July 4th in San Diego!

Hi guys! So this will serve as my Flash Back Friday post because, well I have been a ghost (sort of speak) since my last post (so unfortunately, blah!) and I’ve been dying to share my amazing Family trip to San Diego with you guys. This trip took place during the 4th of July weekend (very needed) and although it has been a few weeks since then (or is it only one? hmm) I just thought “It’s never too late!” Anyway I’ve been a little MIA from a few things these last couple of weeks, just feeling a bit under the weather; you know emotionally and spiritually (if you can relate?!) and I just needed to sit back and think about certain aspects to get me back on track with what I enjoy doing. Sometimes a girl just needs some time, am I right?

But enough with all the gloom, my trip to San Diego was SO great. I packed the night before of course (so typical, lord!), I gave myself a little pedicure while watching Sex and The City and fell asleep. The next morning my Mother came in to wake me up and told me to get ready in 15 minutes (I freaked) but I managed to be ready on time, we headed out around 7:45 am and hit the road. I took a much needed nap during the car ride and when I woke up I could smell the Oceanside beach.

I don’t know if it was just me but I was super excited for the weekend’s festivities (ayy), we all decided to walk the boardwalk and take millions of pictures (Me mostly- ha). My brothers and I ragged on each other a bit and just acted like “those” siblings again, and then we all got back into the car and headed for San Diego. We arrived at the hotel iris San Diego in the afternoon and got dressed and ready for the pool. Much later after opening a beer or two, napping, and getting ready we headed for dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Quarter with all of its liveliness I may add directed us to the Cajun kitchen which was this amazing creole restaurant that gave a “right at home” kind of vibe.

The next day we all woke up from sleeping in (certainly needed, again!) and planned to visit Little Italy San Diego for the day, we had never been there before and we’ve been going to SD for years (always good to explore); the streets were filled with Italian influence from the restaurants to the colors, to the little Gelato shops. We stopped at a very authentic looking place called buon appetite  which was TO DIE FOR, really guys! I paired my beautiful meal with a nice Pinot Grigio and I was in heaven–ha.

Later that day we came back to the hotel, relaxed and got back in the pool for a few. We napped again because I mean it is a vacation and once we woke from that we got ready for a night out in Old Town San Diego, which has such rich Mexican cultural influence (I loved it!) I snapped a picture here and I snapped a picture there until we sat down for yet another amazing meal. I shared a margarita with my parents which is rare and we just talked and laughed about pretty much everything in life, it was a great time to just act as if our “real world” didn’t exist for a while (no complaints but uh vacation!)

Anyway, the next day we celebrated our countries independence on July 4th and headed for Seaport Village which was this cute plaza filled with restaurants, cafe’s, dancing, henna tattoos, and oh yea ice cream; all near the eye gazing harbor. The last day of our trip gave me a bitter sweet feeling, I didn’t want to leave this land of total fun and relaxation BUT I was excited to also come back to my life, my friends and work (shocking I know); this was a great family oriented trip and I will treasure it forever!

As far as what thought went into planning my outfits well I wanted to go for a total “bask in the summer time fun” feel. The night before my trip at around 11pm (YES 11pm!) I started pulling pieces from my closet and drawers, I reached for a maxi dress because their OH so comfortable especially when having to be in the car for a while. Then I pulled a fun green floral dress with fringe tassel’s hanging from the hem and I’ve been waiting to wear it! I thought this dress would be perfect for a night out on the town in Old Town San Diego (& I was right!). After I got all the dresses down and packed I moved on to the shorts because, I mean you NEED shorts in this heat and their fun to style up; well I picked out these white, high- wasted, ruffle waist shorts. I thought to wear these with my crochet top and espadrille wedges on a day out, it was to be my more minimal, chic look for the day. I then moved on to pick out my swimsuit game and I chose two of my faves, one was a strapless one piece with white and coral stripes which I paired with my mauve colored kimono (also seen here). Lastly I chose my vintage-turquoise-high-wasted shorts to wear, in which I would pair with my crochet halter top and a much needed belt –ha, this ensemble would be perfect for July 4th I thought.

I racked up a couple pairs of shoes for the 3-day trip (um yea, shoes are everything!) I chose 2 espadrille wedges (open and closed toe), a mid- sized sandal heel, gladiator sandal lace-up’s, low based gladiator sandals, and very comfortable traveling flip flops. My ensembles were all set and I was ready for a great trip!

Till next time lovelies!

Shall

 

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Outfit 1:

Dress: tjmaxx, Shoes: havaianas, Bag: michaelkors, Sunnies: retrosuperfuture, Chocker: claires

Outfit 2:

Top: peoplesprojectla, Shorts: sheinside, Shoes: tjmaxx, Sunnies: retrosuperfuture, Bag: michaelkors

Outfit 3:

Dress: sheinside, Shoes: coach, Bag: nicolemiller

Outfit 4:

Top: sheinside, Bottoms: buffalo exchange, Shoes: vince camutoSunnies: prabal gurung, Bag: michaelkors

Swimwear:

Swimsuit: the bikini lab, Kimono: buffalo exchange, Sunnies: prabal gurung

 

 

 

 

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