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This past August, our Founder & CEO, Michelle, took a last minute vacation to Santa Barbara with her husband. From lounging around the pool at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara to visiting local wineries, join us for a sneak peek into their favorite activities & restaurants, and see how Michelle accessorized every moment with CANVAS jewelry, along with a few of her favorite brands.
When you arrive at your hotel & notice they have a cute bicycle for guests to borrow that matches both your dress and your bracelet stack ... did someone say, "Photo op"?!!
Afternoon hike to Lizard's Mouth
Sipping cocktails poolside at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara - the perfect way to relax and wind down
Bali Bracelets from CANVAS (Light Pink, Yellow, Mint & Orange) (Teal & Navy) (Yellow, Mint & White. These are my favorite bracelets for lounging poolside, swimming & playing sports b/c they are totally waterproof and are available in 31 different colors ... can match them with literally anything!
TUNIC & LONG SLEEVE SPORT ZIP POLO
This terrycloth tunic was perfect for the cooler temps in Santa Barbara, and the Sport Zip Polo is the perfect combo of sporty & stylish! I seriously need both of these in ALL of the colors! Both from Cabana Life, another female-owned company, specializing in clothing and swim wear with built in SPF.
This hat is seriously one of my favorite finds, ever! A girl can never do too much to protect her face from the sun, and this fabulous hat provides a stylish way to do just that. Plus, you can purchase additional ribbons to change out to match your outfit. Available from Sarah Bray Bermuda, another female-owned small business, based in Texas.
One of my favorite dresses (Sorbet Colorblock Lightweight Gauze Kenzo Dress) from one of my very favorite clothing brands, Tuckernuck! And the best part, it pairs perfectly with a stack of CANVAS Bali Bracelets in Orange, Mint, Yellow & Light Pink or the CANVAS Lelani Disc Bracelets in Orange or Aqua!
Wine Tasting in the Santa Barbara Wine Country
We enjoyed a private wine tasting tour via Coastal Concierge to three amazing wineries ... Peake Ranch, Dovecote, and Star Lane. At Dovecote, we were lucky enough to get an ATV tour of the property and enjoyed a lovely charcuterie picnic.
A few of my favorite CANVAS pieces ... Lelani Chinoiserie Resin Stretch Bracelets (Navy & White), Katherine Chinoiserie & Ball Bead Bracelets, Honor Studded Statement Ring in Navy Resin, and the Sutton Chain Link Necklace in Worn Gold.
I couldn't resist matching my Lelani Stacks against the fun colors of the Colorful Chromatic Gate!
A few colors from our best-selling CANVAS Lelani Bracelet collection (Lelani Pearl Bracelets in Blue Aqua, Lelani Disc Bracelets in Orange, Fuchsia, and Blue, and our Channing Metal Plated Disc Bracelet in Worn Gold.)
The Quinn Dress in Serenity Blue from Tuckernuck!
Bougainvillea Sun Hat with the French Blue Ribbon from Sarah Bray Bermuda
Shopping & Dining in Santa Barbara and Montecito
Head to Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants in downtown Santa Barbara for an open air outdoor shopping & dining experience in a beautiful Spanish-style setting. The tiled steps provide a lovely, picturesque backdrop, so be sure to snap a pic or two!
If upscale boutique shopping is more your style, make your way to Coast Village Road in nearby Montecito for the best boutique shopping & a bustling restaurant scene.
Here's a list of our favorite restaurants from the trip ...
Flor De Maiz, Santa Barbara (very impressive high-end Tequila selection)
Here's The Scoop, Montecito
Stella Mare, Santa Barbara (our personal favorite - incredible atmosphere & food!)
Coast & Olive, Montecito
Lelani Disc Bracelets (Orange, Aqua and Blue), Channing Metal Plated Disc Bracelet in Worn Gold, Lelani Chinoiserie Bracelets in Navy, and the Paloma Chinoiserie & Chunky Chain Bracelet, all available from CANVAS!
Where we stayed: Ritz-Carlton Bacara
Although situated about 15 minutes from Downtown Santa Barbara, this is an absolutely gorgeous property ... definitely one of my top 3 favorite Ritz-Carltons! They had amazing service, beautifully landscaped property with amazing ocean & pool views, complimentary bike rentals, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne tastings ... what else could a girl ask for?!
Lelani Chinoiserie Stretch Bracelets in Navy, Pink and White Laurel Chinoiserie T-Bar Necklace, Evelyn Chinoiserie Layered Necklace, and the Katherine Chinoiserie & Ball Bead Stretch Bracelets, all available from CANVAS!
Pink & white gingham shift dress from Coco + Jase, a local female-owned small business based in San Antonio, TX
Links to my Favorite Brands, Wineries, Restaurants & Hotel Featured in this Blog Post
Sarah Bray Bermuda
Coco + Jase
Peake Ranch Winery
Dovecote Estate Winery
Star Lane Vineyard
Flor De Maiz
Here's The Scoop
Coast & Olive