Summer Adventure Favorites: Balboa Island

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Photography by Gabi Wells

This post is sponsored by Zappos

Merrick's Art Red and White Stripes

Outfit Details:

Madewell Tee, BlankNYC Jeans, Birkenstock Sandals, Hat Attack Bag, AEO Sunglasses

One of my favorite little gems in Orange County is Balboa Island. We first went there right after we moved here four years ago, and we’ve been back a bunch of times since. It’s a tiny island that’s mostly residential, but it has a pretty little main street with shops and restaurants, a quick ferry that takes you over to Newport Beach, and just a really perfectly quaint vibe.

The place we almost always have to stop is Sugar ‘n’ Spice — the Original Frozen Banana stand. They sell frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and toppings, but they also have delicious Balboa Bars, which is just an ice cream bar on a popsicle stick, also dipped in chocolate and toppings.

Merrick's Art Madewell Striped Tee
Merrick's Art Balboa Island
Merrick's Art Madwell Tee Hat Attack Straw Tote
Merrick's Art Fourth of July Style
Merrick's Art Frozen Banana With Sprinkles
Merrick's Art White Birkenstocks
Merrick's Art Balboa Frozen Banana Stand
Merrick's Art White Birkenstock Sandals

Whenever we go to Balboa Island, a lot of walking is involved because we love to walk along the boardwalk and admire the gorgeous homes. So a good pair of walking shoes is a must. I’ve heard amazing things about Birkenstocks for basically my whole life, but somehow had never owned a pair.

It turns out they live up to all the hype. Their soft soles and leather straps make them instantly feel like they’re broken in, and I love that they’re easy to slide in and out of. I ordered the narrow width and the regular width from Zappos, even though I don’t have particularly narrow feet, and I ended up keeping the narrow ones because they stayed on nicely and didn’t look bulky.

They’re perfect slides for throwing on with a dress or skirt too, but I paired these crisp, summery white ones with my favorite lightweight tee and some boyfriend jeans for a comfy day out.



  1. Natali says:

    Super cute combo! Love your tee and sandals!


  2. I got my first pair (gizeh style) this spring and I’m converted, too! I love your white ones. I think the tip on the narrow width is a good one, because the one thing keeping me from getting the style you have was that they seemed a little bulky, but yours don’t look bulky! <3 http://watersandbennett.com

  3. Kaity Eagle says:

    there’s always money in the banana stand

  4. Latisha Marcum says:

    I can’t wait to try out that banana stand!! Super cute! Also, totally need a pair of Birkenstocks, love the white! ❤️

  5. Caitlin A says:

    Those bananas sound so so good! Love your summery red and white stripes too!

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