New Mexico Road Trip- Northern New Mexico

I have long loved the mystique of New Mexico.  Despite living adjacent to it, it just takes so long to get out of Texas, so I’d never been.

We took one week off and decided to take our maiden Airstream voyage to explore the Land of Enchantment.

Spoiler alert- I was majorly enchanted.

Being newbies to RV travel, we tried to do as much research as possible beforehand.

Fact:

You can in fact stay overnight in a Walmart parking lot.

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Protip:  Arm yourself with books on tape.  We rent ours from the library for the low price of free ninety-nine.  This infinitely improves driving across the vast expanse of West Texas.

It took us 11 hours to get to Santa Fe.  And you gain an hour going West into Mountain time.

In Santa Fe, we stayed at the Trailer Ranch RV Resort.  It is an awesome place, right on Cerillos, very close to town.  The facilities are very nice, and there is an awesome pet run. I highly recommend this place.

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Right away, we set up our home bar.

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It was amazing to be able to bring the pups.  They LOVE RV travel!

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Santa Fe is beautiful.  It’s incredibly clean and lovely.  The architecture everywhere is beautiful.

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Adobe with cerulean trim everywhere….

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There is excellent food in Santa Fe.  Protip:  If there is green chile anything, get it.

If you like homemade tortillas, cheese, green chile, carbo-loading, this will be your jam.

Must eats:

-Cafe Pasqual’s  We ate here for breakfast and dinner.  Please please get the Tres Leches.

-The Shed Absolutely freaking delicious. Their margaritas are delicious.

-Tortilla Flats I was skeptical, but please go here.  It is delicious and the sopapillas are amazing.  Their margaritas are delicious.

-The Pantry Total local joint.  Freaking amazing breakfast.  The potatoes are so good. The huevos rancheros are awesome.

-Shake Foundation Super cute burger place, though I actually had the fried oyster sandwich.  Freaking delicious.  They have true shoestring fries and the BEST shakes.  Go here for lunch, only open until 7.

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Must sees & do’s:

-Go wander the central square.  It’s lovely. Lots of fares to be had everywhere.

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-Go to the Tesuque Flea Market.  It opens in March.

The Georgia O’Keefe Museum

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-Visit O’Keefe’s home and studio.

Ski Santa Fe. You can be on the slope in one hour.  They’re also super friendly there, and the runs are great.

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-10,000 waves.  Gorgeous Japanese spa.

-Wander Canyon Road, a lovely street full of art galleries.

I love love Santa Fe, and know I will be back someday soon.

You cannot visit NM without visiting Taos.  From Santa Fe, we took a scenic route and stopped in Chimayo. Chimayo is famous for its weaving, particularly the Ortega family who has been weaving for 8 generations.

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To be honest, Taos was so-so for us, but you still have to go.

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Highlights:

-Orlando’s Restaurant.  Freaking delicious.  Worth the drive up here.

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South of Taos at the Taos Drums is the most beautiful collection of teepees.

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On the way back, we stopped at the amazing Ojo Caliente mineral spa.  There are 7 different types of pools, including a freaking amazing, healing iron pool.

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I absolutely LOVED Northern NM and was sad to leave, but we had to venture south through the Central and Southern part of the state.

Stay tuned!

Happy Monday!

xo

Celine

ModCloth Layered Style

I am by no means a fashion blogger, but I definitely enjoy looking cute.  This year, it’s all about the bohemian style.
We just got our trailer back yesterday…it looks super cute, and we hit the road tomorrow!  We are making our first RV trip to New Mexico.
This is an outfit I put together using pieces from ModCloth.  Each piece has its own unique style, but together it’s greater than the sum of its parts.
The t-shirt is a relaxed, comfortable fit that flatters all.  The military green vest adds some masculinity and a more streamlined feel to the flowy top.
The awesome cardigan is relaxed, yet uber stylish.  Check out the amazing selection of bad-ass cardigans.
For the colder desert weather, I’ve added a cute mustard colored knit scarf & wool hat.
I’ve accessorized with a rocker-inspired fringe bag and silver bangle.
 Lastly, on the feet, either the suede cut-out boots or chunky black heeled boot will do the trick.
Happy Thursday & follow our inaugural RV adventure on my instagram:  @aquahaus
ModCloth Layered Style

Black top
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Sleeveless waistcoat
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Leather shoulder bag
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Deco bracelet
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Vintage style hat
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Elastic belt
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Round scarf
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Are you the same person on and off the internet?

Yesterday, my One Room Challenge deck makeover was featured on Apartment Therapy.

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I read AT a lot, so I knew the commenters can be mean.

Anyone can be mean when there’s anonymity.

But I thought the deck was cool. And didn’t expect to see rude comments.

Some people did leave really sweet comments. Thank you!!!!

But others posted solely to be rude.

That was weird enough but then this morning, I found the story posted on the AT Facebook feed with oodles of comments about the flag.

The flag that usually hangs off the deck, towards the street.

People got angry when talking about the flag.

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I couldn’t believe it.

 

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It’s a before picture and to me, it was obvious the wind had blown it up and backwards.

This especially pains me because I freaking love America.

I’m one of the most patriotic people I know.  I have family in the military and my husband works at the VA!

 

Here we are in flag sunglasses and my America beanie.

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Even my pool house has a flag.  (displayed correctly in the vertical position for all those flag etiquette crazies)

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I even have a flag helmet!

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Sadly, I felt the need to stand up for myself and posted this pic to the feed.

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One person called me an “asshole” and told me to”have an ounce of respect”.

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I noticed she later deleted her comment.

Point of all of this is:

We shouldn’t presume to know everything about every situation on the Internet.

I’ve done it and now I see how wrong people (and I) can be, and how bothersome and hurtful words can be.

I have to give some respect to celebrities because it is hard to read/ hear/ see criticism.

When we write or say something, even with the cloak of anonymity, maybe we should ask ourselves “Would my mom be proud of this? Will I look back at this and feel good about myself?”

So much negativity in the world. We need more love!

The answer can be found in any kindergarten class- the golden rule.

Happy hump day!

Celine

 

 

Shower pan re-do

Hope you had a nice weekend. The weather has been fantastic here.

Fantastic for lounging on patios or

Re-epoxying a shower pan!

I took advantage of the nice weather and worked outside in the Airstream.

First order of business- the bathroom and shower pan.

Yes, usually we take a shower when we want to get clean.

However, the shower pan in our airstream was gross.

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So I did my research.

Bought Homax tub and tile spray.

I spent almost 2 hours taping and prepping the surface. I also donned my painter coveralls and $20 respirator mask. Worth every cent.

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And then voila!

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Brand new shower pan!

Side by side:

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Woo hoo!!!

Now we don’t have to clean our feet after we shower!

Still lots more to do, but making progress!

xo
Celine