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Exploring Southern California

October 28, 2019

By:

Erin Schrader

Disclosure: Thank you to Backcountry and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post. All products were selected, purchased and loved by yours truly.

Sweet sweet Southern California, how I love thee. Shawn and I got back this week after spending a week away at one of our favorite US destination spots and while I could have done without the glamorous cold that I got the minute we landed, it was still a great time of relaxation, sunshine and a cocktail or two around the pool. Due to said cold, we didn’t go out and about as much as I was planning on, however, we still had some fun afternoons and evenings exploring little beach towns [San Clemente, Carlsbad and Laguna being some of our personal faves] or the resort which was like a city in itself.

Southern California can always be a little tricky to pack for this time of year as the days can get hot and the evenings can quickly cool off. Going from a swimsuit during the day to a sweater at night wasn’t abnormal for us on this trip and thankfully, I packed appropriately [and by appropriately I mean in excess, 100 pounds of luggage to be exact….oops]. Before departing I went to one of my favorite online retailers for all outdoor exploring purposes, Backcountry, to find some cute fall apparel and my favorite category of all, footwear. A girl has to have some [cute] comfortable shoes while traveling, amen? Backcountry carries so many brands that I love and trust [Sorel, Patagonia, and many more!] so it was a no brainer to stock up there! You may remember how I had the same logic for our Iceland trip which you can see here!  Use code YELLOW15 for 15% off your first order at Backcountry.com (exclusions apply).

Prana Avita Sweater [true to size, wearing in small] // Baggu BAGGU Circle Purse [true to size, wearing in small] // Pistil Soho Fedora // Toad&Co Tangerine Falls Jacket [size down if in between] // Sorel Cate Cut Out Boot [true to size]

On our last night there, we decided to do a little sunset walk [there are truly no better sunsets than Southern California sunsets] and enjoy taking in all of the sights while getting a little [little] exercise in before partaking in one last California dinner. Sunset and dinner, my two favorite parts of every day.

I can’t tell you just how comfortable and perfect these Sorel Cate Cut Out Boots were for the festivities. Whether you’re traveling this fall or staying put and exploring your own local area, these are a must. You can walk for miles in comfort while still looking put together and that my friends is a win.

Sorel Cate Cut Out Boot [true to size]

Another must-have when it comes to travel and exploring, a hands free bag! Who wants to hold a handbag when you can be holding chocolate covered bananas [a Balboa Island must]! Exactly. The banana wins.

Baggu BAGGU Circle Purse

Long story short, I’ll always be so grateful for our travels and time away spent exploring new areas, especially areas that are full of palm trees and ocean views. If you haven’t ever been to Southern California please do yourself a favor and go [and then take me with you]. Wherever your fall takes you, may you go in style, comfort and warmth…

Prana Avita Sweater [true to size, wearing in small] // Baggu BAGGU Circle Purse [true to size, wearing in small] // Pistil Soho Fedora // Toad&Co Tangerine Falls Jacket [size down if in between] // Sorel Cate Cut Out Boot [true to size]

Until next time California…..

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  1. Kelly says:

    Love your outfit and can not wait to see more from this trip!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  2. Gina Allen says:

    What you were in the OC? OMG I grew up in Laguna Beach and live close by. I am your ultimate fangirl and I just love that you came down. It looks like you stayed at the Ritz near Salt Creek. Wish I got a selfie with you!!! I tell everyone about your site and that you are the key to my wardrobe success, even my hubby follows you on pintrest now to get presents for me.

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