Friday, July 22, 2016

Old Town San Diego

Location: Old Town San Diego State Park, CA
I'm finally getting around to posting more of our summer vacation memories - this time... from Old Town San Diego State Park,  We recently took a vacation to San Diego in early July and I knew this was one place I didn't want to miss! We arrived a little earlier in the day to avoid the crowds and the heat!



Featured Piece: this Old Navy linen striped shift dress found here



There are a ton of cute shops that sell handmade items such as clothing, pottery, garden decor, jewelry, blankets, etc.  You can also find a ton of touristy shops if your looking for postcards, tee shirts, key chains, and San Diego swag!  I especially loved all the colorful handmade pottery and tiles made in Mexico!




I knew it was going to be a hot day and I needed something that would keep me cool as we strolled through town.  I packed this red, white, and blue linen striped shift dress in my luggage.  It was a perfect choice for this particularly hot summer day!  It's made of 55% linen and 45% rayon, so it's a very soft medium weight blend that kept me cool for most of the day!  I love the cinched tied waist which gives this dress more of a fitted look.  It comes in two other color options that are perfect for summer!


My Family!  My boys are getting so big!  They will be 10 years old this fall!



I brought along this Old Navy red, white and blue striped bag which is currently sold out.  I used it as a carry on tote for our plane trip but it also came in handy to hold miscellaneous purchases we made during our visit.  I stashed our sunscreen, water, and snacks for the family when we went out exploring.  It was super convenient!  You can also see how I styled it in this recent post here!  Here are a few other similar options here and here that create the same look!



I love cactuses and succulents and Old Town has many of them!  This is one of my favorite photos from the trip which I took with my iPhone! 


Did you know that Old Town is the birthplace of California?  It's where the first European's settled back in 1825.  There are over 17 historic points of interest and the finest in professional theatre,  museums, artisans, galleries and shops all within easy walking distance.  During our visit, we also enjoyed free live entertainment including mariachis, dancers, and period attire docents providing tours of the historic sites.







I brought along my denim jacket because I wasn't sure how late we would stay and it always cools off in the evenings at the coast.  This denim jacket goes with just about any summer dress.  It's one of my go to pieces, especially when I need to think about layers!  I also brought along these cute white sunnies and have worn them non-stop since!  Here are a few other cute sunnies I have had my eyes on here and here!  




We ended our visit to Old Town with some much deserved ice cream!  It was the perfect way to chill out, relax, and decide what to do next!




I would highly recommend if you plan to visit Old Town in the summer that you plan accordingly for the weather and type of activities you want to do.  I have heard that the Mexican food and margaritas are the best at the local restaurants!  If you are looking for more night life entertainment, food, and drinks, then plan to go later in the afternoon when the weather cools down a bit so you can still get some shopping done and then enjoy a great meal and cocktails!  I think we will go back for that during our next visit!

I hope you all are having a great summer so far!

Travel Colorfully!

Hayley