Celebrate 4th of July Weekend in Style

What will you be doing this 4th of July weekend? Right about now everything on the list sounds like a good time – day up in wine country, trip to the beach, getaway to Tahoe. While we’re planning to hang pretty low with le bebe this year, that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. The 4th is one of our fave holidays because it really is all about good food, friends and wine. In SF the weather has finally turned a corner – hello, summer, is that you? – and we can’t think of a better way to spend the day than gathering a group of friends for a weekend of outdoor entertaining!

After seeing these pics from the super-sweet Seattle-based photographer, Charles Redding, it’s clear that our ideal, low-key celebration needs to involve lots of rosé, small bites and laughter!

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We plan to take advantage of the long weekend by spending lots of it in the kitchen checking off recipes from our never-ending Pinterest boards. A quick trip to the farmer’s market in the morning will yield everything we need for this Fig and Melon salad. It looks so yummy and is perfectly refreshing for the heat. We also really want to flex our muscle with this Strawberry and Blueberry Tiramisu – because who doesn’t love a fun 4th-themed dessert?!

While I stir, whip and chop, I’ll be doing it super casual in some easy 4th inspired style. I’m thinking boyfriend denim shorts, a cute racerback tank and some metallic slip-ons – the perfect lady-with-a-baby weekend wear if you ask me! We may head to the park or hang out on the rooftop deck because let’s be honest, our backyard is far from looking anything like this. Either way, I love that this breezy outfit doesn’t restrict any on-the-fly fun idea from happening. It’s summer after all!

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> 1. Boyfriend Distressed Denim Shorts ON SALE
> 2. Eco-Jersey Tank Top
> 3. Knotted Rope Bracelet
> 4. Bingo Game
> 5. Stripe Sunglasses 
> 6. Slip-Ons in Metallic 
> 7. Petanque Set
> 8. Aesop Body Lotion SPF 50

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images c/o Charles Redding

You’ve Got Style: {Narciso Rodriguez}

Wearing vintage inspired silhouettes without looking frumpy is no easy feat. Doing it in the heat of Summer? Even trickier or shall we say, stickier? But oh, to look Mad-Men-esque-conservative-and-sexy AND New-York-City-show-stopping-and-understated all at the same time, what a fashion triumph that would be! Narciso Rodriguez’s Resort 2016 collection is nothing short of just that, or in other words, jaw-dropping-spectacular.

From confident jumpsuits with precision cut-out backs to barely-body grazing dresses giving us just the right amount of arm and leg, we’re ob-sessed with Narciso’s vision. And the color block design he’s managed to make feel completely new again is the cold, refreshing ice in our perfectly shaken margaritas…leaving our summer-lovin’ minds happy and ready for the heat.

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Rodriguez hit this resort collection out of the…errr, beach, making these looks some of our favorite of the season! From precision cuts, sharp folds, tucks and strong pleats, he showed just how sexy fabric can look on the skin – tailoring close enough to the body, yet giving us a bit of room to breathe – aka exactly what women want. Dancing to his distinct fashion drum, he’s gone against the still trending slouchy silhouette and the newest it-item: bottoms with some of the widest legs fashion has ever seen. This collection is full of timeless, sexy pieces perfect for the most powerful woman in the room.

And we’ll be first in line for everything, please!

images via Style.com

Best Bay Area Beaches + The Ultimate Beach Bum Accessory

It’s already the middle of June {holy smokes, how’d that happen?!} and we’re officially itching for the dog days of summer to arrive, as quickly as possible, please! We want nothing more than to ditch the office to bask in the sun and bury our toesies in the sand. Luckily, here in San Francisco we have a ton of beautiful beaches as close as a 20 minute drive up the coast. And while the waters might not be warm enough to swim in, enjoying all-day picnics and catching up on tons of mags sounds like the ideal way to spend a gorgeous Saturday at the beach!

Here are three of our fave Bay Area beaches {tested and approved by our favorite always-shooting-on-the-beach photographer, Emily Scott!} to escape to during the summer weekends ahead!

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Cowell Ranch Beach in Half Moon Bay is the definition of the perfect Northern California beach. It’s warmer {due to the cliffs shielding the winds} and more secluded than other beaches, making it ideal for watching the crashing waves and catching some rays. We recommend setting up a picnic and on a good day, maybe even changing into your swimsuit. It’s about a half mile walk to get to the sand, and worth it!

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Carmel hosts a mile stretch of beach where you’re bound to find the most romantic “let’s park it here forever” spot. The fine white sand under your toes means you could honestly leave home without a blanket. Dog friendly, you could also bring your four-legged child, or your real child, to enjoy the gentle surf and sand with you and your honey!

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Right in our San Francisco backyard, Baker Beach is the cool “hipster” hang spot. Almost directly under the Golden Gate , it has some of the most spectacular views of the bridge and is the perfect place for enjoying wine out of plastic cups, frisbee games, impromptu photoshoots and fun friends!

The one accessory you need to throw over your shoulder for all of these destinations? A fun beach bag, duh. Pack in picnic essentials, a sweater for those cooler temps as the sun sets and whatever else you may need for a day of beach bummin’. You can’t go wrong with any of these hot picks:

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> 1. Woven Fringe Bag
> 2. Skinny Striped Drawstring Bag
> 3. Objects Without Meaning Cork Bag
> 4. Mar y Sol Collins Bag
> 5. Black and White Sisal Woven Tote
> 6. Cold Picnic Bucket Bag
> 7. All Hands Canvas Sailor Bag
> 8. Mar y Sol Caracas Bag

Here’s to many long beach days and super cute bags in all of our near futures! Where are some of your fave beaches to hang out during the summer??

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images via Emily Scott