Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Newport Beach Wine and Food Fest at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

IMG_0128There were over 200 wines being poured and lots of bites from local restaurants here in OC. I probably drank double what I ate, but….. no regrets.

Wine and food fests are pretty much my favorite thing ever, because really what’s better than being outside in sunny weather drinking and snacking?


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IMG_0084 IMG_0085Anyone else there as well? It was such a wonderfully done event, although more water coolers would probably have been useful considering the number of people. I’m already excited for next year.

Personal favs of the event? Pasta from Filomena’s (see above), roasted veggies from True Food Kitchen, brut champagne from Louis Roederer, and the wine from a local classic, Hi-Time Wine Cellar. ūüėČ

Thank you to the Newport Beach Food and Wine Fest for having me!


Happy Tuesday! xo


If you were at the food and wine fest as well, tell me what your favorite part was!

Friday Things



I have some random biz to share with you guys because… you know. It’s pretty much the weekend. What else are we all doing?

  1. I used a flatiron (hair straightener) to iron my romper this morning. Think about that entire sentence……I’m an adult?
  2. I bought new running shoes this week and broke away from my beloved hot pink Nikes;¬†I’ve been wearing the LunarGlide6 style for a year and have LOVED them, but they’re actually a teensy bit too narrow for my feet (blisters are fun). It’s fine – these new guys are bright mint.
  3. Pumpkin is officially back in my life…….. pumpkin waffles, pumpkin oatmeal.¬†Just a PSA for you.
  4. OC friends, have you tried Grit Cycle yet? I’ve totally drunk the kool-aide. Pssst – went yesterday and heard¬†this song and this song and am now obsessssssssssssssed.
  5. Scandal’s back. ¬†YAS.
  6. Tomorrow I’m going to the Newport Beach Food and Wine Fest! Any OC folks wanna join?! The ticket price is a little scary, but it’s all inclusive (to my knowledge) and I have a sweet discount for $50 off for ya — MEDIA50

Happy Fri-YAY! Have a lovely one, friends. xo

Running to Run


IMG_8531I spent the morning rowing a million meters at Crossfit, which, newsflash, is not the most fun for miniature people like yours truly. Great Monday activity though, yeah? ūüėČ

Let’s talking racing¬†plans, shall we? Last month I’d mentioned that I might not be able to run the Healdsburg Half after all because of work…. well, since then a few things have happened, including some fun news:¬†I was offered¬†a new, new job (!!), which means work is no longer an obstacle. But since I’d been assuming I couldn’t run Healdsburg because of the old new job, I never booked any of my travel plans, and I ended up getting sick, which threw off my training a teensy bit.. so if you’re keeping track, that means no Healdsburg Half Marathon in two weeks. I was still sorta training though (doing speed intervals, running at least three times a week with a long run on the weekends), but I didn’t feel like I was training as well I wanted to be or could be, especially since I had set a super secret goal of hitting 2 hours or sub.

Not so secret anymore… oops.

Anyways, with Healdsburg being off the table, I became fixated on the idea of still doing a half in the next month or so, and preferably one in the nearby area so I wouldn’t have to spend a fortune on plane tickets considering I’m already eating the registration cost of Healdsburg (they don’t defer or refund). I was obsessed with finding one that would fit my schedule and still be doable, aka not set me up for an injury or cause me to travel out of southern California. That¬†left me with the Long Beach Half Marathon (which I vowed NEVER AGAIN after last year – recap here), the Silver Strand Half (which seemed pretty and flat, but boring), or the Los Angeles Rock and Roll on October 25.

I started leaning pretty heavily toward doing the RnR half, which meant I technically needed to run 10 miles this past weekend.

And then I had a come to Jesus moment.

I felt like I was forcing myself to do a half marathon ASAP even though, truth be told, my heart wasn’t really into it. I’ve been loving all my long runs, but I’ve been struggling to keep running as my priority during the week over Crossfit and Pure Barre. Note to self: running hard is really difficult after a day of a million squats. It was like I just felt like I was supposed to do a fall half marathon…. because I set up imaginary expectations for myself that aren’t necessarily important or needed. I sometimes forget they can be modified or shifted.

Plus, if I really wanted to hit my goal and wasn’t just trying to do a fun run, then I probably shouldn’t be going into a half feeling like I wasn’t putting my all into training. What’s the point of that?

I also realized – as silly as this sounds – that hey, if I like doing my long training runs, I can STILL do them. They don’t have to be reserved for only “training” periods of my life. (P.s. I consider a “long” run anything seven miles or over… aka any run that requires me to have a snack before I hit the pavement.)

I gave myself permission to just enjoy running for the sake of running again. Running because I can. And running long because I want to… just because.

Saturday I ran eight miles and it was glorious. I got lost in the music and the fog billowing over Back Bay, and remembered why I love to run. Why I always wanted to be a runner and am so grateful to have found my feet back in college.

That’s what running IS, you know? It’s not just races or paces or medals. It’s about always trying to be better than before, moving forward, and appreciating how strong you are – even when you’re unsure. Running, my dears, is the best convincer you need, and a testament to the human spirit. Because even if you’re shuffling and you’re too tired to squeak out more than half a mile… you’re moving and you’re alive and you can be whoever you want to be.

Or at least that’s what it is to me.

Moral of the story –¬†I’m officially running zero half marathons this fall, and I’m fine with it. I want my next race to excite me and be something I’m looking forward to, and already have a few ideas for winter/spring (Carlsbad Half in January 2016, anyone??) and some potenial summer races for my wish list.

And that’s that. Maybe I should get some new running shoes in the meantime….

Happy Monday! xo


p.s. CONGRATS to one of my dearest SD friends and runners, Jen, on being a gorgeous bride¬†this past weekend! So sad I couldn’t be there to celebrate with her.

Squad Goals

Today one of my favorite people is getting married. IMG_7539(^From our rendezvous in Vegas this summer for her bachelorette.)

It’s got me to thinking a lot about friendship and, of course, love. I’m such a sucker.

But friendship! The bride, Jess, and I became friends just two years ago when I first moved back to California from D.C. She had gone to high school with my best friend from college, who virtually introduced us before I had even boarded that one-way flight to SoCal. Jess welcomed me into San Diego and her life without batting an eyelash, taking me in sight unseen into her friendship circle.

There’s something to be said for someone who can open their life and heart to new people, even when we’re adults and already have a complete social circle.

From our very first meeting, I knew Jess and I would be good friends (probably because we both really like snacks + wine….), and in such a short timespan, she’s transformed from a stranger in my new city¬†to one of my very best friends. I think that’s remarkable. Corny, I know, but being an adult¬†is hard. I hear this time and again from friends, especially who’ve moved to new cities or started over; without a safety net like school or childhood bonds, it can be lonely and difficult to find true friendship as a grown-up.

And by the way, isn’t that one of the greatest¬†parts of having amazing women in your life? Excuse me – I ¬†mean squad,¬†because that’s the word of the year, right?¬†But seriously.¬†I think that’s just what happens – they have the opportunity to bring the¬†extraordinary¬†people in their lives and fold them into yours.

It’s cheesy, but it’s true.

We need the good vibes, and the people who perpetuate that positivity in our lives. Who see who we are and don’t push us to be something else. Who think we’re incredible as ourselves, and want to support us in becoming even better versions.

We need to surround ourselves with people who are true and kind, and hone in on that authenticity.

Too often we feel like we have to allow negative people to take up space in our lives or in our hearts just because they’ve been there for a long time, or because others think they’re terrific. If someone’s not bringing out your brightest, then you don’t need them.

Goodness attracts goodness. Love attracts love.

It’s science.

Not¬†science? My amazing wedding dancing skills. ūüėČ

Happy weekend, folks. Have some wine, k? xo

Swifties in San Diego


Saturday night, I had the pleasure of seeing Taylor Swift perform live in San Diego.IMG_8247

Holy amazing!

If you have met me in real life¬†for at least¬†five seconds, then you probably have learned I’m a total fangirl for Ms. Swift…. and maybe sing her songs¬†at a high pitch when there’s been too much wine. I’ve loved her music¬†forever, mainly because of her beautifully written lyrics (which often feel like they’re about my life…).

The tickets were a generous birthday gift from someone who knows me well, and I went with a good friend who also loves Taylor and recently had a birthday. We figured it was the perfect way to celebrate! It needs to be said I also purchased my very first crop top especially for the event…. because Taylor’s all about it. 29 is the perfect age to start flaunting¬†your abs (ha – joke) in other people’s faces, right?


Thought so.

Anyways, live music is one of my most beloved¬†summertime activities, and this felt like the perfect¬†way to end summer with a bang. This post is actually a contribution to¬†Eventbrite’s¬†Hometown Hunt project, and so of course seeing Tay-Tay shake it off in one of my¬†favorite local venues¬†deserves a mention! Eventbrite has a suite of fantastic event management tools, and of course is the go-to for learning and sharing local events.


This concert was held at Petco Park, smack in the middle of downtown San Diego. If you’re familiar with SD, then you probably know Petco is where the Padres play, and it’s the most gorgeous baseball stadium ever (at least the best one of I’ve ever been to!). It’s literally a stone’s throw from the San Diego harbor, and where ¬†a lot of SD races (including the half I ran in March!) begin and/or end.¬†It¬†is without a doubt¬†one of my very favorite parts of SD.

The stadium itself is jam-packed with incredible vendors serving up more than just the typical hot dog and beer, most of which represent the local food and beer scene. We’re talking craft beer from breweries like Stone and Ballast Point, pizza from Ocean Beach gem¬†Pizza Port, burgers from Hodad’s, and so much more.

And now I’m hungry.

I’d actually never been to any other events at Petco that weren’t related to game day before — just the¬†occasional beer and wine fests before summertime games. It seems they’re trying to expand their event offerings outside of baseball season though, and seeing Taylor take the field to perform was pretty incredible.

There’s something about live music under the stars in summertime that just takes your breath away, and every Swiftie in attendance was given these fun LED wristbands that lit up in concert with the beats of each song.IMG_8241

How rad is that?! 45,000 glowing lights, my friends.

It was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.

I sure do love living in Newport Beach now, but I sooooo wish I could have packed up a few items from San Diego with me, including Petco Park and some of my fav girlfriends. Least it’s not a far drive, right? :-)




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