Desert Flowers

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Around this time two year’s ago Eloy was trying to figure out how to pop the question and I was getting excited for our trip to Mexico City. Six months into marriage it’s interesting to look back on the range of experiences and emotions Eloy and I have been through these past two years.  The only way to describe the period of engagement prior to the wedding is hyper-excitement. There is a flurry of activity and a showering of love.  The to-do list is long with tasks you never thought of, one line item being engagement photos. Our engagement photos took us to the Palm Springs desert on an especially hot day where we would brave the scorching heat to capture our couple-hood in editorial fashion.  Years later these will be proof to our children that we are undeniably more cool than they can imagine and a reminder to ourselves that we were/are pretty awesome. Thanks to professional makeup and photography, and a bit of vintage styling we have these timeless photos of such a fleeting time to cherish.

 

Photography: Walid Azami  Hair and Makeup: Giovanna Paramo

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SALTON SEA SAFARI

IMG_4192This year’s holidays were a stay-cation for the Flores household.  We love activity and can usually be found rushing from one event or adventure to the next, so taking time out to be homebodies was unnatural but much needed.  After we had our fill of movies and our favorite shows on Netflix we started planning our getaways.  Little day trips here and there around Southern California to explore.  The last day of our freedom found us at the Salton Sea.  Eloy’s friend Noe told us about it and said that he likes going there but wouldn’t recommend it. Eloy and I enjoy the rare and strange so of course we were interested, plus it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take the vintage dress Eloy gifted me for Christmas out and about. The dress was meant for me.  It fits like a glove, the jersey fabric is soft and cozy, plus the pattern is amazing.  It’s not an animal print, more like an animals print: baboons, tigers, and antelopes to be more specific. This is the perfect travel dress. It is comfortable and modest, but it still accentuates the body so it’s not frumpy. The neutral colours are season-less. Overall, it is a very versatile piece. It looked great against the otherworldly landscape that surrounds the Salton Sea.  The best way to describe the area is eerie. Once a hot vacation spot in the 50′s the Salton Sea is now more of an abandoned bird sanctuary with a strange landscape.  Massive salt fields, bubbling mud pits, and obsidian deposits make up the area surrounding the massive placid lake.  It’s a type of modern age ruin.   We ran into people, but not very many. Every so often we came across a tiny dilapidated town with little signs of life and strange isolated factories with steam (or smoke?) billowing from the chimneys. There is not much to do but driving around and taking in the odd landscapes was entertaining enough for us.  We would step out of the car here and there to see the birds or take a closer look at some oddity.  It doesn’t seem like earth.  Everything is a bit alien and off about the place.  It was the perfect Sunday day trip before we headed back to reality.IMG_4165IMG_4188IMG_4164IMG_4173IMG_4169IMG_4181IMG_4185IMG_4141 IMG_4145IMG_4136

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YOLO

IMG_4281I talk a lot about food and pretty things in this space. Food and fashion bring people joy and inspiration and both are easy and fun for all. But what about the things in life that are difficult but still bring joy and are rewarding? Not everyone is a running/cardio fan but I love to run.  It didn’t always used to be this way.  When I started playing Lacrosse in high school I dreaded our long road runs.  Over time I suppose I came to understand and appreciate the meditative aspect of a long run. I still understand why people don’t connect with it, it hurts and it takes a lot of will power.  As a runner you have to tell yourself to keep going, to keep pushing.  You eventually train yourself to work through the cramps, breathlessness, and pains.  It is an act that takes self discipline and perseverance. As a runner my rewards and achievements are all my own and come only from myself. With each run I feel stronger and more confident and after each run I am happy and energized.  When I am grumpy Eloy orders me to go run for an instant attitude adjustment. When I am anxious or scared I can count on a good run to set my head straight and get me back on track.  Running keeps me healthy mentally and physically. It has been quite some time since I replaced my runners so when I found a new pair that I liked on sale I went for them.  Looking at my old Neon Frees I thought about all the miles and life challenges they have carried me through. I realized how important running is to me and how much it has changed me for the better.  In a few weeks time all of us will be making resolutions for the new year. Some of us will resolve to save more money, others to be more thoughtful or grateful, and many will make some type of resolution involving fitness or diet. Many resolutions are difficult to keep and most will be forgotten before the first week of the year is through, so here is my suggestion: be selfish and resolve to run.  If you can’t run, walk. Start small and work your way up.  Resolve to push yourself. Resolve that when you are feeling angry or down to slip on your shoes and hit the road. Resolve to become more disciplined with each step. As the popular saying goes: you only live once. You only have one shot to make yourself a better person and leave a positive impression on this earth.  Start on the inside.  It is going to hurt, and you are going to want to quit, but you have to remember that the pain is what creates the change.

 

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