Sunday, May 30, 2010

Marfa Marfa Marfa

El Cosmico

Marfa is one of the most eccentric, fantastic little towns I have ever been to. It is filled with beautiful old buldings, delicious food, the wonderfully stark scenery of the desert and of course the friendly Marfans. Marfa came to prominence when Donald Judd moved to Marfa in the 1970s and purchased numerous buildings in Marfa to house his works and those of his contemporaries. Many other incredible art venues have sprung up around Marfa including the awesome and eclectic Ballroom Marfa.

El Cosmico

We rolled in to Marfa fairly late and set up our tent at El Cosmico. El Cosmico was the perfect place to kick off our adventures. The campsite has eccentric sleeping options: luxurious yurts, teepees, and trailers with queen beds, hardwood floors and animal skin rugs. Since we’re on a pretty tight budget we opted to use our tent (which is home to us anyway). We still got to use the showers in the awesome bathhouse, which also has a huge bathtub in it, not something you expect to see while camping. We were happy to see it because we’d been camping out in the desert heat for a long time without showers. El Cosmico also has a few groves of trees with colorful hammocks hung in them, a communal area with a stove, and gardens with platforms above them which house comfy bean bags for relaxing on. That night we met a really fun young couple, Daniel and Kyle, originally from Austin but they are living in Sydney, Australia now. I was so jealous as that is one of my dreams! I’m sure one day soon I’ll make it out to Australia, but for now I have other exciting travelling to concentrate on.

El Cosmico

Daniel and Kyle had been to Marfa before so they took us into town, and we decided to go to a bar that I had heard of, Padre’s, and surprise surprise, Grass Widow, who are from my most recent city, San Francisco, were playing. We had delicious Texan food, Shiner Bock, and played pinball. While we were sitting in the beer garden we met some awesome Marfans, and eight of us piled into the back of their pickup truck and headed out to a beautiful abandoned house (which I really wanted to go back to to photograph but didn’t have time unfortunately) and then to the Marfa Alien Lights. Unfortunately there were no lights when we went because the moon was too bright, so I guess that means I’ll be back in Marfa sometime soon, because they sound like a pretty amazing sight.

El Cosmico

Outfit Details:

Sandals: Gap

Skirt: Thrifted school uniform

Belt: Thrifted

Velvet Tank: UO

Scarf: Stolen from my friend Ginger, I have to give it back to her when I see her in a few weeks!

More on Marfa next time I have internet!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shoe Love

Well what with all of my exciting comings and goings it’s been a bit difficult to do blog updates. We arrived in Austin today, and I love it already, mostly because it is wonderful to have a break from the desert heat.

I thought I would leave you with a few pictures of my shoe collection. I organized all of my shoes and clothes before I left for the trip and after I had hung everything up in my closet, the bar broke under the weight. Methinks I have added too many winter coats to my collection this year. I knew I was keeping my room messy for a reason!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Climbing Trees

We've just begun our journey and are leaving L.A. today for Joshua Tree. I always drive down Highway 5 whenever I come to L.A. because it is so much quicker, but we decided to take the 1 which is absolutely stunning. I can't believe I have spent all of this time in California and never done it! The water is a deep jewel like shade of blue and the beaches are dramatic crags of rocks which hang low over the few sandy coves. At one point we saw a huge group of seals sunning themselves on the beach, and just beyond that passed through windblown green meadows (which I'm sure will be brown soon in California's heat!). We stopped for lunch at a deli in Big Sur and marveled at the cool stillness the redwood trees radiate.
We've had a very quick stop in L.A. filled with familiar faces, hot tubs and good food, and are so excited to really get out on the road. We have heard wonderful things about Joshua tree and I'm excited that it will be our first national park stop.

I haven't had a chance to upload the photos we took on the way down from Santa Cruz, so I'll leave you with a few pics from my last days at home. These are a few of the good ones, trying to climb a tree with a 10 second timer and get a good picture is slightly more difficult than I thought it would be! I tried a new photo editing program and I like how these photos turned out a bit whimsical, it reminds me of The Magic Faraway Tree a book by Enid Blyton that I used to read all the time when I was little.

Dress: Urban Renewal
Belt: Thrifted

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I think it's an occasion for wearing bright red shorts!

This is going to be a short post because I just got home from work and I am tiiired. I debated over buying these shorts for so long because I have been saving up for the great road trip, but finally I gave in a got them. It was a little silly that I waited so long, they were only $10! Anyway, happy Cinco de Mayo everyone, drink a margarita to celebrate!

Shoes: Vintage, No Vintage
Shorts: Vintage, Pistene Vintage on Etsy
Belt: Thrifted
Blouse: Primark

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bolinas Beach Day

Last week my lovely friend Karina and I went to Bolinas for a beach day. We enjoyed the amazing drive down, it was super clear and we could see far along the craggy coastline. It was a perfect Northern California beach day- more rugged and cold than hot and filled with tanning and surfing! Hopefully I will get a few of those as Elise and I depart on our road trip, especially since our first destination is L.A. When we arrived we stopped at the Coast Cafe for some comfort food. The kitchen put a heart on my burrito which I thought was so cute. After our filling lunch we wandered around the town and I bought a suitcase lined with red satin to store my high heels in from an antique store. There's a big bookstore in Bolinas which runs completely by donation; you leave a certain amount of money for "good" books, "awesome" books, etc. I also got some sweet grandma shoes in the Bolinas free shop which I am excited to wear. We had some Toffuti Cuties and I completely forgot how addictive they are, and so much more delicious than dairy ice cream sandwiches.
We headed down to the beach to run around and sing our heads off. Luckily there wasn't anyone around to watch us playing with crab shells and doing ballet in the sand. After awhile the wind scared us off and we headed back into SF to try some of the lovely wines at Heart and check out their gallery space.
We were too busy having fun for me to ask Karina to get a bunch of pictures of my outfit, but we managed to get one. I'm wearing a cute dress that I bought from The Painted Bird, and my favorite thrifted belt.

By the way, if you're looking for some delicious recipes for dinner tonight, head over to Karina's blog We Haight Cookbooks.
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