GO, SAN DIEGO, GO
Had a short mini getaway with one of my faves, @bylisalinh! She was invited by Hotel La Jolla, "Curio Collection by the Hilton" to stay and enjoy the amenties of the hotel and brought me as her plus one <3 This resort is a cute, mini staycation getaway from the bustle of LA and the staff was super hospitable.
Their restaurant, CUSP, has these beautiful bay windows that capture the cotton candies sunsets and you find yourself gazing out the window a lot, enjoying the view, the company, and then you realize where your priorities are: right in front of you dammit. And then you start scarfing down your food like a lioness on the prowl, scaring your unfortunate dining buddies.
Their Seafood Tagliatelle Pasta was pretty tasty! It was a little on the heavy side, but who ever wants a light pasta? And you can't just visit SD and not get seafood, amirite?
STOP #1: DARK HORSE
What to get: The Champ (espresso, steamed milk, honey and cinnamon)
Now before you start getting all Katy Perry on me, this place is pretty good! A cute little stop-n-go coffee shop in a hipster part of town. Get a quick caffeine dose to jumpstart your day, HAY! *cane reaches over and pulls me offstage*
STOP #2: PIGMENT
I MEAN. IT'S LIKE THE BEST STORE IN THE WORLD. They literally sell everything you want but didn't know you needed until now. I was this close to dropping 5 bills on a rug for my room, but my credit card statement stopped me thankfully. Something about the holidays approaching really makes my money fly out the window. The aesthetics are adorable and they have a cute ass photobooth where you can slay in front of their flower wallpiece.
STOP #3: SPRUCE ST. SUSPENSION BRIDGE
You will be reaching great heights with this bridge! But caution, if you don't like swaying and seeing the ground plummet before you, it might not be the bridge for you. Super easy to visit when you're in SD, just park on the street right before the bridge and head right on over! There are a lot of people usually on the weekends, so be prepared for major swaaaayyy.
Obligatory taco break.
STOP #4: UHHH
your local fenced, chain linked backyard for an impromptu shoot. you know, the yooosh
STOP #5: LA JOLLA COVE
Great place to shoot around sunset if you want gorgeous pigments in the skies, rocky caves, and a view that is unparalleled! It does get a bit cold and sometimes the tide is high so watch out when exploring the caves. Bring comfy, waterproof shoes with good traction on the bottom because the rocks can be slippery!
STOP #6: OLD POINT LOMA LIGHTHOUSE
Located at the Cabrillo National Monument, this dainty little landmark is a cute little stop that makes for a fun shoot. It's not next to the ocean which confused me, but one's path is not always lit in the direction we assume it to be #IJUSTGOTDEEPAF. But for reals doe, a fun place to check out! It's a little small, but there are other places to explore around the area. Warning: it isn't free. $10 per car!
STOP #7: HOTEL LA JOLLA
well, back to the hotel and too lazy to go out so we postmated some Phils BBQ because why not :)
Super fun staycation with the bae and loved everywhere we explored around SD! If you have any other questions about where to shoot, feel free to comment :)