A Day Trip to Laguna Beach

December 2, 2015


things to do in Laguna Beach by M Loves M

Laguna Beach is such a beautiful beach town and for being less than an hour from LA, I’m surprised I don’t visit it that often. The other weekend Matthew and I decided to make a day trip to Laguna Beach down the coast to Tommy Bahama. The weather was gorgeous with clear skies and surprisingly warm temperatures. It felt like a peaceful retreat from the craziness of city life. It was just what we needed before heading into a jam packed holiday season!

blue knit sweater with jeweled jeans by M Loves M Laguna Beach boardwalk by M Loves M tan and snakeskin sandals on the Laguna Beach boardwalk by M Loves M

Laguna Beach has a beautiful beachfront with an old school boardwalk and an iconic lifeguard tower. It’s right across from the town so it’s easy to walk over, sit on a bench and watch the waves roll up. You’ll always find someone playing Frisbee or flying a kit. The beach and boardwalk really has that peaceful old time feel to it; you feel like you’re transported back to the 1950s!

light blue mint sweater eating an ice cream cone by M Loves M

When you’re visiting a beach town you have to stop for a double scoop of ice cream! Laguna Beach has a local favorite shop called Chantilly Ice Cream with tons of great flavors. We ordered a waffle cone with strawberry for me and mint chip for Matthew. It was the perfect treat for walking around and doing some window shopping.  Tommy Bahama Bar and Grill in Laguna Beach by M Loves M

Matthew and I went to get lunch at the Tommy Bahama Bar and Grill. I love their California coastal dishes with an island twist, plus the live music is always so fun! I started with a Cucumber Smash Cocktail with gin, St-Germain, and muddled cucumber, topped with a hibiscus flower. It was so pretty and delicious! To eat, we shared the ahi tuna tacos and the crispy fish sandwich. The fish is beer battered with a local brew, and then fried to perfection. It’s a perfect meal for a warm day! cucumber cocktail in Laguna Beach by M Loves M ahi tuna tacos at Tommy Bahama Bar and Grill by M Loves M

Afterwards, we did a little bit of shopping for the holidays! Tommy Bahama has the best knits, like this cable knit one I’m wearing. My best friend and I both live in sweaters during the fall so I knew she’d love one for the holidays.  Classic button-ups have my brother’s name all over them, so I picked up a classic plaid for him, along with a fun island print for Matthew. You gotta live the Aloha spirit year round! brown knit bag by M Loves M exploring Laguna Beach candy store by M Loves M

Before heading back to LA we stopped at an old school candy shop called Candy Baron. They have barrels and barrels of all sorts of great candy, from taffy to chocolates. The shop has a retro feel and candy is the perfect treat to pick up before a drive home! candy store in Laguna Beach by M Loves M mint blue sweater with jeweled jeans by M Loves M laguna beach day trip by M Loves M day in Laguna Beach M Loves M

On Mara: sweater c/o Tommy Bahama, jeans c/o Tommy Bahama, shoes c/o Tommy Bahama, tote c/o Tommy Bahama

On Matthew: sweater c/o Tommy Bahama, shirt c/o Tommy Bahama, pants c/o Tommy Bahama, overnight bag c/o Tommy Bahama

I can’t wait make another day trip to Laguna Beach! Next time, for a day on the sand!


Disclosure: Thank you to Tommy Bahama for collaborating with me on this post! All thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting my sponsors who allow me to bring fresh content to the site!

photos by Taylor Cole

  • Such a nice place! i’ve never been to Laguna Beach but when I’m back in LA I’ll make sure to pay it a visit! Love your outfit! so cute! xoxo

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    • Mara

      Thanks Danae!!

  • Laguna Beach looks absolutely gorgeous! I love that lifeguard tower!


  • I love your jeans!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

    • Mara

      Thanks Alyssa!! I love the jeweled detail 🙂 It dresses it up a bit!

  • I love your brown sandals. That day out seems like the perfect date. Now I want to take my hubby to the beach in the summer.


    • Mara

      yes do it!! Beach days are so fun!

  • What a lovely way to spend a day! Thanks for sharing!

    Fashion By Committee

    • Mara

      It was so much fun! Thanks for your comment Jeanne 🙂

  • Absolutely loving this entire look!! I miss CA so much, especially Laguna and Huntington!


    La Joie de Vivre

    • Mara

      yes!! I love Huntington! My friend lived there after college and it was so fun to go down and visit!

  • So fun! I love Laguna <3 You look fabulous!

    Isle of Style

    • Mara

      thanks so much Allie!!

  • Laguna Beach is so beautiful! Its one my favorite places!

    • Mara

      it’s so charming! I love it!!

  • I used to go there on spring break trips with my family in high school, it was always so much fun! love both of your looks!


    • Mara

      aw I bet it’s so fun for spring break! can’t wait to go back on a beach day!

  • I love Laguna! Such a sweet post featuring a picture perfect beach city! I need to get over there soon for the holidays, it’s supposed to be really pretty there this time of year!

    • Mara

      yes! they were just starting to decorate when we were there and I loved it!! It’s such a cute little beach town!

  • emily

    Looks like you had a nice date day 🙂 those tacos look incredible! lovely photos as always 🙂

    • Mara

      they were so yummy!!

  • Amazing place and great way to spend the day!

    • Mara

      it really was!! Can’t wait to go back!

  • You must hear it all the time, but you guys look so cute together! Very nice post. xx Laura/ http://www.initialsla.com

    • Mara

      aw thanks so much Laura!!

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