Urban Vibes

We have visited LA several times in the past, but this year was the first that we actually made it to Downtown LA. We had a lovely lunch at Bottega Louie and made sure to take away some of their famous macaroons with us. They have a fantastic selection of deserts too, but we resisted the urge to pick up one of each! If you find yourself in DTLA, we highly recommend adding this to your itinerary.

Shop urban vibes for your next big city visit below!

LA Travel Diary: Newport Beach

If you guys are visiting LA and are looking to spend time by the ocean side, we would highly recommend Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas. We rented a 2-bedroom villa for our stay here, and it was just perfect for our family. Each villa comes with its own kitchen, a dining area, a living room and a bathroom for each bedroom, so we had plenty of space to all have breakfast together and for family game nights. Our favorite part by far were the balconies that opened up to stunning views of the Pacific Coast. This was the perfect spot to catch a California sunset, sipping wine and enjoying the crisp ocean breeze.

The resort was super family friendly, which worked out great for our group of ten. We would start the day with a game of tennis in the mornings, followed by some time in the pool. In the afternoons, we would play volleyball, basketball and miniature golf, and end the evening by roasting marshmallows by the large fire pits. The girls loved being outdoors and having the whole family take part in the activities.

During one of our days in the area, we took a short drive over to Balboa Island. It is a charming little island community, with cute boutiques, beautiful vacation homes, and our favorite feature – frozen bananas! Naturally, our first stop was Dad’s Original Balboa Bar where we picked out our favorite dips and toppings for our frozen bananas. After strolling through the little shops and boutiques, we made an obligatory stop at Starbucks to refuel, and continued our walk along the picturesque boardwalk that wraps around the island to burn off all the calories!!

    

The houses along the docks are so beautifully designed, we could have easily wondered here all day. Balboa Island boasts one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country, and looking at some of these houses that is not at all surprising. Although, we’re fairly certain that if they ever close down the frozen banana shops on the island, home values in the area will plummet…just saying.

Linking some Newport Beach appropriate styles for your shopping enjoyment!

LA Travel Diary: Warm Weather Vibes

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We started our LA getaway with a day in Manhattan Beach. It was late October, so we wanted to take advantage of the high temps and sunshine while we still could (although we later found out that there wouldn’t be a shortage of them!). It was a beautiful day to be at the beach. We relaxed on the sand, played some rounds of volleyball and chit-chatted while flipping through magazines.

When we took these photos, a strange midday fog descended over the water creating this ethereal background. It cleared out as quickly as it started, and we were back to clear skies and sunshine before we knew it.

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img_2833-1We love visiting Manhattan Beach when we are in LA. It has a great combination of a relaxing oceanside environment, beautiful views, and a cute downtown area with little pubs and boutiques that have a very European feel.

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Also, meet Brock, the cutest little pug that we miss so much since we left LA!! He is the most laid back little dude and just so lovable. He was not terribly amused by the sand, but he was a trooper. He found a cool shady spot under the tent and laid there, perking up his head whenever people walked by or when he would catch a glimpse of his box of treats.

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A few days into our vacation, we took a drive up to Santa Barbara and stayed at a charming little cottage near downtown. In the morning it seemed slightly too chilly to lay by the oceanside, so we strolled down State Street, grabbed some coffee and did a little bit of shopping. The weather warmed up later in the afternoon, so we gave in and went for ice cream at McConnell’s and enjoyed the sunshine.  In the afternoon, we returned to the cottage and did a quick barbecue in the backyard, watching over the kids as they splashed around in the jacuzzi. After having way more food than we’d like to admit, we headed inside for games with the family until we fell asleep one by one.

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Are you heading somewhere warm soon? Here are some getaway essentials that we are loving right now:

 

Light and Airy at Hampton Court

 

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This past weekend we spent our Saturday at the Hampton Court Palace, an absolutely beautiful historic landmark here in London. Since the weather held up fairly well, we decided to spend most of our time outside walking through and exploring the breath-taking gardens. It was such a serene and relaxing environment. I highly recommend adding it to your sight-seeing list if you are visiting London, or even if you live here!

This Self-Portrait dress was just perfect for the day. It has such a light, airy feel and was ideal for strolling through the meandering pathways.

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I kept my accessories pretty simple, but opted to go with this statement Saint Laurent ring for contrast. You can find similar styles from the latest collection here and here. Saint Laurent never fails in creating stunning jewelry season after season.

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We snapped these before I gave up on my platform sandals and changed to flats for the rest of the day! The nice thing is that this dress goes well with both!

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Shop the links below for these and similar items.

DRESS: Self-Portrait (on sale!) | BAG: Lanvin, similar from the latest collection here | SHOES: Marni (oldies but goodies!) similar here and an alternative here | SUNNIES: Ray-Ban faves | RING: Saint Laurent, similar here and here

Thank you stopping by! Let us know some of your favorite destinations in London in the comments!

Vacation Style & Off The Shoulder Tops

 

Summer Vacation Outfit Inspiration

Ah, to be on vacation! Palm trees and the ocean breeze – yes, sign me up, please!

Here is some outfit inspiration for any vacation plans you may still have as summer is winding down. Vacation style is all about striking the right balance between being comfortable and looking put together. That means, cute flats and sandals (always start with the shoes!), airy dresses and tops, and on-point accessories for polish.

I’ve centered these outfits on off-the-shoulder tops as they are definitely having a moment this year and really seem to capture the essence of vacation style. They exude a certain romantic flare and care-free spirit which you can only truly feel while you’re on vacation mode. So, go ahead, pack up your bags, bare your shoulders, and head off somewhere amazing… lucky you!

 

 

 

Let us know where you’re heading off this summer and what your summer essentials are in the comments below!

Travel Day

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Who doesn’t love the prospect of traveling? There’s something about the excitement of heading off to a new place and the promise of new adventures and discoveries.

On a travel day, you want to strike the right balance between comfy and chic. Pack those 6-inch stilettos in your check-in baggage, and opt for a pair of flat boots. Loving these Phillip Lim booties, for example. They are perfect for traveling, but can also come in handy for walking and sightseeing once you a arrive at your fabulous destination. You cannot go wrong with a pair of casual jeans and a cozy sweater – lots of comfy and loads of chic. And of course, it tends to get cold at 30,000 ft. so keep your jacket and scarf at hand. I never forget to bring along my favorite magazines on a flight. With no wifi, it’s the perfect excuse for some good, old page-turning.

MuuBaa black biker jacket
alducadaosta.com

Current/Elliott torn skinny jeans
$380 – the-dressingroom.com

David Yurman pave jewelry
saksfifthavenue.com

Givenchy silvertone jewelry
$1,195 – net-a-porter.com

Black scarve
tnuck.com

Forever 21 woolen hat
forever21.com