Holiday Wardrobe: Monterey Bay

Our last stop in California was Monterey. While I did enjoy myself, it must be said that Monterey reminds me a little too much of home. How so? It’s cold. SO cold.

We stayed in an ocean-facing suite in the InterContinental and were able to enjoy a few days of relaxation before embarking across the country to New York.

Our time in Monterey was charming, of course, but the highlight had to be the famous Monterey Aquarium. It has otters, hammerheads, jellyfish, turtles – you name it, they have it. I mean, they even had Dory and Nemo swimming together… I still don’t get how it took anyone so long to find him- his signature look is rather eccentric.

Following our morning of marine mania, we headed out along the 17 Mile Drive towards Carmel. Carmel is a pretty little town with incredible boutique stores and some glorious galleries and stylish spots to eat- it is far more to my tastes than Monterey.

En route, we made a stop at Roy’s at Pebble Beach. Based on Hawaiian cuisine with a strong Asian influence, the menu at Roy’s was too good to resist. My father and sister opted for teriyaki chicken Bento Boxes while my mother had Mahi Mahi soft tacos and I had a vibrant sashimi selection.


When in Carmel, I had my first real look around a J Crew store and I was rather impressed. Gleaming statement necklaces, chic staple dresses and lots of basics: it’s little wonder that J Crew is making waves internationally.

While I did have my eye on a white t-shirt with a golden pineapple print, the store did not have any in stock (they have it on sale here if you want to race me to it?), so I settled for a fine-knit cornflower blue sweatshirt, a striped fit-and-flare ponte dress and a dazzling crystal necklace.

For dinner that evening I was ever so tempted to wear my new dress, but instead opted for the weather-appropriate option in my new J Crew sweater paired with a neoprene floral skirt from Zara (sold out but this Oasis one is an equally lovely print and a more forgiving fit) and my jewelled anklet pumps, also by Zara.*

*try a low-cute nude leather ballet pump with a couple of antique-inspired anklets


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