Santa Barbara

Walking on sunshine (and purple petals). Outfit details: dress, Lilly Pulitzer; Folding Wayfarer, Ray-Ban, Marleybone Tote, Aspinal of London; Flip-flops, Havaianas.

It’s been nearly six months since I returned from California yetΒ I’m still dreaming about Santa Barbara, my favourite of the coastal cities that we visited.

Although Santa Barbara lives up to California’s cool and relaxed reputation,Β it also has an air of sophistication and style. Out of all the places we visited on our road trip, I’d choose to live here!




After a long lunch in the Old Town, weΒ checked in at Belmond El Encanto. Sitting high up in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, this is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in and I’d highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Views from the pool
Had the best afternoon drinking cocktails poolside
Beautiful dinner on the terrace to celebrate our last night in California
Our cottage πŸ™‚
Lovely decor
Pretty details
Welcome glass of local wine in front of the fire

After a heavenly night’s sleep,Β it was time to check out and head to the airport to catch ourΒ flight back to London.

From the bright lights of L.A to the deserts of Palm Springs, the craziness of Vegas to the serenity of Yosemite, and the vineyards of Napa to the charms of Santa Barbara – our road trip adventure around California (and Nevada!) exceeded all expectations and I can’t wait to go back!


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