Things To Do in San Diego | Summer Travel Guide

Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Friday! My sister and niece just booked a flight to San Diego to visit Matt and me. To say I'm excited is an understatement because it's been over a year and a half since they've been here! (Also Shannon takes the best blog photos, I won't lie.) Then next month my oldest friend in the world is having her bachelorette party here too! Therefore, today's post is a list of suggestions of must-see places and things to do if you're also planning a trip to SD, whether it be for just a long weekend or 7+ days. (Honestly, this list is just as much for you as it is for me since we have a lot to fit in and I need to remind myself of the priorities!)

Must-sees for a long weekend 

The quintessential tourist spot -- that locals love too -- is Balboa Park. You can easily spend a whole day there meandering around the rose gardens, 17 museums (check online for info on free days and all day passes), cafes, etc. It's close to downtown so you can take a leisurely stroll, short Lyft ride, or Bird Scooter there too!

I may be biased since we live here but La Jolla Cove should most certainly be on your list if you're coming out this way. The coastline is breathtaking and, best of all, there are seals and sea lions all around in their natural habitat! Plus, the little downtown area called "The Village" is super walkable and full of nice restaurants and shops.

As the name suggests, catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs after a day of walking around Ocean Beach, the hippiest little Southern California beach neighborhood you'll ever see. (If you're looking for food Plant Power is a MUST - as are their milkshakes! We go pretty much every time we're down in OB.)

    Must-sees for a whole week vacation

     If you have the extra time, get over to the town of Coronado. It's quaint and the beaches are stunning. The famous Hotel Del is there too, which is a great spot to cozy up around a beach bonfire while looking for dolphins.

    If you can, I totally recommend spending a day to drive along the coast to check out North San Diego County. North County has some of my very favorite cities like Del Mar, Solana Beach, Leucadia, Carlsbad, etc. They all offer cute coffee shops, amazing ocean views, and all those relaxed "SoCal vibes" people come here to experience.

    Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve has some of the best hiking around. You do have to pay entrance to get inside but it is totally worth it. The views are STELLAR and the hikes are fun! (Even if you don't love to hike, there are plenty of easy walking paths to enjoy too.)

    Mount Soledad is not far from La Jolla Cove and it offers an amazing 360-degree view of San Diego. On a clear day you can see the ocean, city, and mountains all from standing in one (very high up) spot. It's the best view we've found yet!

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    I've previously written about places to go in San Diego - which you can see here, as well as my favorite local vegan spots here - but now that we've lived here longer, the list has grown exponentially and needed updating for sure!

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    Where are your favorite spots in San Diego? If you've never been before, which spot looks like it'd be first on your list?

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    Tied Up | Tank + Ripped Jeans + Sandals

    Friday, July 6, 2018

    Hey there! I came back from LA on Monday evening after a long weekend full of learning about animal rights and meeting so many activists who are fighting for a cruelty-free vegan world. It was pretty inspiring but also overwhelming at times. (Would anyone be interested in a post about the Animal Rights National Conference? If so, I'm happy to write one up!) My friend Kristen suggested a hike in Malibu to end the trip which was the best way to decompress after being in a dark hotel for four days straight. I had never been to Malibu before and, my word, that is one gorgeous coastline!

    White tie-shoulder tank top: J.Crew Factory - only $10 right now!

    Light wash distressed skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

    Report nude strappy stacked heel sandals (also seen here, here & here): Famous Footwear
    [similar - on sale!]

    Gold necklaces (also seen here, here & here): c/o Sivado Studio and Happiness Boutique

    Multicolored beaded bracelet: Souvenir from the Florida Keys when I was, like, 14 😄

    Urban Expressions vegan turquoise weaved crossbody bag (also seen here, here & here): DSW

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

    Oversized tortoiseshell sunglasses: Marshalls

    If I learned one thing from this past weekend, it's that we can't stop battling for the freedom of these innocent beings, even if it feels insurmountable at times. Billions of animals have been silenced. (Yes, you read that correctly. We can kill BILLIONS of animals every single year.) It's up to us to be their voices and stop this mass cruelty.

    Here's to continuing to fight the good fight, people.

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    Linear | Blouse + Cutoffs + Espadrilles [& Giveaway!]

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Hi there! I'm headed up to LA for the next few days to attend the Animal Rights National Conference. I've never been (I've actually never been to any conference before) so I'm extra excited. I'm looking forward to being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded activists who are all working towards a common goal of eliminating the suffering of animals. After all, as it's said: animals are here on the planet with us - not for us. I can't wait to learn more about how I can spread this message in the most efficient ways possible to help more animals. (I'm also incredibly psyched to eat at all of Los Angeles' vegan restaurants because there are so damn many there! Do you have any favorites I must try while I'm in town?)

    Fuchsia striped top: Target

    Light wash cutoff denim shorts (also seen here, here & here): Old Navy
    [similar - on sale!]

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

    Long gold tassel necklace (also seen here, here & here): Souvenir from Colorado
    [similar - on sale!]

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

    If you're lookin' for some good news, I've got some for you! There's another new LunaVida giveaway, and it's super easy to enter. Click here for your chance to win a pair of earrings 😀

    PS: Don't forget to enter the other giveaway that's also going on right now. It ends in just a few days!

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    My Favorite Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty Products for Summer [+ Giveaway!]

    Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Breaking news: it's officially summer, people (even though I think most of us have been pretending it has been for weeks now)! That means I've switched up the ol' beauty routine for the new season. Warmer temperatures are always great but, as we know, with them comes some downsides -- such as sunburns, frizzier hair, and melting makeup. That's where specialized summertime beauty products come in 😎 Scroll down to see some of my newest vegan and cruelty-free favorite finds - and to enter the supplement giveaway!

    1. Hair Remedie Frizz Eliminating Towels

    Made of a jersey knit and cloth combination, these amazing towels help to get rid of frizz while also decreasing drying time and damage. They're perfect for at-home use or to throw in your gym and beach bags.

    2. Alba Botanica Sunscreen SPF 50

    I thought finding a cruelty-free sunblock would be difficult but then the vegetarian brand Alba came into my life. This sunscreen is so much less sticky (and less stinky) than the typical kinds. Most importantly though, it contains no parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances and it's coral reef safe!

    3. Sho Energy+ & Sho Balance

    I've discussed Sho Balance previously (read more here) and it is still my very favorite probiotic. I've most recently tried Sho Energy+, and it is so helpful for fighting off my midday fatigue.
    *Luckily for LunaVida readers, you all have a chance to win your very own Sho Nutrition product - and there will be two winners! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post. (One winner will get a free one-month supply of Sho Energy+ and an orange drawstring bag. The other wins a free one-month supply of Sho Balance along with one a green drawstring bag.)*

    4. Naturigin All Day Hairspray & Refreshing Dry Shampoo

    For all those super sweaty summer days that have our hairstyles falling flat and our roots looking extra greasy, these two products are Godsent. The hairspray helps keep pesky flyaways at bay, and oily roots are made squeaky clean, thanks to the dry shampoo. You can even purchase them at Vitamin Shoppe and VitaCost!

    5. Pacifica "Lips Like Sugar" Lip Scrub

    I've talked about Pacifica (which you can find in-store and online at Target and Ulta) quite a few times. This lip product is one of my very top picks, though! It smells (and tastes) delicious and leaves your lips super soft.

    6. Tanceuticals

    Before being introduced to this brand, I had never tried sunless tanning products before due to the fact I was afraid of looking like our current "president". This is not the case whatsoever with Tanceuticals! I've tried both the body lotion and foam formulas. I honestly can't say which is better though, because they are both fantastic - especially when applied with this mitt. (The glove really does make all the difference in making sure it doesn't streak, in my opinion.) I tend to use the foam on my legs and lotion on my upper body.

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    May the odds be ever in your favor.

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    What are your must-have summer beauty products?

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    This post has been partially sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

    Wish You Were Vegan | V-Neck Tee + Cropped Jeans + Sandals

    Monday, June 18, 2018

    Happy Monday! Today's OOTD may be the all-time simplest outfit ever featured on LunaVida. That's been my San Diego M.O. for the past nearly two years though. When we moved to Southern California, we'd heard it was super laid back here - and it turns out that description couldn't be any truer. The longer we are here, the more I find myself spending less and less time getting ready and more time in jeans, a t-shirt, and sandals. (The only reason my hair is even done in these photos is because the curls were leftover from family photos back in Ohio. If I'm being honest with you, a messy bun or braid are pretty much all my hair sees these days because I just really don't enjoy "doing" my hair if I don't have to 😬 Anyone else feel this way?)

    "Wish you were vegan" black v-neck t-shirt: BEETxBEET - only $15!

    Light wash cropped skinny jeans: Old Navy via my sister ;)
    [similar - on sale!]

    Black satin frayed crossband slide sandals (also seen here): Target

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

    24K gold customized roman numeral bangle (also seen here, here & here): c/o oNecklace - 25% off!

    Now that I'm thinking about it, does anyone actually like getting gussied up (yep... I just used that phrase) during the hot summertime months? Maybe that's why I've been especially unconcerned with hair and makeup as of late - because it just falls flat and melts off 😅

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    Lined Up | Blouse + Ripped Jeans + Espadrille Wedges

    Friday, June 8, 2018

    Hey there! I'm currently in Ohio visiting my family. Whenever I'm back home, I always try to fit in all of my favorite Midwestern pastimes with my mom and sistas including but not limited to: a full day spent at Kings Island (it's an amusement park), roasting s'mores (vegan, obviously) over a backyard bonfire, trips to my favorite hometown park to skip rocks on the river while enjoying a shaved ice, and sitting outside at dusk listening to the crickets and searching for lightning bugs in the trees. That makes up the entirety of every childhood summer I ever had from about 8 - 18 years old. Growing up, I thought it was all so dang boring. Now that I'm an adult though, I can fully appreciate the fact that those sweet, simple memories are actually some of the all-time best. Thinking back on those times automatically makes me nostalgic and feel all warm and fuzzy. Long live Cincinnati summers 😌

    Universal Thread red, white, and blue striped collared blouse: Target

    Light wash ripped skinny jeans (also seen here, here & here): Target

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

    14K gold X stud earrings (also seen here): c/o AUrate

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

    Gold bangle bracelets (also seen herehere & here): c/o oNecklace and Madewell via Shopbop

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

    Kinda off topic but also speaking of sweet summertime, how cute would this outfit be for the 4th of July (possibly with cutoffs rather than jeans though if it's super humid like it is here in Cinci)? Also, anytime I think of Independence Day my brain just runs straight to all the vegan hot dogs and burgers we get to eat... mmmmm.

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