24 hours in Carmel, Santa Cruz: Travel Diary

Sunday, October 04, 2015

 | Carmel Beach City Park

This weekend Trevor and I went on a mini road trip down the coast to soak up a little bit of California goodness. We had high hopes to leave at 7AM on Friday morning to explore Big Sur, but a raucous Thursday night out & subsequent crippling hangover foiled the plans. (I'm getting old, guys.) We ended up leaving Oakland around 1PM, and headed straight for our bed & breakfast in Carmel. 

I already got sappy about this on Instagram, so I won't repeat - but these two weekend bags are absolutely fantastic travel companions. Just having them around encourages exploration and last minute getaways. The fact that both were produced ethically makes them even more wonderful. 

| Toes in the Pacific

We stayed at the Sandpiper Inn, a very quaint and quiet spot right on the beach. We saw at least 6 dolphins right off the beach and I squealed every single time. I'd never been to Carmel and the only impression I had of it was that it was where Hayley Mill's dad in the original Parent Trap lived. The entire town was like a storybook village. In all honesty, it's not a place I could ever live - I need a little reality in my cities - but it was a perfect place to stroll around and window shop. 

| Jean-Bernard Vial with baguettes in progress, and completed baguettes in front

One serious highlight was the Lafayette Bakery - holy god, I have never eaten such delicious pastries in my entire life. We even got to watch master baker and frenchman Jean-Bernard Vial working on baguettes (he's in the background of the picture above). I cannot recommend this place enough if you're ever around Carmel. 

We also stopped by Mission San Carlos Borromeo del rio Carmelo, aka Carmel Mission. It was founded in 1770 and the architecture was incredible. Founding priest Junipero Serra was made a saint last week, and I whole heartedly disagree with that decision - but from an architecture perspective, seeing all of the Missions in California is a goal of mine. It was beautiful in person. 

| Boardwalk views |

We closed out the trip with a stroll down the Santa Cruz boardwalk. We didn't have much time to spend there, but I think I could've spent a full 8 hours photographing it.

California is the best, I don't know how else to say it.

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The 52 Lists Project: Mood Boster playlist

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My sister Danielle sent me The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal in the mail this week, and I'm already in love. It's a list-journaling prompt book with a new topic for each week, broken out seasonally. Since last week was the first week of fall, I began in the fall section of the book on List 40: list your top 20 mood-boosting songs. 

Of course, I couldn't stop at 20. Here's my list, in no particular order. Ultimate tonic for a grey day, perfect accessory for sunshine. 

1. That Thing You Do (from That Thing You Do!), the Wonders
2. Do You Believe in Magic?, The Lovin' Spoonful
3. I Don't Wanna Know - Fleetwood Mac
4. Stand by Me - Ben E. King
5. Hollywood - RAC/Penguin Prison
6. There's Something Better - Freelife
7. Elevate - St. Lucia
8. Somebody Loves You - Betty Who
9. How Will I Know? - Whitney Houston 
10. Okay Dolores - Dragonette 
11. There She Goes - The Las
12. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 
13. Jump For My Love - the Pointer Sisters
14. Hold On - Wilson Phillips 
15. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias 
16. A Wink and A Smile - Harry Connick Jr 
17. PYT - Michael Jackson 
18. Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder 
19. Peace Train - Cat Stevens 
20. You've Got the Love - Candi Stanton
21. Caraluna - Bacilos
22. Ooh Lala - the Faces
23. I'll Be There - Jackson 5
24. Somebody Like You - Keith Urban
25. Jump - Madonna 
26. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - the Police 
27. Ain't That Love - Ray Charles 
28. Here Comes Your Man - Relation 
29. All Dressed Up in Love - Jennifer Hudson
30. Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson 

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Date Night, done with swag

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jacket: Piperlime | Shirt: Forever21 | Skirt: thrifted | Bra: Free People 

I think what you choose to wear on a date says a lot about your perception of, and comfort with, your own personality. In my early twenties, if a first date was looming you would find me in a general frenzy: pre-gaming with way too much gin, straight ironing, applying and re-applying eyeliner, trying on every heel in my closet, stressing about whether or not my perfume was too strong. Hoping hard that the woman at the next barstool wasn't going to look cooler and more put together than I did. I wasn't unhappy with myself, just unsure in that early twenties way. You're an independent adult, but not yet fully confident in your own ins and outs. 

I'm turning 28 in a couple of weeks, and it's safe to say I've figured out who I am. 

Granted, I didn't wear this on a first date. I wore this on a bizillionth date with my boyfriend of almost three years, who knows me like the back of his hand. Even so, I know now that confidence is absolutely the most powerful and intoxicating thing you can wear on a date. 

So in this case, I picked things I love - things that make me feel like myself.

Case in point: wild hair that has spent all summer in the sun and is now a little lighter. A vintage silk skirt that I thrifted in Portland on an awesome weekend trip with my three sisters (my favorite humans on earth). A drapey tank-top that feels like you're wearing air. A peek of my favorite bra. A black leather bomber that makes me feel like it's 1985 I'm one of the back up dancers in the "How Will I Know" music video. No makeup but my favorite lipstick: Albeit's Vermillion. Enough rings to make me feel like I could be wearing brass knuckles.

I wanna know, loves - what's the thing in your closet that never fails to make you feel like your sassiest, happiest, most confident self? 

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Weekend Uniform

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tank: Urban Outfitters | Denim: Madewell | Ring: Anthropologie 

This is my new go-to weekend uniform. I've been in some variation of it almost every day.

muscle tank 
+ red lip 
foolproof outfit. 

This tank was an out of character impulse buy several years ago but I can honestly say it's one of my favorite things in my closet. I wear it at least once a week. 

It's also been a summer of undone hair - I've been washing it less and less. And lately I cannot be bothered to wear a bra, either - I guess it was only a matter of time before I embraced California abandon. 

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Four Years Later...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Looking back at one of my favorite outfits ever. It is bonkers that 4 years have gone by since I posted it! You can see the original post here

Top: Banana Republic | Shorts: Anthropologie | Blazer: Forever21 | Tote: Banana Republic 
Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Necklace: Leonora Dame

Worn to work this week: same top, same shorts, same vibe. 

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