Unexpected Moments

stripe sweater

Some of the best moments are those that are unexpected. On a foggy Sunday morning the boyfriend and I made a pit stop off of the freeway to take a look at the ocean. He was checking the waves and I was checking the view. It was a little chilly so I grabbed his sweater to keep me warm. We stood there watching the water and walking along the train tracks. These are the moments that I love. The unexpected moments laughing and having fun.

H&M Men’s Sweater {similar}, Hudson Jeans, Dolce Vita Sandals

Natalie Notions casual fall look stripe sweater California train tracks

Note: I wanted to stay in this cozy sweater all day.

Fall Plaid

Fall Plaid

Fall is the season for plaid. Every year I seem to buy a new plaid print. This season my plaid fix is this dress from Anthropologie. I love that it can be dressed up or down because it’s made out of a silky material. I wore this to my friend’s wedding last week and added a beaded belt, heels and crystal and diamond jewelry. I rolled up the sleeves when it was time to heat it up on the dance floor. I can’t wait to pair this with boots and a sweater once the weather cools down.

Anthropologie Plaid Dress, Anthropologie Belt, Cole Haan Heels {similar}, Swarovski Drop Earrings {similar}, Silver Locket Necklace, Anthropologie Clutch

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Note: Fall plaid. It just goes.

Central Coast Eats

I had so much fun this weekend seeing one of my good friends get married and being reunited with other friends from high school. We didn’t get a chance to eat at any of my favorite restaurants in the area, but it made me think of all of the yummy spots that I miss. Here are some of my favorite Central Coast eats.

Jocko’s Steak House, Nipomo – This is the place to go if you’re looking for a good steak and Santa Maria style BBQ. Don’t expect to be seated right away, as it’s always packed there. It seems like a little hole in the wall restaurant in a small country town, but the food is amazing. Besides, the hole in the wall places are usually the best.

Splash Cafe, Pismo Beach – People line up out the door to get clam chowder in bread bowls at Splash Cafe. The clams are caught locally and made into the chowder soup right there at the landmark Pismo Beach restaurant. Splash Cafe has been a favorite among locals and tourists since 1989 and is one of the oldest restaurants in Pismo. On a cool evening after the beach it’s tasty comfort food.

Old West Cinnamon Rolls, Pismo Beach – My mouth waters just thinking about this place. The cinnamon rolls are huge and topped with lots of sweet frosting. The bakery has been in the family for three generations and it all started when Betty combined her fresh bread dough recipe with her creativity to make something sweet for the fair. Forty years later and that same recipe is still used.

Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana, Pismo Beach – I’m pretty picky when it comes to Italian food, since I think my family makes the best. So it’s hard to find a restaurant that competes with my mom’s lasagna or my grandpa’s pizza. Giuseppe’s makes the cut. I love all of the vespas lined up outside of the restaurant. They make for a cute photo opp.

F.McLintocks, Shell Beach – As you drive along the coast through Shell Beach, this doesn’t look like much. A random restaurant off the the freeway with not too much around. Inside your’e transported to an old saloon with dark wood beams and a view of the ocean and surrounding hills. You can enjoy steaks and more Santa Maria style tri-tip. If you love a juicy steak with a fun ambiance, then this is the place for you.

Note: Photos found here 1, 2, 3, 4

Central Coast

This weekend I’m going to a wedding on the Central Coast in the Five Cities area. I’m heading back to where I grew up to celebrate the nuptials of a dear friend from high school. I’ve forgotten how many gems there are in the area.


The Cliffs Resort – Not only is The Cliffs a nice place to rest your head, it’s also a fun spot to grab a drink. On the weekends the hotel bar goes off. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Cliffs Resort is located just off the 101 freeway, which also makes it a nice pit stop on a road trip along the coast. A funny tidbit, this is where I had dinner the night of my junior year prom.

Kaleidoscope Inn – I love to stay at quaint inns and cozy bed and breakfast places. I’ve talked about it here and here. Although the rooms look like your typical B&B and what most people think of {they need remodel and upgrading}, the grounds are what make it so lovely. The lush garden is large enough for a wedding, which I’ve been to. Everything is perfectly manicured and inviting for an afternoon reading on the grass.


Luxe Boutique – Located in downtown Arroyo Grande, the small boutique shop carries jewelry and clothing that caters to the locals. Easy breezy styles from Free People {one of my favorites}, plaid shirts and leather bags adorn the racks and shelves. Downtown Arroyo Grande is a cute small strip of locally owned shops.

Pancho’s Surf Shop – This local favorite has been around forever. It’s a hot spot for Pismo Beach surfers and beach goers to buy bathing suits, clothes, surfboards and skateboards. You can definitely pick up on the vibe of Pismo Beach just from going into Pancho’s.


Lopez Lake – This was the place for a quick camping trip when I was growing up. It wasn’t too far and you could go fishing, wade in the lake, kayak, camp and roast marshmallows. Unfortunately like most lakes in California these days, it’s dried up a lot. It’s still a nice place to get away and relax.

Wine Tasting at Laetitia – This winery is one of my favorites from the area. The location is perfect and not too far into the hills. The winery includes walking trails, picnic areas and bocce ball courts. You can spend hours here drinking wine, playing a few games and dining al fresco. The winery holds monthly events, but it’s not like you need a reason to go wine tasting.

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – This is also a great place to stay. But if you’re not, you can spend a day at the spa soaking in one of the mineral spring tubs and getting a massage. If you have a big group you can rent one of the larger pools for a few hours and relax with a glass of wine. I’ve done this a few times and it’s the perfect girls weekend getaway or day retreat. The natural sulfur in the tubs comes from under the property and is known as nature’s beauty mineral.

Note: Photos borrowed from here: 1, 2, 3, 4

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

what to wear to a fall weddingZimmermann Arcadia Plunge V Dress, Alexis Bittar Earrings and Ring, Rebecca Minkoff Small Argentina Clutch, Steven by Steven Madden Heels

I have two weddings coming up and was in need of a little style inspiration. I have a few personal requirements when choosing an outfit to wear to a wedding. Make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to stand in at cocktail hour and dance in for the rest of the night. The dress can’t be short if there will be dancing {can you tell I like to dance}, otherwise when I lift up my arms my undies will show. If there isn’t any dancing, then I will go for a shorter, tighter dress. Otherwise, I stick to something mid-length  or maxi and easy to move in. For the upcoming fall weddings I’m sticking to fall colors. I love this burn orange dress from Zimmermann. It’s perfect shade for autumn.

Note: The weddings I’m going to are completely different in style, so it will be fun to change up the look.

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