Now that the weather is warming up these beaches are perfect for weekend trips. Here are my top three Bay Area beaches.
Capitola is one of my favorite weekend trips. The beach here is typically less busy than Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk area and has that authentic beach town feel. My favorite part of this beach is its eclectic beachside houses. These colorful rentals are one of the most recognizable places in Capitola and make amazing photo backdrops.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore is perfect for a long weekend. You can drive down the coast for several hours and take in the gorgeous views. Some areas that you can pull your car over to include its iconic beached ship, succulent fields on the beachside hill, and its classic lighthouse. Be sure to check the hours of operation before visiting the lighthouse.
Next time you are heading into San Francisco be sure to exit right before the Golden Gate Bridge and check out Kirby Cove. One can capture great views of the bridge before hiking down to see the beach.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
This beach features some of the best tide pools in the bay area, as well as scenic hiking. Additionally you might get lucky and catch a look at the nearby seals colony. If you are interested in the tide pools, be sure to google the tide before making the trip
One of my favorite places to visit when in SoCal is Disneyland. The parks are undoubtedly nostalgic with plenty of things for people of all ages to do. Additionally the parks undoubtedly provide the perfect photo backgrounds.
Here are some of my must stop locations!
The Disneyland castle is always my first stop for photos. The earlier you are there the less people you will have to angle out. One of the best shots to limit the amount of people in your photo is sitting on the lip by the side spires. You can use your body to angle out most of the people on the walkway while still getting a good amount of the castle in the background.
MY second favorite stop for photos is in Fantasyland. I LOVE LOVE love the cuteness of the teacups for photos and all of the whimsical Alice in Wonderland themes attractions.
Honorable mentions: King Arthurs carousal provides a particularly photoesque backdrop. The flower Micky upon first entering the park is lovely as well. Additionally the Dumbo ride as well as the It’s a Small World ride provide great backdrops.
CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
Cars Land is the BEST spot for pictures in California Adventures Park. Its bright backdrops really make a photo pop. I recommend using the vintage looking mint gas dispensers in front of Flo’s Café to use as a backdrop. The path next to the Radiator Springs Racer is perfect for photos as there are minimal to none people in the background. On your way in be sure not to miss getting a shot next to the Cars Land billboard.
I am going to be sad when they remove A Bug’s Land attraction later this summer. This part of the park is designed to be from the perspective of a bug. The benches look like popsicle sticks and the fronds tower over you and provide a great place to take a photo of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout ride.
Disney’s Pacific Warf area is a great place to stop for Ice-cream or a bite to eat. Its bright buildings and SF feel serve as excellent photo backdrops.
Not only does Magnus Clothing Company offer a wide selection of novelty collars they also design the most PERFECT novelty shirts and sweatshirts to pair with them.
I paired the Fairytale Floral Collar and the T-Rex skull t-shirt together for my look. My style preference is on the feminine side and i really enjoyed the look of a floral collar with a casual t-shirt.
Sweatshirt and t-shirt designs range from softer florals, to literary pigs, to Jurassic times DINOSAURS. They have a very retrolicious vibe to them. Below I have included a gallery of some of my favorites.
The shirt was delivered to me well wrapped and carefully folded. In person the design is vibrant and well made. I ordered my shirt in the oatmeal triblend color which is a polyester, ring-spun cotton, rayon blend. The shirt was soft, lightweight, and of good quality. As far as fit goes I would say the one I am wearing is more of a casual loose fit. I am typically a small when it comes to most tops and probably could have gotten away with and extra small if I had wanted a more fitted shirt.
For collar styling inspiration I would check Magnus Clothing Co’s Instagram HERE
In case you missed it here is my original review of Magnus Clothing Co’s Sweetheart collar collection click HERE
The color Factory is a 12,000 square foot visual experience in San francisco. It consists of 15 exhibits and takes a little under an hour.
Upon arrival you register with Color factory to receive a photo card to be used at cameras spread throughout the exhibit.
My favorite exhibit would have to be the ball pit. In the room there were several camera stations and ice cream samples.
As far as snacks go you can expect a French macaroons and charcoal lemonade upon entering the exhibit and an ice cream sample upon departure.
Other rooms exhibits include a room that intermittently drips confetti from the ceiling, an all orange arrangement, a disco ball display, and a room that continuously prints out photos that have #selfie.
I am so excited to share this new brand with everyone today. Earlier this month I was given an amazing opportunity to get an early preview of one of the MANGNUS CLOTHING COMPANY’S 2018 Sweetheart collection Collars! Collection launches February 1st, so be sure to mark your calendars an purchase yours early- I have a feeling this style will not stay in stock
If you aren’t familiar with the company – here’s a short blurb. Magnus Clothing Co. is your go to destination for both whimsical and day to day collar choices. Additionally, they also sell other apparel. Their collars are AMAZING and can be worn underneath a plethora of sweatshirts, dresses and other tops. On Instagram, they are the creators of the hashtag #livecollarfully. From their website, “Collars weren’t always “the plan.” Wearable art has always been the plan. I’ve come to find that detachable collars work as wonderful, interchangeable pieces of art to express yourself”.
The mock shirt-collar I received was PERFECT for me. Its scalloped rimmed (which I LOVE) and because of all the different colored flowers it seriously goes with everything. When I paired it whit my oversized yellow Polka dot coat I received so many compliments on it! It is one size fits most and comes with adjustable underarm straps. Its floral romantic vibe makes it perfect for Valentines Day.
I am one of those people that loves receiving packages in the mail (who doesn’t), but I was especially excited when I opened theirs. The collar came folded perfectly in a custom poly mailer with a business card and a UNICORN sticker! I loved the attention to detail and care that they provided with packaging.
This year was filled with novelty print dresses and accessories. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite brands.
1).Sunny Girl- This is one of my all time favorite brands from Australia. I tend to get their items from Modcloth .If anyone knows of any other vendors of this brand PLEASE drop names in the comments .
5).Modcloth namebrand actually has some really cute dresses and is my go-to for bastic tops and cardigans.
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At the end of last year I was so excited to finally able to make a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream. In case you haven’t heard about it I highly recommend checking out their Instagram here . The Museum of Ice cream is an interactive millennial pink, photogenic, museum experience. The museum is composed of over ten rooms some complete with ice cream snacks!
One of the first rooms is comes decorated with cotton candy clouds and floating cherries. The best part is they give you cotton candy!
The sprinkle pool comes later on in the attraction and is SERIOUS fun! The pool comes equip with inflatable floaties and a diving board. However, one thing I should mention is that you have a set 5 min time in this attraction and the sprinkles get everywhere. So take photos QUICKLY and really brush off.
Rock Candy room comes with MOIC employees that will gladly take your photo and blaring Beyoncé music. Its safe to say that I LOVED it!
This wall paper was bananas! Popsicle wallpaper + popsicles coming out of the wall is a winning combo.
The Museum of ice cream is a cute pop-up with plenty of chances for photo ops however its not really a Museum. Personally, I loved it but if you are expecting a traditional Museum experience like SFMOMA you will be disappointed. The museum is filled with a unique combo of young children and their parents mixed with adults taking a photo op.
Click on Images to shop! For full museum of ice cream review click HERE
Once a quarter Modcloth has their “Stylish Surprise” promotion. They offer several categories that you can choose from ranging from shoes to dresses. Surprise items are offered at a steep discount, but are nonreturnable . I usually participate twice a year and have yet to be dissatisfied. My favorite category is shoes but this year I was too slow in ordering and missed out in that category. Instead opted for three surprise dresses (cost 20$ per dress) and one surprise apparel item (15$).
Stylish surprise 1: I had actually had my eye on this dress a few months earlier and was thrilled to receive it. Dress was originally online for $69.
Stylish Surprise 2: This dress was my least favorite of the bunch because I tend to avoid quarter sleeves and did not like how thin the viscose fabric was. However I loves the floral pattern on it.
Stylish Surprise 3: Kenzie black sequined dress. My first thoughts about this dress was that it would be absolutely perfect for a holiday party. Original retail value $99.
Stylish Surprise 4: This top was a pleasant surprise. I don’t have many “fancier ” lace tops and was happy to get one. The quality seemed great and for 15$ I couldn’t beat the price. Brand was Vero Moda.
Overall I was very happy with what I received. Next time I will definitely have to be faster with the shoes! But for their value I would say it was worth it. Plus there’s always something fun about anticipating a surprise coming in the mail. Shop for Vintage-style clothes at Modcloth!