This sounds ridiculous as I type it, but…since I so regularly use this platform to figure out my issues - relationship, physical and mental health, self-image, friendship - I have a harder time finding inspiration to write when I’m happy. And…lately, I’ve been pretty blissful. I love my new job, things with Justin are going really well, our little house is growing increasingly more home-y, I’ve taught yoga a few times lately and have returned to the trails for a few hikes and I’ve been making time to read, see friends and cook. I know there’s tons to write about within all of that…but I’ve found it to more difficult to sit and channel my thoughts and pour them into this digital journal of sorts. However, as we move into May, I’m challenging myself to start to regularly write again…so stay tuned for more content on here!
Anyways, without further ado, back to your regular “Tuesday Ten” scheduled programming…
Just as every piece of clothing seems to…overalls are back in style, and I am here for it. I snagged a pair of shorts-length overalls from Madewell recently - and I love them! I’ve been pairing them with simple tops and Converse, but this weekend I threw them on over a swimsuit for a pool party. Overalls just fit the beachy, weekend vibe of San Diego. Catch me in them all summer long!
2. Cocokind mymatcha All-Over Moisture Stick
I have horrible bags under my eyes - no matter how much sleep I get. I’m always on the hunt for a new eye cream or under-eye concealer, so I was thrilled when I found Cocokind’s mymatcha stick. The stick can be used for dry spots and lip balm, but I’ve been using it under my eyes. I’ve noticed a marked difference in dark circles and puffiness (which, yes, still exists…but hey! I’ll take any difference). The best part, though: the cute little stick is organic and uses just three natural ingredients.
3. Nice Weather
I am aware that I have zero right to complain about the weather in San Diego, but for 5-6 weeks, as spring bloomed around the country, it remained cold, rainy and cloudy in SoCal. I am totally fine with chilly mornings and evenings, but honestly, the lack of sun was getting to me! Over the last two weeks, the weather has generally been nicer - and I could not be happier about it. My mood has completely shifted, and I’m enjoying doing everything outside (including sitting out on a balcony writing this).
4. El Cajon Mountain Trail
I’ve mentioned El Cajon Mountain Trail on here back in 2017, but honestly, I love this hike so much it’s worth nothing again. A few weeks ago, Justin and I trekked up the “El Cap” of SoCal for a 12-mile round trip hike. While I’d done the hike before, this time was special: everything was in bloom and green (a perk of all of the rain!). It was incredibly lush and looked like a new trail.
5. TOMS Booties
I splurged on a pair of low-heeled, Chelsea-style black booties from Toms to bring on my February trip to Paris. I wasn’t sure how they’d fare, but they ended up being the perfect pair of walking shoes. The boots paired well with outfits (both dressed up and dressed down), were comfortable for miles and miles of walking and kept the rain from soaking my socks. After the trip, I may or may not have bought a pair of block heels from TOMS because I thought the brand was just so comfortable…
6. Where the Crawdads Sing
I’ve been reading quite a bit this year. Latest favorite? Where the Crawdads Sing. This was one of the most engaging, beautifully-written novels I’d read in awhile. The fictional book combines a murder mystery, a coming-of-age story and a celebration of nature all in one. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, so happy reading! Bonus: if you’re an Audible listener, the Audible recording is great. The woman’s voice was incredibly soothing!
7. Bear Coast Coffee
Two weeks ago, Justin and I headed up to Orange County for a long hike in the Cleveland National Forest. On our way back to San Diego, we stopped in San Clemente (one of my favorite spots in California!) for lunch, coffee and a walk on the pier. We opted for coffee at Bear Coast Coffee, a cute, minimalist local spot that serves up responsibly-sourced coffee. My latte came with housemade, fresh almond milk - and a view of the ocean (the shop is right across the street from the pier)! I love a good coffee shop, and I’m happy I found one in Orange County.
8. Trader Joe’s Sesame Honey Cashews
I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s Sesame Honey Cashews. These nuts are both salty and sweet and crunchy and chewy…and I honestly cannot stop eating them. I’ve been keeping a big bag of them next in my desk drawer at work for a little afternoon protein-centric snack. 10/10 recommend.
9. Trekking Poles
Back in October for my birthday, Justin surprised me with trekking poles. As I train for Mt. Whitney later this year (more on that soon!), I am utilizing them. While I’m definitely still getting the hang of them, they’ve been incredibly helpful on any downward slopes. I typically walk extremely slow on downhills, but these poles have helped steady and stabilize me so I can pick up the pace - and feel safer.
I’m always a big fan of shopping local, and I’m pretty lucky that activewear company Vuori is based in Encinitas. Lately, I’ve been living in their Lux Performance Tank. It’s form-fitting, flattering and comes with a built-in bra that is actually supportive. Plus, it actually dries quickly and wicks away moisture! It’s just a matter of time before I invest in all of the other colors…