April 17, 2014

things I love (a great distraction // 7)




The weekend is so close I can taste it! My sister's in town for work, but we're off on a quick adventure first. Happy Easter friends! 

Why you need to be interesting

We're old

Who are your happiest friends on Facebook? 

Who could say no to this?! 

These two ladies. Kill me. 

love.lauren 


April 11, 2014

things I love (a great distraction // 6)



Happy Friday! 

I want to live in this totally rad studio. A trap door?! Sign me up. 

Lessons learned from living alone. So true. 

This is awesome. I would die to go to a taping. Sigh. Someday. 

What's your cocktail spirit animal? I got mojito. 

The king of nerds. Love.

love.lauren

April 6, 2014

things I love (a great distraction // 5)




Paris is magic as it is. But you can sleep in this bookstore. I repeat. Sleep. In A. Bookstore. Be still my heart. 

My two favorite Swedish ladies are releasing a new album. And I cannot wait. 

Arcade Fire and Motown Philly. What? 

Nick Offerman did an AMA. It was good. 

One of my favorite websites made a little mini-movie with some rad bands. About Johnny Cash. 


love.lauren 

April 5, 2014

places I love (a great place to sleep).

I love a good hotel. I've been known to plan entire adventures around some weird place I found on the internet. How do you think I got to Marfa and Big Sur

It doesn't have to be fancy (but that menu of pillows at the Trump Hotel didn't hurt), it just has to have a little spunk and a lot of character. 

First, five of the very coolest places I've stayed. 


El Cosmico (Marfa, TX) - This place. It's so very Moonrise Kingdom. When you book your spot you have teepees, vintage trailers and safari tents (our selection) to choose from. Or if camping is your style, you can set up your own spot. The gift shop rivals some of my very favorite boutiques, there's a hammock forest (a HAMMOCK. FOREST), a fire pit, a stage for the occassional jam session, and even outdoor claw foot tubs in the bathroom. I mean. 


Treebones (Big Sur, CA) - Big Sur is magical. Like for real. When we headed north for an epic road trip there was only one place I wanted to stay. Nestled on a hill overlooking the ocean (!!!), at Treebones you'll find a dozen or so yurts in the sky. With fireplaces and front porches, it's the perfect place to just be outside. Add to that a great lodge with fireplaces and board games, a pool and spa, an organic garden and a MAKE YOUR OWN WAFFLE BAR and I never wanted to leave. 


VN Guesthouse (Kanchanaburi, Thailand) - I first read about this town and this place here. I knew if I ever went to Thailand, no matter what, a side trip had to happen. Right on the River Kwai, Lu's guest house was one of my favorite parts of my Thai adventure. We stayed in floating rooms on the river, woke up to roosters and sunrises unlike any I've ever seen, and the very best part was the restaurant. The food was delicious (I'll never love anything more than their banana pancakes) but the views. We spent hours sitting on the floor and watching the boats go by. It was perfect. 


The Ace Hotel (Portland, OR) - A room wallpapered in band posters? Bunk beds? Sign me up! All the Ace outposts are unfathomably hip and cool. Put one in the middle of a city that is also unfathomably hip and cool and your brain might explode. There's a photo booth in the lobby, you can rent a record player for your room and the restaurant downstairs has won awards for it's epic food. So. Go. 


The Nolitan (New York, NY) - I already wrote a whole post about this hotel. Long story short, the neighborhood is awesome, there's wine and snacks, and...well that's all you need to know. 

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There are so many great places to stay in this world. Why waste your time somewhere that doesn't have a little quirk? My next adventure is taking me here. Another town I picked just because the hotel looks cool (and I have a sister who just goes with it when I ask her to take random adventures). 

Here are five more places on my list. I can't wait to visit! 

The Graham & Co. (Phoenicia, NY) 
The Madonna Inn (San Luis Obispo, CA) 
Base Camp (Lake Tahoe, CA) 
The Amado (Palm Springs, CA) 
Hotel St. Cecilia (Austin, TX) 

love.lauren

March 26, 2014

things I love (THE mountain).


Some places stick with you. 

Some you really have to see for yourself to understand. 

I know my mom sometimes thinks I'm a little bit weird. I don't help my cause, falling in love with places like this

So when, on the way home from San Diego, I casually tossed out the idea of a quick adventure off route to Niland, CA so I could share some of my weird with her, I half expected her to laugh and go back to playing Words With Friends. 

She thought about it for a second, and said, "Sure, why not!?". 

45 minutes later we were driving down a dirt road in the middle.of.nowhere, rounding a corner and watching the rainbow colored Salvation Mountain come into view. 

It's a pretty special place, made all the more special by the people who take care of it. A few years ago, my sister and I stopped at the mountain and were fortunate enough to be the only ones there. We hit the jackpot when we got to spend a few minutes chatting with Leonard. The quiet, quirky, mastermind behind the whole outpost. 

Leonard passed away a month or so ago. His memorial service was the day before we got there. For being an old, odd man, he sure had a lot of friends who cared for him and his old, odd mountain. We should all be so lucky. 

When my mom and I hopped out of the car, the magic was still there. People were buzzing around, taking pictures, exploring nooks and crannies, letting it sink in. Letting it stick with them. 

As we headed back to civilization, the mountain fading into the background, my mom smiled and said "I'm so glad we went. That place was so cool!". 

And I knew it would stick with her, too.  

love.lauren 








March 24, 2014

things I love (good old fashioned lady time).


I love any time I get with my family. 

When your sister lives on a paradise island a lifetime away, that time is always not quite enough. 

So when she has to be in southern California for work over her birthday weekend, you go. You grab your mom, make a playlist, and go (sorry dad!). 

Girl time ensued. 
We had coffee and donuts on the beach. 
Sat by the fire and watched the sun set. 
Made panda buddies at the zoo
Pretended to blow out candles. 
Watched tennis. Lots of tennis. 

It wasn't quite enough. But man, was it fun. 

love.lauren 

















March 18, 2014

things I love (terrariums!).


In all fairness, I didn't always love terrariums. I didn't really give them any thought at all. But my favorite Phoenix gem, frances, was having a workshop...and as I usually react to such news, I called, booked a couple spots for me and a friend and figured no matter what it was going to be fun. 

You guys. It was fun. 

And I sort of love terrariums now. 

I may or may not have immediately come home and googled where I could find a miniature teepee for my miniature gold club girl/pegasus duo to reside in. 

Led by the brains behind Terrarian, a local mastermind of miniature, the class was the perfect way to spend an evening with a friend, make new crafty pals and try my hand at a gardening hobby I might not kill off immediately. 

frances is always hosting really great events, so if you're in Phoenix, or visiting Phoenix, or even NEAR Phoenix, you should check out their event calendar

Trust me. 

love.lauren