What I Wore in San Diego

This post is sponsored by Kia Motors USA.

What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing: Victoria’s Secret Leather Jacket (similar here), Cuyana Silk Slip Dress, Alexander Wang Gabi Cutout Booties.

A couple of weeks ago I took a work-related trip to San Diego as part of a press trip for Kia Motors USA. They flew me down with a few other influencers to check out the eco-friendly options that Kia offers (hint: It’s impressive!) and to show us a good time in San Diego. The trip was fairly short, only 3 days, but it was jam-packed activities as we explored San Diego and beyond. Today I’m sharing a little insight into what I packed and wore for this action-packed short trip.

What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing: Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Cuyana Summer Hat, 3.1 Phillip Lim Satin Silk Tee, & Other Stories Ultra Slim Button Fly Denim (c/o), Kate Spade Saturday Sandals (similar by Ancient Greek Sandals).

Day 1, Fly to San Diego.
I woke up pretty early this morning to fly to San Diego for the event. After we arrived to the Hard Rock hotel and checked in, Cristen & I spent some quiet time winding down in our room before getting ready for the evening festivities.


What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing Rujuta Sheth Noir Jumper (c/o Akin & Co.), Cuyana Crossbody Pouch, J.Crew Lanie Stacked Heel Sandals (similar by Steve Madden).

Day 1, Welcome dinner.
That evening we attended a welcome dinner at Rustic Root, and followed up with more mingling in the hospitality suite. All-in-all it was a fancier night of networking and dinner.


What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Cuyana Summer Hat (didn’t end up wearing), Cuyana Button Down Silk Shirt (similar relaxed collarless silk shirt by Everlane), Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote& Other Stories Ultra Slim Button Fly Denim (c/o), Kate Spade Saturday Sandals (similar by Ancient Greek Sandals).

Day 2, Ride & Drive.
For the morning and afternoon of Day 2, I attended an information panel, then got to hop into a Kia Niro with Tiffany, Cristen, & Kira to explore the town. Usually for these they have a set driving area, but we veered off course a little to work on our video for the karaoke contest (If you want to see me embarrassing myself and dancing like a fool you should watch it, ha!). I flew my DJI Mavic Pro drone to film quite a few shots as we didn’t have a tripod with us.


What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing Victoria’s Secret Leather Jacket (similar here), Cuyana Silk Slip Dress, Alexander Wang Gabi Cutout Booties.

Day 2, Rockstar Karaoke.
This evening was full of surprises, as it included karaoke with a live band. I’ve never done karaoke before as I don’t fancy embarrassing myself and singing is not my strong suite, but it was a lot less intimidating with a live band and more background noise (haha). My outfit worked out perfect and I was only tempted to take off my jacket once after working up a sweat on stage.

What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Makeup details for the “Rockstar” karaoke party.


What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Wearing Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Cuyana Summer Hat, Cuyana Silk Camisole, H&M Divided Swim Coverup (this one looks similar), Victoria’s Secret Leather Jacket (similar here), & Other Stories Ultra Slim Button Fly Denim (c/o), Kate Spade Saturday Sandals (similar by Ancient Greek Sandals),Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote, Tumi Tegra-Lite International Carry-On.

Day 3, Flight home.
Since there weren’t a whole lot of plans and I needed some extra space in my suitcase, I opted to wear my hat instead of packing it and to also wear my leather jacket instead of the kimono to save space in my luggage.


What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on. What I wore to San Diego, 5 outfits I packed for a Summer trip to San Diego in a carry-on.

Left: Prada Timeless Sunglasses, Cuyana Summer Hat, H&M Divided Swim Coverup (this one looks similar), Marysia Swim Mott Maillot. / Right: Kate Spade Saturday Sandals (similar by Ancient Greek Sandals).

Some outfit and packing list notes.

The outfits I packed were pretty spot on and I only replaced the H&M Divided Swim Coverup (this one looks similar) with the leather jacket on the flight home to save space in my suitcase. I don’t know if I would have left anything out except for the hat. I didn’t wear it much since it wasn’t sunny and didn’t get in any pool time. During this trip my favorite item I packed was the Kate Spade Saturday Sandals (similar by Ancient Greek Sandals) because although they are not the most comfortable shoes, they were flat! If I visited again in June, I’d probably pack a little more layers or a light sweater as San Diego can be known for it’s “June Gloom” weather during this time. I didn’t even get to use my swimsuit, though the hot tub was pretty tempting!

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To read more of my posts about what I packed and wore for different trips, you can read them all here.

My trip to San Diego was sponsored by Kia Motors USA, but as always, all opinions, photos, and writing are my own.

Photos of Jessica by Cristen Casados for Hej Doll.

11 thoughts on “What I Wore in San Diego

  1. All the pieces you featured here are so fashionable and elegant. Black is so versatile! I love the Prada Sunglasses and the strappy sandals too.

  2. I’m definitely still mourning the loss of the kate spade saturday brand – these sandals are amazing! I may have to spend the extra on the Ancient Greeks one day…

    1. I feel your pain! I loved so many items from it. My sandals seem to be holding up pretty well but once they’re in need of replacing I’ll definitely go with the Ancient Greeks.

  3. I am in love with the leather jacket it’s gorgeous as well as the black dress 😉 I love reading about what others wear for various events and occasions so that I can get fashion ideas 😉

  4. I always wish to wear such classy clothes and roam alone in a new city. Your outfits are damn amazing. A great event comes up with great excitement ..what to wear…how to do hair and all this is what something comes up! Loved reading this article.

  5. I love the Victoria’s Secret Leather Jacket! Very stylish! I was in San Diego around the same time, for a Mazda press event trip. I had never been to California! The clothes you picked out were casual, a common dress code for these kinds of events. I really like the Rujuta Sheth Noir Jumper for your welcome dinner attire! Looks like you had a lot of fun with the Kia group in San Diego!

  6. I love this look! It’s so fun and summery and the best part is it’s super versatile. You can so easily mix and match pieces in and out! I love San Diego also, you must of had such a blast!

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