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Summer Favorites: Fog-Free Weekend Spots and the Sunnies to Wear

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It's full swing FOGUST in San Francisco. While the rest of the Bay Area is soaking up the last of the summer sun, we are living in a world of fog.  How do you survive until summer returns in September and October? We put together a list of our favorite sunny spots in the city and beyond, plus the best sunglasses to wear on your adventure. 

Stay Stylish,
K&M


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1. Go on a Hike!

Don't let the fog slow you down. One way we love to find the sunshine is to explore a trail in Marin, Berkeley, or along the peninsula. Grizzly Peak in Berkeley is a great beginners hike with incredible views of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate. For more experienced hikers, try the Marin Coastal Trail.

 

Sunglasses for Hiking:
Men: Smith Lowdown2 Polarized ChromaPop Sunglasses, $169

These sporty yet stylish shades will keep your eyes protected and keep up with the pace. The hydrophilic nose pads keep the glasses from slipping while the ultra light frame keeps you from getting that dreaded sunglass imprint.

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Women: Oakley Latch, $163
The frames are super lightweight for all day wear, and their special lens technology helps enhance visual details for a crystal view, while blocking out too much sunshine. An extra feature allows you to clip the shades to your shirt, so they'll stay secure when you're hiking under shade.

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2. Hit Off The Grid Presidio Picnic

Not only is the Presidio Picnic free, it takes place every Sunday rain or shine on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, with amazing views of the park, the city, and the Bay.  Enjoy the incredible views, 25+ food vendors, music, crafts for kids, and even a free yoga class from 11-12.

Sunglasses a Chill Park Day:
Men: Warby Parker Abe, $145
The Abe is an aviator style with a fresh square silhouette. These offer 100% UV protection, are scratch resistant in case you drop them, and have a cool silver frame.
 

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Women: Quay Australia Somerset Aviators, $60
Megan recently picked up this style on a weekend trip to Vegas, making it her second pair of Quay's. The highly reflective lenses make them great for protecting your eyes, while the sleek brow bar amps up the style.

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3. Explore a Farmer's Market or Flea Market

If you are willing to drive a little, why not pick up picnicking supplies for wine tasting at the Healdsburg Farmer's Market? Located just off the main street, local vendors offer a mix of fresh flowers, cheeses, and breads perfect to beautify your spread.

If you want to explore something closer to the city and still find some sunshine, Kimberly is a big fan of the Alameda Antiques Faire held the first Sunday of the month. Find your latest vintage piece, grab lunch at the market and take in the views of the city (if it's not fogged in).

Women: J.Crew Seaside Round Cateye, $65

Perfect for adding a little color to your life and a retro nod to summer. These frames are easy on the eyes and the pocket book while providing standard UV protection.

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Men: TOM's Dawson Milky Honey Fade, $139.95

Understated in a soft honey fade, these chic sunglasses are a softer take on a masculine wood frame. This slightly square shape does more than make you look good. With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help restore sight to someone in need. One for One®

 

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Summer Vacation: How Megan Prepares for a Week on Ibiza

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Carrying on our summer tradition, Kimberly and I are taking to the blog to share what we are packing for summer vacation. Last year you got to see Kimberly's capsule wardrobe for her trip to London and Amsterdam. This time around, I am excited to give you an inside look at what I will be wearing during a week in Ibiza, Spain.

Stay Stylish,
M&K


Beach here I come! For the first time in almost 4 years, I am actually taking a lengthy vacation filled with sun, sand, and friends. Where you ask? I am flying to London for 2 days and then heading to Ibiza, Spain for a week. 

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Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help

I guess now is a good time to let you in on a little secret - I love to help my clients pack for trips, but packing for myself is one of my least favorite tasks. Enter the best styling partner ever. Kimberly generously came over first thing on a Monday morning to not only help me pack, but also create some of my favorite outfits for the trip! If you have a vacation coming up and are feeling a mental block, it always helps to have a fresh set of eyes look over your wardrobe. Often times they will see something that you haven't.

Assess Your Needs

While I typically try to travel light, I decided to indulge myself this trip by ditching the carry-on and packing plenty of options. I knew that I would need outfits that could take me from a day on the beach to a night out. And given our itinerary, I needed at least 2 dressier evening looks. Oh, did I mention that I would also be seeing a lot of DJ sets? So that means comfortable shoes that I can dance all night in.

Make a Shopping List

When I travel, I like to make extensive lists of everything I need by category: accessories, clothes, shoes, toiletries, carry-on items, etc. That way I can check things off as I get them. Even better, when it comes time to pack I already have detailed lists of everything I need to remember. This also helps keep you accountable and not over-spend on items that you don't really need or overpack items that you may not even end up wearing.

Choose Where To Invest

Since San Francisco never has a "real summer" I ended up buying a number of new hot weather items for my trip. Big on my list were swimsuits. coverups, easy dresses, and sandals. I knew I could always put a denim jacket or blazer over a dress in cooler temps, so I felt more comfortable investing in both maxi and midi dresses. I also wanted to leave room to buy some special pieces abroad if I saw something that I just had to have, so I purposely left space for new additions.

I wear a swimsuit maybe 4 times a year, so that was one category where I held back from splurging. Instead I bought 5 moderately priced swimsuits to have a fun variety. Stay tuned to see if they hold up...

Pro Tip: Pack your swimsuits in ziplock bags. It will keep them organized in your suitcase and you have somewhere to stick your wet suit after a day at the beach.

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Don't Forget Your Travel Outfit

I am going to be honest, what I travel in may be the most important outfit I prepare for a trip. Especially if it is a red eye or international flight. Comfort is key, so I usually pack a second outfit in my carry-on that I can change into either when it's time to sleep on the flight or during a long layover to freshen up a bit.

For this particular trip, it is a straight 10 hour flight to London. I am always cold on planes, so I wanted something I could cozy up in while still not feeling too schlumpy when I land. I've been in love with my "Female Equals Future" sweater since I bought it. It's super soft, while making a positive statement. For the flight, I've paired it with knit cropped leg track pants, a tunic length black tank, and my new flower embroidered jacket. My white sneakers are comfortable and easy to wear, and I always pack an extra pair of socks in my carry-on to put on once we take off.

Pro Tip: Wear bulkier items (such as a sweater or sneakers) on the plane to free up room in your suitcase.

Here is the complete picture of my Ibiza wardrobe. Stay tuned... next I will be sharing my 5 must-have vacation 5. 

Clothing details (from top to right): H&M Female Equals Future sweater ( similar ),  Topshop flower patch jacket ,  Shein wide leg track pants ,  Goodfellow & Co. white sneakers ,  Old Navy flip flops ,  Shein orange bikini ,  crochet cover-up ,  Bella crochet swimsuit , Chanel scarf, AG denim shorts ( similar) , Gap embroidered blouse ( similar ),  Shein gray bikini ,  H&M fitted black dress , Kooples tank top ( similar ), Stella McCartney purple bralette ( similar ), Anthro beaded clutch ( similiar ),  H&M sequin skirt , Aldo silver heels ( similar ), BCBG sandals ( similar ), Yarn beach tote ( similar ),  Ralph Lauren white blouse ,  Gap denim shorts ,  Shein black bikini ,  Dolce Vita sandals ,  ASOS red maxi dress , J.Crew hoop earrings ( similar ), Rag n Bone acid washed jeans ( similar ), Calvin Klein heels (old), Juicy Couture necklace (old), Alice + Olivia green cami ( similar ), Jigsaw metallic clutch ( similar ).

Clothing details (from top to right): H&M Female Equals Future sweater (similar), Topshop flower patch jacket, Shein wide leg track pants, Goodfellow & Co. white sneakers, Old Navy flip flops, Shein orange bikini, crochet cover-up, Bella crochet swimsuit, Chanel scarf, AG denim shorts (similar), Gap embroidered blouse (similar), Shein gray bikini, H&M fitted black dress, Kooples tank top (similar), Stella McCartney purple bralette (similar), Anthro beaded clutch (similiar), H&M sequin skirt, Aldo silver heels (similar), BCBG sandals (similar), Yarn beach tote (similar), Ralph Lauren white blouse, Gap denim shorts, Shein black bikini, Dolce Vita sandals, ASOS red maxi dress, J.Crew hoop earrings (similar), Rag n Bone acid washed jeans (similar), Calvin Klein heels (old), Juicy Couture necklace (old), Alice + Olivia green cami (similar), Jigsaw metallic clutch (similar).

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