Palm Springs Tramway

The Tramway Gas Station, a former Enco service station, in Palm Springs, California, is located at the corner of Tramway Road and California State Route 111. The building, erected in 1965, with its distinctive, cantilevered, wedge-shaped canopy was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. It is considered to be a prime example of desert modern architecture. Frey was known for his use of simple materials, the building is constructed out of concrete block, steel, and glass.

The station had closed by the mid-1990s and is now operated by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism as the Palm Springs Visitor Center. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015 and is open to the public.

American Girl: Bøla

Summer in Malibu is an amazing time of year, the beaches are packed, surfers in the water and classic cars cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway. I met up with the recording artist and model Bøla at County Line Beach to shoot some of her favorite summer beach looks.

Learn more about her music and work on her official fan page HERE.

Road Trip Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center is where Japanese Americans were forcibly imprisoned during from December 1942 to 1945. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in California's Owens Valley
Manzanar which translates to "apple orchard" in Spanish was home to over 10,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. The site was identified by the United States National Park Service as the best-preserved of the former camp sites, and is now the Manzanar National Historic Site, which preserves and interprets the legacy of Japanese American internment in the United States. 

The site is about a 3 hour drive from Los Angeles, the visitors center is located in what was the camp's original assembly hall. Inside guests are shown the unfiltered reality of how fear and racism lead to the internment of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese heritage. The exhibit gives you a different perspective of how different the world was and how much really hasn't changed. 

If you would like to plan your visit or learn more visit the National Parks Service site HERE

American Girl: Erica Bez

Model: Erica Bez
Location: Red Barn Ranch, Southern California.
Tops: Original Cowgirl
Shorts: American Eagle
Jewelry: Original Cowgirl
Shoes: Born
Photographer: Mike Satterfield

H&M 4th of July Collection

H&M is proud to launch their first 4th of July collection available in store and online exclusively in the United States from June 22nd. The collection celebrates the spirit of independence, unity, equality, peace and love this summer season with traditional American flag themed apparel and messages of girl power and togetherness.   
With this collection, H&M will continue their partnership with Girl Up in order to raise funds and awareness for girl leaders across the country. For every purchase of selected t-shirts from the collection, made between June 22nd and July 4th, H&M will donate $1.00 to Girl Up to empower girl leaders to stand up for gender equality. In addition, every store in the country will be participating in a register drive to simultaneously encourage support via direct donation for Girl Up.

The collection also includes Americana themed items, perfect for watching fireworks or backyard BBQ's. An American flag printed denim jacket in a light acid wash denim will look perfect with a pair or frayed cut offs. Looking to spend the day outside? USA themed one-pieces paired with American flag slides will keep you looking patriotic as you bronze by the pool. Make a statement with The Girl Up t-shirts and embrace woman empowering messages like, "You Go Girl," and "Girls Support Each Other."

Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation and since their launch in 2010, they have partnered with the United Nations to support comprehensive programs that give adolescent girls in developing countries an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.
Empowering women and girls is a long term commitment for H&M, especially in their day to day operations. Around 76% of the average number of employees are women and women hold 69% of all positions of responsibility within the company, such as store managers, support functions and country managers.
Read more about GirlUp at

Mirage by Doug Aitken

Palm Springs is a favorite weekend getaway for myself and many other Southern Californians. Palm Springs is known for its architecture and art scene and artist Doug Aitken celebrates both with his installation Mirage. The structure is built in the traditional 'ranch' style and completely covered inside and out with mirrors, is perched atop a hill overlooking the city. The mirrored surface makes the house almost disappear if not for the door and window openings. Inside more mirrors create an almost 'funhouse" style effect.

From the artist's site:
In the tradition of land-art as a reflection of the dreams and aspirations projected onto the America West, Mirage presents a continually changing encounter in which subject and object, inside and outside are in constant flux. The ranch-style structure suggests a latter-day architectural version of manifest destiny, a primary structure rendered by the artist without function service or texture. With every available surface clad in mirror, it both absorbs and reflects the landscape around in such ways that the exterior will seemingly disappear just as the interior draws the viewer into a never-ending kaleidoscope of light and reflection. As Mirage pulls the landscape in and reflects it back out, this classic one-story suburban house becomes a framing device, a perceptual echo-chamber endlessly bouncing between the dream of nature as pure uninhabited state and the pursuit of its conquest. For more information please visit:

The installation is going to be viewable to October 2017 and is free, however, they do limit the number of people to 25 at a time. If you would like to visit it, I have linked a google map HERE