Roundup: Dying for tie-dye + hair update!

For many, tie-dye brings about so much nostalgic memories of poolside afternoons, lava lamps and jelly sandals. But in 2020, tie-dye is all grown up. Now, it screams “fashion” instead of “tourist.”

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Amboy, CA: The lion-dogs that guard the desert (Part One)

No one knows how the lion-dog traveled to the Mojave Desert, or who brought it there. No one knows why, for a few months, she disappeared and came back again. And yet, there she stands at six foot tall, one paw patting the head of her cub. Her tooth is chipped, knocked off by a bullet from when a traveler thought it a target and shot up the statue with a high-powered gun.

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Santa Paula, CA: At this haunted historic inn, spirits abound

I feel a chill cross my back, as I climb the floral carpeted staircase to the third floor. I feel another one as I cross a sitting area and make a left into the hotel’s corridor. The hallway is dim. The dark, burgundy walls are illuminated by tired daylight shining through the window of what seems like a little reading nook. (It’s the perfect weather outside for something like this — gray, damp, dreary.) Under my foot, the floor sinks and creaks with every step I take, breaking the silence. Squeak, croak, pop.

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Fresno, CA: The hidden genius of the Forestiere Underground Gardens

Above ground, the October sun is at its zenith, and the mercury hovers in the mid-90s in what feels like an endless epilogue of an exhaustingly hot summer. Down here, however, it’s 10 degrees cooler And that’s exactly why a man by the name of Baldassare Forestiere spent 40 years of life building this — this crazy, peculiar underground complex of patios, grottoes and gardens, all connected through passageways he dug by himself.

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Roundup: How to recreate Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic newspaper dress

If you read last week’s post, you might already know that my friend Kristin and I dressed up (all matchy-matchy) in a newspaper dress, as a nod to the slinky backless number Carrie Bradshaw wore in season three of Sex and the City when she semi-crashed Natasha’s lunch in a cringeworthy attempt to apologize for…

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Did ‘Emily in Paris’ satiate my wanderlust?

“Emily in Paris is a new dramedy created by producer Darren Star, best known as the brains behind shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Younger — and you guessed it — SATC. Which is really why I’ve been waiting for this as impatiently as a tot on Christmas eve. The truth is, I’ve been watching SATC on repeat throughout this pandemic.”

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Beverly Hills, CA: I tried Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura. Here’s my experience.

The truth is, I’ve been obsessing over Chef Massimo Bottura ever since I saw him on the very first episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Massimo, with his strong ideas, knack for clashing flavors, quirky dish names and avant garde plating, is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.

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Roundup: Is 90s fashion back? My favorite looks

The past few years were a lot about the 80s — big, bold shoulder pads, waists cinched with wide belts and oversized blazers. So, really, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that, after a couple of years of paying homage to the Madonna era, an adoration for the 90s would follow. And yet, somehow, I…

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Roundup: Most fashion-forward masks I found online

“Wear whatever you want for your next trip to the grocery store, or even that long hike with your dog. Wear something. Really, anything is better than nothing in keeping the people around you safe. But if you want to mask up fashionably, here are a few options.”

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Agua Dulce, CA: Retreating to the Rock of Ages

“The ‘main rock,’ the one people rush to see first, points toward the heavens. You really can’t miss it. When I first laid eyes on the rock formations — named after Tiburcio Vasquez, a California bandit who used it as a hiding place from law enforcement — no part of me thought it looked earthly or natural.”

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