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 the view of the vast bluish green Pacific Ocean, this is beauty at its finest.

san clemente pier, california lifestyle blogger
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. :]