A little note about the summer solstice: It’s the first official day of summer! I count today as a good time to remember all the reasons that stepping into the “light” and being in the flow of “love” is so good for us!Read More
I'm back with another little photo preview. As I mentioned last week we're a few days away from release; you can still pre-ordered or go ahead and camp out at your local bookshop, or Barnes, Borders, Urban, etc to get your hands on one of the first copies of Wanderful! If you do decide to camp out holla at me and I'll come meet you 😉 !
Here's another round of photos, from two places that couldn't be more different! Chapter 3 covers the Eastern Seaboard of Maine, and 4 is Austin, Marfa and Terlingua!
I'll share a preview of chapters 5 - 9 tomorrow and Monday and release day is Tuesday so then we party, ya know!?
The Eastern Seaboard with Keiko Lynn
I'll be back again tomorrow with Route 66 & a road trip through the electric desert of New Mexico all the way to Joshua Tree, CA!
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After spending most of 2016 on a series of cross country road trips I knew it wouldn't take long before I hopped a plane, train or automobile to get back out there. I live for adventures that involve the great outdoors and while I truly wasn't intending to spend much of this summer traveling (I have a book release to prepare for! Ahhhh!) it was inevitable, I suppose, that the bug would bite at some point and I'd have to get out there.
One of the things that really occurred to me on last year's road trips was the meditative feelings that are often induced while solo traveling. I'm finding that more and more I'm making last minute plans to go out traveling alone. I'm not getting all Into The Wild on you guys, but honestly, it's a whole lot easier to plan when it's just you and the world. There's not too much coordination required and double honestly: I kind of like traveling alone even more so when I'm intending to document the experience ... the creativity arises differently when it's just me, the camera, and the sights and sounds of nature.
A few weeks ago I decided to take one of these trips. I was already planning a visit to Los Angeles to see Ben play a few shows, and then in the meantime, a friend called and would be hosting a birthday party in Joshua Tree, so, well there in the middle of LA and Joshua Tree I'd have 3 days for solo trekking.
I rented a car, studied up on a route and with a plan of a day drive along the PCH followed by a day of canyon hiking and then a day of desert wandering I was ready to go.
I've gotten pretty good at knowing what to pack and how to prepare (and I've shared a lot of that with you here), however, it's a bit different when going at it alone.
It's so incredibly important to take stock of your intended journey to best prepare and to create a plan in case of an emergency too. Here’s how to get started.
1. Pack Maps & Guides, Charge Up and Inform Your Friends of Your Plans
It doesn't matter how experienced you are, out in the wild it's easy to get turned around. GPS and phone service is often non-existent so a paper map can be your best friend. Battery power can drain quickly (especially if you're using your phone GPS) so having a back up source is necessary too.
In regards to routes: there's all sorts of trail tracking websites that you can get recommendations from others that have gone before you. That's good to get some perspective on the landscapes (and the creatures) you'll be meeting along the way. Example: on this particular trip, while hiking Topanga Canyon I came face to face with a coyote for the first time... hi Wiley, don't take me out please. His presence was ominous however, I knew from what I'd read he likely wasn't very interested in me. And while you might be in the mood to go all Thoreau-rogue (and I highly recommend you do!) it's important that someone knows where to find you if you don't report in. A bee sting or a slip & fall might be nothing at home, but out in nature those things can make easy trekking difficult fast.
2. Protect Yourself, You Delicate Flower!
Conditions can change fast and you'll be glad you've got extra gear if the rain kicks up or the temperature drops at night.
Here's a few things you should never travel without:
- water, and lots of it (the recommendation is a gallon per day per person, however I always go with a bit more than that...) you never know when you'll need it to clean up with too, and if for some reason you stay out longer than planned extra water is the #1 necessity
- extra cotton T-shirts and lots of layers (if you're hiking distances you'll sweat and you'll want cotton to wick away the moisture)
- rain gear, and potentially mosquito repelling clothing or sprays (rain + heat is a mosquitos favorite condition!)
- a sun hat, to keep yourself face protected, but also to keep critters from getting in your hair (yep, that's real)
- plenty of sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm and sunglasses with UV protection
3. Let the Creative Muse Flow
Okay, so now that we've talked about the practical things that will keep you healthy, and well alive...here's a few ways to invite in creativity while traveling alone. I (and so many others before me) find that time out in nature alone lends to brilliant creative moments. I always pack my cameras, extra polaroid film for quick moments, a journal and a favorite read. I'll bring some sort of mystical study materials, maybe a constellation map or the birth charts of my 3 closest friends... (when I get home I'll tell them all about the things I've learned about them!).
And if I'm being super real... I pack a pretty vintage dress and take a few photos documenting me... in my element. Why not?! You'll always have the memories, of course, however, the photos make for lasting keepsakes too (and who doesn't want that instagram moment?).
I'll be back again soon with more details on that solo journey. If you haven't yet been to Joshua Tree, it's my second trip this year and I'm kind of obsessed... Salvation Mountain and Santa Barbara were on this route too. More to come and thanks for following along my wanderful babes!
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brb.... I'm off the grid and hitching a ride here.
Ok, not fully. That's one of the airstream trailers at Salvation Mountain.
About an hour and a half from Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain sits on the south end of the Salton Sea - hyped in the 1950s as the French Riviera of the American West, the Salton Sea is a present-day resort ghost town where the water content is so salty it can’t sustain life. The rainbow-colored Salvation Mountain, built with local adobe clay and painted with donated house paint, is a favorite destination for magazine editorial photo shoots, music videos, fashion-loving bloggers, and Instagram stars. (More on that in my book, btw!)
I visited Salvation Mountain this weekend and will be continuing along this road trip (it's including stops in Santa Barbara, Laurel Canyon (LA), Venice, and Joshua Tree) before heading back to Nashville for Bonnaroo this coming weekend.
I promise to get caught up here when I return!
In the meantime, follow along on Instagram to see the sites on my stories as they happen!
A dandelion rose:
Under the spell of a 5 a.m. full moon and
a blur that comes an hour and 57 minutes of clock ticking time later she woke, again.
She lived each night begging for a coaxing by the sun,
swaying from luring with syrup yellow and lucidly driving thorns into story covered fingers all the same.
I'm not so sure that I should call this post a travel post. Perhaps traveling back in time a little bit. I used to spend my nights, sometimes days anxiously scribbling, typing, brain dumping the ideas that came slamming through my mind.
I never considered myself a writer, and when I became one a good warm up was to let these mind wanderings take shape as little stories. The words I create need the imagery, the imagery needs the words, I'm never quite sure which inspires the other.
In the present, on this particular day Ben and I wandered for an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. I sipped rosé, and lingered below the sun flair. Snapping photos in a harsh light, creating happy little accidents.
He by the way, is the happiest accident I can ever imagine.
Last night over drinks with a cousin I haven't seen since in a while, I talked about how Ben and I met. I told the story, but the part I left out was when I glanced across a room, his eyes catching mine. I left out how I knew that moment was never an accident at all.
I haven't looked away from Ben since, the prickly rose thorn of a girl I could be before him took flight like the seed puff on a dandelion.
p.s. I think sometimes I'll come back to sharing these little mind wandering stories like I used to. It feels good to me, so maybe you too?
p.p.s. I love you guys forever for reading. And those that were reading those stories summers ago, when all I could do was drink wine and wander off to the next little adventure, I'm so glad you're still here.
By the way, Nashville darlings: if you want to experience your own Springtime spell go visit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.
By the numbers there's 103,100 tulips, 20,000 + daffodils, and the same number of violets and pansies. There's a beer garden and space to picnic and I'm grateful for the ushering in of Spring feels those bloom create.
In this post I'm wearing Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Famous Red.
Shop the full look (and my new book too) here:
Hi wanderful friends!
I'm so excited to share with you a quick little update on my book. First, "Wanderful: A Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style" is finished! After 5 months on the road, hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of photographs, 40,000+ written words and rounds and rounds of edits, it is finally FINISHED!
Next steps are sales and marketing and all of that takes a bit of time, so in the meantime, I'll be sharing a story each month leading up to the release on the making of the book (there were 9 total road trips, so trust me, there's lots to share!) and tips and style lessons we learned from the girls we met along the road.
Be sure to sign up for my mailing list so that you don't miss a thing!
Thanks for following along - and I'll be back with a pre-sale link (so you can buy in advance) soon!
I'm excited to be a part of the #gaplove campaign! Being an early riser hasn't always been my thing, I so love sleeping in you guys. But on this particular morning it was so much fun to get up early, go catch the morning light with Ben to shoot photos for the campaign. Sometimes the early hours, while everyone else is still sleeping is somehow refreshing!
The outerwear pieces and cozy knitwear from Gap is perfect for this cold-one-day-not-so-much-the-next-day weather. I'm planning for another few days of travels after being back in New Orleans for the weekend - these goodies are perfect for the trip!
There's a few more of the things I'm loving from the collection below. What's in your travel bag right now you guys?
And p.s. see more over on the Gap insta!
This morning I took a few moments to read back through a few of my posts from New Year's past... one of the reasons I love having this space is for my own ability to reflect back.
Truly, when I started my first blog it was the only reason I was writing it. Well that and I’m a serious life romantic and truly believe in the power of manifesting our dreams. I say it all the time actually.
I believe if I write it, it's set out into the stratosphere and the planets will pick it up and spin it into reality.
Of course Mercury went into retrograde yesterday and Mercury is the ruler of communication. What does that mean for us? Well it's all the things a retrograde Mercury is famous for: disruption, breakdowns and complications. However it also means it's time to revise, rewrite and reconnect. Mercury is the planet of alchemy.
Before I had this space I had a tumblr page, I shared things I loved... visuals that were inspiring me. From there I began a personal style blog, however what I do here today is a serious departure from that.
There came a moment when I realized that I wasn't here to share updates on Nordstrom sales and the latest high heel shoe trend, for example. (Although there's certainly nothing wrong with that!) I wanted a space to share my story and the stories of those I love and admire - bon vivants collecting perspective from around the globe. In that there’s a bit of self exploration that happens in the travels and in the type of writing I do - and hopefully you all identify with that and that's why you are here!
Even though we don't necessarily speak directly, I am so grateful for you and want to share stories, places and, yes, sometimes even styles, that you all keep coming back for.
So as Mercury retrogrades in Capricorn (the planetary realm of goals, dreams and ambition) I'm asking you all to share with me your dreams for the New Year - let's do some rewrites together. When it comes to setting goals for the New Year, there's often a lengthy checklist of things we'd like to accomplish right?!
So forget the lengthy list, let's go with 3 things. 3 goals for 2017. I'll be back before the New Year with my 3 goals, in the meantime, be thinking of yours too ok?! Feel free to leave a note with yours below if you've already got them. Can't wait to hear what's brewing for you guys.