Our walk from our airbnb into the the Village of La Jolla! This was taken on our first time, and we were all in AWE!
I rounded up some of my favorite (mostly) iPhone snaps from our trip to California!
San Diego was/is gorgeous. The rolling hills, seaside cliffs and surrounding desert really made me feel like we were in another country. We stayed in the La Jolla neighborhood, which I highly recommend if you’re considering staying in the area. Our AirBNB was nestled between “The Village of La Jolla” (more of a downtown feel) and the “La Jolla Shores” (more of a beach town feel), and there were paths from the house to each. Mitch and I are big walkers, so we loved being able to walk to coffee/breakfast in the morning and dinner at night. Above, you can see the walk into The Village. Crazy beautiful, right?!
I recently realized that my favorite day-to-night tops are made out of the same Madewell material: something called “nubby ottoman ribbed fabric.” Far more substantial traditional tops but not quite as heavy as a sweater, it’s crazy comfy. And everything can be dressed down or up. Simply slip on a pair of black heels or booties and you’re good to go for girls’ night/date night!
A few years ago, Mitch and I made gingham pumpkins and our photos started showing up all over the place! It was really fun. And since it’s somehow the middle of October already, I thought I’d re-publish my most-loved fall post, shot on our first block in Chicago. ♥️
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This might be the single-most blogger-like thing I’ve ever done. (Keep in mind that I’m a dude.) I used Pottery Barn, West Elm and Crate and Barrel—some of Kelly’s favorite brands for holidays—as inspiration to find inexpensive decor on Amazon. Turns out that you don’t have to drop and arm/leg (or wait the long shipping times) to have your home looking cute for Halloween. Unless you’re Frankenstein. Because he drops arms and legs all the time.
Well, whaddaya know?! I’m 37 today. In some ways, the number feels crazy. Name nearly any chapter of life, and I instantly transport myself back to that time, the imagery and colors so vivid I feel like it was just yesterday.
My family often jokes that I have a freakish ability to recall details from the past. A few years ago, I directed Mitch without a map through a Sacramento subdivision to a home I’d left when I was the ripe age of two. He claimed sorcery. 😜 Sadly, this skill never translated to anything actually useful; heck, I still can’t remember my times tables.
But I digress! Today Mitch and I are sitting down and sharing 37 lessons we’ve personally learned in our 37 years, because Mitch turns also 37 on Monday! ♥️ These don’t apply to everyone, and per usual, they’re just what first came to mind. (So we definitely missed some obvious ones. 😆) Nonetheless…
Aaaaand we’re back up and running! It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks, but the toddler is napping, the laundry is going, the rain is falling, the music is playing softly, and my coffee is warmish. And I’m about to go trade my jeans for these can’t-live-without pants, haha. (You can actually pull ’em off as dress pants if you pair them with the right shoes!)
Okay, never mind. Toddler is apparently not napping… Please hold.
A highlight of our trip to San Diego was visiting Hotel del Coronado. Called “The Del” by locals and famous for its Victorian architectural design, it’s definitely one of the most breathtaking and impressive seaside resorts I’ve ever been to. It’s been around since the late 1800s! It’s been featured in film and literature oodles of times, but I personally love that L. Frank Baum wrote much of The Wizard of Oz there. Oh! I’ll also add that Hotel del Coronado was the inspiration for Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. (Just in case you thought it looked familiar, too!)
Not to brag, but I’m sitting here writing this post with the Pacific Ocean spread out before me. Just thought I’d mention that. Here are a few—I don’t know; maybe 10—things that come to mind this week:
Well, the big news is pictured above. I lovethese boots. They’re timeless-looking and chic, they provide warmth when wearing skirts and dresses, and they’re unbelievably comfortable. Miracle boots, I tell you! (In case you’re wondering, they run TTS. I do, however, always order a half size up in boots in case I want to wear thick socks.) Anyway, I give them an A+ and then some.
This is the old console table/cabinet I was telling you about! (Similar here.) Up until recently, it had been empty since we’d moved in; last on my decorating list because it wasn’t part of some larger project. Needless to say, it needed some attention. :)
Photo by our friend and bride-to-be, Gabby Emig. Congrats, Gabby and Brian! We love you!
Would you look at us?! We planned a weeklong, no-kids, extended family trip to San Diego for a friend’s wedding, and I couldn’t be more excited. So today I’m using this post as an excuse to jot down all the stuff I want to do in Southern California while we’re here. If you have any recommendations or if you see anything totally off in this guide, please let me know!
I’m happy I’m doing these posts again. First, it makes me put a little more effort into my outfits every day. Second, I think it’s a good representation of who I am. I am a casual being. Or I am at this stage in my life! Before kids, I’d get dressed up on the reg. Now, though, I’m in jeans way more often than I’m not—and I’m unreasonably proud of myself when I put on a skirt or dress. Heck, I document it. 😆