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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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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


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Wearing: silver bamboo hoops / sunglasses / silver moon necklace (old, also love this one) / blue dress (under $50) / denim jacket / gemstone bracelets (local designer, under $50) / spring nail polish / handbag / sneakers /

How cute is this summer dress! Since I lost a lot of weight, I am in the process of slowly replacing my wardrobe. One of the items I needed was a casual, go-to summer dress I can dress up or down depending on the occasion. I was thrilled when I spotted this dress, which is available in several colors and is under $50. Love that!

There were so many colors to choose from, but I ultimately chose blue because I love blue! This dress has short sleeves and a flattering twist design at the waist. It fits really well, and I found it to be comfortable for day-long wear. I definitely need to snap up another one in a different color!

It was a cool and casual day when I decided to wear my new dress. To keep myself warm, I opted for my trusty denim jacket and for walking, I chose these funky sneakers. This turned out to be a really comfortable outfit! I normally don’t think of wearing a dress as comfy, but this one shattered my preconceived notion! I look forward to wearing it casually this summer, as well as pairing the dress with wedge espadrilles for a dressier look. It will also look cute with sandals, flip flops, and flats. Love!

If you are looking for a casual dress under $50, I highly recommend this one! There are so many colors to choose from!

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Have you ever bought something and been surprised how comfortable it turned out to be?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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