Guys, I’m super excited to announce that I have officially launched my youtube channel! I’m going to be taking you guys all over Los Angeles to my favorite places as well as trying new food products (or just products that are new to me), reviewing beauty products, showing you fashion stuff and so much more! So be sure to subscribe if any of that stuff sounds interesting to you!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s 2017 already! Where does the time go? I’ve already broken one of my New Year’s resolutions which was to start posting here consistently starting the first week of January. I’ve been running around since I got home from Christmas vacation and haven’t really had time to get anything done. Excuses, excuses…I know. But I really want to start posting here more often and writing more as opposed to just posting pictures. Not sure how into that people are going to be but who gives a fuck!
Speaking of zero fucks given, that’s another one of my New Year’s resolutions, to not give a fuck about what people think. Living in LA (or anywhere for that matter) I feel like it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people think you should or shouldn’t be doing. What I’m realizing though, is that no one cares. People are too consumed with themselves to REALLY give a shit about what other people are up to. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a negative way, I just mean that we’re always on to the next thing and we all spend so much time in our own heads that it’s hard to give too much time and thought to what others are doing. And even if they do, why should I care? I’m an adult. I should be well past the point of giving a shit what people think of me.
These photos were taken when I went home to New Mexico (my home state) for Thanksgiving. I live in Los Alamos which is about 40 minutes north of Santa Fe. But I spend a lot of my time in Santa Fe because it is such a magical place and of course no trip home would be complete without eating at Tomasita’s. It’s the best New Mexican food there is. I highly recommend going if you’re ever in New Mexico.
Thanksgiving was nice and cool so I was able to bring home sweaters but not so cold that I had to wear a heavy jacket (truth be told I don’t really own and warm jackets). I loved this Steve Madden poncho sweater because is cute, cozy and super soft. Also I’m going through a white phase so bear with me. I know it’s faux pas to wear white after Labor Day, but I think because I live in Southern California where it’s nice year round, it’s ok.
Top: Steve Madden
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Shoes: Rocket Dog
I love baggy clothes. I know they may not be the most flattering, but they are by far the most comfortable. They remind me of the 90’s when everyone rocked the baggy jean look. When I was in Vermont last week it was quite chilly and perfect temperatures for chunky sweaters. I maybe get to wear things like this in LA once in a blue moon when the temperature drops or if I journey off to the mountains. So the opportunity to wear fall/winter clothes is quite fun for a day or two. Btw, I should have worn a jacket this day, it was windy as fuck and I froze my butt off.
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Rocket Dog
Location: Burlington, Vermont
I went home to New Mexico a few weeks ago. Fall is one of the best time of times a year to go because the weather is cool, people are roasting chile on the side of the road and leaves are changing. I always go to Santa Fe to get my shopping on. The plaza is a great place to buy turquoise and silver at a good price. There is one store off San Francisco street that I always go to get wraps. Of course like an asshole, I don’t remember the name of it, but I will try and find it.
Wraps are perfect of fall and living in Southern California, year round. They are cozy but not quite as heavy as a jacket. Oh, and they are the BEST on airplanes because they double as a blanket. This one perfectly represents the southwest with the patterns. I also love the colors. And lastly, its 100% acrylic! No wool and no animals harmed in the making of it and costs a whooping $35. What a steal. I will find out the name of the store for you guys…
Wrap: Store on the plaza
Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Mother’s Denim
Photos: Becca Murray
My boyfriend is from Burlington, Vermont so I’m lucky enough to get to spend a lot of time there. We recently went to down to the waterfront on Lake Champlain to take a few photos. We also shot a little video which I’m going to be doing a lot more of so be sure and subscribe to the youtube channel!
Top: Pins and Needles
Jeans: Frame Denim
Purse: Antik Kraft
I’d seen on some random person’s instagram (you know how that goes when you fall down a rabbit hole), this gorgeous town called Hallstatt in Austria that looked fake. It was so beautiful in the photo that I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. So when we planned our trip to Germany for my man’s bday, I checked a map to see if was near any of the places we were going and lucky for me it was!
Hallstatt is like an hour or so from Salzburg. It’s this tiny town (859 people) tucked into the hillside surrounded by a lake. It’s so quaint you’ll die. It also is home to what I believe is the oldest salt mine in the world. It’s 7000 years old. They were discovering it around the time the Egyptians were building the pyramids if that gives you any reference. And if you’re go to Hallstatt, definitely take the salt mine tour. It’s one of the few things to do here.
Right before we were about to take photos, these thick black clouds rolled in, which was kind of perfect. We were able to get a few shots and then we got soaked but it was magical and perfect. If you’re looking for the most stunning, quaint little place to visit, Hallstatt is where it’s at. But make sure you get a reservation at a hotel well before you go because with so few places to stay, everything gets booked up quick.
Dress: Privacy Please (Revolve)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Style Collection
Purse: Antik Kraft
If you would have told the high school me, that my future self would be partaking in things like sound baths or meditation to cleanse my soul, I would have been all, “Eww. No way. That’s only something the weirdos who shop at the Wild Oats market and smell like patchouli would be into.” Cut to present day and I’m the one rallying my friends to try things like depravation chambers, sessions with shamans, meditation classes…you get the idea.
My first trip to The Integratron was 3 years ago when we went for my friend Christina’s birthday party. Since then, we’ve made it an annual trip. What the fuck is The Integratron? Let me tell you: it’s a 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, all wood dome that was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel (I didn’t come up with that myself, I stole it off their website). But real talk, they do sound baths there and its fucking magical. Smack dab in the Mojave Desert is where you’ll find this little slice of heaven. It’s in Landers, CA which isn’t too far past Joshua Tree. When you arrive they have this great little area to chill in while you wait to do your sound bath. There is also some cool art to look at.
You can rent out The Integratron for a private session, with a group of your own choosing or you can be part of a pop-up, which is with a group not of your choosing. I’ve done both and they are equally great.
When you enter the dome, you are guided up a narrow flight of stairs to where the magic happens. All around the floor are make-shift beds (yoga mats covered by blankets and a pillow) that you’re on for the duration of the session. The sound bath consists of someone playing crystal bowls for 23 minutes. Apparently 22 minutes is an optimal amount of time for your brain to rest and reset. I think that is what Joanne, one of the owners, told us during our last visit. However, I have a terrible memory so I could have just made that up but it sounds like it could be a thing, so let’s go with it. I do remember her telling us that each bowl plays a different note and each note corresponds with a different chakra. It’s hard to explain the experience but I’m going to try. If it were physically possible to lay inside a speaker, that is what a sound bath would be the equivalent too. It’s loud and resonant and you feel it through your entire body. Yet it’s soothing, relaxing and meditative. Guys, that’s a terrible explanation. You just have to experience it for yourself. If you want more info on The Integratron like, how to get there, cost, the history of the place, you can check it out here —-> http://www.integratron.com