san diego is by far one of my favorite cities. the weather is gorgeous 24/7 (65 degrees in december is the norm), the people are down to earth, and the food is great. i first visited the city with a few close friends last march and loved it so much that i revisited with joe in december. if you’re in LA, i’d suggest making time to stop in san diego since it is an inexpensive two-hour bus ride away.
first things first – food…
my childhood best friend, sandy, is getting married in less than a month – eek! time has flown by in a blink of an eye, but i’m incredibly excited for her and her fiancé as they start this new, wonderful chapter of their life together. last august, i somehow convinced them to let me create their wedding invitations for their big day. sandy gave me all the freedom to design however and whatever i wanted. her only request was to have watercolor florals in the same color family as her wedding colors, blush and sage. i barely had any experience with watercolors and definitely had zero experience with photoshop and illustrator. nonetheless, she told me to go for it!
i wanted to share the final wedding invitation suite with you all, as i’m pretty happy with how they turned out. i learned a lot about watercolors (why are flowers so difficult to paint?!) and digitally editing artwork, thanks to the help of some talented friends. some key takeaways i’ve learned through this experience: be patient, don’t be afraid to mess up, and practice makes progress. i’m excited for future opportunities to design and create as i have so much more learning to go!
back in december, joe and i took a trip out to the west to escape the bitter cold in maryland. we visited LA a couple of years back, but spent so little time here we thought it’d be worth stopping by again!
ps. excuse my 5-month delay on posting this.
things to do
lay out on one of the many beaches. venice beach is great for people-watching and is one of the more well-known beaches in LA. i’ve also heard great things about hermosa beach, a little quieter, but beautiful nonetheless. stop by for a sunset – the views are hard to beat!
take a hike at runyon canyon park. unlike us, dress properly (aka do not wear jeans like the tourists we are) because this hike isn’t easy and the sun gets quite hot! it’s all uphill going to the top, but it’s totally worth it for the awesome views. there are 3 ways to enter runyon canyon so perhaps we took the hardest way. the park is also dog friendly so bring fido along for a good workout!