I am a member & advocate for the LGBT community. I am originally from Minnesota and am currently living in Southern California. When I first started @shopsalatte it was a fun way for me to share where I bought my clothes & how I styled different looks. The idea came from playing on the pun of someone who shops a lot & also loves lattes…boom! Shops-a-latte was created. Recently I started to feel myself evolve into less about what I am wearing & more about what I am doing (while continuing to share my favorite coffee shops). Living in California, there is so much to explore. It really is inspiring being able to wake up at the beach, drive through the desert & end up in the mountains all in the same day. With access to several Nations Parks & different terrains, I have been covering as much ground as possible to take advantage of what California has to offer.
I love to have frequent adventures. I find the best way to travel is by planning little trips frequently as opposed to one or two big trips a year. Starting my own website is the best way for me to share where to go, stay, hike & drink local coffee (& beer of course). Cheers!
I am a former collegiate basketball player & I love to remain active. I enjoy HIIT bootcamp, spin, yoga & mega reformer pilates.
Being based in Orange County, I love taking advantage of living on the coast. Some of my favorite coffee shops are right off the Pacific Coast Highway.
frequently asked questions
What Camera do you use?
I have the Fujifilm x100f- I love how easy it is to hike with & the quality photos it takes!
Where do you find places to stay?
I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram. Otherwise, I will go on Airbnb's app & use the map feature, drag it to the area I want to visit & look for cute cabins!
Favorite beaches in OC?
I love Laguna Beach! Thousand steps & Table Rock are a couple of my favorites.
Do you blog full time?
No, I don't blog full time. This has been a creative outlet for me & a fun hobby. I work in the beverage industry as an Area Manager covering Orange County.
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