How does time fly so quickly? Work has been go-go-go and apparently so has summer. I can’t believe that it’s already the last day of July and I have yet to be poolside! Thankfully, there is still some time left to sit back, enjoy the warm weather and relax. Today we’ve rounded up everything you’ll need to do just that!


This summer we are all for mixing high and low pieces. I’m a big proponent of investing in pieces that you can wear all year long and save on trendier items that tend to be more seasonal. The key is to keep the high pieces classic and the lower-priced items more trendy. Let’s break it down!

First, be sure to grab a good book {we’re currently reading this one!}, give yourself a pedi {try this foot scrub!} and don’t forget our go-to Turkish towel!


Then you’ll want to pack up all your pool-side essentials. They include:

Tote: Schlep all your accessories around in a basic tote that you can use all year long. We love this Job & Boss shibori tote from a local San Francisco designer.

Bathing Suit: For us in the Bay Area, bathing suit weather is a tad rare. So I say no need to go for the big buck. I love the idea of mixing and matching sets! Why not go for a trendier neon on the bottom?

Sunglasses: Unless you’re known to lose them, I say invest. A classic cat eye never goes out of style and is perfect for summer! This Tory Burch pair is sure to last you for years.

Sandals (similar): Go for something neutral and simple to get the maximum amount of wear out of them. The t-strap style will go with everything!

Sunscreen: Invest in your skin and do not forget the sunscreen, please! We love Sun Bum‘s cute wooden bottle!

Clutch: A vibrant print screams summer. We love the intricacy of this beaded one, but any fun, trendy pattern will work. Keep your lipgloss, keys, and iPad in there, or anything just to have an excuse to carry it!


I hope you are inspired to take some time to yourself in these final few weeks of summer. I know I am. It’s that time of year to relish in the feeling of waking up and having absolutely nothing to do but enjoy the day. We just booked a week-long vacation in Ojai for the end of August and I can not wait to read by the pool, sip some lemonade {spiked, let’s be real!} and do exactly that. The countdown has officially begun!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // art direction by erin hiemstra // styling by bianca sotelo // towel & tunic c/o Atomic Garden

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  1. Ojai in late August will be insanely hot! (I’m a local). Are you staying at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa? I’m sure staying there will soften any disappointment re. the heat. Enjoy!

    1. Eek, Mary Beth good to know! Should I be worried? I’d also love any insider recommendations you might have!

      1. Hi Erin. No, don’t be worried! You’ll be fine either way. It will be such a nice break from the freezing San Francisco summer! Right the now the weather is gorgeous, warm, and sunny, with lovely cooling at night. It seems that every year the weather gets crazy hot right when the kids go back to school (August 27 this year), so be prepared for that, just in case.

        Hattie (a lovely boutique on Montgomery street)
        The Ranch House (a restaurant with lovely grounds and great food–you will love it, I promise)

        Other places to eat: Feast Bistro has local organic food–so good!
        Knead Baking Company–organic baked goods and light lunch fare
        Azu–yummy for lunch!
        Osteria Monte Grappa

        And if it’s not too hot, the hiking here is great.


        1. Also, I forgot to mention Papa Lennons. Excellent casual pizza and salad and gelato. Sit on the patio. So fun!

  2. Don’t worry our Summer hasn’t hit yet! Late Sept, early October you’ll definitely get your poolside weather!