Sunday, July 9, 2017

Palm Leaf Dress in Avila Beach

We were lucky enough to escape to Avila Beach on the California Central Coast for a few days. It's less than a three-hour drive from San Jose, but when I'm there I'm always instantaneously in vacation mode. Seeing the ocean is just so relaxing.

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A few weeks ago, I saw this Palm Leaf Dress on the Old Navy website and knew that it would be perfect for our trip. I don't usually buy "vacation clothes," and I'll certainly wear the dress a lot at home, but palm leaves just scream vacation and relaxation to me... Maybe I should wear the dress at home when I'm particularly stressed, and it'll calm me down??? It's worth a try I think...


I ordered the dress in tall, and I'm glad I did as it's a great length for vacation and leisure time; the regular would have definitely been a bit too short... The dress is on sale right now for about $15. It also comes in black, grey, black/white stripes, and red/white stripes. I actually also own the black/white striped one and just ordered the black one. I'm really impressed by the weight of the tee material as it's thick enough not to show every lump and bump - perfect for a dress. 

When it got a bit cooler, I paired the dress with a blue/white polka dot cardigan. I love the little bit of pattern mixing.


We had lunch at Ocean Grill, which is always a treat. The food is excellent and the views of the ocean can't be beat. I got the Thai Shrimp Lettuce Cups, which are light and fresh tasting. The shrimp have great seasoning, and the onions and carrots are lightly pickled. Such a flavorful dish!


We also stopped by our favorite winery in town - Alapay Cellars. The wines never disappoint, and it's fun to do a bit of wine tasting. 


But in the end, there is nothing better than relaxing with a beautiful ocean view. And we did plenty of just that...


Questions: Is there a certain print/clothing item that says vacation and relaxation to you?


Be well,
Andrea


37 comments:

  1. I love this Tropical print. the Dress suits you perfectly
    and is the right and perfect summer Outfit.
    You look amazing.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  2. What a great dress for a fabulous deal, Andrea!!! I love how you also added in a print cardi---so fashionistaish!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! It's funny that I now always think about pattern mixing...

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  3. Fantastic dress! I can understand why it feels relaxing! And the pearls go perfect with it! Its so nice to see the kid ,,grow up,,! I mean, I can see him change over the past years!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! And, yes, the kid is definitely changing and growing up...

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  4. That's a pretty dress! And relaxing surroundings!

    Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Yes, very relaxing...

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  5. I really like the dress! And Avila Beach looks perfect for relaxing.

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  6. Wowzers, what great pictures!!! So so pretty in Palm Leaves, great dress!

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  7. That looks like the prettiest place to relax for a couple of days! Love your new print dress, very summer-y. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! It really is a fabulous place...

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  8. Ok, I am seeing so many gorgeous print dresses in blue and green. Jennie at Pocketful of Polka Dots (http://www.apocketfulofpolkadots.com/2017/05/vintage-wiggle-dress/) had one, then Katherine at Katherine Eldridge (http://kathrineeldridge.com/tropical-print-choker-dress/) and now YOU! Love it. Just seeing the ocean is relaxing and an instant kick-start to vacation mode but so is your darling dress. Love the pattern-mixing with the cardi, too. Yes, yes, yes wear this to destress! The dress to destress. Love it.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I'll have to check out Jennie's and Katherine's dresses!

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  9. I love tropical print clothing like this! Your dress is so cute on you!

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  10. If I should choose a print which says vacation... well , it probably would be a gingham skirt. Of course your beautiful dress would be a good alternative!! :-)

    The ocean provides a stunning view:enjoy some relaxing days with your family!

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    1. Thanks, Dan! A gingham skirt is great for vacation!

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  11. I absolutely loved this dress. It is so perfect for a day out in the sun - whether at the beach or a picnic in the park :)

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    1. Thanks, Prerna! I know I'll enjoy wearing it a lot in all sorts of settings.

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  12. Looks a delightful area, love the dress and that gorgeous necklace. I do love a pearl. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jacqui! It's a beautiful place.

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  13. I'm loving everything palm print for summer! That dress is so cute on you!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  14. Looks like the perfect vacation!

    I do so miss the ocean and mountains of BC. Like you, I find them very relaxing.

    Tropical vacations in the middle of winter are my favourite and I love pulling out some of my bright floral dresses for the evenings.

    Daytime is all about the swimsuit and coverup while I read in the shade at the beach.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! We had a great time!

      Tropical vacations in the middle of winter sound lovely! And you own such wonderful vintage dresses!

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  15. You are so on-trend with this palm print dress! Love it! What a fun weekend too! You're so lucky to live where you do!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! And, yes, we are very lucky to live so close to many beautiful spots. And I'm determined to take a bit more advantage of them...

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  16. I love to do a little shopping for vacations. I usually like to get a new swimsuit, some shorts and tops. I don't always go for tropical prints, but I do like light and airy pieces. This palm dress is so pretty, I love ON! I am sure the stop at the winery was nice!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I really should have gotten a new swimsuit... We enjoyed the wine tasting a lot... :-)

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  17. What a gorgeous location Andrea. I think the dress looks great, and the pearl necklace is gorgeous xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! It's truly one of my favorite places...

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  18. I love palm print is my favorite for summer :)
    Thanks for linking up with Jennie and me on Fab Friday linkup!

    www.memoriesofthepacific.com

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  19. Aww. You look great with your dress 😍 being seeing a lot of people wearing clothes with palm leaves prints now. Tho I still don't have my own. Ha! But my pjone wallpaper arenpalm leaves. 😉

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  20. Since I have this same dress I really enjoyed seeing how you styled yours. It looks so cute with your navy polka dot cardigan. It sounds as though you had a wonderful and relaxing vacation. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Andrea!

    Jennie

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