Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

About time I told you some more about our California travels - only two more weeks until I leave on another trip, so let's get this show on the road! Today I'll be showing you the second leg of our road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco (check out the first part here). Since we broke up the journey in San Luis Obispo, we had about 5 hours of driving to do on both days. Seemed feasible, but if you want to do some sightseeing along the way it'll still make for a jampacked schedule. Ideally, I'd break up the trip in three days rather than two - there's just so much to see and explore!

Let's start with our SLO Airbnb, which was hosted by a lovely old hippie couple that were incedibly welcoming and friendly. Definitely the type of place that is more a home than a hotel, and we had our best night's sleep here! I loved the cabin-like decor, and our outdoor shower. California bohemian at its finest.

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

The next morning we planned to have breakfast at the place we had passed the night before: the Madonna Inn. The place has its own highway exit and really stood out thanks to its deliciously kitchy neon sign. I had actually never heard of the Madonna Inn but this is apparently a total must visit if you're ever in the San Luis Obispo area if you're into vintage Americana and kitsch - just see for yourself.

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

It's pink and it has cowboys. How could I resist?

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

Now, as I've gathered the Madonna Inn was established by Alex Madonna, a real estate magnate (and a bit of a cowboy) in 1958. I think his favourite colour was pink.

The minute you enter, you're overwhelmed by the florals, the pink, the furniture - it's basically an assault on the senses in the very best way possible. This is sort of how I imagined the Enchanted Hunters hotel from Lolita to look like, but on LSD.

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

This is my happy place. I feel like Lana Del Rey's "When the world was at war we kept dancing" video should be filmed here, because it simultaneously feels like a war (against good taste) and a celebration (of all things girly and pink). So yeah. I was instantly obsessed.

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn
Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

The Madonna Inn's Copper Café is known for its crazy cakes as much as it is for its pink, vintage decor. The pink champagne cake is their signature dish, so obviously we had to try it. I also had their eggs benedict with fresh fruit, which was nice but nothing special. The food is quite expensive here, but you mostly pay for the experience. 100% worth it btw.

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn
Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

See that red glass goblet? And the pink sugar shaker? Yep. This place is crazy. 

Travel: California diaries - Madonna Inn

After stuffing our faces with pink champagne cake, we started our drive up north. A next stop was made along the camino real (or king's road), the old route up to the San Francisco bay that connects the old Spanish missions marked by that iconic bell-marker. Another cool piece of Californian history I didn't know much about before driving here. We paused at the Mission Nuestra Senora de Soledad, which was founded all the way back in 1791. I'm not a religious person at all, but it's just so palpable how the church's missionaries played a huge part in determining the face of America today. Made me understand the way religion still plays such a huge part here.

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco
Travel: California diaries - roadtrip San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

Getting closer to San Francisco, we also made stop at Carmel by the Sea. I had heard a lot about being this beautiful little artistic/bohemian town, but we totally didn't feel it when we arrived. Strangely, Carmel felt like we were walking through an outlet village or something, an artificial kind of quaintness that wasn't nearly as entertaining as the silliness of the Madonna Inn. Carmel was also incredibly touristy. More specifically, rich touristy. Loads of people smelling of money looking for overpriced artisanal candles etcetera - not really our scene. So off we were after just a couple of minutes.


I grabbed my phone and googled if there was anything else worth checking out nearby, and Point Lobos was high on the list of recommendations. Since we didn't have much hiking/state parks on our itinerary, I figured this would be a good addition to our day. And boy was it worth it! How does California manage to pack so much gorgeousness into one state??

Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos
Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos
 t-shirt, cap: Forever21 - skirt: c/o Shein - handbag: Kate Spade NY - socks: & Other Stories - Vans: c/o ZEB fashion

Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos

There's seals sleeping on that rock!

Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos
Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos

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Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos
Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos
Travel: california roadtrip - point lobos

We only spent about an hour here since we had to drop off our rental car at SF airport before 7pm, but the place absolutely made an impact. That sapphire blue water, the herby scent of the wildflowers, the sun and the call of birds of prey carried by the wind - magical.

Travel: California diaries - San Luis Obispo to San Francisco

And then San Francisco finally appeared on the horizon! I'll take you there in my next blogpost ;-)

More on California;

Beauty: easy festival makeup with Primark prism collection

Beauty: easy mermaid/festival makeup with Primark prism collection

I recently received a box filled with bright coloured, shimmery glitter products- the Primark Prism collection! And now that summer is in full swing, with its beach parties and festivals that allow you to go all out - what better time to play with glitter? I figured you guys would be interested in seeing whether the collection is worth checking out, so after trying all of it, I put together a review of the products that perform best (according to me).

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: Parisian in stripes and slip on loafers

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Outfit: embroidered jeans, pink coat, yellow wall

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses
hat: H&M - crochet top: Forever21 - denim skirt: Pull & Bear - handbag: Kate Spade - sunglasses: c/o Polette Dauphine Ivory S

I have been on a sunglasses-buying-binge lately. I don't know why, but this season there seem to be so many cute pairs of shades out there, and since I wear sunglasses 90% of the time during summer, they are the easiest way to lift an outfit to that next level. Whether it is by adding interest, by making you seem cooler than you are, or by hiding bags under your eyes (my favourite tip to not look undead after 24h of travel) - sunnies do the trick. I've gathered up some of my favourite on-trend options that won't break the bank, but will make you look like an insta-model.

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

My number one fav this season is the coloured lense aviator. This pair is just $7.99 and available in yellow, blue and pink. I have a pink pair as well as a yellow pair - one pair short of an obsession. But you can call it an infatuation. If aviators don't suit your face (I don't look good in most types of aviators either), here are two other options for that retro tinted lense look. These red cat eye shape tinted shades are super cute, only $9, and also available in 5 other colours. The red is my fav though. Would look hella cute with red lipstick. 

The other option is of course the round John Lennon type frames! Pink always has my heart, but if you want to keep things more mysterious, go for the brown lenses - both just $6. Best option to hide tired eyes (or a resting bitchface). Finally, the $8 round, white frames with black lenses. Very retro, very on trend, and surprisingly hard to pull off. I ordered a pair off Forever21 and looked like a bug eyed alien, but I'm determined to keep looking until I find a shape that works for me. Maybe slightly elongated into a cat-eye like shape. If you have any tips, send em my way!

Are you still lusting after a particular type of sunglasses?

Wishlist: swoonworthy sunglasses

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Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Beauty: shiny locks with Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry

Let me just come out and say it: bleaching your hair does not make it shinier, healthier or easier to style. And yet, most of us go through with it at some point in our lives, whether it is to try a bright colour, to hide our grays or to go blonde. I'm currently going through a blonde period and I'm absolutely loving most parts of it. I love how I look better in warm based colours now (give me all the rose gold jewelry), and the beachy vibe is perfect for summer. 

However, while I used to be able to let my hair airdry and have it look, well, pretty good, this is not the case anymore. My locks look the best by far if I either blowdry for a sleek look, or if I want a more casual look: if I let my ends dry naturally while my hair is up in a bun (great way to get those pretty, beachy waves). I particularly need to baby my ends. Even though they have benefited greatly from the Smartbond treatment I got during my third round of highlights - my hair actually feels and looks healthier than it did before those highlights - I still try to limit heat damage to a minimum by using the right protecting and smoothing products. Hair oil has become my best bud.

I was recently sent the new Redken Diamond Oil Glowdry range to test, and when I saw the results I knew I had to tell you guys about it. Let's take a look!

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: Gingham off shoulder dress, Moschino belt

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals

Outfit: pineapple socks in sandals, denim culottes

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Travel: California diaries - roadtrip Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo

Today I will share another part of our trip to California with you, more specifically the first leg of our roadtrip, between Oceanside and San Luis Obispo, with stops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara! I have very fond memories of this particular jampacked day, and I'm happy to revisit those beautiful moments.

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt

Outfit: chili pepper tee, gingham ruffle skirt

Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Heat review

Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Heat review

Exciting post today, guys! I know I'm not the only one who let out a squeal when I saw the first images of the new Urban Decay Naked Heat release - warm toned eyeshadow has been having a moment lately, and basically everyone loves the Urban Decay Naked palettes. There's something magical about how the UD Nakeds succeed at throwing together a bunch of shades that just work together perfectly, making your everyday makeup routine more convenient, more inspired and a whole lot easier. I own all the Naked palettes (3 and 1 being my favs hands down), and while I'm not much of a collector, I couldn't resist jumping at the opportunity when Sephora.fr put up a batch of these available for sale online before the actual Europe release. So exciting!! Mine arrived in the mail yesterday, and I didn't waste any time putting together a review. Enjoy!

Outfit: yellow dress, La La Land moment

Outfit: vintage yellow dress, La La Land moment

Outfit: yellow pilot glasses

Outfit: yellow pilot glasses, flower embroidered denim, vintage floral dress

Beauty: Grey hair with L'Oréal #colorfulhair


This week was allll about change for me - I JUST sent out the final version of my PhD to my doctoral jury (omg finally I'm so ready to be done honestly), I signed the contract for my new job (so excited!), and I got myself a shiny new (temporary) hair colour! I was invited to try the l'Oréal in-salon colour process, featuring their new Smartbond and Colorful Hair products. I can already tell you that I am very happy with my unique new colour, so let me tell you allllll about my experience.