I don't know of where you are, but in SoCal, summer is still going strong - a little too strong, if you ask me. It's been very hot and humid, which is uncharacteristic of the weather here. The only clothes I can wear these days are dresses; I've been wanting to style these cropped pants again, but I seriously can't stand wearing pants in the heat.
Because of this hot weather, our weekends have been low-key, usually somewhere inside, with A/C to keep us cool.
We went to Trader Joe's and I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh lavender, so I bought myself a few bunches - I love lavender. As I'm writing this, I can smell it, coming from the bedroom - I put some in there to help us sleep better; the heat has definitely been impacting my sleep.
When going out these days,
Out of all the things I am or not, it's very clear that I am a dress lover. There's one part of me that is too weak to resist a pretty dress. I've always leaned towards simple style, and when I say simple, I mean easy. We can all agree that the simplest style there can be is wearing a dress, and maybe that's why I love them so much.
I'm not sure when my obsession with dresses began, but from when I was a little girl, I vividly remember a pastel-green fit-and-flare dress that was my favorite and was so sad to grow out of.
I haven't always worn dresses. Throughout the years, I have tried to define my style, just like most women out there. Yet, I've always felt best in a dress. The last few years, I have embraced, without any reticence, this side of me and my closet has been filling with dresses.
One of our favorite things to do in San Diego is visit Coronado Island, which is in fact a peninsula, but who am I to point out the obvious, right?
There's lots of reasons to love this place but we keep going there because it's the perfect place to bike, walk or be lazy on the beach. Another favorite activity of ours there is admiring the amazing houses and their yards/gardens. We love walking around the neighborhoods, while enjoying the quiet streets.
And now that summer has arrived here (meaning, the HOT days are upon us), I'm adjusting my wardrobe accordingly. Gingham has been everywhere this season and it's starting to show up in my closet more and more.
Gingham is everywhere these days and I'm not upset about it, especially when many of the pieces featuring it are simply irresistible This print has definitely grown on me. And now that summer is officially here, so are the gingham sundresses. I asked you in this IG photo, if gingham is a "yes" or "no" and the replies were all pro, which lets me know that you're also liking it as much as I do.
Truth is, I'm not and never will be a casual kind of girl. Yoga pants, sweatshirts, sweatpants or sportswear are not my thing. Sure, they're comfortable and warm for those freezing winter days, but you won't find me wearing them outside my home - no, not even if I have to run to the grocery store. For as long as I remember, I have been drawn to dresses and all the feminine details like lace, ruffles, full skirts and so on. Looking at my blog and Instagram, I think you can get a clear image of what my style is. In fact, this blog was created to share my true style as an inspiration for you to develop your own. But please know that you won't find me wearing or using something I don't like.
I adore linen. And I'm so glad the fashion industry adores it too this year and is bringing this fabric in different clothing pieces and styles.
The reason I love linen so much is because it's the perfect fabric for warm weather since it allows skin to breathe, absorbs water and promotes comfort. Not to mention that it's durable, as in, you'll have your linen pieces for years and years to come. I have a few skirts made from this fabric, which are more than 10 years old and still look almost like new (see one of them here). I also like the fact that linen...
I love dresses but sometimes they are not practical so I have to replace them. Jumpsuits are fun, but we all know what a pain they are in certain moments. The logical choice here are pants. Jeans are way too uncomfortable during hot days so I always search for other options for the times when wearing a dress or skirt won't work. Thankfully, there are tons of options out there, but, truth be told, I'm very picky with my choices.
Do you have a favorite color combination that just makes your heart skip a beat? If you've been reading this blog for a while, then my love for blue and white should be no news to you. This color combination is my absolute favorite and I incorporate it in our home as well as wardrobe. Blue and white together, in my opinion, look timeless and very elegant. With all that being said, I don't have to tell you what was about this dress that instantly drew me to it. With the risk of sounding shallow, the moment I saw it, I went in "I gotta have it" mode.
Memorial day is just around the corner and I'm so excited for the long weekend ahead. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that. We usually lay low on holidays, simply because of the crowds here. I mean serious crowds. Holidays seem to pull everyone out of their hiding places and take over every outdoor space possible. The first year we moved here, we didn't know better and we went to the beach on Memorial Day. It was so busy that it was close to impossible for us to turn back. Ever since, we just stay close to home on holidays. What do you do on this day? Will you be taking advantage of all the great sales?
This dress I'm wearing is old - I bought it in a small boutique somewhere in Europe. It's still one dress that I cherish and I thought I'd share it here again because of the blue and white print, paired with red espadrilles.
In preparation for the holiday, I thought of sharing some outfit ideas with you. See my picks below.
After a week of winter temperatures (I'm talking low 60s in May, in San Diego - what's up with that SoCal?), the weekend came and hit us with 90 degrees weather. I didn't dare complain, after praying for days for warmer weather (careful what you ask for, huh?). Anyway, I was happy for the warm weather so I could finally wear my new dresses like this "Who What Wear" sleeveless midi-dress. This dress is perfect for summer or any warm weather and is exactly what I had in mind when I said that Target has become dangerous, budget-wise, of course. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. It's agreed upon that stripes are timeless and the feminine style of this dress is what "sealed the deal" for me. It's very light (yes, you might need a slip underneath), which makes it a great choice for the hot summer days.
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