The Secret To SoCal Style? This Cali Babe Reveals All

It only takes one look at the female force behind the fashion and lifestyle blog Could I Have That to certify that there really is something about those California girls. With her laidback style, all natural red locks, and taste for the good life, Samantha Wennerstrom knows a thing or two about what to covet — hence the blog’s coy moniker — and how to make her cravings come true.
Mixing tales of her world travels with carefully curated home décor collages, her favorite cocktail recipes and, of course, her killer Cali fashion sense, this stylist showcases one enviable lifestyle. So, when the wanderlust offered to give us a tour of her city haunts, we grabbed our sunnies for a trip to Santa Barbara. Join us, as this beach-town babe takes us around her hometown, sharing her best local tips on where to shop, eat, and hit the beach — and how to strike that effortlessly cool California vibe.

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Photographed by Lani Trock.
What inspired you to start your blog?
"When I originally started the blog it was an outlet for all the amazing things that were inspiring me and driving me at the moment, hence Could I Have That as the name. Fashion is a huge part of that in my world so I'm always excited to create looks and content that I'm proud of in hopes to inspire others." 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Sparkle Sweater in Cream, $39.99, available at Target; American Eagle Premium Skinny Jeans, $69.95, available at American Eagle; Joie Pinyon Flat Booties, $178.50, available at Shopbop; Super Gals Havana Sunglasses, $189, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Photographed by Lani Trock.
How would you describe your personal style?
"Since I'm a California girl to the core, I have a knack for mixing casual with luxury. We live in jeans here on the West Coast so I've become good at learning how to dress them up and style them with different pieces. One styling skill I have people asking me about all the time is the half tuck. A tee shirt just slightly tucked into a skirt or pants adds a relaxed element that I love."
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What's your ideal day like in Santa Barbara?
"Brunch at D'Angelos, a day at Miramar Beach, followed by dinner at San Ysidro Ranch."

Sounds amazing! How did you end up here?
"I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and left for five years to live in L.A. for college and a few different internships in the fashion industry. I moved back when I landed a job as an editor at a magazine. Plus, I've always felt so connected to Santa Barbara so it was only natural to return there."

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Photographed by Lani Trock.
What’s your favorite Santa Barbara “locals only” tip?
"Tri-tip sandwiches and music on Sunday at the Cold Spring Tavern. Local musicians like Jeff Bridges and Jack Johnson have been known to do surprise performances there."
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What are you coveting the most right now?
"For a girl who started a blog called, Could I Have That... there's a lot of things I'm coveting. But, I've been eyeing a Celine Trio bag for a while now. It's only a matter of time before I cave! I'm also dying to stay at the Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur." H&M coat, AG Moto Zipper Legging Jeans, $245, available at Shopbop; Jennifer Fisher charm necklace, available at Jennifer Fisher; Mason by Michelle Mason Cropped Tweedy Knit Sweater, $298, available at Intermix; Daniel Wellington watch.
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Photographed by Lani Trock.
What’s the best part about being a fashion and lifestyle blogger?
"Having the opportunity to meet and work with other creative people is the best part. I've met so many amazing friends through this industry that I respect in a huge way. Plus, meeting designers that I've looked up to is always surreal."
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Tell us about your favorite spots for vintage finds.
"I love going to vintage flea markets in Ventura and L.A. — particularly the Rose Bowl. Every once in a while we'll spot an estate sale in Montecito, which is always filled with great finds."
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You tackle everything from fashion to food, beauty to décor on your blog. How do you balance it all?
"It comes really naturally actually! I'm constantly filing ideas and inspiration for our home, testing out recipes, and always trying new things with my wardrobe. I genuinely love to share it all."

Cocktails play a big part on your site. What’s your favorite fall drink?
"I'm a huge Hot Toddy fan in the winter. It's a hot whiskey drink with lemon, cinnamon, and honey. Also the best cure for any oncoming flus!"
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It's clear you love to travel. What's your favorite place you’ve traveled to recently?
"South Africa for a safari. I left completely enamored with the people, culture, animals, food, and the experience of being in the bush. Aside from the fact that there are dangerous animals around you it's incredibly peaceful."

Is there any thing you take with you when you travel?
"Cozy J.Crew pajamas, an eye mask, and ear plugs — sleep is everything!" Helmut Lang Crux Leather Sleeve Blazer, $695, available at Intermix; IRO Destroyed Linen Tee, $145, available at Intermix; Jennifer Fisher Charm Necklace, prices vary, available at Jennifer Fisher; American Eagle Premium Skinny Jeans, $69.95, available at American Eagle; Celine All Soft Bag.
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Who are some of your favorite fashion or lifestyle icons?
"Bianca Jagger, Taylor Tamasi Hill, Poppy Delevingne, Kate Moss, and Sienna Miller."

Where else do you often source inspiration?
"I'm always scouring Pinterest; I'm admittedly a bit obsessed. I also get my inspiration from traveling and my own friends who are incredibly stylish." rag & bone Kinsey Leather Ankle Boot in Black, $595, available at Intermix.
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Santa Barbara has pretty great weather all year round. How do you keep your wardrobe fresh without the change of seasons to guide you?
"I keep it fresh by constantly trying new things like a new lip color or new a way of styling something. A simple addition can easily shake things up." Ray Ban sunglasses.
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Talk to us about this amazing blazer you've got on.
"My Helmut Lang blazer is one of my favorite things hanging in my closet right now. It's a sleek and sophisticated shape, but the leather sleeves give it a relaxed cool feeling. It's so easily dressed up and down."
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What’s the number one piece of style advice you live by?
"Don't wear anything if it feels like a costume. A friend who's a stylist once told me that and I always think of it when I start to put on something that doesn't feel like me."
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