Off to the Races

I shared with you earlier this week about my trip to San Diego and about the Del Mar Racetrack. I had so much fun there with my family, even though I didn’t win any bets. The season runs until September 7th if you want to check it out!

Horse racing events have become notoriously associated with big hats and fancy dresses. Although many people still do dress up, I decided to go a little more comfy and casual. I brought my favorite Rayban sunnies and Forever 21 hat with me to block the sun, and borrowed this cute little strapless dress from my sister’s closet.

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What I’m Wearing // Pacsun dress, Forever 21 sandals (similar), hat + crossbody, Rayban aviators

My sister got this dress a few years ago, but I’ve linked similar floral strapless dresses below:

Travel Diary: San Diego Summer Staycation 2015

San Diego Travel Diary

Last week I spent my last few days of summer with my family in San Diego. I love visiting there because the weather is so close to Orange County’s, but it definitely has a different vibe there that feels different from home.

We stayed at the Westin hotel right in the middle of downtown SD, within walking distance of the Gaslamp District. This was my first time staying overnight in San Diego so I can’t really compare it to other hotels or areas in the city, but I really enjoyed the Westin. It was right next to the mall (can’t get a better location!) and had tons of restaurants and lounges just minutes away. There was also a heated pool on the third floor along with a small jacuzzi that we spent our nights swimming in. Even though we only had a short 3 day staycation there, we got a lot of exploring done!

Top 4 Places to Visit in San Diego

– Old Town –

AKA the best Mexican food you will find in So Cal. We went to Old Town Mexican Cafe, which is well known for the workers hand making fresh tortillas in the front window. They also have a whole menu for vegetarians (caution fellow veggies: make sure to only order off that menu, because they cook almost everything else with lard. Unfortunately that meant no Spanish rice for me, but I still got chips & salsa so I was a happy camper.) Next time, I would like to try Cafe Coyote– it had a great outside atmosphere and my sister and I ended up grabbing a churro to go which was absolutely delicious! Afterwards, we got a chance to check out the stores and do a little shopping. There’s so many great shops throughout Old Town with fun souvenirs from keychains to ponchos.

– Coronado Beach –

After a long day of shopping downtown, we decided to hit the beach. Exploring the famous Hotel Del Coronado was pretty amazing… I hope to stay there one day! The hotel is literally right on the beach and the view is gorgeous. Down by the water there were a ton of rocks which made for a great photo shoot opp. Extra bonus: the water wasn’t too cold like it can be in OC. Definitely check out this beach if you’re in town!

– Gaslamp District –

There are over 200 restaurants, lounges, and shops in this three block district. After walking the streets and looking at so many menus, we were a little lost on where to go. With a little help from Yelp, we ended up going with Royal India on 4th street. I’ve only had Indian food a few times in my life, but I absolutely love curry (when it’s mild. My palette can’t handle a lot of heat!) They also had a vegetarian section with various options, which was a plus for me and my sister. I tried Paneer Tikka Masala for the first time- farmer’s cheese with a tomato curry- and let me tell you, it is a must try! All of our dishes came with rice and we got an order of nan to dip in our curries. The prices are a little high (it was about $20/person), but the food was filling and delicious so it is totally worth it and I would definitely come back.

– Del Mar Racetrack –

Just 20 minutes outside of San Diego, Del Mar is one of the most gorgeous (and expensive) places in California. My grandpa used to take my mom to the racetrack when she was growing up so it was a fun day of memories for my family. I haven’t been since I was younger so I was really excited to get to experience it again. My parents bought a Groupon for only $5 a person, and then when we got there the lady ended up letting me and my sister in for free (perks of looking under 17!)Figuring out how to bet can be a little confusing for newbies, but once you learn the basics it’s pretty easy to place $2 bets on the funniest or best sounding horse name. The summer season runs until September 7th, so make sure to head out there soon!

I had so much fun enjoying my last few days of summer here and can’t wait to be back soon. Hopefully you too will have a chance to visit this amazing place sometime and these 4 amazing locations!

Underwater Dreams

If you didn’t already guess from my blog name or previous posts, I have developed a real passion for styling. Thankfully I have been able to get a lot of great experience styling runway models with Koziak Productions and on photo shoots with Dynamite Editorials. I’ve always dreamed of doing an underwater photo shoot ever since the ANTM days, so I was beyond excited when I got an opportunity to style on my very first underwater shoot last summer! Captured by photographer Kay Hsu, wardrobe stylist Sydnee Thrasher and I assisted Tauna Carson from TNT Tauna with styling models Kelsie Mathews and Sarai Bates in these gorgeous mermaid inspired looks. Hair and makeup artists Roshan Sprenger and Irene Pandoro along with DIY blogger Lindsie Villarreal (who created these super cute custom floral headbands!) did an incredible job to make this shoot amazing! The finished editorial spread is called Celestial Water Nymphs and was recently published in two magazines, which you can see below :)

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Vezzo Magazine featured us on the cover of their spring issue with a beautiful image of Sarai Bates and a full spread inside.

Avant Garde Magazine also published the editorial in their August issue.

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I don’t know about you, but I think the photos turned out pretty amazing! The bright colors really popped in the water and all the photos have a real ethereal feeling to them. You can see even more photos from the spread on TNT Tauna’s blog!

Also, be sure to watch some behind the scenes fun captured in this video by Allen Freeman below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g126ij9UMRk

White Out

All White on the Beach + Jellypop Misty Wedges

Look #3 from my Jellypop series (see #1 and #2) had to be shot on one of my favorite places, right on the sand of downtown Seal Beach! I found the perfect outfit to go with my aqua Misty wedges: an all white ensemble with a pop of coral and aqua in my handmade 31 bits necklace. I’ve always wanted to do an all white look, but it can be daunting for us girls- there’s that time of the month surprise scares or those accidental spills and stains. However, I think all white on the beach looks totally gorgeous and decided that it would be a great base to accentuate pop of color in my accessories. Labor day is coming up soon, but I don’t think that all white is going anywhere!

I had so much fun shooting these looks with my sister and exploring downtown. We had a bit of a dance party with Pandora that had me spinning around and bouncing on the beach. The sunset was absolutely breathtaking and made for some amazing photos!

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What I’m Wearing // American Rag tank, thrifted shorts, Jellypop wedges c/o, 31 bits necklace

How do you feel about all white outfits?

Pink Floral Romper

Downtown Seal Beach is the perfect location for shoots because there are so many gorgeous photo opps, I couldn’t decide on just one! Their city hall is a few streets away from the beach and reminded me a little of SDSU with it’s big arches and mission-inspired architecture. It had these big gates in front and little garden with a bench and koi pond in the back. Right outside of the building, the streets are full of sky high palms which look especially gorgeous during sunset.

After wearing this bright pink floral romper, I realized I definitely need to start wearing more pink! The color combo with the pops of blue and nude really went well together, especially with my post-vacation tan. I ordered this romper from Romwe a while ago and thought it would be perfect to wear in this location. It’s bold color and print paired perfectly with my nude Jellypop wedges, clutch and sparkly Kendra necklace. (Btw, if you haven’t yet already you can still use my code “worldwidestylistaxoxo” to try out Rocksbox for FREE, no commitments or strings attached!)

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What I’m Wearing // Romwe romper, Jellypop wedges c/o, H&M clutch, Kendra Scott necklace via Rocksbox

Shop this romper + similar ones below!