Recently Baby Gray and I split Seattle and chased the sun down to Southern California. Aaah, it was glorious and I remembered why I enjoyed living in California so much (we lived in San Francisco several years ago). When you get past the whole every-home-is-at-least-a-million-dollars-or-more-issue it's really quite lovely :) The produce, the beach, the food, the arts...it's all amazing. While at first it catches you off guard, there is something uplifting about the warm, friendly attitudes you find in California--there's no "freeze" goin' on there!
My dear friend Beverly showed me all her favorite places, including a street in Venice called Abbott Kinney. It was amazing and definitely a must-visit if you're anywhere nearby (in SoCal that's 20 minutes right?). I could've explored there for hours, but we had limited time so we hit some favorites and split. It was a bit of a teaser you could say. I bought a little painting of the California coastline at Tumbleweed & Dandelion (nothing beats the PCH down by Big Sur!), swooned over linens and vases at Colcha, experienced major cake plate envy at Bountiful and bought a little something for my kids at Kid Firefly. And I cannot wait to go back!
If you've been, what have been your favorites?