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Long sleeve dress trend

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wearing: golden hoop earrings / long sleeve dress / tank top under dress / black handbag / spring nail polish / suede boots (on sale) /

The long sleeve dress trend! This dress style has been everywhere lately, so when I needed a new look for my wedding anniversary dinner, I decided to wear the long sleeve dress trend. It’s a lot of fun!

Long sleeve dresses this season are short with an a-line silhouette. Since I am short, the dress doesn’t really look as short as it is meant to be; that’s lucky for those of us who don’t want to go too short! haha

Since it is winter, and temperatures dropped into the 40’s, I paired my long sleeve dress with knee boots. I also brought an ivory coat with me which I wore the majority of the night.

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We enjoyed dinner at Bella Saratoga, which is one of my favorite restaurants in Saratoga. If you are local, and haven’t tried it yet, please do! You will love it! My favorite item on the menu is the Fettuccine Blanco pictured above. It’s my go-to when I eat there, so I highly recommend it!

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This long sleeve dress will also transition into the spring and summer seasons with short boots in the spring, and sandals in the summer. Paired with a straw bag, and it will be a really cute summer look! Love that!

Are you planning on trying the long sleeve dress trend, or have you already tried it? What do you think of this look of the moment?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

*Apologies for the photo quality, these pictures were taken with an iPhone.

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Rio Del Mar beach day

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Wearing: hat (old, also love this one) / earrings / sunglasses / swimsuit cover-up dress (under $50) / swimsuit (not shown) / wedge espadrilles / straw tote bag / summer nail polish /

‘Tis the season to go to the beach! If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, when was the last time you took a beach day? Sometimes we think of the beach as a place to go to relax, but unfortunately, the summer months bring in a lot of people at the beaches, making them anything but relaxing.

Unless you want your beach day to be filled with activities, you might skip the beach and opt for a spa if you are looking for peace and quiet. Well, maybe that means you don’t know about Rio Del Mar Beach in Aptos!

I’m not trying to spoil the place, but I don’t think tourists will suddenly flood Rio Del Mar Beach if I post about it. Unless you live in the Bay Area and truck in your own picnic, there isn’t anything here for tourists to see. It’s just a beach.

Rio Del Mar Beach is a quiet yet large beach in Aptos, just south of Capitola. While many beach going locals talk about heading to Capitola in order to avoid crowds in Santa Cruz, an even better way to avoid crowds is to head a little further south on highway 1 and go to Rio Del Mar.

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This isn’t a beach made to handle a ton of people, despite having a ton of clean sand and space. Rio Del Mar Beach is set up like a local, neighborhood beach. The parking lot is small, and if you end up not finding a space, you will have to park in the neighborhood. If this happens, please oh please be respectful of the neighborhood! Park your car without blocking driveways and adhere to any parking signs that have been posted. It’s better to park a few minutes away than to block a driveway or break a parking rule.

Once you legally park, you can walk over to the beach and enjoy it’s peacefulness. There is a lot of sand, which equates to tons of space for spreading out your blanket. There are a few restaurants in town, but they are small, and you should dress in regular clothing to go. I recommend bringing a cooler with food from home to eat while on the beach.

There is also a really cool, cement boat off a small pier which has been sinking for years. Every time we go to Rio Del Mar Beach the boat is a little farther down in the sea. It’s pretty cool to see, and fun to walk over to and check out.

As always, I recommend going early! The earlier you go, the better chance you have of getting into the parking lot. I also recommend taking a day off work and going on a weekday. This will give you a more peaceful experience.

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Summer vacation is already halfway over! Enjoy it and go to the beach!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO
Cathy

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Summer dress season

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wearing: white hat (old, also love this one) / sunglasses / floral dress / pink bucket bag / summer nail polish / wedge espadrilles /

Summer dress season is here, and outdoor events are happening quite frequently. It is so nice to have things back to normal; almost! The past month was jam-packed with events surrounding my kids and their two graduations, awards ceremonies, and end-of-year celebrations. This dress was the dressiest one I wore for those events, and it was very comfortable for an outside event in the hot sun, with no shade!

The fun part about outdoor events is that they are an excuse to pull out the hats from the top shelf of the closet! This hat has been in my wardrobe for close to a decade, and I absolutely adore it. I was thrilled to be able to wear it to my son’ graduation, where this photo was taken. His graduation was held outside in direct sun, at 4pm in the afternoon. Having a hat was essential, plus, there is something about a hat which makes an entire outfit look dressier. Love that!

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Are you surviving summer dress season? If you still need a dress, I highly recommend this one! It is very comfortable and easy to dress up or down. Love!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy