It's Christmas tomorrow and I keep going down my mental checklist of things to do. Presents wrapped and mailed? Check. Flights booked? Check. Party details sorted? Check. Still, my mind keeps wandering back to the unanswered emails in my inbox and the unfinished projects I left back at the office. I know, I know. Every "thought piece" on the internet these days tells you to unplug, unwind, and let go.
Pfft, easier said than done. It's hard to untangle yourself from the 9 to 5 when your brain is so used to being on and so unfamiliar to the idea of being on holiday. Whenever this mental checklist of mine gets overwhelming, I take a walk along the beach, which just so happens to be in my backyard.
It's moments like this, when I get to feel the sand beneath my feet and watch the waves calmly wash onto the shore, that make me grateful to be living in Santa Monica. The winters here in California are rarely colder than 60 degrees and more often than not, you'll get days where the afternoon is a warm 80 degrees.
Sure, we don't have snow and I do sometimes miss the magic of a winter wonderland. Yet the truth is that you really can't beat sandals in the middle of December. It's not unusual to see Angelinos (LA natives) wandering in light slacks, a comfy tee and a cardigan during our "chilly" winters. For this particular stroll, I went with Zara flower print drawstring pants (which may or may not also be part of my summer wardrobe), a Ralph Lauren champagne-taupe cardigan over a white tank, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, and leather sandals.