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One day in Joshua Tree

As you guys know now, I’m moving to CALIFORNIA. Life just took a turn and hopefully it’s a good one. I’m out here now for a short burst before the holidays and am making the most of it. We just got back from Joshua Tree and I am officially ready to go back. You would think after going to Marfa that I would remember how beautiful the desert is. But I never do. Y’all Joshua Tree was awesome. Let’s get into it!

Here is what we did in one day at Joshua Tree:

Since we only had one day to spend in the desert, we got up early and headed out of LA for the 2 1/2 hour journey. Honestly went pretty quickly and the scenery was plenty to gawk at during the drive.

One Day in Joshua Tree | Moddie BlogOne Day in Joshua Tree | Moddie BlogOne Day in Joshua Tree | Moddie BlogOur first stop was Joshua Tree National Park (obvs) where we found out that dogs can’t go on the trails! SO— that almost put a damper on everything because we had Mitch in the car. Thankfully there were a few spots we could take him out of the car, but just FYI they can only go where cars go and in picnic areas. So you may want to leave your puppo at home if you want to experience the park, which is what we did the next morning!

But it’s sad they can’t join because just look at this rock playground! Continue Reading

gift guide, Holiday

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES: DAD EDITION

It’s ANOTHER gift guide! (If you missed my Mom Gift Guide then click here!) This time it’s for the men in our lives who like to sit back, relax and watch hallmark movies. Just my dad? Okay. Well I’ve rounded up a few things that pops may like so hopefully I can inspire your holiday shopping!

Let’s go!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES: DAD EDITION | Moddie Blog1. The New York Times Explorer 2. The best Hot Sauce 3. Magnetic Wristband 4. Ebbets Field Hat

5. Popcorn Popper 6. Donner Dinner Party Game 7. Parrot Drone 8. Hedley & Bennett Apron

Okay, we’ve got a rather eclectic pool of gifts here, but aren’t dads eclectic in the first place? My dad is the man who buys himself whatever he wants and doesn’t seem to know what he wants for Christmas so I’ve got to dig deep.

If your dad is into exploring, or daydreaming of exploring, get him a Taschen Explorer book. They have different versions if he’s more of an ocean guy, or go for these amazing (and beautiful) New York Times 36 Hours books that are compilations of the NYT’s best city guides!

An easy way to get your dad a gift is to head to Manready Mercantile (or buy online if you’re not local to Houston). They have everything from clothes to skincare for men. But my favorite section for my dad is the pantry section where they house everything from hot sauce to bitters to sourdough bread. You can’t go wrong here— I think my dad waits for his manready bag every christmas with bated breath.

If your dad is a fixer-upper then this Magwear Magnetic Wristband is a muuust have. So freakin’ handy. Other good handyman gifts include the ThumbSaver Magnetic Nail Setter to save his fingers (and to use yourself when he inevitable makes you hammer in the rest of your nails for your gallery wall) and the Joby Gorillatorch which is handy for just about any time there’s no light. Yep, lookin’ at you hurricane dads in Houston. You want one.

Okay, lets be real. Every dad really just wants a nice hat rockin’ their fav teams’ logo. Literally what my dad told me what he wants for Christmas. So get him an Ebbets Field hat that makes him feel like a legit fan. They’re handcrafted and genuinely timeless. He’ll be thrilled, I promise.

This is random, but I think my dad would be obsessed so I’m sharing it with you guys. A popcorn popper. It’s that thing you don’t really need but once every few years he’ll pull it out and get excited about popping popcorn for the fam. It’s fun and it’s nostalgic, and it looks cool. Or you could get him a Bluetooth Thermometer to make cooking the thanksgiving turkey a little easier every year. To go along with his cool kitchen ware, get him a Hedley & Bennett apron. They’re kitchen cult classics and run by the coolest woman. Your dad will be in good company with people like Mario Batali and Martha Stewart!

Every Dad needs a classic game. I’m not sure if a game about cannibalism is a classic, but we’re going to find out this Christmas because I def bought this for my dad. Hey, it’s a bit historical and looks hilarious so we’re going to give it a go! The Donner Dinner Party game is a “fast-paced game of social deduction in which cannibals and pioneers face off in a fight for survival”. I’m down. Or get him a fancy bocce ball set that he can feel luxurious breaking out during a BBQ. 

Speaking of games, your dad probably wants a drone. I know because I have one and when I fly it in the neighborhood all the neighborhood dads flock over. So get your dad a drone so he stops flying mine.

THAT IS IT! I hope I inspired you to shop for Dad. TBH just get him a beautiful frame with a picture of the two of you and he’ll be beyond happy. Dads are easy.

I hope you’re enjoying these holiday gift guides! I’m enjoying them and up next we have some things for your fav gal pals so stay tuned and follow me on instagram and facebook for more updates!

Fashion

A Black Friday Sweater + a vintage hat + a life UPDATE

So, Fall is really just a mix of summer and winter right? Which means I can wear a summer hat with a chunky knit sweater and still be trendy? I think that’s the deal so I’m running with it. Plus, winter in Texas is almost like summer anyways.

I picked up this Madewell sweater during the Black Friday sale (quick get your 25% off while it still lasts — scroll down for link!) and am pretty happy about it even though I shouldn’t be spending more money! eek! That’s okay— I need clothes to keep me warm, right? It’s really survival money. So no guilt necessary. 🙂

Black Friday Sweater + a Summer Hat | Moddie BlogBlack Friday Sweater + a Summer Hat | Moddie BlogBlack Friday Sweater + a Summer Hat | Moddie BlogBlack Friday Sweater + a Summer Hat | Moddie Blog Get the look: mom jeans + chunky sweater + feather mules + gold ring + glasses

Picked up this amazing vintage hat from Merchant and Market back in the summer and it was only $35! So pleased with it because when it’s not on my head, it’s on my wall looking marvelous. Dual purpose items are my fav. Everyone needs a good hat wall.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve talked to the people of my blog about my personal life so here it goes:

I’M MOVING TO LA! In January! With a boy! I know it’s all very sudden for me too. I promise I’m not freaking out, but I’m kindof freaking out. Of joy but also the stress of moving. It’s going to be a doozy. I’m currently co-habitating with my parents and basically pretending that I’m on a long winter break. It’s kind of working.

So, there you have it. I’ll be a dual citizen blogger in 2018 so I hope you’re ready for a lot of Los Angeles photos and guides. Please comment below if you want me to continue my houston weekend guides because it has a been a source of contention among my friend group! I need advice!

Okay, your turn. How’s your Monday going?

xoxo