Life Lately

Girls Day at the Beach

So this is a few snaps from the last week! It’s only been one short week of summer, but I’ve packed a lot in.

Three beach days in one Week!
Sun Hats

A and I hitting up the beach on Tuesday. Sun hats are crucial to not ending up with a sunburnt nose!

Summer Sunsets

We’ve had some pretty amazing sunsets here in San Jose, and I tried to capture the gorgeous colors we got last week!

Capitola

We had a lovely mellow Father’s Day in Capitola with the whole fam (including the dog!) at a dog friendly beach, followed up by yummy food at Gayle’s Bakery.

How was your week? Do anything fun or summery?

Love,

-S

Straw Totes

Straw Totes

One thing I’ve been keeping my eye on to pick out for summer is a new straw tote. They are perfect for loading up a bunch of things for a day at the beach, or running a few errands. I found a few at different price points, that all scream summer to me! They also seem so adorable, and perfect for different summer events, like picnics, or a light summer lunch out with girlfriends.

How do you feel about straw totes? Do you have one that you use when you spend a day at the beach with friends?

Love,

-S

Sun Hats

About three years ago I fell in love with a Panama hat at J.Crew. I wouldn’t normally have liked or even bought something like that, but I don’t know, something about that hat spoke to me!

And surprisingly enough, I wear it decently often, to the beach with friends, on holiday with my family, to the park on a sunny day. Then two years ago when my dad and I visited L.A. I was looking for a big sun hat for long days at the beach. We found one at Manhattan beach as we were walking along that I liked, really simple with a black ribbon and bow.

Now, I can’t see to walk into a store without finding another hat I like! I like that they hide my sometimes messy wind-blown hair, they keep my nose from getting sunburnt, and they seem to take my outfits a step cooler.

I’ve been looking to add another sun hat, and there are so many great options out now. I might just have to pick one up.

I want all of them! Are you a hat person? What do you do to keep your face from getting too much sun?

Love,

-S

Sun, Sand and the Surf

Hyannis Port

I really like the motto of working hard so that you can play hard. And for me, playing hard always means relaxing somewhere warm on a sunny beach. My 2015 resolution was to travel more, and that means regularly putting some money aside for a later date to have fun somewhere new!

Often I’m pretty busy, between working a full time teaching job, babysitting around 25 hours a week. Sometimes I’ll sneak in time for a workout, or to grab dinner with either friends or family. When at home, I’m usually washing up some dishes, trying to get a load of laundry done, finishing lessonplans/powerpoints for work and sleeping! I do tend to relax in the form of watching a show for an hour or so in the later evenings.

I usually need to block out time for a trip before I’m able to put away my endless to-do lists, and pull out a fun book! On Monday, my girlfriend and I will be flying to Maui for 5 days, and I couldn’t be more excited to unplug, and enjoy lots of down time

I’ve been on the hunt for a new bathing suit, and even though its a bit early in the season to be shopping for summer, there are tons of choices online that I’ve been eying.

So many have cute back details! I’ve been mostly leaning towards one pieces because I think they will be more comfortable under my swim shirt when I’m snorkeling.

La Blanca *image from Nordstroms website

                                image of Tommy Bahama from Nordstroms Website

There are so many cute choices out there! Any places that you love to score a new bathing suit? Do you prefer a one piece or a bikini?

Love,

-S

Provincetown, Massachusetts

After two rainy days in Portland Maine, my father and I drove south to the Cape. We stayed in Hyannis Port, and explored a few of the local towns. One of my favorite days there we spent visiting Provincetown. We happened to visit on a sunny, warm day. We walked the downtown section easily, and then spotted the Pilgrim Monument. I am delighted by all things historical and old, so I explored the museum and monument on my own while my dad took a break in the car.

Construction on the Pilgrim Monument began in 1907 when Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone, and the monument was completed in 1910. The museum and monument was built to educate the general public about the Mayflower Pilgrims arrival to the New World in 1620.

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I climbed about 116 steps and walked up 6o ramps to reach the monuments viewing platform at the top, which stands 252 feet tall. It was a beautiful view.

From there we drove back to Hyannis Port where we picked up fish and chips to go, and watched a beautiful sunset on the beach.

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I love days spent in the fresh air, listening to the beat of the waves. I could have easily spent a week in Hyannis Port playing on the beach, eating delicious seafood, and exploring all the little towns.  To me, beach days and the smell of the crisp ocean air are summer.

Love,

-S

Gloucester & Kennebunkport

After spending one short but amazing day in Boston, we jumped into our rental VW Jetta and started north. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in a beautiful coastal town call Gloucester. We had beautiful blue skies, brisk winds, and a gorgeous coastline at our very fingertips.

We stayed at the Bass Rocks Inn, which was truly stunning. Built in 1897 by George Stacy as a wedding gift to his bride, it is built in the Colonial Revival Style, with elegant lines and lots of traditional white paint with dark shutters. Purchased by new owners in 1946, it evolved to become a popular destination for summer visitors, including a father and daughter pair from sunny California.

 

Gloucester

Gloucester

Gloucester
My dad and I enjoyed their freshly baked cookies in the late evening as we sat in front of their outdoor fireplace with a glass of wine and took in the view.

We ended up at a small but fantastic restaurant called Market. It had a great view of Lobster Cove, and we enjoyed everything from the ambiance to my delicious pea and lemon zest pasta.

Here is a video from my SnapChat account: SisforSandy. You should add me if you haven’t already!

 

The next day we enjoyed the pool for a bit before hitting the road again. We drove North thru Kennebunkport and walked the town a bit.

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I like their mini homage to Pont des Arts with locks on the bridge overlooking the water. It was a charming, but bustling town. The next day we explored my favorite town. More about my trip tomorrow!

Love,

-S

 

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