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Escaping the heat in Ventura

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Is it crazy hot where you live? It’s in the high 90’s, low 100’s here in the San Francisco Bay Area right now! It’s so warm, we are all melting! In order to escape the heat, and also take one last quick trip before school starts, we decided to take a mini road trip down to Ventura.

If you are not familiar with the California coast, Ventura is a small beach town south of Santa Barbara. It’s not super crowded, and it has a large harbor, good restaurants, and plenty of cool fog! Love fog right now!

Our first day in Ventura felt so good. It was roughly thirty degrees cooler than at home, and we actually felt a little bit cold. This was such a good thing! We left home in the morning and drove for five hours down the coast. We arrived in Ventura around 2:30pm and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Four Points Sheraton near the Village, which is a small shopping area next to the boat harbor. It has shops, restaurants, and a carousel which was closed-boo for us! It was a nice place to stay since we could walk to the restaurants, and enjoy harbor views.

We ate dinner at Water’s Edge, which is not in the Village, but a short walk on the other side of the harbor. The food was out of this world! I enjoyed the “Trophy Pasta” which was crazy good-and my family really enjoyed their meals too. If you are ever in the Ventura area, this is a restaurant you will want to visit! The views of the harbor are beautiful, you can watch the sunset, and the food is really yummy. Love that!

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We packed more into this weekend getaway! Stay tuned for more from Ventura!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy

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Carefree kimono

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wearing: blue resin hoop earrings / prescription sunglasses / summer lipstick / white v-neck tee (comes in several colors-love!) / blue print kimono / black snake belt / classic blue jeans / summer nail polish / PVC tote bag / silver bracelet stack / black mules /

There is nothing like summer vacation! I can work any time of day, and my kids have schedules that are so light, I feel like I am in a dream! If you have kids, you know what it’s like to spend all your time taxiing your kids around town. With three kids, I feel like I am always going somewhere, and I am always juggling conflicting schedules! Summer vacation alleviates all of that. Love!

Since summer vacation also means my teacher friends aren’t at work, I get to spend time with my good friend Dawn. We spent an entire morning wandering around Valley Fair, picked up a dress for Dawn at Nordstrom, enjoyed too many dumpling at Din Tai Fung, and of course, snapped pictures of each other! haha It was a ton of fun!

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Dawn and I posing together while taking our outfit photos. Check out her blog at FashionShouldBeFun.com

Kimono’s are one of my favorite “outfit enhancers” during the spring and summer months. I love throwing one over a basic tee and jeans for a put together look. The base outfit is really one of my go-to looks, and it is super comfortable. I love how this kimono makes it look like I put some effort into the outfit; haha, I really didn’t! I feel like everyone needs at least one kimono in their closet, and it’s entirely possible I own three. . .mmmm. . .but I digress. . .

What is your favorite way to spice up a basic and comfortable look during the warmer months?

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XOXO

Cathy

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Summer sunshine

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wearing: ivory and gold door knocker earrings / summer lipstick / yellow v-neck top / brown train case / black snake belt / classic jeans / summer nail polish / gold bar ring / floral espadrilles /

We finally have sunshine here in the San Francisco Bay Area! Our spring weather was so crazy cold. It felt like late fall instead of late spring. Last week we had fog and 60 degree temperatures, this week we have 90 degree weather. It is quite a change!

Since sunshine is naturally cheerful, I felt like wearing a happy, yellow top to kick off summer vacation when I met my friend Dawn from Fashion Should Be Fun for lunch, and of course, blog photos! I felt like the cheery yellow hue represented summer sunshine.

We snapped a few photos on the streets of Campbell, and then enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Flights on Campbell Ave. If you are local, and haven’t eaten there yet, it is a must-do! They have a fun menu you can mix and match, and a hip atmosphere. You will love it!

Our lunch conversation consisted of our favorite brands to take on vacation with us this summer, and New York Fashion Week! It’s never too soon to start talking about fashion week. After all, it’s the biggest fashion gathering of the year; well, technically it happens twice a year, but who is being technical?? haha, I’m not!

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I’m so excited summer vacation starts this week. Has summer vacation started for you too?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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