Rainy weather makes us dream of past escapes. We have had many wonderful experiences during our explorations away in Los Angeles this season. If only we could be back amongst the warming weather of Santa Monica Pier and the sun splashed coastline beyond the famous amusement park. Originally built in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier, which is just west of LA, and is home to one of the most popular and well known beach scenes. We are talking Hollywood meets beach chic with a hint of American hippie appeal. This all goes to inspire our beachwear this season, standout beachwear is a holiday essential no matter how far flung our final destination. Santa Monica also contains a profusion of great restaurants and excellent nightlife spots. The beachfront has a reputation as some of the best in the world (remember Baywatch); the beach's most unique feature is its pier, with thrill rides of Pacific Park and most creative street performances on view. Lets dream of warmer weather as we walk along that wonderful pier in our summer shorts and tees inspired to make for route 66…