make-believe: california dreaming.

February 17, 2016

make-believe: la | reading my tea leaves

Regarding the title: I had to. I’m sorry.

This is only partially make believe. (Thank god!) I’m headed to Southern California in a few weeks, and if I sound like I’m being very casual about it, trust, I am not. 

I’m hoping the trip will include some much-needed sunshine, a little celebrating of Simple Matters, West-Coast style, and some pure desert magic. Mostly, I’m bonkers excited. Gawking at LA instagrams has become like a second, not-at-all lucrative job for me. I’m fully expecting to be cloaked in sunshine and bumping into palm trees left and right! I can practically taste the tacos! Faye-girl’s gonna get some time outside of a puffer coat! James is gonna make us all move to the beach! I’m gonna be high on serotonin! I can’t wait.


Here are a few things for sporting on an imaginary afternoon in LA:

These sunglasses, because with a name like that, how could I not?

This “crop” and this “hipster” for just in case.

This jumpsuit, because it’s sleeveless and gauzy.

This scarf for a little color.

These huaraches, because…sandals.

This market bag for treasure hunting and other things.

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  • Reply Caitlyn February 17, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Oh how fun! I want to get out to California so badly. Half of my family lives there and it’s been too long.

    And I just love those sandals.


    xo, Caitlyn

  • Reply Christine February 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I spotted a pair of huaraches yesterday in the airport in Mexico and thought: I need to search out some of these when I get back to NYC! LO AND BEHOLD saw this post this morning. Thanks for the rec, I love those Nisolo ones!

    • Reply MissEm February 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I adore huaraches – all I wear in the summer. But you can get nice fair trade ones from humble Hilo for half the price

      • Reply Erin Boyle February 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

        Thanks for the introduction! I wasn’t familiar with Humble Hilo before now.

      • Reply Caitlyn February 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

        I’m going to check them out because those Nisolo ones aren’t for tiny feet 🙁


  • Reply Melanie February 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Ooo!! Yeah for a trip to California!! I’m venturing over there myself at some point this year! I hope you have a blast! =)

  • Reply laney s February 17, 2016 at 10:32 am

    i want you to know that i starting reading your book before before last night & ended up going on a closet decluttering spree until past 1 AM. people are literally losing sleep over your writing! XD

    • Reply laney s February 17, 2016 at 10:39 am

      *before bed

    • Reply Erin Boyle February 17, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Ha! So glad to have you reading! Happy decluttering!

  • Reply Jessie February 17, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Los Angeles will welcome you gladly! It was 91 degrees here yesterday…I think I want to trade with you. I just miss having actual seasons. Excited to hear about your adventures!

  • Reply Heather | Cedar & Bloom February 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Ah, these are all adorable! This makes me want to gear up for a warm weather adventure!

  • Reply Paige February 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I live in southern California and the weather is delightful right now! Many of us locals are actually bummed because we thought the el nino would bring more rain (lord knows we need it out here), but it’s perfect beach weather. Eighty degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Hope you enjoy–and wear sunscreen!

  • Reply Emily February 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Where in LA will you be celebrating Simple Matters? 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle February 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm


      • Reply Kim February 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        So excited! Waiting eagerly for details. I will surely be there!

      • Reply Sonya February 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Was wondering the same thing. I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now, and I’m so excited and happy for you, your family, and Simple Matters, and your trip out here to CA! It’s beautiful right now.

  • Reply Sarah February 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    You’ll do better than just in case! It was in the 80’s here in San Diego last weekend and I went to the beach 3 days in a row – hope it stays warm until you arrive.

  • Reply Diana February 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    are you coming to SF?! a friend and I who just devoured a shared copy of your book would LOVE to meet you!! We have good weather and palm trees too! iced coffee! succulents! sunshine! tacos! it’s all here! <3 Diana

    ps- some comments on the period post the other day were harsh. keep up the good work Erin your public loves you.

    • Reply Erin Boyle February 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Would love to, but staying in SoCal for this trip! Thanks for your kind words. (Move over, meanies!)

  • Reply christine e-e February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    You’ll be looking great – I would add a thin sweater to keep you from getting chilled in the evening… especially if you will be near the beach — Santa Monica? where are you going… do tell…

  • Reply Nicole February 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    It’s been so warm here in California! We’re actually headed to NYC soon…so we’ll be experiencing weather in your neck of the woods soon!

  • Reply Karen February 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Have Fun, Celebrate!!!
    Love Love this outfit!!!
    It is 70 to 80 ish here in Big D

    Love ya blog n the Book

  • Reply Christina February 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    This is fantastic! Keep me posted on your book signing event. Let me know if you need any yummy recommendations! xo

  • Reply Sarah February 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    This might be the perfect jumpsuit. Today’s rain aside, I would love to have worn it every day of the past month. So excited your book brings you here! We’ve downsized by half with your help. Keep up the wonderful work!

  • Reply Joy February 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Yay! I’m from California, born and raised in L.A. and a semi-recent transplant to Denver, so I’m always California dreaming of home! (although it’s in the 70s here in Colorado today!) Southern California won’t disappoint you…February and March tend to be beautiful. One of my favorite parts of living there is that you can wear sandals on the reg from March – October. 🙂 Have fun!

  • Reply Jillian February 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I love your style, girl! Get the jumpsuit! IT’S ON SALE!

  • Reply Kim February 21, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Hi Erin, sounds like fun! Do you plan to hit the beach with Faye? I’m planning a beach vacation with my infant daughter and struggling to find cute UV protective clothing. Have you come across anything?

    • Reply Erin Boyle February 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      We have a little spf onesie rashguard for Faye that I bought on sale at the Gap last winter for $6! (Still fits!) For a slightly more sustainable option, Hanna Andersson has some nice classic stripes!

  • Reply Kim B. February 21, 2016 at 6:38 am

    DO NOT BURST MY BUBBLE!! Hilarious! (but totally understandable)

  • Reply Sally February 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I would love to hear your thoughts on flying and how that fits into an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. This in no way serves to make you feel guilty for vacationing – I hope you enjoy! – but I feel like most eco-friendly blogs gloss over this aspect of reducing one’s footprint. I’m also curious to see what sort of conversation would be started through comments, regarding how other people deal with this conundrum. Traveling is immensely gratifying, but also a huge burden on the planet so what do we do? Only thing I’ve done so far (like you too it seems) is stay grateful, realize the privilege that comes with it and try to explore what’s nearby as much as I can.

    • Reply Erin Boyle February 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you! I’m so excited about our trip. I read a lot about the carbon footprint of travel, so I can’t agree that it’s a subject that usually gets glossed over, but I do agree that it’s a conundrum. I also very sincerely believe that we must each do our best but that we can’t finish my only wringing our hands, only problematizing our every move, only gnashing our teeth. Gratitude and acknowledgement of privilege, and thoughtful, careful decisions. But also, permission to live, to explore, to stretch our boundaries and experience new things.


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