Weekend Wardrobe: Levi’s, Nordstrom Rack, Victoria’s Secret

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This weekend I went for a casual and beach ready look! I wore some old cut-off daisy dukes with a sheer blouse and bandeau bikini top. I tied it all together with a long chunky necklace + statement sunglasses!

This week’s look:

◊ Shorts – Levi’s ◊
◊ Top – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Necklace – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Sunnies – Nordstrom Rack ◊
◊ Bandeau – Victoria’s Secret ◊

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Travel Diary: Spain

After 2 weeks in Spain, I feel like I’m on a high of sangria & sunshine! If you’re planning an upcoming visit to Southern Spain (if you’re not, you should be!), I hope you visit some of my favorite spots! These are MUST-DO, MUST-VISIT places in beautiful Andalusia.

»RONDA, SPAIN«

This little gem of a town is set in the hills of Spain and is known as the “White City” overlooking the Gorge El Tajo. The most famous bridge in town is absolutely breath-taking, and is over 100 meters tall (that’s like a 30 story building!!). You can have a drink at a cafe or stay in a hotel that sits on the cliffs overlooking the gorge and the beautiful bridge. Make sure to stop at the museum inside of the bride for a more detailed look!

Have a picnic in the Alameda Park and catch the view of endless rolling hills and vineyards! There’s also a historic bull ring in Ronda with a small museum to visit.

This town is GORGEOUS and definitely one of my favorites in Spain. There are endless tiny cobblestone roads to explore, littered with cafes and shops. Ronda is must when you’re in Spain!

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»GIBRALTAR«

When you’re this close to Gibraltar, there’s no excuse not to visit! There’s a gondola line that can take you to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, where you’ll see views of Africa. Beware of the f*@$* crazy monkeys (Barbary macaques) that have taken over the rock – they’re completely desensitized to humans and will jump on you and steal your snacks!

If you have time, stop to see St Michael’s Cave, the Apes’ Den, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish castle, Military Heritage Centre, the 100-tonne supergun and the ‘Gibraltar: A City Under Siege’ exhibition. This is a FULL DAY with TONSSSS of walking (but worth every step!).

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»SEVILLA«

Sevilla is cultural overload and worth way more than one day of your time! Make sure to visit the Cathedral, which is the third largest in Europe. It’s full of artifacts and incredible architecture, so allocate at least 2 hours to see the entire thing.

Other must-sees include the  Plaza de Espana, the Alcazar Palace, the Plaza de Toros, and one of the many Arab baths!

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»GRANADA«

Granada is such a fun city to just stroll around and explore! Make sure you’re ready to WALK, because the Alhambra Fortress is one of Granada’s main attractions! The fortress is full of patios and gardens and culture! It’s super picturesque and a great place to take photos! When you’re done, stop at St Nicolas Point. Make sure to see the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, and the Great Mosque. If you want to shop, walk along the tiny street of Alcaiceria to find tourist shops and souvenirs.

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»MARBELLA«

Marbella is a BABE of a town. It’s the chicest beach town around and is THE party scene of Andalusia. I had more fun here than I ever would have thought. This town is Spain’s best kept secret — it’s the beachier, more laid-back Barcelona of Spain! Don’t plan to go out before midnight, and make sure you’re ready to fiesta until past 4am!

Marbella also has gorgeous beaches where you can rent cabanas / beach chairs for a few euros! The food is to die for, and if you’re trying to shop for some haute couture, Louis V, Dior, Hermes, Ferragamo, and all their friends basically line the sand. Heaven on earth?

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»MALAGA«

Super cute city with great history. Stop at the Moorish Fortress, and go to see Picasso’s house! The Cathedral is gorgeous (aren’t they all?) and is lined by adorable squares where you can grab a beer and listen to street musicians.

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»MOROCCO«

(You can take a ferry across from several locations in Spain! Read more about my trip to Morocco in a separate post, coming soon!)

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»BOLONIA BEACH«

AWESOME TURQUOISE WATER!! But beware, this beach is pretty windy and the waves are much bigger than those on the Mediterranean side.

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»NERJA«

Love this little beach city! It’s known for sitting on beautiful ocean side cliffs. There are so many small private beaches that you have to take a little bus down the cliffs to reach the most exclusive among them! When you’re there, rent a small sail boat and get lost at sea.

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»TORREMOLINOS«

Noteworthy beach! Check it out if you have time.

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»CADIZ«

Another beautiful beach city! The ruins are super cool and the cathedral is gorgeous, but spend most of your time at the beach.

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 I’m basically ready to become a professional adventurer! My trip to Spain consisted of new sites and experiences every single day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! What I’d do to be back on my €6 floatie, dozing in the midst of the Mediterranean, sangria in hand.

Where did you spend your summer holiday!? Where should Halfsies go next?? Share below!! 

Restaurant Review: Strand House

Restaurant Name: Strand House
Location: 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Dinner, drinks
Great for: Seafood

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What we loved: If you’re about seafood and white wine, Strand House doesn’t let down. I love that their seafood is always extra fresh, and that you get to enjoy a lovely ocean view while eating it!

What we’d improve: The place is super busy and often doesn’t have all the oyster options listed on the menu. If you’re picky with oysters (like me) that can be annoying, but otherwise, NO COMPLAINTS! Love this place!

What we’d recommend: Oysters, oysters, and anything seafood. The brussels sprouts and mac are also to die for!

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Strand House also makes their own hot sauce from a very-secret recipe (that’s the blue vial photographed above), which is beyond amazing! If you love hot sauce, the stuff is good on basically anything! I especially like adding a drop or two to an oyster shooter!

If you plan on stopping by, be sure to make a reservation (and don’t forget to ask for an outside table!).

Blog Feature: London, Like the City

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Name: London

Blog Name: London, Like the city

Nickname: Lond, Londy, Londo, Londonbridges

Why did you start blogging? I first started food blogging in college, but then realized I wanted a creative outlet to document and share all of my interests, fun projects and favorite things.

How did you come up with the name, ‘London, Like the City’?  I wanted a blog name that tied to my own name so it could grow with me as my focus and interests changed. I end up having to say “like the city” all the time when meeting new people or ordering coffee, so it stuck .

What has been the highlight of your blogging career so far? All of the creative friends and people I’ve met that I never would have came across without the blog world! I also got to attend some fun events this year, like the LuckyFABB Conference and Bloguettes workshop. And of course, getting to collaborate with cool brands I love is always exciting.

Where do you get your inspiration? Pinterest, long drives, the beach.

What is the mantra for your blog? “London, Like the City” is a San Diego-based healthy lifestyle diary that celebrates everything from food and DIY projects to stylized living and holistic health. It’s a creative place to document my interests, inspiration, and journey to finding balance & purpose as a twenty-something!


Fun 5 (Five Random ‘Unrelated to Blogging’ Questions):

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1. Guilty pleasure: chocolate & online shopping

2. Man Crush Monday: Jude Law all day

3. Summer Anthem: I’m still figuring it out….but I’ve got Katy Perry Birthday, MKTO Classic (that should actually be my guilty pleasure) and everything Haim & Sam Smith on repeat right now.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 9.45.43 AM4. Favorite TV Show: I don’t have ti-vo anymore so I miss all of my shows! But New Girl, SNL, Workahollics, almost anything HGTV aaaand Orange is the New Black.

5. Fantasy Celeb BFF: Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis, Shailene Woodley

http://www.londonlikethecity.com/

Fun & Fab Flash Tattoos

Have a pool party, festival, or concert that you are attending and want to add a little glimmer to glam your outfit? Well, we bring you Flash Tattoos! They are are metallic, jewelry inspired tattoos, that are great way to transform your entire look in seconds! There are a variety of different metallic styles and designs, which are available online @ flashtat.com. Check out our photoshoot below showing off some of the oh-so-fab tats! Photography done by our talented friend, Holly Pendergast! Check out her work @ hollydazephotos.com!

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Weekend Wardrobe #3: Nordstrom, Free People, Forever21

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This week’s inspo comes from the beautiful weather we’re having in SoCal! I wanted to put together a look that was brunch appropriate and simultaneously beach-ready! Patterned stretch skirts and flowy crop tops pair super well and are both versatile and comfy! Wear your hair in a casual top knot, and you’ve perfected the look! I’m sporting this style all summer long folks!

This Week’s Look:

◊ Skirt – Nordstrom ◊
◊ Shirt – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Necklace – Forever 21 ◊
◊ Bralette – Free People ◊
◊ Sunnies – Thrift ◊

Beach Cruisin’

Today, Sunday Funday was in full effect! My friend and I took advantage of the beautiful Cali weather and spent the day in the sun! We rode our beach cruisers along the boardwalk to Main Street in Huntington, where we got our grub on at the North Shore Poke Co., and had a few too many margs at a nearby cantina! It was an adventurous, relaxing, and a great way to end the week!

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I <3 Cali.