I don’t generally need a reason to plan a vacation, so give me any sort of excuse and I’m down the trip-planning rabbit hole. I accepted an exciting job offer this week, so the dude and I are looking to make a little trip somewhere to celebrate. Requirements: somewhere warm, with tropical beverages and within a five-hour flight of San Francisco. On the list so far are Baja (Todos Santos or the East Cape), Hawaii and Palm Springs, but I’d love to hear other suggestions. Where should we go?
A reminder: This weekend is your last chance to enter my Stella & Dot giveaway and shop the online trunk show (I picked up this beauty the other day and it hasn’t left my wrist since).
Making use of my grandmother’s pareo as a beach blanket in Santa Monica
Southern California can get a bit of a bad rap from its northern neighbors, but I don’t really get it. Every time I visit LA, the sun is shining, people are smiling, and there’s just a general happy vibe throughout the city (save the parking lot highways). We took advantage of the holiday Monday this weekend and headed south to LA for a few days to visit friends and soak up the sunshine, and the 80-degree weather certainly didn’t disappoint. One of my favorite parts of the city is Santa Monica – with plenty of sparkling coastline and loads of shopping to boot – and we spent a lovely afternoon there lazing on the beach and wandering around the promenade, followed by a dinner of delicious ceviche and sangria back in Hollywood at the very awesome Los Balcónes del Peru.
On Sunday we headed to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and later visited Calle Olvera, a super colorful Mexican walking street in one of the oldest parts of the city, where we gorged on Mexican fare and explored shops filled to the brim with Mexican art and trinkets. All in all, a very colorful and sunny long weekend. Happy Tuesday, friends.
Scenes from LA’s Calle Olvera
Wandering through Olvera Street (Free People Fitted With Daisies Dress)
The Santa Monica Pier on an 80-degree February day
Ya Los Angeles sweater, Current Elliott jeans (similar), Joe’s Jeans booties (similar), headband knitted by my sister (similar), Oliver Peoples Daddy B sunglasses
I spent of good bit of time over the Thanksgiving holiday frolicking in the East Coast sand, despite less-than-balmy temps. To maximize the hours outdoors, I lived in knits of all shapes and sizes pretty much all weekend (learning quickly that loose-knit types aren’t so great for ocean breezes). My sister knitted me this headband a while back and it’s pretty perfect for chilly-but-not-too-chilly days, though I’ve discovered that it’s one of those pieces that you’ve gotta commit a full day to, as it is not so kind to the hair, especially that of the banged variety.
Though things have most certainly started transitioning to fall on the coast, the past couple of days at the beach were warm enough for all grades of outdoor activity, and accordingly my weekend was spent with bike rides around the island, runs on the beach and even a last-of-the-season swim. As nice as all that was, the weekend flew by in a flash and here we are at Monday again. Do you ever find that the more awesome the weekend, the worse it is to get back to the grind? Bleh.
Happy boating, indeed
Full moon beach walking
A nice package to come home to – new boots for fall
As I’ve previously mentioned, I get pretty sad around this time of year every year as my favorite season comes to a close, so it’s somewhat bittersweet to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. While I love any excuse to take a long weekend away, this particular holiday signifies the end of summer, and that’s something I’m not so fond of. That said, I still love a good farewell-summer bonfire with good friends and good beers, and that calls for some casual late-summer attire.