Monday, May 16, 2011

Beach Stop

Living close to the water has to be my favorite thing about living in Southern California.  As much as I miss home on the prairies in Canada, there is something glorious about being able to walk onto warm sand and have salty ocean breezes tousle up your hair.  Truth is I somehow always knew, even as a kid, that I would end up in SoCal.  I realize that sounds crazy, but it's true.  As a result I never really settled anywhere after I left home in my late teens - and even more bizarre is my flip flop pile consistently predominated all other shoe collections as my nomadic lifestyle carried out.  One of my best friends in Seattle told me from the time she met me she was always learning to slowly let me go.  Isn't that kind of sad, but poignant?

Speaking of sad it's Monday.  The past two days have officially been declared "Weekend of the Spontaneous Purchase" as a Saturday toothpaste run somehow resulted in 3 pairs of shoes - each the last or only pair in size 36 meaning it was a sign right?, a tunic that I'm pretty sure Carey is going to tell me is a caftan (I think I've crossed over to the dark side aka caftan-lover-in-training), $15 worth of dark chocolate at See's Candies, and a random pitstop at the beach.  To be fair I left the chocolate with the Chef at his restaurant and actually zeroed in on the tunic Friday night at, oh, 8:59pm after randomly spotting -and then immediately purchasing- the very last blush linen blazer at H&M after stalking location after location for three weeks.  Should have seen the signs coming...

Every time I see the ocean, it stops me in my tracks.
Kind of like the fringy tassels on this tunic...I didn't stand a chance against them.
~Club Monaco-Tunic (caftan?), James Perse-Ribbed Dress, Lucky Brand-Denim,
Dulce-Clogs, PANYC&Motif 56-Bracelets, Melinda Maria-Rings, Foley&Corinna-Bag~
This Free People necklace, from what has to be a year ago, turned out to
be a mad show stopper.  Got stopped at least 5x that day.  Who knew?
Had to slip this picture in, too...how cool is that surfer running out of the water?
And, in picture overload, I leave you with a full body.  Despite the fact that I'm 
pretty sure this is a bikini cover-up it will be in daily outfit rotation.  
As I sit in my pj's in the home office. Ha!

Hope your weekends were relaxing after Blogger meltdown 2011!  Can I get a Tuesday?

60 comments:

marissa said...

you rock this so well! it looks like you were born with the socal look!
i live on the ocean too and it's amazing. i love how it changes color and seems to pull me in like gravity whenever i stare out onto it!

Katie said...

Caftan, tunic, whatever you want to call it - its perfection esp for summer. Think I need to hunt one down.
Still can't believe I made such a massive quantity of your guacamole and there wasn't enough left to scrape onto a measly tortilla chip. You need to add a disclaimer to that post - will disappear fast, hide a small container in refrigerator if using for entertaining.

agnes said...

j'adore ta tenue, très jolie tenue, avec ce jean flare, j'aime beaucoup

Très jolie

this free bird said...

marissa - thanks so much and i totally agree w/you re: the ocean. reminds me how insignificant daily stuff is. :)

katie - tunic, caftan = magic. good thing i wasn't really in the know prior to the shred...or it would have been buh-bye shred and hel-lo guacamole! hahaha. that stuff is lethal to the thighs, but so good. tried and true recipe and so glad it worked out for you/jared's bday :) xo

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Might I join you at the beach?;-)
This ensemble is perfect for lovely days at the beach. The white top is so pretty especially paired with the bohemian jewellery and nice jeans. Here's wihsing you a fabulous week ahead. XX

Judy C said...

Now I'll have to look in the swimsuit dept for cute cover ups. I never thought of that. Thanks for the idea. Yours is great.

RosaLovesDC said...

HA, love how you went out for toothpaste and came back with shoes!
And I cannot take my eyes off your necklace, it's stunning.

Debby said...

The tunic is gorgeous and you have on my favorite clogs. xo

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I think you are blessed to live in SoCal! I have that same feeling, like I will end up in L.A. someday. I'm already there enough, but I feel like I will end up there one day.
It must be so nice to be so close to the beach :)
I hope you had a great weekend!

Cara said...

That would be really cute as a cover-up :)

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love that you are drawn to the ocean. Just nice to know you are there enjoying it. I need more tunic tops. Been on the hunt lately. They are so easy and fun and forgiving.

Vic said...

i agree! i very much enjoy the water and living near a beach:) amazing...just wish the whole damn fam would move with us:) that outfit is gorge! i sadly didn't find anything this weekend...but i did go to our flea market...next time i have to go early:) enjoy the week pretty

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Spontaneity always makes for the best shopping, clearly! ;)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i'm such a beach girl too - in the summer i'm at the beach everyday - LOVE it to pieces - and i'm lucky enough to have friends who have houses RIGHT on the beach (mine is on the bay) ..

Marcela said...

I feel the same about the sea/ocean. Maybe coz Im pisces? Anyway, I always feel really happy when Im close to it. So I was the past weekend on Sylt.

Oh and I spontaneously bought my new glasses haha. Hi5!

xx
M.

Tanvi said...

Loveeee your bag as well btw! :)

♡ from © tanvii.com

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You single-handedly have converted me to Free People. Ozooh shopping enabler!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Claire Kiefer said...

I really love your tunic/caftan. It is beautiful and so summer-in-California. I wanna see your other purchases! (I did see one pair of heels! but I want to see the rest). Something that beautiful shouldn't be forced to live its life only as a cover up!

Daisy said...

aww I feel the same way about the beach and the salty ocean air. though my story is a little different since I grew up on the beach!

the fringes are so fun! and what a necklace!!

Krystal said...

i love your beach look here! i never want to live far from the water ever agian, i love it too much!!!

Anna Jane said...

oh boy. these pictures just attest to the fact that i need to leave the midwest. the weather honestly sucks here. i will be visiting LA ASAP!

LyddieGal said...

You got three pairs of shoes this weekend? darn it, i'm two pairs behind, now i'll have to catch up!

And that necklace is a show stopper for sure - leave it to free people!

Chic on the Cheap

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Very fun outfit! I would love to be by the Ocean, but I'll have to make due with Lake Michigan for now!

Taylor said...

I LOVE THIS!! The ocean, the toothpaste turned shoes - which i want to say "atta GIRL!"...Create a bed on your couch I'm coming over! : )

Courtney Erin said...

What a great (but kinda sad) post! And that necklace is madness - what a great statement piece.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous look and pics!
Love that tunic!

xoxox,
CC

Dancing Branflake said...

Ha! I was looking at beach cover ups and I thought "I totally want to wear that for everyday wear!" Yours is so cute. Love that necklace- no wonder it got so many compliments.

Heather said...

What a beautiful bohemian outfit! I love the caftan!

la petite coquine said...

Crap, that tunic! Those sunbursts! The fringe!

Seriously, will you dress me up in some boho chic finery? Because I'd only trust you to nail it, since you are the most divine nomad on Earth.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, darling-here's to a working Blogger!

xoxo, Lena

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

That ocean stops me in it's tracks too! I'm so tempted to move west. Oh and that ocean breeze whipped my {blown out} pin straight hair into a head full of curls within 10 minutes. Not that I minded. I was in heaven :)

Love the tunic and now I think I'm going to have to stalk H&M for a blush linen blazer. Sounds like perfection to me!

xoxo

{oh and bizarre about that sales associate!!! I will totally tell Christine when I see her. RANDOM!!!}

Ashley said...

That tunic is gorgeous! Now you have me wanting to go to the beach, even though the beach where I live is man-made and on a lake, and it's only 50 degrees and raining right now, lol! :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Cassie Lee said...

I love living by the beach too--although it's much colder here in Rhode Island lol. I really like your entire outfit, it's so beachy and classic. Happy Monday!

Marie a la Mode said...

I really love this outfit, from head to toe! Your boho-chic style totally suits you! Oh how I wish I lived near the ocean! You know what's funny? When I was little I thought I'd end up in California, too. Who knows...?

made-to-travel.com said...

OMG...don't get me started on spontaneous shopping, a gift for a friend turns into GIFTS for me real fast.

LOVE YOUR NECKLACE. can see why it was a show stopper.

Torrie said...

caftan. tunic. tomato. tamahto.

Either way, it's pretty damn cute. Flowy, delicate, feminine, yet beachy-casual.

... I totally would've stopped you in your tracks about that necklace. Love. =)

LV said...

I love thit top! You look very beautiful and very hohemian.

http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

It's nice to have a show-stopping necklace. I usually do that to detract attention from my tiny boobs.

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Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I am making it a point to get to the beach more this summer! It's so close yet so far away!

Adorable, Carrie. As always :)

Have a great week!

Kerri said...

i am so glad you get to live by the water!

modanista junkie said...

I, too love the beach and wish I could live closer. I'm only about 20 minutes away but still wish I were walking distance away!! I am loving your tunic top!! It's so pretty and perfect for an escape!!!

p.s. I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog. :)


xoxo,
Mel

kimbirdy said...

your tunic/caftan is absolutely gorgeous! definitely a great purchase. well done. :) and i really need to get over to the coast and lie on the beach one of these days soon. i'm so close, it's shameful i'm not there more often.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Ahhhhhh this caftan/tunic is
amaze balls! And the fact that it's from the Club makes me like it even more! Can't wait for you new shoe purchases to make their debut on the blog... *anxiously awaiting :) xoxo

Lori said...

That tunic had your name written all over it didn't it!! Love the necklace too Carrie ~ did you make it to the flea??

this free bird said...

Lori I barely made it to the flea due to wind and rain, but did score a precious vintage (for reals from the 50's navajo dancing man ring in turquoise and coral - it's ridic!)

xo,
C

My Heart Blogged said...

That tunic is fantastic. I love the tassels, and creamy color of it.
My Heart Blogged

Closet Fashionista said...

Love that tunic!! :D
Sometimes lots of impulse buying is good, haha..lets you be a bit crazy :)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Abby said...

I miss the ocean! And that tunic is really cute.

Josie said...

Blogger meltdown threw off my whole schedule/life -- that's my story, anyway. And I totally hear you on the impulse buys -- being home is making me broke already!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Isabel said...

i plan on buying a stash of chocolate tomorrow. i have issues. lol. my blog still hasnt recovered from the blogger meltdown! lets hope it doesnt happen again

Marusya V said...

Beautiful necklace! and wonderful blog - really enjoyed browsing through:)
On a separate note - glad for you that Blogger is up and running again:) Gosh the whole blogging thing can be sooo stressful sometimes!
xoxo from Australia
Marusya V
http://crashingred.com

heather said...

love love love!!!

Suite Henry said...

It's been too long since I've been by the ocean.
Lovely tassles too!

Jess said...

These pictures make me seriously question why I live in Indianapolis! I want a beach NOW!

Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

so stunning. x hivenn

Valerie said...

That tunic is also a show stopper, Carrie! I can see why you couldn't pass it up. What shoes did you get??? And what's up with all the rain??

xo
val

3closets said...

Wow that tunic is gorgeous!!! I love love love this outfit!

xo, Sarah

http://3closets.blogspot.com

Taj Acosta said...

Pretty tunic doll! xo

Carey said...

HA. You know it gurl. It's floaty and triangular, I'll call it a caftan. You look fantastic.

Someday I'll be the first to comment on your blog... crikey.

xx!
C

Carey said...

wait, a commenter called you "hohemian." is this a new slutty sort of bohemian thing I need to know about, or a typo?

don't answer that. love you.

Emmett Katherine said...

love the tunic/caftcan. is it this seaon at club monaco? I havent been there for a few weeks - a month? and didn't see it last time I was in. I'll have to go back and check it out!

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