Thursday, April 14, 2011

California Dreamin'

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Good morning, sweets! How are you all doing today? As I mentioned yesterday, I'm planning a trip to California in a few weeks so my mind's kinda preoccupied dreaming of all of the fun that's in store.

The trip came about pretty last minute. J is going to LA and San Diego for work so I decided to fly out a few days later and stay for a week. We're heading to Palm Springs, a place that I LOVE, and then heading on over to Santa Barbara. Looking forward to checking out The Parker in Palm Springs and then showing J the beauty of Santa Barbara. I've only been to Santa Barbara once before for a day on a business trip but the beauty of the city has stuck with me ever since. While we're there we'll hit up some wineries too. Can't wait!

If any of you have suggestions of things to do while we're there, I'll gladly take them :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day! And happy almost Friday! xoxo

Images: 1, 3, 5, 7 2, 4, 6 - all photos edited by The Alternative Wife

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45 comments:

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

California wine country - yes, you and J will have a ton of fun!


xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

TimbarikaDoll said...

It would be great to be in these pictures, I miss the warm sun and beach :) I hope you have a fantastic trip..sounds wonderful. I look forward to hearing about it. I've never been there, so enjoy :) Have a great Thursday dear girl!! xx

Krystal said...

that will be SO fun! i would have that 'california' song in my head :)

Styles 'n Cream said...

What an exciting vacation this sounds. I've been to Santa Barbara for a day too and I fell in love with that beautiful town.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

ok officially jealous :) Its going to be amazing Dawn!!! cant wait to read everything about it! have a nice day darling xoxo

Debby said...

That's it.... I'm coming. When do we leave? hee hee Next time I go to CA I want to see Santa Barbara... you know when you just KNOW that you would love a place?! xo

pretty pink tulips said...

Me, too! I want to go! But since that's not an option, I'll just enjoy these images and all those I know you'll share.

Am dying to stay at The Parker. You lucky girl!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

{whenpenmeetspaper} said...

Ace Hotel in Palm Springs in super fab! You have to go!

xo

Marie-Ève said...

Oh that is going to be awesome! Lucky you! We were in LA and Palm Springs just a few weeks ago. I don't really have a specific place in mind but there were so many great restaurants and shops in downtown PS... I love it there too.

Are you available for coffee/brunch next weekend (Easter weekend)? We're coming down on Saturday and leaving on Monday.

Have a lovely day!

Kelly said...

Lovely images! Have a wonderful trip!

things that sparkle said...

Ohh that sounds like such a nice little vacay! Have fun!

classiq said...

I've had my share of day dreaming for today with these amazing images. I could really use a break and a fabulous vacation like the one you're planning. ;) xoxo Ada

Tanvi said...

Your dreams are making me envious! But I am happy for you :)

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Jacki said...

Sounds like a great trip!! Having not been to Palm Springs or Santa Barbara I don't have any real suggestions, other than of course, enjoy vacation with your wifey. :)

Ahh, now I'm California (day)dreaming too!

Meritxell said...

Oh I never been in California, I think that it is a perfect place for relaxing. And I like it so much the beach there are here.

kisses,
Meritxell
http://stoneoflight.blogspot.com/

very married said...

soooo jealous. my husband has an irrational distaste for southern california so we may never go there on vacation. i've been lucky enough to go twice already on my own and loved it. now, if only i could convince him...

Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty said...

Oh Dawn your going to have a BLAST!!!! I'm envious! Until the trip keep on California dream'n my dear! xo

Collette Osuna said...

Cali sounds god right about now...actually anywhere does, lol.....have a great time planning hunnie!! Hope you are having a good day...work has me SWAMPED this week:(

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

can't wait till the ocean is warm enough to jump into.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I wish I could be of any help...I've heard so many people say San Diego is just utterly gorgeous. Enjoy, enjoy...a trip to Californian wineries is pretty much my dream vacation.

Dancing Branflake said...

I think you got it just right- the beach is the only place I ever want to be. Gorgeous photos.

B. in the Know said...

So jealous! Love it out there - you are going to ahve so much fun and it should be nice and warm so you can get lots of good sun time!
Much love,
B

Martina said...

I've heard a lot about these places, but never visited thenm - Santa Barbara must be so pretty! I'm dreaming along ;)

jessica said...

lovely images... i've never been to cali, so i'm just live vicariously through you.. :-)

Melisande said...

this post makes me so happy and thankful that i live in california! :) have SO much fun on your trip....i don't know SB very well, but if you came to Santa Cruz, i would have plenty of tips for ya! :)

Etrapar said...

summer time...yey...nice pics
kisses, Etrapar

SabinePsynopsis said...

My only advise: Don't forget the bikini(s), Dawn! xoxo

Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} said...

How fun! These photos look sun soaked and very California indeed.

Christie said...

These pictures are making me crave beautiful, warm, sunshine soaked weather!

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S. said...

Love that bikini!

Love
/S /
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coolkids said...

now I am california dreaming!:)

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip! You will definitely have the best time! I have family in Santa Barbara. A fun place! I recommend going to State Street for sure! It's a street full of shopping...a type of mall, but all outdoors. It has everything...and good restaurants :)

mrsandrealorenz said...

Have some wine for me jolie! So excited for you- Santa Barbara is GORGEOUS.

Sunny & Star said...

I am so jealous of your California vacation. My vacation has been pushed back to November, but I'm trying to make a mini getaway for 3 or 4 days sometime this summer.

Lee Oliveira said...

This would be my ulimate itinerary for Southern California. So jealous. I love Santa Barbara.

Lee
x

Kavery said...

I'll be singing 'California Dreamin' and thinking of you! Have the best time ever!

Beth - In My World... said...

My only suggestion of something to do is take me with you. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

heather yalin said...

wishing you a lovely trip out here! i love sb!

La Feem said...

Have the best time, I live in SD, it's been beautiful, enjoy!

design elements said...

so fun. I'm sure. and great locations for surfing ;-) have a wonderful time!

Colores said...

I have never been to California but sounds more than an exciting place to visit! You will surely have a great time and some beach holiday? I envy you!!!!:-))) kisses and have a terrific weekend!!!

Christel @ Captivated by image said...

That sounds really good!! I payed a really short visit to Santa Barbara once, so I can't give you any tips. Hope you have a great time, I'll bet that's going to happen:)

Allison {Live Love Small} said...

the weather is gorgeous right now...hope it stays for your vacation! you must go into montecito...go drive the streets and look at the beautiful homes. lucky's is great for lunch or dinner. if you can, san ysidro ranch for brunch...amazing!

honey my heart said...

your trip sounds like it will be so wonderful! i really want to head back to palm springs and am excited that you will be in sb. the weather has been wonderful :)

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Loved this post. I could feel the heat coming off the photographs! Makes me wish it was warmer here in SF, for sure!