Monday, October 20, 2014

Life Lately

Life is pretty good in these parts. I've been enjoying "fall" with pumpkin donuts, football, haunted houses, and much more. I can't wait for cooler temps, sweater weather, and Halloween movies. Let's finish strong, October!

 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beautiful Orange County Beaches

Every fall I get insanely jealous of the rest of the country who gets the real autumn experience. Cool temps, pumpkin patches, pretty leaves. We have all of those things, but on a very small scale. Instead of being bitter that we're STILL hitting 90 degree temps into October, I'm going to focus on the positive - the beautiful beaches of Orange County. I mean, right in my backyard there is the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and palm trees galore. If I can't have a cozy fall, incredible weather and breathtaking sights aren't so bad.

I recently took a trip down PCH to explore beaches that I normally don't visit. I grew up going to Huntington and Newport that are known for surfing and lots of beach to lay out on. Picturesque SoCal. But the stretch between Newport and San Diego are smaller and rockier, with a lot of private beach access. AND, unfortunately a recent hurricane in Mexico made for large waves which engulfed what little beach real estate there usually is. Regardless, each stop on our adventure was so gorgeous.

So I give you my fall - San Clemente, Dana Point, and Lauguna Beach!

San Clemente Pier, CA
Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach, CA
Dana Point, California
Laguna Beach, CA







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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Julian Morris, New Girl Guest Star

Who watches New Girl? This week was a real treat because Julian Morris was a guest star on the show. HOLY BRITISH HOTNESS! I've loved the 31-year-old English actor since the early days of Pretty Little Liars playing adorable doctor Wren, and it's great to see him branching out. This new role, opposite of Zooey Deschanel is reported to be reoccurring. Let's hope that means several more episodes!

Julian Morris
Julian Morris, actor
Julian Morris, British actor
Julian Morris, New Girl Guest Star
Julian Morris, New Girl reoccurring role

Photos courtesy of: IMDB / © Matt Holyoak




Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Sales!

If you're in the mood for fashion finds, this is the weekend to kickoff your fall shopping. Here are some great deals available:
Columbus Day Sales

1. Loft - 50% off through Tuesday with code: EXPLORE

2. Macys - 30% off through Tuesday with code: FALL

3. Madewell - 30% off through Tuesday with code: OHFALL
Plaid Estate Coat

4. Piperlime - 20% off through Tuesday with code: FALL20

5. Forever 21 - 30% off through Sunday with code: TAKE30

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Christina turned favorite blogger to IRL friend. We've traveled together and tweet daily. She's the best!




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Days in San Francisco

Downtown San Francisco San Francisco, CA Alcatraz

Last weekend I had the pleasure of heading north for a FREE stay at a beautiful San Francisco hotel. Back in December I entered a contest on twitter, yeah you read that right, and won a night at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins + breakfast for two. Score!

I took Nautical By Nature with me and we decided to indulge in some touristy activities, along with some downtime in the City By the Bay. Unfortunately, the heat definitely played a part in us cutting back on activities. Somehow I managed to pick the hottest weekend of the year. It was over 90 both days. That's REALLY HOT for Northern California. I had prepared for 80 degrees that was predicted, and even expected it to be a very chilly 80. But the weather was miserable. Because it's rarely hot, most places don't have AC. Despite that misery, we made the most out of our time.

Since we've both been to SF several times but never to Coit Tower, we added that to our list. The scenic photos above are all from the Tower. Can you spot the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz?

Kate has never been to the Painted Ladies, aka Full House Houses, so we made a stop at Alamo Park to see the beauties, which by the way have an amazing view of the city behind them.

The Painted Ladies, San Francisco The Painted Ladies, San Francisco


We also took some time to ride several cable cars and enjoy the beautiful neighborhood we stayed in, Nob Hill. The architecture is so great in the city, specifically here, in the affluent area. Warning: if you've never been to SF, the hills are killer. At one point we hiked up a street that was practically at a 90 degree angle. I may have had an asthma attack, and my legs may have been seriously sore for days!

Nob Hill, San FranciscoSan Francisco Cable Cars

I can't say enough about the great Mark Hopkins! The location, service, and amenities are all wonderful. It's a higher-end hotel, so it's more expensive, but it's close to all of the areas you'll want to see. Union Square, Chinatown, Pier 39, etc. are all within cab, bus, or trolly and we took advantage of each mode of transportation this weekend.

The landmark hotel has breathtaking views that many take advantage of at their bar, Top of the Mark, which is a must in the city. Windows providing a 360 degree view of San Francisco make it the perfect sunset setting...and the list of 100 martinis helps, too. Before checking out, we cashed in on our free breakfast and it was so good. A buffet full of fruits, donuts, waffles, and more. You don't have to stay there to dine. Again, it's pricey, but the setting is grand and the selection wide. Well worth the splurge!

Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, SF Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins brunch
San Francisco Bay at sunset
San Francisco Bay at sunset from Top of the Mark

The only thing I was disappointed with on this trip was Mama's. It's a breakfast spot located in North Beach that's known for it's delicious food. We'd heard it gets busy but we had no idea we'd be waiting in line for over 2 1/2 hours in 90+ temps. By the time we got to eat, it was 3pm and we were so sweaty and tired we ended up ordering light. I feel like we wasted half of our day for decent food. If you go, get there early and order waffles or something decadent OR the Monte Cristo sandwich.



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