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What I Wore: On the Beach

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wardrobe oxygen santa barbaraGreetings from Santa Barbara! If you're following me on Instagram you know I'm in California for a blogging conference as the guest of the beauty company L'Occitaine. It's such a beautiful part of the country, I've never been here before. In fact, every other time I've been in California it's been for short trips, less than 48 hours, and most of that time was spent in hotels, conference rooms, and studios. So I was PSYCHED to see on the conference agenda they were having a beach party!

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Dress: c/o Soma Intimates (old; see other dresses from Soma) | Earrings: Amazon | Cuff: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Birkenstocks | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

The dress code just said “wear your flip flops.” Well, I don't own flip flops, but I do have a couple pairs of Birks and chose to wear my silver metallic pair. Knowing we'd be at the beach, I wanted something that would repel sand, handle being knotted to dip my toes in the surf, and be comfortable. Soma Intimates sent me this dress last year and it's only been on the blog once but been worn dozens of times. It's a silky jersey that's light enough to have great drape but heavy enough to not cling or show every lump or bump. It also has deep pockets and a neckline that looks cute on or off the shoulders. I've worn it with a vintage brown leather belt, but usually just wear as you see it here with silver hoops and my cuff.  Oh, and this has been in the washer and dryer sooo many times and still looks like new.  It has made me a Soma Intimates apparel fan.

Palm Trees in Santa BarbaraAs for a bag… I didn't bring one!  I used my Dagne Dover card holder to hold business cards, hotel key, wallet essentials, and some Listerine strips. The pockets are deep enough to hold that, my phone, my sunglasses, and my lipcolor. I was walking distance from my hotel in case I needed anything additional.

When we got to the beach, we removed our shoes. Sears sponsored the event and were passing out branded flip flops that left their logo as a print in the sand. There were couches, a bar, and waitstaff passing out drinks and hors d'ourves. When we arrived a man was playing a steel drum; later a band performed beachy themed classics.

Soma Intimates Maxi DressAfter a full day at the conference I made several friends and met in person others I had only befriended virtually; Candy from Travel Pockets took this photo while Christine from Madame Ostrich took the other photos of me. I left my camera in my hotel room so we made do with my iPhone, it really didn't capture the beauty of the evening.

CJU 2017 beach partyBut stay tuned, I'll be sharing a full recap from my trip and far better photos hopefully next week!

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  1. I know I’m late to post but I have never purchased a dress like this as I’m worried about undergarments. I have yet to find a strapless bra that stays put and I don’t have to constantly hike up. What did you wear under this dress?

  2. I looked at the Soma website. I was surprised to see that I like many of the dresses. To my delight most of them seem to be rayon instead of polyester. I don’t like polyester. It makes me sweat horribly. Rayon not only feels good on my skin and doesn’t make me sweat. It also has a way of draping, not clinging that suits me well. I like the way it takes and holds color. I can’t afford silk everything, but rayon is a less expensive substitute that I like 80% as well. Soma dress prices are not horrible and they have some larger sizes. I think I might have to try something from them. If I do, I’ll let you know what I think.


  3. i LOVE this look! would have never known that soma offered clothes, and i would definitely love to get my hands on a similar dress!

  4. I don’t often comment on blogs but I am a regular reader of yours. I just had to chime in today to say that that dress is absolutely perfect on you. So, so flattering.

  5. I am a big fan of Soma. I love their bras but they offer so much more and your post shows that. I hope you feature more of their great products soon.

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