Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill near Slab City, California and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses.

It is one of the coolest, and most bizarre, works of art I have ever seen. It was in the middle of nowhere and took a very eerie drive to get there. It was not on the way to anything else we were planning, but I’m so glad we took the time to check it out! It was such a cool experience to be there. I tried to capture the feeling, but if you are ever in the area, I would definitely visit the work of art because I know my photographs can’t do it justice!

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Next up will be photos from our architecture tour, The Saguaro, Mount San Jacinto State Park, The Parker and some of our other favorites from the trip! In the meantime you can check out ACE Hotel & King’s Highway Diner and our instagrams here.

ACE Hotel & King’s Highway Diner: Out & About Palm Springs

My two best friends and I took a week-long vacation to Palm Springs last week! This was only my second time to California and all of our first times to Palm Springs so we wanted to check a lot of stuff out! The temperature in Palm Springs was in the 100′s during the day with a high of 108 degrees! That’s a good 10 degrees warmer than it’s normally here in New Orleans, but the dry heat was SO much more bearable than the super humid weather I’m used to! So needless to say, the plan was to spend a lot of time at the pool! We spent three days at three different pools and the rest of our time exploring the area. I’ve decided to split this trip into smaller posts starting with The Ace Hotel and King’s Highway Diner. We didn’t get to stay at the Ace but we did spend a day by their pool. I really liked the casual and relaxed vibe and the food was some of our favorite from the trip! It was a pretty calm day since it was during the week but from what I have heard, they have some great parties on the weekends. On Saturday’s they even have a specialty Bloody Mary menu which we were bummed to miss out on. A few days later we got a yummy breakfast at King’s Highway which is a really cool renovated Denny’s at The Ace. I’d definitely consider staying here next time I’m in Palm Springs!

Ace Hotel & Swim Club Front Yard

Pool chairs at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs

Sun through the trees at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs

Showers and Lockers at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs

Ace Hotel & Swim Club metal letters sign

Buildings and Aloe at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Palm Trees at Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

Massive Aloe Plants at King's Highway Diner, Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs

Kings Highway Diner Building Front

Kings Highway Diner Interior

Kings Highway Diner Menu at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Kings Highway Diner Counter

Megan at Kings Highway Diner at Ace Hotel

Kings Highway Diner Chalkboard Sign

Kings Highway Diner Iced Coffee and Cream

Kings Highway Diner and the Amigo Room Sign at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Rope instalation in window at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Next up will be photos from our architecture tour, The Saguaro, Mount San Jacinto State Park, The Parker, Salvation Mountain and some of our other favorites from the trip! In the meantime you can check out our instagrams here.

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street: Out & About New Orleans

Out & About Mellow Mushroom New Orleans

I’m totally obsessed with one of the newest restaurants on my street. Mellow Mushroom is a franchise but the owners, Elizabeth and Austin Kent and James Son, did such a good job of making it fit right in on Oak Street! They totally transformed a two-story house that was built in the early 1900s and were able to preserve the original façade and a handful of interior decor. 

The franchise really promotes local ownership and operation, said Son, a New Orleans native. Each location is completely different and really focuses on the local community.”

Although the chain has certain requirements regarding consistency and standards for the menu, franchisees are still able to source their produce and products locally. When renovating the building they used local contractors, architects and artists, including Graffiti Graphics, aka my super talented parents, for their awesome sign!

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Fortune Teller and Colored Windows

We really wanted to emphasize where we were and use as many locals aspects as possible, said Son. For me it’s really important that we be a part of this community.”

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Booths

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Colored Windows

Mellow and Oak Street each portray a funky vibe that fits right in with the culture and residents of this area,” states Elizabeth.

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Teeth Bar

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Mason Jar Lights

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Skeletons

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Lights and Tin Ceiling

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Fortuna Spin To Win

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Downstairs Dining Room

Mellow Mushroom Oak Street New Orleans Arrow Marquee Light

Once I was done obsessing over the decor, it was time to eat and man is their pizza good! I especially like the Red Skin Potato Pie. It sounds a little weird, but it’s SO good! I have already been way too many times since they opened in March!

Introducing The Made In Mind Social

Hey guys! I am SO excited to finally share what my sister and I have been working on for the past few months. We are starting a meetup for bloggers and creatives in Louisiana called The Made In Mind Social. We had this idea in the back of minds for a while, but after attending the Creating Offline Events panel at Alt Summit, I was really inspired to get it going! We have been working behind the scenes on the logo and website and officially launched this week!

tThe Made In Mind Social

Our goal is to build a community where everyone can share their passions and encourage each other to keep their creative juices flowing. Whether you are a blogger, graphic designer, artist, photographer, fashion designer, DIY lover, makeup artist etc., we want to network and get to know the people behind their work!

We are planning our first event as we speak so if you are in the area, we would LOVE for you to become a member and attend some of our events!

If you won’t be able to attend our events, you can still support us by sponsoring the Made In Mind blog or sponsoring an event! This is the perfect event to get your name out to bloggers and creatives in Louisiana!

The Made In Mind Social A Meetup Of Creative Minds in Louisiana

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I’m going to Palm Springs and need your help!

Palm Springs Photo by Jose Villa

Sooo excited! Me and my two best friends are taking a vacation to Palm Springs in 3 weeks!!! We all went to high school and college together but don’t live in the same city any more, so a girls trip, is LONG overdue! I have only been to California once and I really don’t have a clue what to do in Palm Springs, so I’m looking at you! If you have ever been to Palm Springs or live in the area… I want to know what your favorite spots are. We want to find art, amazing food, relaxing spots, fancy drinks, something unique, sunshine, spas, we are open to all suggestions. Oh yea, and we have not booked a room yet, so we also need a place to stay! Any ideas, I want to hear about it all! Just click the image below to email me, or leave a comment below! Thanks for the help, love y’all!

Send Palm Springs Suggestions

Photos by Jose Villa, designs by me.