If ever anyone needed to choose an outfit for my caricature to depict what I truly love to wear, I’m positive well-fitting jeans and an embroidered top would be a safe choice. I just can’t turn down pretty embroidery! This top is by Tularosa, which has become one of my favorite lines for their lovely designs and approachable price point. (You can find another favorite Tularosa piece in this blog post.) I ordered this top online, and it came in just in time for my trip out west. A Palm Springs family wedding with my daughter serving as flower girl called for early arrival and a few days at Disneyland of course, but after checking out flights, we decided the best bet was to fly into Orange County and spend the day at the beach (natch) before heading to Anaheim. I like to wear jeans on planes to stave off the freezing air and disguise any spills my children inevitably cause, so topping my outfit with my Levi’s denim jacket was a no brainer. Once we arrived at the John Wayne Airport (honestly THE BEST airport ever if you’re heading to SoCal), I quickly changed into cutoffs, and this top served perfectly as a chic cover-up en route to Laguna Beach’s stunning Crescent Bay. This picturesque cove was the perfect playground for the kids, and I had a chance to read my book without interruption and execute some serious people watching behind my sunnies!
Following our fun in the sun, we opted to stay coastal for dinner and headed a few miles north to Newport Beach for a fantastic sunset dinner at the Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove. I had heard of this restaurant and knew it would be a great place to go with our kids and enjoy the views. What I did not know was just how fabulous the food would be! Anticipating a little beach shack, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a pretty sophisticated menu with fun drinks and desserts. We ordered several items from the appetizer menu, including the lemongrass chicken skewers and ahi tuna tacos, as well as the diver scallops and a few margaritas. Everything on our table was amazing, but the beignets for dessert were over the top! If you’re out that way, just do it!