Christine Amorose Merrill

Christine Amorose Merrill

@cestchristine

✨ travel + lifestyle blogger ✨ 📍 : san diego (via sacramento, brooklyn & a few other places) 💼 : sales at @gimletmedia 🐶 : @cestgertie
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Christine Amorose Merrill

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Hi! Instagram has felt kind of weird to me lately. A lot of people are mad about the algorithm shifts or how some influencers use it, and so I wanted to just share a little bit of how I approach it. All of my photos are taken on my iPhone 7 (although I'm thinking of upgrading) and edited using VSCO and Instagram editing tools. No Photoshop is ever used, and no photos are manipulated beyond filters, cropping and maybe adding some exposure or contrast. I take 99% of my photos, but do sometimes ask my husband to be an Instagram husband and hand him my phone once I've put on a cute outfit and found a cool wall and basically set everything up (aka I don't have tripod or use self-timer, because personally that would feel so bizarre). I sometimes get some cool opportunities thrown my way because of the blogging and freelancing I do, but I also have a full-time job that pays the bills and gives me a lot of freedom to be selective on what projects I do work on. If I'm sharing something here, it's because I'm genuinely excited by it. love blue skies and books and beaches, pops of color and plants and my pug. That's what my unedited camera roll is full of, too! Mostly: I might not share every moment of every day on Instagram (this is definitely the highlight reel, not the behind the scenes), but it is my real life ✨

10 Hours ago
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My best friend got married last night, and it was so much fun ❤

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An unexpected highlight of our recent trip to Denver: monarch season at the @denverbotanic ✨// a few more photos are up on the blog today [link in profile]

4 Days ago
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Took a mini road trip with @aly_gill (in a cherry red @buickusa convertible!) to this bizarre, wonderful, unexpected, colorful mountain of paint in the middle of the desert ✨// salvationmountain + more desert discoveries on Stories!

8 Days ago
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Fun fact: my drink is millennial pink, made with gin and vegan egg whites, and was concocted when I asked for something "refreshing and pretty" 🙌🏻 // sandiego + taking @aly_gill to my fave neighborhood spots today on Stories!

9 Days ago
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A few highlights from a foliage-filled weekend in Denver are up on the blog now [link in profile] 🍂 // denver

11 Days ago
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Good morning from the Mile High city! Fun Denver fact: the sky actually IS bluer here because of the altitude and reduced water vapor (which also makes it easier to hit home runs!) ✨ // denver

14 Days ago
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Peak foliage hasn't quite hit Denver yet, but the 70-degree sunshine still made it a perfect day to enjoy all of the (still) greenery 🍃// denver + all of the flowers on Stories!

15 Days ago
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PEAK FOLIAGE ALERT 🍂 // colorado + more leaf peeping on Stories!

16 Days ago
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One of my favorite parts of @kimpton hotels (beyond the fact that they're super dog-friendly AND have a free wine hour every night): their partnership with @publicbikes! We decided to go on a spin around Denver right after checking into @hotelborndenver, and it was the perfect way to get a feel for the Mile High City 🚲🍂😎 // denver + more of where we biked on Stories!

17 Days ago
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On the blog today: the places I recommend most in the USA (OF COURSE Brooklyn is on the list) 🏙✨// ps would love to know what cities I missed - already getting some great travel inspiration from the comments!

20 Days ago
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Sometimes, living in Southern California is exactly like you always dreamed it would be 🌴🌴🌴 // sandiego

22 Days ago
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We went out to dinner tonight, and this was the view: it made me a little nostalgic for life in New York City (but then again it was 70 degrees and sunny all day and only took 10 minutes to get home soooo I'll take it) 🏙✨// sandiego + sunset views on Stories!

24 Days ago
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Still can't quite comprehend the devastation in one of my favorite regions of the world: I've been lucky enough to visit the Caribbean many times over the last five years, and I'm always been struck by its natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Highly recommend checking out @afarmedia's latest piece on how to help (linked in my bio) and listening to today's episode of The Daily podcast to understand the scope of the damage and our part in it. I'm planning to donate to local organizations on different islands, and more than anything: I'm going to go back, just as soon as I can ❤

24 Days ago
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Living in California again means buying fresh flowers and produce at the local farmers market every week 💐🙌🏻// northpark sandiego

25 Days ago
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Roadtripping from Marin County to San Diego in a shiny new and super tech-savvy @chevrolet Equinox today and sharing a few of my favorite Central California views on Stories ✨

28 Days ago
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Had the best time celebrating TheWalshsteins tonight: there was a champagne bar, what's not to love?! 🥂

29 Days ago
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It only took 24 hours for me to fall a little bit in love with Seattle: a few highlights from a quick work trip are up on the blog [link in profile] // seattle

32 Days ago
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The @seattlepubliclibrary is like a giant glass work of modern art 📚// seattle imratherfondoflibraries + an interior view on Stories!

33 Days ago
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This is a very delightful plant-filled corner that I discovered in between meetings and it is bringing me a lot of joy🍃✨// seattle + more gems on Stories!

33 Days ago
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Forever amazed by the strength and resilience of New York City, and grateful to have had the privilege of living there 🏙✨ // neverforget

35 Days ago
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Can you spy the teeny-tiny surfer making his way up from the waves? 🏄 ps still can't believe how beautiful it is here! // sandiego

39 Days ago
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Ice cream flights to end the long weekend 🎉 // sandiego

42 Days ago
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We got married six months ago today! Since then we've taken a honeymoon, thrown a party, left our first apartment and moved across the country. It hasn't always been easy, but there's no one else I'd rather share this life (or this pug child) with 💕// 📸by @matrickphoto

45 Days ago
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There's still plenty to explore, but this is a top contender for my favorite view in San Diego so far ✨// sandiego + a peek inside on Stories!

45 Days ago
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The first hot air balloon was flown in 1783, and I'm pretty sure it's been the most magical form of transportation ever since. We saw sunrise high above the vineyards and valleys of Temecula today with @cal_dreamin_ and it was simply stunning ✨ // sandiego seemoresunrises + more views on Stories!

50 Days ago
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This morning, @aly_gill and I strapped a couple of surf boards to the top of her car and headed out to Malibu. I might not have caught a ton of waves (...or barely any), but it felt bad-ass to be a couple of ladies out in the ocean! Excited to keep saying yes to the things that feel the most intimidating 🤙🏻// discoverla + more views in Stories!

57 Days ago
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Decided on a last-minute weekend getaway to hang out with @aly_gill in Los Angeles, and one of the unexpected upsides of the train ride was arriving in this architectural gem ✨// discoverla + more of what we got up to on Stories!

57 Days ago
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"Books are a uniquely portable magic." -Stephen King ✨ // ThisIsMyBookstore

67 Days ago
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Woke up early enough to squeeze in a Pilates class this morning, and then popped over to Ocean Beach for brunch and a walk along the fishing pier, aka perfect California Sunday morning ✨// sandiego

71 Days ago
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Currently trying to make some decisions for my home office (aka I really need to pull the trigger on prints and a rug, although I'm contemplating sneakily painting a wall) and taking a bit of design inspiration from @holymatchaa 💕 // pinkflashesofdelight + what the office looks like right now on Stories!

75 Days ago
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I've been waking up and immediately taking Gert on an early morning walk to Balboa Park and through our new neighborhood, and it's been the nicest way to start our day 🌴✨// sandiego + more on Stories!

75 Days ago