California Cool


As the dog days of summer wrap up and (most of) of the world sharpens its pencils for September, let us reminisce about sunny California. Back in July, I ventured out to Southern California for a few days. Prior to this, my only visit to the state was to San Francisco when I was ten. Let us not discount that former trip as it launched a long-standing admiration for West coast culture. San Diego was a whole new arena. My time was spent bopping around with my local friend (and best host) in San Diego, La Jolla, and Newport Beach soaking in the ~perfect~ weather and learning that surf culture is well and alive. I also learnt that California does açai bowls better than anyone else— Kaboose Juice holds a very special place in my heart. I took up long boarding, lived in denim cutoffs, and hiked not once, but twice. I deem that a complete conversion to California lifestyle. While I was sad to go, I can guarantee I'll be returning once again. Without much to say, I hope you enjoy this snippet of film photos from my time in sweet, sweet San Diego.

If you happen to fancy any local-verified recommendations, slide on over to Sailor's Travel Guide. 



4th in Newport, Photo Diary

As you can tell from the title of this post, I'm veerryy behind in digital content. After the fourth, I went right to Texas, then home, then California, then Massachusetts, and now finally I am back home... before I head to Boston on Thursday. Ooof. 

Alas, here we are. Unlike previous weekend jaunts to Newport, which often involve a jamming sailing schedule, this one infolved a fair amount of beaching, surfing, and luxuriating-whilst drinking some Del's. Enjoy this photo diary and I'll be back soon to share my favorites from the month of July and begin working through my California content.

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

Cherry Blossoms

Everyone always raves about the beautiful cherry blossoms in D.C. and I was itching to stop by them before we high-tailed it back home to New England. In my opinion, the cherry blossoms are more of supporting act to the Jefferson Memorial and an Instagram moment, so don't fret if you can make it across the river to see them. For me, I was more keen to visit the memorial as its been on my D.C. to-do list since my 8th-grade field trip. 

I'm compiling a D.C. travel guide, so keep your eyes peeled for when it hits the interwebs, Oh, and you might catch the foldover Vans in one picture 

I'm working on a D.C. travel guide, so keep your eyes peeled for when that hits the interwebs. Oh, and you might catch the foldover Vans in one picture.... the result of walking 10 miles the day before. Note to all: wear comfortable shoes unless you plan on having killer blisters for a week. 

Wearing: Brandy Melville denim jacket, The Vintage Twin jeans,  L.L. Bean sweater, Vans sneakers, Pop & Suki bag, Ray-Ban sunglasses

Back to → Key West

After spending 72 hours in my bed sick as a dog, I would do practically anything to be back in Key West. The land of crystal clear waters,  Southernmost everything, and a bubble where every Jimmy Buffet song could be seamlessly piped into the atmosphere, Key West is a beautiful, slightly cliché, oasis within the United States. Only going down for the day... it's a long-ish drive btw, I was bummed not to explore more of the Old Town, but my short visit still was able to capture everything the last and certainly not least, Key has to offer.

If you are also missing heavy dosages of Vitamin D (oh and Sea as well!), then I hope these snaps bring a little sunshine to your screen. Or at least help beat the prolonged holiday blues... lord knows we all are still suffering... (-;



Biscayne Bay Lighthouse

Wearing: Outdoor Voices crop, Vintage Levis, and Ray-Ban sunglasses

I apologize for being away from social media and my blog the past few days. At my school, the junior class does a three-day retreat where we are given the chance to unplug from digital media and our phones, which are normally attached to our hands and glued to our eyes. Never in a million years would I think I would enjoy being away from technology, but it was incredibly refreshing and rejuvenating to not be checking my accounts, texts, emails throughout the day. As you all know, I speak the truth around here, so I truly, truly recommend doing a digital detox for a few hours, a day, or a weekend. Whatever floats your boat. 

Now, we must work through the photo overflow and backed-up blogposts I have in store. To begin on Christmas Eve, my family and I went across Biscayne Bay over to the Key Biscayne Lighthouse. I love, love visiting lighthouses; even more so when you are able to go the top (always in search of that killer view). Key Biscayne Lighthouse has 360 views of Miami from the infamous last houses of Stiltsville aka the OG Floridian Hippy Dream to the beaches of Key Biscayne, downtown Miami in the distance, and Coconut Grove across the bay. 

For those who are interested in visiting, it costs $10 to park your car, which gives you complete access to roam the park, visit the lighthouse, take a dip, or whatever you please.

Since I was coming right from the water, I kept my get-up super simple with my favorite cutoff shorts, an Outdoor Voices crop, paired with an oversized, white Reformation tee over... obviously not shown here. I hope you also excuse my messy, salty hair. When in doubt, embrace the ocean's free of charge 'do.