Art

Salvation Mountain 2016

These photos are from a few months ago when I visited Salvation Mountain, a giant handmade sculpture that’s in the middle of nowhere in the California desert. I first learned of Salvation Mountain when it was shown in the film Into the Wild, and visiting there had been on my bucket since. It’s incredible and hard to believe that it was all created by hand by one person, Leonard Knight. I was hoping to get the chance to meet him, but sadly he passed away in 2014.

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If you appreciate art and design, I highly recommend a trip to Salvation Mountain. To say you’ll leave inspired is an understatement.

Downtown LA: A photo essay

To say I love Downtown LA is an understatement. I spent an afternoon exploring this creative, industrial art district neighborhood and left wanting to move here.

Cactuses and art everywhere:
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Hola Tristan Eaton:
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Intrigued by these posters, I discovered the band Kitten (check them out on Spotify) and wish I’d still been in town for that show:
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And saw another Colette Miller Global Wings Project in person:
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DTLA holds a piece of my heart ♥

Palm Springs road trip from LA

Part of our sister-sister LA trip included a road trip out to cutest desert city ever, Palm Springs!
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Palm Springs is exactly as picturesque and retro as I was expecting. The ride out from Santa Monica wasn’t too bad, I had fun being the DJ for the day, playing my version of “desert road trip songs” (RHCP, David Bowie, Eagles, Pink Floyd, GNR, Led Zepellin, etc..) My favorite part of the trip was just driving around the residential streets and taking in all the amazing architecture. I’m not sure if it’s a rule or a competition, but every single home has impeccable artistic gardens and landscaping complete with tons of cute cactuses (cacti?). I’m not an architecture buff per say, but there’s something about mid century modern houses that gets me every time ♥.

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We even found a little photo booth at the Ace Hotel ♥♥♥.

Coloring for grown ups

My brother gave me a “grown ups” coloring book for Christmas.
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As you can see, I’ve had fun with it. In other news, I have an art-filled trip on the horizon that I’m super-duper excited for.

Happy Friday!

Hello 2016

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Happy New Year! 2015 was a great year for me, tough but very rewarding. I’m looking forward to 2016 being equally if not more amazing.

Mantra of the day: Follow your dreams… before it’s too late…

Big City Dreams mural, by artist Triston Eaton, can be found down in Nolita (Broom and Mott).

Regarding Warhol

Ethel Scull 36 Times Andy Warhol, 1963.

Ethel Scull 36 Times Andy Warhol, 1963.

I viewed Regarding Warhol at the Met a few years ago and it’s still to this day the best exhibit I’ve ever been to. Living or dead, the one person I would like to have dinner with is, and always has been, Andy Warhol. Sorting through old files on my computer is almost always a good time.

SoHo after dark

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One of the exciting things about visiting the Wynwood Arts District is that new art pops up all the time. I fell in love with this mural by New York-based artist Logan Hicks when I visited last month. The details blew me away—his unique style captures multiple layers and intricacies very precisely. I was in Miami and felt myself being transported into the romanticized version of the dreamy streets of SoHo. You can learn more about Logan Hicks and his work here.

Wynwood, August 2015

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Here are a few photos I took at the Wynwood Art District from my recent visit to Miami. Some highlights of the trip include the artwork, swimming in the ocean, several trips to my favorite bakery and the overall energy of Miami – cue the beats of Truffle Butter.

The Affair

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I came upon this mural in Miami (Wynwood) last week by accident, and am so glad I did♥