Style · Travel

San Diego Travel Guide

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San Diego is an amazing place. We spent so much time researching things to do and trying to narrow it down because the options are overwhelming! On our first day, we decided to go to Balboa Park. It is incredibly big, but is pretty easy to navigate. We went to the Spanish Art Village, which has this fun rainbow path through the whole thing.

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We also went to the Rose Garden and the Desert Garden. They were both incredibly beautiful and I’d highly recommend going. The park is separated into a lot of different gardens. You would need at least a day to go through all of them, so we chose three and I’m so happy we did. We loved them all and got to walk by some of the other gardens on the way. The three that we went to are free, but you do have to pay for some of them, like the Japanese Garden.

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We decided to spend a day in La Jolla and I’m so happy we did because there is so much to do there. We started out by doing the Ho Chi Minh trail. It’s beautiful, but it’s definitely not easy. I had seen it labeled as “moderate” on a hiking website, but I would definitely say it’s hard. Of course, there were surfers walking by with their surfboards. But, walking on a steep sand path in sneakers is no easy task! You definitely get some awesome views though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the trail, we headed to the beach. There are so many to choose from in La Jolla and there are seals and sea lions everywhere! You can get really close to them, although you don’t want to get too close, of course. It was crowded, but really beautiful. There are also a ton of shops and restaurants in La Jolla, so it’s easy to spend a whole day there.

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We went to Sunset Cliffs one night and, if you’re ever in San Diego, you have to do this! It’s kind of out of the way, but it’s absolutely beautiful and you get amazing views of the beach & sunset, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We also spent a day in Coronado, which was beautiful! We took the ferry there and spent the day walking through shops and visiting Hotel del Coronado. The beach is beautiful and there are some cute restaurants there too.

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On our last morning, we went to Communal Coffee. It was a must while we were there! I couldn’t leave without seeing the “coffee & flowers” wall that I’m always eyeing on Instagram. This place is amazing. It’s beautiful inside, they have great coffee & food and that pretty wall definitely lives up to the pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Here are some of the restaurants and things to do that I’d recommend:

Restaurants:

  • Duke’s La Jolla
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • Draft
  • Rustic Root
  • Coronado Brewing Co.
  • Donut Bar (a must-it’s amazing!)

(Duke’s and Stone are my two favorites!)

Things to Do:

  • U.S.S. Midway
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Padres game
  • Seaport Village
  • The Cave Store
  • Sunset Cliffs

You can see everything I packed for our San Diego trip in this post:ย San Diego: What I’m Packing

Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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Style · Travel

Pink Blush Floral Dress

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I was so excited to get this dress just in time for our trip to San Diego! I have been loving shift dresses lately because they are just so easy to throw on and go. The print on this dress is so pretty, I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it. The neckline makes it different from all of the others I have and it’s so easy to dress up or down.

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I love it so much that I actually ended up wearing it twice in the few days we were there. It was perfect on its’s own during the day for our trip to Communal Coffee (that place is amazing!) and it was so easy to throw a denim jacket over when it got cooler at dinner.

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You can find this exact Pink Blush dress here.ย Hope you love it as much as I do! Pink Blush has so many cute dresses, but they also have a ton of other items, as well. ย Plus, you can get 10% off your first order. I can’t recommend it enough! I can’t wait to share more of our San Diego trip with you later this week!

Thanks so much for reading! And thank you to Pink Blush for this beautiful dress!

XO,

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Style · Travel

San Diego: What I’m Packing

I am so excited to visit San Diego! It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit, but, being in PA, it’s not a quick trip. But, it’s finally happening and I can’t wait! I always have a hard time narrowing down my favorites for a trip, but, after a good amount of time staring in my closet, I’ve finally decided and am sharing what I’ll be taking with me on the trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I got these Nikes in pink and I have worn them every day since! They are so comfortable and will definitely be perfect for a few hikes around San Diego.

Shop the sneakers

I got this hanging travel organizer as a gift and it has been a lifesaver. You can fit so much in it and it’s so convenient to just hang up in the bathroom or closet at your hotel. And it comes in a ton of pretty colors & prints.

 

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I’ve linked a few bags similar to my “Escape” bag below!Forestbound Bagswander2_1024x1024

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I hope this guide helps you, whether you’re packing for San Diego or for another city. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to hear any tips or recommendations you have for our trip!

Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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Style

Bow Dress & Initial Necklace

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Happy June! I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! My husband and I are going on a few trips this summer, so I was looking for an easy and comfortable look for traveling. I have definitely found it with this dress! It’s my new favorite casual look and I’m sure I’ll be wearing it far more than I’d like to admit!

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How cute is this bow?! It’s one of the reasons I just couldn’t pass this up! Like the dress, I also found this jacket at Loft.ย I had been looking for a denim jacket and, as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was perfect! It’s still available in a few sizes and you can shop a very similar one hereย that has some more size options.ย  If you’d like a different color, you can shop the darker version of my jacket here. : )

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I’m so excited about this adorable initial necklace! It’s from Shop Julia Marie, where you can also find the monogram necklaces that we all love! I went with the initial necklace because I think it’s so dainty and will be perfect for summer. But I’m thinking of also getting a monogram necklace with my new initials . If you find anything you love on the site, which I’m sure you will, you can use code LARA to save 20%. : )

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Hope you all love this look as much as I do! Don’t forget to use code LARA when checking out at Shop Julia Marie for your discount! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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Style

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Favorites

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Shop the shoes

Shop the OTS top

Shop the bangles

Shop the sunglasses

Shop the sandalsย 

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The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here and is going on until June 4! There are SO many items on sale that it can take forever to look through them all! Not a bad way to spend your time ๐Ÿ˜‰ , but I’ve put most of my favorites here to help narrow it down. All of these items are under $100 and many are under $50! Have to take advantage of these great prices!

ย Thanks for reading! Hope you found something you love!

XO,ย 

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Style

Floral OTS Top

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I’ve finally gotten around to trying this off the shoulder trend and I’m not hating it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially when the top is as pretty as this one! This top is another cute find from The Copper Petal.ย It just sold out, but you can sign up to be notified when it becomes available. If you haven’t gone to their site, you definitely should head over and take a look because they have the cutest items and everything is so affordable! And you can save some extra money by entering code LaraKย at checkout. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My favorite white jeans are linked here and you all probably know where the boots are from ha! But here is the link anyway. They also come in black. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My bag is from Target and is available in 4 otherย colors. It’s also under $40! I love this neutral color because it goes with almost everything!

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These lavender earrings are one of my favorite pairs! They are from Francesca’s a few years ago, but I’ve linked some other lavender earrings below. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks so much for reading! I’m sure you’ll find (at least) a few things you love at The Copper Petal! Don’t forget to use code LaraK for a discount!

XO,

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Style

Casual Summer Tank

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ย I am in love with this tank! I love how bright it is and it’s really light, so it will be perfect all summer! This exact one is sold out right now, but it’s available in some other colors here and you can find a solid color version of it here.ย I’ve also linked some more floral tanks below!

Shop these here

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And if you love this tank, it also comes in a dress, along with a ton of other prints!

I love how soft this sweater is and I think the color is perfect! It also comes in 3 other colors. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can shop the sweater here.

These exact slides are sold out, but they’re still available in a few other colors hereย for only $25!

Or you can shop these similar pairs here.ย 

I think everyone knows how much I love my white jeans! So I’m sure I’ll be wearing these Lauren Conrad shorts all summer! They are one of the most comfortable pairs of shorts I have and I love that they come up a little higher on the waist. You can find them here!

Thanks for reading!

XO,

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Style · Wedding

White Summer Dresses

I spent so much time last year looking for white dresses to wear for my bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and honeymoon. I think I spent more time looking for dresses for those events than I did for my actual wedding dress! So, I’ve found some great white dresses that would be perfect for any bridal event, graduation or vacation! Or just because you want a white dress. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you find some you love!

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I’ve also added some shoes that would be perfect with these dresses!

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Hope this will save you some time when looking for the perfect white dress this summer! Thanks for reading!

XO,

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Style

Spring Cardigan

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This cardiganย is perfect! It’s really light, so it will be perfect for summer too! I paired it with jeans and ankle boots since the weather in PA isn’t too warm yet, but it will be great over a dress once it gets warm enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

Iย also love the length and couldn’t pass up this color! The link says that it’s available online only, but I bought it in a store yesterday, so it is definitely available in some stores. I also saw it in blush, which isn’t shown online, but you may find it if you head to a store! These colors are currently available online:

I know I’ve shared these ankle boots many times, but they are my favorites, so here they are again! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย They’re also available in black!

I got this top at Francesca’s a few years ago, but found a very similar one and linked it here. ย It also comes in a few colors:

And lastly, my bag that I use all the time is on sale! You can find it here!

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Thanks so much for reading!

XO,

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Life · Style

Birthday Gift Guide

Today, I’m celebrating 25! ๐Ÿ™‚ I figured a birthday gift guide would be a fun (and useful) way to celebrate! So here are a few ideas I’ve come up with for your friends, sisters, moms, whoever! Hope you find something you love!

For the gym lover

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Shop the bottle ย  ย 

Shop the bagย 

Shop the top

For the coffee lover

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Shop the Keurig

Shop the mugย 

Shop the sweatshirt

For the beauty lover

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Shop the teeย 

Shop the bag

Shop the nail polish holder

For the beach loverย 

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Shop the pineapple

Shop the tote

Shop the sandalsย 

Thanks for reading!

XO,

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