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Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico
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Market Street in The Woodlands Blogger Preview- Holiday 2015 Edition

Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

(Vintage Ethnic Dress- Honeywood Vintage, Vintage Moccasins- Honeywood Vintage, Scarf (as Headwrap)- c/o Johnny Was, Vintage Wood Bracelets- thrifted, Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

On our way back to Texas from Los Angeles, we stopped by Taiban, New Mexico- a mostly abandoned ghost town west of Fort Sumner. Before our trip, I had heard about an abandoned church in Taiban that is well-known to be a photographer’s haven. So I -being obsessed with old abandoned places- immediately Googled it and, to my delight, found out that it was somewhat on our route back.

While in LA, I stopped by Honeywood Vintage in Highland Park, as I found out about them through Instagram (where else). The shop is quite bohemian and offers the wardrobe essentials I’d want if I were to do a quick weekend desert getaway. Although I wanted practically every caftan, tribal/ethnic embroidered and print whatever, in the store; buttttt due to the budget, I settled on a vintage red ethnic embroidered dress and moccasins, knowing that I would be doing an impromptu Southwest-inspired photo shoot at the church. Finding vintage shoes in my size is such a rarity, so I was BEYOND thrilled that the vintage moccasins fit. They’ve since become a cozy staple in my everyday wardrobe. So ladies and gents, I highly recommend Honeywood Vintage if you ever pass through Highland Park.

The unincorporated town of Taiban is also famous for being the location where Billy the Kid (and associates) were captured in 1880. When we arrived at the lonely church, it was literally everything I thought it would be, and more. It is known as the Taiban Presbyterian Church and was built in 1908. It seems to be withstanding well against the elements and…time. I was able to explore all around the outside of the building and carefully ventured inside the small, bare sanctuary. I could have spent all day just sitting there. It was peaceful and just something about cool, abandoned places just gives me goosebumps.

If you ever venture out that way and love photography- DO IT!

Market Street in The Woodlands Blogger Preview- Holiday 2015 Edition

The folks at Market Street The Woodlands invited bloggers out for an exclusive holiday preview at select retailers. This year’s retailers were Johnny Was, Elaine Turner and Cos Bar. It was my first time visiting the open-air mall and it was nice to get there early before the crowds. The award-winning town center, which reminded me of The Grove in LA, was all decked out for the upcoming holidays, large Christmas tree and all. Myself, along with fellow bloggers: Melissa, Jillian, Angela and Paola, were a part of the intimate group of previewers.

Johnny Was was the start of our preview. Johnny Was is a bohemian and vintage inspired brand based out of Los Angeles. It was founded in 1987 and encompasses quintessential California lifestyle with free-spirited bohemian edge. They are known for their higher quality easy-to-wear clothing, as well as their scarves. I fell IN LOVE with the hand-painted kimonos and obi belts. The lovely associates showed us some products that were available for the holidays. One being their signature scarves and a gift set that includes: the How to Tie a Scarf book and Talia Fragrance Oil. The gals also demonstrated ways to wear the silk scarves, as seen in the video below…

Our next stop was the Elaine Turner store. The Houston-based brand was founded in 2000 by Elaine and husband Jim. In just 15 short years, the brand has grown exponentially. Elaine is a huge supporter of breast cancer awareness, so pink is seen throughout the stores and even in the interiors of the handbags. The associates highlighted some of the holiday pieces, such as: the “Celeste,” which is a nod to her original handbags. It has a natural bamboo handle and can be converted into a shoulder bag, cross body and back pack. The new apparel line was spotlighted, which included the Ponte knit Diane Blazer, the Kate Tunic and the Sienna Faux Fur Vest. Shoes were also highlighted (such as the Carrie Boot and the wedges) which are constructed of all Italian or Brazilian leathers and have double layer memory foam insoles. The brand pursued “Gifts under $100” (and under $200) especially for the holidays, that included coasters, mousepads, picture frames, wrap bracelets and more! The store also raffled off a Kassidy crossbody bag, which I was the lucky winner.

The last stop was Cos Bar. Cos bar is a beauty emporium that was founded by Lily Garfield in 1976 in Aspen, CO. The brand was since expanded to thirteen stores located throughout the United States (with plans on building more stores) and offers the finest skincare brands for men and women. The store had an intimate environment, with expert consultants who also allowed for us to sample and try out.

Huge thanks to Alicia for the invite to the event and to Johnny Was, Elaine Turner and Cos Bar for spoiling us!

** I would also like to recommend the Tommy Bahama Cafe for their wonderful service and patio dining! The fish sandwich was rather large, but pretty yum-tastic! **

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