Kicking Off Festival Season

Festival season has officially arrived! With Stagecoach and Coachella fast approaching, piecing together the perfect outfits can become one of your most important tasks. And, what better way to prepare for these major festivals than by supporting your local boutiques and businesses while you find the perfect outfits and accessories?

This past weekend, I went to an event hosted by Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows. The venue was filled with different kinds of clothing and jewelry vendors. The face painting, flash tattoo and tarot reading tables definitely helped you jump into that festival mood. Trendy and Tipsy, a boutique located in Pacific Beach, seemed to be the main clothing vendor with the biggest display. They’re a really unique and edgy store that I often shop at (they have the best repurposed denim shorts and flannels), and they have some really awesome pieces that you can work into your festival look. I was also really excited to see that Hunt & Gather was a part of the event. Hunt & Gather is a vintage boutique in North Park, and they were one of those stores that I always saw but never got to check out (until the event). Their styles were really interesting, and seemed to have that bohemian, unique and carefree vibe that’s perfect for music festivals. Taking over Lafayette’s olympic-sized pool, there were three runway shows put on by Hunt & Gather, Trendy and Tipsy and Sauvage Swimwear, with music by DLA.

My favorite part about this event was that it wasn’t just about the fashion vendors; there were displays that promoted sunless tanning, body art and everything you’d need to help achieve your best festival look – it’s not only about your clothes! I love going to these events because I am exposed to so many different stores and businesses that I never would’ve been aware of. It’s a great way to support your community, meet new people and find cool new pieces!

Featured Image by Sabrina Kim.

KINDRED- San Diego’s Trendy New Vegan Restaurant

If you are a foodie, you know that San Diego is home to some of the best eats in the country. There are numerous restaurants, juice bars and eateries all over the city – too many to count! Being one of the most health-conscious and sustainable-minded cities in Southern California, San Diego is known for its trendy vegan food spots. In the small, hip neighborhood of South Park, an eclectic vegan restaurant, called “Kindred,” opened last year. On St. Patrick’s day, my friends and I were debating where to get dinner. One of them had heard about Kindred and suggested that we check it out. Little did we know that we were in for a huge treat – this restaurant exceeded our expectations in every possible way. The design, the decor, the ambiance and the food, of course, were out of this world!

The Interior

The design was a twist of airy, feminine, modern and vintage all in one. Intricate, pink wallpaper lined the sides of the restaurant and a pattern of mirrors covered the ceiling. A huge, beast-like creature was mounted on the wall above an individual booth, and flowers and candles were strategically placed on mantels along the walls and tables throughout the restaurant. There were no windows, but KINDRED was completely open to the crisp, evening air. There was social bar seating, intimate table seating and comfortable booth seating.

The Ambiance

Overall, the restaurant had an edgy but elegant feel. It was packed with people, so it was pretty noisy. There were many different conversations going on and music was playing in the background throughout. It felt very upscale, but the prices were reasonable (around $10-$15 per person) for the quality of food that was served. Kindred had great service and plenty of accommodations.

The Food

As I mentioned earlier, the food was TO-DIE-FOR. I would even recommend this restaurant to meat lovers, because some of the dishes actually tasted like they were made out of real meat. The flavor profiles were amazing and there were so many unique entrees to choose from. I personally loved the “chargrilled seitan skewers” with chimichurri (green sauce flavored with parsley, garlic, oregano and red pepper), horseradish aioli, and harissa (pepper paste). Seitan is imitation “wheat meat” – condensed gluten that tastes like meat when cooked. Some of my friends have never tried seitan before and were amazed by this product. They said they couldn’t taste the difference between it and actual meat. A few other entrees we tried included a grilled cauliflower dish with three sauces on the side, and a huge salad bowl with quinoa, beets, sweet potatoes and other veggies.

I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for an affordable fine-dining experience. And if you’ve never tried vegan food, this spot should be number one on your list. It’s life changing.

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In the Closet of: Christina Kilambi

Meet Christina:

Christina Kilambi is currently a freshman studying public health here at SDSU. Originally from Temecula, she’s a Southern California native. Christina loves looking at the moon at night, and she hates rude people. Her music playlists consist of Frank Ocean, Drake, Rihanna, Ratatat and The Buttertones. If she could only eat one thing for the rest of her life, it would be Russian dumplings. You can always catch Christina long-boarding to class and around campus.

Where are you favorite places to shop?

Forever 21, American Eagle and PacSun. Each store is good for something. You can always count on Forever 21 to have all the basics, and if you need something on short notice they’ll most likely have it. American Eagle has the best jeans. I like PacSun’s beach style. I also really like thrift shopping. It’s cheap, and you can come across some good finds. I think searching for things is the best, most fun part because you can find cool, weird things that nobody else has – you’re not buying the same clothes as everyone else.

How would you describe your style?

People usually describe my style as “skater chic.” I just like to dress comfortable and carefree.

What, or who, would you say influences your style the most?

Rihanna. She’s constantly pushing the boundaries of fashion. Her style is always changing because she wears whatever she wants.

What can we always see you wearing?

My old, beat-up Converse. I [longboard] everywhere, so I don’t really like to wear nice or open-toed shoes.

So far, what has been your favorite experience at SDSU?

Meeting all the people from all around the country, and even the world. SDSU has a really diverse campus, and that’s one of my favorite things about this place.

What are you looking forward to in your next three years at SDSU?

I’m looking forward to becoming a better person, and growing and learning about myself as I go through college. I’m also looking forward to becoming a resident advisor next year. We’ll see how it goes, though!

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Fun Hiking Trails in La Jolla

Ho Chi Minh Trail

9883 La Jolla Farms Rd San Diego, CA 92037

Signs of spring are beginning to appear all over San Diego, especially on the Ho Chi Minh trail. This hike is absolutely stunning, no matter the weather. There is a small path that takes you through lush, green mountains, which are filled with all sorts of wildflowers. The trail leads you to the top of a mountain where you can see in all directions for miles. There are beautiful rock formations and views of the ocean, and the wildlife is plentiful. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone, because although it has its ups and downs, it is not very rigorous.

 

Torrey Pines State Reserve

12600 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Torrey Pines is the perfect place to take a hike, run or casual walk at anytime of day. There is a dirt path along the side of the mountain that allows you to walk for a few miles with a wonderful view of the ocean. It is a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset because of its panoramic views. Torrey Pines has never failed to impress me. I have visited on both scorching hot summer days and foggy winter mornings, and been equally amazed. In the summer, the water turns this crystal-clear aqua color. It’s quite a sight, and you should witness it if you get the chance. In the winter, the crisp breeze keeps you cool and calm throughout your hike.

 

La Jolla Shores Walking Trail

Even though La Jolla Shores can be a pretty touristy area, this trail is off the beaten path – truly a hidden gem. The hike begins by the entrance to the cave, on La Jolla Shores Drive, and continues across the side of the mountain for a ways. Walking on this path, you are surrounded by lush green grasses and as you look left, you can see the ocean and the rest of La Jolla. In the spring, there are tons of wildflowers alongside the entire mountain. Come here next time you want to take a walk, clear your mind or enjoy a sunny San Diego day.

Images from  www.sandiegomagazine.com and by Rachel Joseph.