>> Can you totally tell that I'm complete out of my depth and out of place on Huntingdon Beach.  This is well and truly the land of washboard stomachs (both guys and gals), brown (yet never orange…) tans and hair that perpetually looks sunkissed and shiny.  I must have been the only one there wearing more than one layer.  Then again, if I had it, I'd flaunt it too.  Instead of a hot bod, my 'it' therefore became lots of layers of orange as a nod to my Orange County surroundings (not gonna lie, scenes of Ryan, Marissa et co. kept flashing back).  My orange lollipop outfit was pepped up by some Pura Vida bracelets that I bought at the US Open of Surfing event after being fed some story about Costa Rica cottage industry and a pair of United Nude sandals with rainbow straps that make lovely welts on my feet.  All in all, I'm totally adhering to the manners and practises of an uncomfortable and slightly awkward English person on a beach, complete with lobster-red patches on my back (again, English repression meant I couldn't quite muster up courage to ask someone to rub suntan lotion down the back…).  

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**EDIT** This is what happens when the other half isn't here to zoom into my chest area to do a couple of shots.  The Whistles swimsuit hasn't got a polka dot pattern but has in fact got little rounded hearts all over that are less cutesy than yer average hearts.  Afterall, you don't want to give off the wrong impression with mega STRAIGHT, regularly spaced hearts.  Better to have rounded fluttery ones that are just a little bit hard to pinpoint. 

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(Lacoste red jacket, ASOS Premium sheer shirt, Whistles 'Love' swimsuit, Tory Burch trousers, Jas M.B. bag, Prada sunglasses, United Nude sandals)

Fujifilm Instant pix by Max of Art Wednesday and Joy Yoon

Comments (54)

  1. Pépa says:

    LOVE the swimsuit, all the layers and the sandals <3 I get your point. But I'll be at home tah that beach for sure! ahah

  2. Dorothee says:

    Love the sandals 🙂 x

  3. the trousers are so lovely! really like the sandals and your swimsuit, too!
    Aleksa
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  4. Eva says:

    I was surprised to see you mention US open in your tweets. Great to see that you are enjoying the contest. If you have a spare moment there are some amazing second hand / thrift shops up the road in long beach – heck there is even one on main st. HB called American Vintage. Enjoy the rest of your visit!

  5. Linda says:

    oh god, you do look out of place. If you had said this was green-screened, I would’ve believed you.

  6. I love the first image of you with all the bikini-clad girls and shorts boys in the backdrop! Lovely outfit. When I went to LA I was the same with the OC memories when we went to the beach. But come on, Seth was the best!

  7. Carrie says:

    gah! you are literally minutes from where i live. would have loved to happen upon you at the open!!
    do most def check out the vintage stores in Long Beach if you can–some wonderful treasures to be found amidst hipster heaven.
    enjoy your stay!

  8. vasilieva says:

    loving the shots, your looks is super cool and so fresh and colourful
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    x

  9. Birgit says:

    beautiful shoes. perfect, perfect, perfect.

  10. Constance says:

    This is so Californian!!! Love those pics and your style!!!
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  11. Oh this is a funny post, yes you do look out of place, or is it that i am not used to seeing you in photos in this type of landscape? Anyway, it’s great and refreshing to keep it personal as you do! I like the colorful sandals that go with everything. Enjoy the sun and heat, in Paris, it’s grey and cold…

  12. amalie says:

    ahh i love this! the bathing suit is super cute, and great as a top!
    xx

  13. Lissy says:

    Those Sandals!!!! Ahhh ‚ù§

  14. Nataliw says:

    Always love your colour and pattern combos!

  15. Chelsea says:

    I love the orange outfit and your hair is adorable with those sunglasses!
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  16. daisy says:

    Really into all the orange going on here 🙂

  17. Camille says:

    I love this look ! Gorgeous !
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  18. Olive says:

    Ilove the whole things! so summer! 🙂

  19. Wow polka dots orange one piece swimwear – perfection! I really think you look adorable – as always!
    Hugs & kisses from Rio!
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  20. Mary Beth says:

    You look so cute in all that sunshine! Welcome to So Cal. Hopefully you get time to explore and find something to love about OC, LA.

  21. I like how you are the only person fully clothed on the beach, yay for us Brits! The orange cossie is lovely, really like the straps and circle thing on the front.

  22. Crystal Lee says:

    What a charming gal you are! Welcome to Southern California. You brighten up our beaches.

  23. I adore your sandals, it’s great that your wearing a lot so your protecting yourself from the sun.

  24. You look great! Love the colourful sandals and the detail of the swimsuit that you begin to notice when you get closer!
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  25. Ana says:

    You look great as usual! I’ll be in Sunny Cal too on Tuesday. By the way have you seen this article in Etsy?http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/the-tyranny-of-trends/?ref=fp_blog_title

  26. you DO have a hot bod! and you don’t have to show it all off to flaunt it; your personal style is sexier than showing tons of skin. think of it this way: i can run around in a bikini but sometimes i’m not confident to wear “out there” outfits like you do. just a thought from another lady who sometimes has issues with confidence. you’re definitely an inspiration to me! your body doesn’t have to be rock hard and in “perfect shape” (whatever that even IS) to be beautiful. keep doing what you do! thanks for the inspiration. chin up beautiful.

  27. Rachel says:

    Haha I felt exactly the same when I went there!!
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  28. lovely little pants

  29. nadja says:

    love this outfit and the pics! 🙂

  30. Peachy says:

    You have such a cool style!! My gosh! xx peachy
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  31. Ale says:

    haha I love this! The instaxes are lovely, I’ve been wanting one myself actually!
    xx Ale
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  32. Charlotte says:

    Awesome outfit! Love the title of this post, you made me laugh, heehee! Your blog is supa stylish!
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  33. Aurora says:

    I looooove those pants. And the sandals, too – I had considered getting a pair when I was at the United Nude shop in NYC the other day. You say ‘welts’… are they really all that bad? Uncomfortable welts, or more just, marks when you remove your shoes?
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  34. super cool…!
    love your style so much..
    kiss from indonesia
    Nora
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  35. Michaella says:

    This post made me laugh haha, at least you naturally have a bit of colour to you! I plan to move to California from England after Uni and I have red hair and freckles- thaaat will be a sight.
    I wonder what the people of California thought of your quirky style? I mean your outfit wouldn’t stand out so much in for example London, but I imagine its a completely different story in Cali.
    Loove your whole outfit, especially the sunglasses.
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    xo

  36. You add such much needed European flair to the O.C.!
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  37. vanessa says:

    I wish I had seen you while I was there because I, probably along with you, was the most fully dressed person there as well. bikini and board shorts isn’t my thing but my transparent maxi dress is!

  38. You look great on Beack Black!

  39. You look great on Beack Black!

  40. You look great on Beack Black!

  41. Prudence says:

    Love those fishy orange pants!

  42. Just love the pink highlights guess that tootty fruity is in this summer

  43. Emilie says:

    Loving these colors. I wish no one had heard of ASOS. I have been a devout fan for years and years now! Great affordable pieces that are often quirky and so fun!

  44. amber says:

    i’m so glad you go to visit california! i was raised in cali. isn’t it great?

  45. Andrea says:

    Love the photos so inspiring… Im following youre blog…
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  46. This post made me laugh haha, at least you naturally have a bit of colour to you! I plan to move to California from England after Uni and I have red hair and freckles- thaaat will be a sight.

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