Christine Amorose Merrill

Christine Amorose Merrill

@cestchristine

✨ travel + lifestyle blogger ✨ 🏠: san diego (via sacramento, & brooklyn) 💼 : ad sales at @gimletmedia 🐶 : @cestgertie
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If you’re thinking only a crazy person would drive hundreds of miles to see a stack of giant neon rocks in the desert at sunrise, you would totally be right, and also, unsurprisingly, I am that crazy person. @sevenmagicmountains was just as weird and wonderful as I imagined, and the (looooong) solo road trip in a @chevrolet Cruze was more entertaining than anticipated, thanks to a queue of favorite podcasts to catch up on. Glad to have finally checked this off the West Coast bucket list ✅ seemoresunrises

1 Days ago
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Golden hour in the golden state ✨ also, update: I survived a month without alcohol or sugar! I feel really happy and healthy, and think that it was a good reset for some better habits. Buuuut I am very much looking forward to trying out that rosé vodka and indulging in a pint of @benandjerrys 🤗

3 Days ago
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Fun facts about me: I will walk a mile before I pay for parking or pay an ATM fee, but I have no problem dropping a good amount of cash on an international flight or a crazy travel experience. A few notes on how I save and how I splurge on the blog today [link in profile] 💸💸💸

3 Days ago
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Five years ago today, I went out to a dive bar in the Lower East Side with my then-roommate ( @magfitz!) and on a whim (aka many 🍻) we decided to join @okcupid. I met my now-husband on it and went on a date to a dive bar with him two weeks later, so today I’m mostly just grateful for all of the good things that have come from cheap beers in dive bars ✨

4 Days ago
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Even though I haven’t lived in Sacramento since 2005, I always love coming back and exploring my hometown: it keeps getting cooler and more colorful! My parents are moving to Arizona this spring, so even though I won’t be coming back as often, I’m glad that the City of Trees is giving me plenty of other reasons to visit ✨

7 Days ago
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Popped up to my hometown of Sacramento to celebrate my best friend @miamacita buying her first house (and wearing a very bold floral print in honor of her favorite color and infectious enthusiasm) 💕

8 Days ago
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My husband’s sister is in town for the weekend, and it’s been fun to test out our San Diego tour guide capabilities! Our very California itinerary consisted of outdoor yin yoga with sound healing (🙏🏻), tacos and extra guac, a visit to dog beach in Coronado, and a walk around Balboa Park at sunset before dinner at El Prado. No complaints so far ✨

9 Days ago
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I’m very much here for the poke bowl craze, especially when they come al fresco and are topped with delicious things like chili-marinated oranges, fresh mango and seaweed salad ✨// feat. @sweetfin (also, no shame in using portrait mode on my food 😂)

10 Days ago
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Rejiggering a few travel plans, and doing some birthday trip brainstorming: any under-the -radar European spots to recommend? Searching for charming cobblestone streets, colorful facades, a delicious local cocktail to toast 30–in a country I haven’t visited yet✨

12 Days ago
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I’ve never considered myself much of a hiker, but I’ve fallen in love with it since moving to San Diego. Starting the weekend with some sunshine, many (often uphill) miles and a stunning summit view is the most refreshing way to wrap up a week stuck in front of a screen ✨

15 Days ago
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Decided on a late afternoon sent-so-many-emails-today whim to take a screen break, hop in the car and drive over to the beach to see the sunset. I finally listened to @outoflinepodcast with @teamwoodnote (the @jengotch episode 🙌🏻) on the drive, and then took a seat on the cliffs and watched the sky and the surfers put on a show. Not sure if I could even dream up a better way to end a productive Thursday (although the chickpea and cauliflower tangine I’m about to whip up miiiiiight do the trick) ✨

17 Days ago
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I regularly travel to San Francisco for work: it usually means a 5am wake-up call, flying there at sunrise and back home after sunset, and a schedule stacked with as many meetings as possible. But I try to walk as much as I can (especially when the weather is as beautiful as it is today), mostly so that I can stumble over gems like this ✨// sanfrancisco

19 Days ago
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I think I said “I love living in San Diego” about a million times this weekend, and it’s hard not to when it’s 80 degrees and sunny in January. We surfed, hiked, saw a show (Hamilton didn’t disappoint, even in the nosebleeds!) and capped it off with a neighbor date to dog beach where we saw DOLPHINS dancing through the water ✨

21 Days ago
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Dressed up for the first time in a long time because tonight we’re going to HAMILTON! Last year, I read Chernow’s biography that inspired the musical, and I’m mostly stoked to finally hear all of these songs that everyone is raving about ✨

22 Days ago
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Greetings from PDX! In the PNW for some meetings and squeezing in a few of my favorite things: good coffee, good food and spending too much money at @powellsbooks (picked up Bad Feminist for the plane ride home, which I’m v excited about) 🌲☔️☕️📚💯

23 Days ago
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Just finished a week in our month-long no alcohol, no sugar challenge soooooo most of my daydreams currently look like this 😍😍😍

26 Days ago
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Up on the blog today: a peek into our North Park apartment! Link in profile ✨

27 Days ago
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Had not one but ✌🏻beach walks today (morning at Torrey Pines and sunset at Coronado) and also ate a very serious plate of chilaquiles for brunch so basically living the San Diego dream 😎

28 Days ago
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On the list of things to do: start a new book (aka lean into my newfound commitment to @goodreads), deep clean my apartment and (finally) take some photos to do a post on it, early morning hike with a girlfriend and maybe try out a few new recipes. Cancelled our surf lesson because of a high surf advisory (because that just doesn’t sound v pleasant) and looking forward to a healthy and productive weekend ✨

30 Days ago
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A few highlights from a girls weekend in Laguna Beach up on the blog today [link in profile] and I’m mostly glad that my best friends are also very up for free wine, crazy face masks in bed and sunrise walks on the beach—and are willing to wait in line for gelato so that I can take a picture of it 💯💯💯

31 Days ago
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My husband and I are kicking off a month of no alcohol AND no refined sugar today! I want to get a handle on my sweet tooth and save some of those “one more round” funds, but I’m also really looking forward to trying out some new workout classes (I did @orangetheory with @coachkrystal_ for the first time this morning!), having more hiking adventures and enjoying waking up refreshed every morning. Any tips for non-drinking ways to socialize or favorite healthy recipes to share?!

33 Days ago
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I’m pretty sure Laguna Beach is what people conjure up when they daydream about the best coast. As a native Californian who grew up hours from the ocean and surrounded by farms, I’m here to tell you that the whole state is not palm trees and perfect surf breaks—but weekends like this always remind me why California is often synonymous with paradise ☀️🌴🌊

34 Days ago
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Today’s (perfect girls weekend) itinerary: wake up for a sunrise walk along the beach with a coffee in hand, have a healthy breakfast al fresco, hike through Crystal Cove State Park, read by the pool, splurge on an afternoon gelato and just-made waffle cone, toast the sunset with a (free) glass of wine ✨

35 Days ago
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🎼Caaaaaaaalifornia here we come / Right back where we started from 🎼 Kicking off the second annual-ish girls weekend with @aly_gill and @katelyndowney with 80-degree sunshine, this view and lots of wine at @theinnatlagunabeach✨

36 Days ago
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We made it to San Diego! A cool 120-hour delay but it is ALL GOOD because I am back on the best coast and it’s 100% possible I never leave Southern California in the winter again. It was wonderful to wake up in my own bed, have a mug of the best coffee in the world made by David, and soak up my first beach sunset of 2018 ✨

39 Days ago
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Good morning and happy Monday from the freezing city where I don’t live but that is basically impossible to leave! We are booked on a flight out tomorrow morning and all of my fingers and toes are crossed that I’m sleeping in my own bed tomorrow night 🤞🏻🤞🏻// ps quoted in a recent @cntraveler piece about all of the JFK madness!

41 Days ago
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Discovered @supermoonbakehouse today (just a block away from my first apartment in the Lower East Side—where my bedroom wall didn’t meet the ceiling and my window looked out over what was basically a trash dump, ha!) and man oh man I am still swooning over this pina colada croissant and all of the too cool holographic details—why didn’t things like this exist when I lived there?! Absolutely unlike any pastry I’ve ever had before, and I’m already salivating for the Ferraro Rocher one I brought home for a breakfast treat tomorrow 😍🥐✨

42 Days ago
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Even though I’m beyond ready to be home, our mini vacation slash David’s birthday celebration at @thewilliamvale was SO rejuvenating. We slept in, did a @corepoweryoga class in the hotel ballroom, ordered @joespizzanyc to our room, binged on MTV shows, and didn’t feel guilty at all about not going outside in the 0 degree weather. We also discovered the insane views and mid-century modern style at Westlight, and swooned over the butternut ravioli at Leuca (aka did everything possible to not leave the property). So glad I decided to splurge to make this happen: 100% worth it ✨

42 Days ago
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We spent 13 hours in snowstorm-induced misery at JFK yesterday: our @jetblue flight back to San Diego (along with hundreds of other flights) was cancelled, after we boarded the plane and endured hours of false hope of delays and then the total chaos of finding our bags. We can’t get on another flight until Tuesday (after three weeks away from home). To try and make the best of the situation (and to properly celebrate my husband’s birthday tomorrow), I hopped on @hoteltonight at the airport and booked us two nights at the hotel where we spent our wedding night. Although I’d rather be home (and these are all total first-world problems, I know), here’s to making the most of a chilly and unexpected weekend in the greatest city in the world 🥂✨

44 Days ago
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In 2018, my overall goal is to balance healthy routine (daily meditation, playing tennis regularly, lots of walking the pug) with new adventures (more surfing, more California and Mexico explorations, more far-flung destinations). Sharing a few more resolutions (and thoughts on how to achieve them) on the blog today: link in profile 📝✅

48 Days ago
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“For what it's worth...it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you've never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”

48 Days ago
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Grateful for 2017, excited for 2018. Cheers to you and yours as you ring in the new year 🥂🎉

49 Days ago
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Happy last day of 2017! I’m spending my last morning of the year drinking good coffee, writing out my 2018 resolutions and travel plans, and stretching it out in a @skytingyoga class (aka the ideal way to wrap up a wonderful year) ☕️📝🙏🏻

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