Swim Season is IN!

It’s a well-known fact that San Francisco “summers” are rather different than most other places. As Mark Twain too aptly described, “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco!” Karl {that’s the fog’s name!} has certainly been taking his job seriously lately, leaving us to suffer through gray days, chilly air and tons of wind. Blech.

Thankfully, bright, sunshiny 80+ degree weather is only a quick hop across the Golden Gate away! So last weekend the husband and I made our escape to wine country. I got to enjoy what could be the only pooltime I’ll get all summer so I was determined to soak up every second.

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We headed to the far northern corner of Napa to the quaint {almost} country town of Calistoga. It was like passing through a vortex into paradise! The air was super warm, the nights long and slow and the wine generously poured. I was in heaven! It’s amazing what a 48-hour escape can do for one’s sanity. We certainly did our best to make the most of it.

I also decided to give a new swimwear look a try. I’ve long been a bikini devotee, but retro-inspired suits have been catching my eye for awhile! Something about being covered up suddenly seems more alluring than flashing all that skin. I was so excited to find a 40′s-inspired halter one-piece at Old Navy – for under $30! I loved the molded cups {they’re small-chest friendly} and the cute cut-out in the back. It was anything but your basic black suit!

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And while there’s nothing I love more than soaking up some serious rays {and taking a quick dip to cool off!}, I’ve finally realized that pooltime doesn’t equate to sunbathing! These days, I make sure my favorite summer pool tote is packed to the brim with my rather long list of essentials; a floppy sun hat to keep the sun off my face, jumbo-sized sunnies, a gauzy coverup for poolside bar runs and plenty o’ sunscreen of course! I’m officially declaring pale is IN {and if I repeat it enough it will someday be true!}.

Sadly, I’m not sure where or when my next opportunity to rock a good pool {or beach!} look will come. Every once in awhile Karl does decide to go on vacation himself so I’m keeping this inspiration board at the ready!

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POOL-ESSENTIALS

I’m curious, where do you go to make your summer escape??

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Get Your Shop On:

> Sun Bum Sunscreen 
> Necklace
> Old Navy Swimsuit
> Mirrored Sunglasses
> Gladiator Sandal {on sale!!}
> Beach Coverup
> Turkish Towel 
> Old Navy Floppy Straw Hat
> Tote Bag
> “Girlboss” Book 

Photos from our trip to Calistoga by the husband and me! For more of our favorite weekend escapes, CLICK HERE!


This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy‘s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

We’ve Got A Crush

Things are slowing down for the summer. Can you feel it? Our inbox is overflowing with away messages, wanderlust is taking on a new meaning as we watch friends frolic in exotic locations via Instagram and the sun outside is calling us away from our desk more often than not. Luckily, there is still good inspiration to be had all over the web that keeps us from completely blowing things off! Lately, we’ve got a crush on…

Minimal yet bold graphic design…

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The green and golden tones of figs and honey atop homemade yogurt…

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Floating book shelves, black floors and backward-styled books to show off their wonderfully monochromatic worn pages…

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Matching a gold color block wall to your outfit…

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And wall weavings that are far from hippy!

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What’s keeping you on your working toes this week? If you need more inspiration to get you through hump day, CLICK HERE.

image 1 via Inbaloza for Le Salon // 2 via April and May photography by Phu Tang // 3 via Svenska Maklarhuset // 4 via Ordinary People  // 5 via All Roads

Bohemian Style, the Apartment 34 Way

It seem like every summer “bohemian style” makes its triumphant return. Certainly, summer is the season to play things a little bit more loose and easy, but rocking festival-inspired wear doesn’t mean your booty has to hang out of your shorts or you need to look like you’re still trying to relive Woodstock. We decided to take the idea of Bohemian style and put the Apartment 34 stamp on it. You might call it “sophisticated bohemian.” We call it a look you could take from the amphitheater into the office!

Here’s our inspiration:

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There are few keys to putting sophisticated twist on the bohemian aesthetic. The first is to keep your lines clean. I’m particularly head over heels for the jumpsuit this summer. It’s playful, but when properly accessorized, can still be totally professional.

Where you can really turn up the bohemian dial is with the details. Think mirrored sunglasses, tassel necklaces, stacked bangles and a funky backpack instead of a conservative tote! Thankfully, Nordstrom Rack just launched its online shop, so we can pick up a seasonal piece {or twelve!} without breaking the bank!

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While we all know The Rack is the place to go for the ultimate designer finds, there are SO many reasons to love the new NordstromRack.com. One, they offer free shipping on orders over $100. Two, you can return items to any Nordstrom Rack retail location – no racing to the post office neccessary. And what I think is the coolest – you can also shop using the Nordstrom Rack App – while you’re in line at the post office! I don’t know about you but I’ve become a major power phone-shopper so a Rack App is music to my mobile-loving ears. No more wondering if that perfect Manolo might have been available in a size 10 at my local store.

Oh and a little birdie also told me that NordstromRack.com is offering flash sales every week on Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. PT. Sales are limited-time and quantity – so you’re going to want to be lightening fast on that one. Feel free to share this with your deal-seeking friends and followers {or keep that little nugget to yourself}!

Here’s to budget and trend-savvy summer style!! Be sure to stop by my Instagram feed today – I’ll be revealing the result of my latest Nordstrom Rack treasure hunt!

And to truly appreciate why The Rack has long been one of my best kept sartorial secrets CLICK HERE.

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Get Your Shop On:

> Alternative Apparel Jumpsuit
> Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses
> Deux Lux Backpack
> Rachel Zoe Tassel Wrap Necklace
> Rose Gold + Druzy Cuff
> Gorjana Gold Bracelet
> Charles David Laser Cut Bootie
> Tassel Infinity Scarf

images via herenordstrom rack, here, here and here

This post is a paid partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!