I’m a Californian.
Ever since we moved back here two years ago, I’m still pinching myself to believe I’m finally home after 10 years away.
It’s been a slow ease back into the southern California lifestyle for us.
We had to get re-adjusted to aggressive drivers, sand all over our house from beach days, the lack of thunderstorms, fish tacos as its own food group, the nightly news starting an hour later, the school day being an hour shorter, the way we preface all of our highways with THE.
We’ve reacquainted ourselves with the touristy stuff: Legoland. Sea World. The San Diego Zoo. We’ve picked our family beach. We’ve put our winter coats in the farthest reaches of our upstairs guest closet. We believe that any day that’s colder than 65 is A Boot Day.
We’re more conscious about gas usage and water usage and we recycle more. We hike instead of drive, drink more white wine instead of red, sample microbrews, bought our kids wetsuits.
My husband and I are rebecoming Californian.
Our kiddos, Little CEO and Boy Wonder, are still trying to figure out what it means to be a Californian as opposed to a Texan. Some parts of that transition have been easier than others.
Some of the changes are subtle (we eat a hell of a lot less barbecue) and some are more obvious (we wear a hell of a lot less clothing).
We’ve gone from cowboy boots to…what?
What kind of boots are quintessentially southern Californian?
UGG Australia. (despite the whole Australia thing, they began as a small surf brand on the beaches of…here.)
I’ve been coveting UGG since I last lived here, in 2002. They were a hot commodity back then. And as I’ve written previously, I always fear buying hot fashion items because they seem to go out of style as soon as I put them into my closet.
I came back and guess what? They’re still crazy popular.
I told my husband when we moved: “I won’t be an official Californian until I get my UGG boots.”
Well, that happened this past weekend. I completed my final assimilation into the southern California lifestyle, and also baptized my daughter in the church of California by outfitting her with her own UGG boots.
We headed to the UGG Australia store at Fashion Valley – located at 7007 Friars Road.
My daughter, who loves all things furry, feathery, soft and fluffy, had found her people.
She tried on all the pairs that caught her eye, as did I.
I had no idea that UGG is much more than the classic boot you always think of. They have all weather boots, riding boots, fashion boots, moccasins, sneakers.
We were headed to a Spooky Sleepover at the San Diego Zoo directly after our UGG trip. Me. In a tent. For the first time since I was 11. Spooky indeed. So I picked a pair that could handle a lot of walking AND keep my feet toasty warm. I chose the Danton, which is a rugged, yet stylish boot.
Little CEO, always wanting to make a statement, picked out bright fuschia classic boots and then had a Swarovski crystal smiley face embellishment put on the right boot (this is a way cool new feature for UGG).
We had a ball.
When we arrived at the San Diego Zoo, four people stopped Little CEO and said, “Wow! I LOVE your UGG boots!”
I could see her standing a little straighter and prouder each time. SO excited.
We saw animals, ate campfire food, met some great people, trick-or-treated.
Little CEO’s fuschia UGG boots coordinated perfectly with her hippie chick Halloween costume, I might add.
I think I walked close to 3 miles in my UGG Dantons and couldn’t believe how comfortable they were – and I have serious foot problems!
And as we huddled together in our sleeping bags to stay warm in our little tent,
I smiled at the thought:
We are two California girls.
and it feels like nothing else.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by UGG Australia. I received complimentary product and experiences in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own.