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The band tee trend has been around for awhile. It used to be more of a souvenir or way to show your love for your favorite band, as opposed to a fashion statement. I got this real band tee, not a recreation, from Tom Petty’s last concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert truly was a life memory, and even more so when he passed away a few weeks later. This shirt now holds a very special place in my heart. It makes me think of the concert and dancing under the stars with my friends. It also makes me think about all of the great artists.

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Note:  Photography by Abigail Collins

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I joke around about being addicted to sugar, and don’t get me wrong, I do love sweet treats, but, it’s all about moderation. I tend to have one sweet thing a few days a week, sometimes even every day. I’m way more of a sweets person than a salt lover. I eat a balanced diet, and fairly bland, so a cookie a few days a week isn’t that bad.

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Just like sweets, everything in life is a balance. Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed working on several different projects, thinking about graduating, filming, personal life. Everything in my head has been on a high vibration. When that happens I remind myself that I need to chill, first off. Then, set a time for each thing I want to accomplish. Also, it helps to name the issue. Like fear of not finishing in time. Naming it and recognizing it will help calm the mind. I checked myself, and now working on bringing things back to balance.

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Note: All photography by Abigail Collins.

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This winter it was all about velvet. Velvet shoes, jackets, purses, you name it. And I took the trend head on with this orange bell sleeve jacket, that I’m completely obsessed with. It has a boho rocker vibe, like something Stevie Nicks or Mick Jagger would wear. The beaded detailing makes it extra special and one of a kind. Since it’s such a vibrant jacket with a lot of different things going on, I kept everything else simple.

Free People Velvet Jacket, Joes Jeans, We Wore What Booties, Black Tank {Similar}, Free People Belt, Dogeared Necklace, Crystal Necklace {Similar}, Madewell Rings

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I’ve been trying to keep my schedule fairly open lately to be able to say YES to things that may come up. I’m so used to planning in advance, whether it’s a dinner with friends or a weekend hike. I was recently reminded of my supposed new mindset when my friend from out of town asked me to meet up. It was a Monday night, a school night, and it was only 8:45pm. Not that late. She practically had to beg me to meet up with her when she was 10 minutes away. I gave in. And after we hung out, I left feeling refreshed and happy that I got to see her.

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I have no idea why it was such a struggle for me. Because it wasn’t set in my nightly routine? Because I didn’t have it in my calendar? When did I become such a grandma? Being spontaneous and open to doing anything at anytime is the fun part of life. I’m opening myself up to saying yes again. I already have lots of plans this weekend because I kept my schedule open.

Madewell Jeans, Leith Blouse, Argento Vivo Necklace, Who What Wear Collection Booties

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Casa Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park has become increasingly popular over the years. This desert hideout is Palm Springs’ more rugged, outdoorsy sibling. Where Palm Springs has hotel pools and a nightlife for the weekenders, Joshua Tree has rock climbing and thrifting. This desert getaway is worth the drive, even on a holiday weekend.

STAY

Casa Joshua Tree –  This is where we stayed this weekend. I loved all of the stylish details, all of which helped create an Instgramable moment. It’s located close to downtown and the park. When we finally got the fireplace going, it was nice to enjoy a real wood fire, which is always a treat. The outdoor swing was the perfect place to take in the sunrise wrapped in a cozy blanket.

Casa Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree House – Owned by a husband and wife design team, the Joshua Tree House offers three different homes to rent. Each one is carefully curated for a relaxing and stylish stay. They get booked months in advance, so it’s best to plan your trip early if you want to stay here. I have to mark my cal for sometime in June so I can stay at the Joshua Tree House and enjoy the indoor chair swing and hot tub under the stars.

SEE

Joshua Tree National Park – The park has tons of trails for hikers of all levels. Many of the trails lead to old gold mines and ruins, from the time when the land was run by homesteaders. It’s also nice to drive through the park and enjoy the desert views, rock formations, and check out the extreme climbers. Be sure to take in plenty of water and food because there aren’t any places to buy goods once you get into the park. This is especially important if you’re camping.

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Pioneertown – Located twelve miles west of Joshua Tree, Pioneertown is a real town that was originally built as a film set. Built in 1946, when Westerns were popular, the  founders saw this as a town you would find in the Old West, with the facades of a bank, jail, and general store, but inside there would be modern day stores. And that’s exactly how it is now, although I do think that there can be more shops to draw in tourists.

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SHOP

Hoof and the Horn – I found a cute dress here that I can’t wait to wear. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to get that boho desert vibe. They sell new and vintage clothes and accessories for men and women, as well as a few home goods. My friend got some cool knit throw pillows.

Pioneer Crossing Antiques – This antique shop has reasonable prices and an eclectic mix of antiques and desert inspired goods. There aren’t a lot of clothes, which is usually what I look for, so head to the next place on the list if that’s what you’re into.

Shopping in Joshua Tree

Funky and Darn Near New – The name says it all. This vintage shop has some funky clothes, that could possibly pass as costume. The pieces are unique and some are out right wacky. The prices are reasonable, especially compared to LA.

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Note: Depending on what type of trip you would like, you can also camp in the park.

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