Travel // 5 Things to Do in San Diego

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The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but one place isn’t having these problems: San Diego. While it does, in fact, rain in Southern California (Tony Toni Tone LIED y’all), the weather is pleasingly temperate year-round. There’s an ocean, of course, as well as parks, mountains, and trees with fruit on them(!) in addition to plenty of good food and fun spots to explore. Here’s what you should do:

1 // TAKE THE FERRY TO AN ISLAND

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Enjoy the view at Broadway Pier before hopping on the ferry for the 15-minute trip to Coronado Island. Once there, stroll down Orange Avenue (I recommend stopping for gelato at Nado Gelato) and hit Hotel del Coronado for shopping and seaside people-watching.


2 // CLIMB A MOUNTAIN

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Climbing one of the eleventy-thousand paths up South Fortuna Mountain ensured I wouldn’t need to do squats and lunges for a solid week after. Work your glutes ’til you make it to the top, and breathe in.


3 // EAT YOUR HEART OUT

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There’s no shortage of places to eat! Head to Influx Cafe for casual coffee and brunch, go for a fancy-schmancy dinner–and if you’re like me, dessert–at The Prado in Balboa Park, and enjoy impossibly fanciful confections (and a surprisingly delicious BLT panini) at Extraordinary Desserts.

Traveling with kids? Dig in to a few slices of cheesy pizza at Mona Lisa, savor a solidly good cheeseburger and fries at Burger Lounge, and join the rest of the hipster families for locally grown fruits and vegetables at Mercato Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.


4 // GET SOME CULTURE

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Balboa Park houses a collection of museums, galleries, gardens boasting everything from German Expressionist paintings at the San Diego Museum of Art to an astonishing variety of roses (the Rainbow Sorbet breed smells amazing) in the Memorial Rose Garden.


5 // ENJOY THE BEACH

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There’s plenty of coastline in SoCal, but my favorite beaches were Del Beach on Coronado and the gorgeous rocky cliffs of La Jolla (pronounced la-HOY-a, as in Oscar de). Hang out on the rocky coastline and watch the waves crash ashore.

Have you been to San Diego? What’s your favorite thing to do there?

Shopping // Gettin’ Lucky Kat

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I’ve reached a point in my life where I just want to be comfortable. The idea of floating through life wearing pajamas and bedding–as in actual blankets and such–is extremely appealing. Meanwhile, I’m also (supposedly) an adult. Taking meetings while wrapped in a comforter is not exactly professional.

Enter casual wear from the likes of Lucky Kat, a locally-based online retailer started by my friend Katie and her mother. They specialize in reasonably priced boho-chic styles for working women, moms, and the rest of the #girlboss squad, including me and fellow blogger Annie of Success on Stilettos. We got together for a little styling party and played dress up in some of our favorites!

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I loved a striped turtleneck cape thingy that fit right into my usual neutrals-or-bust color scheme, and a loose-fitting tunic dress that looks great over skinny jeans. It all works for everything from brunch with friends to casual client meetings.

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They got a bunch of new merchandise over the holiday season, so head over to shopluckykat.com to get your shop on!

Setting New Years Intentions

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Photo: Claudia Hershner

The idea of New Year’s Resolutions has become a little outdated–let’s be real, it’s just too hard to stick to an ambitious diet and exercise regimen after years of enjoying smothered pork chops and excessive couch time. But setting goals and making plans to achieve them isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so I’m approaching 2017 with intentions (*buzzword alert*) to help me progress/improve/grow as a flawed human person who’s interested in being and doing better. Here’s what I have so far:

Eat 70% plants // I do a pretty decent job of eating fruits and vegetables because I actually like fruits and vegetables, but I also really like cake. And ice cream. And pizza. Honestly, I’ll eat pretty much anything you put in front of me. I don’t plan to eliminate any of those things completely, but I figure if I can increase my plant consumption to 70%, I only have 30% capacity remaining for the not-so-healthy goodies that make life worth living. A majority is a majority, no?

Make a Thing // I produce a lot of ephemeral creative stuff: photo shoots, websites, social media content. But none of that is tangible, and while that doesn’t mean it’s any less real, I’ve got a hankering to make something I can touch and see and pass around at parties. TBD on what The Thing is, but I’ll keep you posted.

Learn to apply eyeshadow // Like most makeup (oh hey, highlighter!) I like the idea of eye shadow, but am meh on the execution. I love the way it looks when my makeup is professionally done, so I feel like I should know how to properly apply it, and I have plenty of space between my eyelids and brows that seems like it’s just going to waste.

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The view from Poctoy Beach in the Philippines

See some world // I’ve always loved traveling (thanks Mom!) and I get restless when I’ve been in one place for too long. I learn so much about myself and humanity in general when I visit different parts of the world, and making connections with diverse people and distant places has always resulted in some of my best life experiences.

Flow and Sow // This sounds awfully woo-woo, but I’ve been researching the value of listening to your intuition and aligning with “the flow”. Action is essential too, so the idea is to listen to yourself, take action based on what your intuition is telling you, and “go with the flow” instead of trying to force a certain outcome. It’s a tough balance, and I’m not expecting perfection, but the intent is there.

What are your intentions for 2017?

This Is Where to Get Your New Year’s Eve Dress

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You know how sometimes you want something special to wear for a particular occasion but it doesn’t make sense to break the bank just to buy an amazing dress you’ll only wear once or twice? And wouldn’t it be great to be able to “try before you buy” rather than desperately ordering multiple sizes in the hope that something–anything–fits properly?

Enter Finery Dress Boutique, a new-ish dress rental shop in Over-the-Rhine. Owner Tricia Ridgeway carries a selection of contemporary styles in a range of sizes, from New Year’s Eve party dresses to dressy rompers perfect for tropical travel destinations. Here’s the kicker: the average rental price is only about $30 for a three-day rental, and they take care of dry cleaning–you just return and go.

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One morning, a group of Thread bloggers headed to the boutique to play dress up and I have to say: we looked good. There were multiple dresses I’d love to wear (if only I had somewhere to go…) and though we all have different tastes, there was something for everyone.

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Scope out Finery Boutique’s dresses online, or stop by the boutique at 1412 Walnut Street for your dream dress!

Photos: Damon Wilson

Seasonal Beauty Favorites

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Whenever the season changes, I try to update my “beauty regimen”, which is really just basic hygiene but it makes me feel fancy to call it a regimen. Here are a few of the things I’ve added to my high-end arsenal of soap and water:

PCA Skin A&C Synergy serum //  If my skin is looking dull, I pat this on after washing for a few nights and immediately notice a difference.

Maison Louis Marie Bois de Balincourt fragrance //  I’m not coordinated enough to spray on perfume without drenching myself in the eye, so I love that this comes in a roll-on. Plus, I just can’t resist a sandalwood and vetiver blend.

Glossier Boy Brow //  I’d been dying to get my hands on some Glossier products forever, and finally made the plunge when they had a rare free shipping offer. This gel slightly darkens my brows and sets them in place so they DO NOT move.

Kiehl’s Mango Lip Balm // I’ve been using Kiehl’s Lip Balm since college, and for some reason, a hint of mango scent makes it feel extra special.

What are you using now that the weather has turned?

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