Desert Excursions // Cyber Monday

The hubs and I like to take little getaways to the desert from time to time as they are pretty easy/close, low budget, and a lot of fun! I figured why not share some of the highlights with y’all…

Salvation Mountain (just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs):

Leonard Knight started building this art piece out of local adobe clay and donated paint in 1984 and it’s still being maintained to this day. It’s super fragile so if you do visit please be very careful to “follow the yellow brick road” as the signs request to keep it from being damaged.

It’s pretty inspiring what one man’s vision can create. There’s so much more at the site than what these pictures show. I’d say my favorite part of this little gem is the overall message – love is what’s really important.

Who knew this place was such a tourist trap?! Leo had been to Salvation Mountain last year on a moto trip, but I’d never been so we stopped by during out last little getaway. I was pretty surprised to see how many people were there – we even saw a photo shoot in progress. Many of the visitors did not appear to be from the states so I guess the word is out!

If you’d like to read more about this beautiful tribute to God/love check out the official site here.

Galleta Meadows (Borrego Springs):

We have actually been to this spot a few times and somehow it never gets old. It covers quite a large area and there are statues of all kinds of things.

You can explore the area best on foot, on a motorcycle, or in a vehicle that can handle some off road action, but there are plenty of things to see if you don’t even leave the main paved road.

Now for some of the fashion: AE is the place for flannels/plaid shirts in my book. The one I’m wearing here is a little old, but here’s the current selection and I highly recommend the ones labeled Ahh-Mazingly Soft, like this one (50% off today). They so are!! They are basically PJ’s you can wear in public.

The boots are also super old, but here’s the current version. Don’t be scared by the high price tag, these boots are very high quality and will last sooo long. I have a few pairs and they are investments even when on sale, but the cost per wear (see my blog post on the subject for more info) can be quite low over time.

Frye was founded in 1863 and they are the oldest continuously operated American shoe company. They know how to make a quality boot/shoe! I’m planning to re-sole mine at some point to keep them in rotation.

More info on this spot here

And our new ride (she handled those desert roads like a champ!!):

Guess who got her free pair of jeans (40% off and free shipping right now!)  from American Eagle via their rewards program AEO Connected?! This girl!

I love this pair of high rise jeggings; as always they are ever so stretchy and of course I also love the suck-you-in quality that comes with a higher rise, ha!

They also have the perfect amount of distressing IMO

I’ve been wearing this striped tank (only $3.99 and free shipping today!) a lot lately as it’s a great layering piece and it’s the perfect length for my high and mid rise jeans – no need to tuck!

American Rag makes really cute and affordable outerwear. Here are some of my top picks: similar, stars, classic utility. I used to wonder if I should be embarrassed for shopping in the juniors section at this point in life, but now I say forget the rigid rules and do what makes you happy (as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else of course).

These booties are way old as well, but see similar booties by the same brand here. A little pop of red is always nice 🙂

For my American friends: I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

I am grateful for each and every one of you (no matter where you live). As always thanks for visiting and please come back soon!

Much love, Kate

Photo credit: Leo Amar