California State of Mind: Your Guide to Embracing Life in SoCal

We all know Southern California for Disneyland, the Santa Monica Pier, Balboa Park, Universal Studios, Griffith Observatory, Hollywood Boulevard and the San Diego Zoo. While these places help shape Southern California, the people who live in this region also play an equal role in creating the culture and vibe. Thinking of making the move to Southern California? Here’s your guide to embracing the laid-back, SoCal lifestyle. 

Shoe Icon

One of the most iconic shoes of our time was born in California. In 1966, two brothers, Paul and Jim Van Doren, and their two partners began selling shoes in Anaheim under the company name The Van Doren Rubber Company. On their first day of business, a dozen customers picked up their shoes, which were even made on the same day. In the 1970s, the company became House of Vans, and skateboarders started sporting the shoes all around Southern California. And the rest, as they say, is history. Vans are synonymous with Southern California style for their practicality, comfort and timeless designs. And whether you skateboard or not, every Californian should have a fresh pair of Vans on their shoe rack.

Dressed Down

Save the red carpet looks for Hollywood. Southern California style is all about the laid-back basics that can go from beach to brunch. Always keep a pair of sunglasses nearby, and don’t leave the house without grabbing a hat. And remember, California is obsessed with healthy living, you’ll see fitness studios, outdoor yoga classes and fancy organic markets everywhere. This healthy-living lifestyle is expressed in athleisure-inspired attire. Think designer workout gear, super-soft hoodies and fashionable reusable water bottles. 

Opt Outside 

Californians spend a lot of time outside. And it’s easy to see why. With 284 sunny days a year, California is an outdoor lovers dream. The weather’s practically perfect throughout the year, and there’s never a bad day to hit the beach. Outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking, board sports, hiking, running and cycling are the norm here. And if you’re searching for cooler temps, the mountains and some of the nation’s top ski resorts are just a short trip away from your Southern California home base.

The Culture 

Southern California is bursting with a rainbow of flavors. Many people come to this part of the world to re-invent themselves or start a business. With so many diverse populations, Southern California is a mecca for cultures of all kinds. The result is a buzzy food scene where you can find cuisines from around the world, art galleries packed with one-of-a-kind artworks and locally owned businesses unique to the region. The best way to get acquainted is to jump right into it all. 


Southern California is practically the epicenter for movie making, which is why many celebrities take up residence in this area. While you may love to see your favorite actor on screen, keep your inner fan under control. Celebrity sightings are just another part of a normal day. After all, celebrities are people, too. And yes, they also shop for groceries and run errands.

California dreaming? Make the move and embrace a laid-back, casual-cool, SoCal lifestyle. Sunny skies, ocean beaches, and outdoor adventure await you.

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