What’s in the Bag? -San Diego

It has been absolutely beautiful out. 70-75 degree weather everyday, perfect for day trips -which I’ve been doing a lot of.

I thought it might be a bit fun to venture away from food today and try something new. So for my little day trips I’ll give you guys a peek into my bag.

What's in the bag? -A Caffeinated BrunetteI’ve been wanting to get down to San Diego since I got to LA and we found the perfect day to do it. I couldn’t wait to head down there and we were meeting a new friend, Gabe, from Strght. He makes these awesome hand etched skateboards and was kind enough to show us around.

I usually try to pack light but I like taking my iPad around just in case I quickly need something besides my phone. I also have been trying to do a bit more reading so if anyone has any suggestions on some of your favorite books I’d love to hear them. Besides the iPad, almost everything is an essential that I take with me on a daily basis.

What's in the bag? -A Caffeinated BrunetteA few weeks ago I ordered a bag from Timbuk2. I was so excited for it to come. They’re made right in San Francisco and I am so happy with it. (They are also customizable.) The bag is waterproof on the inside, great for bringing around every day or on little trips. It showed its stuff the other night when there was a group of men behind us at dinner doing sake shots. The shots pooled all over the floor. My new bag unfortunately got the short end of it but was perfectly fine with a little wipe off and drying.

What's in the bag? -A Caffeinated BrunetteEssentials: 

Papyrus Journal: I always take around a journal to remember specific restaurants, recommendations I receive and blog posts I think up along the way. Although it was a bit more expensive than a regular notebook (which it’s on sale now!), I love my papyrus journal. It’s so pretty it makes me want to write in it.

What's in the bag? -A Caffeinated Brunette

Grado Headphones: The family of Grado headphones are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and they make amazing headphones. (Check out their wooden ones, they’re awesome) They also make their headphones right out of Brooklyn, NY. Couldn’t get any better than that right? The sound quality on their in ears is phenomenal. I take my Grados everywhere I go. They’re perfect on my walks around town or sitting in the coffee shop (or you can use them for a run, if you like doing that kind of thing).

What's in the bag? -A Caffeinated BrunetteFossil Wallet: Well, you can’t go anywhere without your wallet right? Unless you’re a very lucky girl I guess. I love my fossil wallet because I can just grab it on the go or pop it in my bag. It’s also very durable and cute I must say.


  • EOS mint lip balm
  • Pretty apartment keys
  • My droid razr maxx (please new iPhone come out soon!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Betty Loumanizer (for a bit of shine on your eyes, cheeks or lips)


*This is not a sponsored post


Forever Young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay forever young

Age is just an age. No matter where you are in life, make the best of every day. Don’t put your age on excuses of why something can’t be done, why you can’t take that next step. I’m truly inspired whenever I see someone who is much older than me still up and doing the things they love whether it be travel, adventure or even dancing.

One summer, my best friend and I took a Zumba class and there was a woman about the age of 70 who took it with us. This class kicked our butts every time we stepped out of the studio, but guess what? This lady shook her butt more than we could. That this woman didn’t care and showed me how much fun you could have no matter what age you are was amazing. I hope when I’m 70 I don’t care what others think about my age and can shake my butt like her. 

Ways to stay young:

  1. Travel- In the past year especially, I have found travel to be invigorating. Learning of new cultures, seeing new places and trying different foods is one of the best experiences you could have. See how other people live for once.
  2. Eat your favorite foods- Who isn’t happy when they have their favorite meal in front of them?
  3. Exercise- Work that heart of yours
  4. Don’t take everything too seriously
  5. Never bring anyone down- Even if you are going through a difficult time, be positive. Just because you can be in a bad mood, doesn’t mean you should bring everyone down with you.
  6. Don’t smoke- One of the easiest ways to cut your life short is smoking, just don’t do it.
  7. Never stop thinking- Keep your mind going. Read, do crosswords, play games, just think.
  8. Love unconditionally- Start taking a person for who they are, not who you think they should be.
  9. Share your life- Life is so much better when you share your memories with the ones you care about.
  10. Give yourself to do the freedom of whatever you want
  11. Be genuine
  12. Live in the moment- People never truly stop to think about what is happening now. It’s always how much money to get to the next step, how many days til graduation. Don’t always keep saving the pennies for later and spend one on yourself today.
  13. Just be young. Laugh, dance, visit, explore. Try new things. Attitude is everything.