This post is sponsored by Zappos
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.
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.