Balboa Island x ATHLETA Midi Dress

This is a sponsored post, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California: Venice Beach, El Matador Beach, Laguna Beach, La Jolla Cove, and this weekend I popped by Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California.

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It's a small man-made island with local craft shops, restaurants, bakeries, and it's filled with adorable island houses. The entire perimeter of this island is only 2.6 miles. Surprisingly, I have never heard of this island and I quickly learned that this island is the most densely populated district in California.  

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When I arrived on the island I drove down Marine Avenue and could not find parking. Marine Avenue is where all the shops and restaurants are located, so I would have to be super lucky to find parking here. I ended up scoring a parking spot on Park Avenue in the residential area. I went on a Friday afternoon and I am assuming the weekends could be a bit tricky to find parking, so be prepared for the hunt!  

I spent the afternoon exploring this quaint island in my favorite midi dresses from Athleta. This little island had that American Preppy type of style and I think my midi dresses perfectly matched the vibe.

My midi dress selections were on the casual side, which I needed since I knew I would be walking around quite a bit. Before I headed down the main street, I walked around looking at all the beautiful beach homes and cottages. A lot of them were vacant, so I was curious and looked up house rentals on Balboa Island and there were a ton of listings. Most of these homes are worth millions now, but the lots were originally sold for $250.00!

This island is tiny, but there are plenty of beaches nearby if you start experiencing island fever.  I definitely want to go back and explore more of this unique location. 

For styling tips on the midi dresses I am wearing in this post, check out my feature on Athleta’s CHI BLOG.

A special thanks to Liang Ge for taking these amazing photos. 

xo, Candy

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