• a trip to the west

    darling suitcase is from steamline luggage
    brace y'all's selves, this is my biggest blog post since my wedding blog. so if you're like me and like pictures more than words - you'll be happy.
    Andrew and I have been talking about going on a little trip for our anniversary that's small enough to drive to, yet far enough to feel like a getaway. We've had Tucson on our minds for over a year, but we couldn't justify the twelve hour car ride at this time of year. So, Marfa came to mind! It's been a place that's been sitting in the back of my head for years, but never thought I'd have a good reason to actually go there. This time for us to go was perfect.
    If you don't know what Marfa is {which should be the case}, it's a teeeeny tiny town about seven hours west of Dallas, near the Mexican border. Population is under 2,000 and majority of the town's buildings are minimal museums consisting of local and nationwide artists. It's mostly known for the unique and artistic landmarks that were built literally in the middle of nowhere - thanks to New York artist Donald Judd {and many other artists} - you can read more about his work and reason behind his makings in Marfa here. It's become popular over the years, especially for Texas natives, and even more especially because the queen Bey put Prada Marfa on blast when she visited the place a few years back. Obviously whatever B does, we all follow. So, the teeny place continues to become weirder, stranger, more imaginative, etc. etc. 
    This place is craawwwwwling with hipsters, y'all. I thought that term was over with by now, but the moment we came across the people visiting the place, I knew these dudes are living and thrrrriving in this strange town. Andrew and I like to people watch too much and live suuuper hard in the moment - hence why there is no evidence of these human beings. Guess you just gotta go and witness it yourself ;)
    tie top from Hazel & Folk - they have more colors to choose from! similar hat here and here
    Firstly, does this even look like Texas to you? I was so stoked we stumbled upon this little state park full of white sand hills. I am convinced I walked into a Star Wars film set for a second. The weather was also unbelievably perfect - 70s. Also rare for Texas in the middle of July. Also, very windy. Learn from my mistakes and don't bring your hat ;) We played here for a half hour before finishing our drive to Marfa.
    hubbbbba. insert heart eyes here.
    my embroidered maxi dress is from the incredible Filly Boo.
    Pictures do not give this place justice. This is one of the few "glamping" grounds in Marfa, with tons of darling colored RV's, yurts, and teepees. YES. TEEPEES. TEEPEE GLAMPING. This is the moment I knew my little heart loved this place more than I could bear. First of all, I have a ginormous love affair with massive cactus, agave .. basically all desert plants. How cute are these spike-y little bushes! They are everywhere. It's almost stupid how cool this place is. There was a film festival going on the night we visited this place, so there were people meeting and greeting all around the grounds with little fire pits. Ya know, basically just a movie scene. This is when we discovered the hipsters and prime people watching. Haha!
    Similar hat here & here
    My dress is from the darling Hazel and Folkshoe are here, similar hat here
    I made my love for crystals and minerals clear on my instagram post here. This is a must see stop for all rock lovers, like myself! The grounds are literally covered in goods, y'all. It's like rock Disneyland - I also think that's the first time that sentence as been said...
    And the absolute cherry on top - their fire station is bubblegum pink. So. Stupid. Cute. Andrew couldn't understand why I was gawking at every turn in this little town, but thankfully he get's me, even when he doesn't.. {??} and enjoys photographing our ventures together. Hence, why majority of our pictures are of my mug. Apologies about that. 99% BTS of our photos are Andrew demanding me to "don't do your face like that" and "you look like you're going to the bathroom" - just to let those know our photo process is not all unicorns and rainbows, haha. 
    Like I said, the weather was borderline perfect. No humidity, perfect low 70's, a little drizzly every now and then. We were in heaven here.
    dress is from here {and on sale!}, similar hat here, shoes here, suitcase is Steamline Luggage
    Last but not least, the obligatory photo in front of Prada Marfa. Placed thirty minutes outside of Marfa in the middle of the desert with miles and miles of nothingness until the next tiny town, that is most likely abandoned. It's the neatest little building with vintage Prada pieces on display. 
    We only chipped the tip of the iceberg that this sweet little town had to offer. We are already planning our next trip to the west, including a grand stop to the Big Bend National Park and hiking our little hearts out.
    We are going on year 2 of visiting the desert for our anniversary per my request... I told Andrew next year, we will be beach side :)
    hope y'all blue skidoo'ed into our little trip and enjoyed it with us! i'll be polishing off the video of our visit here soon if you feel like you haven't gotten enough west Texas in your system yet ;) xo
    **ps! Steamline Luggage is having a huge sale in August. This gives some time for those you'd like to save up and purchase their darling suitcases - I love mine!
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