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City Guide: San Diego by Designer Siren Floral Co / Lace & Likes

When we're talking about southern California's preeminent tastemakers of wedding cool, or just cool in general -  Rachael Ann Lunghi, the heart behind not one, but two of our favorite companies - Lace & Likes and Siren Floral Co quickly comes to mind. She's a one-woman, pint-sized, wedding, styling & floral powerhouse, turning your Pinterest dreams into elegant reality with an edge that's completely YOU. 
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RACHAEL ANN LUNGHI, FOUNDER OF SIREN FLORAL CO AND LACE & LIKES

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
This is a woman who knows cool. She exudes it so authentically from every pore of her body and if you're lucky enough to know and call her friend, consider your life filled with a lot more love and know your gathering game will go up on a whole new level. Do your Insta feed a favor and follow @laceandlikes and @sirenfloralco for her magical floral creations, supremely cool styling and fabulous travel adventures to new and rad places. We were lucky enough to sit down with Rachael as she dishes about her favorite hotspots in her hometown of  San Diego, CA - a cool, coastal town we also call home. 
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photo Steve Cowell

MUST SEE SAN DIEGO WEDDING VENUE

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
Being an event designer, do you have any standout wedding venues in San Diego? Yes! Loads. i LOVE LOVE Luce Loft, its a favorite for the industrial aesthetic and i also love Quail Haven Farm in Vista. they are family owned and well run. there's horses everywhere and its just a beautiful place.
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photo Soda & Swine

BEST DINNER PARTY SPOT IN SAN DIEGO

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What restaurant would you choose to host a dinner? Oof. Probably Solace. I love the atmosphere and all the food.
Also Polite Provisions//Soda and Swine
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BEST CAFÉ

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What’s your favorite café to meet for coffee? What do you order? My favorite cafe is Coffee Coffee on Coast Hwy. I order an almond milk latte with honey :)
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photo Shop Pigment

BEST SHOPPING

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What are your favorite stores to shop for clothing and home décor? Clothes- Home in Encinitas ​or Free People and sometimes Flashbacks. Home Decor - Home in Encinitas For home decor I love Shop Pigment
 

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What's your favorite bar to gather at for upscale cocktails? Polite Provisions
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NEXT ON THE LIST

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
Is there  place in the city you haven’t been, but it’s the next place you MUST gather or eat at? Cafe Gratitude! Dying to go there. 
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BEST STAYCATION SPOT

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What is your favorite boutique hotel in San Diego for a staycation with the gals? The Lafayette
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photo Gary J. Wood

MOST INSPIRATIONAL SPOT

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
Is there a place in the city that has or continues to inspire you? I love Old Town San Diego and find a lot of inspiration there, i also LOVE the antique stores in Carlsbad and am always finding treasures when i visit. and i obviously love the beaches and their beauty.
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BEST GROUP GETAWAY DESTINATION

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
Where would you choose to host a group getaway within an hour or two of the city and why? Palomar Mountain or JulianThey are both within an hour and are absolutely gorgeous/quaint. each place is rural with a certain kind of charm.
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BEST POOL PARTY SPOT

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What is the best hotel in San Diego to throw a pool party? The Pearl
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photo Swami's

BEST BRUNCH SPOT

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
What is your favorite brunch spot to gather at? Swamis in Encinitas. 
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MUST-SEE TOURIST ATTRACTION

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Must-see tourist attraction that’s worth the price of admission? Hmmmm, I love the Wild Animal Park and it's super interactive. 
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BEST LATE NIGHT AFTER PARTY SPOT

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What's your favorite late-night after-party spot? HaHaHa! The Saloon! It's a love, hate relationship...  ;)
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photo Daniel Knighton/Pixel Perfect Images

BEST PLACE TO GATHER FOR LIVE MUSIC

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
Favorite place to see live music? Inside or outside (or both!) The Belly Up. So many rad bands play there, and really well known bands too! Its such an intimate venue. I also love The Irenic
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BEST PICNIC SPOT

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
If you were going to host a chill picnic/outdoor gathering where would you have it? Love Orpheus Park!
Its open and has a great view of the ocean. You can bring your pups! It's quiet and in a neighborhood.
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MUST DO

Rachael Ann Lunghi's San Diego City Guide
If you had 24 hours left in your city (forever), what is the one thing you would HAVE to do? Go to my secret bridge lookout over the lagoon for the last time. Hike up to the top of the mushroom caves and watch the sunset. 
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