Over the last year I've converted to running my own design business. On this particular trip out to the desert I decided to mix in a little work with pleasure. I brought my new client Brilliant Bicycles out to the desert for a Coachella shoot at sunset by the windmills in Palm Springs. I dragged my good friends Dee and Kristin out for the shoot, along with Kristin's two adorable daughters. After many shots of the colorful bikes, I took some candids of my friends and the girls and happened to catch this magical moment of Dee and Emerson.
This is quite literally a giant rock in the desert. According to most sources it's the largest freestanding boulder in the world at about 7 stories high.
Integratron is a quirky and cute destination near Joshua Tree National Park in Landers, California. It's said to be situated on a powerful vortex of energy. Book a rejuvenating sound bath (meditation) far in advance, and hang out on the site at Hammock Village.
These cute metal dinosaurs are on the side of the road on highway 62. There's a gold mom and baby Brontosaurus, and two toothy meat-eaters.
The ghost town of Amboy was once a major stop along Route 66 until Interstate 40 was opened. The city only has 10 remaining buildings, Roy's gas station and motel cafe being the biggest landmark.
About a year ago I had a dream of owning a small cabin in Joshua Tree that I could both enjoy as a vacation home, and also Airbnb. That dream has finally come to life.
This gorgeous fur lined printed blanket being featured is made by Spirit Hoods, who is known for their quality faux fur animals hoods that are perfect festival wear. They also donate 10% of their net profits to the conservation of endangered species.
Desert trip, nicknamed "Oldchella," is coming up soon! I've searched the web for these cool throw back tees with bands playing the epic festival this October in Indio, CA like this The Who 70s throwback tee from Junk Food Clothing. Represent your favorite legends!
If I could describe Burning Man in one word it'd be "surreal." In fact, the whole festival feels a bit like stepping into a Dali painting. I admit, I was skeptical even through my first day and half of being there. Now I'm convinced it's one of those experiences that you'll covet forever.
I've been crushing on Will Leather Goods ever since I moved back to L.A. two years ago and discovered them on Abbot Kinney. I love well made leather products, especially when the vibe matches my SoCal meets Southwest sense of style.
When Angelino's think of the California Desert, they think of Palm Springs. Below I've listed seven other quirky destinations in the high desert, not far from the mid century modern mecca.