The Pier

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

Lace & Lilacs

sunshine, mon journal, & the loveliest smock dress…

Hi-hi, all! I have just returned from a miniature trip to Hollywood, Marina del Rey, & Santa Monica, and am utterly thrilled to be home editing photos, catching up with old friends, and beginning to prepare for the exciting summer adventures that await me in London, Dublin, Toulouse, and (now!) Rome. I still have a couple more weeks of crashing, turquoise waves, tranquil strolls along our local pier, and shooting all the beach photographs, however, and am soaking up every bright, beautiful moment.

I have been studying French nearly every day since arriving home, and am recording all of my progress, exercises, newfound vocabulary, and grammar rules in the cute little journal that appears in the images above. It has been a little while since I last practiced the language, due to this past week’s itty-bitty ‘stay-cation’ (I live just under two hours from LA, not quite sure whether or not a visit qualifies as a ‘stay-cation’ or ‘vacation’? 😉 ), but intend to continue working this very afternoon.

And! Of course! Let’s chat about this pretty-pretty dress, shall we? It is the most gorgeous floral smock-dress from Mod Dolly, one of my favorite-est shops. I paired it with a darling little necklace and bracelet, removing my shoes prior to strolling along the seashore and eventually stopping to take some notes on French in the vibrant California sunshine.

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Bonjour tout le monde! Comment ça va? Je suis allé à Hollywood, Marina del Rey, & Santa Monica la semaine dernière et je l’ai adoré. Californie est très jolie en été. Je suis heureux de partager des photos bientôt. Dans deux semaines je vais quitter la Californie pour l’Europe. Maintenant je vais être à la plage!

Cette robe est de Mod Dolly, ma boutique préférée. C’est belle et splendide. J’adore! Je vais partager plus de vêtements bientôt. Bonne journée!

outfit details

links to pictured products in bold

Dress | Mod Dolly

Eyeshadow | NYX

Liquid Foundation w/ SPF | H&M

Jewelry | Gifts

Journal | BHV (brand: livework)

See you soon, darlings!

Abby ♥

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18 comments on “The Pier”

  1. These photos are so gorgeous, and I love your dress!
    I have to say, I just discovered your blog and I am thoroughly impressed. You seem to live a beautiful life. I just followed! 🙂
    I too am a lover of pretty, vintage, lace-y things.
    Julia ||

  2. such a sweetly pretty dress, and I love the photos <3

  3. I had a staycation of my own over Memorial Weekend, so I know how good it feels 😀 I hope you’re having a blast too! Good on you for keeping up with French 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  4. Oh my! I am so very obsessed with the blues here! I truly love your dress and the atmosphere you created with these photos. Glad to see these beautiful snippets of your summer. Sending hugs. xx

  5. SOOO PRETTY! Both the adorable girl in the adorable floral dress (:P) and the beach!

  6. That place look great! Your dress is indeed pretty! I love floral prints too. Great photos btw 🙂

  7. I’m glad you’re having a great time in Southern California. Your future trips sound amazing too! The photos are wonderful and I’m glad to see a little bit of “home” on your blog. I don’t know much about dresses but it looks great!


  8. So pretty, and oh so summery!

  9. Yes yes yes! You are the cutest human and these photos are gorgeous. Lots of love to you. xx Laura