As the summer afternoons slip by, we realize summer won’t last forever. Whether you want to seize the day or seize a hammock nap, its time to make the most of July. Below are our picks to make the most of your weekends with a summer adventure, or if you are like us, make a date with a cold cocktail poolside. Whichever camp you fall into, we’ve got the best events and inspiration for July.
1. If you are thinking of embarking on a classic summer road trip, House Beautiful has got you covered with the Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States. Luckily, their California pick, the Sequoia National Park, is a great road trip distance from Santa Cruz. If you want an even shorter trip, consider going on a Star Stroll in our beautiful local park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. There you will learn about nocturnal wildlife and constellations, the next one is July 14th. Via House Beautiful and California Department of Parks and Recreation.
2. As all locals know, July and August are a great time for the Boardwalk, and not just because of the rickety rollercoasters and greasy food. It's time for the summer movie and concert series on the beach. Taking place Thursday and Friday, respectively, bring a beach blanket and get ready for some feel good summer fun with films like The Goonies and bands like The Family Stone or Smash Mouth. Via Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Image via Alex Kiuchi for Santa Cruz Waves.
3. The bounty of summer continues into July, so why not use those extra farmer's market berries and mint in a refreshing summer cocktail? We are excited to make this Blackberry Lemon Gin & Tonic at our next backyard dinner. Via The Stiers Aesthetic
4. As the summer heats up, we are looking forward to peeling off those June gloom layers. This denim dress from LA brand Lacausa is the perfect July piece for comfort and style. Available at Stripe and online. Via Lacausa
5. If you follow our Instagram or blog, you know we love encaustic cement tile. We recently used the pictured tile in a bathroom renovation. For more drool worthy tile inspiration, take a look at these 11 Encaustic Tile Ideas You Need in Your Home This Year and then give us a call when you’re ready for that remodel! Via Stripe Design Services Instagram, Cement Tile Shop and Brit+Co
6. We love fresh flowers to brighten a home. If you have ever thought of making your own arrangements, take a look at these summer bouquets for inspiration. They’ll make your next party feel special or give your home some July cheer. Via Apartment Therapy
7. If you are lucky enough to have your own pool, I hope you are currently reading this poolside sipping on something with a tiny umbrella. The rest of us will be daydreaming about taking a dip while scrolling through these gorgeous backyard pools. Via Elle Decor