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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!)

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!  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 www.lovesedona.com, 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 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: https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm.  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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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: http://www.salvationmountain.us/.

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En route to Seattle!

After a few days in eastern Washington state, we decided to head out west!  En route to Seattle, we saw a gorgeous stop that overlooked the Columbia River!  So naturally we pulled over and took a few pics!

Since it was still cold out, I got to rock my Adidas Originals rose jacket, my favorite black pants by Tripp, and my black Air Max’s by Nike.  The sunset over the river was gorgeous!

Also near the overlook is this random outcropping of rocks!  My parents and I were joking about how funny we looked next to it, we looked like giants!  If you’re ever en route to Seattle or Spokane, definitely pull over and check out any scenic overlook by the freeway, it’ll definitely be worth it!

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So when I got to drive the 2016 Dodge Challenger…

So, my best friend Tien got her car fixed recently, and they let her rent a 2016 Dodge Challenger for a few days!  Being that I’m such a fan of muscle cars, we decided to do an impromptu photoshoot with it at the top of the Arclight Cinemas garage!  And then we took it on a long drive, from Hollywood to Bel Air, and drove on Mulholland drive from the 405, all the way to the 101!  It was the perfect night for such a drive, the full moon was out, and there was barely a cloud in the sky!

Knowing that we would be on such an exciting excursion (with an exciting car!), I tried to rock the most appropriate outfit I could with it!  I’m wearing a beanie from Collection XIIX, an awesome “Claudia Schiffer” sweatshirt from Zara, denim leggings from Uniqlo, and black ostrich leather Nike Air Jordans.  Photos by Tien Tienngern (with the exception of the selfie!).

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Taco Tuesday outfit!

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Right after I did a photo shoot with Josh Williams for my website, my friend invited me to Taco Tuesday at Marix in West Hollywood!  But since my outfit was so cute, I asked my friend Will Youngblood to snap this quick photo of me!  It was a warm LA evening, so I decided to wear a light and breezy outfit.  Vintage dress, 70’s silver belt, and vintage hand tooled leather bag from Jet Rag, boots by MIA, turquoise howlite pendant necklace and silver agate locket ring by yours truly!

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First outfit post! Happy hour style!

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For a long time, I’ve always wanted to do a plus size fashion blog!  I just wanted to share with the world how I wear my jewelry with all my fun outfits!  I hope these posts inspire you all to try new styles or types of outfits–as I’ve learned to experiment through the years with my own personal style!  Being a plus size woman was actually the reason why I became a jewelry designer!  In the early 2000’s, there wasn’t as much edgy and fashion forward plus size clothing, so the only way I could dress up my outfits was through exciting jewelry and accessories!  Keep checking back for more outfit posts in the future!  And I would love to see how you all wear my jewelry with your outfits as well!

I recently went to happy hour with a friend, and it was a bright summer-y day in LA, so I chose to wear this boho casual outfit!  Hat by Panama Jack, Audrey sunglasses by Céline, top by Ecote from Urban Outfitters Surplus, acid wash denim shorts by Torrid, moto boots by MIA, and necklace by yours truly–available HERE.

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