5 Photos to Quench Your Wanderlust

‘Tis peak season for travel, my friends. I have a busy summer at home so not much traveling for me. I do have a  trip to New York coming up that I’m really excited about, but other than that, just hangin’ in sunny Los Angeles. Don’t get me wrong, LA is awesome (see here and here), but sometimes you just need to get out and go see the world. Experiencing new cultures, people, foods is the best way to grow and live! Unfortunately, not for me this summer (ha!). For those of you who are in the same boat as I am, here are a few fun, gorgeous, interesting photos to quench that wanderlust…

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“Pink is a Nice Color” Installation

If any of you follow @themostfamousartist on Instagram, “The Pink House” is nothing new. Matty Mo, aka @themostfamousartist, has been posting about this real-life art installation since its inception. Matty states that this project was a lesson in “community and collaboration, and art’s ability to stimulate conversation”.

The lesson in “community and collaboration” is lost on me since I didn’t help paint it, but the “art’s ability to stimulate conversation” part? Oh, I got that one.

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Museum of Ice Cream (NYC, LA, etc.)

Chocolate Chip Mint Mochi. Rainbow Sprinkle Pool. Scratch n’ Sniff Banana Wallpaper. The Museum of Ice Cream! As in…you must go to the Museum of Ice Cream!

Yes yes, some people feel like it’s just one big Instagram-fest, but if you put down your cell phone for 5 minutes, you’ll notice that all the instagram-worthy rooms are actually art installations. Yup! REAL ART.  And honestly? I loved every minute of it.

My favorite installation was one by Peruvian artist, Abel Bentin (see pic. below). I felt like the ice cream cone smashed on the face of the Greek sculpture was saying something about modern art (or maybe that’s just me). I also liked the “ice cream” they paired with this installation. “Ice cream” because it wasn’t REAL ice cream…but I won’t ruin it for you.

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The Love Center (Ojai, CA)

When I first heard “The Love Center”, I was skeptical. I thought it would be this outdated house with gimmicky “spiritual” decor. Really uninspired. To my surprise (thank god), this place was nothing like that. It was beautiful, serene, and felt genuinely spiritual.

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The Broad (Los Angeles, CA)

If I were visiting LA for a weekend, I wouldn’t leave without visiting The Broad. It is hands- down my favorite museum in Los Angeles. I haven’t gone to ALL the museums in LA, but I have gone to all the majors (LACMA, MOCA, The Getty) and then some. Of all of those, The Broad is my favorite.

So logistics…Tickets to the broad are free. Yup, FREE. And you can get them one of two ways. You can reserve a ticket in advance on their website, OR you can wait in the stand-by line on the day. Which is the better option?

If you are a planner and have the luxury of time. By all means, reserve a free ticket in advance on the website. However, if you aren’t a planner, you will have zero luck reserving tickets online for the day you want to go because they are usually sold out 3-6 months in advance. I got in through stand-by, and it wasn’t too bad. It was actually a fun experience.

Before you drive over to The Broad and park and such, make sure to check their twitter account: @BroadStandby to know how long the wait will be. It’s usually shortest right when it opens and a couple hours before it closes. Obviously, if you go on a holiday or on a weekend afternoon the wait could very well be over 3 hours. If you don’t mind the wait and want to go during those times, make sure to bring a friend so you can switch off running to the street vendor for food or going to the bathroom. If it drizzles and you’re outside, The Broad does provide lovely umbrellas for you to use (though, you must return them on the way into the museum).

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Sparrows Lodge (Palm Springs, CA)

Hi everyone,

On Veteran’s Day Weekend, I watched two of my favorite people get married in Palm Springs. There were laughter, tears, champagne, sparklers, swimming, games, sunbathing, hot tubbing, s’mores-making, sittin’-around-the-firepit-sharing-stories, bicycling, and so much more. Not only did I fall even more in love with my two friends (and hot tubbing- needs a whole post by itself-it is a gift from the gods), but I also fell in love with the venue, Sparrows Lodge.

The thing I loved about Sparrows Lodge was that it felt both luxurious and homey at the same time. Each room comes with a Queen-sized bed, a private patio, and a rain shower (it’ll make you feel like a mermaid, bathing under a waterfall). Mine also came with a horse trough bathtub (two people can easily fit in and since it’s so deep, it’s like being in your own little private hot tub).

If you’re on your way to Palm Springs and would like a romantic, peaceful getaway, Sparrows Lodge is the way to go. Also, they provide breakfast with your stay (quiche, all types of toast, real butter, jam, coffee, teas, granolas, and if that’s not enough, you can order from the delicious menu provided by their amazing in-house chef, Gabriel Woo) .

Website is here: Sparrows Lodge



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