San Diego

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I finally had the chance to meet up with my childhood best friend, Kate, in San Diego for a long weekend at the end of February after going over a year without seeing each other. To say there is plenty to eat, drink, and see in San Diego would be an understatement.

Day 1: A drive over Coronado Bridge to dip our toes in the sand on Coronado Island followed by a leisurely stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter, which mainly consisted of margaritas and Mexican followed by cupcakes, Petco Park, breweries, and trivia.

Day 2: We started the day with a delicious breakfast at The Mission to prepare us for a day filled of sightseeing, which included Point Loma Lighthouse, La Jolla Cove (cutest but smelliest seals), Karl Strauss Brewery (the pretzel is a must), a long drive to a nonexistent hike, Mission Beach for a gorgeous sunset, and Little Italy for a little happy hour and Filippi’s famous Pizza Grotto (ah-mazing) to cap off the day.

Day 3: With a long drive to Temecula Valley ahead of us, a quick classy bite at McDonald’s with free Wi-Fi to download a road trip necessity (Taylor Swift’s third CD) was the ideal place to start. Arriving in Temecula Valley on a Saturday without a winery tour booked was probably not the smartest move, but we lucked out with the last two spots on a tour with Destination Temecula and the group of people we met were ridiculously fun. Sometimes procrastination pays off!

Day 4: For our last half day in San Diego, we ran through the pouring down rain to brunch at The Cottage, shopping, and sadly parted ways to catch our flights.

It’s amazing how a weekend away with a girlfriend eating, laughing, drinking, and reminiscing can be so incredibly refreshing.

 

April Highlights + May Goals

Long unintentional breaks seem to be my forte lately, which fortunately have led to the realization that I truly miss this space for the creative outlet and life documentation it provides me. In no means am I committing to a specific number or types of posts per week as in the past, but I am committing to getting back to sharing travels, adventures, and ideas when they happen and time permits. For the past two months, we’ve been fortunate to travel to a few new places, explore the nooks of our own neighborhood, and learn to relish in the simplicity of everyday life. Here are a few highlights from the month of April as well as a few goals for the month of May.

1. Start and finish our 2013 New Zealand scrapbook
2. Take a whole weekend day to explore West Seattle
3. Read a biography or memoir (currently reading this)
4. Watch at least one movie from either this list or this one (watched this Oscar winner)
5. Utilize the farmer’s market to finally decide my favorite flower
6. Run 3 times a week each week (2/12)
7. Learn a new two or four person card game
8. Set up a savings account for completing items off my list
9. Make one more recipe from this book (banana bread)
10. Sign up for either a sewing, flower arranging, or cake decorating class (sewing on July 9th)

April Highlights

1. After 1 1/2 years of living in Seattle, my brothers were finally able to visit
2. Tiptoeing through the tulips at Roozengaarde Display Garden
3. Backpacking to Shi Shi Beach and getting to watch this amazing sunset
4. Forgoing traffic to take long walks home
5. Hiking up an extremely steep incline to Mailbox Peak in unexpected feet of snow
6. Getting spoiled rotten by Georgetown Cupcakes on Store Administrator Appreciation Day
7. Taking time to explore our neighborhood
8. Trail runs spent stumbling upon little friends
9. Small, simple details gracing our brunch table

Book Review x 6

I was born with a reading list I will never finish
– Maud Caseym –

My new position at work has given me many perks: a “normal” workweek, access to serious designer steals, and the forced opportunity to ride the city bus. Although my new commute allows for an hour of uninterrupted reading time five days a week, I still feel like I’ll never even come close to reading everything on my wish list. Fortunately though I was able to cross these six off my reading list last month and am already tackling this with this on deck. What book are you currently escaping to?

March Book Review

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – A snow day from school turns into a spontaneous family road trip to visit family nearby, but in a split second a horrific accident shatters Mia’s world and leaves her forced to make an impossible decision to leave or to stay in her new but broken life. Recommended to me by a few friends, I was anxious to finally start this book, which had me hooked until the last page and had me immediately starting the sequel. The question of “Is this life worth living without those you love in it?” had me positively reflecting and questioning my relationships, purpose, and ambitions. 

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Picking up three years later, the sequel to If I Stay switches narratives to Mia’s boyfriend Adam and voices his thoughts, feelings, and struggle with the consequences of the life changing accident of book one. Both books were started and finished within two days, enough said.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Get the inside scoop of life on The Office set, what she really thinks makes the perfect best friend, and how to stay the perfect amount of famous in Hollywood. Reading this memoir felt just like what I imagine conversing with Mindy in real life would be like: hilarious, all over the place, witty, fun, and endearing.

The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki – Everyone knows the disgrace the name Benedict Arnold carries with it, but few know the woman standing behind him and the influential role she played in his treasonous behavior. Get to know Miss Peggy Shippen and how her fight for fame and fortune almost destroyed the American fight for freedom. I adored how this book was narrated from the maid’s perspective and that the author shared her inspiration and discussed reality vs fiction at the end of the book. They always say “behind every great man stands a great woman” so what does that say for the wife of Benedict Arnold?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – From the author of “The Husband’s Secret” (read my review here), this tale of mothers navigating the trenches of kindergarten for the first time takes schoolyard mischief to a whole new level. I’ll say it again: I love a book told from multiple perspectives with a who-dun-it storyline and this one did not disappoint. Who would have thought kindergarten mums could be hiding so much scandal?

The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins – Rachel rides the train to and from London daily, secretly observing a couple breakfasting on their patio until one day she sees something shocking. Unable to keep the secret quiet, Rachel informs the police of her observation and unexpectedly finds herself tangled in a mess outside of her control.  The writing wasn’t über creative and I had the ending figured out by 60% completion but I still really enjoyed the suspense leading up to the ending and trying to untangle the web of lies presented through the viewpoints of the three women. 

Shopbop | The Big Sale Event

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The Shopbop Big Event is happening now through Saturday! Hurry over to take advantage of up to 25% off your order (excluding Stuart Weitzman). Whether you are looking to invest in classics, to splurge on trendier pieces, or start your summer wardrobe overhaul you really can’t go wrong!  Here are a few of my top choices:

1. A black dress to layer with tights now and bright heels later.
2. A closet staple made modern with a longer length that pairs perfectly with everything in your closet.
3. Summer is all about throwing on simple silhouettes, but the back on this one adds the perfect touch of whimsy.
4. Blocking the harmful summer rays is essential, but who says you can’t do it in style with this topper?
5. Need to update my airport security gear with this graphic carryall.
6. A neutral sandal that I know I will reach for daily once warmer weather finally arrives.
7. Rebecca Minkoff handbags are classic yet edgy and I love how this one is adorned with an all black strap and minimal hardware.
8. The perfect right hand ring regardless of the time of year.9. Nautical? Check. Neutral? Check. Tons of space for beach essentials? Check. This beach tote has it all.
10. After long days at the office or the beach, slipping into this pajama set makes for a peaceful night.
11. Stacking this with this adds instant polish.
12. A splurge? Yes, but when they go with everything it sure is hard to pass up (a girl can dream, right?).
13. Love the layered look of this bracelet without the constant clanking of a stack.
14. A metallic sandal to dress up any casual summer outfit.

 

Oh the Places We Will Go…

Daydreaming of faraway destinations and possible adventures is as common as breathing in our household (particularly sunnier locations as of late to escape the dreary Seattle rain). Ranging from international to domestic, touristy to exotic, tropical to frigid, the location always varies and in hindsight truly doesn’t matter as we find joy in the culture, people, and history of each and every place.   The three cities listed below are vacations we hope to take in the near future: one historic and bright, one relaxing and beachy, and one covered in snow and active. What trips are on your bucket list for 2015? If you have any suggestions for any of the places below, please let me know!

Trips I Want to Take