The Rich Life On a Budget

Southern California Road Trip!

Hello, Friends!

I’m back home, settling into my routine after a fun-filled and relaxing seven-day road trip that far exceeded my expectations of having a good time.

We decided to take the winding, long and scenic way down south by taking Highway One along the coast. It’s chock full of spectacular sights but not for the impatient or the weak of stomach. I happen to be the latter so we stopped for a few short breaks along the way.

First we took a break in Monterey,

then we stopped for a few photos along the Big Sur coastline,

and finally we stopped to capture sunning elephant seals on what else, Elephant Seal Beach

before arriving in Pismo Beach Friday afternoon where we stayed our first night.

We didn’t do much outside of rest, eat and go for a few strolls.

The next morning we hit the road for Los Angeles, Brentwood to be specific. Our very gracious and welcoming friends hosted us in their truly stunning home for three nights.

We brought our two Yorkshire terriers, Daisy and Coco, along at our friends’ request and to my delight. We all had a ball watching our dogs frolic around with each other. Aren’t their two Dachshunds adorable?

We played in the swimming pool…

and took them on a lengthy off-leash hike in the Santa Monica mountains.

We humans engaged in some fun activities, too. A delicious dinner in our friends’ home the first night, dinner with the delightful, vibrant and beautiful Déjà Pseu (who I have always wanted to meet in person) and her friendly and humorous husband in Culver City the second night, followed by an incredible Italian meal out with our friends in Brentwood the final evening.

We also spent a couple of hours on a beach in Malibu known as Billionaires Beach. We walked along with the dogs and checked out the amazing beachfront homes of the very rich who I am guessing are so not on a budget!

Tuesday morning, we packed up our belongings and our pups and bid our friends farewell until the next time.

We drove further south to Orange County until we got to Las Brisas, a well-known Mexican restaurant located on a hill overlooking the ocean in Laguna Beach. I used to go with my parents to Las Brisas as a kid and have fond memories of dining there. If you go, get the guacamole and chips. They are fantastically carb-worthy.

This was the view from our table. Stunning, yes?

Later that day, we arrived for dinner at the home of one of my favorite bloggers, Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera wrote a lovely post about our get together. You can read it here. Be sure to check out the photos of the beautiful table setting she created for our dinner. Such and eye for design she has!

I so enjoyed meeting Tamera and her warm and friendly family. She really made me feel like a queen, literally and figuratively!

Tamera let me try on her crown.
You can see it on her here!

Now for the Visible Monday part. I wore a good portion of what I brought on my trip but – no surprise – I could have easily managed with less. More about that in my next post.

This white Gap oxford got a workout on our trip. Soft and doesn’t hold much of a wrinkle, I wore it three times including with denim shorts, also from Gap, and cognac Michael Kors sandals while in Laguna Beach.

It’s not the most exciting outfit but it was comfortable and casual, ideal for walking around with the dogs while staying cool.

A reminder for you that How I Wear My: Casual Party Outfit will be up on Thursday. If you’d like to be featured, you have until Wednesday afternoon to submit a photo of you wearing your favorite Casual Party Outfit to me or Jill of Everything Just So. Be sure to include a line or two about your look!

Have a great start to your week!
I’ll have another post up soon with little more about our
Southern California road trip and some packing lessons I learned on this trip.
XO,
Adrienne

26 thoughts on “Southern California Road Trip!

  1. Val Sparkle

    Looks like a gorgeous trip! Highway 1 is always amazing, and one day I’d love to do it in a sports car. The view from that Mexican restaurant looks amazing – all that and guacamole and margaritas! Heaven!

  2. LRS4AMANDA

    Hi Adrienne,

    Looks like you had a wonderful time…how great that you got to meet up with two of your favorite bloggers!

    The view from Las Brisas is gorgeous, the photo looks like a postcard…we are going to be in Dana Point for one night in a few weeks, sounds like a dinner there might be in our plans!

    Linda
    xo

  3. Spashionista Alicia Searcy

    LUCKY you! I’ve been following your trip pics on Instagram so I know you’ve had an amazing week. Pseu is someone I’ve look up to since day one – you, too – so it’s wonderful to read that you two got to meet each other!
    What I wouldn’t give to be the one holding those four doggies! You rock, Adrienne! When are you coming to see me in Music City? ;-)

    Alicia

  4. Carole Poirot

    That looks like a wonderful trip. The photos are stunning and meeting bloggers we’re friends with online is so much fun. What a fab week… Hope the start to this week is good too xo

  5. vintagefrenchchic

    What a wonderful and beautiful trip. Traveling that highway along the coast has been high on my bucket list for a long time. You and Tamera look so lovely and her hostessing skills look top notch (she would have received an A+ from Ms. Greer…heehee…not sure you are reading my Your Home and You series but that is what I am referencing). Happy you had a great time! xo H

  6. Patti

    What a fabulous trip, Adrienne. The beauty of California always awes me. And lucky you to meet two wonderful blogger-friends in person! You look beautiful as always, and thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  7. Tamera Beardsley

    Such a beautiful recap of your week my dear! Having you and Bill over for dinner… was truly the highlight of my week! You wear the crown beautifully!

    I look forward to your next post with your packing lessons… something I can never get enough of! I am also looking forward to Thursday and your HIWM casual party outfit post… I so enjoy your always stylish roundup!

  8. Heather Lindstrom

    Welcome back Adrienne,
    I enjoyed following your trip down the coast on Instagram. Your images made me nostalgic for the beach life in LA and OC. I lived in Southern Cal for years and these are some of my favorite haunts. I loved seeing your evening at Tamera’s home. What a special way to connect. And yes, the crown suits you completely! ;)
    xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic

  9. Laura

    You live in such a beautiful part of the world! thanks for taking, and sharing, all of those pictures.
    All those dogs in the pool made me smile! So adorable!!

  10. Jan Graham-McMillen

    Dream trip! I’m from Escondido and San Diego, and I miss the coast! You look lovely, but you gotta remember how easy it is to be upstaged by the pups.
    Adorbs, everyone. So glad you had a safe and happy one.

  11. kim at northerncalstyle.

    Adrienne, Loved this post. So fun to see where you went. I love getting down to Southern California. Isn’t Laguna Beach fun? Love it there. Looks like a lot of fun in Brentwood and I would have loved to check out that Malibu beach.

    You were so lucky to meet Tamera! She is one of a kind and looks like an amazing hostess too!

    Sorry I couldn’t get my party outfit together for the How I Wear.. Hopefully for the next one, but I look forward to seeing everyone!

    xxKim

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