Del Mar Fair

This is such an un-southern Californian thing for me to say, but today was my first time at the San Diego Fair.  I know it’s shocking because if there is some dirt and redneck activities going on within a 50-mile radius I’m usually there.

Anyways I had a blast people watching and trying every kind of fried food imagineable. Did you know there is such a thing as a deep fried Klondike bar?!

I was clearly feeling a little festive today and just wanted to pretend like I was vacationing in Mexico with this tassel romper. It was a steal for $16 from Marshalls.

Outfit details linked below

                

Similar rompers linked here and here | Necklace

A Week In Cancun

Last October I was fortunate enough to be invited on a trip to Cancun with one my best friends and her mom. I had only visited Cancun one other time when I was in middle school so of course I jumped on the chance. Plus my mom is a flight attendant so last minute trips are easy for me! We stayed from November 1-6, so we made it just in time for Dia de los Muertos weekend.

We stayed at the Grand Mayan in Playa del Carmen, about a 45-minute shuttle ride from the Cancun airport. Playa del Carmen is a little less “party hardy” than some of the main resorts in Cancun, but equally as fun! As the shuttle pulled up to the resort entrance my jaw literally dropped. This resort, including the rooms is stunning. You could go the entire trip without ever leaving the grounds, they have restaurants, pools, and miles of white sand beaches.

Staying poolside the entire week wasn’t in the cards for us though. We wandered around to surrounding areas like Puerto Morelos and Akumal. One day was full of adventure, we snorkeled with turtles, swam through underwater caves, and went zip lining! And eating. Lots of eating. The food was amazing, as you can see from my many dessert pictures below.

I was so excited to be in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos! I got my face painted in traditional Mexican fashion and we saw many people at the nearby cemeteries celebrating their deceased loved ones.

To be honest my friend and I were probably the youngest people at the resort, we didn’t see anyone else our age the whole week. I think it was the timing of the trip, but the down season is definitely the best time to travel!

This Cancun trip is the best vacation I have been on so far and I hope to go again very soon. The Grand Mayan started a new Cirque du Soleil the week after we left so I need to go back to see it!

Love and safe travels,

Kayla

                                

              

River Weekend

If you don’t love going to the river then  let me tell ya you’re missing out. Our family river house is one of my favorite places ever. We’ve had our house for a little over 10 years now and some of my best memories have been made out there. The neighborhood is tight-knit and we love hanging out on the beach together.

The river isn’t for everyone and let me tell you why. You have to have some redneck in you. When you’re out there no one cares what you wear or what you look like, you better be in your bathing suit all dang day (trust me you’ll want to be, the average summer temp is 118!) We wakeboard, wake skate, shoot guns, ride jetskis, and drink plenty of beer.

Spending so much time on the water has limited my wardrobe to pretty much bathing suits and shorts so I love a good coverup when I can find one.

Here is a little recap of my weekend:


  

                   

Bow bathing suit top & bottoms (from Nordstrom sold out online) | Cali vibes coverup | pink pom-pom romper | polka dot bathing suit (similar linked here)

Little Italy San Diego

Tonight was a blast! We took my mom to dinner in Little Italy for her birthday. It’s safe to say we loaded up on enough carbs to sustain us through the weekend. We had chicken alfredo, pizza, tiramisu, and cannolis at Trattoria Fantastica and Cafe Zucchero. I haven’t eaten at every restaurant in Little Italy, this is definitely one of my favorite places so far (the macaroons are amazing too!)

I’m still getting used to stopping in random public places to take pictures and it’s definitely awkward having people stare at me as I’m having a mini photoshoot with my mom. It’s ok though, if anyone asks from here on out I’m going to convince them I am a world-famous food blogger lol.

My outfit was something that I wore to work, I just got rid of my jacket for nighttime. I’m lucky my work is so casual! These heels are super comfortable and really cheap too. Full outfit details at the bottom of the post.

While this is just a little peek into Little Italy, I hope to do a full post on all of my favorite places in San Diego pretty soon.

XOXO

Kayla

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DIY Tassel Fringe Garland

I love the look of the tassel fringe garland and I wanted to make one to put at my work desk. It was a super easy and cheap project, it only cost me $5 for the materials!

What you need

  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • String of any kind

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First, keep the tissue paper folded in half in a long rectangle then fold it again so it’s thicker and easier to cut. I didn’t take any measurements or anything because it’s nearly impossible to mess this project up. Begin cutting strips leaving about 1/2 inch to an inch at the top.

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The cutting is the longest part! When you’re done, unfold the tissue paper and try to straighten out the fringe so it doesn’t get in your way when you’re rolling.

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Start rolling the tissue paper down the line and try to roll it as tight as you can. Don’t worry if the tassels are tangled and messy you can fix it at the end.

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Next. twist the center so it forms a loop/hook so you can set it on the string. You can untangle the fringe here and make it look a little nicer.

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And there you have it, tassel fringe garland!

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Houzz Party

I forgot to post about this last week, but I was so busy it was a blur. I started working at Houzz just in time to go to the annual Houzz company party. It was literally unreal. The company flew in employees from our headquarters in Palo Alto and our international offices. The party was held at the Grand Del Mar (basically the nicest hotel in California.) I felt like I was in a movie it was such a wonderful night. Houzz paid for our dinner, hotel rooms, and these amazing swag bags with big floppy hats!

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Romper | Shoes | Earrings

Weekend Roundup

After a full week of work and waking up at 4 a.m. every day, I was ready to relax and do something fun this weekend! On Saturday I went to the Brad Paisley and Justin Moore concert in Chula Vista (basically a stone’s throw away from Mexico) and it was a great show. I love country concerts because the artists almost always sound exactly like they do on the radio. ‘Old Alabama’ and ‘Waiting On A Woman’ are my favorite Brad Paisley songs and I was so happy he sang them.

I dressed super casual for the concert, usually I’ll wear a dress and boots, but I love this southern cities shirt! I’ve had it for awhile and I thought it would be a cute change. For the grad party I wore this patterned romper I got from Nordstrom Rack a couple weeks ago. They have the best selection of rompers right now, even fancier ones that would work for cocktail parties! I recently bought these gold Michael Kors wedges during the Nordstrom half-yearly sale and I’ve already worn them too many times to count. This monogrammed purse is probably one of my favorite things I own because my best friend Danielle gave it to me for Christmas and it goes with everything. Thanks Danielle!

Today my family went to one of our long-time friend’s high school graduation party. Nothing makes me feel older than being reminded I graduated from high school five years ago. Basically I’m getting ready to collect retirement any day now that’s how old I’m getting (kidding kidding.)

It was a fun-filled weekend and I’m happy I was able to spend it with my family. Needless to say between the multiple Lime-A-Ritas at the concert and all the BBQ I consumed today my body is begging for some vegetables and maybe a couple laps around the neighborhood.

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Concert Look: Shirt (Project Social) | Shorts | Cowboy Hat | Cowboy Boots | Watch | Earrings

Grad Party Look: Romper (similar linked here and here) | Wedges | Purse | Earrings