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.
June! It’s my birthday month! While I’m not into excessive celebration, I am down to receive coupons from retailers that do want to celebrate my birthday all month long.
I just received one from H&M for 40% off an online purchase in June. So of course I must waste a ridiculous amount of time scouring their website for some me-presents. Here is a roundup of the best goodies I found. With most items under $60, you don’t even need the birthday discount.
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.
I love J.Crew. Love love love. You can throw together any of their pieces at random and be perfectly put together. Their striped shirts, statement necklaces, and ballet flats are staples in my closet. That said, J.Crew can still be a little pricey (even while exclusively shopping their sales) and so I like to turn to J.Crew Factory from time to time for the same Parisian chic styles at a fraction of the price. The entire store is 50% off right now and I’ve rounded up my favorite spring items, all under $60! I will definitely be taking home the cutest pom-pom tunic for the beach, and some chambray shorts.
There are two items I just cannot pass up, regardless of the season: striped shirts and white dresses. Zara’s Spring 15 collection has an AMAZING collection of white dresses for every budget. These styles range from flirty to edgy, casual to dressy – there is something for everyone and the outfit options are endless. I’ll definitely be ordering this little number. Since white always looks better with a tan, I’m hoping the sun stays out this weekend. Happy shopping!