About four years ago, when Chad and I were just starting to think about the possibility of leaving New York, we spent several days in Los Angeles.
It was a serious trip — we were house-hunting (or, at least, house-window-shopping), trying to get a sense of what we could afford in cities that weren’t Manhattan.
Only, the thing was: it was freezing. It was this weird August when California was freezing cold, so the weather in Santa Monica, where we spent most of our time, was grey, windy, and about fifty-five degrees most days. I only made one purchase that whole trip, and it was a big cozy sweater from J. Crew.
Yes, I went to LA in the middle of summer, and bought a sweater.
But one afternoon, just for something to do, we left Santa Monica behind and drove out to Malibu.
And as we drove, it was like the clouds opened up — suddenly, the weather was eighty degrees and sunny. I took off my sweater. I put on my favorite sunglasses. And we had lunch by the ocean, on a beautiful blue-sky afternoon.
Even though we decided against moving to California a few months later, sometimes I still think of that beautiful afternoon, when everything suddenly took a turn for the outrageously beautiful.
So, with this outfit, I decided to recreate it — starting with my new, updated version of those favorite sunglasses. I’ve always loved aviators — they’re the coolest sunglasses around, bar none — and this Foster Grant pair is the one that I’m constantly reaching for nowadays. If I suddenly found myself in the middle of a sunny Malibu afternoon, they’d be on in four seconds flat.