Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Coronado Island

You might have seen my Instagram spammed with images from San Diego last week.  We had no intentions to go anywhere anytime soon, but this spur-of-the-moment, last minute R&R getaway was much needed...

Coronado Getaway

You might have seen my Instagram spammed with images from San Diego last week.  We had no intentions to go anywhere anytime soon, but this spur-of-the-moment, last minute R&R getaway was much needed.

Even though San Diego is a part of SoCal, it's far from what Los Angeles has to offer.  Every time I've gone to SD, it felt like home away from home, Colorado's intimate yet relaxed atmosphere mixed in with San Francisco's energy.  There's something about San Diego that no other place offers.  It's always been this exciting new city I run away to whenever I crave adventure.

This time around we brought P-nut, but my poor baby couldn't handle the car ride and threw up in the back seat.  I don't blame her since you can never expect what traffic is like in SoCal, especially when a 30 minute drive becomes 2 hours...A good portion of the time I went snap happy hoping to get a good aerial view of my outfit:

It was only perfect for me to switch up my everyday dark hues to something whiter and brighter.  I decided to pair up my batik-like kimono my manager kindly gifted to me with my ivory-printed, paisley shorts that I've been eyeing on since I first saw it at Forever 21.  Both are visually astounding.  The patterns clash with one another, but it always helps to have a common denominator to bring the look together.  In this case, the blue hues and the ivory from the lace top, a perfect neutral that has added texture to it to complete the look.  I thought the pop of red/orange added a visual flavor, like when you see cherry tomatoes in a bed of greens.  

I have to admit, paisley was never my favorite pattern, but the modern take on it on the shorts gave it a hippie-esque vibe.  And if you look closely, there's contrast stitching that correlates with the cardigans intricate lines and design.  That and the cotton loop trim at the hem of the shorts sold me.

After getting all checked in and settled down, we were finally ready to head to Coronado to learn how to paddle-board!  I've never been so I was excited to try something new, but little did I know that paddle-boarding is no joke.  It requires strength in your legs and a great level of balancing skills or else you'll plop into the water hoping nothing in the water will get to you... 

I do have a word of advice when it comes to paddle-boarding: Do not workout!  This was possibly my biggest mistake because I could feel the burning sensation in my thighs and calves from the intense Body Pump session I had a few hours before...I don't regret it but, the entire time I was pretty much on my knees and my butt...  

 Sadly, I forgot my SD card for my waterproof camera so I don't have any pictures that I've stood on the board for 3 seconds, but here's what the rest of the day looked like...

And of course, we had to stopped by the infamous Phil's BBQ for dinner as it was rated one of the best BBQ's in SD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Meanwhile in Malibu...

Unlike any other Sundays, my morning started bright and early at 7:30AM, getting ready for the Escondido Falls hike with my friends Ruby and Edgar.  I've been wanting to go on this trail ever since I found out about it two years ago from a good friend who highly recommended it.  Known for it's sweet location outside of Malibu and the end-of-the-trail waterfalls, Escondido Falls gets a good amount of attention from hikers and tourists everywhere.  There's something about nature that soothes and calms me.  It's a fresh of breath air from the city.

Being a little bent and out of shape and perhaps I was wearing the wrong shoes (Modern Vice's sneaker wedges), my friends and I decided to stop here:

Apparently there is a second waterfall, located farther along the path, but the Californian drought convinced us that it might be as little or non-existent like the first one right here.  This will be on my list to hike again, but only after a good rain storm passes by.

The one good thing that came out of this hike was the surprise at the end:

The last time I came across a hidden swing was the trail to Hitlers Bunker and it was pure joy just swinging back and forth without any care in the world.  I remember the days I would swing my legs as far as I could so that I can feel my hair being pulled back as I "fly"

 After our intense, two hour hike, it was time for MY favorite part of the day (or any time when food is involved)--Lunch!  

On the way to Escondido Falls, I remember seeing the lonely pier along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from afar in the car.  Secretly, at the time I wanted to check it out but wasn't sure if we would have a chance to walk along the boardwalk, but we did.

Luckily, as I was searching for delicious restaurants to try out along the PCH, Malibu Farm, the restaurant at the very end of the pier was highly suggested by reputable Yelpers.  That alone convinced us all to head over to Malibu Farm.  It was destined to be.  And I'm glad it was.

The line coiled a few feet away from the door, but don't let that fool you!  This tiny beach house-like restaurant has seating indoors and outside along the walls of the place, and on the second level for those who want more of a oceanic view.  

We opted the 2nd floor seating area to take-in the perfect weather and it's not every day you have the option to eat next to the beach... I mean, who doesn't want to see a seal swim while you're having your lunch?

As Ice Cube would put it "It was a good day!"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Urban Romance

Hello all!  I have some exciting news to tell you!  After a long day of designing, I've been searching
high and low for some inspiration through music, structures, clouds, styles from NYFW, and much more.  It's not uncommon for designers to also find inspiration through other designers and as I searched BCBG's website I came across this spread:  "Urban Romance."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Out of this World: Trona Pinnacles

This past Sunday I had a chance to explore a whole new side of California that I have never explored--the desert.  I've always wanted to go camping at the Joshua Tree national park, but never really had a chance to because of my insufficient knowledge on how to survive out in the wilderness let alone pitching a tent.  My expectations of what camping is like would be nothing like how it should be.  So in the end, it would be more frustrating than anything.

The only time I've ever considered spending time in the desert was on my way to Vegas, or my trip to Agua Caliente earlier this month in Rancho Mirage, but aside from that, I've never spent time out in the desolate land.