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Now that it’s March, I’m getting really excited about my birthday next month. I’m turning 30 (!), so instead of wanting to avoid the day completely, I’ve decided to embrace it! I’ve upped my fitness game and am hoping to reach my fitness goal by the beginning of April because I’m going to Palm Springs for my 30th birthday celebration!

I booked a room at The Saguaro for myself and a couple of my closest girlfriends to spend a few days laying in the sunshine, maybe drinking a few cocktails (I can’t even remember the last time I had alcohol), and indulging in a spa treatment (or two). I’d love to get in a trip to some vintage stores, but, honestly, I’m just looking forward to relaxing in the sun for a couple days with some of my favorite people.

It will be my first time to Palm springs, so if anyone has any tips for great restaurants or things to do, hollar at me here or on Twitter. I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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by Kayla on 03/07/2013

tagged as , in COLOR,MY LIFE

For Christmas, my family has been doing a Secret Santa for the past few years and it’s been great!  Only buying for one person really takes a lot of the stress (and expense!) off the holidays.  This year, I picked my sister, who just recently graduated from nursing school.  I knew she had a little bit of time between graduation and starting a new job, so I decided to buy her a plane ticket from LA to San Francisco as my gift.

She flew up and I drove up last weekend and we had the best time!  We stayed in the Mission, which was a great home base for us.  We did all the usual touristy things like shopping in union Square (I scored these Madewell flats in saffron yellow on super sale for $30!), going to the Saturday farmer’s market at the Ferry Building, and checking out the California Academy of Sciences and the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park.  We even walked 5 miles round trip for donuts from Dynamo Donut (the maple bacon is my fave).  I think we earned it.  The weekend felt long and super short at the same time.  It was such a fun sister weekend!  I feel so fortunate to have a sister that I not only get along with, but really look forward to doing things ike this with.

I thought I’d share some highlights from our trip here. Of note: that drink up top is from Zero Zero Pizza.  If you’re ever in SF, GO!  It’s soooo good!

P.S. More of my travel adventures here.

P.P.S. The apartment I rented on Air BnB was amazing! Super huge and immaculately clean.  If you’re ever in SF and looking to stay in the Mission, I highy recommend this place. Best Air BnB experience I have ever had.


by Kayla on 01/15/2013

tagged as , , in MY LIFE,TRAVEL

I’ve been thinking about resolutions for the new year.  I’ve never really been one to make an official resolution, I thought that this year I’d put it out into the world in hopes that it will motivate me to stick to my guns.  I’m one week in and so far, so good.  Here are my top four goals for the new year:

Drink more water. This is something I constantly struggle with.  I get so wrapped in work throughout the day that I just forget to hydrate.  I got one of these water bottles for Christmas and it has really been helpful to see how much water I am consuming per day.  And I really do feel better!

Keep up good exercise habits.  I feel like I’m pretty good about getting workouts in during the week (it doesn’t hurt that my gym is one block away from my office), but I always feel like I could be in better shape.  I’m turning 30 this April (!) and my goal is to be in the best shape of my life.  I have four months…we’ll see how this shakes out.  Aside from the weight lifting classes I take at the gym, I LOVE the HIIT workouts from Zuzka Light.  I do them at home and they only take 15 minutes or so.  They are HARD, but they are awesome!

Read. Again, something I do every night before bed, but what I’d really like to get into the habit of is keeping track of all the books I read.  I just think it would be interesting at the end of the year to see how many books I’ve read.  This one is next on my list.  P.S. I finally read Gone Girl.  While I love Gillian Flynn’s writing, I hated the ending of this book.  Did anyone else feel the same way?  I definitely liked Dark Places better.

Prioritize travel.  John and I really want to get out into the world and see new places!  We’re thinking about trying to squeeze in a trip in February for a few days.  Hopefully somewhere warm.  Hawaii is quick and easy.  We may just have to splurge.

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by Kayla on 01/07/2013

tagged as , , , in INSPIRATION,MY LIFE

A few weeks ago, John and I made our annual pilgrimage to Mammoth Lakes, CA.  We like to go once a year in the Fall after all the families have left for the summer and the town is nice and quiet.  We usually rent mountain bikes and gear and do some downhill mountain biking, but this year, we took it easy and rode on the bike path around all the lakes near town, hiked, and hung out with family.  I’m already looking forward to next year.

I thought I’d share a few photos here: some from my Instagram (follow me at kaylamking) and some from my camera.  The first two are from our detour through Yosemite, which was beautiful and reminded me of camping there when I was a kid.  See more after the jump.

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by Kayla on 10/15/2012

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