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Del Coronado Anniversary

Last week Jeff and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary
at the
 Del Coronado
 in San Diego!

This year
maybe because we have just done our daughter Ellis's wedding
maybe because Jeff and I are now truly empty nesters
I have such reverence for our nearly 3 decades together.

As with most couples who have been married for decades
we have have had good times and hard times.

Jeff has seen me through the death of my sister
my personal bought with cancer
business ups and downs
together we have raised three remarkable adults.

These rings have been with us the whole time
now they are even more beautiful to me
as a symbol of our togetherness.

Designed to represent two people coming together as one
but still
able to remain individuals
they symbolize our relationship beautifully.

After not really celebrating our anniversary big
for years
while we were so busy with kids
this was the perfect year to take time away
celebrate our 29 years of being a married couple.

For our trip to the iconic Del Coronado
I packed a wardrobe of greys and whites.

Picking a color palette 
having an idea of occasion and plans
 makes packing so much more easy and successful for me.

I knew I would be getting plenty of use out of my new
J Crew Toothpick jeans
 I picked up in Malibu
on our impromptu getaway!
For me
white jeans are a year round staple
here in Southern California!

We had a lovely suite room with a lovely courtyard view.
But I couldn't wait to hit the beach!

Because I heard they had cabanas to rent!

The queen size cabanas were one of the trip highlights for me!
With a moveable canopy for shade
it felt like having your very own room on the beach!

This was our wonderful view for the afternoon!
The cabanas come with food and drink service as well!
Which all  made for a perfect anniversary celebration!

My caftan from
Soft Surroundings
was a perfect resort piece for the occasion!

It worked as a swimsuit coverup
as well 
as  comfortable loungewear.
Adding a great sandal and accessories
had it perfect for cocktails inside the hotel!

My extra large Morroccan  Market bag
meant I had everything I needed for an afternoon on the beach!

One of my favorite things about Soft Surrounding caftans
(also seen HERE)
is not only that they come in different lengths
(I always have a hard time finding pieces that are long enough)
but they also sell cotton knit  slips for underneath!
Something up until now
I found almost impossible to find!

My throw from IKEA always makes the perfect beach wrap!

As the sun set
it was time for dinner at the Del.

Sunsets at the Del are remarkable!

But even better than dinner and the sunset
was the fire pit we rented to do smores!
Since some of our kids live in San Diego
it was a  perfect impromptu get together!

Besides renting a full serviced fire pit
you can also order all the makings for smores
as well as beer or wine 
right there on the beach!

As someone who entertains often
the sheer ease of just having to show up
have everything set up 
 brought to you
was worth every penny!

More time to savor and enjoy time with
some of my very favorite people in the world!

Mornings many times on our Southern California beaches
can be foggy.

So I knew my second
would be perfect for a morning beach stroll and coffee!.

This 'Lazy Day Lounger'
 is the perfect maxi length
kangaroo pocket sweatshirt.
Not only did it work for cozy beach resort wear  in the chilly morning  air
but it will be a pieces to upgrade my home wear as well!

I paired it for the beach with my faux fur 'stole' from 
Restoration Hardware last winter season
a turban I made for the occasion!

I always appreciate bringing along a tote for beach walks 
so I don't have to carry my shoes
fret about my phone.
And I always have a hat 
for protection
in case the sun does come out!

It was such a beautiful memorable weekend.
I have just as much appreciation for the foggy greys
as I do the blue skies
at the beach.

 I think so much of living a beautiful life
is learning to recognize the beauty
that is right before us
rather than yearning for what we think we want.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy 
as you style your life


  1. Tamera, there are no words that encompass how truly special this post is. You and Jeff look so happy, it's truly obvious in your smiles. You are two people that deserve a life happy ever-after. No marriage is without storms, but it's how we ride out the waves that makes some couples stronger & closer. You look stunning in everything you wear!

    I hope Graham and I can treat you & Jeff to lunch before too long. So much time has passed! Thanks for sharing your stunning photos xox

    1. Aww Deborah you are always the absolute sweetest my friend! Big hugs to you my dear! How are you doing after your daughter's beautiful wedding?

      Definitely looking forward to getting together with you and Graham! Let's pick a date! And may I say how fantastic your remodel is coming along!!


  2. LOVED this being the one who pointed you in the direction of SOFT SURROUNDINGS I just have to laugh I have the white CAFTAN as well as that long GREY GOWN.YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in every SHOT!One more thing that caught my attention was your wedding rings.........are yours white & yellow gold?If so, that is another THING WE SHARE in COMMON!WHO the HECK did that 30 years ago???NO ONE BUT US I would imagine!!!!!!!!
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY..............

    1. Elizabeth how wonderful to have you visit my friend!! Yes, You were definitely the one who pointed me to Soft Surroundings … I still Love my very first caftan from them … the fabulous crocheted one! It was also You who led me to the wonderful Catherine Robinson Cashmere wraps … another favorite of mine!

      And yes, my ring is two golds … just another ironic similarity we have my friend! When are you coming down to visit in SoCal again? We must go together to Roger's Garden's Farmhouse!!


  3. OMG!!! You always like an absolute film-star. I LOVED the grey and white combo so much.
    Are the rings you show your actual wedding rings? Love them!!
    Also love the necklace your are wearing on the beach. Did you make that?
    Fab post as always x

    1. Hello darling! Thanks for visiting! Yes, the rings are actually our wedding rings … with 29 years of beautiful wear! And yes, the beach glass necklace is one of my signature pieces!

      Thanks again for visiting my dear!


  4. What a perfect way to celebrate 29 years! Happy Anniversary!

    We spent our honeymoon at the Del, so it is very special to me... :-)

    1. Thank you for visiting Andrea! How incredible to honeymoon at the Iconic Del Coronado! Sounds perfect my dear!


  5. Your celebration looks idyllic...can I just go out on a limb and say that you have the most amazing style?

  6. Its gorgeous, your life is gorgeous the only thing is that it would be difficult for me at seaside, to never be in the sea. I remember when there, impossible to go to the ocean. But you cannot imagine to live as wevdo in town in Europe... Difficult.
    Kings regard

  7. What a special, beautiful post. Congratulations to you two (your rings are splendid) and keep the love going forever. xox


  8. OMG I love your post! Congratulation for your 29th Anniversary, I'm so agreeing with you as I've just celebrated my 30th anniversary, and feel many of the things you've mentioned. Nice to link up with you. Jacqui

  9. Stunning photos! I love the greys and whites. It would be great if you could pop by my link up and add a post this week :)

  10. Congratulations on your 29th Anniversary. What a wonderful way to celebrate. Your photos of your adventure, Hotel Del and the beach are magnificent, as your images always are. Love your hand crafted turban and your wide brimmed hat. Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack.

  11. All the best for the upcoming years together with your husband. You both understand how to make every
    day special and you looked as ever so chic particularly in the grey blazer with the white jeans.

  12. Happy Anniversary to you and Jeff. These gorgeous photos display a magical celebration. You look glamorous and happy, which is a wonderful combination. The large brimmed hat is "to live for." Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attak!

  13. ohhh- the photos of you wearing the white caftan are absolutely 'painterly'! And I loved the greys & whites together, too!!