J.O.A top, Brandy Melville maxi skirt, Hinge floppy hat, Baggu clutch
Being a succulent lover I was stoked to see the Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua tree, but when I arrived I found myself fascinated but also slightly disgusted at the prickly little creatures that seemed to over capsulate the area. I had to heavily restrain myself from touching the darn things that seemed to scream "look at me" and also "leave me alone"! Not sure how the cholla cactus got the nickname teddybear, but I sure did not want to hug them. It probably helped that the few times the wind gusted, my maxi skirt got caught in the cactus creating holes in my skirt. Regardless, it was quite a sight to see and never anything I could have imagined in my imagination. It truly is amazing how beautiful and unique California is. 

photos by Josh Pyles



Zara shirt, Paige white shorts, Via Spiga brandina sandals, Karen Walker sunglasses, necklace from Nordstrom 
My first time visiting Joshua Tree National Park left me with an even bigger appreciation for California and nature. Covering 790,636 acres of land, Joshua Tree is absolutely beautiful, clean and most of all freeing. I was amused by the different pockets of areas to visit such as the hidden valley, the jumbo rocks and the cactus garden. This particular trip also resonated with me because it reminded me of the different things in life to appreciate outside of your everyday life. These past few years I've disconnected from blogging a bit because I've been wrapped up establishing myself by obtaining my MBA, growing a career within my company, focusing on my relationships and just taking on adulthood. While it's important to build a successful career path for yourself, its equally as important to take time to appreciate life, hobbies and the wonders of your surroundings. Blogging has always been a hobby of mine and I've always been an avid wanderer for nature so Joshua Tree was perfect, in so many ways.

photos by Josh Pyles



ASTR off the shoulder top, Hinge floppy hat, Balenciaga sunglasses, Zara shorts 
This past weekend was spent in Desert Hot Springs and Palm Spring with Josh. During our short getaway we experienced almost every type of weather California has to offer from sunshine, rain, wind and even snow (it snowed on our drive back through the Grapevine)! Nonetheless, the weather was beautiful on Saturday making for a perfect day of desert exploration. 2015 was a tough and extremely stressful work year for the both of us so the rest & relaxation time was must needed and appreciated. The resort that we stayed at, Sagewater Spa also had a 24/7 hot mineral pool which was perfect for long night soaks. I highly recommend staying here and exploring Desert Hot Springs for those that love nature and are in need of some R&R time. 
photos by Josh Pyles