Wednesday, September 21, 2011

So Cal Road Trip

Hi again... sorry it's been a month since my last post. What a crazy month it's been! Hope you're all doing well.

Back in July we took a roadtrip to Southern California to visit family. I don't know about you, but when I know I'm going to a new area, I rack my brain for places I've seen online or read and heard about and then figure out if I am staying anywhere near there. Maybe it's just me, I am a little OCD... For example, my list in Phoenix is very clear (I know no one in that area but could tell you great places to shop, lol!) and Portland and Seattle? I know at least 10 great places to shop and have never been to Portland and Seattle only once!) That and the fact that my iphone has amazing navigational capabilities made for great shopping on my roadtrip. Luckily my husband mostly cooperated. ;-)

But first, we did lots of this...

La Jolla

Pacific Beach

La Jolla


more La Jolla... playing with the hipstamatic app

Last year we took the same roadtrip and I finally got to go to Urban Barn in Escondido. Swoon! I love, love, love this place! You must check it out if you are ever there.... here is their blog I have more pix from last year that are fabulous, but I can't get to my external hard drive. Here are just a few from this recent trip:

the most amazing doors. i wanted to take these home. wouldn't fit on top of my jeep.

terrible picture, but this amazing crusty old scale and the coral on it *did* find a place in my jeep. love it!

On our way home (not quite on the way but somehow I managed to convince my husband to detour through Orange County on our grueling 10 hr ride home) and I got to go where I have been dying to go... Country Roads! Specifically, I went to see Kate from Salvage Dior and her beautiful things. If you're not familiar with Kate and her lovely blog, check it out She has an amazing spirit about her, is very sweet, and has an incredible eye for industrial french design. Here she is, she was so sweet, so nice to meet her in person!

me n Kate at Country Roads

Here is some of her fabulous stuff at CR:

Don't you love how rustic yet elegant her style is? I do!

Here's what I took home from her (she was well cleaned out by the time I got there on a sale weekend or I would have bought more!) this amazing crusty old blue-gray corbel. And there's the coral from Urban Barn. I love it!

Country Roads is a huge, amazing shop comprised of 3 buildings plus a large outdoor garden area. Eye candy galore. I could've spent all day in there (but not with my tired husband and 2 girls, no not quite) but in case you also haven't heard of Loretta at you should check her out. My pictures turned out terrible that day, but here are a couple of her things from CR:

And more of Country Roads...

Hope you enjoyed the recap of my roadtrip and if you ever make it Southern California, check these places out! You won't regret it.




Kate said...


You are such a sweet heart I was so blessed to meet you.

Great photos of your travels

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Kari.........can you see how PEA GREEN my face what a buzz that must have been! I adore Kate,she is sooooooo sweet..I love this post!! x0x0

Jennifer Rizzo said...

That place is AWESOME!!!!!! It looks like you guys had a blast. I want half of the stuff there...

Polly said...

Awwww, you got to meet Kate! You two look so pretty in your photo together! What fun! Wish I lived close enough to hit those stores!

bedroom chandeliers said...

it looks like a fun trip! I adore the chair. i want one like that in my room