weekend vibes ~ July 4th

weekend vibes - July 4th

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend x

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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.

Best Deals: Summer Tops

Best Deals: Summer Tops

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It’s officially summer!!

While it won’t be hitting any record temperatures in San Francisco for another couple months, it’s the perfect time to stock up on light and breezy tops for upcoming summer vacations. So far we have trips planned to Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Napa Valley, and Bend, Oregon – places where we can count on some real summer heat! Nothing is better.

I can’t believe the above tops are all under $60. Grab a few and pair with distressed denim shorts and sandals to be summer ready in no time.

Gingham: Runway to Your Way

Ginham: Runway to Your Way

Gingham is a summer staple. While it’s always been in my picnic basket, I love how it showed up unexpectedly on the Spring 15 runways and is still going strong. The pieces above are all under $100 and couldn’t be cuter. I have my eye on this ruffled blouse.

L to R: 1 / 2 / 3 (on sale!) / 4 / 5 / 6 (on sale!)

Summer Dresses: Short and Sweet

Summer Dresses: Short and Sweet
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The ease of a summer dress.

Living in San Francisco you know to never trust the weather reports, so it’s especially delightful to wake up to the sun and be able to pull out a summer dress from the back of your closet. It’s a constant surprise! On these days, nothing is easier than throwing on a light and bright summer dress to look instantly polished and ready for a beautiful day. I rounded up some of my Shopbop favorites here, all for under $100.

It’s my birthday this weekend and we will be heading north to one of my favorite places – Tomales Bay – for some oyster shucking and picnicking. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the sun will be out and I can throw one of these on.

Happy Friday!

Roundup: H&M

Roundup: H&M
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.

Jackets: 1 / 2 / 3 Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 Accessories: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

The Ballet Flat ~ For Less

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I can never have enough ballet flats. My favorites are in a soft nude leather, with a sweet bow, and toe cleavage (yes, that’s a thing!) – like I literally just came from the ballet studio. JCrew has beautiful, classic ballet flats that are as I just described, but for $100+. As I tend to wear these daily, I hate having to worry about scuffing them up (which is inevitable) at that price.

Luckily, there are so many great quality, less expensive options. I own a few of the above (the Banana, Gap, and JCrew Factory pairs) and they have lasted much longer than their JCrew counterparts. While I always gravitate towards nude and black flats, it’s fun to play around with color and leopard to add a flash of color to your outfit.

I find they go with pretty much anything, but I especially love pairing them with cutoff shorts or boyfriend jeans, like above. So comfortable and so chic. Happy dancing!

Column 1: 1 / 2 / 3 (on my wish list!) / 4 / 5

Column 2: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

{top photos via urban outfitters}

Stop in Your Tracks Outfit: Jessie Randall

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You guys. This outfit. !!!

To be honest, when overalls started reemerging I was super confused and could never imagine embracing the trend. I cringe thinking back to the baggy-short-overalls I wore as a tomboy in elementary school (perfect for climbing trees!), and never thought they could be made chic and current. Neo-Traditionalist’s post last week of Loeffler Randall shoe designer Jessie Randall was a total game changer for me. Learning her adorable striped overalls were from Forever 21 made it even better.

Make sure your overalls are fitted through the hips, and pair with an uber-girly top (like the feminine eyelet blouse Randall wore) to keep from looking like that 12 year old in a tree. I can’t wait to recreate this perfect weekend outfit.

Overalls: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Blouses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Hawaii Happy Hour: What I’ll Wear

Hawaii Happy Hour

TGIThursday! We are heading back to Hawaii tomorrow for a friends wedding and our first stop is a Happy Hour on the beach. I just received this amazing bohemian-chic dress yesterday and it’s everything I could have hoped for – the light and breezy fabric drapes perfectly over your body, and it’s ideal to throw on over a bikini to go effortlessly from day to night. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it more than once this trip.

I’m looking forward to sand in my hair, {an attempt at} golden tans, and bottomless pina colada’s! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Hat (also just picked up) / Sunglasses (so cute!) / Dress / Bag / Shoes

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Lucy Williams of blog Fashion Me Now is just so cool. This post was almost the death of me – complete with my beloved Breton stripes, scallops, and THOSE shoes. I had to recreate it immediately.

Take your inspiration and tweak it to become your own – like switching sandals to oxfords, or suede to denim. The above variations will fit your budget, while still channeling Lucy’s uber-cool British-chic Penny Lane style.

Tops 1 / 2 / 3

Skirts 1 / 2 / 3

Shoes 1 / 2 (obsessed) / 3