Christine Amorose Merrill

Christine Amorose Merrill

@cestchristine

✨ travel + lifestyle blogger ✨ 📍 : san diego (via sacramento, brooklyn, many more) 💼 : ad sales at @gimletmedia 🐶 : @cestgertie
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Flying back to New York City today! When we moved to California six months ago, I felt better about leaving the city knowing we had a ticket back for the holidays. And although I can’t wait to catch up with friends and fill up on bagels and pizza, I’m nervous about readjusting to true winter weather, navigating the subways and feeling like I don’t know the city any more. Either way, going to make the most of three weeks in the big city!

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Today on the blog: looking back on 2017! Although it wasn’t my craziest travel year, I got married, moved across the country, celebrated my birthday abroad, and visited three new countries (which has been my goal since moving back to the USA in 2012). Link with more highlights in profile ✨

1 Days ago
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Out here doingthings like hiking 8 miles before noon (often carrying a chunky pug) in 70-degree sunshine and then immediately smashing a burger and shake at In-N-Out while scrolling through all of those first snowfall of the season pics 💪🏻🍔💯

4 Days ago
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Today on the blog: waterfalls and (mostly) empty beaches galore! A few of our favorite finds on the 600+ curves and 53 bridges on the 64-mile road to Hana and beyond, including this southern stretch that is unpaved and one lane and (technically 🤷🏻‍♀️) not allowed for rental cars. We survived, but barely! Tips and tricks and recommended stops in link in profile 🌊

6 Days ago
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Caught up with one of my favorite NYC photo adventure friends (whom I met on @instagram!) and she showed me all of the most colorful spots on the @facebook campus: glad to have @jessicasherrets on the West Coast ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 // livecolorfully + a few more faves on Stories!

7 Days ago
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Today on the blog: the most delicious shave ice, a sunset tradition of POG and rum on the beach, where we swam with six turtles at once, and the way that we saved a bunch of money during a week in Maui [link in profile] 🍍🍹😎

15 Days ago
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I just saw @ladybirdmovie, and from the opening quote by Joan Didion, I was in tears. I grew up in the Midwest of California, just like director Greta Gerwig, and went to her rival Catholic high school during the same time the film is set. It was many layers of nostalgia: to see the tree-lined streets of my hometown (in the neighborhoods where I begged my parents to move so that I’d fit in), to hear the prayers I recited every day at the start of every class (I responded out loud in the theater out of habit) and to swoon over the sparkling lights of her escape to New York City (and remember my own arrival across the country). Truly a love letter to the City of Trees ✨

17 Days ago
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A black sand beach for Black Friday, and a link to my favorite gifts to give and receive (like a salami bouquet!) in my profile 😘

19 Days ago
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Although I would have been content to read on the beach across the street from our apartment all day for this whole trip (and I did plenty of that 😎), I’m glad we ventured beyond the places I was already so familiar with and discovered some new ones—like this towering bamboo forest on the trail to a waterfall 😍

19 Days ago
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Thankful to be back in Maui, a place where I spent some wonderful holidays with my family—and to have a family who never guilt trips me about missing holidays at home, but rather encourages all of these far-flung adventures. Thankful to be here with my husband: we spent our first Thanksgiving while dating freezing our bums off in Montreal, and spending our first married Thanksgiving together on a beach is a treat. Thankful for my health and the health of all of my loved ones. This Thanksgiving, trying to never to take all of this good fortune for granted ✨

20 Days ago
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Drove to Hana and beyond today, and we stopped at every waterfall, black sand beach and fruit stand we could find—and managed to hike five miles, on top of driving 135 miles of some of the windiest, prettiest one-lane roads around ✨ // maui + all of the waterfalls on Stories!

20 Days ago
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Hi I have nothing really to say about this photo except that this shade of turquoise ocean is my absolute favorite color and is it time for a mai-tai yet? 🍹✨

24 Days ago
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Last night, we watched the sun set while sitting in the sand and sneakily sipping on Hawaiian rum and POG in a water bottle and it was 👌🏻💯🎉👏🏻🔥 // maui + panoramic sunset view on Stories!

24 Days ago
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Back on my favorite island with my favorite person: this week’s itinerary is heavy on sun bathing, shave ice eating and swimming in in secluded pools 💕 // maui + more explorations in Stories

25 Days ago
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One month until I’m back in New York City for the holidays! I️ cannot wait to catch up with all of my friends, eat all of the pizza and bagels, and soak up all of those iconic big city views 🍕✨// newyorkcity

30 Days ago
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Saturday itinerary: catch up with @officialashlyo over insanely delicious açaí bowls and this ridiculous view, exhaust @cestgertie at a newly discovered dog park, sit in front of my computer and see how many words I can write in a couple of hours, possibly reward myself with a fancy cocktail ✨// sandiego + more views on Stories!

32 Days ago
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I️ can’t believe one week ago I️ was experiencing Dia de los Muertos on the streets of Guadalajara! It was full of gorgeous local traditions, and I’m so glad I️ was able to witness and take part in it. Sharing a few more photos of and background on the traditions on the blog today [link in profile] ✨ // gotoguadalajara

34 Days ago
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Sharing a few favorite discoveries from my recent trip to Guadalajara on the blog today [link in profile], aka I’m still daydreaming about cafe de olla and queso fundido and colorful papel flags in every street 😍 // gotoguadalajara

36 Days ago
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As a born-and-bred Northern Californian and lifelong @sacramentokings fan, hating LA is in my blood. The traffic, the superficiality and the whole scene drive me crazy, buuuuuut I will admit that every time I visit, I find something new and unexpected to appreciate ✨ // @discoverla

37 Days ago
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Things that make travel better: good coffee, a cute suitcase and California sunshine ☀️Things that can make it the best: @SouthwestAir is giving away up to 100 million points to California residents to explore the Golden State and beyond. Want to win 40,000 Rapid Rewards points right now? Share your ootd, tag @SouthwestAir, CaliforniaMillions and contest to enter for a chance to win 40,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points ✈️ // For more details and to enter: http://swa.is/CAMillChristine CAMillions partner

38 Days ago
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My favorite cocktail discovery in Jalisco (other than this gorgeous bar 😍): cazuelas! Served in clay bowls, it’s made up of a hearty dose of tequila, big chunks of orange, lime and grapefruit, a dash of salt and a bit of Squirt (forgotten preferred soda of my teenage years). It’s like a super refreshing tequila version of sangria! 🍹💯 // @gotoguadalajara

40 Days ago
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Being in Guadalajara for Dia de los Muertos was such a magical experience: the streets were filled with vibrant marigolds, intricate altars to honor ancestors and painted catrinas of all ages. Such a wonderful celebration and reminder of the fragility of life 💕// @gotoguadalajara + so much more on Stories!

40 Days ago
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A few things I learned today: tequila can only be made in and exported from Mexico (similar to champagne!), fields of blue agave are just as gorgeous as vineyards (and designated as a UNESCO heritage site), and I have NOT been giving tequila the respect it deserves. I learned how to drink it properly today, and it might just be my new favorite sipping spirit (and not just as a shot at last call) 🙌🏻 // @gotoguadalajara

42 Days ago
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It's no secret I'm loving life back on the Best Coast (see: all recent photos!) - which is why I’m stoked to announce a really exciting sweepstakes from @SouthwestAir! In the month of November, Southwest is giving away 100 MILLION RAPID REWARDS POINTS to residents of California, aka enough flights to explore all of the Golden State's colorful cities, stunning beaches and most delicious dishes. // For more details and to enter: http://swa.is/CAMillChristine CAMillions partner

42 Days ago
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Caught up with a couple of great college friends and saw a million cute pups on this beach today, and still can’t believe that this is the backdrop for a standard Saturday now ✨ // sandiego bestcoast

46 Days ago
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Thank you eight hours in PDX for all of the leaf peeping between meetings, but mostly for the opportunity to break out my favorite blue suede boots 🙏🏻🍁// fromwhereistand + more foliage on Stories!

49 Days ago
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Thrilled to have our semi-elopement story over at @snippetandink today: aka I didn’t Pinterest anything or write my own vows, I ate a cheeseburger at our brunch and it was low stress and lots of fun ✨// link in profile + all fantastic photos by @matrickphoto meaningfulwedding

49 Days ago
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Every time I visit my hometown of Sacramento, I discover something delightful--whether it's a beautiful new coffee shop or a cozy and colorful bookstore that I hadn't stumbled over before (despite it being open since 1981!) 📚❤// thisismybookstore visitsacramento

50 Days ago
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I'd like to take a second and talk about one algorithm that's doing it right: @spotify! The Discover Weekly playlist regularly gives me new favorite songs I hadn't even known I wanted, and the Time Capsule feature brought me straight back to the top-played songs on my first-gen iPod in high school. Heartfelt thank you to Spotify for putting Fat Lip by Sum 41 back in my rotation of songs I know all the words to, and including plenty of songs from my first-ever concert: Blink 182 and Green Day! Not sponsored, just obsessed 🙌🏻

51 Days ago
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So stoked for a low-key, productive, delightful weekend at home: big plans of cleaning the apartment, taking Gert to a therapy dog trial and writing a lot of words while drinking a lot of coffee ✨

54 Days ago
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Important poll happening in my Stories right now: IS FALL THE MOST MAGICAL SEASON?! Give me your thoughts, please and thank you 🍁// seattle + more leaf peeping in Stories!

56 Days ago
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Will travel for libraries 📚❤💯 (also can you believe this is in Seattle and not somewhere in Europe!) // seattle imratherfondoflibraries + another peek on Stories!

57 Days ago
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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 ✨

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