a sick day





After contracting some sort of GI bug yesterday, I thought I could get myself together in time for a post today, but it’s become abundantly clear that yeah, that ain’t gonna happen. I do feel much better than yesterday, when I had a fever, chills, and major body aches, but I’m still feeling residual weariness today. So excuse me while I crawl back into bed and go back to my Gatorade and white rice regimen.

See you Wednesday!

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weekend reads




Oof, this week was exhausting. Between too much time working on the computer and riding the emotional roller coaster that is self-employment, I think my brain is more tired than my body. I’m looking forward to a dinner date tonight with my boyfriend, a dinner date Saturday with my girlfriend, and a double dinner date on Sunday. Oodles of dates. Plus, as much as I love the loyal sunshine in San Diego, it’s supposed to rain the entire weekend and that’s good news not only for the drought-ridden state, but for me as well. We rarely get those days of gloom and drizzle, so a little imposed couch time and afternoon nappin’ sound downright luxurious.

Hope you have a happy one! Here are some reads to take you into the weekend:

Generally speaking, California, especially SoCal, is the land of flakers and people running late. This doesn’t bode well for me, someone who is insanely obsessed with punctuality. These six charts aptly describe by annoyance. (The Bold Italic)

This pineapple fried rice recipe is so dang good. (Cookie + Kate)

The new season of House of Cards has arrived! Here’s a fun (and grim) infographic about all the people Frank Underwood has backstabbed, blackmailed, manipulated, and/or killed. (Huffington Post)

How to brew the perfect cup of tea whether you’re drinking green, black, or loose leaf. (PAPER/PLATES)

Ten essential San Diego hikes. I still need to do Devil’s Punchbowl and Three Sisters, but I’m a little terrified of the latter. (UT-San Diego)

The remedy for dark under-eye circles? Red lipstick as a concealer. Yes, really! (Today)

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5 new coffee spots in san diego



5 new coffee spots in San Diego via My SoCal'd Life

San Diego may be synonymous with board shorts, beaches, and a perpetually warm climate, but this city has a serious coffee situation going on. From pour-overs to cold brews, here are 5 new (or newish) cafes worth checking out:


a san diego girlfriend getaway



Torrey Pines hike, San Diego // My SoCal'd Life

When you move to San Diego, you’re fortunate to get a lot of visitors. And when it snows like it’s the End of Days in Boston, I get to have one of my best friends leave the Tundra for a little San Diego getaway.

Considering her Vortex-plagued past few weeks, my mission was to provide my best pal, Shilpa, with outdoorsy, signature SoCal fun. So we hiked Torrey Pines, had smoothies at an aerial yoga studio-meets-organic cafe, hit the beach, got blowouts (for a dose of extra-girly entertainment), and ate tacos at Puesto. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla also generously offered me a stay in one of their newly renovated rooms. It was the ideal way to feel like we were getting away without going far. (It also gave her a break from sleeping on our couch!)

All that to say, I’m feeling extra relaxed and rejuvenated at the end of this weekend. Ah, staycations. They’re a beautiful thing.

Here’s a peek at our weekend itinerary:


7 questions with the designers of sable & snow



Sable & Snow designers

Sable & Snow is a San Diego-based stationery and paper products company launched by three talented gals who met at design school here in the sunny city and launched a collaborative line once they realized that their passion came from creating patterns and illustrations. The trio dubbed themselves Sable & Snow, a nod to the fact that it all starts with a black and white sketch, and specialize in wedding invitations suites but also create whimsical, colorful cards for birthdays and more. (My favorites are the piñata birthday card and teepee print.)

Today all three gals chime in on breakfasts, mental blocks, and more.

Names: (left to right) Ashley Jorgensen; Katie Schultz; Jessica Nicholson
Ages: 25; 26; 28
Neighborhood: All in North Park
Profession: Graphic designer; graphic designer; graphic designer + owner of Sable & Snow


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