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Suddenly in Sedona: Part 1

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Last June, my BFF Tien and I decided to take a spontaneous getaway trip to Sedona, Arizona! I went there once as a kid, but it was quite a different experience as an adult! Tien had never been there before, but she was intrigued by the energy vortexes that surrounded the area, and we both wanted to escape from LA! So we booked the cheapest flights available through Spirit Airlines–and even though it’s generally known that the seats are quite small, and has little leg room, it was actually manageable for an hour and a half flight! We decided to fly into Phoenix, and then we took a two hour scenic drive up north to Sedona. On the way up, we jammed and sang along to our favorite 90’s hits, like “The Sign” by Ace of Base, and quite a number of Boyz II Men songs! (And yes, we remembered ALL THE LYRICS!) I kinda wished we had spent a couple of days exploring Phoenix though. One of my friends went to Phoenix a couple of months ago and she was telling me about the RV Rental Phoenix offered her and it sounded amazing. Although I really enjoyed the trip, it would’ve been much better if we had gone in an RV. Oh well, there’s always next time!

Unfortunately, the time we chose to go there happened to be during the first heat wave of the year, so temperatures were well over 100 degrees! Now I’m not one to complain about the heat, but I actually think it might be too hot. It reminded me of the time when I went to my friend’s house in Jacksonville and it was really warm. But unfortunately for my friend (and me), her air conditioning was broken so she had to look for an ac parts jacksonville fl company to come and repair it for her. Thankfully, they came and fixed it before the heatwave got worse and I’d never been so happy. So, it seems like a part of history was repeating itself here. With our throats hoarse from all our singing, we decided to stop at Pisa Lisa for a bite to eat! The reason the photo above is important is because their Passionista pizza is one of the best pizzas I have EVER had! What makes it incredible is not only the toppings, but this particular one is baked on a paper thin French dessert style crust! It was so amazing I don’t even care how I look in the photo, I sure enjoyed eating it as fast as I could! (Of course the place was so good, we went one more time!)

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After filling our bellies with deliciousness, we decided to check out Sedona’s uptown area! It is lined with numerous gift shops, cafes, restaurants! It was so hot that I could feel the heat from the asphalt coming through my flats–so I was hopping around in certain areas like a crazy person! Also, behind some of the shops, you can catch a spectacular view of some of the city’s famous red rocks that surround the area. Of course I had to take a photo in front of Gypsy Jenny’s boutique–where Tien also scored a gorgeous pair of silk printed pants!

Afterwards, we picked up some groceries, and decided to settle in at our hotel. We stayed at the Sedona Summit resort, just a mile or so from the downtown area. Technically the resort is a time share, however, they do allow non time share guests to book a short stay there. They gave us quite the room, it was basically the size of a large one bedroom apartment! The resort is equipped with several pools and hot tubs, which we made use of to relax ourselves and wind down.

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The next day, we decided to visit Sedona’s most powerful energy vortex at Bell Rock. According to the site, a vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by the motion of spiraling energy. Familiar examples of vortex shapes are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as wind, water, or electricity. The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest. There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.

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We decided to hike the southern trail up to Bell Rock! Despite the ridiculous heat, I still wanted to look super cute, so I’m wearing a gauze top by Jen’s Pirate Booty, pink denim shorts from Forever 21 plus, my own Expedition necklace, and sunglasses by Free City x Mosley Tribes. Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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And no day can start without me having some kind of Frappuccino style drink in my hand! Even though we’re taking a selfie, notice how I wouldn’t let it go on the right side! Also, all the guys who work at the Starbucks drive thru in Sedona are all adorably cute and helpful! Unfortunately, the heat and the earthly energy all around us proved too much for us sensitive Angelenos, so we turned back towards our car and decided we would go back to Bell Rock later that day!

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After cooling off in the car, we decided to head to Sedona’s famed Chapel of the Holy Cross! The iconic building is situated on the rocks high above, and was built in the 1950’s by architect August K. Strotz. From the ground, it almost looks as if the building emerged organically from the rocks as a beautiful monument to God!

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As you walk up to the chapel, there is an amazing view of the surrounding areas! Of course I had to stop and take a breathtaking photo!

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Pictured above is a plaque with info about the church, and the gorgeous interior and its beautiful view! We explored more of Sedona that day, but there’s so much to cover, it’ll be in a separate post! More fun adventures in Sedona to follow!

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Photoshoot in Paramount Ranch

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A few months ago, my bestie Tien and I decided to take an exploratory trip up to Paramount Ranch! It currently functions as a location for film and tv shows, but on the days it’s not booked out for a shoot, it is open to the public! It is the perfect place to live the ranch lifestyle for a short amount of time. Readers who are dreaming of a permanent ranch lifestyle should enquire about these texas ranches for sale. It is not that far off of a drive either, it was about 30-40 minutes north from Hollywood–including a little traffic time, LOL! The first place we started to shoot at was in this golden field behind the ranch-style buildings. There were signs to watch out for rattlesnakes, so be careful! I walked up the hill a little bit and heard quite a bit of rattling, so I decided to go no further!

I’m wearing my favorite gold aviator sunnies from Le Specs, a thrifted vintage buckram and gold trim hat, a vintage 1960’s or 1970’s lace caftan from Etienne’s Mommy, tank top and distressed shorts from Forever 21 plus, my vintage gold and quartz point bracelet, and my own MIA boots. I regularly check the Etienne’s Mommy eBay store, she always has such great vintage items at an affordable price! If you love all things boho and lacy, her eBay shop is definitely worth bookmarking! All outfit photos are by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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A few years ago, my mom bought this silver sequin fabric from the Philippines! She thought it would be fun for me to use for a display or for a photo shoot! I’ve always wanted to experiment with it, so Tien and I took this opportunity to have some fun! Above is my favorite shot using the fabric. The security guard thought we were doing a wedding shoot, LOL!

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This time, I got my hands on the camera and photographed Tien with an ostrich feather fan! And then I had another idea to wrap the feathers around my face to highlight my topaz coated quartz ring! I love it when spontaneous ideas come together–especially when they come out beautifully!

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We found this gigantic wooden barn door, so Tien wanted to shoot my gold reverse quartz choker on it! Also, part of the ranch has a lone chapel out in a field. It was covered with caution tape, but the security guard was kind enough to let us go inside it! (Making people laugh does have its benefits!) It was empty, and the afternoon sun was shining brightly through the windows! Tien thought it would be a great idea to make use of the lighting, and capture a moody, romantic photo of me inside the chapel.

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Here’s the “town” part of Paramount Ranch!

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Here’s a shot of my vintage 1960’s silver multi chain bracelet on Tien!

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We were totally convinced that the red stains on the wood floors was fake blood! So then I had to shoot my vintage silver wreath necklace on it!

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I took Tien’s fancy camera from her to get this awesome shot of her! The sun was setting, and we loved the shadows that the hat created on her face!

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Goodbye Paramount Ranch! Shortly after this photo was taken, a park ranger drove right up to us asking us a few questions about our shoot! You’re not allowed to shoot there for commercial purposes without a permit. But you are allowed to shoot there just for fun. I told him we were just two cute girls trying to up our Instagram game–but Tien just happened to have a fancy camera on hand! For more info about Paramount Ranch, please visit their website at: There is no fee to enter the ranch, and there is plenty of parking and bathrooms right by the ranger station. Get out there and have fun! Share any pics of links of your visit in the comments below!

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Behind the scenes of my Fall 2016 shoot!

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On a typical hot, cloudless Southern California day, I decided to escape the city with my work husband, photographer Josh Williams, and my friend Ken Raif. We hopped in his car and headed to Vasquez Rocks, a vast 932-acre park located just an hour from LA where Star Trek and other sci-fi films are shot. The plan was to shoot pieces from my new fall collection, and the concept was to take something organic and paint it an “unorganic” color!

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We spent a bit of time scouting around, which was challenging in the 90 degree heat! Josh discovered a pile of abandoned sticks which created a lovely, raw texture in contrast to my pieces set amongst the natural environment. By late afternoon, we started to notice the sky was beginning to change color dramatically! A wildfire had erupted in Santa Clarita, causing layers of smoke to rise and slowly glaze over the piercing summer sunshine, transforming the sky into an incredibly thick blanket of rich, golden tones.

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The atmosphere felt royal, yet wild, powerful and untamed — the perfect setting for the new collection inspired by the wise, courageous ancient goddesses of the past. May each of these pieces serve as a “totem” as you wear it, reminding you of how truly unique you are. For those of you choosing to wear these pieces, I hope you’re reminded of the this truth: that there is only one you, and therein lies your strength and your personal power!

Photography by Josh Williams Photography.  Additional landscape and behind the scenes photography by Ken Raif.

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Journey into Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of those magical places that never gets old!  With every visit, I always feel inspired by the atmosphere of this tranquil and beautiful environment!  The park is so gigantic, it’s really tough to cover it all in one day, so definitely give yourself a couple of days to explore the entire place.  On this particular trip, I decided to go to a couple exhibits I had never seen before!

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My first stop was to visit the “Hall of Horrors” exhibit!  I tried to look online to find out why it has that particular moniker, however, it seems that is just what it’s called!  Nothing about it is frightening or haunted at all, in fact, it is rather beautiful!  This rock formation is not as high as some of the other exhibits, but it is still just as lovely!  The rocks themselves are nearly all at the same level, which makes it ideal for those who love bouldering and rock climbing.

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Well, naturally I had to shoot my jewelry in there somewhere!  Pictured on the left side is my peach stilbite stone and gold collar necklace.  When I originally saw this stone, I knew it had to be a pendant of some sort!  I thought that attaching it to a short collar would be a wonderful way to show off the stone’s beautiful colors and texture.  On the right side is my vintage faux pearl teardrops, quartz stone chips, on a vintage silver 1960’s decorative link necklace. When I made it, I wanted to create a piece that was an unexpected take on traditional pearl jewelry.  The vintage decorative links serve as a unique offset to the large, luminous pearl teardrops, and I added in the quartz chips for a touch of reflective light!

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The photo above is from when I got a little lost in the park!  But I ended up in a magnificent spot in which to take a photo!  The landscape in Joshua Tree typically looks like this, and as you drive along, you get to see unique rock formations dotted along the desert.  I was trying to find my way to Jumbo Rocks, but ended up here thinking I had passed it.  (I didn’t go further in long enough!)

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And, after turning around a couple of times, I finally found Jumbo Rocks!  (I was doing this without a map, FYI!)  It is a large campground, where you are situated in between lower rock formations that you can climb on!  I took this photo because unlike the other rock exhibits, this particular area had a few different kinds of formations, some looked flat, some looked like large ridges, etc!  You can literally never take a bad photo of this area, since the warm tones of the rocks against the blue sky are a stunning contrast with each shot.

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Pictured on the left, was a large flat stone plateau that I was able to climb up on!  Some of the formations are slanted, so it is an easy climb up to get a nice view of the Jumbo Rocks area.  All around me were little desert lizards that also wanted to enjoy the scenic view!  I also took a moment to get a marvelous photo of my geometric wire sculpture and topaz quartz earrings, in collaboration with artist Diana Dich.  A few months ago, I commissioned Diana to create a wire sculpture for my friend, and she also included these mini wire sculptures as well!  I decided to take them both and give them a little extra drama by adding some iridescent topaz coated quartz points onto them!  To see more of Diana’s artwork online, please visit her website at

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Lastly, I had to take a photo of this hilarious looking rock formation!  When I saw it, I immediately thought of a tyrannosaurus rex trying to reach a rock with its tiny arms!  What do you see?  Let me know in the comments below!

Joshua Tree is a magical and amazing place that you will want to visit over and over again!  I certainly never get tired of it, and I have yet to explore all the other areas!  For more information about the park, please visit their official website at:  If you’re looking to stay at a wonderful place right by the park entrance, check out my friend Kelsey’s 3 bedroom home on Airbnb at:  Cell phone reception is spotty in the park, and there are no places to eat nearby.  So definitely bring your own food, water, phone chargers, and toilet paper!  Also, another useful tip is to use the portable bathrooms during the day–because at night, it can get uh…a little “exciting”!  Hope you fall in love with this place as much as I did!

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Wacky Pioneertown and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

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And the desert adventures just kept continuing on!  Shortly after my trip to the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City, my friends Will and Kelsey planned a trip out to Joshua Tree!  Kelsey has a lovely 3 bedroom home available for Airbnb in Joshua Tree.  It’s right next to the entrance of the park, and conveniently located near the downtown area.  Check out her Airbnb listing at: Also, check out her home’s Instagram page at

Our first day there, I decided to stop by the Jen’s Pirate Booty pop up shop!  I’m a big fan of the line, and they were having a gigantic clearance sale just for the Coachella crowd!  Prices were incredible, everything was 50% – 90% off retail prices, so naturally I had to scoop up a large handful of gauzy tops and dresses!  (You’ll see pics of me wearing what I bought in future posts!)  I got to meet Jen Rossi, the owner / designer of the line, and she said that she planned on making that spot a permanent shop for her line–which is so exciting!

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Later that afternoon, the three of us trekked over to Pioneertown, just a few miles away from Joshua Tree. The drive from the highway is beautiful, and it’s hard not to think of the rock formations coming alive–à la Rock Biter from The NeverEnding Story!  Pioneertown is a kooky place, as it was built in the 1940’s as an Old West motion picture set.  Acting legends Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were key investors in developing the area.  Their central area (known as Mane street–pun intended) has the facades of old stables, saloons, and jails, but at the time, they housed ice cream parlors, bowling alleys, and motels!  Numerous films and television shows were filmed here in the 1940s and ‘50s. The featured photo up top was taken inside an old barn that was converted into a bookstore!  During the day, they have live Western shows on Mane street, which include acting performances and live music.

In addition to all the Western style sets, they do have little gift shops as well!  I was out in front of the Chaparrosa Outfitters shop, making some new crow buddies!  There are mini shops that sell local artwork, pottery, fragrant soaps, rocks and minerals, and many more!  We had a good laugh at “local cactus” that somebody put sunglasses on, so I had to take a photo!  And to top off our little trip, we all got to pet some baby goats!

We didn’t get a chance to go to Pappy and Harriet’s, which is the most famous destination in Pioneertown.  It’s a restaurant and performance venue, where local bands and headlining bands (surprisingly so!) play on a regular basis.  If you’re in Joshua Tree for a while, definitely check out this place!  The only downside is that there is no cell phone reception, and the only available public restrooms are portable ones.  But, it is offbeat and special in its own unique way!

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After our visit to Pioneertown, my friend Will and I decided to visit the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!  Even though it was 90+ degrees on the ground, it was almost in the low 60’s once we got up there!  So bring a jacket, even though it seems ridiculous to do so!  The tram ride is awesome, what makes it different is that the car actually rotates 360 degrees as it ascends up the mountain.  So no matter where you stand, you’ll be getting a great view into the valley below.  But, if you can stand by the window, you can get some amazing photos as well as catch a brisk, cool breeze!

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We got up to the peak as the sun was setting, so it made for some beautiful shadows in the forest above, and some phenomenal colors below!  To protect my eyes from the bright sunlight, I’m wearing gold aviators by Le Specs.

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Also at the top, there is a “wishing rock”, where people have thrown coins and such into the rocks below!  My friend Will and I didn’t have any coins to throw, so he joked about throwing his car keys down there, and said out loud, “I wish I had my keys back!”  The couple next to us laughed so hard that they ended giving us coins!

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Leaving the mountain at night was such a magical experience!  The lights of Palm Springs were so bright from above!  This little adventure to the mountain was a lovely and peaceful end to an amazing day!  Up next is all about my mini trip through Joshua Tree National Park!

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Desert Adventure: Part 2

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After gazing upon the magnificent Salvation Mountain, my friend Tien and I wandered over to Slab City nearby!  Slab City, or The Slabs, is a free campsite community located near an active bombing range in the desert city of Niland, California. Previously an old WWII base, Marine Barracks Camp Dunlap, the campsite earns its name for the concrete slabs that remained long after the military base had been bulldozed and abandoned.  It is basically an “off the grid” alternative living community and artist commune in one place!  The residents there have no electricity, fresh water, nor sewage treatment.

What makes this place unique is all the local art that surrounds you as you drive through it.  Pictured above is the iconic “Tree of Souls” (Soles?) is right by the entrance to Slab City.  As we went further in, there was this old truck that was fully covered in old technological components and random materials, presented as one giant art piece.  Below is another shot of it from the side!

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Also, what was surprising about this place is that the residents there are naturally friendly and polite (unlike LA, LOL!).  They do get curious about what you’re doing, but for the most part, it appears that they are used to the public coming in and photographing everything.  We missed a couple spots there, like East Jesus and the mural on the water tank, I’ll definitely have to visit those spots next time!

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But, we did see this awesome eye and crow wall mural, so we had to take a photo in front of it!  These two women were out walking their dogs, and one of them wandered over to me, and Tien captured this awesome shot!  I’m thinking the dog is a better model than me in this photo!  I’m wearing a vintage 1970’s red gauze dress from American Archive, gold aviator sunglasses by Le Specs, and Nike Air Max 1’s.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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After running around Slab City, we started our journey home!  We came across this amazing field in the city of Westmoreland, so we pulled over and started taking pictures!  This image reminds me so much of the Andrew Wyeth painting, “Christina’s World”.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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Lastly, I have no idea what possessed us to go to the Salton Sea beach at night, but we wanted to explore the area that we missed!  While Tien was out shooting in the dark like a crazy person, I mostly stayed in the car.  Until she coaxed me to get out of the car and stand by the Salton Sea Beach Marina sign!  Notice my enthusiasm in the photo, LOL!  I was desperately trying to avoid getting any splinters!  I’m wearing a top by Forever 21, and acid wash shorts from Torrid.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

I’m just surprised how much we got to see in one day!  I’m definitely taking a trip out there next time, and seeing all the places we missed.  If you decide to do the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City trip, just remember that cell phone reception is spotty, and you can only get fuel in Westmoreland.  Would love to hear in the comments below if you decide to take a journey over there!

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Desert Adventure: Part 1

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A few months ago, during Coachella season, my friend Tien invited me out to stay at the “Coachella house” for the week!  She had a couple days off before the festival, so naturally we made plans to take a mini trip around the area!  First things first, if you ever decide to visit the Salton Sea, do a little bit of research beforehand!  We missed Bombay Beach, so that is definitely on the list for the next trip out there!  Our first stop was on the northern shore of the Salton sea, where there was a stone jetty that went partially into the lake.  From a distance, the lake and the mountains look beautiful!  But once you start walking towards the jetty, an odious smell emanates from the water, and the “sand” and “rocks” you’re walking on are partially comprised of fish skeletons.  That kind of stuff doesn’t freak me out, but for the queasy, this might not be the place for you to visit!  Amongst the rocks, there are dead, decomposing birds and fish, and decomposing fish are strewn all along the waterfront.  But of course, for someone like me, I enjoy the weirdness and overall bizarre-ness of this entire place!

A little history about the Salton Sea as I understand it:  it was created by an unexpected flood by the Colorado river, and the water flowed into the Salton land depression.  In the area surrounding it, there are large scale agricultural fields, and the agricultural water runoff would flow into the Salton Sea.  Due to the runoff, the salinity of the water increased over time, eventually killing off any fish that inhabited inside the lake.  Before the salinity of the water increased, it was a popular destination in the 1920’s though the 1960’s.  But over time, the lake had become so toxic, it became what it is today.  (Totally smelly, but awesome!)

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But of course, no smelly decomposing anything, dead fish, and strange colored waters would keep me away from getting some awesome photos of this place!  Looking out by the water is still really pretty, and unexpectedly so!  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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After the Salton Sea, we decided to head towards Salvation Mountain.  There was a lovely pit stop just before the mountain, so naturally we did a mini photo shoot right there!  I’m wearing a crochet trim top from Forever 21, acid wash denim shorts from Torrid, gold mirrored aviator sunglasses by Le Specs from Nordstrom, and black Nike Air Max 1’s.  Also, Salvation Mountain and Slab City are right next to each other!  My only advice is that if you do this desert trip as well, start early!  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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Salvation Mountain was definitely at the top of my desert bucket list!  Seeing it in photos does not do it justice at all!  It is much bigger, brighter, and beautiful in person!  The entire mountain was created by artist Leonard Knight, who felt upon his heart to share the message that “God is love”.  Over the course of many years, he built and painted this massive, large scale artwork using adobe clay, straw, and donated buckets of paint.  After driving through miles and miles of brown desert land, this place is a radiant pop of color within it!

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In my attempt to blog about my wardrobe, I had to change outfits just for this particular location!  I’m wearing a vintage 1970’s red gauze angel wing dress from American Archive, a brown leather belt from Kohl’s, acid wash denim shorts from Torrid, my mom’s vintage 1980’s sunglasses, and thrifted Frye boots from American Way.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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On the right side of the mountain, there was a lovely little dome shaped cave, which to me, seemed like a small prayer chapel!  There were letters to God, as well as bits and pieces of paper, along with a Bible.  My friend mentioned there is a little spirit in there, but he is friendly and just asks you to pray for him.  Across from the cave, there is another entrance to another mountain, but this one is a little different, you can actually go inside of it!

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Walking inside the second mountain was like walking into the inner workings of the human nervous system!  There was a large framework of colorful connecting branches up above, and more small caves you can walk inside of!  This entire place is practically Instagram worthy, it’s hard not to take a photo with every turn!

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Yup, totally obsessed with this outfit as you can see!  Photos by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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And, what makes Salvation Mountain even better?  The fact that you can climb up it!  The signs say to stick to the yellow (non-brick) road, and it takes you all the way to the top where the cross is.  It goes up pretty high too, so you can see the other outdoor sculptures surrounding the mountain (yes, there’s more!), and Slab City nearby.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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And that is my “Instagram wife” Tien, doing what she does best!  Taking photos with her phone and professional camera!

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It was hard to leave this place, but it won’t be the last time I’ll be seeing it!  For more information about Salvation Mountain, please visit their official website at:

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Pilgrimage to the Painted Hills in Oregon!

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Even though we were lucky enough to see the sunny skies in Seattle, we were not as fortunate to have them when we visited the Painted Hills in Oregon!  I was able to take a quick photo as the sun peeked out a little bit through the clouds!  Nevertheless, the Painted Hills were definitely a beautiful sight to see up close!  Unfortunately due to the sensitive nature of the Painted Hills, you are unable to hike through them or get up close.  The best way to see them is by the road alongside it!  The unique colors that streak the clay rich hills and mounds were formed millions of years ago by different volcanic eruptions and changing climate patterns. Over time, the landscape transformed again and again responding to the powerful forces of nature. Layers of ash and different types of soil mixed with minerals and plant material and eroded causing the unique coloring of the Painted Hills landscape we see today.

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Further along the road is the unique and unusual Painted Cove!  Although the clay colored hills are not as looming, they are no less impressive and absolutely beautiful to gaze upon!  Fortunately, they have a wooden walkway where you can wander in between the hills–which is definitely Instagram worthy!  Pictured above is a shot of the texture of the hills, and of course yours truly had to take a selfie with my gold mirrored Le Specs sunglasses!

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And lastly, here’s a photo of my lovely parents, who accompanied me on my adventures throughout the pacific northwest!  Also, you can see how large the clay hills are!  For more information about the Painted Hills and its surrounding areas, please visit

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Skagit tulip festival!

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After exploring Seattle for a few days, my parents and I went a little further north up to Mount Vernon to check out the Skagit Tulip Festival!  It was pretty amazing, seeing rows and rows of colorful and vibrant tulips!  I didn’t even know tulips could grow to be as big as my face!  If you ever decide to check out the tulip festival, definitely call any of the tulip farms in advance–apparently the tulips bloomed early this season.  And if you don’t want to run into traffic and into any lines, visit the local farms during the week!  On that following Saturday, we saw cars lined up all the way to the freeway, causing a ton of traffic!

The first place we checked out was Tulip Town.  This is where I saw the largest tulips, in clean, straight rows of color!  Don’t go into the rows of tulips unless you want to get yelled at!  (Although I got a pic in, LOL!)  It’s not as big as some of the other farms, but it’s definitely beautiful.  Pictured below are the photos I took at Tulip Town.


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The next day, we decided to check out the other famed tulip farm, which was called RoozenGaarde.  Not only does it have gigantic rectangular fields of tulips and daffodils, it also boasts several artfully arranged garden areas.  Below are a couple images from our visit there, as well as a photo of me deep inside the daffodil fields!  I would definitely say that this place was more like a garden or park than a flower farm.  It really is popular destination, so definitely get there early if you can!

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And then we all ended the day with a lovely dinner and dessert with my longtime friend, Amanda!  We went to college together, and have been friends ever since!  Her husband Ken, and their kids Suraya and Zeke, were such a pleasure to be around for a few days!  I even got to up my dessert game a little bit (but I was more “assisting” than actually baking), with creating these apple pastry flowers–which came out pretty amazing!  All in all, my parents and I had a wonderful time in Mount Vernon, breathing fresh air, and experiencing the wondrous color and beauty that nature provides.  Looking forward to going back soon!

For more information about the tulip festival, visit their official website at:

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Crazy for the Chihuly garden and glass museum!

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After feeling totally enamored with Seattle’s EMP Museum, I walked over to the Chihuly garden and glass museum–which is right next door! Talk about an otherworldly experience! It’s situated in the middle of the park, and you can get glimpses into the garden, which is difficult to not get curious about. When you first enter the museum, you experience something akin to an alien-like planet! The room is entirely dark, and all you can see are these luminous neon squiggles and drops, as they reflect against a dark mirrored surface. The entire installation reminded me of the tail ends of a jellyfish, as if each glass piece had a life of its own!

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Another exhibit was inspired by the ocean and sea life! The large blue centerpiece was incredibly tall and imposing, it was basically from floor to ceiling! Amongst the gigantic swirling tubes of glass, there were golden sea creatures that were playfully dotted within it. I was especially drawn to two other sculptures, which were the black and gold octopus pieces. The inky black octopus appeared to have a life of its own, as it was set upon a golden coral piece, and the lighting made it gleam in such a lifelike way. The other octopus piece was its opposite, this time the octopus was gold, but it had a translucent shimmer, which made it appear almost ethereal in person.

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There was another room where you felt like you were under the sea! The ceiling was covered in an entire series of colorful glass pieces, in floral motif and bubble patterns. As the sunlight shines down, you can see the colorful light shine on the white walls below it. I only included the one photo above of that particular room, but the room itself is rather large and filled with so much color!

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This next room had a very “Alice in Wonderland” feel to it–but with an alien-y twist, I think! It appeared like a wild, gigantic garden, with large colorful plants and flowers. It’s almost unreal how such organic and life like forms can be sculpted with glass!

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Above are detailed shots of some amazing hanging sculptures! These pieces are definitely reminiscent of sea anemones, as they were bulbous, yet beautiful! I have to hand it to the people who curate these exhibits, the lighting for each piece was so incredible, it would be near impossible to get a bad shot of anything in there!

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Before you reach the entrance to the gardens, you end up inside a large glass greenhouse! It’s definitely not like most of the greenhouses that you usually come across. I didn’t notice any greenhouse plastic over this particular one, so I doubt that it’s going to be used to grow plants and food like tomatoes and strawberries. With all that being said, it’s actually one of the most beautiful greenhouses that I’ve ever come across. Above you, there is a spiral, DNA-like strand of vibrant glass flowers from end to end. As you also look up above, you can see the Space Needle! I decided to take a silly selfie inside, as if the spiral was coming out of my head, like a burst of creative inspiration! (I mean, how could you NOT be inspired by this place?) Just outside the greenhouse, they have a demo of how the glass sculptures were created, so you can get a glimpse into how all these pieces were made!

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Lastly, I wandered the outdoor garden, which had a blend of glass sculptures situated within actual plants and bushes! I lucked out with the weather (since there are hardly any sunny days in Seattle), so all the colors were rich and bright. Pictured above is a crop of red floral bulbs, and a large cactus style sculpture!

If you’re sticking around the Seattle Center area, this museum is a must-see! Visit their site at for more info!

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