I’m packing for SoCal (San Diego and Palm Springs) next week and will show you what’s in my suitcase for warmer weather. No one from California really calls it “Cali” for short but you definitely hear “SoCal” (I was born there and so were my parents). The term SoCal includes everything from north Los Angeles to Mexico!
It’s Five Faves time with Cindy and Annie (at the end of the post I’m going to tell you some things that you may not know about them), along with a sneak peek of our pool and more.
Also, according to this website’s analytics, about half of you read this on a computer and half on a mobile screen. Which do you prefer?
1. A Sneak Peak Of Our New Plunge Pool
We are so happy the pool is finished (and are neighbors must be too)! It’s an irregular shape in our backyard due to the small triangle-shaped area and property setbacks.
You cannot really see it but the tall poles are there for the string lights (I call them party lights) that have a remote control. I will be showing more of this space soon.
2. Packing For For SoCal
My friend, Juliet says that if you have one or two new things in your suitcase, everything feels fresh! In fact, she has a very fresh Spring table on her blog right now.
Howard and I are going to stay with my sister in San Diego, see my girlfriends and our accountant (yikes! I need to get the tax files ready), and then go to Palm Springs to be with family. Here’s what I am packing (or wish I was packing for SoCal like the pricey bathing suit and pareo).
packable hat (I have this) • eyelet blouse with a cami (on sale–everything at J. Crew is 25% off with code) I tried it on and want it • black sandals • off-white graphic Tee • no iron linen blouse (ordered this) • pareo coverup • Miracle suit (expensive but they do hold you in) • green and white chinos (I have the green which is a little darker than shown, flattering) • striped Tee • Somerset maxi dress (I have this and in black too — lots of patterns) • reasonably price straw tote with a zipper • platform wedge sandal (I have these and they are comfortable for a shoe with a heel)
tunic dress (lots of colors). Very comfortable. I’m wearing a small (I’m 5’1″). If you are taller, it will be more of a midi length. It’s not lined but I don’t think you can see through it. • sunglasses • earrings (I like how light these are) • my fave lipstick now by Selena Gomez • nude colored sandals
3. Dried Flowers Are Back
On the last couple of trips to Paris, I saw lots of dried flower arrangements. They are basically dead flowers, but something is appealing.
So I added some of my own to the lavender that I had in a vintage pitcher. But I first dried them by hanging them upside down…and I think I will dry some hydrangeas next (they are starting to show up in our yard).
4. What To Watch On Netflix
Treason: Howard and I both liked this… “When the past catches up with the newly appointed head of MI6, in the form of a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past, he is forced to question everything and everyone in his life.”
Maestro in Blue: I’ve been watching this on my own. It’s dubbed in English. “A musician goes to lead a festival on a scenic Greek island, where he begins an unexpected romance and finds himself entwined in other people’s secrets.”
5. What You Might Not Know About Cindy and Annie
Cindy, the friend you want in an emergency:
Cindy has a sort of mid-western tough exterior. She never complains and gets the job done! Dependable. But she is as sweet as can be, too.
When hurricane Ian was pounding the west coast of Florida and starting across the state, our son, Tommy finished an important business call from California. Then he decided to drive the two hours from Orlando to us in Jacksonville…just ahead of the eye of the storm. Making me a nervous wreck, of course.
While Tommy was driving, Cindy and I talked on the telephone about everything imaginable. Finally, she said, “Is Tommy there yet?” …just as I heard the garage door open with Tommy coming through it. She had intentionally kept me distracted on the phone for over an hour!
I really appreciated that.
Annie, the friend that builds you up:
Annie is funny and has such an easy laugh. She’s thoughtful and a little quiet, usually, it’s because she is listening more.
Annie makes you feel good about yourself. She will say so earnestly to me “Mary Ann, you are the nicest person.” Or “That’s so beautiful, Mary Ann!” And that certainly brings a wave of happiness!
Annie makes you believe you are the person you want to be.
So, yeah, I’m pretty lucky in the friend department and to think we initially all met online! That’s why I am all for online dating apps! 🙂
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: