Saturated brights look at home among the colourful sights and sounds of California's Venice Beach.
Bar athlete Chris takes a break from a busy training schedule at Muscle Beach. Sally wears a Dior quilted mini dress underneath a striking double-faced wool and angora dress with a discreet floral embellishment slashed past the hip for dramatic effect, POA, with Dior heels, and Swarovski earrings $250.
Blending into the perfect blue sky, the lifeguard towers dotted along the beach are an iconic feature of the Californian coast. Sally wears a Twenty-Seven Names linen jacket, $380, and culotte shorts, $250, with a Juliette Hogan T-shirt, $129, Besos cashmere scarf, $319, and Karen Walker loafers $395.
Every skater knows it's an honour to ride the Venice Beach skate park. Mitch takes a break with Sally, who wears a Camilla and Marc top, $290, with Carlson pants, $329, and Meadowlark earring $695.
Shades of blue are easy on the eye in this tonal outfit. Equipment silk shirt, $395, from Muse. Penny Sage silk cotton shorts $290. Meadowlark sterling silver earring $695. Dior heels POA.
This Lonely Hearts baby doll dress, $250, teams perfectly with a rental bike complete with leopard print seat and Senso flats, $229. Sally wears them with Miu Miu sunglasses, $665, from Sunglass Hut.
Taking some respite from the sun underneath blooming bougainvillea, Sally wears a languid silk Kate Sylvester gown, $595, with a Sol-Sana clutch, $170, and Chaos & Harmony mules $299.
THE BODY ELECTRIC
Google alert! The striking giant binoculars designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sit in front of a building designed by Frank Gehry. Now home to Google's L.A headquarters, it's a presence to behold. Sally visits in a Penny Sage knit dress, $295, Sylvester trench coat, $395, with a Benah for Karen Walker mini phone bag $270.
Upstairs at boutique hotel The Rose, Sally relaxes in a glamorous 70s look.
Carlson jacket $649. Karen Walker suede skirt $1395, Equipment silk shirt, $395, from Muse. Isabella Anselmi heels, $210, from Overland and Prada sunglasses, $475, from Sunglass Hut.
PAINT BY NUMBERS
Take a DIY spray painting class right on the beach, where bright graffiti art reinforces that creative and eclectic spirit of Venice Beach. Sally watches on in a Ruby sweater, $269, Kate Sylvester silk pants, $375, and Meadowlark earrings $189.
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Photographer: Babiche Martens.
Stylist: Dan Ahwa.
Model: Sally Jonsson from Next Models/Red 11/Michael Hooker International.
Hair & makeup: Kendra Richards from Cloutier Remix.