Ah yes, summer is here. If you recall, I'd been gushing over the glorious gloomy days, the considerably cooler mornings, & the beautifully brisk nights over the course of the last month. Well, that all went away within one day. San Diego went from a blanket of clouds to a heat wave in a 24 hour period.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd
Dress: Cotton On // Similar: here & here
Purse: Betsey Johnson // Similar: here
Shoes: Forever 21 // Similar:  here
Bracelet: Things Remembered // Similar: here & here
Ring: Dogeared Jewelry // Similar: here & here

I left the house at 7:30 a.m. & was hit with 78° F temperatures, eventually rising to over 100° in some areas of San Diego. I felt a sweat mustache forming, patiently waiting to make its embarrassing appearance. Grey gloom was replaced with blue skies & beaming rays of light. We went from peaceful, overcast days to obscene, ridiculous heat. We went from wearing light layers to feeling the desperate need to strip off completely.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

I decided to use one of my faithful grey dresses & tailor it to being suitable for summer. You may have seen this dress in couple outfits (here & here), but it was always styled with cooler temperatures in mind. The Cotton On beauty has a 90s vibe to it, which is a time in my life I've become very nostalgic for.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Although I do love my velvet boots, there has been more than one occasion where a sexy pair of pumps would've come in handy. That's where these nude, slightly pink heels from Forever 21 came into play. I know I'll get a lot of wear from them.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Despite having a closet with a variety of options to choose from, I always find myself going back to certain pieces. I'm glad this grey dress will finally get some summer use. It's so soft & comfortable, but we'll have to see how it holds up in the heat. It's made of cotton, so it may be a bit heavy.

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

california lifestyle blogger, summer attire, ootd

Although I'm 26 years old, I'm constantly discovering new things about myself  my tastes, likes & dislikes, my interests. You never stop growing, learning, or expanding your knowledge. One of the most important things I've learned is to keep moving forward. The more you look back on the past  — whether it's your outfits, your mistakes, your relationships  the more time it'll take to turn back around & go in the right direction.

What do you think of this outfit? :]

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