Wednesday, November 30, 2011

San Diego Neighborhoods: Gaslamp Quarter

Today Jon and I were finally going to go to the beach, but it ended up being a little bit too chilly. (It was 60 degrees...I know everyone dealing with temperatures in the 30s probably hates me right now!) If it had been sunnier out we probably would have gone, but with the clouds and wind we decided to postpone our beach trip.

We decided to make a day of thrifting instead, so we headed downtown. I thought it would be fun to go over all of the neighborhoods here in downtown San Diego so while we were downtown we took some photos in Gaslamp.

Gaslamp is a historical neighborhood right in downtown San Diego. It's the main attraction for night life here with tons of fancy bars and restaurants. The land was bought by Alonzo Horton in 1876 and was then known as "New Town" in contrast to "Old Town" which was the original Spanish colonial settlement. It eventually got the name Gaslamp because of all of the gas lamps that were popular at the time. The neighborhood contains an abundance of historic Victorian buildings. It's a really cool place to walk around, but Jon and I haven't really had time to explore the nightlife yet, so for us the Gaslamp Quarter is known as the place we go to buy our groceries.

Doesn't Jon look awesome in his Zelda shirt?

I wanted to add something fun to my dress today so I wore this adorable dinosaur pin that I got at my going away party in Michigan. Watch out for meteors!

Of course for a day of walking around it's important to wear good shoes, so I chose to wear my comfy Blowfish boots.

Jon and I went to 4 different thrift stores today looking for furniture for our apartment. We didn't find any furniture, but we did get a few Christmas decorations. All of our regular decorations are in storage in Michigan right now. So it's not much, but it's nice to have a little Christmas cheer around the place.

Jon was so happy to find this Santa at one of the stores. He said it's the exact same one that his grandparents had when he was a kid and it was very special because the Santa was only turned on Christmas Eve! So we're going to get some batteries for him and on Christmas Eve we're going to see if he works!

After thrifting Jon and I watched The Descendants at my theatre, it was great! It was by the same director that did Sideways (also a great movie). Like Sideways, it was a very understated yet perfect movie. I highly recommend it. The character development is fantastic and a lot of it is done through gestures and camera angles, so it's not all dialogue that builds the characters.

The Breakdown:


Dress: Scrapbook
Blazer: Vintage
Tights: Thrifted
Boots: Blowfish

Sunglasses: Forever 21
Necklace: Thrifted
Pin: Gift
Purse: Target

P.S. For those of you missing Vintage Wednesday I'm hoping to start it back up next week! Whoo!