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So… most of you know that for the past 7 months or so I have been splitting my time between SD and SF so that I can spend more time with the cutest boy ever, aka my nephew. Exhausting…? Yes. Stressful…? You bet. Worth it…? Totally. San Diego will always be home, but I love to come up here, get away, and soak up some QT with the fam bam.

My family recently moved into the most amazing little cabin in the woods in beautiful Mill Valley, California. This place is unreal. I feel like I’m living in a dream world. I am surrounded by giant redwood trees, amazing hiking trails, and have a view of Mt. Tam. I’m also a 2 minute walk to downtown Mill Valley ( which is soooooo cute BTW ) and a 15 minute drive to see my little nephew in SF. Talk about the best of both worlds. It’s such a great getaway. I can come here, remove myself from the hustle and bustle, surround myself with nature, unplug, and shocker… RELAX (not one of my strong points).

The second I got here I set down my bags, laced up my running shoes, and started exploring… what I found in my new backyard was pretty freaking amazing.

I’m not into resolutions. If you ask me New Years resolutions are like expensive sunglasses… like it or not, you’re gonna break ’em! I am, however, into setting goals. Sooo… my goal for the new year is to slow down, appreciate the little things that usually go unnoticed, be grateful, spend more time outside and less time glued to the computer. Do more, stress less, and just enjoy where I am in my life at the moment. That being said… here are some highlights of my first week here in Mill Valley.


Currently my favorite trail.


What is this…? These things are all over the place. Love it.


YES! A staircase. My a**es best frenemie ;)


This reads “Tree by God”. LOL.


Nothing like a little inspo to keep me going. I loved these rocks painted with kind words… so motivating.


A little post-run treat, courtesy of Equator Coffee ← soooooo good!!


Not sure… but I am seriously in heaven. There is nothing that makes me feel more alive and relieves my stress like going for a good run outside, in nature, surrounded by beautiful things. Can’t wait to do some more exploring!


If You’re Going To San Francisco…

I know I’ve been a little off the grid as of late… I’m still trying to play catch up after my mini vacay to my favorite city by the bay. I think it’s really important to get away every now and then, to unwind, escape the nuances of everyday life, and reassess what’s really important. Here are some photo highlights of the trip…

and we're off

Annnd we’re off… Frida and I en route to SF!


I was sick the entire trip… as in no voice sick, but I didn’t let it get me down. Alternate forms of communication + sippin’ on some sizzurp.


Nothing s’mores and whiskey by the fire can’t cure.

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Oh… and wine tasting in Carmel. Wine on wine on wine. Love the modern decor.

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The whole town of Carmel is so dog friendly… even the wineries :) it’s a dog’s life.


A beautiful statue of the Immaculate heart of Mary.

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Morning hike at Carmel Valley Ranch. The perfect way to start the day.

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Tella turns 3!! The birthday girl celebrating in mid-air. This is what happiness looks like.


Haight // Ashbury

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Love this mural // Trying to speak to my unborn nephew… Hi baby Lucho! Auntie Kika can’t wait to meet you!!

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Some cool sidewalk art // groovy Ashbury sign // Unlucky # 27… a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and other musicians who lost their lives at the tender age of 27. Tragic and beautiful.

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A successful day of shopping on Haight. Got to feed my obsession at the Kidrobot store + picked up some cool new kicks at True SF.

until next time

The trip home is never as much fun… Frida agrees. Until next time SF. Xx.



Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend..

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Today was my first day at my new job and i loved it! I am working for a Cosmetic Surgeon which perfectly blends my backgrounds in both the beauty industry and in healthcare. I am learning a lot and am excited for what is to come. It was beautiful outside today and I spent my lunch hour getting lost [not literally] on the beautiful nature trails throughout Balboa Park. Here are some photo highlights..

a trail of ♥s.

xx kt