On the Pier // OOTD

The salty ocean breeze billowed relentlessly as the waves crashed hypnotically onto the sandy beach. I stood facing the constant ebb & flow of the water, peering curiously at the line of surfers trying to hitch a ride on each subsequent crest. From the warmth of the sun on my face to view of the vast bluish green Pacific Ocean, this was beauty at its finest.

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Kimono: New Chic* // Dress: Cotton On (similar) // Leggings: Forever 21 (exact) // Purse: my grandma (similar) // Shoes: G by Guess (similar)

California is so large. You could spend ages exploring all the little cities & towns it houses within its confines. Fred & I looked at a map & picked out San Clemente, a city in Orange County, California, because of its proximity to San Diego — about 60 miles away.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

We toured San Clemente on a brief & busy 29 hour trip. The first stop on the list was an obvious stroll down the wooden San Clemente Pier. We walked the entire distance & relished every moment. We watched as the surfers tried their best to catch the lackluster waves. We eyed pigeons as they flew to their perch. We stared at the seemingly endless horizon of water.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

"I'm the queen of the world." I said in my best Leonardo DiCaprio circa Titanic impression.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

The weather said the little town was bound for rain but the gloominess vanished, revealing that beautiful Southern California sunshine mixed with the fresh ocean breeze & a sprinkle of clouds. Despite my modest layering, I was neither hot nor cold. A perfect unexpected balance.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

The grey tri-blend dress from Cotton On has become a new staple. It's simple & versatile. I find myself reaching for it every single week, & I have no shame about that. I paired the dress with the Floral Organza Kimono Three-Quarter Sleeve Sunblock Cardigan* from New Chic.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

I love the sheerness of it, which makes staring at my shadow pretty darn awesome. It's easy. It's breezy. I just might bring it with me to Coachella in April. I love the length as well as the funky cut of the sleeves. Aside from the fabric being slightly itchy, this kimono has found a popular spot in my closet.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger

We had a joyous albeit short journey in San Clemente filled with copious amounts of food, a great deal of sunshine, quite a bit of walking, & best of all, memories together. We decided to take more of these mini trips since it gives us something small but thrilling to look forward to. Next stop: Borrego Springs.

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* Disclaimer: I received the Floral Organza Kimono Cardigan complimentary from New Chic. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]

53 comments

  1. That is such a pretty kimono - it looks perfect for spring :) xxx

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  2. these are gorgeous shots! Loving the kimono!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  3. Great outfit! You look stunning girl :) xo

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  4. I need that whole scene in my life! Envious for sure!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  5. Amazing, I love it!

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  6. Cruises have always been something I want to go on but never seem to get the opportunity to. The Pacific Ocean looks amazing, Carmen, and I love your laidback outfit, especially that sheer kimono!

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  7. I love the way you describe gazing over the pier and listening to the waves fall against the shore, it reminds me of when I visited California and fell in love with the beach. Your outfit goes so well with where you are, and the photos are so beautiful! I'm planning a trip to California because you're right, there is so much to explore and simply not enough time to do it all in one go!

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  8. Lovely kimono!

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  9. Lovely post! You look gorgeous, I especially love the flowery cardigan and blue bottoms! <3

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  10. I'd love to be there and enjoy that nice view and the sunshine! Your kimono is pretty.

    Ela BellaWorld

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  11. I went to LA not too long ago and I already miss the warmth!

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  12. you look great dear! lovely outfit and perfect view x

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  13. I'd love to visit California and San Clemente sounds charming - sounds like you had a wonderful short break

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  14. Looks like a wonderful time! The weather sounds wonderful, though the region was expecting a bit of rain. Glad you enjoyed it!

    xo

    Nataliya

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  15. beautiful view!! looks like a blast xo
    Jamie
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  16. This is such a lovely kimono - you wear it well! I really love the photo of you looking out over the water with the kimono blowing in the wind :) Have a great week ahead!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  17. What a beautiful view! Makes me miss the beach and summer! Love your outfit too, enjoy your Sunday :)

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  18. I love the kimono. It looks amazing on you. :)

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  19. I love this outfit! And I'm glad you got to enjoy a mini-getaway :)
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  20. Such a perfect spot & a lovely flowing light outfit. The kimono adds the romantic touch to it - love it, hon! California is so beautiful. We hope to visit soon - fingers crossed :)
    xox Nadia
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  21. I've never been on a cruise either. Sounds like it'd be an interesting experience. :]

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  22. Thank you! They're super comfy. :]

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  23. You're so right. That's the best way to describe California. Come for a visit! :]

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  24. Gotta love leggings to stay warm. :]

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  25. LA is an animal itself. So much to see there. :]

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  26. Perfect view indeed. Thanks Daria. :]

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  27. It was so short!!! I need to go longer next time. :]

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  28. No rain on this trip. I packed warm too. :]

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  29. Come to the sunny Southern California beaches! :]

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  30. Thank you so much! I am loving it. :]

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  31. That's a great way to describe it, Nadia. Romantic! Here's hoping you visit Cali soon. :]

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  32. Thanks you. It's the perfect kimono for a bit of wind. :]

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  33. I love your Kimono! I am going to California pretty soon! I will definitely have to go to where you are! so pretty!
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  34. I love San Clemente - I lived there for a few months when I first moved to California! I love this outfit! That kimono is so cute!
    xMC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  35. I really like the the kimono you are wearing and how you styled it. I think that the sea background makes your outfit stand out even better, actually:)
    I visited California only for a few days last December, so I didn't have an opportunity to explore more than two cities. But next time I am there, I will definitely take a look at San Clemente:) It seems like a such a beautiful place.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  36. Love that floral kimono! They're my absolute fave as they're so easy to wear but really adds to an outfit!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  37. Your kimono is a vision of loveliness, Carmen, and that red lipstick? I bet you stopped traffic that day :)

    And speaking of gorgeous and cool, my Project Sister Act link-up is now live, and I would love for you to come join in if you have a second, Carmen, that billowy beauty of a kimono truly deserves some attention xoxo

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  38. Dressed With SoulMarch 26, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Wow, dear Carmen, I really love your kimono and I see and read you enjoy your time in the best possible way. Thank you also for the beautiful pictures - the sea is one of the things which we don't have here in Bavaria :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  39. I love your floral cardigan. Great outfit !

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  40. I'm in love with those boots! Beautiful outfit!

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