sun set

i grew up in the sunny southern california desert. as the spring and summer would approach, the world would get hot and sticky and i’d find myself laying awake in bed at night with the windows open, trying to fall asleep beneath a thin sheet. during the day, i’d escape the heat, sucking on popsicles and sitting in front of the space cooler in our tiny living room. years later, i packed my bags and headed to san francisco. even though i’ve lived here for well over ten years, i still get that aching nostalgia on days when the weather warms up and i can almost smell the¬†sickly¬†sweet orange blossoms in the hot summer sun like i did back home as a kid.

so you’d better bet that i (along with everyone else in san francisco) have been running outside to chase after every bit of warmth and sun while it lasts. these photos were taken on one such day, when we took advantage of the heat and headed out to the edge of the city where golden gate park meets the ocean, a place that’s almost always cold and dreary even on the warmest days. lo and behold, the whole place was alive and active with beach-goers and picnickers enjoying the weather. and while it did cool down quite a bit as the sun started to set, it was still so dreamy to lay in the grass and bask in the warm sun.

wearing: candela alexis lace dress, ugg australia suede cross body bag, vintage suede sandals, vintage sweater, occ lip tar in grandma

19 Responses to sun set

  1. Charm Kindred Spirit April 30, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Love the lace dress so pretty!

  2. Jennifer April 30, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Love everything about this outfit!

    xo Jennifer

  3. Fabiola "Fab" April 30, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Erin, you in your beautiful dress and the sun is a wonderful combination! Warmth all the way! :)

  4. nination April 30, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    you look great! I love your style and you give me a lot of inspiration, so thx!

  5. mariebayarea April 30, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I love that area in the city too. You look lovely in that pretty dress.

  6. Meghan, The Flight Of Fancy April 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm #


  7. Trendy Mondays April 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    We are so happy with all this sunshine in the city! Gorgeous detail on your dress!

  8. joy April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    you look absolutely divine and beautiful.

  9. Azu April 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I love the way lace looks next to tattoos! I think it’s so pretty.

    I really like your dress…the lighting is perfect too :) We actually used to get really hot nights in the Bay Area. But that was back in the early 90s. I’m sure it’s nothing like a desert. But your description of trying to stay cool at night reminded me of how hot it used to get. I used to actually spray water onto my sheets at night before bed. LOL!

    xo Azu

  10. Cortnie April 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Oh, that dress!


  11. Emma April 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I LOVE that dress. Gorgeous!! And I envy weather in just about any part of California at the moment :)

    -Emma from little motley

  12. Tori Lynne April 30, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Wow wow wow the detail on that dress! <3
    xo, Tori Lynne

  13. isitsecretisitsafe April 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    What a lovely outfit! I wish it were a bit cooler here during the summer! It can be so miserable. San Francisco summers sound like my kind of summers!


  14. Rebecca April 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    That dress is so pretty! And the way the light is falling on you in these photos is absolutely beautiful

  15. Jo - Lost in the Haze May 1, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Gosh, I completely know the feeling, Erin! New Zealand is generally pretty darn amazing weather-wise, but there are certain times where the weather is.. well, I don’t know quite how to describe it! But it completely makes me feel like a kid again, and the weather will remind me so much of Brunei, in South-East Asia, where I grew up. It’s the mugginess I think. My favourite!

    Lost in the Haze

  16. Fran May 1, 2013 at 3:07 am #

    Love this dress, the photos are so dreamy too.

  17. Sweet Harvest Moon May 1, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Such a beautiful dress!

  18. skye May 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    You wear that dress very well!

  19. Victoria / Justice Pirate May 8, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    This dress is so pretty in the sunlight and on you!!! Your post description is so descriptive and beautiful, by the way.

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