living the cabana life at hotel del coronado’s new del beach

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9.17.14

Hotel Del Coronado // My SoCal'd Life, a lifestyle blog

I often forget that we live in a place that most consider a vacation destination. Sure, I go to the beach and body board and can eat al fresco any night, but I also work and go to Target and pick up groceries and schlep laundry. It’s easy to forget that we’re in paradise over here.

Take stunning, well-manicured Coronado. Typically we go there for the dog beach, and it’s a very in-and-out affair: Try to get Teddy to stop eating seaweed, chuck the ball for him a few hundred times and head back home. I know Coronado is a vacation spot, but I hardly ever stop to appreciate the fact. So when I got invited to check out Hotel del Coronado’s new Del Beach cabana service and enjoy a day at the luxury property, it was like I saw a whole new side to my city.

Designed by the team behind Miami’s Delano and Fontainebleau Hotels, Del Beach launched this summer, offering lounge chairs, daybeds, umbrellas, and food and drink service right on the beach. It’s basically the ultimate waterfront set-up, and paired with other indulgences—massages, pool time and one ridiculously awesome s’mores cheesecake—it made for an ideal, albeit luxurious, daycation. It also served as a great reminder to explore the hotel more, even to just walk around, have a drink or grab ice cream. It’s a charming, historic and regal place that’s just a few miles from downtown and more than anywhere I’ve been in San Diego, it gives me the feeling that I’ve really gotten away.

Here’s a little diary of our day:

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weekend recap

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9.15.14

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Saturday was Eaman’s birthday, and on Friday, a small group of us went to Ponce’s, one of the few Tex-Mex spots in San Diego. (Sometimes you just need a bowl of queso, am I right?) Ponce’s is located in Kensington, and though that neighborhood is largely quiet and residential, all of the restaurants and bars are situated on a two-stretch block, which means it’s automatically lively and bustling on a weekend night. (It’s pretty quiet on weekday nights.) All that to say, Ponce’s is a fabulous place for a birthday. Make sure to get the chile con queso, steak fajitas and churros filled with Bavarian cream!

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my first trip to mexico + a baja trip for you

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9.12.14

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Up until just a few months ago, I had never been to Mexico, which is crazy because I’ve been to far-off locales like Malaysia, Myanmar, Patagonia and New Zealand. But Mexico? I had never set foot in the land of super cocina and beautiful beaches until a June work trip sent me on my inaugural visit to the country, specifically to the the laid-back beach town of Rosarito.

In just two days us journalists and bloggers had a gastro-extravangaza. We indulged in the region’s famous Puerto Nuevo lobster, attended the first annual craft beer fest, stopped by the city’s first winery, met the family behind a local organic produce market, visited organic farms and had the best tacos of my life at Tacos El Yaqui (photo above), a small, nondescript shack that always has a line spilling onto the street. You can read my full story in the current issue of San Diego Magazine here.

The best part was that all of this is just a short drive from San Diego, and that’s why I wanted to partner with Baja California Tourism on a cool contest that gives you the chance to win a trip to the Baja region for a three-night stay. Here’s the deal:

1. Follow @Discoverbaja on Twitter
2. Send a tweet and tell us how you “Do Baja,” including hash tag #DoBaja. For example: “@Discoverbaja when I #DoBaja, I snorkel in the Sea of Cortez.”
3. Extra entries will be given for tweeting a personal photo of Baja and tagging both @Discoverbaja and #DoBaja
*Contest ends October 1* UPDATE: Contest now ends November 1!

I’ll be going on my own Baja trip in the next couple of months and can’t wait to share my experience. Mexico, Round 2? I’m ready!

Good luck to everyone participating and happy Friday!

This post is in partnership with Baja California Tourism. Thanks for supporting the collaborations that bring fresh content to My SoCal’d Life.

mid-week reading

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9.10.14

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A few of the hilarious, sad, insightful and clever things I’ve come across the web this week:

What would your fashion blogger name be? The Cut’s name generator can help you find out. Mine is Je ne Sais Quinoa. (NY Mag)

The Simpsons inspired auto-correct, the plot of The Hangover and eight other popular phenomena. (Huffington Post)

I went on a bit of a shopping spree yesterday—all sale items! I haven’t gone shopping like this in a few years! my old clothes have holes in them!—and it was at Ann Taylor Loft that I discovered the cool capsule collection Lou & Grey. Very hip, very New York, very lounge-y, very black, white and grey. (Loft)

There were many moments at the beginning of my time in San Diego that I felt friendless. And despite how much I’ve adjusted and acclimated, there are some days even now when I feel friendless. So when I saw a post by a woman in her late 20′s asking for advice on how to make friends, I was all ears. But as it turns out, this age is one of the hardest times in our lives for friendships. (NY Mag)

*Shameless Plug* Do you love The Princess Bride? Then you should check out the piece I did on 13 things you never knew about the cult favorite. (Yahoo)

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DIY yoga mat spray

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9.8.14

DIY yoga mat spray via My SoCal'd Life

I sweat. I sweat a lot. I have no idea what it’s like to be one of those pretty girls at the gym who merely glows. I’m too busy adjusting the sweatband at my hairline and toweling off the sweat that is literally rolling off my face and arms. (And that is why I never enjoy and will never again do hot yoga.) But now that I’m a regular yogi committed to three vinyasa classes a week—I love it so!—I realize that I need to take better care of my mat, which is the victim to all that salty sweat.

A yoga mat spray is a great way to keep your mat sterilized and smelling lovely. There are plenty on the market, but it just didn’t make sense to pay so much for something I could easily make myself. After combing through a few recipes, here’s the concoction inspired by Free People‘s that I came up with:

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