Strawberry Rhubarb // OOTD

I've been in a clothing rut lately — swapping between the same clothes over & over until they literally fall apart. I finally set aside some time to shop & browse through the endless sea of clothing racks.  After a bit of tedious riffling, I found some new items to keep the pep in my step. It's exhilarating to find something fresh to add to my wardrobe, especially it's been so long since I've done so!

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When Fred & I took a 24 hour trip to La Jolla, I figured it was the prime time to sport my new attire. We've been exploring nearby cities recently — Temecula & San Clemente. It's a fun way to discover Southern California without having to go too far. 

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La Jolla is an affluent city, so the lovely & large gated houses are easy on the eyes. We were walking around in the early afternoon, taking everything in. We had no end game or desired destination. It was all about staying in the moment & seeing what we could find.

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We explored the downtown shopping area & I remembered a bakery my family used to go to when I was a kid, Gerard Gourmet. Fred & I sat on the patio for cup of coffee & split a carrot cake muffin. We also bought a mini strawberry rhubarb pie to go. We ate it later that night & it was delightful.

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Shirt: Old Navy (exact) // Pants: HUE (exact) // Shoes: Old Navy (exact) // Bag: Ted Baker (similar)

After a bit of digesting & more aimless exploration, Fred spotted this multi colored tile mural — titled Favorite Color by Roy McMakin. We were obviously attracted to it & beelined directly toward the rainbow-esque wall. La Jolla has many murals freckled throughout the city; we spotted several during our afternoon stroll.

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The bright colors lured us in. It was the perfect backdrop to highlight my new shirt & shoes. I ended up getting two variations of the flats: Ambrosia Apple (red) & Pasture Present (olive green). Hey, when you like something sometimes you just  have to buy two. 

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While we were there, a grandma & her little granddaughter dressed as Elsa took some pictures too. At least two people had their outfit of the day photos in front of this mural! That has to be a good sign, right?

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From the adorable baby seals at Children's Pool Beach to the mini strawberry rhubarb pie at Girard Gourmet, we had a great day in La Jolla. It ignited my everlasting infatuation with wanderlust. I'm counting down the moments until our next adventure — wherever that maybe. 

When was the last time you went shopping? What do you think of this outfit? :]

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48 comments

  1. Love your flats! I'm on the hunt for some new ones so I'll definitely have to check out old navy! I honestly would never have thought Old Navy had such good stuff haha!

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  2. Love the colour contrast of the shoes & bag against the t-shirt, looks great!!

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  3. Ahh I love La Jolla!! I live nearby so have always made short weekend trips there with the family growing up and just love taking some beach-y sites in and eating some good food :) It's always nice to find some "new" clothes in the closet you look great!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  4. Your outfit matches the wall perfectly! I love the shoe colour contrast to the yellow on your shirt! x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

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  5. what a fun wall!! :D love the pop of color from your bag and shoes!

    Have a great week!

    Animated Confessions

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  6. I love the matching red shoes, bag, and bracelet, they really tie the outfit together! Sounds like a fun trip, I love seeing beautiful homes as well x

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  7. You are looking so beautiful dear, amazing color combine!
    XX
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  8. Stumbled across your blog and happy I did! LOVE the color in your clothing and accessories. So bold!
    Whitty x
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  9. The mural is such great background for your new finds, Carmen. I'm loving the colour that's going on, and ah, a strawberry rhubarb pie sounds perfect right about now!

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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  10. those shoes look seriously comfy! i would have bought more than one too :P
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  11. this is really great,you have such a lovely blog! :D i hope you're having an amazing day!

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  12. You can never go wrong with stripes - looks fab!

    Charlotte x

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  13. That backdrop is so much fun! I love all the colors, awesome pictures!!

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  14. Looks like a nice time :) I love the poppy red flats -- are they comfortable after having worn them all day?

    --Clarissa @ The View From Here

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  15. Love that top! So cute with the coordinated red accessories!!


    Nikki | www.nikkibstyles.com

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  16. Great outfit! Really like the pop of color!

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  17. Really cute, love the colorful theme and the outfit! Casual and chic! :)

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  18. Soooo gorgeous. From the tips of your toes to the top of your head you are literally glowing! I love the colours in this outfit. And I also love your hair. OOF You're really making me regret cutting mine short now!

    Katie. xx La Coco Noire

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  19. You look so fresh and bright! Love the colors so much, especially red details)
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    Kateryna
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  20. Simple and casual it suits you I really like the shoes, I love me some colour! And look at that wall it is a bloggers dream haha xx
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  21. Old Navy has some cool options & great prices. :]

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  22. Thanks. Red can be so striking. :]

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  23. Awesome. La Jolla & the San Diego area are amazing. The shoes & shirt were genuinely new. :]

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  24. It was so random to spot the wall, but obviously I had to use it as my OOTD backdrop. :]

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  25. Haha, my "bracelet" is actually my Coachella wristband that I hadn't taken off. :]

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  26. Thanks for stumbling by. Hope to see you again. :]

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  27. Yes, the strawberry rhubarb pie was amazing - probably even better since it was so petite. :]

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  28. I hope they become comfy after wearing them a bit! :]

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  29. No, my feet were killing me after the day was done. I wanted to chop them off & put them out of their misery. I hope they get more cozy after wearing them in a bit! :P

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  30. Thanks so much, Nikki. I appreciate the compliment. :]

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  31. Why thank you, Katie! That's so sweet of you. I gave myself a haircut a few months back, so I'm glad it grew relatively quickly. :]

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  32. Thanks so much. I finally have red shoes so I busted them out with my Ted Baker bag. :]

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  33. You're so right. The mural wall is totally a blogger's dream. :]

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  34. Such cute pops in your shoes & bag! Love that wall too - so fun!

    michellespaige.com

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  35. I love the pops of color in your outfit against that pretty wall! Life is just better with color. :)

    Minimalist Gal

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  36. such a nice wall!! You fit perfectly with your red shoes and bag.

    cute outfit!

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  37. Great casual look and photos Carmen :) This wall is a great background for blogging photos!
    Have a great weekend!
    Stella
    www.stellaasteria.com

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  38. I really like this look and love the touch of color given by your shoes and bag
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  39. I have been in a clothing rut for years it seems, I really need to get some new stuff! I'm trying to add more color, I pretty much have all black everything

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