Now Playing: February 2019

Some new, some old, some meaningful, and some less so. This one goes out to everyone desperately holding on through the cold while riding solo this month.

Enjoy, and feel free to follow along with me on Spotify as I add songs throughout the rest of February.


All I Am – Jess Glynne

Overnight – Maggie Roggers

i’m so tired… – Lauv, Troye Sivan

Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend

Almost (Sweet Music) – Hozier

Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Weezer

Heroes – Zayde Wølf

Longshot – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Elodie – Ten Fé

Power On – James Blake

Bad Self Portraits – Lake Street Dive

Night Bus – Gabrielle Aplin

I Know – Aly & AJ

Stuck (Album Version) – The Aces

Green Light – Lorde

Love It If We Made It – The 1975

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A Week in San Diego

After years spent lusting over sunny California, I was finally able to take a little trip out to San Diego with my mom last month. Immediately after booking my flight, I started scouring the internet for travel guides, recommendations, etc. I always do a lot of research before I go anywhere.

Of course, not everything went as expected, because that’s life, but we had a great time and found amazing spots. While I don’t claim to be a “foodie”, this vacation was filled with so many delicious meals, so I figured I’d include some of those in here.

As expected, my first venture out to the West Coast was wonderful (and sunny). Here are some of the highlights for you all.


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Pacific Beach was the charming spot where we spent my first full day. Even with overcast skies, California shines.

Later that day the sun made it’s brief appearance.

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Where to eat & drink: If you’re up for a short walk (about 15 minutes inland), I highly recommend stopping by SD Tap Room for dinner and drinks. Their truffle fries were the out-of-this-world kind of good and they have so many delicious beers from local breweries to choose from.

Unfortunately we were unable to stop by The Baked Bear and build our own mega ice cream sandwiches, but if you do have the chance, send pics.

 

La Jolla

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I’m told that La Jolla is a crazy expensive area of San Diego, and it was pretty obvious as soon as we stepped out of our uber. Everything! Is! Gorgeous! 

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We snapped a few pics, but the best part was obviously watching the sea lions sleeping and playing on the rocks. Sadly, a lot of tourists don’t respect their space, and try to get close or mess around with them. If you do go down to watch, I advise keeping a respectable distance.  The sea lions will get annoyed, you’ll jump, and you’ll probably only get a mediocre photo out of it anyway.

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Liberty Station is a very built up area, with a lot of built up restaurants and then a public market. Our experience finding something we both wanted to eat was stressful at first, but then I yelped that sh*t like a professional and found something amazing.

Officine Buona Forchetta serves up traditional style Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas, and some bomb sangria. I highly recommend this spot.

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I swear I’m not a food blogger, but this vacation was filled with so much food, how could I possibly not share it, you know?

Balboa Park

One of the most talked about spots in San Diego, but for good reason I think! Balboa Park is huge and there are so many different things to do, you can really be there all day if you want to.

We hit up the Spanish Art Village first, and I’m super happy we did because it ended up being one of my favorite spots in the park. Just walking into the area, you feel good. It’s colorful, creative, and filled with good vibes.

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We also happened to be at the park on a day they were having a food truck festival, and I ended up with the most delicious short rib sandwich from Monster Crafts Food Truck. Clearly I was sticking to a strict diet while I was on this trip.

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Ocean Beach

Our day at Ocean Beach was one of my favorite days of the week, easily. We had beautiful weather the whole day, and what’s not to love about a beach in December?

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We decided to have an early brunch at OB Surf Lodge, which ended up being the best decision of the day. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a mimosa flight. Also, this may have been my first time ordering an avo toast at a restaurant, and it was well worth it.

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Downtown San Diego

The streets in the Gaslamp District are truly a spectacle. Mostly lined with bars and restaurants, you will find the occasional shop as well. But I’d say this area is the nightlife hub in San Diego, and I really would love to bar hop here if I come back to the area.

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Where to eat: For some flavor-packed street tacos and delicious margaritas, I recommend La Puerta located in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is on the pricey side, but their carnitas tacos are so worth it (my mouth is watering just thinking about them).

For great coffee and light fare, check out Copa Vida. The avocado toast I had there beat every other avocado toast I’ve ever had to nothing.

 

 

 

Enjoy a few more photos taken at the Seaport Village/Embarcadero area downtown. This was where I spent most of my time on my last day in San Diego on my own, doing a lot of personal reflection for the new year.

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As always, thank you for reading. If you got any inspiration for your next trip, let me know in the comments below.

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Now Playing: November 2018

Back with some music for you guys today! Here’s a little playlist for the month of November. Things always seem to get harder once winter comes closer, and this playlist is very much a reflection of my desire to pull through the rough days and keep warmth as close as possible. I hope that it can make you feel the same comfort it brings me.

Enjoy, and feel free to follow along on Spotify with me.


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Hymn 21 – Colouring

Surround Me – LÉON

Walls – The Lumineers

Saturdays (feat. HAIM) – Twin Shadow, HAIM

Light On – Maggie Roggers

Queen of Diamonds – Tom Odell

Warm On A Cold Night – HONNE

Freaking Out – A R I Z O N A

It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – The 1975

Bros – Wolf Alice

Life To Come – The Killers

Underdog – BANKS

Puzzle Pieces – Saint Motel

You’re the One – Greta Van Fleet

The Chain – Fleetwood Mac

Hunger – Florence + The Machine

What are some songs/albums/artists that you’ve been loving lately? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new music recommendations.

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The Best Cozy Dresses to Wear This Fall/Winter Instead of Pants

Wearing a dress during the cold months can be a real challenge. Luckily, I’ve found some of the very best cozy dresses to wear when all of your pants are in the laundry.  

Speaking from past experience, once the temperature dips significantly below 60 degrees, my legs are covered. I will literally just resign myself to wearing pants and leggings because the mere thought of bare legs is almost unbearable. Dramatic, but it’s true. Sometimes I’ll even wear pants under my pants (not advocating for the “layered denim” trend) to keep me toasty. That’s how strongly I feel about warm legs.

Once in a while, though, I decide to be brave and grab a dress and (usually always) tights to spice things up a bit. This fall and winter, I’m trying to challenge myself to do this more often.

Here’s a round-up of some dresses that I think would be great options for those like me who don’t handle cold weather very well.

For when you’re seeking warmth:

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Micha Lounge Knitted Sweater Dress With Oversized Funnel Neck from ASOS – $60

This chunky knit dress is a great pop of color, yet it looks beyond comfortable and easy to wear. Throw it on with a pair of tights and boots to carry the look into winter.

 

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UO Bunny Turtleneck Sweatshirt Dress – $79

Super casual, sporty, and comfortable. Dress it down with some neon leggings and white sneaks, or dress it up with some black tights and booties. Effortlessly cool.

 

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London Stripe Set from Free People – $198

Technically cheating with this one, but I’m totally digging this cozy knit set from Free People. Color-blocking? Yes! Maxi skirt? Yes! I mean, this whole ensemble looks so toasty and perfect.

 

For when you’re feeling reptilian:

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Textured Weave Dress in Snake/Tan from ZARA – 29.90 USD

Snakeskin has been huge this season, and this form-fitting dress from Zara is a great one to add to your collection. I love the darker color of the print, and the mock neck. This would also be a wonderful dress for layering.

 

For when you’re in the mood for velvet:

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Floral Velour Wrap Dress from & other stories – $99

I’m totally obsessed with this velvet wrap number from &other stories. The beautiful green hue and floral print give the dress a certain freshness that you don’t always get from velvet pieces.

 

For when it’s Friday night & below 40:

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Strappy dress with sequins from ZARA – 69.90 USD

A dress like this is the opposite of comfort on its own, but I absolutely love the way they styled this for cold weather. Layer a fun, slinky dress over a warm turtleneck and leggings, and you’re good to go. This look feels perfectly laid back, yet festive.

 

For when you want something simple:

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Ribbed Midi Dress from MANGO – $49.99

A dress like this is so easy to wear, and can be styled so many different ways. If you want to put in that extra effort to elevate a simple dress, try adding a western inspired waist belt or a pair of snakeskin boots.

 

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ASOS DESIGN High Neck Midi Swing Dress with Trumpet Sleeves from ASOS – $32

Super simple, super sleek. I absolutely love the relaxed silhouette of this item and that it’s so versatile. Though I love the all black styling, you could even try adding some color with a bold shoe or statement coat.

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I hope you guys found some cold-weather inspiration from this post! I personally can’t wait to get my hands on a few sweater dresses (or maybe that set from Free People) this winter.

What’s your favorite way to style a sweater dress? Let me know below, and don’t forget to ‘like’ this post and give me a follow to see more content! xoxo

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