Samantha Chic: Style // Day Trip to San Diego & House of Blues

4.06.2016

Style // Day Trip to San Diego & House of Blues

style, San Diego, House of Blues, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, leather jacket, white leather, Francesca's, chambray, Forever 21, black denim, Target, booties, Kate Spade, crossbody bag, cobble hill, ellen
Jacket: Purchased in Italy // Shirt: Francesca's (past season)
Jeans: Forever 21 (past season) // Boots: Target (past season) // Bag: Kate Spade

Two weekends ago, Ryan and I took a day trip down to San Diego to celebrate my birthday. Brian Fallon, the lead singer of my favorite band -- the Gaslight Anthem -- who recently went solo during their hiatus, was doing a show at the House of Blues so we decided to go.

Brian Fallon & the Crowes did have an earlier show in Hollywood, which is obviously closer, but we missed out on tickets. This was fine by us though because it gave us a chance to explore Downtown San Diego a bit. I had been once before for a day when I first visited California in 2006, but Ryan had never been.

Since the day would include exploring and a concert, I tried to keep my outfit simple yet kind of rocker. A chambray shirt (previously worn here), my favorite leather jacket, a pair of black jeans, and chic, yet comfy, booties.

style, San Diego, House of Blues, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, leather jacket, white leather, Francesca's, chambray, Forever 21, black denim, Target, booties, Kate Spade, crossbody bag, cobble hill, ellen

When we got downtown we explored the Bay area, sat and watched the boats go by, listened for seals, checked out the USS Midway, walked around the shops & bars, etc. We wanted to take the ferry over to Coronado Island, but unfortunately we didn't have enough time.

Ryan and I went La Puerta for dinner (asada fries - so yummy!) and half-off margaritas before heading over to the House of Blues.

style, San Diego, House of Blues, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, leather jacket, white leather, Francesca's, chambray, Forever 21, black denim, Target, booties, Kate Spade, crossbody bag, cobble hill, ellen

I've actually seen Brian Fallon in concert four times before as the Gaslight Anthem -- twice in Pittsburgh, once in Baltimore last year for my birthday, and once in London at Hard Rock Calling when I did an internship abroad.

style, San Diego, House of Blues, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, leather jacket, white leather, Francesca's, chambray, Forever 21, black denim, Target, booties, Kate Spade, crossbody bag, cobble hill, ellenThis was the first time seeing him solo though. He recently came out with his first solo album, Painkillers, last month and it's SO GOOD! I'd definitely rank it up there with all of the best Gaslight Albums (which, if you're wondering, The 59 Sound is the best) and perhaps as one of my favorite albums of all time.

If you're into singer-songwriter, folksy, Americana types of music and lyrics, then Painkillers is definitely up your alley. However, if you're a fan of good ol' fashion blues & rock, like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, then you'll love the Gaslight Anthem. I've recommended them to so many of my friends and they're all hooked. Seriously, they are so good (so hopefully they aren't on hiatus too long).

Opening acts included Jared Hart of The Scandals and Austin Plaine, who I hadn't heard of before, but really enjoyed. I've been streaming Austin's album on Tidal ever since.

Overall, we really enjoyed San Diego and it was definitely a memorable birthday for me. What's your favorite band or singer? Tell me in the comments below!

style, San Diego, House of Blues, Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, leather jacket, white leather, Francesca's, chambray, Forever 21, black denim, Target, booties, Kate Spade, crossbody bag, cobble hill, ellen


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