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 - mission beach sunset and seagulls - itsaLisa.comGrabbing drinks at the dueling pianos bar.girls night - ladies nightMaking new friends.
happy mimosabloody marys - girls laughing - itsalisa.comCheers!

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5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

East Coast Trip Travel Log, continued

You’ve read my blog, you’ve seen my instagrams, you’ve liked my tweets. Last but not least is my video!!! A summary of my travels, and fun facts I made up whilst exploring. Do enjoy, and I apologize for any horrible accents.

I would also like to take the time to offer some realistic advice, as well as a review on how I survived 6 days with just a carry on, as mentioned in my first article: New York Ready.

Fun Facts & Advice:

  1. Carry around a charger  because your phone will never have enough batteries. Try to find a restaurant with available wall outlets whenever you stop to eat. If you become desperate I recommend finding a McDonalds. That way you can only spend a dollar on a coffee or snack, and feel much less guilty while taking all the time you need to charge your phone. Check for outlets before you order.
  2. Download the apps you need before your trip. I recommend yelp and any transit app. Check out’s excellent list of apps here. However, cell service underground rarely works. So be sure to pick up a map before you enter the metro system.
  3. Buy a week long Metro Card! This will save you money! Think about it, you can buy a bottomless 7 day Metro Pass for $29, or pay $2.50 a swipe for the few days you will be there. So if you swipe more than 15 times the card will pay for itself! And trust me, you would rather have the liberty of traveling on the subway whenever and wherever you need to, instead of worrying about saving your swipes. Especially since you are probably site-seeing throughout the city, and as a visitor you are also prone to getting lost which means you will probably be hopping on and off even more often. (trust me – it happened to me and I wish I had the 7 day pass).
  4. Get Dr. Scholls! My feet were killing me by the end of the trip. Please be kind to your feet and treat them to a foot cushion or gel inserts. There is a lot of walking and standing in the city, and if the subway is crowded you may not even get to sit down while in transit.
  5. Carry cash. There are enough banks and ATMs scattered throughout the city so it won’t be a huge inconvenience if you need cash, but having a range of assorted bills in your wallet never hurt nobody. Most street vendors only take cash, so if you want to know how that authentic and famous cart food tastes, get some bills. But hold onto it tight, this is a city known for its pick-pockets!

And how did it go, my wearing all black and all?

Absolutely wonderfully! I had two black pants that I alternated between each day, jeans and leggings, and I wore the same black jacket every day. Other than that the only thing I ever really changed was my shirt and my scarf choice. I was so comfortable, always matched, and always looked in style. I also enjoyed wearing my hat because it kept my head warm and I didn’t have to worry about my hair. It’s my signature look which New York helped solidify. I also got some compliments on the street, and in a few designer stores. Not trying to brag, but every girl likes a compliment or two. And when you’re in a trendy shop and people start asking you where you got an item you’re wearing – or asking if you work there… what can I say, it’s the best kind of flattery. Especially for a fashionista like myself. 😉

You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:

Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video! (now viewing) 

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The Motorscooter Diaries | The Pumpkin Scooter

Motorscooter Diaries | The Melodramatic Life of a 2 Wheeler

The Pumpkin Scooter

I wanted to scoot to work, but it was raining. So I thought I could take the bus, and maybe a coworker would help me home. So I was walking to the bus stop, but the rain was clearing. So I turned around and walked back. I wanted to use this extra hour of time to go grocery shopping. After I got my groceries it was raining again. Great.

I scooted to work in the rain. It didn’t bother me. My face mask was covered in rain drops but I saw right through them. I wiped away the rain with my leather glove at stop lights. I made it, alive.

After a long 9 day work week I was excited to party with my friends that night. We were celebrating a birthday in Long Beach. I got off at 9:30 and scooted home.  But my scooter never made it home. All this extra driving for work ran my gas tank empty. I was dumb and forgot to pay attention to the numbers. (My gas gauge is broken so I watch the odometer). It stopped running about 1.5 miles from my house. Some could say this was my Cinderella story, this was the clock striking midnight, this was my scooter turning into a pumpkin, and this was my magical evening ceasing to a halt. I ditched the pumpkin scooter and walked home. I had no one to call for help, they were all in Long Beach. I made soup and fell asleep watching SNL with my dog.

A moral lesson, as told by Board Games.

I took a chance, and I’m glad I did. I now know to watch my odometer more carefully. I also know scooting in the rain is possible, but don’t worry folks I will still be careful.

This has been, The Motorscooter Diaries | The Melodramatic Life of a 2 Wheeler.

*Update, a friend helped me get my scooter the next day. It was just the gas. And now I owe my own 1 gallon gas canister, cool. Glad that’s over. Thank you Amy!*

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East Coast Trip Day 6 – Autumn in New York


November 12, 2013

Today is my last day to explore the big city. I’m trying to think of what I have not done, what I might have time for, but also what my poor tired feet can handle. One thing’s for certain, I have to make it to the David Zwirner Gallery because my instagram feed has been blowing up all weekend by superstars like Refinery 29, ManRepeller, and Marie Claire, who were posting about the “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” experience. Let the adventures begin…

8:30 Snow!! It’s snowing in the city! It didn’t stick, but the air was glimmering with wandering snowflakes. This was Michelle’s first time seeing snow fall, her first thoughts: “where’s the fire?” Said like a true Californian. 9:30 Drop Michelle off at the subway, stay in Brooklyn with her Metro Card in hand. 9:45 Breakfast at Crosby, a clean crisp and cool hipster cafe. Devour a chocolate croissant and sip green tea. Witness a car accident, a car hitting an ambulance accident.

10:30 Go to Williamsburg. 11:15 Shop around. 11:45 Grab a blueberry tea because it smelled amazing. 12:30 Subway into Manhattan. Need mo’ money, stop at Bank of America. 1:00 Macarons!!! From Macaron Cafe . I had to do it, and they were each delightful. I went with a berry, a pistachio, and a salted caramel. 1:20 Find David Zwirner gallery to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Mesmerizing! “I have arrived in heaven.”

1:50 Eat chicken kabob. 2:00 Go to china town. 2:30 Get dumplings for lunch/dinner[/linner?]. 3:00 Say bye to Michelle.

3:30 Take subway to JFK. Did not get lost. 6:30 Leave 😦

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So that sums up my trip, kind of anticlimatic. I was running out of steam by the end, so this ending is appropriate. However, you will be glad to know a New York video is in the works. Also stay tuned for a style report, or at least a stylish retort. Thanks for following!

You can view my entire East Coast Travel Log here:
Day 0 – New York Ready
Day 1 – Brooklyn Bound
Day 2 – New York Pretty 
Day 3 – Lady Liberty
Day 4 – Philly Cheese State
Day 5 –  New York Time Spare
Day 6 – Autumn in New York (now viewing!)
Fun Facts – 5 Practical Things to Know About Visiting New York and 1 Video!

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