CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ : CASA LAGUNA

Our first stop on the Cali tour was Laguna Beach. To be honest, I am going to take a moment to obsess about how the show (Laguna Beach) was a total guilty pleasure back in my college days. Reality tv was just starting to become a thing and it was a great way for me to relax and ignore the massive amounts of schoolwork I had piling on. I just couldn’t resist. That beef between LC (later on was referred to as Lauren on the Hills…because the Hills was apparently much more mature) and Kristin felt real man. I’ll admit I was on Team Kristin, because who did LC think she was? You can’t just flirt with someone’s man like that! Oh helll no, but Steven was just a stupid boy who loved all the attention as all boys do at that age so he didn’t care. Sigh… but that is enough of my trip down memory lane… let’s get back to my own version of Laguna…shall we?

Laguna Beach is about 2 hours south of Los Angeles. I had heard about the OC and it’s pristine beaches for years, so the hype convinced me to book our stay down there for the first 3 days of our trip. Coming from NYC, I wanted us to try to get away from that “city life” as much as we possibly could. However, having never experienced “LA” traffic, I had no idea just how much time we would be spending in the car driving to and fro. Unfortunately, most of our itinerary for those 3 days was based around LA. (SIGH) So… I am going to be quite frank, if we were to visit LA again, I would stay somewhere closer to the city, such as Santa Monica.

I am sure you have all heard the rumours about how crazy LA traffic is. Well, I am here to confirm every single thing you have ever heard. The traffic there is INSANITY! In most places where there is traffic, it is bumper to bumperb but in LA, drivers just don’t pay attention. They don’t signal and when there is a traffic jam…you could probably fit 8-10 cars between one car to the next. I don’t get it, but hey we were visiting and it was a lesson learned. My advice to those considering visiting the Los Angeles area is to make sure you stay somewhere close to the metropolitan area and always give yourself ample driving time! My idea to stay in Laguna was pretty silly since we had so many of our plans in the LA area. We felt like we spent most of our time in a car rather than taking in the beautiful scenery that SoCal had to offer. In the end,  I felt pretty bad about all the driving Timi had to do, but he is such an amazing human being that he handled it like a pro! ( I LOVE YOU BABE!)

In between our driving marathons, we did get to enjoy some down time in this cute little town. Our boutique hotel felt like a European oasis with the most beautiful decor. Our balcony had a view of the ocean  that was the perfect introduction to what we had in store for the rest of the trip. Downtown Laguna has the cutest shops where one of the highlights was getting some baubles at Gorjana Jewelry’s flagship store.  I honestly had no idea that was where she was located, so that was a nice surprise. Ironically, that same week, the shop was featured on Real Houswives of the OC.  Lastly, we also enjoyed a stroll on Victoria Beach and dinner at South African inspired restaurant, Mozambique.

All in all, Laguna is a beautiful town nestled on the hills looking over the Pacific. It was a nice change in pace from the hustle and bustle of NY, where we along with the locals, took our time to enjoy the finer things in life at a slower speed.

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CASA LAGUNA HOTEL AND SPA

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CASA LAGUNA HOTEL AND SPA

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Shout to my Man for the BEING THE BEST!!!!

 

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DRESS: TAVIK | SHOES: STEVE MADDEN | BAG: Ellen and James

 

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