Second Time is the Charm

I've reached the end of the California photos. For my last weekend in Los Angeles my brother flew out to celebrate my sister's birthday, and we had a fun sibling weekend. I think the last time just the three of us spent a day together was probably a decade ago in Boston.

On Friday we drove to Malibu, my brother rented a Mustang convertible and even though it was still a little too cold to have the top down, we did anyway. Driving through the windy canyon roads, taking in the views, hoping the rain would hold off. We stopped for lunch at Neptune's Net, where I'd recommend sticking to the basics, like fish and chips, and be forewarned, there are no proper restrooms.

As we crawled through traffic on the way back to L.A., the sun broke through for a bright moment, and since we were driving down Abbot Kinney Boulevard at the time, I suggested we take a quick detour to the canals, partly because my brother hadn't seen them yet, but mostly because I wanted to take outfit photos before the rain came and stole my chance. Clearly the sun didn't stick around, but I'm happy this Joie maxi dress finally got photographed. I'd actually purchased it specifically for my previous visit to California last September. While I did wear it on that trip, it was out to dinner on my last night, and the blurry iPhone photos never did make it to the blog.

On Saturday it poured, we spent the day wandering around LACMA, which was so huge that after four hours we still hadn't seen it all, but were too tired to continue. It would have been fun to take photos at Urban Lights in the rain, if only because it was a rare moment that the popular art installation was deserted. If only I had thought to bring my umbrella - but who thinks it's going to rain for eight weeks in southern California!

Saturday night was an early one, then I was up at 4:30 a.m. for my flight home, back to the snow I'd so happily left behind. But spring is nearly here, so I know I can't complain!

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The Rundown
Black and White Maxi Dress Joie similar
Denim Jacket Gap similar
White Mules "Bianca" Target
Black Straw Bag Zara
Versailles Earrings  Julie Vos similar
Fatima Bracelet c/o Gorjana similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Caviar Bar" Essie

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  1. Despite how much time you've spent with your sister in the past eight weeks, and knowing she's probably taken many of your photos, I have somehow yet to remark on how incredibly supportive your family is of this space. But seeing these photos taken on a day out with your siblings really drives it home. While my parents are always encouraging, taking outfit photos for me would be totally beyond them. And my brother has quite literally never visited my blog in the past eight years. A lot of things in life aren't perfect, like eight weeks of rain in southern California, but being surrounded by people who are invested in your success really is a gift.

    I'm sad you're back to snow with the rest of us, but hopefully spring is just around the corner now!

  2. It's such a cute dress, glad it got its California outfit post like you intended. It looks great with the denim jacket as well!

  3. This sounds like an amazing trip! I love the drive up to Malibu. It is so gorgeous!

  4. You are too cute! Sounds like y'all had a great time!!

  5. Glad you enjoyed your time in CA!! Malibu is so much fun and I loveeee the LACMA!

  6. I love the denim jacket over the maxi dress. Perfect layering for spring!

  7. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I love this look, especially the denim deets and the earrings are lovely

  8. I'm so sorry you experienced so much rain on this particular trip! This winter season has been real rough all over the country. Here's hoping the spring will bring more sunshine! I sure do love this maxi dress on you. The bandana print is so cute.

  9. That's so ice that you got to spend some quality sibling time - and I'm weirdly obsessed with Neptune's Net because it was recently featured on Vanderpump Rules (I know, I know, I'm super sad), lack of proper bathrooms and all.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  10. This is such a cute look, and that sounds like a lovely way to spend time with your siblings :)

  11. Love the dress with this denim jacket!

  12. LOVE this dress! Glad you enjoyed Cali! xo

  13. Totally worth the detour ! This dress is marvelous but I am admiring the Versailles earrings.

  14. Glad you enjoyed your time lady! Absolutely love your look!

    xo Laura Leigh

  15. Glad you had a great time and love this maxi/jean jacket combo!

  16. Sounds like you had a great trip, despite the rain! I love this maxi on you!

  17. Sounds like an amazing trip! Love the faded denim jacket and dress combo dear, so perfect for the season!

    Jessica |