southern california is one of the greatest loves of my life. i’ve mentioned it before but lately it’s all that has been on my mind. my father is from california, my parents met and fell in love in california, my grandparents lived almost their entire lives in california. some of my favorite, happiest memories are in/of california. and i’ve set my sights on california.
i’ve threatened it for years – packing my bags and heading to the west, never to return. amid cries from my parents that it is too far away, that i won’t be happy, that it is too shallow, that it isn’t what it used to be, i have put my dreams on the back burner. but now i’m at the precipice of change in my life. i’m at the edge of the rest of my life. i’m ready to make a decision and really let myself be free, doing and seeing what i want, being who i want. not that i’m not already but you know what i mean…
so i’ve made a decision. at this time next year, i will be there. maybe it’s la, san diego, laguna, the side of the road, i’m not sure. but i will be there. and for now, here’s what’s inspiring me to keep working towards my dreams.
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couldn’t resist throwing in a little stevie 😉
images from pinterest (check me out @babybohemian) and free people
i went // to newport/laguna beach area in southern california
i read // brain on fire: my month of madness by susannah cahalan and almost famous women by megan mayhew bergman (i highly, highly recommend both)
i wore // mac groundwork paint pot, glossier coconut balm dotcom on my cheekbones, old levi’s cutoffs, birkenstocks, rainbows, loft linen shirt, ray-ban round sunglasses
i saw // an old friend i haven’t seen in years
i bought // physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (i haven’t been able to find this at home!), dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer in lavender, yu-be cream, invisibobble traceless hair rings in fancy flamingo, bleached out flannel, some work clothes from loft
i did // a lot of relaxing, swimming, tanning, reading, and cuddling with my family
i watched // the vineyard (the best guilty pleasure show) and in the heart of the sea
i ate // donuts, mexican food, burgers, FRIES
i had // the best time
> the above image is my own. please credit if using. originally posted on my instagram.
how strange, to find in real life, the very things that inspire you. this week, while spending time in palm springs, i drove by the building above. hotel california. months ago, i found this picture on a blog and immediately saved it. hotel california is one of my favorite songs, as well as my sister’s, and california itself has always been a major part of my life. how strange, it seems, to be driving along in a place i have not been for at least a decade, and see this building that i loved so much. it could have been anywhere. but there it was. how strange, to find this place on the day the world should lose glenn frey, the very writer of the song.
“any time of year, you can find it here.” like something deep within my soul, the hotel california made itself known to me. part of its magic is the eeriness of the song, the building, the desert itself.
> second image is my own, please credit if taking.