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This Month In Style: July 2023

Style Magazine – July 2023

When our team brainstormed cover ideas for this month’s issue, we debated between an actual dog, a hot dog, or the possibility of both (a dog eating a hot dog?!). It is the dog days of summer, after all.

Each option had its advantages. Canines are cute, likable, and would make the featured pup’s owner pretty proud. Hot dogs, however, scream “summer in America!”—a timely choice for July. Plus, as my publisher likes to regularly remind me: “Food sells.”

Clearly, you can see who came out as the top dog. We hope you agree it’s a fun, nostalgic nod to memories of backyard barbecues, ballgames, and (if your family is anything like mine) the Costco food court. Read all about the fiery frank (dressed to impress with homemade and seriously spicy condiments), plus nine more gourmet, grown-up dogs in The Hot List (page 88).

Pet lovers won’t want to miss our adorable and informative article, “Incredible Pets!” (page 64), featuring a pictorial of furry friends who live locally (and some amusing anecdotes about them), plus a roundup of pooch-friendly patios, public “pet”iquette, area dog parks, and wonderful ways to honor a pet who has passed.

While my family doesn’t currently have a pet at home (unless you count my two young kids, who—just like puppies—love snuggling, making messes, outdoor adventures, and constantly trying to get treats), I’m guessing it won’t be long until a fluffy (preferably potty-trained) friend joins our household.

Animals aside, there are plenty more page-turning pieces ahead. In The 10 Spot (page 20), we talk about the region’s coolest consignment shops—where you can buy (or sell) everything from brand-name furniture and barely worn baby clothes to high-end handbags—and why this type of shopping isn’t only good for your wallet, but the environment too. In “(Don’t) Say Cheese” (page 24) photographers share their top tips for taking picture-perfect snaps, whether the subject is a colorful cocktail, cranky kid, or fidgety feline. Finally, check out “Get a Room” (page 76) to read about some of Nor Cal’s hautest hotels—from a four-star French-style château to an intimate, highly exclusive Edwardian-era inn. The best part about all the properties? They’re located in destinations that typically boast temperate temperatures, so you can escape the mundane of home and the heat!

Stay cool out there, and don’t forget to “relish” the good times with your best friends…and man’s best friend. Cheers!

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