What to Wear: Day at the Beach

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One thing everyone should know about this family is we have two water babies. Midas, our golden retriever hunts out the nearest water source and jumps right in and Jame is off to be the next star Olympic swimmer.  That kid logs more bath hours than I ever thought possible. So it was only a matter of a week before we packed everyone up in the Prius and headed to the coastline. Lucky for us it's only an hour and a half drive. We decided to head over to Cannon Beach, an adorable beachside town with mountains and cliff dancing in the skyline. For all you 70's and 80's babies it's where The Goonies was filmed, I kept sitting on the beach waiting for a pirate ship to float out behind the rocks. 

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Now I am not sure where some of you are at on what to wear to the beach, but I have given it some thought and I have figured out a great guideline for beachwear. I like to start off by picking one element or piece to focus on. I was fortunate enough to be sent this fun sweater dress with cut-outs on the shoulders from Tobi. Because this dress is in a soft gray, the accessories were easy to pair and the gray of the dress letting everything pop. I am absolutely in love with this dress for a couple reasons, the little details of the dress really make it special. The sweater-shirt material makes this dress super comfortable and the cut-outs on the shoulders add a chicness to the overall look. I like the way the cuffs and hem are completely finished, plus the full-length exposed zipper give that final detail for a full 360-degree look. 

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Want to give the cold shoulder too?? Shop this super cute heather grey day dress from Tobi

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When it comes to jewelry I love to mix metals and think it adds depth to the overall look and I cannot stand when accessories are matchy-matchy =(  I opted for a wrap around gold necklace and a grouping of mixed metal bangles. I also pulled my bracelets up my arm just because I hate it when they are just dangling at my wrist. Under the dress, I chose to wear my two-tone high waisted bikini. I absolutely love this vintage silhouette and I am grateful it made a style come back. The high-waisted bikini looks so great on a variety of body types and hides some of those problem areas, that keep us from enjoying our time on the water. I also pack a beach wrap, I love being able to throw it on after a swim or just laying out soaking up the sunshine. 


Shop this look at www.tobi.com

Shop this look at www.tobi.com

For a beach bag, I kept it simple but playful, I am in love with this starfish rope canvas tote. It's so colorful and the perfect pop of color, I tend to let the bag show off the fun side of my personality. For footwear, I like to go sandal over a flip-flop, they add a little comfort and a whole lot of style. I am in love with these rose gold sandals with jewelry straps and a slight platform. The rose gold ties everything together and compliments each piece on its own from the dress to the bathing suit and beach wrap. To finish off the look, I rounded it out with a straw large brim hat and a red lip. The older I get the less and less I can leave the house without a red lip, I just feel like the look is incomplete. haha ;) I live for large brim hats, they are so fun and chic and the perfect finishing accessory to an outfit. 

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Shop this look at www.tobi.com

Shop this look at www.tobi.com

Let me know what you think... This dress was a little out of my comfort zone and was my first attempt at introducing some west coast style into my wardrobe. I must say, I am absolutely in love with this look! Share your favorite beach look or if you like mine.