Yes, I'm wearing shorts. SHORTS! I never wear shorts! A lot of you probably shook your head in disbelief when you read that but I'm serious. I never wear shorts because I hate how I look in them. I'm all for body positivity and accepting your body for what it is but it is really hard for me to "accept" certain parts of my body. I work out really hard to stay healthy and to keep my body in shape and while I've come to the realization that I am not going to have thin anything, looking good in my clothes still drives my work outs (just being honest!). With that said, I have never liked how I looked in shorts. I felt like they never sat high enough on my waist (high waisted or NOTHING is now my motto) and pairs that I tried on were always either too short or too long OR too tight in the thigh and butt.
About two weeks ago, I traveled to the beautiful Park Winters with my friends Shannon and Sarah. Ever since Jonny and I got married here, I've been itching to come back to this beautiful oasis. Having lived in San Francisco for six years, I've really come to appreciate life outside the city, especially in the summer time. Most of you know that San Francisco is pretty chilly during the summer time but if you travel just outside the city, you'll find yourself experiencing some pretty warm weather. Ever since I returned home from Austin, I've been craving warm weather so traveling to Winters seemed like the perfect place to spend the day (more on our time at Park Winters coming soon!).
I would say that my number one go-to outfit year-round is a pair of jeans and a really cute comfy top. Not only is this no-fail look so easy but it's really comfortably for walking around the city, running errands, or even hanging out with friends on a Saturday night. When you live in a city where the fog rolls in pretty much every night, wearing dresses (while I LOVE them) is not always conducive to our quickly changing weather patterns. HOWEVER, when it's summer, I try to adhere as closely to a summer wardrobe as I can without freezing my butt off so tops like this adorable Bash Paris one are my live-in pieces all summer long.
Sure, summers usually mean warm weather, trips to the pool, and evenings spent BBQing with friends and family, but for most people in the 20's and 30's, summers also mean wedding season. With so many people wanting to tie the knot in the summer time, I often find it challenging to find multiple outfits that are not only appropriate to wear to weddings (damn all my perfect white formal pieces!) but will also work in a variety of weather conditions. When it comes to wedding dresses, I often struggle finding pieces that will work for more casual weddings. For me, I really prefer to dress up for weddings (it's fun!) but Jonny and I are going to a more casual wedding at the end of July and I just knew this dress could be perfect for that occasion.
I've always had this love/hate relationship with summer dressing. I have to admit, I am a fall/winter style lover. I adore layers, textured coats, and boots. I mean, I live in San Francisco so technically I can wear these things year round, but in the summer, I always feel the need to lighten up my style choices a bit. However, with the summer weather comes my insecurity with how to appropriately dress during the warmer months. I usually count down the days until I can bust out my winter coats again, but this year, I'm having a total love affair with summer. I mean, I literally can't stop myself from buying and wearing light and airy pieces that are just made for lounging in the sun (well, in my case lounging in the shade because sun damage). I think that I owe a large part of this to our recent trip to Austin and while it was super hot there, I really liked frolicking around in all my summer pieces.