Spring Break in San Diego + LA
4.20.2018

Griffith Observatory | Love, Lenore

Trey and I have a bit of an unusual situation in that we both work for a school district and have spring break every year! It's pretty fantastic! This post is coming a bit late, but I finally had some time to put it together, and it's fun to reminisce on a truly amazing vacation with Trey!

Not only did I get to sleep 8+ hours every night for a week (much, much needed), but Trey and I got to spend a whole week of quality time, just the two of us, and it was so wonderful!

It ended up being one of our favorite vacations ever, so I thought I would share some highlights of the things we did and places we ate in case you're headed to SoCal at some point (which I highly recommend doing!). We spent most of our time in the SD area, but made it up to the LA area for a couple of days (although we mostly hung out in beach towns).

Things to do in San Diego...

Rebecca Minkoff backpack | Love, Lenore
hiking at Torrey Pines | Love, Lenore
hiking at Torrey Pines | Love, Lenore

Torrey Pines State Reserve
We enjoyed our day of hiking so, so much and did every trail but one! You can be active and get in a workout while taking in some of the best views in the San Diego area. It's truly gorgeous there and the ocean breeze is amazing!

backpack  |  leggings

flamingos at the San Diego Zoo | Love, Lenore

The San Diego Zoo
Tickets for the zoo are a bit steep, but they are worth every dollar! We spent nearly the entire day at the zoo because it was so good! The animals were super active, the plants were beautiful, and the whole experience was really educational. We got to see pandas (there are only around 12 in the US), polar bears (the two males fought over the female and it was cray!), gorillas up close, and more. If you're visiting San Diego you must go!


Hotel del Coronado | Love, Lenore
beach day at Coronado Island | Love, Lenore

Coronado Island
Coronado Island is dreamy. The houses are darling and the beach is wide and beautiful. If you want to hit a beach in the SD area, this is one I would recommend (military planes often land over the beach-pretty crazy) and then I would spend some time walking or biking around the cute streets and looking at all of the perfect houses! The famous Hotel de Coronado is awesome as well and I believe you can use their cute pink/white striped beach chairs if you order drinks there!

Sunset Cliffs | Love, Lenore
Sunset Cliffs | Love, Lenore

Sunset Cliffs
We started our last evening of vacation by watching the sunset at Sunset Cliffs, and it was truly beautiful there. It's actually a pretty long stretch of coast line, but any of the spots are stunning! Definitely bring a jacket though...the breeze off the ocean is chilly by the evening!

top  |  jeans  |  sunglasses  |  similar slides

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Things to do in LA...

Griffith Observatory | Love, Lenore
LA views from Griffith Observatory | Love, Lenore

Griffith Observatory
This is definitely touristy, but we happened to be in LA on a super clear day, so I knew the views from Griffith Observatory would be insanely good, and they were! If you have more time in LA than we did, there are a lot of great hiking trails in and around Griffith Park too that have views for days!

The Rose Bowl | Love, Lenore

Seeing the Historic Rose Bowl and Coliseum
If you have a sports loving s/o like I do, then you might make stops at famous sports venues when you travel 😉 We didn't make it to the Coliseum, but it was really cool to see the Rose Bowl! Fun fact: they were filming for the HBO show Ballers when we stopped by!

El Matador State Beach in Malibu | Love, Lenore
El Matador State Beach in Malibu | Love, Lenore
El Matador State Beach in Malibu | Love, Lenore

El Matador State Beach
On our second day in LA we drove up the coast to Malibu (a must!), and after lunch made our way a bit further north to El Matador State Beach. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. There are all kinds of amazing rock formations coming out of the sand, including some with natural archways. It's truly beautiful! We spent a couple of hours walking around + exploring, and watched a shark swimming just 20 feet out in the water!

Outfit details for the white set can be found here.

Manhattan Beach, California | Love, Lenore
California landscaping with cacti  | Love, Lenore
flowers in Manhattan Beach | Love, Lenore

The Beach Towns
Whether you're in San Diego or LA or somewhere in between, be sure to spend some time walking around and enjoying the little beach towns! It's so calming to be by the water, and I love the laid back atmosphere in those communities. Plus the houses are so fun to look at because you get to see amazing architecture and landscaping up close! We stayed in Manhattan Beach while up in "LA" and we loved how relaxed and pretty it was! We didn't go to the Venice Canals this trip, but have in the past and they're awesome to walk around as well. 

fresh tuna at Jake's Del Mar | Love, Lenore
raspberry rosemary donut from Blue Star Donuts in Manhattan Beach | Love, Lenore

Best Eats - LA

Malibu Seafood
A casual little spot right on the coast in Malibu that has crazy fresh seafood. Definitely get the fish sandwich! So yum!

The IZAKA-YA by KATSU-Ya 
We walked to this sushi spot from our friend's place in Manhattan Beach, and had some of our best sushi ever! It was unbelievably fresh 👌

Manhattan Beach Creamery
On our second night in LA we got an ice cream sandwich (ice cream sandwiched between house-made cookies) to split while we watched the sunset on the beach. It was divine. 

Blue Star Donuts
They have locations in Venice and Manhattan Beach, and if you're in LA you much go. They have unique flavors (mine was raspberry rosemary buttermilk, and Trey had a lemon poppy), and melt-in-your-mouth texture but with a crunchy bottom. So. Good. 

Best Eats - San Diego

Jake's Del Mar
If you want to splurge on a nice dinner by the ocean, this is your spot! My grandma took us here and everything was perfect. It's literally on the beach, and the food is to-die-for! I had the "curry and cumin crusted tuna" (pictured above) and Trey had the best steak he's ever had.

Rubio's Coastal Grill
So this is kind of a chain, but I've loved their fish tacos since I was a little kid and I have to go at least once every time I'm in California! We went to the original location on this trip and it's tiny and charming.

Surf Side Deli
This is a hole-in-the-wall deli (Trey is awesome at finding these random spots), and their sandwiches are so damn good! They were gigantic and cheap and I would 100% get one again.

Nomad Donuts
Yes, we got donuts twice, but it was 100% worth the sugar and calories! I tried my first vegan donut here and I couldn't even tell a difference!

Crack Shack
This was our first meal when we landed in SD, and it did not disappoint! It's a Richard Blais restaurant, and we had this one our list long before our trip. We each had sandwiches and split the border slaw, which was a super interesting fruit salad/slaw creation. 

Underbelly
If I had to pick, this was probably my favorite meal of our trip! We ate here our last night, and it was a perfect meal! I had the "underbelly ramen," Trey had the "beef bowl," and we split an order of the "pork belly buns." It was one of those meals that we didn't want to end! They have two locations in San Diego (we went to the one in North Park), and the atmosphere is perfect.



Thanks for joining me for this post! Trey and I love to plan trips, so I always look forward to sharing that information and tons of photos with you afterwards! 

The Trend I'm Obsessed With Right Now
4.16.2018

wide-leg linen pants for spring | Love, Lenore
linen set for spring | Love, Lenore
matching set | Love, Lenore

I'm not sure what's gotten into me, but I can't get enough of breezy wide-leg pants and jumpsuits these days! When I saw this matching set I knew I had to have it. I love the button details and the tie in the back of the pants!

Maude Boutique has been one of my favorite places to online shop for unique finds this spring, and they were kind enough to give me a discount code for you guys! Use code LOVELENORE20 for 20% off your orders! Here are some more items I'm obsessed with from Maude: these gingham shorts, this wide-leg jumpsuit (looks so comfy!), these floral wide-leg pants, this round straw tote, and this one-piece swimsuit.   

wide-leg linen pants | Love, Lenore
tie-back pants | Love, Lenore
bag with wooden handles | Love, Lenore
cream outfit for spring | Love, Lenore
cute crop top | Love, Lenore
crop top + high-waisted pants | Love, Lenore
breezy wide-leg pants | Love, Lenore
scarf tied on a woven bag | Love, Lenore
set (c/o Maude)  |  sunglasses ($10!)  |  sandals (c/o)  |  earrings  |  |  similar bag

On another note, spring weather has not been easy to come by in the Midwest this year! Looking at last year's photos, things were green and blooming by, but aside from the trees I found for these photos, everything is still pretty dead looking around here and it was frigid here this weekend. This week is looking a little bit warmer though, so fingers crossed!

Since it was quite wintery this weekend, all three of my photo sessions got rescheduled, which left us with a free weekend to be home (my favorite)! On Saturday I stayed in my PJs all day and did virtually nothing. I felt super lazy, but sometimes you just need a day like that to let your body rest! Yesterday I started Kayla Itsines' Bikini Body Guide, we each went through a bunch of clothes and gathered quite a few bags of donations, we completed our taxes, and celebrated our nephew's birthday. So all in all, it was a good weekend with a balance of relaxation and productivity! Now, to get through a long Monday...    

Spring/Summer Mood Board + Shopbop Sale Picks
4.11.2018

Love, Lenore spring/summer mood board
Gingham dress (want! even though I just ordered this one)  |  earrings  |  mules
hat  |  bag  |  sunglasses

I'm feeling so inspired this spring, and just love the fashion scene/trends at the moment! The light earthy tones, woven textures, subtle prints, little details - it's all so good! My wardrobe is definitely coming together for the spring and summer seasons...now I just need some warm, sunny weather here in the Midwest! I included some spring/summer picks below, but a few of my current favorites that can't be linked in the widget are Maude, Shop Lux and Zara.



If you're in the mood for some spring and summer shopping, Shopbop just kicked off an amazing sale! My floral wrap dress and pink backpack are included in the sale, and I ordered these platform sandals, as well as these mules here & here to try on and decide between. Details and my picks are below 👇
 
Shopbop spring '18 sale


Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

My 5 All-Time Favorite TV Shows
4.04.2018

spring outfit inspiration | Love, Lenore
round straw bag | Love, Lenore
Cute white blouse for spring/summer | Love, Lenore
I did a little get-to-know-me post on my photography Instagram and made myself narrow down my 5 all-time favorite tv shows! It was hard, but I feel pretty good about my list and thought I would share 😜 Trey and I are huge tv show people (I love them so much more than movies), and I love talking about them with others too. So definitely let me know your all-time favorites!

The Office (probably my numba 1)
Parenthood
Friday Night Lights
Grey's Anatomy
Parks and Recreation

Some honorable mentions: Friends, Scandal, This Is Us, and One Tree Hill (embarrassing, but I loved it so much). Also, I'm sure I'm forgetting a show I absolutely love and it will hit me at a random time next week. Time will tell...

Casual spring outfit with slide sandals | Love, Lenore
LA blooms | Love, Lenore
I wore this outfit for a day of exploring LA last week! It was perfect for the sunny, 70 degree weather. I actually bought this top from my friend Brianna because she had a brand new extra, and it's even better than I had hoped! The fit is so flattering and breezy. However, if you don't want to shell out the Show Me Your Mumu dollars, I found an awesome dupe for $15! I actually have it in the yellow :) 

Confession: totally did not realize that this tie is supposed to be in a bow, so I wore it long all day :)

Tie-front top with crop flares | Love, Lenore
cute spring/summer outfit | Love, Lenore
tie-front top | Love, Lenore
top (look for less)  |  similar jeans here (want!) & here  |  similar slides here & here  |  sunglasses  |  similar bags here, here and here  |  similar hat

Be sure to let me know your favorite tv shows, and any you think I need to watch!
 

Simple Things that Make me Happy
4.02.2018

crop top
crop top + culottes | love, lenore
spring/summer set with a straw bag | love, lenore
We got home from vacation at about 2:30am on Sunday, and while I'm not excited about going back to work today, I am feeling refreshed and energized and so much more positive. I needed some time away with just my husband, and I also needed some warm sunshine and a change of scenery! It's amazing what those simple things can do! So, in that spirit, I thought I would share some simple things in life that bring me joy...

Seeing sunshine after days of clouds

Coming home to packages on the front porch

Taking a long, hot shower after a workout

Walking into the office and not having any voicemails

Getting the randomest of texts from my dad

Having meals planned out and groceries purchased for the week

How happy Russell and Lulu are when I get home

Having fun weekend plans to look forward to

Getting fresh farm eggs

When Trey shares funny tweets & Instagram posts with me throughout the work day

De-stressing at my weekly spin class

Sleeping in our own bed after traveling

Pulling off a new recipe and deeming it a "keeper"

That Russell sleeps curled up against my stomach every night

culottes for spring | Love, Lenore
beach vacation outfit | Love, Lenore
beachside outfit | Love, Lenore
top & culottes c/o Sage the Label  |  similar sandals here & here  |  similar bags here, here & here  |  sunnies

Trey and I shot these photos in Manhattan Beach, where we stayed for a couple of days last week! It's such a dreamy little town! I'll be sharing more about our trip soon though :)  


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