I called my friend Haley and asked her if she wanted to go on a spontaneous roadtrip with me. Without hesitation she obliged. We had no fixed plans, no itinerary, no set time when to arrive or leave. We had a place to stay, and a car, but the only thing we had was each other-as cheesy as it may sound.
As much as I wanted to make a plan, I realized what I really needed was a roadtrip with no itinerary- no stress. I don’t think there’s anything that connects people more than traveling together. It was quite wonderful to explore a new place with a friend, especially when one of those places is a remote area of Northern California.
Point Reyes National Seashore goes on for miles- and I mean MILES. There’s not too many clear signs, and no cell service. Lots of lovely wildlife to admire- and we went right before sunset. We drove until the gas meter read EMPTY and we laughed about every sketchy scenario we could have possibly encountered. Oddly, I had never felt so free and relaxed to be in such a remote location. The seashore that rolled along for miles had enormous waves which crashed down, beautiful country roads, rolling hills, and 2 ladies completely lost.
Somewhere between lost and found. It was everything.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – RUMI
I was always a bit envious of those who could achieve that “peace of mind.” It seems silly to say, but I wanted to do or try anything that would help me to achieve that goal. Ultimately, I achieved peace of mind through yoga, and have become stronger both mentally and physically.
Free People Movement held an amazing event that inspired people to get outdoors. A hike by REI and yoga flow by Core Power, they brought together over 150 people in Griffith Park to share 1 thing: the love for movement and being active.
I’m no yogi or do I name myself to be, but I love that Free People inspired this many of us to come practice together in the great outdoors. Yoga helps me to focus on one thing at a time during the practice which I therefore carry outside of my practice. Each time I complete a yoga class, I feel more mindful of all my actions during and therefore following. Yoga helps me slow down and set my intentions, helping me feel calm and clear minded. Thank you Free People for this opportunity, this chance to feel the power of movement through yoga.
Special thank you to Core Power, REI, Sweet Leaf, and Sun Life Organics!
Criss-Cross Sports Bra: Free People // Pants: Free People // Yoga Mat: La Vie Boheme // Headband: Vintage Scarf
Photography by: Loretta Richert at Lolagraphy
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Without a doubt, the one thing that can bring people together is music. No matter their age, background, income level, sexual preference; the one thing that can definitely connect us all together is music. It has been a huge part of my life, especially seeing live shows in LA given the number of artists who travel to this town to perform. As a teenager, it was a huge privilege to go to shows and it was something I never took for granted. I remember the first rock concert I ever attended. It was at the Wiltern to see the Used (with opener Saosin- Yes, I was that girl, weren’t we all?).
Since then? Nothing’s changed. I love going to shows so much because you get to actually hear and feel the music live, not to mention, be with others who love the same music as well. It’s the whole sensory package, to be with the crowd, to hear the music live and not just a played back audio file. It’s a beautiful thing to be in a room full of people singing the same song, it’s magic.
That being said, Red Bull’s 30 Day’s in LA brings 30 nights of music to different venues all across Los Angeles. Hand’s down one of the coolest things Red Bull has done in LA has to be this. It’s a huge ode to one of the music capitals of the world and it’s one of the coolest ways to bring people together and introduce them to new music. Sylvan Esso killed it, and Race Banyon is on my favorites list after he played a killer set before Sylvan Esso.
Fringe Jacket: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: Free People // Crop top: Urban Outfitters // Necklace: Vintage // Boots: All Saints
All photos of Sylvan Esso and I by: Matt Misisco
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