OJAI ESCAPE

Ojai, CA

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Last month, my Mum came out and visited from New Hampshire. I took her to Ojai for a belated Mother’s Day gift, and though we were only in town for a night, we had the best time. We explored the eclectic little shops (Fig is my favorite), went wine tasting at Ojai Valley Winery, and had the prettiest dinner on the lawn at Ojai Valley Inn. Only an hour and a half outside of LA, Ojai is quickly becoming my new favorite escape spot. More specifically, the Inn is truly an oasis unlike any hotel I’ve stayed at in years. From the views to the magical little lanterns in the trees, I haven’t felt that relaxed in a while.

On our way to dinner, my Mum snapped a few photos of me in this striped maxi dress. It’s so comfy yet the deep v neckline gives it a dressier feel. Because we wanted to do a bit of exploring and walking around the grounds, I wore my new Vionic wedge sandals. Made for comfort, I definitely need to invest in a few more pairs of these for my upcoming summer travel plans.

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Wedge Sandals: c/o Vionic

Dress: c/o SHEIN

Bag: c/o Goodnight Macaroon

Earrings: c/o Baublebar

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FALL FLORALS

West Hollywood, CA

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I've always wondered this: Why, during the summer, are maxi dresses everywhere, but come fall they seem to disappear? Minis and skirts get new life with the addition of tights and boots but somehow this longer style seems to get left behind. Afterall, it locks in heat, keeping us all sweaty during the summer months. So why are more people not wearing them when things start to chill down?

Thankfully this trend seems to be waning, and there are plenty of ankle-grazing frocks around at the moment. There are slip dresses and dark floral maxis that will look incredible with booties, mules or sneakers. And since it's in the 80's here today, I just wore it as is-- no jacket, no boots, no leggings.

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Earrings: c/o Charming Charlie

Bag: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Mules: Steve Madden (Similar) 

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MORE MAXI DAYS, PLEASE

Kaanapali, Hawaii

Maxi dresses reemerge every summer without fail. It seems that just as the days start getting longer, so do the dresses—and I love them. They are carefree, casual and they will simply never NOT be a thing. And to top it off, it seems to be the easiest piece to wear. I mean, let's face it, most maxis are not form-fitting and require minimal accessories (or even a bra!) So it's definitely a must-have for your next tropical vaca. 

I wore this floral one all over Maui! I didn't expect to wear it so much, but it turns out it's great for day and night on the islands. I tossed it on for dinner at Mama's Fishouse and then wore it again as a  beach cover-up. I just couldn't get enough. What I can get enough of is these back-to-school campaigns and end of summer sales! We get it, September is approaching, but I don't love the reminder. Let's make these warm, maxi dress days last forever... Who's with me?

Dress: Anthropologie (on sale NOW)

Slide Sandals: Nuage Bleu (similar here under $20)

Earrings: Nuage Bleu (similar)

Bag: Diane's Beachwear (found in store, similar here)

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