Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cover It Up

This is my first official weekend in Los Angeles.

I have spent a big chunk of time unpacking the house, hanging pictures, and stocking staple groceries like coffee…eggs…nutella…
You get the idea. The important stuff.

Additionally, my older sis Tori kindly offered to drive in from Phoenix to help me unpack. It is about a five hour drive from Phoenix to the area of Long Beach, but took a bit longer because some parts of the freeway had been damaged by mudslides from the rain this past week. Tori arrived Thursday night around 1:00 AM with her sweet pup Joseph in tow.

It would have been terribly ungracious of me as a host if Tori didn't get to spend at least one afternoon on the beach. Therefore, Saturday afternoon Tori, Justin, and I drove up Highway 1 to El Matador Beach in Malibu.

Tori wore the beach cover-up I made last month while dreaming about this relocation. I wore a beach cover-up that I made about 2 years ago when I first learned how to sew. It is laughable how much improved my skills are!

The cover-up Tori is wearing is made of a white cotton-blend that I bought at Hancock's Fabrics. I used Simplicity 1161 to create the top. It is heavily modified. I created larger shoulder draping, added pin striping to the front, and added a pocketed skirt to the top to create a dress. The back has a large open V because I am obsessed with open back dresses. 

My cover-up is actually made from the fabric of a maxi hippie-esque skirt I bought years ago. I added pin-striping to the front, straps, darted the back, and added criss-cross ties to the sides. It is super comfortable, falls below my boobs if I shrug my shoulders, and has dangerously see-through qualities. In other words, it can only be worn over bathing suits.

El Matador Beach is a magical place. It sits right below a rocky cliff tangled with cacti and succulents. The beach's terrain is soft sand speckled with a multitude of rocks the color of brick, lavender, sea green, and obsidian. Along shoreline sea caves and tide pools dot the surface and sea grass tangles around your feet. 

El Matador seems like a popular spot for photographers and I counted more than 3 swimsuit shoots going on with models draping themselves across the rocky shoreline like PG-13 rated scenes from A Little Mermaid.  While my marathon-powered thighs have definitely seen their share of In N Out burgers and ice-cream sundays, it didn't stop me from prancing around the rocks with Justin and Tori for this little photo shoot.

All in all, it was lovely afternoon and an excellent way to begin my So-Cal life. 

Swimsuit cover-ups: made by me, sunglasses: Francesa's, hat: e-bay, sail-boat swimsuit: Victoria's Secret

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