Surf & Turf: 5 Perfect Outfits To Take You From Brunch To Beach

By the time the weekend hits, all we feel like doing is indulging in a couple (okay, four) mimosas and some Eggs Benny—followed by hours spent bumming it on a sandy oasis with mags galore. In the coming weeks, we can guarantee this will become our weekend-unwind ritual. Yeah, you could say we take our brunching and beaching very seriously.
Feel the same way? Since you’re already on your way to scoring a rock-solid bod, it’s about time to show it off and hit the SoCal beach scene for some stellar rays and tasty grub. And we’re here to help take the legwork out of planning a relaxing seaside excursion. From Manhattan Beach to Zuma, check out five shores, outfits, and yummy havens to help you go from delish dining to sunbathing (or vice versa) in a snap. Click through to see the getups and grub-filled fun we have on the agenda. Sunday funday, anyone?
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Manhattan Beach, The Strand House
After an afternoon of beach volleyball, perusing the picturesque pier, and ogling the zillion-dollar properties that line Manhattan Beach's storied waterfront stretch — you're bound to work up an appetite.

So, we recommend hitting up The Strand House for some tasty post-swim chow. We hear the truffle pizza is beyond. We think this high-waisted suit and nautical-themed threads fit the bill for beaching and grubbing here.

Clockwise from left: ModCloth Blarney Scone Sandal, $117.99, available at ModCloth; Dior Retro Sunglasses, $345, available at Nordstrom; Marc by Marc Jacobs Bird Playsuit, $343, available at Farfetch; Yves Saint Laurent High-Waisted Bandeau Bikini, $525, available at Net-A-Porter.

The Strand House, 117 Manhattan Beach Boulevard (at Ocean Drive); 310-545-7470.

Photo: Courtesy of The Strand House
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Point Dume, The Sunset Restaurant
When it comes to SoCal shorelines, Point Dume kind of takes the cake for its secluded, clean, and breathtaking beach. Not only is this a great spot to chill out and bask in the sun, but hitting it up for a pre-brunch hike is a must. That way, you can get your workout in before you nosh.

Where should you get your brunch on after working up an appetite? Thanks to romantic ambiance, great location, and yummy delicacies Sunset Restaurant is one of our top stops in Malibu. We couldn’t think of donning anything other than these color-soaked, coral-inspired items for the experience.

Clockwise from left: Diane Von Furstenberg Aaliyah Printed Silk-Georgette Kaftan, $425, available at Net-A-Porter; Norma Kamali Bill Halterneck Bikini Top, $175, available at Net-A-Porter; Norma Kamali Bill High-Waisted Bikini Briefs, $175, available at Net-A-Porter; Lauren G. Adams Enamel Huggies Earrings in Hot Red, $80, available at Max & Chloe; Christopher Kane Sandalia Plana, $215, available at Ekseption.

The Sunset Restaurant, 6800 Westward Beach Road (near Birdview Avenue); 310-589-1007.

Photo: Courtesy of The Sunset Restaurant
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Santa Monica, Shutters
We’re pretty darn lucky to have a handful of stellar beaches all within a (sometimes) quick car ride. And, one classic coastline we love frequenting on the reg is Santa Monica, for sure. After a quick jaunt around the pier, we dig soaking in the spectacular views of this L.A. landmark.

Plus, the amount of restos to choose from are ample. One of our must-hit Santa Monica food havens is without a doubt Shutters. If you ask us, nothing beats a lengthy brunch at this Westside staple. The calm and relaxing atmosphere paired with the tasty fare make dining here a much-needed respite to close the week. We think sporting something airy, and ethereal like this ensemble is entirely called for.

Clockwise from left: Illesteva Mademoiselle Sunglasses, $245, available at Barneys; Isharya Dark Purple Lunar Duzy Necklace, $270, available at Charm & Chain; QSW Coastal Crochet Dress, $128, available at Quiksilver; Monsoon Nellie Swimsuit, $61, available at Monsoon; Matiko Paris Shoes in Nude, $204.95, available at Ashbury Skies.

Shutters On The Beach, 1 Pico Boulevard (near Applain Way); 310-458-0030.

Photo: Courtesy of Shutters On The Beach
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Venice, Primitivo Wine Bistro
We love Venice for its quirky shops and artsy vibe. Spending a day strolling around this iconic beach town is easily one of our fave things to do on the weekend.

And truth be told, we couldn’t imagine a trip to Venice without hitting up Primitvo for its impressive wine selection and small plates. Popping in after a jam-packed day for some Spanish-style mussels or a yummy chopped salad is always a treat. This tough-meets-surfer girl look is so what we'd sport to the eatery.

Clockwise from left: Boutique 9 Piraya T Strap Flat Sandals, $78, available at Shopbop; One Teaspoon Chief Shorts in Black, $222.87, available at One Teaspoon; Bliss Lau Dark Lady Body Chain in Brass, $209, available at Forward; Something Else Horizon Tank, $56, available at Bona Drag; Zimmermann Noir Underwire Flounce Bikini, $285, available at Austique.

Primitivo Wine Bistro, 1025 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (between Broadway Street and Westminster Avenue); 310-396-5353.

Photo: Courtesy of Primitivo Wine Bistro
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Zuma Beach, Paradise Cove Beach Café
Zuma is another celebrated Malibu-based beach that we just can’t seem to get enough of. It's so hard to pack up when the afternoon wind picks up!

On your way up the coast, we highly recommend a stop by Paradise Cove before hitting the sand. And you won't lament missing prime sun time, because the resto has shoreside tables and cabanas. We’re obsessing over these ethnic blanket shorts, and can’t wait to rock them on our next venture to the 'Bu.

Clockwise from left: CL By Laundry Gladiate Sandals, $29.99, available at Chinese Laundry; Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts, $220, available at Bona Drag; Ichi Top Cubb Pink Top, $52, available at We Like Fashion; Melissa Odabash Sienna Triangle Bikini, $277, available at Boutique1; Rebecca Minkoff Perry Sunglasses, $150, available at Rebecca Minkoff.

Paradise Cove Beach Café, 28128 Pacific Coast Highway (at Paradise Cove Road); 310-457-2503.

Photo: Courtesy of Paradise Cove Beach Café

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