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Desert Bunnie

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Day one of my most recent trip to Joshua Tree started off with some strangely coincidental imagery and locations. Just outside of our breakfast joint, the largest jack rabbit mural literally smacked us in the face. I couldn’t possibly pass up a bunnie in front of a bunny! Making our way back down highway 62, we pulled over to take a look at a very unassuming hotel, the Joshua Tree Inn. Not knowing anything about its history, we learned that this was the actual location that Gram Parsons passed away after a rock star night of partying. Supposedly his spirit still haunts room 8 (which is booked out months in advance). Empty cowboy boots have been spotted walking away from his memorial outside of the room, and many Gram Parsons sightings have been reported. Despite the lure of the Gram’s spirit, the Joshua Tree Inn is a perfect little getaway with an oasis-like pool calling your name on a hot desert day. Continue reading

Peaceful Easy Feeling

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I like the way your sparkling earrings lay against your skin so brown.

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Desert days calls for bright pastels and western patterns. Thank god it was one of those days in the desert that it was still slightly bearable to be outside in the intense sun. After a night out in Joshua Tree the evening before at none other than the Joshua Tree Saloon, we reconnected with one of the very generous and entertaining locals to shoot on site at his property with his vintage car and trailer collection. We literally felt like we hit the jackpot of photo shoot locations…pink stucco walls, a vintage Corvair and two vintage Shasta trailers! One of which we have plans to rent for our Marfa, Texas road trip. Layers of beaded jewels by Boho Global with a desert-style Canadian tuxedo I feel is my new uniform for these trips out west.  Continue reading

Born in the USA

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Happy 4th y’all!

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The Wild West, cowboy hats & Bruce Springsteen…can you get much more patriotic than that? Currently I’m spending my 4th at a music festival performing and teaching in Ohio with plans for Nashville next week. Most of my traveling involves music and last Fourth of July was no exception with the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well shows. If I’m not making music or attending a show, my heart truly belongs in the desert. From my dozens of road trips to Vegas I’ve fallen in love with the open road, desert highways and solo drives with my favorite tunes. Nothing like a break from Los Angeles traffic jams that literally take years off of your life, to drive into vast open space. Don’t get me wrong, I do love LA, but my new found love for Joshua Tree will pull me from the city as much as humanly possible. My favorite western road trip threads? Pink Arrows Boutique vintage tees and comfy cut offs for days.

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Lady of the Lake

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There’s a magical sound slidin’ over the ground

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It’s only fitting that I’m as I’m writing this post with serene images of Crestline Lake that I’m headed to Ohio for a few weeks, and northern Ohio in particular where I spent part of my summers on Lake Erie. Visiting this almost Midwest-like California town for the first time was magical. It completely took me back to my dad’s cottage on the river in Ohio and my aunt’s lake house in Michigan. Such an escape from LA traffic, drought dried grass and hazy skies. I could have stayed a whole week in this humble little town with places to sit and daydream for days. Packing the these rad mountain threads from Femmebot Clothing for this trip couldn’t have been a better decision. Easy, breezy western bohemian pieces that travel so well. Continue reading

Mai Tais and Mermaids

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Maui Sunsets

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It’s been about a month since my trip to Maui and I’m finally getting a chance to share the second round of photos by local photographer Danielle Nowicki. Forgetting that not every place is sunny without at a chance of rain like 99% of the time in LA, I completely lucked out with the Hawaiian weather for this shoot. Since Hawaiian rains that just come and go at the drop of a hat, I couldn’t have imagined a better evening for a Maui sunset on Po’Olenalena Beach. A low tide with knee high waves and a partly cloudy sky that the sun just peaked through. Just enough light to catch the sparkle of the golden threads in this Pachamama Bohemian crochet one piece. And the Mai Tais? I definitely had my fair share over the course of the five days, answering most of my emails under the influence, but hey, when in Maui… Continue reading