As much as I adore my role at the Disneyland Resort, I must admit that having not worked a “real” job in roughly eight years, the constant go-go-go of a job five days a week is still taking some getting used to, and when I spied two days off in a row (this doesn’t always happen), I was eager to get out and recharge, and I suggested that we return to the Joshua Tree Inn, where we stayed for my birthday. Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree Inn have quickly become my go-to places to getaway from it all. When I lived in Portland, and we didn’t have a car, people often asked “Don’t you ever want to go the coast/mountains/forest?” It was easy for me to say no, because I just didn’t find relaxation along Oregon’s blustery coast, or up snowy Mount Hood or along the tree lined trails leading to Multnomah Falls. But here in California I am so incredibly drawn to the extraterrestrial like trees, unique rock formations and the stark hills across the skyline that I find myself constantly pining to go there.

After checking in, we drove into the park, where we watched the sun set and the nearly full moon rise. And we even got to spy Venus and Jupiter as they neared each other! The next day we visited a few of the shops in the area, and then loafed about the inn. I also got to take my new swimsuit for a dip! Despite not doing much, I still packed in a quite a few pictures.

Not only do I find peace out in Joshua Tree, it inspires me to go in a more carefree direction with my wardrobe, and with each visit I feel more inspired to become bolder with my fashion choices and to to continue to carve out unique styles. As strange as it may sound, I feel more like myself since moving. I look forward to visiting more of California’s unique landscape, and eventually finding our way into the other glorious southwestern states, such as Arizona and New Mexico.

Do you have a place that you like to go to get away from it all? Or a place that inspires you and maybe even your wardrobe?

Tank & Shorts: Buffalo Exchange
Vest & Bracelet: I honestly don’t remember!
Headband:Cost Plus World Market, Orange, California
Sandals: Minnetonka
Necklace (one of those brooches that also has a pendant loop!): Expo
Turquoise Rings: Various places

Swimsuit: Fables by Barrie Pony Tales Collection

10 thoughts on “R&R

  1. Lovely! It looks like quite the relaxing getaway. I definitely know the burnt out on people feeling of work… and the not having two days off in a row! I’d love to be able to escape somewhere as lovely as that. I definitely enjoy being out in nature to recharge sometimes… I agree, mountains don’t do much for me either! But the desert and some forests and anywhere near a large body of water can be quite rejuvenating.

  2. Oh man, I want to visit Joshua Tree one day, it’s so stunning!! Those trees and cacti!
    And oh man, your swim suit is so precious!

  3. Ooohh, what fabulously fun warm weather looks. It’s awesome that this part of the vast American landscape speaks to you so much more than those in Oregon. Not that you needed it, but that’s just further weight on the side of why this was a great move for you guys.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Sedona, Arizona is the place that I go to recharge and find my center. It’s stunning…all red rocks and waterfalls.

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