Mint To Be: Cardigan + Tank + Skinny Jeans + Sandals

Monday, May 22, 2017

Serious inquiry: How is it almost already June?! I feel like I say this every month, but life really is flying by. Plus it's been getting pretty warm here in San Diego, which also points to the fact that summer is fast approaching. That is totally fine with me though, because maybe - just maybe - the Pacific Ocean will warm up enough to actually swim in it over the next few weeks! (That's a big maybe... That baby stays pretty frigid from what I hear.)

Black and white striped oversized knit cardigan (also seen here): Old Navy
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Mint tank top with buttons (also seen here): Marshalls
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Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Dark wash distressed skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
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DV by Dolce Vita black and white print sandal slides: Target
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Silver initial necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Sivado Studio

Silver triangle necklace (also seen here & here): American Eagle

What summer activities are you most looking forward to? Nonstop al fresco dining (that's the most pretentious term, ya?), beach days, and hiking are on my "must do every single chance" list.

PS: Don't forget to enter the $50 PinkBlush gift card giveaway before it ends in a few hours!

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Joyful In Julian, California: Day Trip Travel Guide

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When Matt and I first announced we were moving to San Diego last summer, multiple people immediately told me "When you get there you have to go to this little town not far from San Diego called Julian. They have the best apple pie you'll ever taste!" Well, the hype for Julian did not die down upon becoming a California citizen. When we meet locals, they too are quick to mention our dire need to make the road trip. Therefore, when I woke up on Saturday morning with a desire to go for a hike somewhere wooded, this apple-obsessed town popped into my brain. Matt was down for an adventure, so we piled the dogs into the car and hit the road for the 50 mile trip from San Diego to Julian!
Check out our recommendations for a day spent in Julian below:

Places To Dine (& Wine)

Julian Hard Cider - This was our first stop upon arriving in Julian. We ordered a flight of 8 different flavors of their hard cider, all of which were fan-freaking-tastic. We had a difficult time narrowing down which bottles to buy to bring home with us, but ultimately ended up choosing the Apple Pie -- we had to pick something apple-themed, seeing as we were in Julian after all -- and Pearanormal flavors. (Insider tip: Popping open a bottle when we got back home was the perfect end to a day on the road and post-hike.)

Granny's Kitchen - I was a little worried that a small town wouldn't have any solid vegan options, but a quick search on Yelp proved me wrong. I was able to get a delicious veggie wrap at this cute cafe and Matt had an apple (of course) grilled cheese sandwich that he loved.

Candied Apple Pastry Company - I asked around to see if anyone had vegan apple pie, but I wasn't able to locate any, unfortunately. (If you know of a place, please let me know!) Therefore, I can't speak from personal experience about the apple pie from this bakery, but Matt devoured their sour cream apple pie with cinnamon ice cream on top. He seriously ate it in about sixty seconds flat. (Even though I can't vouch for the baked goods, I can tell you that the ambiance of this little bakery was too cute!)

Turquoise necklace: c/o Buddha Blossom | Aviator sunglasses: Old Navy

Things To Do

Hike Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve - The views are stunning and the air is so crisp. But hikers beware: this is a pretty tough, uphill hike. There were also tons of red ants when we went, so if you are hiking with your pooches (like we were) be careful to look where they're stepping. Also make sure to check your pups for ticks before getting back in your car afterward. I say this because our dogs are treated monthly with Frontline and we also sprayed a second natural flea and tick spray on them before we hit the trails, just to be safe... and yet we still found a tick when we got home. Not cool, nature. Not cool at all. But, oh well. The sights totally made it worth it, so don't be swayed from the hike!

Stroll Around Town - Even if hiking isn't really your thing, there is plenty to see just walking around Julian. The streets of Historic Julian look straight out of a wild west story. The whole area is so idyllic. Plus, there are people who are journeying on the Pacific Crest Trail stopping through. Grab a slice of pie at one of the many bakeries in town and eavesdrop on tales of their PCT adventures. (I overheard more than one conversation involving people swapping blister horror stories... Thankfully, I wasn't eating at the time...)

Take A Joy Ride - The winding roads from San Diego to and around Julian are so picturesque. There are also tons of roadside produce stands, farms, and wineries that you can check out along the way!

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One of my favorite things about Julian is that no matter what your taste, you'll find something to do. From getting active on the mountain, to choking down as much apple-centric food as you physically can, to popping in and out of wine tastings, just about anyone can discover something they'll enjoy on their trip!

One of my favorite things about life in the Southwestern United States is how easy it is to road trip. Both Arizona and Southern California have so many different types of climates to offer, and most are just a quick drive away! When we lived in Phoenix, we loved driving north to Sedona for the best desert views in the world (in my opinion), but if we craved snow there was Flagstaff, too. Even though we haven't lived in San Diego County for long, we've taken a day trip to Idyllwild to play in the snow with the dogs, driven through the desert, and now gotten a taste of apple Julian which I am so excited to go back to for the fall foliage in a few months!

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Where are your favorite day trips near you?

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Beach, Please: Long Sleeve Tee + Ripped Skinny Jeans + Sneakers + Tote

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy weekend to all! I'll never be able to fully express my true, deep love for Saturdays and Sundays. And living so close to the beach. And, of course, dogs. All of these are lifelong obsessions of mine; therefore, I always feel an extra amount of gratitude when we get to spend our days, at Del Mar, walking our pups on the sand. (Dakota and Kingsley may hate water with all they've got, but man, do they adore sand between their toe pads.)

Slate gray long sleeve waffle tee with lace detail: Target
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Dark wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
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Multicolored striped sneakers (also seen here & here): Old Navy
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Rose gold triangle geometric necklace (also seen here, here & here): American Eagle

The Jacksons "Love" jute tote bag: via Tucci Boutique

Tortoiseshell sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): via Jeffrey Bay

What are your weekend plans? Since it sprinkled all last weekend (as you may be able to tell from the photos in today's post - namely my insane hair blowing everywhere - it was wiiindy and about to start raining), I plan to spend as much time outdoors as I can.

PS: Don't forget to enter the $50 PinkBlush gift card giveaway before it ends!

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My Nightly Beauty Routine & Favorite Cruelty-Free Products

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey there! Today I want to write about something I haven't done in awhile, which is share my updated nightly beauty routine. I feel funny even calling my pretty darn pared down and informal getting ready for bed checklist a "beauty routine." However, seeing as just a few months ago I had even less products that I used on a daily basis, it's a vast and very adult new routine in my eyes.

Now that I am in my late 20s, I have finally taken heed of people's advice to begin my anti-aging regimen. And as I've mentioned before, I've been focusing on transitioning my life to all vegan products; thus, scroll down to see my favorite cruelty-free products that I use each night before bed and why I love them!

Multicolored floral rug: Target

1. Whiten My Teeth With Trays & Gels Via Smile Brilliant
I've discussed my love for this vegan and cruelty-free company before, which you can see here. After my initial whitening, I now just do upkeep sessions every couple of weeks. I've seen such a big difference in my smile - and Matt even loves using Smile Brilliant now, too! (Use coupon code "lunavida25" for $25 off your purchasePsst... their kits would make an amazing Mother's Day gift if you're still wondering what to get your mom!)

2. Wash My Face With "The Spin for Perfect Skin Kit" Via Vanity Planet
This magical brush set has multiple heads for all of my beauty needs from head to toe. There is a body brush for the shower, a smoother facial brush, as well as an exfoliating one, and a callus remover. All of which are interchangeable on the handheld part. It's pure genius and used almost every night in our household! (Luckily for you, Vanity Planet is offering 70% off for LunaVida readers to purchase their spin products with promo code "BBSFPS70" for a limited time!)

3. Apply InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer & Youth Express Eye Gel
These are both cruelty-free products I previously featured on LunaVida and also fell head over heels for. The retinol moisturizer goes on so smoothly, and it really helped to even out my skin tone. The eye gel is another Godsend for those of us with dark under eye circles and/or bags (such as myself).

4. Put On Tom's of Maine Deodorant
(Yes, I slather my deodorant on at night. I don't know why, but I've been doing it since I was a teenager, and it works; therefore, I'm sticking with it.) In my ongoing self discovery search for more natural products, I have officially cut out aluminum-ridden, icky, standard antiperspirant brands. In its place, I have added in Tom's of Maine Natural Original Care Unscented Deodorant. While I won't lie to you, because I do sweat more than when I used, for example, Secret, I'll take a little perspiration over all the toxic chemicals seeping into my body.

5. Slip On My Sleep Mask
This one is pretty straightforward in one's beauty routine: sleep. It makes us more beautiful and, more importantly, stops us from snapping at innocent people it keeps us kind. I can't get enough of the Zzz's these days. Even back in my youth, I have always been the type of person who does their best with 8 -- or 9, if I am being totally honest -- hours of sleep each night. Now that I am getting older though, there is no denying that I feel, look, and act my best the day after a long night of rest. So hit the hay and then seize the day! (God, that was a cheesy perfect phrase... #Trademark.)

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So there you have it - how I use my favorite products every evening, now that I care about stopping wrinkles in their tracks and whatnot. (You may have noticed though, that there is a crucial favorite "time to prep for bed" product missing here... face wash. I am still in search of an amazing, vegan, cruelty-free cleanser for semi-acne-prone combination skin. Do you have any recommendations for me? I'll be forever grateful!)

What are your "gotta have 'em" items for your beauty routine?

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Pretty Prints: Floral Off-The-Shoulder Dress + Heels {& A PinkBlush Giveaway!}

Monday, May 8, 2017

Hello! How did your beginning of the standard workweek go? We had rain here in San Diego all weekend, which normally would be a bummer; however, it actually meant we got a second bloom of all the plants that were starting die around these here parts! It is extra colorful and pretty all over again - and so far my allergies have held off! And speaking of which, seeing as it is indeed a Monday, and we are deep into spring now - and you've hopefully managed to get past any allergies you may have had - let us celebrate with a giveaway, shall we? Enter at the end of this post for a chance to win a $50 gift card to PinkBlush!

Light blue floral print off-the-shoulder dress with bell sleeves: c/o PinkBlush

White cutout open toe platform high heeled sandals (also seen here): DSW
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Silver triangle hoop drop earrings (also seen here): Target

May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Have a great week and best of luck with the giveaway!

Rough & Tumble: Moto Jacket + Oversized Tank + Ripped Jeans + Studded Sandals

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy FRIDAY and happy Cinco de Mayo (AKA the "Fifth of May" for those of you not in the know)! What are you party people up to this weekend? For Matt and me, a "party" generally entails a night out at a local vegan restaurant and, if we're feeling WILD, we may even follow it up with late night Redbox rental and drinks at home. To some that may seem like the most boring night ever, but to me? It's a late 20s dream come true. Ahh, sweet, sweet relaxation, baby.

Black cropped moto jacket (also seen here, here & here): Forever 21
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Gray oversized babydoll tank top with open back: Target
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Dark wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
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Black and silver studded ankle strap sandals: Target
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Urban Expressions turquoise weaved crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): DSW

Silver statement necklaces (also seen here, here & here): American Eagle

White lace bandeau bra (also seen here): Old Navy

Hammered silver cuff bracelet (also seen here): Souvenir from our trip to Santorini

Do you hit the town (is that a phrase people still say?) on Friday and Saturday evenings? Even back in our college days, we never really went that hard. We've always leaned more towards the homebody side, but I salute those of you who can rally and go out night after night. The spirit of the youth is strong with you.

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