Thursday, July 9, 2015


For the second year in a row, I was lucky enough to be able to spend the 4th of July in Newport Beach, California. When New York starts to become rather, ripe, if you will, in the heat of summer, there's nothing better to refresh your love for the season than a few 78 degrees and sunny days in Southern California.

This year we brought out the whole #girlsquad in from NYC, so click through below for all our patriotic adventures and a few hot tips for eating, drinking and boating your best life in the town made famous by a lot of television shows—that actually feels nothing like any of those TV shows.

{ We started every morning with some variation on this: fresh fruit, coffee from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and fresh juices from Pressed Juicery—it's the California way. }

{ We walked out onto one of the piers that extend from The Peninsula out into the ocean for a gorgeous 360-degree view of land and sea. }

{ It's FREEZING right now, but no trip is complete without a dip in the Pacific—especially if you can just jump off the back of a boat! }

{ For when we weren't in the ocean... I can't think of a better way to spend $55 than THIS. }

{ If you're looking for a spicy margarita the size of your head, might I recommend Cruisers? }

{ Friday night we ate dinner by twinkle lights out on the lawn with the Tully fam. (My dress is Kimchi Blue and currently on sale!) }

{ We got around all day on the 4th of July on beach cruisers! }

{ Patriotic accessories were on point—most especially my Tipsy Elves fanny pack (complete with koozie, just waiting for an ice cold American beer! }

{ Patriotic highlights in the group include Tipsy Elves sweatbands, my striped Old Navy cami, Sammi's paisley shorts from F21 and reflective shades from Knockaround & Forever 21 }

{ Also incredibly handy AND patriotic? An "America!' Cruisey you can wear—guaranteeing you never lose your drink (or have to put it down while using a selfie stick...) }

{ Proud to say that after this weekend I am now a TOTAL #selfiestick convert... }

{ We caught the fireworks from the Fun Zone, just off the Balboa ferry }

{ Poolside the next day in an Old Navy dress and Urban Outfitters hat }

{ It's #SharkWeek, and Bear Flag Fish Co. was appropriately decorated for our Monday lunch before heading back to NYC }


RENT A DUFFY BOAT OR PADDLE BOARD: The best way to experience Newport is by water. Duffy boats are these adorable canopy-covered boats that provide plenty of seating for a party and a smooth ride for picnics, etc. If you're gunning for something a little more athletic, get on a paddleboard and take in all the amazing homes, boats and sea lions sunning themselves on docks from a close-up vantage point.

GET AROUND BY BICYCLE: To get the full Newport experience, you need to rent a cruiser and take a long, leisurely ride on the boardwalk. weave around on Balboa and Lido islands to find plenty of places to eat and drink along the way. (On the 4th we got ours for $25 from Seaside Bikes. )

DO LUNCH AT BEAR FLAG FISH CO: This spot on Via Lido has some of the most delicious fish I've ever had! I tried the poke salad and two of their classic fish tacos—and my world was rocked.

CRUSH A BAGUETTE FROM C'EST SI BON BAKERY: Listen to me carefully: Get a 9" sandwich on baguette with salami, Havarti cheese, cornichons, mustard and lettuce. You're welcome.

HAVE A MAI TAI AT BILLY'S AT THE BEACH: What could be better than a rum drink that lets you #freethenipple and get pretty tipsy at the same time? These legendary cocktails can be found at Billy's at the Beach, and you really, really should have one as soon as possible.

GET YOUR BREAKFAST ON AT MY GALLEY: Bagel sandwiches, acai bowls, smoothies, burritos and oatmeal... This place does breakfast right. The line can be hectic, but if you're lucky enough to snag a table outside—you're doing something right.

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