Getting Ready for Summer + More … It’s Weekend Meanderings

Happy weekend, friends!

Today I’m joining Elizabeth and Kim for Weekend Meanderings.

It’s my favorite day of the week!

I hope you had a great one.

Mine was jam packed with fun things.

It was wedding week – again – on the blog!

All about the planning and details of Kyle and Melody’s wedding straight from the newlyweds themselves.

Oh, and their gorgeous wedding photos too.

Champagne Wall

Maya Lora Photography

On Thursday my friend Ashely of Modern Glam Home

invited me to join her for the grand opening of Eye for Pretty’s new shop.

Eye for Pretty at Home in Danville.

What a fun event and a beautiful new store.

You may remember the Eye for Pretty décor fairies styled Snowberry’s fall porch last year.

Many of the woven pots and the stool they used are available in the new shop.

In addition to so many other wonderful things for the home.

A few of which came home with me!

Store opening party

Ashley’s boutique, Flaunt, is in Danville too.

I stopped by before we walked down the block to the opening.

And bought another adorable summer dress.

More on that later.

Let’s get to it.



Speaking of weddings … it’s fun when a couple incorporates a signature cocktail, or two, into their big day. A signature cocktail can be anything that’s reflective of the couple and their story. It might include an element of the local culture, like an ingredient, something that represents a favorite place, or special moment in their relationship. Kyle and Melody’s wedding featured two signature cocktails. His (Old Fashioned) and Hers (Jalapeno Margarita).

Signature Cocktails

Maya Lora Photography

Old Fashioned: 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 sugar cube, a few dashes Angostura bitters, a few dashes water, orange slice & cocktail cherry for garnish. Place sugar cube in Old Fashioned glass, add bitters and water. Muddle until sugar cube is dissolved. Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon. Gently stir. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Jalapeño Margarita: 1.5 oz blanco tequila, juice of two limes, 1 tsp agave nectar, 1 jalapeño (seeds & ribs removed), Tajin rimming salt, jalapeño slice & lime wedge for garnish. Rub lime wedge around rim of glass. Dip rim in Tajin salt. Fill glass with  ice. Muddle jalapeño in cocktail shaker. Add ice, tequila, lime juice and agave. Shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with jalapeño and lime slices.


You can find my interview with the newlyweds here all about how they approached the planning of their wedding … including the details, vendors, and sources. You’ll be surprised where Melody sourced her wedding veil! They found their signature cocktail sign here and personalized cocktail napkins here.



The past few of years I’ve embraced the floaty-dress-for-summer look. It’s cool, it’s comfortable and these days I really enjoy anything that’s not tight or fitted around the middle.

I’ve been wearing this dress from Flaunt on repeat.

Beige Dress

And I bought this dress last night. Also, at Flaunt.

Plaid Dress

My favorite summer dresses are quite billowy, and the fabric can bunch up between your legs when walking. So annoying. Dresses should flow, not cling. A slip, or petticoat, as my mom called it, is a bit dated. Not to mention adds another unwelcome layer on hot summer days. My solution? A pair of men’s, silk boxer shorts. And it just so happens – don’t ask – I have a pair in my drawer from at least 25 years ago. From Victoria’s Secret. Before they went downmarket and started plastering PINK across every high schooler’s backside. Remember when the stores were nicely decorated and soft, classical music played in the background? They released a collection of classical music on CD each season. Yes, CD. Yes, I’m a dinosaur. But, those were the days.

Anyhoo, my ancient pair of boxers is wearing out. Cautionary tale –  years ago, while waiting for my cocoa at Starbucks, I felt a whoosh around my ankles. I looked down in horror to find my petticoat puddled at my feet. It was an old petticoat, and the elastic gave way. We don’t want a repeat of that incident, do we?

So I need a new pair of silk, men’s boxers. Why men’s? Because they’re roomier … and the leg a little longer. I’m wearing a men’s large … so they’re not tight in the waist (but not loose enough to fall down). Sadly, VS being what it is now, I don’t think I’ll find what I’m looking for there. Searching the inter-webs, I found this option at Nordstrom. A little pricey, but it is an item I wear often and for years so possibly justifiable. Neiman Marcus also has this (also pricey) paisley version. Amazon has an inexpensive set of three. I’m not wild about the colors. I guess men don’t wear beige underwear, but that’s ok. Most of my billowy dresses aren’t sheer.

I won’t post pictures because … well, this is a G-rated blog and I don’t want to make you blush. Tell me, what do you wear under your summer dresses?



Last week a surprise package arrived on my doorstep. An Saje Wellness Aroma Nook diffuser kit. A gift from my friend and photographer Monica Vargas. Monica’s been helping me document Snowberry’s renovation for several years now. I met her when she photographed my nieces baby shower. Anyway, she was here a couple of weeks ago and we started talking about diffusers. She recently discovered Saje Wellness and encouraged me to visit their local store. Before I had a chance to do that, she sent me this one. I’ve never had or used a diffuser before. Gasp. And I really like this Nook style for its compact size, shape, and neutral color. It blends right into our great room. I’ve been using the Liquid Sunshine essential oil blend that was included. It smells amazing.

Great Room Saje Diffuser

Monica sent the Relaxation Room collection too. Isn’t she awesome?! Apparently a small diffuser will reach about 300 sqft of space. I think I’ll add another to the back of the house. I love this nook style and it comes in blue too. That might work well in the bedroom. Or maybe another neutral. Hmmm … I’m not sure.



What comes to mind when you hear Laurel Canyon? There’s the movie starring, Frances McDormand. But I think of Hollywood, movie star homes and a laid-back California aesthetic. This new book, Everybody Thought We Were Crazy sounds fascinating, and I just ordered it. It’s about Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward, their marriage and their Spanish style home in Laurel Canyon. All against the cultural landscape of 1960’s Los Angeles music and movie star scene. History, movie stars, a fabulous house … right in my wheelhouse.

Everybody Thought We Were Crazy book Amazon



The temperatures soared into the 90’s this week in Northern California. It feels like summer. And next weekend is Memorial Day. Already. It’s also Jim’s 65th birthday. Holy moly! Last weekend we pulled out the rest of our outdoor pillows and things and got our back patio ready for summer outdoor living.

Last year I bought a collection of green and white Serena & Lily pillows for our patio sofas. I wrote about it here and shared our entire patio renovation here. I love the vibrant green of the pillows and I know they’ll last for years to come.

Summer Patio Collage

Stripe Pillow Cover / Floral Pillow Cover / Stripe Bolster Cover / Stripe Lumbar Cover /

Throw Blanket / Garden Stool / Outdoor Rug / Tray / Carafe /

Old Fashioned Glasses / Lanterns / Terra Cotta Planters / Console Table


Do I need to remind you that the Serena & Lily sale is STILL going on? 20% off everything using code GOFORIT.

Frontgate is having a sale too.  Up to 20% off, plus free shipping



A couple weeks ago Elizabeth shared the new Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn collection here. Thanks, Elizabeth, for alerting me. I adore Julia’s taste and style and the collection is full of so many beautiful things. I couldn’t resist the gathering basket. I’ve always wanted one. And it fits right in with my Coastal Grandmother aesthetic aspirations.

Gathering Basket Pottery Barn

Julia Berolzheimer x Pottery Barn

I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can swan around the garden clipping rose stems and fulfilling my coastal grandma fantasies.

Gathering Basket

So, there you have it.

Now let’s visit Kim and Elizabeth and see what they’re up to today.



In other news ~

Look what arrived!

A Loverly Life book

A Lovely Life

As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheers from Snowberry!

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  • What a beautiful wedding! Love the different drink recipes. Oh and that boutique! I wished I lived in the area! Thanks for all of the great shares!

  • Hi Juliet
    I love the mens boxers tip. I orders a short / short sleeve jammie’s from company store but the cotton is so stiff!
    Sharing big news next week! My youngest leaves for summer internship in Dallas ( first summer without him). Happy Day! It’s snowing in Colorado!

  • Juliet I have to get up to these two cute shops. Love your dresses. You look so great doing your weekend flitting about with that first one on! I love the idea of the boxer shorts. You had me cracking up with the elastic fail.. I so remember the original Victoria’s Secret. It was a beautiful shop with armoires filled with pretty underthings and lovely nighties. I loved the classical music and aspired to live that kind of elegant life with always elegant underwear.. Flash forward to the crass in your face tacky VS of today.. What happened??
    I refuse to go there….Anyway, I have a couple of light slips that I wear under sheer dresses.. I hate the extra layer in the heat, so maybe I need to try the boxers!
    Love your pretty patio so much. The greens are just fresh. I think I should order the drink table. It’s a really versatile piece. I love how you use it too. The books! I need both and I dig all that Laurel Canyon 1960’s stuff.. Oh and what will you do for Jim’s special day? He looks so good. Men never age.
    Have a wonderful weekend.. Off to pin everything! xoxo

  • In our house we call them “boy underwear” and I have done a version of that many times. Wearing a flowey dress, I am always feel comfortable with a little more on underneath!!
    I can’t wait to read the book you listed and that would be a good read when I’m in Hawaii. I love reading about glamorous Hollywood back in the day.
    Love your patio refresh!! Happy weekend!

  • Juliet, the wedding is/was so beautiful! I love the signature cocktails and will definitely be making the Jalapeño Margarita, as for the Old Fashioned I will take a pass, I don’t like bourbon. My signature cocktail this summer is a Daiquiri, simple, refreshing and delicious.
    I love your two dresses. I am with you on the flowing comfy dresses. I know that some people don’t like them but I don’t care because I am all about feeling comfortable. I have never thought of wearing silk boxers, that is a genius idea! Let me know what you purchase so that I can get some too!
    I do not know much about Laurel Canyon but the book sounds fascinating. I think I will get a copy for my husband. His father was a friend of Dennis Hopper and my husband spent some time with him when he was in his late 20’s early 30’s.
    As for Annie’s store, she is so talented that I am sure it will be a great success. It is beautiful, I love the vintage finds.
    I am happy you found something in the JB collection for Pottery Barn, it is beautiful and a lot of it is sold out.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and big plans for your husbands birthday! xo Elizabeth

  • YOU seem to be spending A LOT OF TIME IN DANVILLE!!!
    WHAT’s there that I am missing OUT ON?

  • Juliet,
    So much fun stuff in this post! I love your patio/garden. Your new cookie plates will be perfect out on the patio!
    So why have I never thought of wearing silk boxers under dresses? What a brilliant idea! I wear bike shorts, but the silky boxers would be so much better. Sort of like a modern-day slip!
    Love your gathering basket! I think I need one this year!
    Thank you so much for a shout-out for Shop Most Lovely Things! I so appreciate your support!

  • Everything about the wedding was so perfect!! I loved every detail. I think you looked beautiful, also!
    I love to wear something similar to boxers under my dresses, (remember peti-pants? I used to wear them in Junior high, but then they disappeared–I found a company called Summer Unders- and I have several pairs, black white, nude plain and lacy!! Check it out -they are like a boxer but meant for women!!

    As usual, loved everything in your post!

    • Hi Martha … is that the same as what I called a tap pant?! Probably similar … and same function. The men’s boxer is a little longer in the leg and looser around the waist … but I’m up for trying anything like it I can get my hands on!!! xo

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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