{Re}becoming Californian: It Feels Like Nothing Else

by Gigi Ross on October 24, 2013


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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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She tried on all the pairs that caught her eye, as did I.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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We had a ball.

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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.

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Little CEO’s fuschia UGG boots coordinated perfectly with her hippie chick Halloween costume, I might add.

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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,

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I smiled at the thought:

We are two California girls.

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and it feels like nothing else.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by UGG Australia. I received complimentary product and experiences in exchange for my post. All opinions are my own.




Lollie - The Fortuitous Housewife October 24, 2013 at 3:42 am

This CA native daughter has been bouncing around the eastern side of the country for 22 yrs now, but I still miss my CA sunshine life. I rarely allow myself to visit the homesick zone, and when asked proclaim “Nah, I don’t miss California.” I love my adopted hometown, but they’ll never cut those CA roots, and there will always be a sliver of wistful in my heart. So I relish reading you CA re-entry posts – living the vicarious CA life.

Tracie October 24, 2013 at 4:57 am

I love the picture of the two of you sitting on the bench in the UGG store. Super cute. The boots are cute, too. I had no idea that they had so many different styles.

Susi October 24, 2013 at 6:13 am

I never realized that UGG boots originated from CA. I love the pair you picked. That would be something I’d wear too. Love that style, and even better if they are comfy.

Gigi Ross October 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

They are amazeballs comfy. And I don’t say that about shoes..ever.

Susie October 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

I also moved back to California a few years ago and yes I am now re-Californianized. Although this Northern California girl came from Hawaii to San Diego so the changes were less apparent. Still need to get my UGG boots. :)

Theresa @DearCreatives October 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

As soon as it hits fall I’m in my UGG boots. I’m typing while wearing a pair at the moment. Warm, comfy not heating up the house yet, lol! Love them. Great picks on the boots. I would love to get one of their scarves someday. Perfect for fall beach trips. My daughter needs a new pair wish we were close to an UGG store but, we have a store that sells a few styles, we are just east of the coast 30 min.

Gigi Ross October 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

The store manager told me they’re launching a home line in November with blankies and stuff :)

Chris Carter October 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm

WAIT! Where’s the GIVEAWAY??? I want my UGGS!!!! There’s GOT to be a GIVEAWAY!!

Love them.

Gigi Ross October 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

I asked for one…:)

Jessica November 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

You guys are so freaking cute!

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