Scenes from Southern California
May 14, 2012
Hey all, I had a crazy cool weekend and a mini getaway to the southern part of my state. For anyone who hasn’t visited California yet, the South and the North are like night and day. I don’t get down south as often as I like to, but it’s such a fun place to visit. Palm trees, beaches, breezy tropical cocktails, fish tacos, and plenty of things to see and do. It was my cousin’s baby shower but also an opportunity to hang out with family and friends, even if just for a 36 hours.
I met up with my blog buddy JJ from the Blah Blah Blahger on Saturday and she was kind enough to drive us down to the Newport Beach area, and we headed to Crystal Cove for lunch and some great beach views. This is such a cute little beach hangout where you can actually rent cottages if you make your reservations way in advance.
Someday I need a rope fence in my life just like this one.
One of the things I love most about travel is how different the botanicals are. I’m pretty sure this is a yucca tree, they are everywhere, just like palm trees and bougainvillea.
We popped into some shops in the Newport Beach area too and I couldn’t help but love this climbing vine, 5,000 points if you can tell me the name of it because I don’t know what it is.
How cool are these woody tangled stems and those huge yellow flowers? What is its name? Does it grow from magic beans all the way to the sky? These things I must know.
Speaking of shops, we hung out in an amazing home furnishings and decor store called Juxtaposition – when in Newport Beach you must visit. I love this simple pennant pillow (and psssst…. what a great idea for a DIY project to represent your alma mater).
I prefer smaller scale chevron prints and this one from afar reminds me of a twist on sophisticated houndstooth, and hello fabulous nailhead trim.
This is a favorite conversation area combo: tailored neutral furnishings layered in textured large scale textiles with a rustic coffee table in the middle, I could curl up here all day.
Just behind were rows of divine fabrics from Ikats to summer stripes, I’ll take one of each pillow case please!
This large scale floral was one of our favorites, we loved the perfect medley of colors.
Green glass bottles with vintage labels are great for so many things, from storing cotton balls to displaying fresh flowers.
Flags in home decor are still popular, especially here, and I love all the interpretations from pillows, to throws, or even framed as art.
I spied several patchwork patterns and also the ‘over dyed’ ultra saturated fabrics in many of the decorative pillows and throws on the floor. And it’s official, the fiddle fig tree is the hottest indoor botanical right now, they were everywhere too.
This was my favorite display with its curated mixture of textures and styles from rustic to glam, it looked like something straight out of Lonny magazine. That chipped paint concave mirror in person is TDF and so were those silver lamps with black linen shades, swoon!
It was so great to dip my toes in the sand and spend a beautiful sunny day in Southern California.
What’s better than a getaway with girlfriends spent by the sea? Not much if you ask me!