Erica has specifically asked to go and see all the Classic Old Hollywood spots. While I always laugh at people's fascination with the Walk of Fame, and Grauman's (it's not as exciting as you think!), it's always an enjoyable and charming experience seeing the places Clark, Garbo, Grant, Hepburn all hung out. I light Chambray day dress to combat the heat, cute and comfortable sandals, and a big floppy hat to ward off a sunburn and infuse just a little of Hollywood glamour.
Picnicking in Forest Falls:
Surfing in Oceanside:
Longtime readers will know that my entire family adores the Oceanside beaches. The town is charming, the beach is beautiful, and the best fish'n'chips in California are right on the Harbour. While I am a terrible surfer, I do know how and it is incredibly fun! So I've promised to take Erica out at least once! Despite what films like to show, a one piece and board shorts are one of the best things for surfing. Bikinis are cute, but a sand rash on your stomach is not. And of course a cozy beach towel or mat for reading or playing endless games of Peanuts.
Ah, possibly my absolute favourite location in the whole state (and maybe even the world), Seaport Village is a little pedestrian mall on the San Diego Harbour. I spent a good portion of my childhood hanging out here, riding the carousel, giggling at the Scandinavian Shop, eating Ben & Jerry's, playing in the wooden toy shop, and drinking coffee and reading books with my parents (before it was cool) at The Upstart Crow. During the day there are vendour stalls and entertainers, henna tattoos and balloon artists, and in the evening the twinkling lights set the tone as you walk among the Spanish architecture and ornate fountains looking over the Harbour to Coronado Island. I have a penchant for theme dressing, and love giving a nod to San Diego's Naval history. A comfortable circle skirt, and classic Breton style top with a twist, pretty little flats, and a big bow with a big bun are perfect for walking through the shops or taking in the sunset from the whitewashed concrete walls.
Needless to say, I am pretty excited for Erica's trip, and pretty excited to do a little shopping in preparation!
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