NorCal Vibes

How does one style a practical and stylish outfit that’s NorCal weather-appropriate? The answer is: layers! 

Maxi dresses are an easy layering piece. You can layer a warm pair of leggings underneath or a slip for a hidden shield from any surprise chills. Now, summers in California truly are hot practically the entire season, but when you’re walking around a coastal town like Monterey, the weather can be much more unpredictable. You also never know when a building you walk into is going to be blasting the A/C so high that it’s like you walked from the oven and straight into the freezer.

For this look, I gave myself two options for sweater cardigans that I could switch out at anytime as they both could fit in my Mary Poppins-like purse. I started out with a light open-knit cardigan, but also kept my handy dandy cashmere sweater cardigan from BCBG in case it got cold (which it did!). Of course, what better to top a summer outfit off than a pair of elevated espadrilles which I got from Public Desire.

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Monterey is an amazing coastal town with a wonderful fishing town vibe! We then continued on to the 17 mile drive which leads down through Pebble Beach to Carmel. Once again, another series of truly beautiful nature sights. I just love how you can drive in practically any direction away from the Bay Area and find yourself in someplace wonderful. photo (102 of 117)photo (63 of 117)photo (64 of 117)photo (66 of 117)

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