Bay of Pigs, Cuba, March 2016

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After a whirlwind 24 hours in Havana, we hit the road, headed for Trinidad. We took the long way round and made some very special stops along the way, the first of which was the Bay of Pigs. I’ve traveled to a variety of places, but this was my first tropical beach visit – coconut laden palms, sparkling blue Caribbean Sea. It was hard to reconcile this paradise with it’s history.

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After a little beach time we were treated to an incredible spread before heading out to our next stop.

Just a few minutes away was the Cave of the Fishes, a unique spot where the salt water meets the freshwater. The deep pool was completely clear and filled with brightly coloured tropical fishes (hence the name!)

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Diane, 7:30 am, February twenty-fourth. Entering town of Twin Peaks.

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If you know me, or have followed this blog for any amount of time (in the oh, 8 years I’ve been running it) you might have realized I have a bit of a thing for Twin Peaks. Audrey Horne is my hero, Dale Cooper is a babe (as is my cat, Agent Cooper, named after the man himself) and I know, wholeheartedly that the owls are NOT what they seem.

Last November I spent a significant amount of time in Seattle for work (getting UNIQLO’s first PNW store off the ground and the various marketing and events that went into it). Once everything was up and rolling, it was time for a little break, Scott flew into town and we headed up to the mountains for an IRL Twin Peaks experience. A dream trip.

Pictured above is the Salish Lodge, perched right on the Snoqualmie Falls. The Salish Lodge is a rustic mountain retreat and most well known as The Great Northern, the hotel at the centre of Twin Peaks. This is, naturally, where we stayed during our trip. It’s charming and complete with real fireplaces and a hot tub in the bathroom, oh so romantical.

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Naturally for dinner and some drinks we felt it necessary to swing by the Roadhouse. Whilst there were no Bookhouse Boys in sight – they make a mean chili and have a pretty good selection of local beers. The Roadhouse is located in Fall City, right next door to Snoqualmie and in terms of oddity, the town gives imaginary Twin Peaks a run for it’s money.

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It wasn’t all fireside chats and chili with the Bookhouse Boys. Twin Peaks is known, for well, some peaks. So we decided to conquer one of the lesser peaks in the area Little Si. The 5 mile round trip lead to some sore muscles but some fantastic views.

There was one very important stop we had to make on our Twin Peaks tour. RR Café (also know as Twede’s Café) baby.

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It’s true what they [Dale Cooper] say. This must be where pies go when they die.

If you’re a Twin Peaks fan looking for a Lynchian style trip, it’s a highly recommended 24 hour jaunt.

That’s My Name

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Last weekend we had our annual jaunt into the desert, hosting an influencer house for our new project Conscious Collective Co. When we weren’t entertaining bloggers (or ourselves with some trés amusant Snapchat shenanigans) we did manage to attend some other Coachella events.

Our friends at Levi’s were hosting an event at the Avalon wherein you could grab a jacket or jeans and get them customized by the team at Junkyard Jeans. I grabbed this great Men’s Trucker jacket, already resplendent with a musical note chain-stitched on one side and got it customized with my name on the other side.

It’s now pretty much my favourite thing. Cheers Levi’s!

Photos: Hagop Kaliadjian
Jacket: Courtesy of Levi’s
Dress: d.R.A Clothing.

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