Day at the Pier

When you’re not at the beach, what else is there to do in Malibu besides walk along the boardwalk and enjoy some fresh seafood? We really wanted to eat at the cute cafe on the end of Malibu pier but it was under construction. So instead we hung out for a bit, watched people fish, and took some cute photos before heading across the street to grab some fish and chips at a little restaurant below a surf shack. 

Side note: I never realized how much fun it was going to be dressing Acacia, but I love it! I’m a sucker for rufflebutts and those big bows in case you haven’t already noticed. I know that one day real soon she’s going to have her own personality and style, which means I’m going to enjoy dressing her as much as I can right now! 😉

Outfit Details:

Dress: Spell Designs

Shoes: JustFab

Sunglasses: Radfish Malibu

Baby Onesie: Spell Designs

Shirt (His): RVCA

A’s First Beach Day!

What does a 4 month old do during her first visit to the beach? Cry, of course!
Acacia hated the cold water touching her little feet and would scream when I dipped them in. I don’t blame her, it was even too cold for me! So her and I mostly played in the sand and lounged around together in the sunshine beneath our beach tent. I don’t think she enjoyed the beach as much as I was hoping, but she seemed intrigued by the texture of the sand and would giggle randomly when the wind would blow in her face. I’m sure when she’s older she’ll be jumping waves with me and learning to surf with her dad (unless she’s a chicken like me and has a phobia of deep water).

Also, shoutout to Billabong for making the best one-piece suits this season! After having Acacia, I needed to update a lot of my wardrobe to fit my postpartum mom-bod, which included swimsuits. Billabong has a whole bunch of one-pieces that are cut low in the back or show a little bit of sideboob, so they still make you feel sexy even if you don’t have the same stomach you used to or you can’t fit into any of your old bathing suits (cry).

Shop Swimwear:

Swimsuit (His & Hers): Billabong
Swimsuit (Baby): Target

 

 

Safe Travels xx,
Chanel

Best Place To Eat In Malibu

Food is such an essential part of traveling. Food defines the places you visit and leaves an impression on you that lasts long after you’ve returned home. Like a familiar smell that reminds you of your childhood, certain tastes also leave a hint of nostalgia on our tongues reminding us of places we’ve been. Every place I’ve traveled to there has been a restaurant or dish that I find myself craving every so often. Pad Thai and spicy Sukkothai soup in Thailand, homemade pork tacos in Mexico, Founding Farmers in D.C.

In Malibu, it’s none other than Malibu Seafood Hut. The seafood platter is my favorite meal because I can have a taste of everything and their fries are incredible! Also, I’m generally not a fish taco person but their fish tacos are an absolute must every time. This place is extremely special to me and my family. When I was young and we lived in California, we would always go to our favorite beach and end the day with a meal at Malibu Seafood Hut. I remember sitting on the patio watching dolphins jump by while we ate. Back then, I never remembered the lines being so long…but today if you go around dinner time or on the weekends there is zero parking and a line out the door. I guess everyone found out our secret throughout the years!

Safe Travels xx,

Chanel

Best View In The House

Pepperdine University. 830 acres of what is arguably the most beautiful campus in existence. This pristine private college is located in the heart of Malibu and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It’s not uncommon to see deer roaming throughout the hills. I hear it’s the most expensive campus in the country…I don’t know how accurate that statement is but I do know you can’t put a price on Pepperdine’s views.

Since we’ve been staying here since I was young, I thought it only made sense to do a post about it. Even though it’s not a normal hotel or resort, it’s one of my favorite places that we’ve had the opportunity to stay at. We usually stay in four bedroom dorms on campus, with updated kitchens and bathrooms. They are towards the top of campus so we have stunning panoramic views of the mountains behind us with the rest of campus and the ocean beneath us. We almost always pass by a herd of deer while driving to our dorms. I remember one summer during our stay there was a mountain lion spotted on campus so a warning was issued for everyone to stay alert when walking outside to our cars. The wildlife and lush greenery throughout campus combined with views you could stare at for hours only add to the appeal of attending such a prestigious private school…plus the beach is only like 5 minutes away. 😉

Top: Elizabeth Gillette

 

Road Trip to California

Every summer since I was about 13, my family has taken a road trip down to Malibu, CA and up through Arizona and Utah. We lived close to Malibu when I was little while my dad studied at Pepperdine School Of Law. Now he teaches a summer course at the school during June, so we’ve always gone with him to hang out on campus, at the beach, and eat at our favorite restaurants. We drive the long way home through Arizona, stopping in Sedona for a few days, then finish off the road trip visiting family in Utah.

This road trip has always been important to me. It was the highlight of my summers growing up. These adventures with my family are what sparked my love for travel in the first place. I feel like traveling of all kinds is a transformative and cleansing experience for the soul. It’s a way to rid yourself of old ways of thinking and feeling. After these road trips, I always felt like I came home a different person. Now that I’m a mom and my brother is officially an adult and in college, the dynamic of the family has changed a lot, so we decided this summer is most likely the final year for our annual road trip to California. It’s bittersweet, but we want to create new memories in different places.

Not only was this our last California road trip, but it was our first time traveling with Acacia! The longest we had ever driven with her before was 3 hours, but this was the big one. I was nervous at first, not knowing how well she would handle being stuck in the car for 14 hours…but overall she did amazing. As we headed West for California, we only stopped a couple times including once at an old casino in Winnemucca, NV to grab dinner and play some roulette. Other than that, Acacia pretty much slept the entire time. The first leg of our trip was an 8 hour drive to Auburn, CA. We got in late and stayed in a semi-sketchy hotel that was robbed in the middle of the night while we were staying there…no seriously, I woke up to a dozen cops in the lobby! The following day we drove 4 hours to San Louis Obispo, where we stopped to shop, eat dinner, and stretch awhile before finishing the first half of our road trip and arriving in Malibu.

We feel like this trip really helped Acacia grow and brought her out of her shell. She experienced a lot of new things and encountered a lot of new faces. She started baby food, went to the beach, and met her family in Utah for the first time! The entire trip, good and bad, was a blast to experience with her.

Stay tuned for more stories from our family road trip!

xx Safe Travels,

Chanel

Family Photoshoot

Recently my friends from E+E Photography took photos of our little family. They just moved into a new studio and used us as models to test out shooting in their new space. As always, I LOVE how the photos turned out! We took them just in time for Acacia’s 3rd month and my 23rd birthday. I never would have imagined me being a mom at 23, but now I can’t see it any other way! It’s so much fun watching her develop week by week. She has discovered a love for kicking her legs, is starting to grab for toys, and spends most of the day babbling and smiling. Acacia’s first family trip is coming up this weekend where she will be joining us on our annual road trip to Malibu, CA and Sedona, AZ. We’re all super excited about it!

Dress – Spell Designs
Sandals – JustFab

 

xx, Chanel

Desert Solace

 

Dustin watched Acacia for the day so I could go out with a couple of friends to trek around the desert and take photos. It was much needed since I hadn’t been hiking in probably 6 months or longer and have been feeling anxious from being cooped up in the house. Getting outside and away from the city for a while was such a breath of fresh air (literally). The whole desert was engulfed with lush greenery and blooming flowers. We explored abandoned buildings and trailers that were scattered across the area and drove into the mountains to marvel over the beautiful river and endless canyons. It’s hard juggling being a mom, a relationship, friends, school, and my art, all while still finding time to do things I love like hiking. However, as I slowly but surely get the hang of this new, hectic, lifestyle I hope to make more time for nature in all her transformative and healing forms.

 

xx, Chanel