Best Places To Visit In San Diego | America's Finest City Travel Guide

Friday, July 21, 2017


If you've been following my blog for awhile, you've probably caught on that last year my boyfriend and I moved from Phoenix, Arizona to San Diego, California. You've probably also gathered that we are ob-sessed with our new city, because I can't help myself from raving about it on occasion all the dang time. (What can I say? It was a lifelong dream of mine to move to Southern California one day, and after 27 years I am finally here, baby! So what if I can't get over it and am still kinda in disbelief that this glorious city is our home?) That's why I want to share my extensive knowledge what I know about San Diego so far since moving here under a year ago.

Whether you are planning a weekend trip or a longer vacation to SoCal, there are so many beautiful places you need to see, delicious restaurants you should check out, and beaches you gotta... beach? Gaze below for my top San Diego spots, and then pick as many of your favorites as you can possibly squeeze into your next trip here.


Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma)

I feel as if this place doesn't really need an introduction, because its name pretty much gives it away... There are really stunning sunsets here... just as the name suggests.



Annie's Canyon Trail (Solana Beach)

If you like hiking this underrated gem is the perfect place for you. We happened upon this trail on 4th of July and it is definitely my favorite. The hike, for the most part, is moderate with just a few (really fun mini rock climbing, including a graffiti cave!) parts that may make you break a sweat. Once you reach the top you get an amazing ocean view as an added bonus to an already entertaining hike!


Plant Power Fast Food (Encinitas and Ocean Beach)

This is my favorite quick vegan place that we've been to so far. Don't get me wrong, I have literally fallen in love with every single plant-based restaurant Matt and I have tried in the Southern California area (and believe me when I say, there are a lot of them). This place just nails it, though. We've gone multiple times, and each time we try a new menu item that we fawn over for days after. (If it's your first time I recommend The Big Zac.)

Image via Plant Power Fast Food

Del Mar Cliffs & Del Mar Dog Beach

An easy stroll along the cliffs looking upon the water below? Sign me up. The best dog beach in San Diego (in my humble opinion)? Double sign me up. Del Mar is everything that is cute, quaint fancy pants beach town. We love strolling their little village, coffee and pups in hand. (This is also another great place to catch the sunset. My sister and I took my niece to a waterfront park, had her put on my "magic sunglasses," and she made the sunset with her powers. It was pretty damn cute.)





Coronado Island

This quaint little island town is a must see. The first time we went here we got to see dolphins, walk around the city, and gaze at the pristine homes. (It, too, has gorgeous sunsets - just see below for proof. Although, I won't lie to you, really you can catch an amazing sunset every night you are here at almost any coastline.)


Carlsbad

This is the beach town that started it all for Matt and me. As I mentioned before, I have always loved and dreamed of living anywhere on the coast of California. And while Matt did like San Diego the first time we ever visited together, he was a bit taken aback by A.) Pacific Beach, where we were staying - and is full of nonstop partying - and B.) the sheer amount of people in comparison to everywhere else we'd lived. I begged (and begged, and begged) him for years after to agree to a move. Then, fast forward to 2016 when our friend moved from P.B. up to Carlsbad, we went to stay with him, Matt fell head over heels for this tiny north coastal county town, and the rest is history as they say.

Just a few days ago Matt and I took the dogs on a mini road trip up to Lake Calavera in Carlsbad. I wore one this amazing avocado toast tank top c/o Vegan Love Apparel.
It is so soft. I even made Matt touch it, because I couldn't stop gushing, and even he was blown away. 
Best. Tank. Ever.
(You'll see it again soon in a full outfit post, but I had to share it with you now, because it is too good to pass up. And it's from a vegan company, so you know I can't recommend it enough!)



La Jolla Cove

Ah, yes, La Jolla. Breathtaking 360 degree views, loads of rich people, AND wild seals AND sea lions in their natural habitat? Sign me up! You should also totally sign up for a Groupon deal to kayak here. There are secret caves -- and you may even catch an up close glimpse of the sea wildlife. (When we went kayaking with our friends, Hailey and Nick whose travel blog you should totally check out, a seal swam right up near us in the water!)






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Do any of these views have you itchin' to plan a vacation to paradise San Diego now? If not, maybe this will: the average annual temperature is 69.8°F and sunny.

There's a reason it's called "America's Finest City" after all.

Safe travels :)

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Bold Shoulder | Off-The-Shoulder Dress + Espadrille Wedges + Wooden Clutch

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Heyyy yaaa (OutKast reference circa 2003)! Who else is still loving summertime? 🙋 I do! I am always and forever a lover of fall just like the next basic betch (I kid, I kid). However, this year I am truly enjoying summer weather for the first time since I lived in Ohio. I previously lived in Tampa and Phoenix, which are both extremely rough heat-wise from May - September. Here in Southern California, though, the days are long and in the high 70s. The nights are cool. And my heart is once again full of gratitude for the perfection that is summer. 😍





Multicolored floral print off-the-shoulder dress with lace detail: c/o PinkBlush
YOU GUYS. This dress. THIS DRESS! It deserves all of the heart eye emojis. It's so light, breezy, and colorful - and I can't get enough of it! (If you see me on the streets from here on out I'll probably be wearing this very dress.)

Brown ankle strap espadrille wedges (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Wooden clutch (also seen here, here & here): c/o Uncommon Goods


Madewell gold cuff bracelet (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop

Gold bracelet (also seen here & here): Target


Gold chevron drop earrings (also seen here & here): Nordstrom Rack




Which season is your favorite? I really do love them all, and I appreciate what each of them offers. And although autumn still remains in the top spot for me, since moving to San Diego summer has once again gone up in the ranks. I am far from ready to say goodbye. (Thankfully we still have maaany weeks left of this glorious time of year - woo hoo!)

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Rompin' & Rollin' | Jacket + Romper + Espadrille Wedges

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Happy Friday Eve! We've nearly made it to the weekend, people. Although, I will say that the weekdays seem to be flying by just as quickly as the weekends usually do. Does anyone else feel like that? My mom always told me that each year you get older, the faster time flies. I never really knew what she meant... that is until I reached my mid-20s. Now I can say with 100% certainty that she is very correct indeed. I feel like 2017 just began, but we've surpassed the halfway point already - HOW?! Just another lesson in needing to live in the present and all those things our yoga teachers tell us, right? (Namaste.)





Olive green military jacket (also seen here, herehere): Old Navy

Blue floral print romper with open back (also seen here): c/o TOBI

Brown ankle strap espadrille wedges (also seen here, here & here): Gap


24K gold monogram ring (also seen here, here & here): c/o oNecklace

Gold bracelet: Target




Today is my little Luna's birthday and this weekend is Matt's birthday! I want to wish my boo thangs (don't worry, I don't really call them that... often) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I am so very grateful for you both and for our life together 😘

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Cali Casual: Tank Top + Cutoff Shorts + Slides { & SOAK Sandals Giveaway! }

Monday, July 10, 2017


Hello! This past weekend was one for the books. Matt and I were lucky enough to spend Saturday road tripping out to Campo, California to attend Farm Animal Refuge's fundraising event. We had so much fun getting to check out the farm and meet all of the animals who were rescued and saved from slaughter. It was my dream come true of a day, and this organization is doing such amazing work in the name of farmed animals. I highly recommend checking them out, especially if you are local to San Diego or visiting soon!

As for Sunday, it was a day full of errands, which normally is a bummer. However, I was wearing my new vegan (and 100% recyclable ?!) slides from SOAK, which are the comfiest. (Seriously, I am LOVING these sandals. I wore them for the whole day, which was a hot, sticky one. They were so comfortable for the entire day, and - sorry in advance for the TMI - I didn't get sweaty feet at all!) And luckily for one LunaVida reader, you can have your own pair, too! Enter for your chance to win below (as well as a coupon code 😎)!




Lush Clothing multicolored tank top: Nordstrom Rack

Black lace bralette (also seen here): Victoria's Secret PINK

Light wash cutoff denim shorts (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Black skinny belt with cutout details (also seen here, here & here): J.Crew

Black crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): Target

Metallic silver slide sandals: c/o SOAK
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Silver wire and black spike necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o C. Alexandria By Hand

Silver and tortoiseshell aviator sunglasses (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy



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I hope you have an amazing week and good luck with the giveaway!


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Stripe Out | Denim Jacket + Belted Dress + Heels

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Hi (and happy belated 4th of July to my fellow Americans)! First off, please let me apologize for that unintentional mini-blog-sabbatical I took these past few days! The holiday weekend was full of outdoor fun; therefore, I wasn't near my computer at all. Secondly, who has seen The Big Sick and/or What The Health?! Matt and I watched both of them over the past few days, and WOW. They are both so damn good. I highly recommend checking them both out the next time you're unsure what to watch.




Dark wash denim jacket (also seen here, here & here): Kohl's

Pink, magenta, and yellow striped dress with pockets: Gap

Skinny brown belt (also seen herehere): Forever 21

LC Lauren Conrad brown strappy cork heeled sandals (also seen here, here & here): Kohl's



14K gold "A" initial necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Sivado Studio

Turquoise statement necklace (also seen here, here & here): c/o Mourning Dove



Are there any other new movies Matt and I need to see? I hear there are quite a few good ones on Netflix right now (which is appreciated since there are very few great movies out in theaters right now...!). Ooh, that also reminds me that we need a new series to watch too ever since we finished The Keepers. Any recommendations?


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Fourth of July Fashion: Knit Tank + Cutoff Shorts + Wedges

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Howdy! (I can't pull off "howdy.) You may notice something a little different in today's post... I cut 8 inches off my hair. 😱 (Don't lie, you know you noticed how long -- re: stringy -- my hair had been getting over the past few months.) I donated it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Making the decision to donate my hair also forced me to cut it much shorter than I otherwise would have. I am so happy that I did, though, because now it'll help make a wig for a woman battling cancer - and I love my new 'do! (Special shout out to Kayla at Headlines Salon in Encinitas, who cut my hair! If you are in the San Diego area, I definitely recommend her.)

So other than my new haircut, there is another upcoming thing I am excited about. That's right, baby: Fourth of July! Today's outfit is an idea for something you could wear to a cookout, parade, beach day - it honestly works for pretty much any casual 4th event. And it is COMFY - just how I like my holiday attire! (For other 4th of July outfit ideas, you can also check out this post and this post.)





Red, white, and blue striped knit tank top: American Eagle

Light wash cutoff denim shorts (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy

Cognac belt (also seen here, here & here): Gap

Brown ankle strap espadrille wedges (also seen here, here, & here): Gap


The Jacksons "Love" jute tote bag (also seen here): via Tucci Boutique

Gold statement necklace (also seen here): c/o Crown Jewelry

Madewell gold cuff bracelet (also seen here, here & here): c/o Shopbop



I've been loving trying out new ways to style my short hair. Luckily for me, one of my all-time favorite cruelty-free hair care lines, Kenra, has three new products that I am obsessed with for creating waves like these. Their Grip Collection, which includes the Whip Grip Mousse, Air Grip Spray, and High Grip Spray, has become my go-to for lightweight, textured curls.
(You can find Kenra products at Ulta!)



What are your plans for the 4th of July next week? Matt and I will probably go to a local park that has the best vantage point of the city so we can see all the firework shows over the water. And, just like every other grill out holiday, we'll most likely make some veggie burgers. Mmmm. I'm drooling already.


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