Relaunch: I’ll start this post by saying thank you to those who have enjoyed GLiTTER&LiFE throughout the years. I hope more people will flock to this little sparkly site after today, due to more fashion, DIYs and more content in general!
Labor Day: I picked Labor Day 2014 to start anew with this blog, due to having a whole day to devote to creating and due to a vacation roadtrip that coincided with the date.
Marfa, Texas: I’ve wanted to visit this little West Texas town for a bit now, and the end of summer seemed like a great time for my boyfriend and I to hit the road, so enjoy the below!
The Good: The best part of Marfa? An adorable place called El Cosmico. It’s where all the cool kids stay and looks like a scene out of “Wanderlust.” It’s affordable, offers free coffee in the morning, has a gift shop full of tribal blankets and sage and lets visitors choose from sleeping in safari tents, teepees, pink Airstreams or their own camping abodes.
Takeaway: Stay here! BUT – bring a jacket; I was freeeeezing at night, despite the two colorful blankets I used on top of me! (Yay, mountain air;)
The Bad: Marfa is built up as this hipsters’ art paradise, right? Well, it’s not. There is nothing there – less of a nothing than you’d expect for a town of 2,000. We walked around to see all the cool studios and shops and the Lights Festival you hear about and ended up disappointed. (So we took some pics before heading to Prada and the Marfa Lights: Hat: Ecote via Urban Outfitters, Top: living doll (on sale!), Gladiators: Madden Girl)
Takeaway: Plan to spend your time in West Texas at other nearby cities (like hiking in Fort Stockton [which will take up HOURS] or antiquing in Alpine). Also, pack food, since there aren’t many places to eat (and most only serve lunch/breakfast and are not gluten-free, despite all those hipsters telling you this is an Austinite’s paradise).
The Weird: Of course, I had to get a photo at the famed Marfa Prada art installation.
Takeaway: Know that this attraction is 40 MILES ON THE OTHER SIDE of Marfa. Oh, yeah, and when you’re driving there, get ready to just stumble upon a huge creepy blimp in the desert!
The Summary: After these highlights of our trips, we had fun seeing the Marfa Lights (or headlights – whatever you believe!), stopping at road-side attractions, viewing McDonald Observatory and then getting home to our own bed and lots of pizza. I’m glad I got to experience it all, but next time, I’m thinking…beach? Until then…-me