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Seeking Color In The US

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When in Coachella Valley...

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...do as the festival people do.  Maybe we could feel the indie vibes coming form 50 miles away but something took over us and we decided to try to take a stab at the Coachella lifestyle (as pictured above). Here's what we came up with: 

nailed it. 

Urban Outfitter Spring/Summer 2015 vintage bubble wand $75.00

This power plant was so ethereal we just had to blow bubbles.  JK. It was a total eye sore and the security guard watched us in disgust the entire time.  Bonus pic: here's ZAC EFRON AND VANESSA HUDGENS blowing bubbles at Coachella. 


Colors Of Palm Desert

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Benjamin Moore offers an outdoor paint called "Palm Desert Tan" and it is seriously dead-on. 

Benjamin Moore offers an outdoor paint called "Palm Desert Tan" and it is seriously dead-on. 

In terms of colors, Palm Desert really needs to be seen to be believed. Imagine driving from the nearby town, Indio, which is a lone Walmart on a desert-strip of sandstorm to this man-made oasis. Your eyes actually have to ADJUST to how bright the colors are. Sure, there's this "palm desert tan" (as seen above) everywhere but bright, jewel-tone colors aggressively pop out in the contrast. 

Take the lawns, for example. California is in a drought. We heard from our gracious host (Maggie's godmother and real estate Queen of the Desert, Patti Rollins) that the country clubs are in talks to transition into more of a "desert landscape." This would mean more succulents and cacti and less manicured lawns and vibrant, multi-color flower gardens. 

But for now, the lawns are manicured (for real, though — it looks like each house single-handedly skinned the Grinch) and the flower gardens are stunning. Each pod of houses usually comes with its own sapphire-like pool. And, if that's not enough jewel-tones, it doesn't go unnoticed that everyone is actually wearing fucking jewels here, too. You go Palm Desert. 

See how the colors just pop? It's kind of aggressive right? Like you kinda want to file a restraining order against the colors, right? 

See how the colors just pop? It's kind of aggressive right? Like you kinda want to file a restraining order against the colors, right? 


Let's Talk About What Happened In Palm Desert...

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Last night in Joshua Tree was pretty traumatic. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep. Maybe it was the sleep deprivation but the next couple of days in sunny Palm Desert got a little funky. 

This is what people think of when they think of Palm Desert:

This is what OUR Palm Desert looked like:

Was it all just a mirage?

Are we idiots?

Night Under The Stars

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Squad blowing' up in Joshua Tree. Literally. We had to blow up the newest member of our squad, Flamingo. He was soon after pierced and deflated by the teddybear cactus. RIP homie. 

Squad blowing' up in Joshua Tree. Literally. We had to blow up the newest member of our squad, Flamingo. He was soon after pierced and deflated by the teddybear cactus. RIP homie. 

... So we kind of signed up for a night of camping in Joshua Tree knowing we had a 10 person tent and no instructions on how to assemble it. 

(We actually went tent shopping a couple weeks before this trip and decided an eight-person tent would be our MAX but then we got this 10 person one for free so we decided just to roll with it). Turns out setting up a 16 foot tent with absolutely no guidance at all IS NOT as intuitive as it sounds. 

This meant we had essentially signed up for a night of camping in Joshua Tree with NO tent. Some call it "sleeping under the stars." We thought of it more like "lying in the open desert trying for hours to google which kind of spiders kill you but not really having any reception." 

It was an emotional night. Ceil cried into her veggie tamales. A lizard mounted Maggie, not in a sexual way, but kind of in a dominant prison way all the same. We survived.