photos by Jared Smith
I apologize in advance if any of the photos from our trip to Marfa, Texas a few weeks ago with Malibu happen to blow your mind. It’s still crazy to me that Texas can look like twelve different states in one, but I guess they didn’t come up with the “everything is bigger in Texas” slogan for nothing!
I’m also still getting used to the idea that I happen to be dating up with Jared by having a built in photographer with me at all times to document everything we do, and I don’t hate it except for the times when I remember I have an ever-growing list of black mail photos, too. Our trip ended up being literally double the fun because Jared’s twin, Jake, came along with us. And yes, I did try and ask them to some kind of cool twin ESP thing at least five times on the ten hour trek there and back…
We’re off to Marfa, Texas for a quick few days away from all of the busyness and I’m super excited about it. We had been planning this trip for a while as part of Malibu’s best summer ever campaign, and it ended up falling at the perfect time for a much needed break. They wanted to know what I’d love to mark off my summer bucket list, and because my schedule tends to stay so chaotic all of the time, the best thing I could wish for was a place far away from everything, so Marfa, Texas it was!
I picked out two really awesome places to stay (El Cosmico and a stunning Airbnb) and a few fun things to get into here and there, so be sure to follow along on our trip on Instagram. In the meantime, I have some cool things to share with you this week so stay tuned!
image from El Cosmico, our trip is in collaboration with Malibu
After letting my local posts dwindle down over a year ago and then getting three email requests from readers of places to go in Houston, I’ve decided it’s due time to bring them back. Mostly I’m doing this as a good excuse to go shopping and out to eat, but also as an act of kindness to those who dare to read my two page email replies (super sorry about that!).
First up, Saint Cloud. No worries for those of you who can’t experience their punched metal gold awning and honeycomb lighting that dreams are made of, because they also have an online shop here. For the locals that are familiar, Saint Cloud is in Rice Village, just across from your second must-stop (and soon to be feature), Cloud 10 ice cream…
Well it’s getting to be that time of year in Texas again, folks. Much like preparing extra water and cookies in advance for storms, it is due time to bust out the battery operated spritzing fan and Ban cooling cloths to keep the face glimmering to a minimum (and I don’t mean the glamorous kind). Cooling cloths might not sound (or look) cute, but it’s not my fault I don’t wear extreme heat well… I blame my mom.
All of this to say that in my almost four years of surviving Texas summers, I’ve come to learn a trick or about prepping summer essentials and these are a few of my favorites.–
a super lightweight beach towel, there’s no reason to have thick cotton when you’re practically dry on spot // a water bottle for every occasion. it might as well be cute if you have to have one // a token floppy hat. not just for the sun, but for disguising my crazy humidity ridden hair // mario badescu oil free moisturizer to calm down my already dewy skin without heat // tanning isn’t something my skin naturally likes to do, so a little sunless encouragement helps and this seems to be the current rave // cooling cloths for a quick freshen up that won’t make you feel like you’re stealing wipes from a baby // a bag worthy of toting around all of the summer staples // token leather sandals that leave a little room for fresh air // retro eye gear // tunic dresses for mixing comfort with as little clothing as possible while still staying classy // go all natural with air dried hair and a little sea spray for just off the beach hair with zero effort
Compensation was provided by Ban via MomTrends. The opinions expressed are my own (only I would admit to extreme glistening, after all) and are not indicative of the opinions of Ban or Momtrends.