The ‘Real’ Desert

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Let me start by saying that my expectations of a desert were clearly influenced by Disney and the movie Aladdin. I absolutely believed that all deserts looked like this; that this is what a desert was. Moving to California and experiencing desert climates where plants grow and animals roam – not what I expected.

Just when I was shifting my desert schema, we stumble across the dunes. Excitement overwhelms me, and we have to stop. I throw on a dress and some boots (a look I’m not crazy about but..it was functional) and start running through the sand.

I don’t know if you all know this or not, but deserts are hot. Like, insanely hot. Like, 90 degrees feels like 200 hot. Probably sounds dramatic, and I can be dramatic, but this time, I’m SO serious. After about 20 minutes out there I actually thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. Any moments that weren’t being shot I was wearing a sweater and a hat for protection.

Heat aside, it was definitely well worth the experience..

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Dress: Target // Belt: Thrifted // Boots: FreeBird

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Horseshoe Bend

DSC_1009What better day to renew my blog and post these photos than Earth Day? About a month ago I went on a completely spontaneous, unplanned (unplanned is the key word here) road trip through Utah, Arizona, and California. The destination? Antelope Canyon.

Two tanks of gas, some chips, and eight hours later, we’ve arrived! I jump out of the car ready to hike, only to realize that you need a permit to hike antelope canyon. A permit most people get months in advance.

So much for spontaneity.

I immediately get on my phone and start researching what else is in the area. Are my eyes playing tricks on me? Horseshoe Bend is just 16 minutes away? Horseshoe Bend is a place I had admired on Instagram, but wasn’t a place I thought I’d ever see. We parked the car and did the 1/2 mile hike, all for a view that was beyond worth the drive.

What a perfect reminder that sometimes the universe doesn’t give you what you think you want, so that it can give you what you need..DSC_1066DSC_1053 DSC_1018 DSC_0965 DSC_0996

Skirt: Thrifted // Top: Free People // Sunglasses: Target // Flower Crown: DIY

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Outtakes IX

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gnotdOne restaurant in India is bagging the idea of a traditional doggy bag. Instead Pappadavada, a popular restaurant in Kochi, is urging customers and the community to put their leftover food in a refrigerator located outside of the eatery for the hungry to take. People who are in need of a meal are encouraged to take from the fridge at any time, for any reason. No questions asked. Check out the full story here!

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