Outfits Here vs. There
Obviously the weather is a major difference between the two cities (except for Summer, which is relatively mild both places) and that had a major impact on my outfit choices, especially when it came to shoes and outerwear. I went through my February 2016 outfits and found that I wore open toe shoes/sandals (like these) 14 out of 29 days:
Individual Versions of these outfits HereONE:
Top: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Forever 21 (Similar) / Necklace: Express (Similar)
Top: Express / Jeans: Express / Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Similar)
Jacket: Express / Dress: Express / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Sandals: Sam Edelman (Similar)
Jacket: Express / Cami: Express / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Sam Edelman / Necklace: Target (Similar)
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I am 100% positive my shoe choices would have been completely different any given February day in Seattle. Toes would be covered at least 95% of the time. And while I could probably have worn similar outfits (except the dress), I would need a winter coat outdoors during the day, whereas I wear a winter coat about once a year in San Diego. (Usually around Christmas if we go to an outdoor event at night!)
Coffee Shops vs. Taco Shops
Wine Culture vs. Coffee Culture
The Seattle area has some a few different wineries that were very nice, but they were popular more for special occasions. Here in the San Diego area, first of all there are more wineries and a bigger variety. Several of them are family friendly and have a more casual vibe. People go there to hang out all day with friends, listen to live music, check out the shops, etc. Of course, the weather is more conducive to hanging out outdoors at wineries more often here, so it just plays a bigger role in the culture and lifestyle for a lot of people here than it did in Seattle. Coffee shops in Seattle do play a similar role as a place to hangout, and quite a few there (more than here) are family-oriented.
Let's just say The Seahawks are kind of a bigger deal in Seattle than The Chargers are in San Diego. Not to say that there aren't Charger fans who are loud and loyal, but there just isn't an energy of excitement and city bonding over their NFL team like there was in Seattle. Maybe if the Chargers had a more winning record or weren't planning their potential departure from San Diego it would be different, but as of now, that's just the way it is.
Money, Money, Money
Image via Forbes
The Seattle area is home to a lot of major companies, e.g. Microsoft, Boeing, Nordstrom, Costco, Amazon, and Starbucks. Personally, I just felt surrounded by highly educated, highly paid individuals there, whereas the main industries here in San Diego (e.g. tourism) don't tend to pay as much. But even for the same job, the stats back up my impression that Seattle-ites are higher paid. For example a Software Engineer in Seattle has an average salary of $97,859 (Source), vs. $84,468 for the same job in San Diego (Source).
Blog Love City by City
I was a regular blog reader for many years before I started my own and coincidentally, a couple of my early favorite bloggers were based out of Seattle and San Diego. In Seattle, I read Every Day Mom Style because she was exactly where I was at that point in life: a stay at home mom just trying to look and feel her best but keep it practical for chasing around little ones. And there really were not many blogs tailored to that demographic at that time! She stopped blogging in 2013 to spend more time with her family, but I appreciated her content then and it helped inspire me to start my own blog.
In San Diego, I always appreciated Audrey of Putting Me Together's, affordable, realistic style and to this day hers is the first blog I recommend to people who are just starting to get into improving their style and outfits. I also got to meet her once I moved to San Diego, which resulted in one of my most popular blog posts ever (here).
* * *Ironically, I'm writing this post on a day with a huge rain and thunderstorm here in San Diego so it's almost making me feel like I'm back in Seattle! But by Wednesday it will be Sunny and 70° here and 52° and rainy there, which is a lot more normal for both places. Both cities really have great things about them and great people in them and it's been fun to call both of them home!