My Favorite California Day Trip – Carmel by the Sea

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Tie Dye Peplum Dress gifted by London Times

Wearing a Tie-Dye Peplum Dress in Carmel by the Sea

One of my favorite places to visit every year is Carmel by the Sea, in California. This little coastal gem is a perfect place to stroll past fairy-tale cottages and wander down narrow alley’s that lead you to wonderful little tasting rooms and art galleries. Not only is this seaside town filled with charm it has every type of store to fill your food, decor and closet appetite, with shops ranging from wine and cheese, vintage clothing, art, jewelry and chic clothing.

Whenever we are lucky enough to escape to Carmel we make sure to stop by and eat at La Bicyclette and buy some treats at The Cottage of Sweets. I highly recommend eating lunch or dinner at La Bicyclette, they have great pizza, desserts and vast wine selection. I shouldn’t have to explain why we always stop at The Cottage of Sweets to buy candy, that’s self-explanatory.

Now it’s time to talk about this amazing tie-dye peplum dress. I hadn’t been that interested in the peplum trend because I had yet to find the perfect piece for me. I know you already know this but you should only wear trends if you can make them work for you. I was shying away from this trend mainly because I was thinking, “who needs all that extra fabric around the hips, and I want to look slimmer not wider.” If this is what you were thinking – consider these quick peplum fashion tips to get you started.

  • Keep the skirt or pants under the peplum streamlined, meaning you want a form hugging fit on your bottoms, much like the dress I’m wearing above. The silhouette is streamlined not loose and baggy.
  • Consider a peplum piece that doesn’t have too much excess fabric, again in the dress I’m wearing the peplum is very minimal and sleek not overdone.
  • Select a fabric that won’t bunch up or rise while you’re walking. The last thing you want is a peplum that looks loose and sloppy. The tie-dye dress I’m wearing has a stiffer fabric that will always lay perfectly.

I hope these quick fashion peplum tips help you in purchasing your first peplum piece! Would love to hear what you think about this outfit in the comments!

Stay Stylish,
-V

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30 thoughts on “My Favorite California Day Trip – Carmel by the Sea

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    I love Carmel – visited last year and it was so lovely. You, my dear, look so beautiful!! That color on you is to die for. Stunning.

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    I just discovered your blog and I am now a big fan. I love this printed peplum dress, it suites you like a glove!
    xoxo http://onstyleaction.com/

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    such a pretty dress! love the print and peplum style of it!

    Sisters Marie
    Start your closet on BISTM!

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    Tie dye seems perfect for a day by the sea!

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    I think the peplum looks great on you, and your tiny waist is completely accented by it!

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    Such beautiful pics!!! The shoes you paired with this dress are perfect! Love that London Times did this series! So fun seeing what everyone’s up to this Summer & the dresses everyone styled!

    xo Jackie
    Living After Midnite

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    Beautiful! Love the color of your dress.

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    STunning! What a gorgeous dress, I just love the colour xx

    http://rendersublime.blogspot.com.au/

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      Vanessa

      Yes, the color of the tie die is my favorite part!

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    Wow, your are amazing with this peplum dress!! love it!!
    xoxo
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4487669/donkeycool

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    Jules

    love your gorgeous tie dye dress!!!

    http://julesfashionweek.com

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    Preciosas sandalias!!! Gracias por visitar mi blog!!!

    http://www.sweetfreckles.blogspot.com.es

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    I agree with all of your guidelines for peplum! Too much fabric is definitely not flattering on almost anyone. This dress looks great on you–it’s the perfect cut/fit!

    Style by Joules

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      Vanessa

      Thank you Joules!

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    Deborah

    Wow dear you are so beautiful and your style is amazing!

    FASHION REVIEW

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    this dress is exquisite
    kw ladies in navy

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    The peplum dress really suit your slim figure, you look lovely. You really make me want to visit California… Too bad I only went to LA, I would have love to see so much more.

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      Vanessa

      Thank you! Yes California has so many places to visit. Next time you’re planning on traveling here just let me know and I can help with beautiful location to visit =)

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    Aletha

    Amazing color and look! A sophisticate look for a quaint but sophisticated shopping town. I love the London Times look and their wedding section is great too.
    Thank you for sharing all the beautiful California locations!

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      Vanessa

      This is a great shopping town, I think I might share this in an upcoming post.

      You’re welcome, I’m happy you like the posts!

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    Beautiful outfit. Great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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    I looove your awesome dress. You look stunning. Thanks for sharing your fashion tips 😀

    xx

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      Vanessa

      Thank you so much Mira, and you’re welcome!

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    You look amazing in that dress, your hair is perfection. Also love the location of these pics.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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      Vanessa

      Carmel is such a great place to take photos, thank you!

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    lovely look 🙂

    GlamObserver

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    Stunning dress, photos and scenery! You are right about finding the right peplum top (not that it matters with your amazing figure…)
    The backdrop is really beautiful.

    Annette
    Lady of Style

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      Vanessa

      Thank you Annette, you’re very sweet!