These days I’m all about the relaxed California vibe — and when I spotted these pink wide-leg pants I knew they would be perfect for the summer. Although it gets super hot inland, it stays cooler near the water and in the marina where we live. The wide-leg is breezy enough for the daytime, but keeps me warm once the sun goes down. I also always throw my jean jacket into the car, just in case!
Doug and I are also obsessed with anything from Alternative Apparel — like this tank. They have the softest t-shirts and we’ve been back to their Venice location twice to stock up. Along with the tank tops, I have their organic french terry crewneck and zip up hoodie. The hoodie is currently on sale now too!
One of my absolute favorite things about Marina del Rey is the bike path thats right behind our apartment. It’s a 22 mile bike path all along the Los Angeles coastline, running all the way from Pacific Palisades down to Torrance, just past Redondo Beach. We take a bike ride almost every single weekend usually to Santa Monica Pier (north) or Manhattan Beach (south) and we always make a pit stop for some lunch and wine. Totally one of my favorite things to do on the weekend and either north or south, its such a gorgeous ride along the beach! On this particular day we didn’t ride on the bike path, but rather walked up it a little bit and headed into the marina for dinner.
I’ve also been having a lot of fun lately with hats since my colorist told me that the sun will make my newly blonde locks turn brassy. This hat is from Cuyana, one of my absolute favorite brands — I love their “fewer, better” motto and minimalist mentality. I own a few of their products and I’m super lucky that one of their 2 stores (nationwide!) is 5 minutes away from me in Venice!
When I moved to California, one of the things I missed most was the blogger community I had back in Boston. I had a great network of friends along with the Boston Bloggers and Blog Better Boston organizations that planned awesome events. So one of the first things I started to look for when I finally felt settled was another blogging community out here.
I found Blogger Babes through Meetup.com, and many of the seats at their events go super quick, so I was thrilled when I got a spot at the Mandy Ingber yoga event at RonRobinson in Santa Monica!
RonRobinson sells a unique array of clothing, home goods, and beauty products, including my favorite Diptyque candles and Oribe hair products. They have such a unique space and I discovered that they host free yoga classes every weekend! If you’re ever in Santa Monica, its definitely a must visit!
I absolutely love Turkish towels (aka Pestemals) and have several that I use as scarves/wraps and beach blankets. But when I spotted this Turkish towel poncho at a local artisan’s market in Venice, it was so unique I just had to have it! The Handloom is a local company that “blends traditional Turkish culture and the Southern California sun.”
I wore it on an afternoon outing to Malibu Wines and it was the perfect layer — not too warm for the daytime, but for when the sun started to go down. It comes in other colors, but I loved the creamy light color. And I can see it looking great with a long sleeve white tee later in the fall!
I’m not much for festivals or camping, but I couldn’t pass up this super cute H&M x Coachella skirt! A long time ago, my grandmother told me that an elephant with its trunk up is good luck, so I’ve always been drawn to anything that has pictures of them on it. I’ve also been wearing my jean jacket non-stop! Its a perfect layer for a chilly California evening. I’m starting to think I need a white one, so that I can wear one with jeans without giving off the “Canadian Tuxedo” vibe.