Exploring Borrego Springs

Exploring Borrego Springs

Up until last month, I had never even heard of Borrego Springs. I was chatting with a friend about how I wanted to go on a lil getaway to a California city I'd never been before, when he mentioned this darling desert town. Just a 3 hour drive from LA and surrounded by the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, it was just the change of scenery Eddie and I were looking for. With a population of under 4,000 people, this small town has no big chains and is California's first Dark Sky Communitywhich means it's dedicated to protecting the night sky from light pollution. Star gazer heaven! While we did a lot of relaxing at our amazing hotel, we also ventured out to explore our surroundings. Come take a look at some of our adventures!

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Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain

I finally made it to this folk art masterpiece! Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain has been on my must-viz list for a while now, ever since I first saw photos of it on Instagram. An explosion of color in the middle of the dez, it really is a sight to see.  Located just east of the Salton Sea and about a 3 and a half hour drive from Los Angeles, it's a trek to get to this little piece of magic - but a great spot to check out when visiting Palm Springs, as it's only about an hour and a half drive from there. 

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Borrego Springs: Where To Stay

Borrego Springs: Where To Stay

Eddie and I started a tradition last year of going on a lil Christmas getaway to a California city we'd never been to before. We stayed in a darling Airstream in Temecula last year, and this year we decided to check out the beautiful desert town of Borrego Springs, located in the northeast area of San Diego county. As much as I love LA, it's always so refreshing to get out of the big city and take a few days to relax and recharge - and Borrego Springs is really the perf place to do just that. Surrounded by Anza-Borrego Desert State Parkand being California's first Dark Sky Community, you won't find any big chains in this charming small town. I wanted to share our experience staying at the Borrego Valley Inn with you, and spoiler alert - it was wonderful. Keep scrolling for lots of pics from our stay!

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Beach Barcycle Birthday Bash

Beach Barcycle Birthday Bash

Having a Christmas eve birthday is a funny thing - bouncers, bartenders, and any sort of ID checkers always ask me, "What's that like?" Growing up, it had its plus and minuses. There was the occasional grouping together of prezzies ("This is for your bday AND xmas!"). Since school is obvi never in session on the 24th and everyone stays home with their fams around the holidays, I would sometimes get bummed I never got to celebrate with my friends on or around my day. But, having a Christmas eve birthday made the holidays and the month of December in general that much more exciting. Since I couldn't celebrate with friends the day of, my parties were always a few weeks before, which meant I got to prolong the excitement - a whole month of celebrating! And having your birthday the day before Christmas means a lotta cheer, prezzies, and CAKE packed into a 48 hour time frame. Fast forward to now and pretty much the same holds true! I don't usually go crazy to celebrate, I've actually gone years without having any sort of party because I know how busy everyone is during the holidays. But I wanted to do something this year, and I've been dying to experience the Venice Beach Barcycle - so I figured this would be the perf time to get some friends together to experience it with me. 

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A Bright & Cheerful Boho Home

A Bright & Cheerful Boho Home

My favorite part about this past year entering into the whole blogging world has been the amazing people I've met and new friends I've made. Anita Yokota is one of those people! Not only is she sweet, hilarious, and always so supportive, but she's also crazy talented. Take one look at her boholicious, gorge home and you'll see why. 

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Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

The weather here in LA has been all over the place lately - one day I'm wearing a tank top, the next I'm bundled up. Even though I'm a warm weather year round lover, I do enjoy a chillier day here and there around Christmas. You know I love me some cozy vibes! But of course, "chilly" is relative here in forever-summer land. I grew up in New York and lived through some nasty winters, however almost a decade living in Southern California has spoiled me. And I'm not the only one! Us Angelenos complain about the "cold" any time the temperature dips under our usual 75 degree sunny weather :P

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29Rooms From Refinery29

29Rooms From Refinery29

There aren't many places that can truly make you feel like a kid again, but 29Rooms is one of them. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of this magical adult playground last week before they opened to the public - certain installments were actually still being constructed! Many thanks to Google & Refinery29 for letting me witness the magic. It was such a fun-filled afternoon! So many artists, activists, and visionaries contributed to this pop-up interactive experience, and the result is truly a magical, inspiring fun-house that really gets you thinking. I can't commend the creators enough for fusing activism, art, and technology all together! I wanted to share with you some pics of my fave rooms - especially since 29Rooms is only in LA for a couple weeks, and I know that (v unfortunately) a lot of people won't get to experience it for themselves. But if you do get a chance to go and explore, I can't recommend it enough. Go, go, go! All images taken of me were snapped by my friend Onelia :) 

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Traveling Back in Time With Netflix's "Godless"

Traveling Back in Time With Netflix's "Godless"

I got to go on a lil adventure last week with Netflix! Their new show Godless is about a town in the American West circa 1880 that is made up of almost entirely women. I was lucky enough to go on a mini road trip to Paramount Ranch where I experienced what life was like for those women. How cool is that?! The day's hashtag was #TheFrontierIsFemale, so you know is was filled with bad ass women shooting guns and slinging whiskey. Yee haw! 

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