The outfit I've worn for the past two days (don't tell) consists of a cut up men's T-shirt and vintage Ralph Lauren skirt. So comfy and breezy because California is hot as all getout. Also this red lipstick is my first product ever from Nars. It's the Velvet Matte Lipstick in Cruella and I am such a fan. I've just been busy busy working. The documentary is almost wrapped up so that feels pretty good. I need to clean my room and make some things. And it was May Day today! I spent it around my house with the flowers in bloom and Matti's flower shop.
It's no secret at all that I am in love with Beyonce. Anytime anything Beyonce happens, people feel the need to talk to me about it, which I'm so down for. But lemme tell ya, Solange has become such an inspiration for me in the last couple years. Her life is so beautiful and colorful, and she seems to be so true to herself. Also--HER HAIR. I love me some Solange, so here is a lot of style and life inspo (especially her wedding and Joshua Tree trip)...
I have been wearing this necklace in a lot of my recent posts from my desert adventures. It came in my recent Rocksbox set and I am IN LOVE WITH IT. It's by Jenny Bird, a jewelry designer whose work I am now loving. So Rockbox approached me to talk about them on my blog, and so naturally I looked at their career page somewhere along that journey and I work for them now hahaha. I am a curator at Rocksbox and I put together sets for the girls who sign up! So I can now add that to my weird resume including ESPN Films Researcher, Band of Outsiders Intern, and two-time Movie Theater Popcorn Maker. What a life it's been. But I am really enjoying my time at Rocksbox and it feels nice to have a creative job I can do from home or wherever I happen to be traveling to.
These are some photos from the last light in my front yard. I'm wearing an Cheap Monday old dress that I throw on when I want to feel breezy over one of my favorite Victoria's Secret bralettes. The necklace and bracelet are from Rocksbox!
So I left LA for the weekend to head up to San Luis Obsibo to see Maddy. This is Part One of the photos we took. We went to this huge sand dune by the beach and made these little tiaras. Maddy decided I looked like a martian princess which is cool with me hahaha. So that happened--but one other thing: I GOT INTO UCLA FOR THE FALL. I will finally be finishing my Bachelor's degree in art history AND BLESS US ALL. I am so happy. It's been a good weekend.
After Joshua Tree, we drove along the Salton Sea to Niland, California to see Salvation Mountain. I had been wanting to come here for a long time but it always seemed so far away. And, well, it was. It took us about two hours to get here from Joshua Tree and by the time we got there we were only 50 miles from the border to Mexico. We even had to go through border patrol. Salvation Mountain is in a place called Slab City. There is a very small town and people living in trailers and that's it. Then there is this painted-mountain weirdness a few miles out.
Salvation Mountain was made by a man named Leonard Knight. The project began in 1986 as a declaration of Knight's love for Jesus. He hoped that whoever came to the mountain would be inspired to accept God into their hearts. The monument is made of the mountain itself and a few little rooms called the Hogan and Museum. My favorite was the Museum, a dome supported by brightly-painted trees.
While I'm not Christian, or particularly religious, this mountain felt like it meant something. All the work that Knight put into the monument made me feel his message, and, if anything, appreciate his dedication to his beliefs. It's a place about love. It feels very surreal and otherworldly, which is how I think I could describe most of the desert, honestly. But that mystery added to Knight's huge and powerful message.
So Ian and I climbed around the mountain and explored the little rooms. We got there just as the sun was going down, which made it all the more eerie. As we left, though, the sky created a gorgeous sunset that we literally rode off into, leaving the mountain behind. It was a beautiful place and I hope to go back someday.
I was an idiot and didn't bring my camera charger so I didn't have my camera in Joshua Tree Park. Luckily the ol' bf has a beautiful iPhone 6 so I still took some pictures of the very surreal place that is Joshua Tree. There are just piles of rocks. Just laying around being HUGE. Like not mountains--just piles of rocks. But they are super fun to climb on. The Joshua Tree is also a very weird specimen. They look like they should be in Dr. Seuss books. Overall I just felt like I was on the moon so 10/10 would recommend.