Winter in San Diego

“It’s the dead of winter, I need a vacation stat!” Is something I would say if I lived in cold weather, but I live in the beautiful region of Southern California where vacas are just a hop a skip and a jump away! Before I could count to 83 degrees I was hurdling down the 5 to sunny San Diego to visit my girls from college for the weekend. And boy have they got it going on…

mission beach san diego sunset - itsaLisa.comBiking around Mission Bay.
mission bay bike ride mission beach bike ride at sunset - itsaLisa.com mission beach sunset and seagulls - itsaLisa.comGrabbing drinks at the dueling pianos bar.girls night - itsaLisa.com ladies nightMaking new friends.
happy mimosabloody marys - girls laughing - itsalisa.comCheers!

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Disneyland in the Fall!

Disneyland in the fall is fun for all! The park is layered with pumpkins and autumn leaves, and the added rides with halloween themes! 

The pleasure of going to this home-away-from-home last week was all mine, and my friends Kelsi and Lauren’s. (Special thanks to Lauren for taking us!) We spent the afternoon and evening snacking on delicious Disney food, standing in lines, going on rides, people watching, and donning our lovely tourist mouse ears. As you can tell…

Be sure to check out the Halloween rides while you can! The crowd favorite is the Haunted Mansion, where Jack Skellington brought in his own version of christmas, just like in Tim Burton’s original movie, A Nightmare Before Christmas. Disney also added a frightening element to Space Mountain. The ride itself had little to fear, but the line is what frightened off all the children! Be prepared to watch the space mountain towers glow an eerie red as alien howls sound off from within.

We completed our day with more thrilling rides in both California Adventure and Disneyland, my first trip to Cars Land, a tour of the sourdough factory (because sadly they closed the Mission Tortilla Factory 😦 no more maseca), a main street parade, the spectacular firework show, and tasty caramel apples. …Can’t wait to go back!

To close, I would like to share my favorite video, which will never be seen in person again.

The Mission Tortilla Factory Pre-Tour Show:

Thank you for the corn you may go now 😉

Photos taken by myself and Lauren (connect with her on instagram).

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The Best Way to Paddle Board

…Is with your FRIENDS on a SUNNY DAY in a HARBOR with a GIANT BRIDGE.

Paddle Boarding

paddle boardingPaddle boarding. An ambiguous word, each mention invoking a variety of responses:

Paddle boarding is what you do on a board with a paddle. 

Paddle boarding is extremely difficult

Paddle boarding is a leisurely pastime

Paddle boarding is an intense form of aquatic yoga

Paddle boarding is a great workout

Paddle boarding is fun

Paddle boarding is just standing on a giant long board

How can these statements hold true when they contradict each other? You see, a modern paddle board is simply a flotation device like a long board, that will stay afloat in water, and is fitted with a mat for stability and grip. One uses this board to propel themselves through the water with a paddle. The technical term is Stand Up Paddle board, commonly seen as SUP. There are extreme forms of paddle boarding, paddle board yoga and paddle board fitness, (lessons that draw you through a normal yoga routine, but on a paddle board, great for core strength.)  Mainly, however, paddle boarding is a leisurely activity that allows you to enjoy the water and your present company. Easy simple good clean fun. It is potentially a great full body work out. The legs and core are engaged for stability, and the shoulders and arms work together to push the paddles through the water. However, the muscles need only be severely exhorted if the boarder wishes to travel rapidly or if he or she is paddling against a strong current. Therefore, paddle boarding is a work out if you make it one, or a leisure activity if you make it one. The amount of effort you put in is what you get out of it, similar to almost any other activity, as the practices of common knowledge will vouch.

Enough of these ridiculous details. All I really have to say is I went paddle boarding this weekend with my best friend Lauren, and her best boyfriend Brad.

Paddle boardingWe rented them from the rental shop by Huntington Harbor, OEXSunsetBeach, $15 for 2 hours. A great deal. But if you do not reside in Huntington Beach, you can check your local google listings for a good deal near you. The sport is becoming rather popular, and a rental facility will probably be closer than you think.  All you really need is a paddle, a board, and mellow water.

We paddled around Huntington Harbor. They gave us a map, which was convenient for navigating, but our own local knowledge is what guided us towards the tallest bridge. The Trinidad bridge, a great thrill to plunge off of, into the cool oil-kissed harbor water. I was paranoid of smelling like harbor, until I noticed the outdoor shower, then I didn’t care. I have been playing this game for years, and so have all the other kids daring enough to share in the summertime fun.

Needless to say, we paddled around, we jumped, we swam, we paddled back. All in all I would do it again. Being on the water in nothing but a paddle board is a very peaceful place to be; admiring the luxurious houses as we cruised past, and chatting about the experience. I’d recommend ending with an ice-cold cup of water, and of course an ice-cold beer. Remember folks, stay hydrated, and don’t drink and drive. 

And now, some pictures. Thank you for humoring me as you scrolled past my narrative, I know these pics are all you really wanted to see. 

Paddle Boarding

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Who What Wear – With The National | Los Angeles

Now I only think about Los Angeles when the sun kicks out (Pink Rabbits | The National)

Lucky for us the sun did kick out, just on time as we were in the city celebrating our favorite band’s movie preview! Here is a quick fix of what Caitlyn and I wore to the Mistaken For Strangers screening in Los Angeles.

City City Happy Hour

style style

Here I am in my “Loose Lips Sink Ships” t-shirt, inspired by The National‘s song Cherry Tree. This shirt is fitting because Mistaken For Strangers is a movie about The National, and Cherry Tree is such a great song, and Loose Lips Sink Ships is such a great saying. In this shirt I can do no wrong.  I’m also wearing a black blazer, denim shorts (cause it’s summer!) and suede booties.

style Style

Caitlyn is wearing her favorite polka dot skirt, also with booties and a tank top. A cute get up for any long summers day of sight seeing and obsessing over our favorite band.

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To make this shirt more comfortable I cut the sleeves off.  The art of cutting sleeves, as seen in my previous post “Rock Your Style” is in exposing the right amount of skin.  If you just clipped your shirt down the sides, you would expose too much skin in the front, and not enough in the back. That is why I first cut off the sleeves along the stitch line, then I turn the shirt around and trim out the back, dipping lower and towards the center and work my way up. Once you have the shirt on you can stretch out the opening with your thumbs to give it a natural looking finish.  And remember, this is your shirt – Rock it however you want!

Tshirt DIY

TSHIRT DIY

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Solana Beach | Who What Wear

Followed by my recent posts A Day at Solana Beach, and WEAR ART Thou Going, I suppose I finally ought to fill you in with the style report!

What Lisa and Lauren wore on their day trip to Solana Beach, California. 

Beach Fashion

Lauren came ready for some sun in her flowy Free People crop top, paired with high waisted shorts with a tribal print. The two compliment each other; the top might be cropped but the excess billowy fabric keeps the look fun and flirty, and the shorts come up to the waist which elongate her legs. The teal palette in her clothes and accessories highlight her eyes and the natural ocean backdrop and her black strapped Steve Maddens complete the look for a day of walking and beaching.

beach day

I chose to wear all black (as usual) and paired it with my Andy Warhol beach bag as my statement. Since the day was still a mystery to me, I knew a large beach bag would be a good idea. So I stuffed it with sandals, a towel, sunscreen, water, magazines, and ready for a multi-purposeful day of walking shopping and beaching. I’m wearing my LBD from H&M, a suede jacket from Elle’s fashion line, and my new booties from Cotton On.

We love finding new places together, and can’t wait to see what the rest of California has to offer us this summer… and whatever will we wear?!!?!  

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