12 /27
A Coastal Getaway featuring Faux Fur & Real Waves

Mendocino Coast What pops into your mind when I tell you to imagine the sunny beaches of California? Is it the sand between your toes, sunbathing beauties in barely-there bikinis, flip-flops and beach volleyball or perhaps David Hasselhoff running in slow motion in skimpy red swim trunks? If So-Cal beaches are on your brain, I’m about to transport you 10 hours north up the 101 to the Pacific coast of Mendocino, CA.

And if the thought of slipping into a two-piece after a slew of holiday feasts is causing some pre-New Years’ jitters, don’t worry! All we’ll need for Mendocino are some cozy essentials like skinny jeans and fuzzy sweaters. Forget your worries, pack a hoodie and let’s head to Mendocino….

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Making Waves ~ This is the view from every room c/o the Little River Inn on the coast of Mendocino where I stayed just before Christmas. It’s the most relaxing getaway you can imagine. (Sidenote) For bloggers and Instagram addicts, they offer complimentary high speed wifi.


The Hamptons of Nor-Cal ~ The Little River Inn has always been my favorite location to stay in Mendocino. Why? The rooms are cozy, nautical and classy. Every cottage has an ocean view close enough to hear the waves crashing against the shore and the most beautiful view of the sunset in the evening. Check out their promotions and special winter rates here or ‘Like’ their FB fanpage.


Cottage Couture ~ The easiest way to feel stylish by the sea is to stay comfy and warm without dressing over-the-top. It’s Mendocino, not Monte Carlo after all. Pack leggings, tribal print sweaters, dark skinny jeans, wellies, cable knit sweaters, or that faux fur vest curled up in the back of your closet.


Hollywood Meets Mendocino ~ The small town of Mendocino is tourist-friendly and just a few miles from the Little River Inn. Stop at scenic spots along the ocean, breweries or go to a little restaurant called Capt’ Flints in Fort Bragg for some fresh seafood (or a grilled cheese in my case). It’s super casual, but I love it because date scenes from the classic movie Overboard starring Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell were filmed there.


‘Perfect Sunset’ Recipe ~ 1 room at the Little River Inn, 2 glasses of bubbly, add 19 Instagram filters, 25 minutes of silence, then simmer and enjoy your sunset!

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 Nor-Cal Roadtrip Tips ~ Whether you’re driving on Highway 1, the 101, or a narrow logging road; pack an old fashioned map because wifi fails big-time deep in the redwood forests. Also, if you get car sick on winding roads, sparkling water and Gin Gin’s Ginger Hard Candies are essential.


<DETAILS by Dale> Mini gold leaf ring ~ c/o INPINK,  faux fur ~ (old) Neiman Marcus outlet, round ring & nail polish ~ recent F21, skinny jeans & black top ~ H&M, watch ~Michael Kors

Have you ever wanted to visit the coasts of Northern California?


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  • http://www.daringcoco.com Sonia

    Ummm well I do want to visit them now! And those sunglasses are seriously amazing! Where are they from.. L O V E


    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Hi Sonia, thanks and I actually got those sunglasses in Shanghai this summer. If I go back next year, I’ll get you a pair :)

  • http://fashioneiric.blogspot.com Coline

    Wow amazing pics !



  • http://www.bellezzababe.blogspot.com Tia Parla

    Stunning photos and you are absolutely stunning! Mwah xxxx
    Now following your lovely blog xx

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thank you Tia :)

  • http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com lisa

    awww i love this dale! your faux fur and boots is so chic! i love it! you look gorgeous hon!!

    ohh yes keep me posted would love to see you in germany hon :)!

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks Lisa, and I’ll definitely keep you posted about Feb. :)

  • http://www.huongie.wordpress.com Huong

    What a great look, Dale! That faux fur vest is too cute!

  • http://www.averysweetblog.com/ Kim

    Dale, you stay at the best places! The outside is fabulous, so I knew the inside would be equally so. Blog around California anytime. I love to see all of the cool places. Ummm, LOVE that faux fur vest and RING! It truly makes a statement. Have a great weekend doll!

  • http://paulinaablog.blogspot.com pAULINA

    great blog ! Would you like to follow each other ?
    i like your style ;)

  • http://jointhegossip.com Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    So pretty! I’ve lived in SoCal my whole life and never been all the way up the coast! I need to take the 1 all the way up some day. It’s a must! And the outfit is super gorgeous.

    • suzi long

      Come on up! Drop by my gallery in THE WATERTOWER behind Gallery Books in Mendocino and I’ll treat you to my 90-minute drop-in watercolor sketching class so you can doodle your vacation!

  • http://www.adelajdainsp.blogspot.com Adelajda

    thank you for comment, very nice blog and i love your fur vest :)

    Greetings from Poland, xoxo

  • http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com/ Bernadeth

    Such a lovely post, I like these pictures so much! :)

    Visit my blog? xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com)

  • http://adornlafemme.com Lauren

    I love love the Little River Inn~ how wonderful that they take pets! You look so comfy and stunning in the faux fur and the “jewels”! Happy travels! xx

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  • http://runwithfashion.blogspot.com Eliza

    Hellllooo from a Cali native! *waves* lol
    Beautiful place and pictures, loove the Inn’s, soo cute and cozy looking♥
    And that’s awesome, high speed wifi :D
    Love your fur vest ♥and loooove the sunset picture, sooo beautiful! ♥♥♥♥

    Thank you Dale for your comment on my xmas nails post :)

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks Eliza and you’ll have to let me know if you make it back to Cali in 2013. Happy New Year!

    • suzi long

    Great photos and great outfit!


  • Faith

    Beautiful pictures! Fabulous outfits as well :)

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thank you Faith

  • http://mondaynightfashion.blogspot.com eva

    Love the rings!!

  • http://ifsandsandbutts.com Alex @ ifs ands & butts

    great shots – looks incredible, I’ve gotta get myself to California!

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Yes Alex, you definitely need to visit soon :)

  • http://www.lawyerdoll.blogspot.com lawyerdoll

    I’m loving your faux fur piece! It looks soft….

  • http://fashionrealm.blogspot.com april

    nice shots and your jewelry are beautiful

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks April! :)

  • http://www.smartsearch.ie Smart Search

    That’s great article. You know – this is exactly what I was looking for. I shall give you a big thanks for this great piece of information. Keep it up.

  • http://steph-g.blogspot.com Steph-G

    love the accessories! great photos too :D

  • Anonymous

    Great photos!!! I love this place!!

    You look so beautiful with that outfit, I love the vest!


  • http://thefashionexplorer.blogspot.com.es/ Fashion Lover

    Great photos!!! I love this place!!

    You look so beautiful with that outfit, I love the vest!


  • http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/ http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

    amazing pictures :) Happy New Year!

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  • http://www.sheislovelyblog.com Sheila

    Love the faux fur and the photos!! Very pretty!

    Happy New Years!!

    xo – Sheila

  • The Sunny List

    What a great roadtrip you took, i really like it ! The little hotel looks beautiful, If I ever go to California i’ll try to make one of this trips :)

    You have a really nice blog, I’m following you now of Bloglovin’ #187, If you get a sec, i would love if you could stop by my blog :) happy new year!


  • http://sophisticatedinstyle.blogspot.ca Lauren

    LOVE the fur vest! xo Happy 2013!

  • True

    Love the faux fur!

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Hi! I'm Dale. A San Francisco fashion columnist, sour candy addict, founder of Savvy Spice and newly married living in Switzerland. I just launched the world's 1st line of unisex satin pillow cases for anti-aging, plus healthier hair & skin called Savvy Sleepers. Stay Savvy Trendsetters! For questions or advertising inquiries, please email me at dale202@gmail.com


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