sunshine and summertime

there’s no place i’d rather be than seattle during the summer –
don’t get me wrong, i wouldn’t pass up a trip to california. or mexico. or hawaii. 
but summertime in seattle is a beautiful thing!
75-80 degree temperatures. and there are always people outdoors. barbecuing. 
running or walking. hiking. picnicking. visiting beaches and parks and 
outdoor markets. coffee and ice cream shops are filled with families and visiting tourists.
it’s my favorite time of year!
as soon as the weather begins warming up (usually in late march or early 
april), i dig out my dresses, sandals, and other spring/summer accessories.
say goodbye to thick cardigans and jackets and welcome the hats and
 sunglasses, shorts and sleeveless dresses. 
this black and white printed dress is a few years old, but i love the exposed
zipper, gathered waist, and sweatheart-inspired detail on the bust. 
i paired it with my studded gladiator sandals (also from a few seasons ago),
gold bangles, and a bright clutch. to tie the look together, i added a red lip.
^^^ keep your sunglasses close by! you never know when that seattle
sun will reappear from behind the clouds ^^^
dress: francesca’s (similar here), clutch: charming charlie (similar here),
sandals: dolce vita, bangles: forever 21, ring: old navy, 
lipstick: nars ‘heat wave’ (exact here), sunglasses: ray-ban ‘wayfarer’ (exact here)
this summer, i am looking forward to visiting lake chelan,
attending several weddings, and weekend trips to our family cabin.
i always make time for walks around green lake and through sculpture park
in the city, too. what’s on your agenda this summer?
now, if only our sun would return!

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