the beautiful interior, full of bookshelves and heirlooms. I can’t stop daydreaming of a weekend away here. {original UK House and Garden post here}

6. This hydration mask is SO AMAZING I almost wanted to give it its own post. You know how your skin looks and feels when you’re well-rested, have a great work out, do some yoga and meditation, and drink lots of water? That’s what this does. I’ve been using it a few times a week and can see major changes – it makes my skin glow, feel so soft and hydrated, and diminishes fine lines. You can pick it up at Target or Ulta for only $15, which is just insane.

Monday Wishlist

Monday Wishlist

One of my favorite things about living in San Francisco is the abundance of weekend getaways just a short drive away. Every weekend is filled with countless options: shall we go to hiking in Big Sur or Mill Valley, sail to Angel Island, swim at Stinson Beach, crack oysters in Tomales Bay, or wine taste in Napa Valley? We are so incredibly lucky and make sure to take full advantage of these possibilities.

We headed to Napa last weekend and I must make a recommendation if you find yourself there: Auburge du Soleil is a stunning luxury resort nestled in the hills and overlooks Napa Valley. We stopped by for a cocktail on the Bistro terrace to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the vineyards, and I felt like we had been transported to Tuscany. It was absolutely breathtaking, in every sense of the word. You must must must check it out.

That said – Monday is just the absolute worst. After such a wonderful weekend, heading back to work on Monday is a tough jolt of reality. This is always a good time for some retail therapy, and I rounded up some pieces currently on my wish list that will be perfect for your next weekend getaway, from day time tops to dinner dates. I’m especially coveting this and this.

{Follow my weekend trips here}

Tops: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

White Shirt Dress

White Shirt Dress
1. Asos $76 2. Gap $74  3. Gap $70 4. Zara $50

Here in San Francisco, the moment it hits 65 and sunny everyone runs to a patch of grass somewhere to soak up the sun, praise summertime, and drink beer. We also wear summer dresses knowing full well the moment the sun begins to set and the wind picks up we’ll be throwing on North Face and Patagonia and cursing the winter. It’s a constant cycle you come to accept pretty quickly.

So that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach. This is an adorable old English style inn and pub nestled between a mountain and a beach in Marin County, where you can spend a leisurely afternoon sprawled on their lawn.

Now I come to the point – here there was a beautiful young woman wearing a loose white shirt dress and leather sandals who looked so utterly chic and relaxed – like she was transported from the French Riviera. The dress was a light airy linen and hung loosely from the body, but sheer enough to be flirty and exude the attitude “I can’t be bothered to care if you can see my knickers.” She was just so cool.

Here is a roundup of the best white shirt dresses I could find, all under $100, so that we can all shamelessly copy this woman. I recommend throwing the belt out and pairing with leather sandals, on a lawn or a beach, with a cocktail in hand. Cheers!

LBD

LBD

This week a girlfriend asked me for some shopping help: she is a bridesmaid in a friend’s desert wedding and needed a bridesmaid dress for the occasion – it just needed to be black (ps. love that the bride let them pick their own dresses!). While I scoured two of my favorite online boutiques, Revolve and ASOS, I not only found dresses perfect for the wedding, but these beautiful black dresses that would work for so many other events they had to be shared! The details on these dresses elevate the LBD from simple to chic, edgy, and sophisticated.

This first dress is a must-have cocktail dress that I will definitely be ordering  – with scallops, eyelets, AND lace-up sides, the details are almost too much to handle. Pair with simple accessories and sandal heels to complete the outfit. Voila!

1. ASOS $105 2. NBD x REVOLVE $155 (on sale!) 3. ASOS $90

4. French Connection $135 5. ASOS $73 6. T-Bags $107 (on sale!)

7. T-Bags $202 8. Shakuhachi $264 (on sale!)

The Updated Sweater Vest

The Updated Sweater Vest

1. Zara $39 / 2. H&M $17 / 3. Zara $29 / 4. Asos $40 / 5. For Love & Lemons $94 6. Elliat $92

If you’re in the mood for some emotional distress, find the Chunky Knit Sleeveless Everlane top here.