Here's a behind the scenes look at our roadtrip to Marfa, Texas, where we reserved a safari tent at El Cosmico to shoot our new collection of bohemian home goods.
The crew got up at dawn, packed the dogs into the Wrangler, and drove west.
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Its official website claims: "Tough to get to. Tougher to explain. But once you get here, you get it."
Mid Century Minimalism meets Southwest Cowboy in this town of Bohemian artists, writers, and entrepreneurs.
We unpacked our new collection of home goods and set to work.
Chyna captured our models, Indigo and Jaxon, enjoying the new collection of Vintage Kantha dogbeds, now available in store and online! To create these repurposed bohemian home accessories, we patchwork antique Indian quilted saris.
Bren captured this beautiful photo of the sun setting on El Cosmico, then we sat under the fairy lights and enjoyed Hikes, a live band from Austin. The full moon shone and we set out to see the mysterious Marfa lights.
We weren't able to capture any good photos, but this lovely photo (via whatwasthen.blogspot) looks like what we saw. It was one of the most eerie experiences that we've ever encountered. We were expecting a hyped-up tourist attraction, but what we found was a desolate highway turnout, and more of a "Blair Witch meets Roswell" experience - very unsettling.
When we returned to the studio, Chyna whipped up the design for our new cacti tee - inspired by our trip to Marfa!
Tips for visiting Marfa, Texas:El Cosmico is a beautiful little retreat, with tents, teepees, a yurt, and vintage trailers. We always enjoy their hammock sanctuary, communal outdoor kitchen, and live music. After watching a magical performance under the stars and fairy lights, drive out to see the elusive mystery lights.
When you arrive at the viewing center, look for the blinking red light. The dancing mystery lights look so natural, it seems like there should be an easy explanation for them, like men walking around with flashlights, or headlights somewhere off in the distance, but after a century of research, no one has discovered what creates them.
Make sure to visit Marfa on a weekend as most of the shops and restaurants are closed during the week.
If you're driving through Fort Davis on the way back, visit the old lodge and take the beautiful, yet treacherous, hike through the Davis Mountains. (We don't recommend taking dogs or small children & make sure you wear hiking boots or the equivalent. A water bottle is a must) The trail begins at the back parking lot of the lodge.
Most photos are original BohoCircus shots, a few others came from El Cosmico, Marfa, and Pinterest.
At Spiral Diner, you'll find friendly waiters in bandanas and beards cruising the 100% vegan restaurant in search of ways to make you feel right at home. The lovely chef with gypsy green hair may remind you of a mermaid who traded her tail for a magic spatula, and magic it is...you'll soon find out.
Even at 3:00 in the afternoon, with a small, quiet crowd, Spiral Diner oozes soul. Perhaps it's the photos on the wall, like the old Willie Nelson poster, or the well-worn literary works at each booth, or maybe the soul is coming from the authentic souls who staff it. It doesn't really matter, you just feel the combination of Southern hospitality and wholesome food when you walk through the door. At least, this was our experience.
After three long days of decision-making and bad carbs working at Dallas Market, we craved something healthy. We knew that Spiral was just the place to replenish, before roadtripping it back to Austin. Chris welcomed us to the self-serve beverage bar and kindly gave us time to settle into our booth, relax, and check out the menu: organic wine & microbrewery beer, fizzy drinks like agave limeade, ginger shots, dirty chai, and fair trade coffee. Completely void of anything animal or insect, the food menu is a fun feast for the eyes and palate. In other words, for vegans used to having one or two choices on a menu, you'll be overwhelmed with a vast assortment of options.
So tired of decision making, we opted for the easy way out: we ordered sides. The pyramid watermelon was crisp, sweet, and juicy. The pasta salad had just the right amount of basil and the creamy potato salad with fresh dill flakes was amazing. Spiral's idea of a green salad was pleasantly surprising, given the usual green side salads offered at other restaurants: fresh lettuce topped with black olives, corn, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and added avocados, and the ranch dressing was impressive. We topped off our lite meal with the PB&J sundae: a large, warm cookie with peanut butter I-scream, strawberry jam, peanuts, and whipped cream. Unbelievably tasty.
It's refreshing to find a restaurant so in tune with what is good for humans, other earthlings, and the whole planet. The only negative thing about Spiral is that there isn't a location in Austin! Next time, we'll have to try the other location in Dallas' Funkytown. Oh, and did I mention that Spiral is also a vegan bakery? Yum.
How to do it: Sit in a cross-legged position, with one shin crossed over the other. Inhale and place your left hand on your right knee. Rest your right palm on the floor behind you. Exhale and gently twist, turning your gaze over your right shoulder. (Switch sides to work on the opposite side of your body.)
Benefits: Gently wakes up and stretches the muscles around your spine. Stretches the outer hips.
Why do yoga? "Yoga can strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility and circulation, boost your immunity, and calm your nervous system. It can also strengthen your spirit. With a regular yoga practice, you become less reactive in stressful times." -- "The Little Book of Yoga" from Chronicle Books
Watch the sky tonight for a rare event. People around the world are capturing the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter as they draw closer in the west after sunset this month. Tonight, the waxing crescent moon will sweep past these planets.