Tuesday, July 26, 2011

smiles & sunburns in san diego

You know how people always say NYC is their favourite place in the world? I used to say this as well, at least until this past October when I took my first visit to California.  I saw Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Malibu, Santa Monica; Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, L.A. and San Diego.  Being from the East Coast of Canada, I grew up 10 minutes from a beautiful sandy beach so San Diego feels like home to me (with the addition of palm trees, warmer weather and fabulous shopping).  Now that I'm back in San Diego I'm still smiling just as much as I was the first time around!
While waiting for my luggage at the San Diego airport I perused these fabulous fashion displays

The first night here we stayed at the Westgate Hotel which I highly recommend if you have some extra cash to dole out.  Candelabras, ornate sculptures and a lobby designed for royalty is just the tip of the iceberg.  We wanted to come up to San Diego a day earlier but didn't take into account the madness of Comic Con so this was the only hotel we could book on such last minute notice (much to my pleasure!)
The entrance to our room
The hotel hallways

Dress- GAP; Sweater, Necklace & Belt- Thrifted; Heels & Purse- Aldo; Bracelet- A SweeT (Beverly Hills)

The hotel courtyard

We went for an evening walk around the neighbourhood and returned to this yummy surprise which we enjoyed in the jacuzzi sized bathtub

After our evening of pampering at the Westgate it was time to leave the luxury and check into the Hilton Bayfront where my man's work conference is being held.  We had two days before he had to start working so on Sunday we took the ferry across the water to Coronado Island where we enjoyed a day of walking, eating burritos and strolling hand on hand on island's beach resort.  It was a warm but cloudy day so we didn't think sunscreen was necessary.  Boy were we wrong, I woke up the next day with my limbs looking like a boiled lobster (thank goodness for facial moisturizer with built in SPF or I would have had a crispy face like my man!) Needless to say, yesterday was spent indoors, applying aloe vera and only leaving the hotel to eat and watch the latest Harry Potter at a deserted theatre.

Skirt- H&M; Blouse- Smart Set; Belt- Thrifted; Sunglasses & Purse- Aldo

Dress-Thrifted; Kimono Jacket- Urban Outfitters; Heels- Pierre Dumas; Belt- Gifted from ML

If you look closely at my right arm you can see some crispy skin (hence the maxi dress and kimono jacket in the California heat!)

Nothing better than sampling delectable frozen yogourt on their opening day!

Now I'm off to spend the day at Balboa Park- I hope you're all having a fabulous week!


  1. These photos are all amazing - I love all your vacation looks! And having visited NYC and other places like London more times than I can count I can honestly say that California (after Scotland) is probably my most favorite place in the world. The three months that I lived there were magical!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  2. Looks like a great trip. Love San Diego! Love all your looks especially the purple top and stripe skirt, great combo!


  3. It looks like you're having a wonderful time. I'm in love with each and every outfit so far. But I have to say that I'm a bit worried about that sunburn. Holy crap! Aloe and lots of it.


  4. SO JEALOUS. I would love to visit California. I think that CA and I would get along well. :)

    P.S. That sunburn looks horrible!!! I hope you are okay today. :)

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  5. What a swanky hotel! I love California too (that's why I moved here away from the cold Midwest). These are great vacation photos. Did you like the last Harry Potter?

  6. Love your outfits. And the pictures remind me of my visit to SD. Balboa Park has some fun things to see.

  7. ohhh, that hotel sounds wonderful! i've never been to the west coat, but I so need to plan a trip!

    Chic on the Cheap

  8. Oh, love the photojournaling - it seems like you had the best time. And I'm sorry about Montreal - I was there briefly, visiting my sister and only posted about it the day before we left. Next time, for sure!

  9. love San Diego and the coronado
    i bet it WAS cRaZy if comi-con was going on
    hope your sunburn is feeling better and by the way so sad that hotel was the only one you could stay in ;-)

  10. That hotel looks SWANK! Live it up kids!! And oh my I cringed when I saw your arm. Though, I didn't notice until you pointed it out in the post, too distracted by your pretty outfit. The kimono jacket is superb.

  11. I love San Diego! My sister lived there for four years and it was so great to visit her.

    Looks like a great trip!

  12. Ahhhh love these pictures! San Diego is on my list of places to visit. You look amazing I love those yellow heels!

  13. I love your vacation outfits and that place! When I'll win the lottery, I'll book a month in that first hotel!!

  14. It looks like you're having an incredible time- and looking so stylish while you're at it! I love your blue floral dress. And I'm so envious of your trip to Coronado Island, it's high on my bucket list of places to visit :) Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  15. how fun! i love SD. my hubby and i often go down there for a quick getaway from the kids. it's only about 2 hours away. there are also some great beer microbreweries down there!!!


  16. Yay for vacation! ♥ I live in CT and have never been farther awway then New Hampshire! xD

    Wow- what an awesome hotel... So glad you're having fun!!!! ♥



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