For the second part of my California series I wanted to share a “hidden” gem I discovered.
Since it was James’ first time in California, one of the things he wanted to do was see the Hollywood sign up close.However, we were on a bit of a time crunch trying to fit everything in, so hiking trails to get to the sign was out of the question.After doing some extensive research online (while waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade to start at Disneyland…) I found the best Hollywood sign view that required zero hiking.
Considering temperatures have been in the mid-twenties the past two days in NYC, it feels like these photos were taken months ago.However, in reality, it’s been less than a week since I was in California!
Although I love having adventures—traveling to new places and seeing new things—there is nothing I find more relaxing than going back home to California for vacation.Being back is like letting out a huge sigh of relief.I get to see my family, savor the nice weather, and enjoy a more relaxed pace than the go-go-go I’ve become accustomed to in the city.
Although summer just started—it’s practically mid-summer sale season!
Since all of the fall items are going to start hitting stores within the next few weeks, retailers are getting rid of spring and summer pieces perfect for wearing now. This 4th of July weekend has some major sales going on. It’s an especially great time to stock up on summer sandals, swimwear, and accessories!
I might be showing my age by saying this, but remember the opening scene of Almost Famous? The movie starts with a car driving through the palm tree lined streets of suburban LA while the Chipmunks’ Christmas song is playing.
The reason I bring this up is because I never realized, until I rewatched that scene a few years ago, how absurd my Christmas memories must seem to a good majority of the northern hemisphere. While most are cozied up by the fire place and watching the snow, I’m trying to be festive in a sweater while it’s 80 degrees outside. One year it even hit 90 and I tried wearing a cashmere turtleneck and tweed skirt.
Weather in Southern California is always warm relative to most of the US, but this week was really, really ridiculously warm. On Thanksgiving it was nearly 90 degrees in some parts of Orange County! Needless to say, this was a sharp change from the mini blizzard that delayed my flight 4 hours on Wednesday night.
The best part of winter? Coats. The worst part of winter? Coats.
As an NYC transplant who grew up in California, I have a love-hate relationship with outerwear. My first winter in the city, I was super excited to wear a real coat for the first time. I bought a ridiculous cashmere Saint John coat with an oversized fox fur collar. Gorgeous? Yes. Practical? No.