There’s something special about this time of year. We head into the new year refreshed and optimistic, with a blank slate that we’re ready to fill with new adventures and experiences. San Diego’s ever-expanding culinary scene and abundance of scenic destinations make it easy to add hot spots to your 2019 bucket list. Now comes the hard part—figuring out what to wear.
To help, we’ve called on the style experts, San Diego Magazine consulting stylist Kristi Brooks and local stylist and editor Dean Hall, to design three looks for three distinctive destinations. Here, they share insider tips on refreshing your wardrobe and the local boutiques where you can pick up their favorite pieces. Now get out there and live your best #SDLife—and look great doing it!
Option 1: Date night at Maestoso
Grab your significant other and try the Chef’s Tasting Menu at this "chef-to-table" spot in Hillcrest. (Check out our food critic’s experience here.)
"I love wearing dresses any chance I get; life’s too short to keep pretty things just hanging in your closet. Feminine, almost doll-like details like layers and frills are big for spring. Ulla Johnson always makes such beautiful dresses, and Pink Lagoon has a perfectly curated collection of her looks."
"A cozy evening deserves equally cozy outerwear. Transform your Friday afternoon outfit into the perfect date night look by tossing on a shearling jacket from The Fresh Yard."
Option 2: Happy hour at Tahona
Sample from more than 100 mezcals and savor Oaxacan cuisine at San Diego’s first mezcal tasting room, Tahona.
"Fringe is a huge trend for spring, and my inner rock star couldn’t be more excited! Pairing a statement piece like this killer Cleobella fringe jacket from Van de Vort with a staple like denim is a great way to balance out a trend."
"Transition from office hour to happy hour at Tahona by trading in your button-down and blazer for a cool textured turtleneck from Frock You."
Option 3: Hike Torrey Pines and head to the beach
This picturesque location is a staff and reader favorite, so hit the trails and conquer those New Year’s resolutions in style.
"Athleisure has taken over the world, and I’m not mad at all! Nani Lani makes fabulous pieces that transition seamlessly from the trails to brunch. I love the bold floral pattern on the Kona leggings for spring. Top that with this season’s fashionable and functional belt bag—aka fanny pack—and you’re good to go."