Look for Less: Bows on Bows in San Diego

Working 9-5 slaving in an office, I’m trapped in conservative soul-sucking business clothing all day and don’t get many opportunities to prance around in cute summer clothes. So you better believe I embraced every opportunity to bare some clavicle and wear every single off the shoulder top I own while on vacation in San Diego.

Blouse // Choker // Bag

Even better than an off the shoulder top? An off the shoulder top paired with a choker. I decided to go full-on bows on bows. This sassy little choker reminds me a lot of an Are You Am I version, so I was happy to scoop it up at a mere fraction of the price. Ain’t nobody got money for a $50 choker.

Blouse // Choker // Bag // Sandals // Shorts // Sunglasses

Every night we relished in the perfect San Diego weather and would explore the nearby marina and Seaport collection of touristy shops and overpriced, yet kitschy restaurants. I also took the opportunity to force my mom to take outfit photos! I am so awkward with these still. I love fashion and want to blog about personal style, but I’m  pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera, and my mom is a saint for putting up with my self-critical direction.  Only thing to get me through a photo shoot? Ice cream!

ice cream cones in san diego

We grabbed two crazy expensive ($17 total!) from Ben & Jerry’s, but they were worth it to satisfy my never-ending sweet tooth.  Also worth it? Taking in the sunset and golden light over the harbor. No one does sunsets quite like Southern California.

Sunset at San Diego Marina

Fourth of July Outfits

Happy (almost) Fourth of July, internet friends! My ideal 4th involves heaps of BBQ, a summer cocktail preferably of the mojito variety, the most obnoxious patriotic music (Freebird is necessary), and a food coma/hungover viewing of 1776 the following morning. Any other musical/history nerds out there? It’s basically the original Hamilton.

No matter where I end up viewing the fireworks, I know I’ll relish the opportunity for holiday dressing. Fashion is all about embodying a character for me, so I’m hyped for even more themed dressing – which I wholeheartedly embrace. I thought I’d share three looks, all appropriately patriotic (without going overboard a la an American flag shirt) and perfect for any occasion.

free people off the shoulder embroidered top

Watching the Fireworks in the Grass – cute and casual, and very comfortable

Embroidered off the shoulder top // shorts // bag // sandals


Polka Dot off the Shoulder Top

BBQ and Drinks with Friends – a little more fashion forward and dressed up. Obsessed with this Zara shirt.

Off the shoulder top (Zara – similar) // Shorts // Sandals // Bag // Bandana


Red Madewell Eyelet Dress for Summer

Ticketed soiree – think watching the fireworks from a swanky rooftop downtown. This dress is also just so easy and pretty for any summer party.

Dress // shoes // bag // sunglasses

How will you be celebrating America’s birthday? Will you be going full on Uncle Sam? Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your long weekend!