San Diego’s Most Instagram-Worthy Spots

Over the last year I have literally been Instagramming myself all over San Diego. In 2017 I posted some of my favorite Instagram worthy spots in North Park but there are so many more places to see in this iconic city. I decided to create a Instagram tour guide for ALL of San Diego. So get ready here are my favorite Instagram spots around San Diego, Happy Instagramming!

Spanish Village Art Center

San Diego Spanish Village

The spanish village art center is a hidden treasure located in Balboa Park and is largest community of artists in San Diego. It is a color of explosion, and the perfect place to snap a few IG photos. (Google Maps)

 S3 Coffee Bar

San Diego Instagram Worthy S3CoffeeBar

S3 coffee bar’s drinks and decor are truly Instagram Heaven! Grab Rose Gold latte or a Rainbow latte you won’t be disappointed! (Google Map)

C O M M U N A L C O F F E E

San Diego Instagram worthy spots communal coffeeThis shop gives me two of my favorite things– Coffee + Flowers! It’s the perfect spot to grab a latte, a bite to eat and a beautiful boutique of flowers. (Google Map)

Holy Matcha

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Holy Matcha

If pink is your favorite color this is the spot for you. The decor and drinks are Instagram worthy, my drink of choice is their Matcha Latte with coconut milk, it is delicious! (Google Maps)

Artelexia

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Artelexa

The perfect Instagram spot if you’re a local or a tourist, this store is full of color and cute trinkets! (Google Maps)

Pigment

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Pigment

Add some life to your Instagram page with a photo in front of Pigment’s ombre pink wall. Pigment it is my favorite store in San Diego! Succulents, flamingos and rainbows cover the store, it’s the BEST! (Google Maps)

Birch Aquarium

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Birch Aquarium

The birch aquarium is hidden mom jewel but it’s still very Instagram worthy. This is the perfect place to feel reminded that beauty is all around us, on land and in water! (Google Maps)

Favorite Color Wall 

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Favorite Color Wall

This playful wall in La Jolla is another one of my favorites! The “favorite color” mural was created by Roy Mcmakin an designer, architect and was inspired by the emotions around peoples favorite colors. Don’t forget to use #favoritecolor. (Google Maps)

Chronic Smoothies, Blazin Grill

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic Smoothie

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic SmoothieGrab yourself a smoothie and 3 killer IG photos… thanks to the artist peasefulxo there are three beautiful murals to choose from… here are 2 of the 3! Make sure to show the love and tag peasefulxo. on Instagrtam. (Google Maps)

Happy San Diego wandering and instagramming friends!

–Whitney

Best Brow and Beauty Spa in San Diego- High Brow Beauty

unnamed-8.jpgHappy Friday babes. I don’t know about you but when I was a little girl I remember watching my mom take care of her beautiful skin. She always made it priority to use great products and wash her face morning and night. I carried that with me into adulthood . So for me taking care of my skin is really important and an everyday thing. So when I got the opportunity to try some of High Brow Beauty’s amazing treatments I was thrilled and I’m so excited to share my experience.

Talk about a darling little beauty spa set in downtown San Diego. High Brow Beauty offers Brow DesignEye Lash Extensions, Keratin Lash Lift,  Waxing, Sugaring and a variety of Facials .

The team of ladies that work there are the total dream team with years of experience in the world of beauty. First, I got my eyebrows shaped and they design the perfect brow arch for me with a “no stencil” ! My eyebrows hadn’t been touched in months so I definitely needed some shaping and cleaning up. Here is the before and the the following photos are the after!

High Brow Beauty- Waxing

After eye brow shaping I went straight into the Organic Medi Facial. Which they describe as the perfect marriage of medical science and luxurious pampering, this gentle yet effective facial is 100% natural. They used this incredible pumpkin enzyme mask that left my face so smooth and I’m still glowing two days post facial.

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We finished the morning off with Keratin Lash Lift. There will be another blog post coming next week completely dedicated to this treatment, because well it’s just that cool!!! And it’s a great alternative to eyelash extensions. I don’t want to give to much away but if you are one of those people who has to use a eye lash curler everyday… the Keratin Lash Lift is for you!

I can’t thank High Brow Beauty for hosting me and if you are interested in trying some really great beauty treatments check them out. They are running a special for Valentine’s Days, only $39 for Brazilian waxes ( $16 savings)!!!High Brow Beauty- Eyelash Lift

Brows, Facial and Lash Lift, were provided to Positively Posie free of charge. These are all my opinions though!

Must See Favorite Spots- Scottsdale, Arizona

One of my favorite places in the world will always be Arizona, it will forever be home to me. So where should you go if your visiting Arizona? Head to the heart of Scottsdale…Old Town! It has everything from great restaurants, boutiques,tourist shops and art galleries. Everything that makes for a great Saturday morning, check them out and don’t forget to Instagram them!

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The Art of Ice Cream Experience 

Literally the most instagrammable and colorful place in Old Town. The Art of Ice Cream is celebrating America’s love of ice cream with interactive art that is so much fun. Your kids will love it, gosh YOU will love it because it’s such a happy and colorful place.

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Carmen on 5th 

I can always count on Carmen to have a super cute Arizona based t-shirts. Stop in and check out their adorable shop! They are next to Cartel Coffee on 5th Avenue!

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SHIRT: Madewell tie / SUNNIES: Madewell Aviators  / BAG: H&M tote / Jeans: 7 mankind

Farm and Craft 

If there was ever a restaurant made for me it is Farm and Craft. They have a wellness menu that features 4 paths to optimal health includes ( anti inflammatory, increasing probiotics levels, maintaining high levels of antioxidants and reducing your overall stress levels). Basically this place is gluten free, organic and hormone free, healthy food but done in a creative and delicious way!

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RUZE Cake House 

This is probably one of my favorite places in Arizona! Macaroons+ Boba Tea makes for the perfect afternoon treat. This shop has a place in my heart because the mother/daughter team behind RUZE have played a special role in my major life moments over the past two years.  From my bridal shower to wedding cake and desserts, and then my baby shower treats, I just can’t get enough of their delicious but beautiful designed treats. Be on the look for a future post solely about RUZE and the women behind it.

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OG Beauty

This little gem OG Beauty carries all types of indie beauty/ makeup brands. If your a makeup lover like me then you’ll want to pop in and check them out! They are located on Main St, just down from Ruze Cake House! So grab a Boba tea from Ruze and head over to OG beauty to try a couple new beauty products.  IMG_0587.JPG

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I’d love to hear about some of your favorite spots in Arizona or in your home town! And don’t forget to follow my blog with Bloglovin and Instagram

XO-Whitney

How To Reduce Cellulite…is it possible?

unnamed-7.jpgAlright babes it’s time to tackle the topic of cellulite. We are living in a time of flawless #fitspiration photos that have taken over our Instagram feeds. HELLO… reality is 90% of women have cellulite ( me included)!  I will be the first to admit that I wish my body was smooth and cellulite free, but it isn’t. I’ve learned that depending on my weight, workout routine and hormones levels my cellulite can all of the sudden be more visible. Now listen, I know this can be a touchy subject and some people don’t care one bit about cellulite, and if you are one of those women– more POWER to you! But that is not me, I’m always trying to improve myself and my health & body! I feel like society tells us to just airbrush every flaw away but I believe there are solutions to try to better those flaws! And although I haven’t been able to fully get rid of my cellulite, these life-changing tips have helped reduce the appearance of my cellulite A LOT. Remember it’s so important to apply all of these tips consistenly to help get toned, fit and confident.

What is this thing called Cellulite?

Most of you probably know what cellulite is but if you don’t it’s due to fat cells under the skin that bulge causing a dimpling effect. The Scientific American tell us this, “From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production….”

Nutrition is Key!

Okay Okay so you have heard it many times but nutrition really is everything. To reduce cellulite I’ve learned I had to lower my body fat a little so that meant eating clean. I constantly load up on nutrient dense foods, which are important for my metabolism and keeping my body fueled. Reach for plenty of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, clean proteins. Guys, if you want to dive even deeper in the world of nutrition and health. Consider getting a Live Blood Analysis done, basically you get to look at your blood under a microscope. This will allow you to find imbalances, conditions, and issues before they become major problems. Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

Tone Your Backside

Toning up that booty is a must if you want to see a smooth backside. I wanted to share some of my favorite moves that I have been doing NON STOP in 2018. These are the types of excercises that have made a huge difference in reducing my cellulite because they specifically target the thighs and butt. I make sure to do 40-50 reps of each exercise   move into every workout, even on arm day!!!  Dumbbell curtsy lunge, weighted bridge and dead-lifts!. Check out my Pinterest for more workout videos.

Roll Out, Roll Out

 I roll out everyday or I at least try to roll out everyday. The last 6 months I have really increased my lower body workouts which means super sore legs & butt. So the 411 on Foam rolling is it helps my recovery post workout and increases my circulation/ flexibility. Foam rolling manipulates and releases the fascia layer helping to smooth out your back side!

If your a first time “roller” let me introduce you to the queen or foam rolling and detoxing Lauren Roxburgh.  This article from GOOP has so many great tips on banishing cellulite and Lauren Roxburgh shows you 8 foam rolling moves to incorporate into your life. Or if your a visual person here is a video I have been using from Lauren (Runner’s Workout) that is only 15 minutes long! Your back side will thank you for foam rolling, I promise!

Shower Essentials 

Pre-shower I make sure dry brush, it increases circulation and gets any stagnant toxins moving. The technique for dry brushing is to make sure your doing long and upward strokes towards the heart. Start at those feet and work up your legs, then booty and stomach. I also LOVE dry brushing pre-shower because it opens up my pores and allow products to penetrate the skin better. Like a coffee scrub ( recommended in that GOOP article and the only one I have tried) or you can totally DIY your own Coffee Scrub.. They say good ole’ caffeine is cellulite’s #1 enemy, it increases circulation and tightens the skin!

Self Acceptance 

At the end of the day we have to embrace and love our bodies, it is something that I’m  working on. I remind myself daily that if I’m doing everything possible to be the healthiest and strongest me than that is good enough, even with a little bit cellulite on my tush!

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Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Your Mini

Growing up my mom had a sweet little gift for us every Valentines day, yup she was that mom and it was awesome! So I wanted to keep that tradition going, so I’m now that mom too! Here are some easy and fun V-Day gifts for your mini at every age!

Ps. I had to show off little B from last Valentines day. My hubby was deployed so we sent him a fun box of goodies and some cute photos of his girls!

Valentines Mini Gift Guide

 Valentines inflatable unicorn gift  Valentines Junk Food Valentine tee

Valentines Oriental Trading Plush Hearts  Valentines Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

Valentines States Puzzle   Valentines Castle

Valentines Classics book set

Inflatable Valentine Unicorn Ring Toss Game
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Tee
50 States – Puzzle Within a Puzzle
Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Plush Conversation Hearts
Epic Castle Playhouse
Complete Puffin Classics – Set of 11

Unique Men’s Gift – The Gift of Time + Giveaway

Engraved watch for Valentines

If your anything like me finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the man in your life is no easy feat.! As a military family we value gift of time, we always cherish being able to celebrate holidays together. With Valentines day just around the corner, I thought a really unique watch would be the perfect gift. Personally, I’m kind of obsessed with watches, I think a watch is gift that your loved one can cherish for years to come. Thanks to Jord Wood Watches I was able to surprise my husband with an engraved JORD watch for Valentine’s Day. He was totally surprised and lets be honest this unique wood watch is definitely going to help Kale elevate his daily wrist wear!

Kale’s engraved watch is the newest style in the JORD collection, the Hyde series, is a model of minimalism. Like most men my husband is all about minimalism when it comes to anything fashion. Even though this watch is simple the details of the sapphire crystal glass, metal tipped hands and real wood are just beautiful. Another special touch that JORD offers is personalizing the box your watch comes in with an engraved message! If your in the market for a unique men’s  or women’s  watch, JORD’s watches are timepieces pieces meant for a modern lifestyle!

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So now the GIVEAWAY… JORD and I have partnered up to give one lucky winner $100.00 off gift code to spend on a JORD watch of your choice. Use it to pick up something for your sweetheart for Valentines day or pick out a watch for yourself! Even if you don’t win the the $100.00 gift code, everyone who enters will receive a 10% off coupon code

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

You have until February 4th at 11:59pm to enter and the $100 and 10% off Coupon Codes will expire February 11th.


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  Happy Wednesday Friends!

I put together a list of all the things I’m currently crushing on. I would love to know what’s inspiring you at the moment, too! Comment below!

Fashion

Asos: Jeans and Denim for Tall Girl! Yes, Please!

Vici: Hibernate Pocketed Zip Cardigan it’s like living in your robe.

The Spring 2018 Trends are here and very interesting. Thoughts?

Lifestyle

This Mongolian Faux Fur Blanket: Project 62 is out of this world. Thanks Target!

Tone it Up: I really want to tone up this year so I’m now a Tone It Up Girl and loving it!

Think Dirty App: Scan the barcode on your product and you will receive a rating of 0 (clean!) to 10 (dirty). It’s amazing you’ll find yourself scanning everything in sight.

Beauty

One Word: Influenster ( look for more info in an upcoming post)

Kerastase: Fibre architecte reconstructing serum for weak hair and damaged hair. Because after years of hair extensions my hair needs some major love.

LANCER: The Method is a skin game changer. My skin has never felt smoother. Yes, it’s a little pricey but worth it. Try out the limited addition mini set at Sephora and see what you think. 

Motherhood

Starbucks: New L.O.V.E reusable cup just makes me happy.

Smartygirlbrand: I’m all about girls being girly girls but girls can still like chemistry and Dinos, right! These unique leggings are going to be a staple in Blakely’s wardrobe. Go swoon over their Instagram

Sweatandmilk: My good friend just posted about these luxury bras for nursing mamas. I looked everywhere for fashionable nursing bras and found nothing. For baby #2 I’m stocking up.