Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SoCal Sunshine

Waves, sunshine, and sand... an endless Summer of family and friends. That's Southern California to me.

My parent's are both from the San Diego area, and trips to my grandparent's house inevitably included a day or two at the beach. It was the part I looked forward to most of each visit. 

Northern CA beaches, while beautiful, are not exactly swimmable without a wetsuit and a serious respect for the strength of the waves.

But in coastal Southern CA... swim, swim, swim! Warm water and hot sand! Surfing and sailing! Life revolves around water!! 

Sail, surf, or paddle the Pacific!
Being a water gal, I love this! Nothing appeals to me more than lying on a beach with a book and a cocktail, my toes buried in the sand; running into the waves when the heat gets too intense, and coming back dripping and happy to collapse on my favorite beach towel.

So of course when one of my oldest friends moved to Redondo Beach, I was ecstatic at the thought of an opportunity to revisit those childhood memories. After four years of saying I was coming to stay, I finally did this past weekend.

And it was wonderful!! What did I wait so long for?? 

Want to see some pics Poodles?? ;)

Check these out while I look into renting a beautiful California bungalow on the beach... 

Just Arrived! Driving down the street toward
Manhattan Beach!
It looks grey, but it was warm and a little humid.
At 73 degrees F, it was too cold for the locals,
but just right for me! We had the beach to ourselves!
For fantastic views and live entertainment,
try Tony's on the Pier. A Redondo Beach favorite since 1952.
Have one of their famous Mai Tai's, and take home
an awesomely kitsch souvenir glass!

Sunny day at Redondo Beach!
My thrifted skirt matched the boats out at sea.
Everyone was happy playing in the waves...
...I didn't want to leave!
A gal can dream right??!!


  1. Mmmm, yummy, beautiful Pacific coast sunshine! There's none quite like it anywhere else in the world, if you ask me. I love that we get treated to it up here in Okanagan, too. Perhaps not quite the same as the sun that hits the blue ocean waters, but still distinctly west coast through and through.

    You look so completely fabulous!!! That skirt is so darling and fun - I just love a dose of whimsy in my wardrobe like that, too.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. I love the sunshine! Keeps my Vit D up! ;) Thank you about the skirt... Got it at Goodwill for $3! Hehe! Love that kind of find!!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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    1. Thank you!!! You have such great taste, that is a serious complement! <3
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  3. My family is from there, though I was too young to remember. What I do remember are the trips we've taken to visit....and your pictures brought it all back. Ahhhhh....love it.

    1. The best of memories right?! ;)

  4. A boat print skirt!!!!!! I love yours!!! Those cocktails look pretty fabulous too :D

    1. You know I love tiki!! Hehe! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  5. Oh my goodness CoriLynn, I LOVED these pictures. I think my favorite was you in your skirt wading in the water! So cute!! I'm going to make a 40's or 50's style dress to wear at a Halloween party my daughter is having. Hopefully I'll get it done! Thank you so much for visiting, it was so nice to hear from you. I'm really glad I posted again, if nothing else just to get back in touch with sweet friends like you! Have a great day, and I'll hopefully talk with you soon. Hugs, Julie

    1. I loved wading, but next time I'm bringing my swimsuit! ;) I'm so glad we got to talk again!!!
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn