April 15, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

 
I love baseball season. 
Gives me a perfect excuse to stuff my face with foot-long hot dogs,
and enjoy a cold brew with my friends underneath the stars at Petco Park
The Padres get to play in one of the newest stadiums in the nation,
a facility that's centrally located right in the midst of downtown San Diego. 

It's pretty awesome.. you can make a day out of each game,
and enjoy a responsible pre or after party in any of the bars in the Gaslamp.
The only downside to this whole thing?
I am so over driving around the Gaslamp Quarter looking for baseball parking.
Ugh!

Luckily, our friends over at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter will let game-goers nab free valet parking at the hotel with their Eat-Drink-Park promotion.
All you have to do is make a minimum purchase of $25 at Soleil @k or Latitude Lounge,
(both within the hotel) on home game days.

Fun note: The San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter is the closest hotel to Petco Park at just 90 steps away from the stadium! 
Just thought I'd share this tip with all my fellow Padres fans.
I know I'll definitely be taking advantage of this offer next time I go to a game!

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
660 K Street
San Diego, CA 92101

natasha

April 10, 2014

Tickle Your Senses

I truly believe that your fragrance is an integral part of your image. 
They say that smell sparks a flurry of emotional memories... 
ever notice how a certain scent always reminds you of that special someone?

I've always been intrigued by perfumes. 
I love to mix and match from the collection that I've built up over the years,
going as far as trying to match certain favorites to my outfits. 

A floral shift dress for spring? Pair it with ChloƩ.
A little black dress and a smoky eye? That's a job for something heavier... something more mysterious, like Chanel Coco Noir.
One of my biggest secrets is that I quite often prefer men's cologne for myself. 
Nearly every time I spritz on some Dior Homme, I get stopped and questioned about what I'm wearing. 
I suppose it's just interesting to encounter something different once in a while. 

When I was invited to create my own perfume at Tijon a few weeks back,
I was beyond excited. 
I've always wondered about the process, so the Mix & Match class at the La Jolla lab was a perfect introduction.
I brought along the hubby, and turned the whole event into a fabulous date. 
Highly recommend this idea!
How great is it to not only be able to create your own signature fragrance,
but to do it alongside your lover?
A great way to leave a mark in their memory forever.
The whole experience was absolutely fabulous!
After donning our official lab coats, we were given a basic education on oils and fragrance composition.
Then, it was time to get to work!
We selected 12 premixed oils, (probably the hardest part of the process, since narrowing it down from the hundreds of available smells was nearly impossible!), which we mixed and matched to create a bottle of our own, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted fragrance. 
We celebrated our final product over a glass of bubbly,
and the best part?
We got to take our new fragrances home with us. 
I'm absolutely in love with the perfume that I created,
and you know what's great about that? 
Whenever I run out, I can always replenish my supply, because my final recipe is stored in Tijon's database forever and ever. 
All I have to do is go to their website and buy a refill for just $45!

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend for you to check it out,
either for your next date night, or even for some girlfriend bonding time. 
7853 Herschel Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037

natasha

March 28, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Uncasked Neighborhood Brew Fest

Hi friends!
Do you like good food and beer? 
If so, I have some really exciting news to share with you!

I'm giving away TWO tickets to Uncasked Neighborhood Brew Fest, 
a self-guided beer tour celebrating San Diego's exceptional brewing community, 
on Saturday, April 5th from 4PM-7PM. 

 Attendees will have the opportunity to sample offerings from 8 participating local craft breweries including, 
paired with delicious bites created by chefs from Seasons 52, Tender Greens, Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer and PIRCH
Live performances will feature award-winning local musicians Jasmine Commerce, Josh Damigo and Alaina Blair- all within the center’s relaxed, open-air setting. 

 100% of the event proceeds will benefit local non-profit, the San Diego Brewers Guild, 
an organization dedicated to providing support and visibility to San Diego's many local brewers. 

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post for each of the following completed actions
Entries (three total) can be earned by 
 1. Becoming a Westfield UTC FB fan 
2. Following Westfield UTC and In Love With San Diego on Twitter 
 3. By tweeting about the contest using the #UncaskedUTC hashtag 

The giveaway is open March 28th - Thursday, April 3rd.
Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.

By the way... 
if you're interested in attending this awesome event, 
which I'm sure you are after reading all that,
then you should purchase your tickets here
Additional details can be found via the Facebook event page

Good luck!

natasha

March 21, 2014

In Love With..


-longer days are a perfect excuse for sunset apĆ©ritifs. This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic looks divine.

-Sarah Jessica Parker. Seriously my biggest girl crush ever.

-hopped on the True Detective bandwagon. McConaughey... such a great actor.
Can you even say his name without following it up by "awright, awright, awright" nowadays? But did you know?

-print photos from your phone in seconds. OMG. I want this. No. I NEED this.

-getting inspired for our upcoming trip to Italy by making dinner resos here

natasha

March 17, 2014

Craft

Last week I was invited to grab a slice at Craft Pizza,
a new concept that recently opened in UTC

Pause. 

Let's talk about how that mall has been revamped in the past few years. 
All of a sudden it is very shi shi shi shi shi.. right?
Or have I been living under a rock?
I used to literally spend every day of my life at UTC, circa 2003-2006,
back when it used to be THE hangout spot in high school,
as well my means to make money, via my part time job at Abercrombie
Oh yeah, taking it way back. 
Good ol' college retail jobs, where you spend more money than you actually make,
so what's the point?
Whatever. 

Back to Craft.
The La Jolla location is the company's first outpost,
delivering a more delicious alternative than the typical mall food court suspects. 
So what's so different about it, right?
Well first of all, let's talk about the pizza. 
There are the traditional favorites like margherita and pepperoni,
but chef Chad White also offers novelty items like the Bianca (tried it, loved it) and the truffle pizza. 
Pies using organic, farm-fresh ingredients really take the guilt out of eating pizza for lunch. 
The crust is really thin, a personal preference of mine, making this a true "feel good pizza". 
Get it by the slice, or order a whole pie on your way out and you're set with a delicious meal. 

Pair it with a salad and a Suja juice to toss in additional nutrients, 
but don't be afraid to sneak in a Cravory cookie too.  
Aaaaaaaaand GO!
4545 La Jolla Village Dr 
La Jolla, CA 92122

natasha

March 13, 2014

In Love With..


I make lists all day, every day,
so I figured, why not compile a few things that I'm currently in love with and share it with ya'll?
Going to attempt to make this a weekly occurrence... let's see how this goes. 

-a little too excited about an upcoming girls getaway to Hollywood with my bestie this weekend. Staying here and eating here. Can. Not. Wait. till Saturday.

-celebrating St. Patty's day at Bailiwick again. 

-speaking of which... St. Patty's falls on a Monday this year, and I'm totes going out. 
Anyone else guiltily obsessed with that #selfie song? 
"Who goes out on Mondays? ... That is so ratchet"

-oh the things girlfriends say to each other.. and do together

natasha

March 5, 2014

Laguna is for Lovers

 Did anyone else watch Laguna Beach when you were younger?
And then The Hills? And The City?
Or no? 
I hope I didn't just lower your opinion of myself. 

Anyway. Let's talk about Laguna. 
It's about 1.5 hours away from San Diego,
and makes for a perfect romantic getaway. 
The husband and I decided to spend a few blissful days by the beach there for our anniversary last year. 
Waking up and walking down to the beach really helps take a load off.. 
it was such a relaxing trip!
We stayed at the La Casa del Camino Hotel while we were there. 
I highly recommend it! 
The hotel is just steps away from the ocean,
has a great restaurant on the main floor, and a killer rooftop lounge. 
Brunch on the rooftop overlooking the beach is my idea of paradise!
You can't beat the view!
The husband gave me my first Celine bag for our anniversary,
(3 years modern gift = leather)
and I had a good time breaking her in that weekend. 
View from our room... told you it was only steps away!
Amazing Lamb Chop Salad at the Watermarc.
LOVED this place.
Think I'm itching for another getaway!

natasha

March 2, 2014

The Cravory

Some of you may laugh at me, 
but the fact that it's been raining all weekend makes me insanely happy. 
It finally feels a little bit like winter in San Diego!

The chilly temperatures and the sound of falling drops outside make me want to indulge in some guilty pleasures..
spending all day cuddling by the fire and piling on the comfort food. 
I have been turning it UP in the kitchen recently,
so much so,
that it leaves no energy to spend on preparing dessert. 
So what's a girl to do when a sweet craving won't let her sleep? 
Bring in the cookies from The Cravory!

A few months ago I received a goodie package stocked full of the most amazing flavored cookies. 
Almond Joy, Pumpkin S'mores, Chocolate Truffle, and many more. 
Well.. those cookies are long gone,
but I find myself going back for more whenever that sweet tooth craving hits. 
They're just too good to pass up!
I know you want some too!
The cookies are baked to order, and could be shipped to your house within 2 days (for free!!)
So what are you waiting for?
Order HERE and get ready to nuzzle with a glass of milk.

natasha

March 1, 2014

Weekend Wants

Apparently California is experiencing the worst storm in 4 years. 
I, for one, absolutely love this weather. 
It's perfect for getting cozy under a furry blanket, 
but to be honest, 
I don't mind hitting the streets and playing in the rain either. 
It's all about being prepared,
so here are my top picks to beat the rainy day blues. 

One: Burberry is known for their classic trenches. I love the pop of color on this one. 

Two: My hair gets a little cray cray with all this moisture. This Rag & Bone fedora is perfect for keeping the tresses tamed. 

Three: This Louis Vuitton scarf is cozy as can be. I have the same one in grey, and I swear I have been living in it lately. 

Four: I'm obsessed with all Celine handbags. This cute little crossbody is great for running errands. 

Five: While most rain boots tend to be on the clunky side, these Gucci ones look so chic! Hard to believe they're made out of rubber. 

Six: And of course, you can't brave the rain without a proper umbrella! Keep it classic with this lovely one from Chanel

natasha