Packing List: San Francisco in November

Remember my quick trip to the San Francisco Bay Area a couple weeks ago? If you haven’t read about it yet, check it out here. I did the best suitcase packing I’ve ever done (yeah, I’m bragging!) in that I wore and used every item that I brought. Usually, I lovingly call myself “the overpack packer” because I have a hard time narrowing down what I actually need–a girl’s gotta have fashion options, am I right? But this trip, I was sharing a small suitcase with my mom, so I had to be really choosy when picking my clothes.

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Here’s a list of all of the clothing I brought to wear in the San Francisco Bay Area in November:

1 pair long pants/jeans (don’t forget your belt if you need one!)
1 pair neutral capris
1 cardigan sweater
1 pullover sweater
1 jean jacket
3 short-sleeved/tank tops
raincoat with hood
knit hat
pretty scarf
jewelry: necklace, watch, ring
glasses

for my interview: 2 blouses
1 pair slacks
1 blazer

Basically, the key is all about the layers. Make sure that all of your clothes can be worn together, to give you the most combinations! The bay can swing from hot to cold in minutes, so having lots of layers is crucial to stay comfortable. Scarves and hats are also great for keeping the wind away. Side note, when I got to SF, I was totally bummed because I forgot to grab my sunglasses as I headed out the door to the airport. That’s the problem with flying when it’s dark out–you don’t think about grabbing your sunnies!

Happy travels, no matter the season!

xo

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A Few Days in the Bay!

This year has been a good year of traveling and exploring for me — from living in 4 states last year to looking for jobs nation-wide, it’s been kind of a whirlwind. And I’ll be honest, while I love traveling and getting to experience new places, I’m craving some form of stability in my life! But anyway…

Last week, I had the chance to visit the San Francisco bay area for a few days (I had a last minute job interview) and I wanted to share my quick trip with you all! My mom tagged along for the ride, and I’m so grateful she was able to visit the bay area with me and support me during a semi-stressful week. Here are some photos from our trip:

We spent most of our time in Fremont, because that’s the town I was interviewing in, and we loved it. The community was friendly and felt very safe and comfortable! Lots of great food, too. Central Park and the lake were gorgeous. You keep being you, California!

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We loved walking around the Don Edward’s Wildlife Refuge:

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and these snails hanging out on this sign:

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We had to stop at In-N-Out, of course, because when in California…

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We spent one exhausting, breathtaking day in San Francisco, and I fell in love with that city.

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The Pier 39 sea lions:

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If you squint and look real hard, you can see the Golden Gate bridge in the left!

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Coit Tower is certainly beautiful, but we loved walking down the crazy stairs through the neighborhoods even more. I was feeling pretty glad we were going down, because that staircase was totally long and steep!

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We rode a cable car and it was amazing! That was actually the first thing we did when we hopped off the BART, and it was totally worth the $7.

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The neighborhoods just blew me away. Just walking through the streets and admiring the little homes and shops was so fun!

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And I found my dream house, that one in pink (of course!).

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And Chinatown was an absolute dream:

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And even though it was totally touristy, Lombard St (the crookedest street) was incredible. Sometimes you gotta enjoy the cheesiness in touristy places, you know?

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It was a short trip, but a great trip! SF Bay, I love you. Will definitely be back.

xo

 

A Week in San Luis Obispo, CA!

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Last week my parents and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Luis Obispo, CA–I actually had a job interview out there, and we were able to extend the trip and stay a week in warm, beachy paradise! Today I’m sharing some photos (I took SO MANY PHOTOS) and some of what we did while we were there. It was super hard leaving the beach and the ocean, but all of the leaves are changing here in CO now and, you guys, it is so beautiful! Fall in CO is really something special. So even though I’m missing the beach and sand and surf like crazy, I’m happy to be home.

Here’s our trip in a snapshot:

Day 1

Fly into LAX. Drive through the crazy traffic to SLO.We stopped at In-N-Out for our very first time…it is totally worth the hype! Definitely a must-have when in CA.

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To break up the long drive, we stopped at a great little beach park near Santa Barbara called Rincon park.The fun thing in CA is that many beach parks allow dogs!

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We stayed on a farm through Airbnb, which was the most amazing experience! For dinner, we walked around downtown SLO and stopped at Jaffa Cafe for some awesome gyros and falafel. We were also surprised to see 2 red macaw parrots flying overhead, it’s a local quirk which you can read about here.

Day 2

Spent the day wandering around Morro Bay and Morro Rock.It’s a pretty beautiful area, with a cute little town around it. We didn’t explore the town much, but it looked like a lot of fun!

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While searching for tide pools, we drove up to the Bluff Trail at Montana de Oro. We didn’t find any tide pools (it was too hot to hike very far that day), but looking down over those cliffs into the ocean sure was beautiful! There were some harbor seals hanging out on one of the rocks down there, which was fun to watch for a while.

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We stopped at Beach Hut for some unique and tasty sandwiches (I ordered a sandwich with turkey and cranberry sauce and sprouts!) on the way back to Morro Rock, where we spotted a “clump” of at least 20 sea otters sleeping in the kelp. Those otters were incredible. We were really happy we brought our binoculars on this trip, because seeing the sea life up close is way cool. You can really see their little blond faces!

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Day 3 + Day 4

Interview days for me. I ate lunch at Spirit of San Luis (airport cafe), sipped an iced coffee at Bello Mundo, enjoyed a turkey pesto sandwich at 6 Degrees (an awesome little coffee shop in Orcutt), and loved the carnitas tacos at Shell Beach Brewhouse. Carnitas is a new food love for me, but I’m totally obsessed with them now. Sorry for no pictures of food, by the way. I would get so wrapped up in eating that I pretty much forgot to take pictures of ALL the food I ate on this trip. Major face-palm moment.

After my interview on one of these days, I needed to relax, so we spent a few hours enjoying Pismo beach. I love me a good beach, and this was a good one. We saw lots of whale spouts off the beach, which was really fun to watch for! If you head out on the pier, you can get a close look at surfers catching waves, which I thought was really interesting to watch. I think I’d try surfing, but the ocean in CA is so cold!

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We also walked around in downtown SLO, and I couldn’t help snapping some pictures by the gorgeous Mission San Luis Obispo.

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Day 5

We drove towards Avila beach, stopping along several pull-offs at Shell beach first. At Shell beach, we saw this huge rock off the cliff with probably more than 200 pelicans on it! Unfortunately it was a really foggy day, so my photos didn’t turn out amazing…The houses on that street had the best view, though. If I ever make it rich, remind me that’s where I want to live!

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We spent some time checking out the San Luis pier at the North end of Avila beach. Basically, it’s an animal lover’s dream! We saw harbor seals, seat otters, and sea lions all hanging around the pier, which was so cool. It’s also a fun pier to check out because there are little fish markets and restaurants on it, which is neat. Plus, you can go down below the pier (which is a little creepy, but just try not to think about it)! We saw sea otters playing down there, and there’s a platform that the sea lions hang out on down there.

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We drove back to Pismo beach and ate tacos at Papi’s Grill, which was so good! I had the carnitas special (remember how I told you I’m obsessed with carnitas?!) Just so you know, it’s a very casual place–order at the window and then sit on the little patio. The perfect place for tacos! (: After lunch, we headed back to Avila (Pismo beach was really foggy, and we wanted some sun!), and got our caffeine fix at Big Al’s coffee house. I ordered a Hawaiian shave ice, which was incredible. If you’re hanging at Avila, definitely head to this little coffee shop for coffee, tea, Hawaiian shave ice, or smoothies.

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On the way back to our house, we stopped one more time at Morro Rock to see more otters. This time, a couple of them had babies lying on their stomachs! Bring your binoculars to California, you guys.

Day 6

We had reserved a tour at Hearst Castle, so we spent most of the day near San Simeon. Our tour was amazing, and I loved that we were able to stay after the tour ended to walk around the gardens. Such an amazing story, it really reminded me of The Great Gatsby for some reason.

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There’s this exit on the highway right up the road from Hearst Castle where elephant seals come ashore and sunbathe on the sand. Since fall is sort of the “off-season” I wasn’t expecting to see many, but there were at least 200 on the shore, and a few more in the waves! These animals are incredible, like nothing I’ve ever seen. They’re huge, and seeing them up close was really cool. I love that the whole area is a boardwalk, so people can’t get down to the beach to bother the animals, and volunteers are around to answer questions. Here’s the website, with a cool live cam!

http://www.elephantseal.org/view.htm

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Every Thursday night, Higuera St. in downtown SLO is transformed into the most amazing farm market. Lots of produce stands, local restaurants offering street food, and even street performers and bands! We ate this amazing woodfired pizza from Guiseppe’s. I ordered the margherita pizza and it was great!

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Such a great trip. I hadn’t spent much time in CA before this visit, and I’d like to get back there every couple years! I loved the Central Coast, and would definitely recommend staying near SLO.

xo

Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

*this post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

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What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

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Take Me Home – Road Trip 2016

This year as already been a whirlwind, and I’m both thrilled and terrified that we’re already welcoming July this week (say what?!). In the past week, I finished my OT Fieldwork and grad school, drove back across the country from NC to CO, graduated (woot woot!), and have been settling in back at home. Lots of stuff going on, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so happy to be back in Colorado, with my family and pets, and looking forward to the next chapter of my life. I don’t really know how to be an adult human that isn’t in school, so it’ll be an interesting transition to the “real world” for sure.

I’ve already got lots of blog posts to share with you all, but for now I want to share some pictures from the road trip my dad and I took (driving me back to CO). It could’ve been a super boring drive, but we broke up the hours and made a couple of stops along the way. All of these pictures are from Nashville, TN. Hope you have a great week!

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HORRIBLE quality photo, but I had to share this delicious hot chicken and waffles. When in Nashville…

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View from the pedestrian bridge

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taking the typical tourist picture outside the Johnny Cash Museum (which was SO GOOD, by the way. If you’re ever in Nashville, definitely check this out!). These are from the museum, as well:

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Johnny Cash was an amazing performer. So cool to learn more about him.

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My dad met Elvis (lol) on Broadway! We liked Nashville, but as people who really don’t enjoy country music it wasn’t necessarily our scene. But I’m so glad we had the chance to visit!

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The Parthenon (exact replica) was amazing. You can see me in the last photo as a size comparison. It was the perfect park to have a picnic lunch and hang out for a while before hitting the road again.

xo

NC Mountain Getaway

It’s no secret that my time here in NC has been a bit stressful. New city, a challenging FW rotation, spending every free moment studying…it all builds up over the course of 12 weeks. Luckily, I have some amazing cousins close by that I’ve spent a lot of time with and have grown really close to this year (you guys, I’m going to cry so hard when I leave soon!). My amazing cousins took me up to the NC mountains for Memorial Day weekend to get some much needed R&R in the fresh mountain air. I want to share some of the photos from our little weekend getaway near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Now, I’m a Colorado girl raised loving the Rocky Mountains, so let me start by saying that these mountains were very different than what I’m used to. But the lush trees and gorgeous views won me over. North Carolina, you are something special, and I’m so glad I got to live here for a little while.

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The back porch; I’m a sucker for an A-frame

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My favorite seat in the house

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From the top of Mt. Craig. The highest peak east of the Mississippi is Mt. Mitchell (right next to Mt. Craig) and is 6683′

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I mean, how can you not fall in love with that view? Major heart-eyes. The weekend was so relaxing and fun. We walked to the summit at Mt. Mitchell, and then took a short hike to Mt. Craig and Mt. Tom. We spent lots of time in the Eno hammocks (have you seen these? I had never heard of them but I am in love with them now! I’m going to have to get me one of these for sure) and just watching the clouds roll by on the back deck. It was such a wonderful weekend with my cousins, they mean so much to me and I’m so thankful to have them. This little weekend getaway is one I certainly won’t forget.

xo

Beach Day, Hooray!

After a long and stressful week at my OT Fieldwork (read: internship), there’s nothing that makes me happier than loading up my towel and flip flops, slathering on some SPF 30, and heading to the closest beach to lay in the sun. It’s the thing I’ve enjoyed most about living temporarily in Florida–I just can’t get enough. Beach bum at heart, for sure. The weather is starting to get warmer here, and in my last couple of weeks in Florida I’m trying to make the most of my time and sit in the sand as much as possible! Here are some photos I took at the beach last weekend:

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A lot of people ask me, “you go to the beach alone?” While it’s probably more fun to go with friends or family, beach bumming is one activity I’m perfectly content doing by myself. All I need is some good music on my phone, and I can spend hours laying in the sun or wading in the waves.

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xo.