Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Travel Tyro: SOREL Style in Santa Monica

Yesterday was the first official day of spring and Boston decided to welcome in the change of season with a sprinkling of confetti— in the form of fresh snow. As I sorted through photos from spring break a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but wish a view of the Santa Monica Beach would magically appear outside my icy window.

From scenic mountain views to humidity-free sunshine and colorful surfboard dotted waves, Santa Monica Beach evoked every California cliché in the best way possible. After a walk down the iconic pier—hot dog in hand, of course— my friend and I decided to bike the two miles south to Venice Beach for an afternoon of eating and shopping along the mile-long bohemian boulevard, Abbott Kinney. While I loved indulging in the laid-back California surf culture, it was honestly just refreshing to simply wear open-toed shoes in the sunshine again. These leather SOREL Joanie Lace Wedge Sandals I wore have quickly become a personal favorite and I'm sure they will become a staple this summer. Not only are they a fun twist on my 1964 Premium Wedge, but they are also extremely comfortable for walking (and even biking) long distances!

Santa Monica Beach: the epitome of California with an old fashioned pier, surf culture, and white sandy beaches among a scenic mountain backdrop.
Summer has ideal temperatures for swimming and surfing, but it's southern California… the weather is always welcoming to snowbirds.
OOTD: Shirt: J.Crew | Skirt: American Apparel | Hat: Nordstrom | 
While heading south to Florida is the popular spring break destination of choice, heading out west to California still offers ample sunshine minus the crowds and humidity at the beach. 
Tyro Tidbit:
Be sure to stay for a colorful evening sunset and/or a ferris wheel ride when the Santa Monica Pier lights up the night. 

*Thank you to SOREL for partnering on this post*

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