Monday, November 28, 2016

Santa Cruz in November

A few weekends ago we escaped to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. The drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz was very pleasant and since we arrived early, there was plenty of street parking.

While many northern Californian beaches are often foggy (and therefore quite cold) for at least half the day in spring and summer, in fall and winter there are many clear days, which make for a very enjoyable beach experience.

I wore comfortable layers that worked out perfectly. I always feel comfortable in leggings and a tunic. I added my denim jacket and a scarf. It was quite warm for most of the day as the sun was out, but especially later in the day I was happy that I had the jacket and the scarf.  

Santa Cruz 4

We first explored the pier and got some lunch. 

Santa Cruz 3

Then we took the kid to the arcade, which he had never been to. He managed to win a Minion on his first try, which made his day.

Santa Cruz 2

Northern California (hopefully!) has its share of rainy days in late fall and winter, but there are also many gorgeous days, and pretty much all of our “perfect” beach days over the years have been in December or January!

To end the day, Andy got a beer at New Bohemia Brewing Company - a nice, comfortable space to enjoy a beer.

Santa Cruz 5

Chadwicks of Boston Gift Card Winner

Congratulations, Rena! Random Name Picker picked Rena as the winner of the Chadwicks of Boston gift card.

Question: What’s your favorite beach memory? 

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.

Be well,
Andrea

51 comments:

  1. Looks like a great time! Pretty scarf!

    Mary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Mary! Yes, we had a great time.

      Delete
  2. You look very relaxed dear Andrea! I also love the beach(in the UK) and a Pier! Did the Kid win the Minion with those grap things! I love a arcade, it s awfull but I love it! Isn t it great to spend a day together on a relaxing area! It almost feels like a little Holiday don t you think!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Nancy! Yes, he won the minion with one of those claw machines. We had been watching a girl who was trying to get it forever (she spent so much money...), and my husband said what a waste of money it was... The kid was so happy when he tried and got it on his first try! :-)

      And, yes, getting away to the beach does feel like a mini vacation. We live only about 45 minutes from the beach (without traffic!), and we should really go more often!

      Delete
  3. What a fabulous time to enjoy family time!!
    I'm not really much of a beach girl...although I do love looking at the water!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jodie! I also like being near the water and looking at the ocean more than dealing with the sand, etc... :-)

      Delete
  4. Looks/sounds like a wonderful day! I love that your son snagged a Minion : >
    Thanks for linking, xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Patti! It was lots of fun, and the kid was REALLY happy about the Minion... :-)

      Delete
  5. How nice Andrea! I went to California in July and was shocked of the fog on the coast. I guess us Midwesterners always think it's sunny and warm in California. I really like the picture of you and your sun on the pier -- great lighting! Have a great week.

    Julia
    www.whenthegirlsrule.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Julia! And, yes, the fog at the coast can be quite extreme in summer. It can be a very hot day just a few miles inland and in the 60s at the coast...

      Delete
  6. You truly know how to rock a tunic and legging look! I like your cropped denim jacket over the longer tunic and will have to keep this in mind for the future. So fun to see beach pictures this time of year. Sounds like a great time away for relaxation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jennie! We are quite spoiled to be able to go to the beach year round... And, yes, it's my favorite place to relax, especially the smaller, lesser known beaches...

      Delete
  7. Oh how I envy you spending time at the beach.

    We used to live on Vancouver Island in Victoria and a daily walk on the beach with the pug, no matter the time of year was one of my favourite things. I truly miss that.

    How fun that your son won the Minion!

    bisous
    Suzanne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, beach walks are the best! Unfortunately, we don't go often enough! And, yes, the Minion was definitely a highlight for the kid! :-)

      Delete
  8. Yay, that's me! (BTW, Andrea had already notified me but it's still exciting to see the announcement). As to my favorite beach memory, for several years our family would join up with another to spend a week during the summer in a quaint beachtown on the central coast of California. Those were magical weeks.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congratulations again, Rena! The Central Coast is such a beautiful place! I also have quite a few very happy memories from there!

      Delete
  9. Sounds a perfect outing, love your outfit Andrea. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jacqui! Now we'll just have to make sure to make it back to the beach soon...

      Delete
  10. What a wonderful outing Andrea. Love the layering and your jean jacket with the look. Looks like a reat place for a beer. I am trying to like beer, and it seems cider is more for me as my hubby enjoys IPAs and such.
    Thanks for linking to Turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jess! I can't drink beer because I can't tolerate gluten, but I do like cider. There are some great ciders out there!

      Delete
  11. Sounds like it was such a great day, and I love this relaxed look!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was great! Looking at the photos reminds me that we'll have to go back soon...

      Delete
  12. Love the stripes on stripes with your scarf and top! What a fun day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I've been wearing more stripes on stripes lately... :-)

      Delete
  13. Look at you with gently sunkissed cheeks. I am so shy about wearing leggings but have braved them twice in the past few weeks. Great choice for a fall day at the beach. I have only been on a California beach one weekend but you are so right about the summer mornings being cool and foggy. I was so surprised but when the sun burned it off, the day was lovely. Hey, did you do your Sentences a Day all month???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Leslie! I made it through most of the month for Sentence of the Day; I'll look today to see if I can make up the rest... :-)

      Delete
  14. You and your lil man are so precious and I love that scarf!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Andrea, these pics are so beautiful! I love Santa Cruz! You are so lucky to live in Cali! It's my fave state!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Vanessa! It is a beautiful state... :-)

      Delete
  16. I could do with some of that! A walk on a beach ! It's freezing here in London. Your photos are gorgeous Andrea. Those blue hue's are so your colours x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Laurie! It's been colder and rainy here too in the last few days, but I know that we are VERY spoiled here when it comes to our climate...

      Delete
  17. I love the beach, and Santa Cruz is one of my favorites. Love this look on you - perfect for a winter's beach day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lana! Santa Cruz is a great place for sure!

      Delete
  18. Is there anything more relaxing than a walk on the beach in Autumn? I am sure that you spent a lovely time. Of course a casual outfit is always the best!
    Have a nice end of the week...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Dan! It was a great time for sure!

      Delete
  19. Fabulous casual outfit. Love the scarf. My favorite beach memory is when my family took a vacation to Pensacola Beach, Florida. We had a hotel room located right on the beach with views of the ocean. Every morning my husband and I would rise before dawn to watch the sun rise and feed the sea gulls. It was the best vacation ever!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your Florida vacation sounds perfect! I love watching the sun rise over the ocean. We have been lucky to have a couple vacations right on the beach, and it's amazing.

      Delete
  20. Thank you for linking up with the Top of the World Style Linkup this week!
    Jonathan
    The Hosiery Spot

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jonathan!

      Delete
  21. Thanks for joining Top of the World Style.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Sounds like a fun vacation! I love the scarf, You are looking great!
    Edwige |htpp://www.hypnozglam.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Edwige! It was a great time!

      Delete
  23. What a great outfit to spend the day out and about Andrea! Love leggings with tunics and flats!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Leggings and tunics are definitely my go-to choice for casual outings.

      Delete
  24. Oh you're making me crave a day in Santa Cruz. Gotta get the guy to take me soon ... maybe over Xmas break. Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Santa Cruz is great in late December. We have a tradition to go to Half Moon Bay at the end of December - so many great memories!

      Delete
  25. Andrea, love this combination on you! It looks casual but nice, the jean jacket brings in great texture and interest. Love a great jean jacket! What a fun day, the beach looks gorgeous, just to spend the day with loved ones and hear the waves roll in, perfect day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Nikki! And, yes, spending the day at the beach with family is perfect!

      Delete
  26. Wow you simply superb....looking very beautiful and stylish....nice combination and best collection.have a nice time...

    ReplyDelete