It seems every year, Malibu gets a few more upscale stores and dining experiences. This summer is no exception. I was a Malibu resident during my time at Pepperdine and on and off after graduation. This little oasis by the ocean was home to me for years and years. I don't think I ever took the breathtaking sunsets and ocean views for granted, but it was a regular part of my day. Back then, Malibu was still a hippie-ish beach town with very local mom and pop restaurants and boutiques.
Today, it's all very different. The shopping experience still includes locally owned boutiques, but corporate giants like JCrew and Urban Outfitters have moved in, offering items exclusively tailored for the Malibu clientele. Alice & Olivia, Maxfield, Wildfox and Ralph Lauren have similar concepts for their store, pieces harder (if impossible) to find anywhere else.
Park your car once and have a fun filled day.... beach, food, drinks, and shopping.
And the downtown restaurants are for those who want to see and be seen.
CAFE HABANA , MALIBU LUMBER YARD
After all the cardio from shopping, you'll need a break. Maybe a Mojito? Go put your name on the list early, there's usually a wait! If you're not in the mood to sit down at a restaurant, try Malibu Kitchen, Malibu Mutt or Johnny's. Otherwise, one of my other all-time favorites is pictured below, Taverna Tony's. Or make my mom happy and go to her much-loved Coogies. And if you're into celebrity sitings, keep your eyes peeled at any of these spots. My parents enjoy walking around this area for many reasons. A fun reason is the story to take back home: who you 'famously' bumped into! We've collected stories of Pierce Brosnon, Adam Sandler, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber (owners of Cafe Habana), to name just a few.
Taverna Tony's Malibu Country Mart
Malibu beach, california
Don't forget to take a walk on the beach while you're out on the Pacific. Nothing is quite like feeling sand on your feet and sun on your shoulders! And finally, send me your stories via social media or leave a comment below! #share
So last week was @mccool517’s birthday and today is @abrownlow’s day! We have been friends longer than some of you have been alive. (Kinda not kidding)! I’ve been looking for recent pictures of us, but not the easiest... we now take pictures of our kids when we’re finally in the same place! So- #fbf to Austin! Love you all ❤️❤️ so much. @amyqaragholi #family
#tbt to last week at the @funmomdinnermovie event @amy_davidson and I attended. Look who I ran into! @iamjessicahall and I both wore our @tinytags necklaces. ❤️ Thanks @momdotme for the festive night. And of course, @ographr - the best 📸😘👍🏻
@oscarthehappy ❤️ I obviously didn’t take this picture today. It’s raining in LA (and snowing on my friends in NY). But I am thinking of spring (it is the first day!) and heat and loving the online sales going on now. Perfect indoor activity! Lol #firstdayofspring
Link in profile;) 📸: @ographr
#pugstar #pugsofinstagram #furbaby
At the tail end of #internationaldayofhappiness and very beginning of #humpday, here’s to them all being #HappyDays. #haydenjh #myhappybaby #myhappyplace
Happy Saturday. And Happy Irish Day... 🍀🍀 😘
#FBF circa 1981? I’d wear those jeans now if I could. #jordache #texasgirl
I was hoping if I stood next to Molly Shannon long enough, some of her funny might rub off on me.
@Katieaselton and @theofficialsuperstar are fabulous and lovely. ♥️❤️#FunMomDinner was FUN. Check stories for more. 📸: @day.artist / @ographr
Great night with amazing friends supporting @pawworks! Thanks to @normancook @bradgoreski and everyone behind the scenes at #pawworks. @Joelhenricks and I didn’t bring another dog home this time, but loved watching those that did adopt a new family member. #adoptdontshop @pwchad 😘 ps- check my stories for more from the night. @katharinemcphee sang one of my favorite songs like an angel.
Ladies Man! Hayden’s #wcw @bricuoco and @normancook —this was your 💍💍day ❤️😘 Little man has changed so much in just a couple months.
#haydenjh #bricuoco #kaleycuoco
Gorgeous sunny day after a weekend of rain. Sending good vibes this Monday.
Also, new post is up. Who watched the Oscars last night? Inspiring on several levels— especially a specific fashion taboo! Link in bio;)
I’m at capacity on my computer so cleaning off photos. #TBT to sitting in a makeup chair for a good amount of time getting my “scratches” for #Daphne. #Trueblood @truebloodhbo #shapeshifter
Good thing this little man has my whole heart- even at 3:30am. The last couple nights he's been waking up. He goes back to sleep eventually after rounds of Jesus Loves Me and Twinkle, Twinkle... but I am then left wide awake. Ugh.
At least I did a bit of online sale surfing. Some affordable, great finds... up in the new post on the blog. Xx
Question: what do you guys do if you can't sleep?
Ps- thx @jlove_____ for 📸
Tonight Joel and I are going to a screening of #GoodAfterBad at a LA film festival. Enjoyed every minute of shooting in my hometown, Houston, Texas, (can't wait to do it again) with @maddiehassonofficial and #BillyBurke, @jeremy.photographer @chelsea_ricketts and working with the very talented director @annemariehessla & producer @mattleut on this unique coming-of-age movie.
Thanks to those that have asked about seeing the film. Looking forward to letting you know soon! #staytuned 😉@goodafterbad
#houstontexas #nfmla #comingofage #indiefilm
My sister had to go back to Texas; I'm left scrolling through memories of the past week. This was a good one! Thx @normancook!! 😘So fun hanging with @linzkraft & @iamrodiamond ❤️ @bigbangtheory_cbs @jlove_____ #comebacksoon #bigbangtheory
Hayden: She said yes!
Molly: Whoa, buddy, it's just a first date. 😂
But, really, the Olympic theme song came on and this was the reaction. #musiclover
Thanks for catching this @jlove_____ .
It’s that season, right? The dreaded cough that keeps us up at night- especially the kiddos. Joel’s dad and stepmom shared some of their tried and true remedies with us like Vapo Rub--they even travel with it! Huck’s lingering cough has been keeping him from sleeping well, so my father-in-law reminded us to rub Vicks on his chest. Grateful for the tip again, today, Marvin! What tried and true remedies are passed down in your family? Wanna hear! #VicksVapoRub #ad #vicks #vaporub
My little sister is in town. A few things have changed in 20 years (notice the pay phones)! But some stay the same. She was the cooler one back then (notice the glasses and jellys) and still is. @jlove_____ we need new pictures this trip. 🌴❤️✨#sistertime 💃#20yearsago
Scroll ➡️for the real #RascalRebelRabbits. Oh the chaos and joy of taking kids anywhere!
This day many of us juggled work & kids & getting the family ready for this #PeterRabbit tea party/screening (I picked up Huck from school and dressed him in the car😂). Thx again @themillennialmamas for the fun! Grateful that I get to commiserate about motherhood and go through this journey with my friends. And to my peeps that don't have babies- so grateful for your patience with me and mad love for my kiddos. Big hug to you all-- our village! #feelingthankful ps- if this isn't flowery enough for you... I continue on the blog. New post up;) #linkinbio
Peter's ears didn't make the cut here, but the rest of the event was a success! Hayden sat through his first full movie! Thank you @themillennialmamas for the fun tea party and #PeterRabbitMovie 🐰#huckandhayden #brotherbond
Laugh it off.
Happy Friday. 😜
Took until February, but I got a new blog post up finally about some intentions for the year. Starting with letting more go... attempting to laugh more off. We'll see how it goes! Link in bio for more. 📸: @ographr 😍