Over the weekend, I had my first real beach day of the season. My dear friend Steph took me to one of her favorite beaches in Laguna. I tend to stick to Malibu, but now I am adding this to my list when I am craving some sun and salt. 
I walked into the ocean. The pacific icy and sticky on my skin. I leaned over to get my hair wet. A wave then knocked me off my feet, causing me to tumble head first into the water. I stood up dripping, the taste of salt on my lips. And all I could do was laugh. There’s something that happens to me every summer. A peeling away. The wanting to reveal. To wear less clothes, to show more of me. Because my skin craves the sun and warmth and sky but so does my heart. So I let go. I find joy. Which somedays this winter felt terribly impossible. I hope for more days at the beach this summer. Where I catch that wave, that freedom of simply being me.
 L*Space Swimwear, Honey Punch Button Down Top, Huma Blanco Sandals, Vintage basket bag, Tacori x Who What Wear Gold Bracelet. 

During this time of year, its easy to long for far away places. Wish for distance, away from my problems. But this summer, I want to keep my mind here. Los Angeles, you sunny weird place. You have so much to offer, and I often forget that. I have a vidid imagination that always find itself in exotic locations, wanting always to be so far from home. What happens when I just stay present in this golden state of mine? 
This is the first summer in a long time, where I don't have one big trip to look forward to. My mind wanted to trick me. That my summer was automatically mediocre. This time of year is what I cherish most. I feel most like myself, when the sun is hot on my skin, and adventure is constantly calling. So yes, I was disappointed I wasn't jetting out of the country. But when I muted the negativity, it made me realize the gift that was right in front of me. It was a season to focus on building my home. A time to work on my growth as an actor and freelancer. No fancy trip to distract me, but a reminder to stay present. To save money for those big goal purchases. I think it is scarier for me to stay put than runaway. It forces me to slow down, and look critically at what is and what isn't working in my life. So underneath a palm tree, or sipping coffee on my roof, or walking my dog around our park, I want to embrace my city. Growing even more in my work, and reigniting why I live here in the first place.  
Photos shot by me on my Canon 6D. 
JED Button Down, Zara Faux Leather Skirt, Nike Cortez Sneakers, Raen Sunglasses, Vintage basket bag, Family heirloom necklaces, Fancy Gray LA ring. 

Even if it's only a 45 minute drive from my house, Malibu feels like a genuine escape. The sound of the waves, sandy toes, gloomy skies. A welcome break from the chaotic tendencies of city living. I had the pleasure of joining my dear friend Steph (Unconscious Style) on a press trip with Maison Margiela fragrances. We stayed at the Surfrider, which has been on my bucket list. From a beach cleanup, exploring the Getty Villa, and dinner at Nobu it was a perfect mid-week break to the west side. 




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