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NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the Wilfred Free Tilberg Cropped Turtleneck Sweater in Avalanche/Rich Red Color Block Stripe from Aritzia, High-Waisted Sequin Shorts in Navy from Silence + Noise from Urban Outfitters, and a Vintage 90s Chanel Gold Chain Belt, Pictured at a Lifeguard Stand in Hermosa Beach, California - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the Wilfred Free Tilberg Cropped Turtleneck Sweater in Avalanche/Rich Red Color Block Stripe from Aritzia, High-Waisted Sequin Shorts in Navy from Silence + Noise from Urban Outfitters, and a Vintage 90s Chanel Gold Chain Belt, Pictured at a Lifeguard Stand in Hermosa Beach, California - The Shopping PatchLocation: Hermosa Beach, California
Sweater: Aritzia – Wilfred Free Tilberg Sweater (similar here and here) | Belt: Chanel – Vintage ( similar here and here) | Shorts: Urban Outfitters – Silence + Noise (similar here and here)

Stephen and I finally made it back to California for Christmas this year, we’re lucky to have both families in the same state so we can hit up his family in Southern California and hop a quick flight to San Francisco to see mine. Whenever I’m around my siblings I find myself reverting back to a “California accent.” Californian’s have what most consider non-regional diction, but there are certain auditory clues, inflection, speed, and regional slang, that are unique to the Golden State. One word in particular is specific to NorCal, ‘hella’. If you’re not familiar with the term, its basically a substitute for the word ‘really’; that’s a hella long line, I’m hella hungry, it’s hella cold…you get the point. Why we needed our own word is hella confusing but I digress. There’s even a new book entitled, Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak that tackles the California dialect.