This week, Jenn, her daughter Lola, my dear friend Karen and her daughter Camryn, all joined me at the Santa Monica Farmer’s market for a ladies day out! The sun was shining, the produce was fresh, and we were wearing maxi dresses! What could go wrong?
The beauty of the farmers market is you are buying local. Local usually means your food has come from less than 100 miles away. And that means your food hasn’t traveled on planes, trains, and Mac Trucks to get to your table. Think of how “un-fresh” you feel after a long plane trip. You wanna eat that?
And being outdoors means you’re not subjected to the unflattering light of the supermarket. Everyone just looks prettier at a farmers market!
We have been planning a market excursion ever since I got a killer light denim maxi dress, from H&M for a mere $14.99! I accessorized with a vintage floral scarf and mint green jewelry.
Jenn sporting a $40 sleeveless maxi (which is why she almost looks nude in some of these photos) from Runway a vintage and new clothing store in The Miracle Mile LA. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies.
Something about the purchase of a maxi dress made me fantasize about strolling among local fresh fare, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin while soft ocean breezes gracefully add movement to my flowing locks and perfectly draped garment. “Mr. Darcy” may have been a part of this fantasy but I digress. The maxi dress is easy and romantic. The experiment for the day was could we go to the farmers market, kids in tow, on a budget, and still look great?
Looking easy and breezy at 11am we were off! We walked from my house, bit of a longish walk, a choice that we would all later regret, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. With strollers packed and a whopping $10 in my wallet, we entered the market. There were so many fruits, vegetables, nuts and cheeses to see and sample!
If you’re like me, a human being who eats food, there’s nothing not to love about a farmers market! It makes you suddenly feel European! Like you could bust out some French, or drive a Vespa! Having the kids with us forced/encouraged us to take our time, and really enjoy every moment to it’s fullest. To delight in the flavor of a farm fresh apple warmed by the sun, or eat fat juicy local blueberries (biggest blueberries I’ve ever seen people!). We watched the children smile as they looked at the fresh flowers and attempted to squish them. Because when you’re little, that’s what you do when you love something, you try to squish it!
Once the line of booths came to an end, treats in hand, we headed to the green space across the street over looking the ocean to soak in the sun. We all indulged in fresh squeezed blood orange juice and pink lemonade. The little girls ate fruit and pre-packed lunch while the grown ups fantasized about the taco truck a block away.
In this perfect moment I was so grateful to live in Santa Monica and to experience such a beautiful day…..
Then Jenn notice her shoulders were burning in the sun, and the kids way overdue for their naps, started having serious meltdowns. We had to pack up quickly and drag ourselves all the way back home in the searing sun. We were starving, the kids were fussy, and Camryn lost a shoe.
Even though the magic of the day had lifted and we were left sweaty and dehydrated, miraculously those maxi dresses still looked fabulous!