summer 2019

Casual fall outfit and picture perfect ice cream

denim outfit ideas
fall go-to outfit
fall 2019 IT bag chloe aby snakeskin boots
perfect fall go to outfit

Wearing: pearl earrings / lipstick / sunglasses / black tee / nail polish / top handle handbag / jeans / belt / snakeskin boots (similar here) /

Our last day in Ventura was foggy, and very fall-like. I enjoyed it while I could since the next day it was 100 degrees when we got home! It was fun to play fall for a few days at least <sigh>. haha

My mom had business in Ventura, so I went to her meetings with her while my husband took our kids back to the beach. In the evening, we all met back up and headed over to The Village, which is a shopping area along the harbor.

The kids explored the arcade, but didn’t end up playing anything. I think I have spoiled them with the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Ooops! We ended up just taking a walk, exploring a sock store, and then enjoying dinner at The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood restaurant. The food was delicious and we enjoyed a beautiful view of the harbor.

After dinner, we went to Coastal Cone for some ice cream. This wasn’t our first time there, we had enjoyed dessert there the night before too. They have the most instagrammable ice cream! My daughter loves to post photos of food on her Instagram, so as you can see, she was busy taking photos for her page.

In addition to the “Sea-Cret” menu, they have a large scooped ice cream menu, sundaes, and shakes. It’s really a fun ice cream shop! If you are ever in the Ventura area, be sure to drop in!

That was our quick road trip! It was fun to get out of the heat for a few days, and squeeze in a vacation before school started. Aside from a business trip to fashion week in September, it will be several months before we can get away again! It’s killing me, I have serious wanderlust right now! haha, let’s see when I can escape next. . .

Shop my casual fall outfit

Thanks for stopping by!



casual fall 2019 outfit ideas

Exploring Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura

ventura mission perfect little black dress things to do in ventura with kidschloe aby handbag fall it bags

wearing: sunglasses / earrings / lipstick / necklace / classic black dress / nail polish / handbag / boots (color sold out, similar here)

One of the sites we always like to visit when traveling throughout California is the local mission; if there is one. The missions are part of California history, and an important part of how our state was settled and formed. Our kids learned about California history in fourth grade, but it’s great to renew those lessons by visiting historical spots and reminding them of their history.

The mission was founded by the Franciscan order with Fr. Serra to help spread Catholicism in the new world. It is one of the smaller California missions, and offers a glimpse into what life may have been like in the 1700’s and 1800’s. It was founded in 1749. It was then seized by the Mexican government in 1833, and then after the United States took over, President Lincoln returned the mission to the Catholic church in 1862. The only original structure on the site today is the church building and the garden. The museum, which is on the other side of the garden from the church building, contains original artifacts which are fascinating.

They have wooden bells! Apparently there were pirates in the area, and in order to keep the mission and it’s people safe from pirates who frequented the now-Ventura harbor, the mission rang wooden bells which could be heard by people staying in the mission, but not the outside world. I’m trying to figure out how a wooden bell could be heard; but apparently it worked like a charm!

The museum also contains items used in the 1700’s and 1800’s by mission residents and Franciscan’s. It’s really interesting to catch a glimpse from that time period. If you visit downtown Ventura, be sure to tour the mission and it’s museum. It’s a small site to see, packed with a ton of history. It should only take about 45 minutes to visit.

I wore this classic black dress which is great for travel. It doesn’t wrinkle and can be dressed up for dinner with heels, or worn casually with boots, sneakers, or flats during the day. There is a self-tie in the back of the dress which is great for helping to give it some shape. The cap sleeves are actually OK, my arms have a farmer’s tan, so my apologies if it throws off the look of the sleeves. haha I am looking forward to wearing this black dress throughout the rest of the summer season, and well into the fall season. It’s really versatile!

Shop my little black dress look:

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for more from my Ventura road trip!


classic black dresstravel tips ventura

Escaping the heat in Ventura

casual fall outfits ideas ventura boat harborlate summer casual outfits ventura harbor

wearing: pearl earrings (similar here) / sunglasses / summer lipstick / fall long sleeve tee / nail polish / Chloe bag / fall jeans / espadrille mules (on major sale!)

Is it crazy hot where you live? It’s in the high 90’s, low 100’s here in the San Francisco Bay Area right now! It’s so warm, we are all melting! In order to escape the heat, and also take one last quick trip before school starts, we decided to take a mini road trip down to Ventura.

If you are not familiar with the California coast, Ventura is a small beach town south of Santa Barbara. It’s not super crowded, and it has a large harbor, good restaurants, and plenty of cool fog! Love fog right now!

Our first day in Ventura felt so good. It was roughly thirty degrees cooler than at home, and we actually felt a little bit cold. This was such a good thing! We left home in the morning and drove for five hours down the coast. We arrived in Ventura around 2:30pm and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Four Points Sheraton near the Village, which is a small shopping area next to the boat harbor. It has shops, restaurants, and a carousel which was closed-boo for us! It was a nice place to stay since we could walk to the restaurants, and enjoy harbor views.

We ate dinner at Water’s Edge, which is not in the Village, but a short walk on the other side of the harbor. The food was out of this world! I enjoyed the “Trophy Pasta” which was crazy good-and my family really enjoyed their meals too. If you are ever in the Ventura area, this is a restaurant you will want to visit! The views of the harbor are beautiful, you can watch the sunset, and the food is really yummy. Love that!

Shop my casual denim look:

We packed more into this weekend getaway! Stay tuned for more from Ventura!

Thanks for stopping by,



street style bloggerventura sunset