I had a 10-minute introductory session to healing touch last year at Sharp HealthCare's Women's Health Symposium. I felt so much clarity and relaxation running through my body after that quickie that I had to do the full hour at Grossmont Hospital. Here's a brief intro to chakras. Time to balance my TV chakra - Grey's Anatomy and The Office!!! Yay!
San Diego is typically known as the year-round-perfect-climate SoCal city south of Los Angeles, north of Tijuana. When it comes to fashion, flip flops, tank tops, board shorts, and bikinis come to mind. When a tourist looks for a shopping destination, he's pointed toward Fashion Valley. But, unlike the homogeneous style typified on shows like The OC or The Hills, there are actually some people out there in SoCal that make an effort to stand out from the rest of the acrylic or black nail-polished girls wearing the abnormally enormous sunglasses and the equally colossal designer bags (real or fake, you decide). You know, those girls who are constantly on their cellphones (with the whiny, nasally voice saying "and I was like...and she was like" every 5 seconds), playing with their hair, trying so damn hard to look aloof to their surroundings while subtly (but not really) making sure that they've got everyone's attention (I see them ALL OVER the aforementioned mall).
The people who actually appreciate and have a sense of individualistic style probably don't shop at malls like UTC, North County Fair, or Mission Valley Mall. They probably shop at boutiques like Mimi & Red in North Park (I LOVE this shop - affordable yet so stylish), Magpie in South Park (had my trunk show there last year and the new owner, Sarah Lambert, is an AWESOME designer and quite an inspiration), and Neighbourhood Boutique in University Heights. I also love Material on University, Steady and Unsteady in Little Italy and downtown, respectively, and Niche, also in Little Italy. Thread is also a fun place to go for creative and inspirational style, but I was a bit confused by the models on the ground and inside of car hoods at the venue a couple of weeks ago.
Maybe these shops will help transform San Diego into a fashion mecca. Or maybe we can keep them our nice little secret. We'll leave Abercrombie, Hollister, and Forever 21 to those read UsWeekly for style advice. Yay for originality.
I am a HUGE fan of anything related to writing, be it pens, pencils, envelopes... I'm even a fan of the cute stickers and wax seal stamps used to seal envelopes. I guess I really like the process behind writing a handwritten note to a loved one, a colleague, a family member. Yes, it costs a bit more to assemble a lovely note than it does to zap an email to your boyfriend, and yes it takes a bit more time to write the words you would normally type, but there's charm, effort, attention to detail, thought and consideration that comes included in a handwritten note. There's also the excitement of physically opening an envelope rather than simply clicking on a link! Who's done that in a while (with the exception of opening all those bills!)?
Sorry I haven't blogged much lately. I've kinda been living my life a little more, traveling, enjoying outdoor activities with loved ones, going to weddings, planning for weddings, and writing a little less. I miss writing though, so I'm going to make a point to blog more often.
I wanted to share some favorite Asian stores of mine in the San Diego area. I really love Mitsuwa on Kearny Mesa Rd. I get my mochi there, my Japanese fashion magazines, and my cute stationery with sayings that make no sense whatsoever. I also go to Zion Market, which is Korean market on Mercury. I get my bean buns, my wheat cakes, and my Calpico beverages here. What's an Asian market list without 99 Ranch? Find this SUPERmarket on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. One of my newer favorite stores is the Japanese specialty store, Marukai, now open on Balboa Ave. Pretty much everything in this store is $1.50!! I bought cute chick plates, some journals, a couple of bird bowls, and a charming teapot from this store. The floor is a bit weird (it bends up in certain areas and makes me feel as if I'll be catapulted into the air) and the Kewpie Mayonnaise freaks me out, but other than that, it's an awesome store!