Playing with Patterns

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

I’ve always been drawn to a fun print; there’s something so effortless about throwing on a playful top–the rest just falls into place.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

During the warmer months I especially love to experiment with my wardrobe. That means switching out my favorite basics for something with a little more personality.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

A feminine pattern is my favorite. A delicate design with light colors complements my style nicely. Pairing a fun top with a neutral bottom ensures my look isn’t overwhelming. I try to keep the rest of my look a little muted too—natural makeup and hair, a low heel.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

It can be fun to step out of your comfort zone for a while, and playing dress up never gets old. Soon you get so comfortable trying new looks, you realize you aren’t playing anymore. You’re just being you.

Tank Top, Denim Skirt, Heels, sunglasses

On Me: Urban Top (old)–Similar Styles here and here

Levi’s Skirt (old)–Similar Style here

Classic White

White is one of my favorite colors to wear. It’s effortless, timeless, and clean.

white button down, jeans, heels

I love to upgrade a pair of jeans with a classic white button-down. It adds structure to the outfit.

white button down, jeans, heels

A classic white button-down is an understated basic that never goes out of style. Add a fancy heel and you’re ready for a nice dinner, or throw on some sandals and head to the beach.

white button down, jeans, heels

Cotton is also the perfect material for summer. It’s lightweight and breathable, something I find myself valuing more and more.

Here are some Classic White options for summer:

white button down

Madewell $65

white button down

Madewell $74

white button down

Topshop $55

Jeans and a T-shirt

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I love being comfortable, but I also love being fashionable. The jeans and a t-shirt look, though very popular, used to bore me. I just thought it wasn’t stylish enough.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

I started to brainstorm a few ways to elevate the casual look and came up with some ideas. First, opt for high-waisted jeans as opposed to low-rise. Then, try tucking in your t-shirt. You immediately begin to accentuate your figure, adding personality to the outfit.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

Finally, ditch the sneakers and pick out a pair of feminine flats to balance the look. Before you know it, your outfit will be turning heads.

Target t-shirt, Urban Jeans, Nordstrom Flats

You can find my t-shirt and jeans here and here. My flats are sold out of blush, but here are a few similar options in the color:

nordstrom flats

Marc Fisher

nordstrom flats

Kristin Cavallari

nordstrom flats

Nine West

Sunset

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada

Summer Ride

Nordstrom Blouse, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Joel and I love going for scenic drives. It’s our favorite way to pass the time.

Nordstrom Blouse, Urban Jeans, Clarks Heels

But first, we needed to stop for root beer floats from The Penny Ice Creamery here in Santa Cruz. They make the best ice cream in the area—from scratch! They always offer unique flavors and fun toppings, like marshmallow fluff. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, make sure to stop by.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

Once we got our sweet tooth fix, we started to work our way through the Santa Cruz Mountains. We decided to pull over at the top just as the sun was beginning to fall.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

There is something so peaceful and serene about driving on the backroads. It makes the rush of everyday life feel a little less urgent.

Nordstrom Top, Urban Jeans, Clarks Shoes

My go-to outfit during the summer months is a pretty blouse, cropped high-waisted jeans, and a comfortable heel. I bought this top at Nordstrom a few years ago, but here are a couple of similar styles they have in stock now:

nordstrom blouse

Halogen

Nordstrom Blouse

Free People

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

―John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

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Windy Oaks

windy oaks winery

This weekend Joel and I went to Windy Oaks–a beautiful winery hidden at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Corralitos.

windy oaks winery

We are always up for an exciting car ride, so getting there was half the fun.

windy oaks winery

We couldn’t have picked a more perfect day for the adventure. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and there was a calming breeze to keep us cool.

windy oaks winery

The winery is absolutely stunning. We sipped delicious wine out on the patio overlooking what seemed like an endless amount of vines that flowed farther than the eye could see.

windy oaks winery

Eager to go exploring, we headed up the hill, making our way between the vines to take in the view.

windy oaks winery

We could have spent the whole day there.

White button down, high wasted jeans, wedge sandals

I opted for a casual outfit–a breezy button down with high waisted cut-offs and a pair of comfortable heels. If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, I highly recommend making the trek out there. And make sure to taste the Syrah–it’s almost as magnificent as the winery itself.

Striped button down, high waisted cut-offs, wedges.

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.” Sophia Bush

On Me: Forever Top

Levi’s Jeans

Clarks Sandals