Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year’s Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

It’s so easy to always try to seek out what’s new or ‘hip’ when you live in the city. A new restaurant, a new food craze, a new Nasty Gal store opening…. Being a California transplant myself, I’m super guilty of spending every other weekend in pursuit of something new and exciting.

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

But, I also believe that when you live somewhere with such rich history (read: everywhere), you owe it to yourself to get to know its backstory, don’t you think? I grew up in Hawaii. I’m no expert on Hawaiian culture by any means, but I spent my entire childhood dancing hula, chanting the haka, and literally being immersed in Hawaiian history. On the islands, there’s no way you could possibly grow up without that kind of deeply rooted education. It’s pretty much on par with learning how to read and write. On top of that, little pieces of Hawaii’s past are everywhere you look, too. The USS Arizona Memorial, old WWII pillboxes on hiking trails, and ancient Hawaiian ruins are all reminders of the island’s history.

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Visiting Old Town San Diego reminded me about all of this. Old Town is the birthplace of San Diego and pretty much all of California as we know it today. The area and its heritage are extremely well preserved, and everywhere I turned was another lesson in California’s history. It was humbling, fascinating, and well worth the visit. So yeah, it’s nice to live in a city that’s always moving forward and searching for what’s new. But it’s equally nice to take a moment to rediscover where it all began.

After our stroll through Old Town, it was NYE!!! We rang in the New Year in San Diego at an oceanfront restaurant. There were no fireworks, and a lot of rain, but all that aside, it was magical. Maybe that’s the gimlets talking, but it was definitely a night for the books! Here’s hoping 2017 is every bit as colorful as the last three-sixty-five. How is your 2017 shaping up so far?

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

Off Duty Destination: San Diego + New Year's Eve

What I Wore:

Denim + Cardi | Express

Floral Top | Forever 21

Trench | Ann Taylor

Rain Boots | Sam Edelman

Lip | Nyx Cosmetics

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