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Life in Pictures | Carmel Getaway . . .

One of many beautiful views on the drive up . . .

Fell in love with the orange details @ Carmel Valley Ranch . . .

Re-discovered the absolute necessity of self care @ Spa Aiyana . . . The Hydra Facial was AH-MAZING

Carmel has so many beautiful nooks + crannies . . .

Our birthday get away was postponed, but the wait was definitely worth it!

Enjoyed a mid day sip of wine with Charlie . . .

Found my new favorite pen behind this yellow door . . .

Isn’t she pretty? The rose gold Quadro has 4 ink colors + pencil lead! . . . Perfection!

Found my new favorite blush @ Cos Bar . . .

Il Fornaio for dinner . . .

Back to the hotel for brainstorming + a meeting of the minds in pj’s . . .

Last weekend Lori and I finally met up for our belated birthday weekend getaway. We usually meet in November, the actual month of our birthdays, but life happened, so we decided to meet up in February in Carmel. Let me tell you, it really was worth the wait. We stayed at Carmel Valley Ranch, a beautifully serene resort that was absolute perfection, and just what the Doctor ordered. When Lori and I get together, we cant help but talk shop, all the while encouraging and brainstorming ideas for each other’s businesses. It comes naturally, and it’s always fun.  I left there with a healthy To Do List, and a recharged mind and priorities. I look forward to implementing some of my goals immediately. I will share here with you that God has been putting it on my heart to become more visible in my  brand. It’s definitely something I struggle with, being the hardcore-introvert-behind-the-scenes-gal that I am. I’ve been working on ways to do it in a way that feels authentic to me. So be on the look out for more glimpses  of me *cringe.*  And if you see me around social media, coming out of my shell, be sure to say hi! The part that makes it worth it is getting to know you guys!

xo,

Field Trip | North Park Culinary Walking Tour

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Last month my friend and I took a culinary walking tour in the North Park district of San Diego. I had never done a culinary tour before and I LOVED it. I will definitely be doing one again! It was so much fun! I wasn’t that familiar with the area of North Park, although, it turns out that the venue of the Bonobo concert Rob + I attended last month was right on the main drag of North Park, so I had recently just been to the area and did not even realize it.

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North Park is a really colorful up and coming area of San Diego. It has a cool hipster vibe and lots of great eateries. The area is located northeast of Balboa Park, with the heart of North Park considered to be located around 30th St. and University Ave.

Culinary Tour | Splash | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY The tour lasted about 3.5 hours and we visited 6 different eateries. We started our tour at Splash Wine Bar, located at 3043 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104. I loved this place. We had light bites and the most delicious white wine I have had to date. I hate that I forgot the name of it, but I know where to go to find it! They offer the option of buying a wine card at a discount and earning a free glass with use. Although there were no movies playing while we were there, they have a large screen that plays old movies throughout the day. That fact alone sold me. Great urban interior + old black + whites + wine for days! . . . SOLD!

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The vibe at Redwing was . . . well . . . happy hour! The place was packed, standing room only, and we found out that there was a “beer crawl” taking place. But while we were in Redwing, we were served the. best. buffalo. wings. evah. . . .  now that’s saying a lot coming from me. Normally, I hate wings. I prefer drumsticks (meat with a built in handle? I’ll take it!) But these buffalo wings were on another level. There were 3 different kinds : bbq, hot & sour thai chili and garlic ginger teriyaki. All 3 were amazing, but I think my fav was the thai chili, it was a great flavor that I had not tasted on a wing before . . . I will definitely be back to order more of the threesome . . .

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The good thing about a culinary walking tour is that you don’t feel so bad about all the food you are eating because you do a nice amount of walking in between so you feel justified to stuff face . . . (justification for face stuffing:: always a + in my book.)

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After Redwing Grill we headed up 30th Street a few more blocks to Crazee Burger, located at 4201 30th St. We found a great seat by the window and were served a yummy Angus slider that tasted amazing. We added on fries, which were just as tasty and perfectly seasoned. Crazee Burger had a never ending line that at some points went out the door. If you take a look at their burger menu you will see that they offer quite a selection of different burgers like kangaroo, venison + wild boar.

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By the time we left Crazee Burger our stomach’s were leaning toward full! All the food we had had up to this point had been soooo good so we weren’t deterred. Our next stop was a few blocks back down 30th at Berkeley Pizza (3934 30th Street). I loved the black and white exterior, wood plank walls and roll up garage doors, plus, the pizza was great! We tried 2 different kinds, their signature spinach + mushroom pizza and the marinara pizza. Both were excellent and flavorful.

Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Berkeley Pizza | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY I loved how this tour provided us with a variety of tastes. Our tour guide John was very knowledgeable and shared lots of historical facts about the North Park area. Since I love learning about the history of places I am visiting as well as looking at the architecture, this tour was really an all around treat for me.

North Park | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY Our second to last stop was a coffee shop, about 5 blocks away. The weather had turned really chilly and there were even a few rain drops on the way there, so the walk and the brisk air were the perfect set up to the yummy vanilla lavender chai tea we got at the cozy Subterranean Coffee Boutique.  It was the perfect atmosphere for the chilly weather. There were sofas and tables, and even a glass bookcase filled with books to choose from for your reading pleasure. I had never had any food or drink with “lavender” flavor and it was really good. The subtle hint of lavender gave it an exotic feel. Culinary Tour | THE LOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY NortH Park | THE LOOOKBOOK PHILOSOPHY

Our last and final stop was Venissimo Cheese located at 30th and University. Personally, I thought the coffee shop could have been the last stop, it would have finished things off nicely, but I was still game to try some different cheeses. Once inside Venissimo we were treated to a sampling of cow, goat and sheep cheeses. Apparently I was a cheese virgin and didn’t even know it!

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I hope you enjoyed the tour recap! It was tons of fun! If you are interested in booking a tour of your own check out bitesandiego.com and choose a tour that suits your taste buds from one of their 7 offerings! (I plan on trying all of them at some point!)

Have a great weekend!

xx

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Palm Springs Travel Diary + 3 Things to Do While Visiting . . .

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 I HATE being hot. When presented with the lesser of the two evils, I’ll choose cold over hot any day. With cold, I feel like you can always put on more clothes, but with heat, you can only take off so much before you hit indecent exposure status. Anyway, I write all this to say that Palm Springs was never an enticing locale for me. Located a mere hour and a 1/2 from my home, it didn’t seem like much of a get away . . . the drive wasn’t far enough from home to feel like I was really “getting away”, and the idea of chilling in the desert just didn’t appeal, if you catch my drift. Besides, the only experience I had with Palm Springs was a summer girl’s trip with my best friends in college. It went a little something like this . . . pile into a tiny car and drive for 3 hours into extreme 110 degree heat, check into tiny, nondescript hotel, decide to go hiking (I was outnumbered on this vote- the supposed pay off was that we would be hiking to some  . . . get this . . . HOT springs . . .?!!?) Well, we ended up having a good time because that’s what you do in college on vacay, but the unbearable heat and desert brownness of it all just didn’t float that boat I would have rather been on. And sadly, other than the hike, I don’t recall venturing too far from our seedy hotel. Flash forward about 20 something years and well, the feeling has changed . . . big time. I think Im in love.

Two weeks ago Rob’s job sent him to Palm Springs for a three day conference and I got to tag along. I used the opportunity to get some work done from the hotel while he was “conferencing” . . . But this visit was soooo different from my last! I loved the feel of the place, retro cool with tons of mid century modern architecture thrown in . . . basically it was like a little slice of heaven in the desert! Plus, the Gods were obviously smiling on me, as the weather was absolutely perfect, between 82 and 85 degrees during the day, with nice breezes . . . and I don’t mean the hot breath type of breeze that deserts usually supply you with, these breezes had a nice coolness to them. Apart from the architecture, one of the things I noticed was the landscaping. I typically like A LOT OF GREENERY; TREES, BUSHES, GRASS + FLOWERS, however, this is the desert, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of that. But strangely enough, I wasn’t disappointed either! Bougainvillea, one of my favorite plants, played a starring role in a lot of the local landscapery (yes, I modified the word landscape to fit my needs . . . that’s what a good writer does, in case you didn’t know). It brought just the right amount of color pop to the green + brown. I even have a greater appreciation for cacti. Never one of my fav plants, the cacti and pebble ground covers that I noticed dotting many landscapes, was modern and inviting. I think what I loved most about Palm Springs is that it was almost like stepping into a marvelous time warp. There were so many well preserved midcentury modern homes, furniture and vintage cars. The music in a lot of the shops and even by the pool at our hotel was from the early to mid 40’s . . . Sinatra, Nat King Cole + Ella, but mixed in with that was a lot of modern electronica.

We stayed at the retro-glamourous Riviera Palm Springs. This hotel totally made the Palm Springs experience that much more enchanting. The decor was a perfect mix of glam and retro Hollywood . . .

the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs, I would definitely stay here again . . .

the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs, I would definitely stay here again . . .

I spent the days working from the hotel room until about 2pm while Rob attended seminars and then we ventured out together in the afternoons/evenings. Once I realized we were in Mid Century Modern Heaven I had to get up close and personal with some of the surrounding exteriors. Which brings me to the first item on my list of  . . .

3 THINGS TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS

1. Mid Century Modern Driving Tour If you visit the Palm Springs Visitor’s Center located in the former Tramway Gas Station, (a mid century modern landmark in it’s own right) you can purchase a $5 map of Modern Palm Springs homes and buildings and do your own driving tour, or purchase the Palm Springs Modern Tours app ($4.99) on itunes or google play. There were a few celebrity homes on the list such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore + Steve McQueen. We didn’t do the whole tour, but don’t expect to get all up close and personal with these homes. For instance, Sinatra’s home is located behind a gate and you can’t see much from the street, but it’s fun to imagine him + the rest of the Rat Pack driving up to this humble abode and proceeding to party the night away . . .

one of Frank Sinatra's homes on the driving tout . . .

one of Frank Sinatra’s homes on the driving tour . . .

more homes on the tour . . .

more homes on the tour . . .

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a mountaintop estate for sale in Little Tuscany | Palm Springs

We found this baby (above) on the market for a mere $1,875,000. Located in the Little Tuscany area of Palm Springs, It has 3,224 square feet of living space on a 15,682 sf hill top lot. Built in 1952 and updated most recently in 2013, it boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths + a den/office/media room with direct pool access, vaulted exposed beam ceilings, glass walls, custom lighting and an open concept chef’s kitchen, among other amenities . . . if you’re thinking it’s time to relocate, contact Scott Lyle Realtors for more info.

It’s fun to take in the distinctions + nuances of places you travel to. One of the things I always notice is the signage + typography that is used around me. Typography is such an important part of design, it can really convey a message or feeling . . .

clean lines + scripted fonts in the mix . . .

clean lines + scripted fonts in the mix . . .

And if driving yourself around sounds more like a job than a treat, check out Palm Springs Modern Tours (www.palmspringsmoderntours.com) and sign up for a guided tour from the comfort of a mini van driven by Robert Imber, the knowledgeable guide, founder + owner of PSMT.

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2277 N. Palm Canyon Drive

2. Villagefest Street Fair. If you are in Palm Springs on a Thursday night you are in luck. It just so happens that every Thursday evening from 7-10pm, Palm Canyon Drive (between Amado + Barista roads) is closed off to vehicles and becomes the Villagefest Street Fair. You’ll find musicians, arts + crafts vendors, food vendors and a farmer’s market to stroll through. We found THE BEST watermelon licorice vendor at the farmer’s market, and proceeded to OD on watermelon licorice for the next 2 days. I would give anything for a piece of that licorice right now . . . it was mouthwateringly yummy. You can visit www.villagefest.org for more information.

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3.  Uptown Design District. If you love design + architecture as much as I do, you will love the fact that Palm Springs has it’s own design district. Head over to North Palm Canyon Drive, and you will find yourself in the middle of a solid concentration of contemporary + mid century modern design. Vintage furniture lovers, interior decorators and home stagers will have a ball discovering furniture pieces, and even some vintage clothing stores along this strip.

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Palm Springs is a great little get-away with lots to discover, if you are interested in visiting, check out VisitPalmSprings.com for more of what this city has to offer.

xx

Bee_thelookbookphilosophy.com

Travel Diary:: Austin, TX | South Congress

SoC0_thelookbookphilosophy.com One of the highlights of our trip to Austin this summer, was visiting this little gem of an area known as South Congress or SoCo as the locals like to refer to it. The area is located on South Congress Avenue, from Johanna to Gibson Streets. It features an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, antiques and music venues.

The first thing I noticed about SoCo was its fabulous use of Airstream trailers! I think Airstream’s are beautifully designed, and I loved seeing how they were being put to use for everything from hot dog stands to pet shelters!

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One of the things I loved about this area was its use of color! There was color on the sides of buildings, interspersed graffiti and brightly painted doors and storefronts at every turn.

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While strolling the streets we passed Gueros Taco Bar which (thankfully) had misters out on their patio. We had just come from kayaking, and it had to be at least 100 degrees with the humidity, so everyone stopped to partake of the free droplets. It really was a treat. Next time I would like to try their tacos in addition to their mist!

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Travel Diary | Hayes Valley, San Francisco . . .

LaBoulangerie_thelookbookphilosophy.com Octavia+Hayes_thelookbookphilosophy.com La Boulange Cafe + Bakery on the corner of Octavia and Hayes . . . I love the colors and outside seating.

Octavia2_ Amazing juices from the Juice Shop truck . . . Love the colors and retro vibe of this truck! Did you notice the Aether store located behind the juice truck? It is made from shipping containers! You can see more of it’s super cool design here. Love it. 

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Makeshift2_thelookbookphilosophy.com The Makeshift Society co-working space on Gough + Hickory . . . This building had so many great details! Ceramic tiled exterior, decorative paned windows and amazing geometric ironwork at the bay windows. Much love for this . . .

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If you are planning to visit San Francisco, check out Hayes Valley while you are there. If you enjoy people watching and cute restaurants, It won’t disappoint. You can see more pics of my Frisco trip here.

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