May Gray and June Gloom are two Southern California phenomenons where the weather is just completely gray, gloomy and overcast during the months of May and June. I heard about this prior to moving to Los Angeles, but never fully understood it until I was here — and its completely true! The past six weeks have been so overcast every morning and sometimes every afternoon as well. Thank goodness that July is around the corner. I am ready for some sun!
Even if its super gray and gloomy out, I decided to try and brighten things up with an all white outfit. I’ve tried a ton of different pairs of white jeans, and 9 times out of 10 I reach for this pair by Old Navy. They fit the best and are super affordable — can’t beat that! I also wanted to add a super soft subtle pop of color, so I added a textured clutch and my monogrammed Sencha & Bourbon scarf from Oui Please.
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!
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!
Its officially been almost three weeks since we moved to California and I must say they have flown by. Since we landed we’ve been non stop busy and I’m really hoping that things settle down soon. An idea of what we’ve been up to:
Visited with old friends
Made some new friends
Ate at In-n-Out burger
Went to a surprise party
Ate macarons at Bouchon Bakery
Toured a million apartments
Did laundry 50 times (we only have 1 suitcase of clothes!)
Went to an “unlimited mimosa” brunch
Decided on an apartment in Marina Del Rey
Ate at Blue Plate Taco… twice
Went hiking in the Pacific Palisades
Fired/Hired yet another car shipping company
Took a quick work trip to St. Louis
Highlighted my hair super blonde
I feel so disoriented and out of place, but we’re moving into our new apartment on Monday and I hope things start to settle down and feel normal soon. I just got a box of clothes in the mail (thanks Kathy!!) and I can’t wait to finally wear something other than the same 2-3 things everyday. And my car should be arriving soon! The new shipping company we found ships via boat through the Panama Canal — so I am just hoping that by end of week next week it shows up and it didn’t get lost in the Bermuda Triangle!! So here’s to a successful move-in week at our new apartment in Marina Del Rey!
Remember when I mentioned that Doug and I had some huge news to share? We’ll we finally got the green light to let the cat out of the bag… we’re moving to California! Doug was given this great job opportunity, so we put our house up for sale and we’ll be heading west to Los Angeles right after the new year.
I have mixed feelings about leaving Newburyport. I really love it here! And I am so sad about selling my house. But as the move gets closer and closer, I’m trying to really think of this as an adventure. We have a long list of west coast places we want to visit, and I know a few winters without snow will be more than welcome.
We don’t know how long we’ll be in California or whether we will even like it or not, but come January we’ll be embarking on our west coast adventure, and I hope you’ll follow along. I’m sure someday we’ll be back, but for now I’m just soaking up ever last chilly minute here in Newburyport before we leave.
PS. Coat is by Vince from last winter, but a similar one is available here.