Living the Pacific dream.


romper C/O DRESSLINK / watch C/O JORD / hat FOREVER 21 / bag STREET LEVEL (similar) / shoes BORN IN CALIFORNIA (similar) / necklace C/O HAPPINESS BOUTIQUE

No beach day is complete without tanlines and (evil) seagulls.

Growing up near Malibu meant ocean escapades were the norm. As sixth graders, we camped out in cabins and survived one traumatizing beach hike (traumatizing because we were twelve and our counselor had no sense of direction). As high school seniors, we celebrated our university acceptances by the coast with SPF, gossip rags, and the occasional surfboard. And now, as a college junior, not much has changed. Zuma, El Matador, Leo Carrillo⎯the slices of paradise we have come to know and love⎯have remained constant over the years in which we have all changed and evolved. 

After jetsetting to NYC for school and Paris for study abroad, I've realized how easy it was to suddenly take these moments for granted. I never truly appreciated the beauty of the Pacific, the convenience of living near the ocean, until I left home and found myself knee-deep in an urban jungle. Summers at home meant that I could once again rekindle my relationship⎯with the beach, that is. 

After a round of heavenly fish and chips at Malibu Seafood, I zip over to Zuma Beach armed with my trusty weapons: tanning oil and a captivating read (at the moment: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, and Amanda Pressner). Also on my list? A boho cool romper as a bikini coverup. A sleek leather bucket bag that I nabbed during Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale from Street Level (they never disappoint). And last but not least, a JORD rose gold watch crafted out of wood. At this rate, I'm 100% sure I will never look at a leather watch again. I especially love JORD's Sidney Maple & Rose Gold Watch because it mixes outdoorsy chic with some feminine flavor. Make sure to check out JORD for more Wood Watches!

Telling time just might be my new favorite activity. 



36 comments

  1. Super:)) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  2. Lovee that romper! So cute with the black accessories :)

    Enclothed Cognition

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  3. I just moved to the Santa Monica area from the desert and I can totally relate to this post! Leaving so close to beach is such an amazing experience.

    I love your outfit, super cute ♡

    xx AlexisSplash

    Deadlikeyourfame.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm in love with your dress


    xoxo,
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  5. Such great photos and an amazing outfit :)

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  6. That romper is SO cute!! Love the print and the color and the lace-edged hems!! These pictures came out just beautifully.

    xx freshfizzle

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  7. As always another amazing post! :)

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  8. You look pretty
    I love this boho chic look
    I love your jord watch too

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  9. This romper is adorable and I love the hint of lace peeking out!

    Wishes & Reality

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  10. Such a chic look!! I love your bag as well :)
    xx Cara
    www.mylifeandmywardrobe.com

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  11. That bag is amazing, I've been looking everywhere for a bag like that!! Love the JORD watches as well, they're so simple and a little bit casual but really sophisticated as well.

    Emily | One Stormy Sunday

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  12. I do think that it's human nature to take things for granted, but it's also inevitable that there will be an experience, or a trigger that has us rushing back to the comfort and familiarity of the things we've grown up with and appreciate them much more, and I think it's wonderful. I live in the suburbs right now and I cannot wait to move into the hustle and bustle of cities. As of now, I hate how mediocre the suburbs is, but I'm sure that one day, I'll be rushing back her to enjoy the peace.

    Anyway, I'm loving the romper, and your necklace is insane, I love it!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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  13. Such a beautiful outfit!
    Alexandra ~ A.WildPeony.wordpress.com

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  14. Gorgeous! These pictures should be in a magazine! I have a bag similar to that, I love them because they're just so unique xx

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  15. I've never lived near the beach but I bet it is amazing. You look great in this romper! I love how you styled it with the statement necklace and hat.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  16. Loove the romper :) Bisous from France, Sand.

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  18. I used to live near the beach as well, and I actually didn't go that often, but now I live like an hour away, and wish I had taken advantage of that before. It's so much nicer on hot days than a pool deck! I've always been so envious of people who live by the ocean - it seems like an endless rotation of tanning, parties, and beach bonfires!

    On another note, it's so cool that you went abroad to Paris! Did you go in college? I've been planning to go next year, but have yet to plan out the logistics.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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  19. I just love the details especially on the shorts! You look wonderful!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  20. Oh my god, I absolutely love that gorgeous necklace, and that hat is perfect too! You look stunning, great post!
    xo Kiki
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  21. I seriously can not get over that stunning romper! I love the design and color of it.

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  22. Sounds like you had an awesome time growing up there, it does look beautiful. These photos are soooo gorgeous, I love your playsuit!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  23. I'm so in love with whites and blues for the summer. That bucket bag is sooo on trend too! I still need to find one!

    Love, Layla Rosita

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  24. Wow! I love everything about this romper! So adorable, especially the plunging neckline and lace details!

    Paulina

    shenanigan-ska.blogspot.com

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  25. love spending time in Malibu :) gorgeous photos!

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  26. I'm new here but AAHH I adore your blog & style!!
    xx

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  27. I'm absolutely in love with the bucket bag! i've gotta get one soon :)

    XOXO Jo | opal + opal

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  28. Mali-gorgeous! You are so beautiful! Love the outfit girl. Definitely giving your blog a follow back!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic - Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

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  29. This look is beautiful & free-spirited. I kind of wish I'd gotten your necklace instead of the one I got from Happiness Boutique. It's so cute. :]

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  30. Ahh love the summertime feel of your style even though summer is coming to a close soon... makes me ready to go out to the beach tomorrow and appreciate it! Definitely look forward to more of your posts :)

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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  31. So in love with your outfit! You look stunning.

    xo
    Nicole
    thegreenraybans.blogspot.com

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  32. I love your style on this post! very classy and stylish! That dress is perfection!

    Lynda y
    DylanQueen

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