Hello friends, and welcome to California! I am a 25-year-old Public Relations Manager who resides in this gorgeous place, and I’ve lived here almost all my life. While I love traveling and seeing brand new places, I never get tired of this golden state and always find something new to discover here. It’s truly a magical place. I love it so much in fact, that I got its shape tattooed on my arm. . See? True love. As you might have surmised from the location of the heart, I live in San Diego. It’s an incredible place to live. Wanderlust often has me daydreaming about living elsewhere, but the dreams always end with me wistfully wishing I was back here again. And so, I try to appreciate it in the present. As with everyone, my surroundings greatly influence my personal style and living tendencies. California is especially interesting in that respect, because you only have to drive for fifteen minutes to be in an entirely different style of neighborhood. In San Diego, we’re famous for beach culture of course. However, there are many people like me who adore this city to bits and can go a full calendar year without ever going to the beach or wearing a pair of flip flops. Don’t get me wrong, the beach is great! There’s just so much else to do here, and such an eclectic smattering of lifestyles that I find myself pleasantly overwhelmed by all of the options. For a while, I ran a blog called Julia Child Goes Veg, where I was attempting to “vegetarianize” my way through Julia Child’s cookbook, kind of like the way Julie Powell cooked her way through in the blog/book/movie. It was a lot of fun, but it ended up getting amazingly expensive. So much so that I started to question the validity of the original blog, where she apparently cooked every single recipe (524 of them) in just one year (365 days). By my calculations, that would have taken thousands and thousands of dollars, and an unimaginable amount of time. And yet she worked at a call center for a development corporation? It just doesn’t add up. Regardless, it didn’t add up for me, and that’s why I stopped. I’m attempting to slowly build my savings at this point in my life, so buying all those extra ingredients every week was just not cutting it. Since then though, I’ve missed blogging. I love writing, and have been ruminating on what else I might blog about. Last night I threw a dinner party for a few friends, and went all out. I bought table linens, flatware (we previously only had two forks, so it was a necessity), made little place cards for each person using the hand lettering that I’ve been practicing… all of my guests (reportedly) had a great time. During the after-dinner conversation, one of my friends suggested that I write a lifestyle blog. I’d never thought about doing such a thing – after all, I’m no expert on anything relating to lifestyle. Though, isn’t that the beauty of blogging? You don’t have to be an expert, you can simply be an enthusiast! And I sure am a lifestyle enthusiast. So I thought, why not? I’ll probably figure out exactly what this blog is as it evolves, but I’m sure it will include some fashion, a little bit of home decor, maybe a recipe here or there, things to do in San Diego, ideas for small gatherings, a tinge of wellness… you know, the things that make up a life’s style. For now, thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to sharing a bit of my life with you. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I always love reading comments. Talk to you soon!