"Yeah hold on, I forgot to put in the crystals,"
If you got my Napolean Dynamite reference to the attempted time travel scene, you rock.
Most people complain about the ugliness of Leyburn. But I love Leyburn. Until I discovered the first floor, I had never found a place that makes me feel transported into another decade. It's a pretty special feeling. The vibrant colors of the books and the warm tones of the lighting.....ahhhh it's so great! I believe that it's key to find beauty in the unexpected.
Blazer: Some garage sale ($3)
Jorts: Hacked these babies off from some thrifted jeans. And don't try to tell me ohhhhh only you can pull that off Elspeth because I have faith that you can make yourself your favorite pair of cut off jorts for $3 if you set your mind to it.
Earrings: H & M
THANK YOU DARCY OLMSTEAD FOR TAKING THESE PHOTOS.
~Peace Out Babes~
Amanda Willis (@bolivianspice) takes us through Greece as a guest writer for The Elspeth Influence.
My trip to Greece was soooo much fun. It was my first time traveling alone and I got to travel with my boyfriend, Sam. We saved up our money to go, so it was more meaningful.
We started in Athens for three days. The first day we hiked up to the Parthenon. The path up there is not for the weak. It's a hike!!!!! I realized how out of shape I was. The view is worth it.
The second day we went on a tour to Delphi. It's a temple about an hour from Athens. It was nice to see the countryside outside of the city.
Athens was insane because the whole area around the Parthenon is surrounded by vendors and cafes. We walked around there at night since it was so hot when the sun was out.
We spent a week in Santorini where we stayed in the village of Oia. That week was enough to really do everything on the island.
We started off with an official tour around the island to get acquainted with the area.
We also rented a car and got to drive around and really do what we wanted. That was my favorite part. We got to do a lot of beaching around!
The last day we did a catamaran tour of the island and watched the sunset from the water.
If YOU went on a cool trip, or have something else suuuuper awesome to blog about, hit me up! Contact The Elspeth Influence here.
1. Lake Abiquiu
Photos cannot capture the beauty of Lake Abiquiu. Georgia O'Keeffe lived about 15 minutes from here, and she used this lake as the backdrop for some of her paintings.
(You'll see that same mesa in the background of the next picture.)
(How cool is that ???)
Aside from being the perfect spot for an aspiring artist, Abiquiu is the ideal location for some sunbathing and a picnic with your pup.
2. Go for a Hike
I'm always all about staying active while on vacation. If I don't, I will feel like a couch. Hiking is really great because you get to explore the scenery in your area and see great views. Not to mention, you'll work up a killlller appetite for that restaurant lunch you're about to eat.
How 2 dress stylishly for a hike:
These little numbers are light and suuuuper easy to move around in. Trust me, they are so so comfortable. You can find an entire rack of them for around $7 each at your local Plato's Closet.
3. Canyon Rd.
This is THE ART SPOT of Santa Fe. You MUST come here and admire all the southwestern and contemporary art they have, even if you're not planning on purchasing a $25,000 statue....
A mini gallery of some of my favorites
4. Visit Madrid
Madrid's a fun, eclectic community that makes for a perfect lunch and fun afternoon outing with plenty of stellar shops and photo-ops.
5. Visit a Book Store
I love visiting book stores on vacation because I enjoy skimming through style-guide books and cookbooks and architecture books. Basically if a book smells good, has pretty pictures, and isn't too heavy for me to hold and read for a while, I'll be content. Read about my goal of writing a book here.
6. Go for a drive
Like hiking and visiting bookstores, I like to go for drives in each of my travel destinations. The pleasure centers in my brain light up when I get to sit there and look out the window and have the occasional jam session. I promise that you'll dig it, too.
That's a wrap for Santa Fe. Comment down below with some of your favorite Santa Fe attractions or travel tips!