Even though I was born and raised on the East Coast in Orlando (407 represent!), I’ve always been a West Coast girl at heart. There’s just something about the California lifestyle that intrigued me from a young age—the endless summer days, palm trees everywhere, rock coastlines—not to mention the style and trends that come with it.
Summer is in full swing, which means your social calendar is probably packed with plans—I know mine is. But between the parties, weddings, vacations and other events, it’s easy to get a little carried away when it comes to spending. So I’ve put together a little guide guaranteed to keep the fun going, featuring 10 free and cheap things to do in Orange County this summer.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember my post last summer (the first-ever post on Sartorially OC!) about the season’s pineapple trend. Well, to no one’s surprise, the ‘food as fashion’ trend is back this year, but with a twist. Citrus has been taking over the style scene with lemons (thank you, Beyoncé) owning the spotlight as the summer’s fruit of choice.
Other than little weekend trips here and there, I (unfortunately) don’t really have any big vacations planned this summer. Though, just because I’m not jet-setting to the Caribbean on the latest #REVOLVEaroundtheworld trip doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a little fun in the sun in my own backyard.
Last week, I took a much-needed PTO day, hopped aboard a catamaran in Newport Beach and set sail to Catalina Island (you can read my outfit post here). Most SoCal locals know Catalina as the mountainous piece of land you can sometimes see off the coast on those rare smog-free days. However, to my surprise, most haven’t visited it. The last time I had was over 10 years ago, before I even lived in L.A., so I was due for a trip.
I’m not usually one to wear vibrant colors and prints, but when the weather starts warming up, I can’t help but gravitate towards the tropical pattern play that’s hanging in every store window. There’s just something about a summer floral that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even if I’m stuck in front of the computer at work.