Hi friends! Today’s post is going live a bit later because I’m on the west coast. I flew into LAX yesterday and made the drive to the Palm Springs area last night! I’m currently staying at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells and writing this with the most beautiful backdrop of palm trees, a pool, and mountains against a bright blue sky… Does it get any better? Such a wonderful way to kick off a new month! I would say, “Can you believe how fast January went by?!” because that’s usually the case with time speeding right on past, but didn’t January actually feel like it was 3 months long? Or was that just me?! 😂
We’ll get to this outfit in a minute or three (it’s one of my favorites this winter!), but I want to chat about something that’s at the top of my mind today… The Super Blue Blood Moon yesterday! Did you read about it? Check out this post to learn more about why it was such a rare occurrence.
I mentioned a lunar podcast I listened two a few weeks ago in this post and I remember marking my calendar for the 31st. I’d never done any sort of moon ritual before, but I felt a desire to give it a go this time around! I knew I’d be in LA or Palm Springs, but I wasn’t exactly sure where I was staying yet.
I quickly looked into full moon rituals and read about burning ceremonies. It seemed easy enough… And for whatever reason, I envisioned myself outdoors (under the full moon) with a fire, writing down things I wanted to release, and dropping a sheet of paper into said fire. That seemed highly unrealistic, especially since I was traveling, but it was a thought that was clear in my head.
As the next few weeks went by, I nailed down my plans to stay at the Miramonte for Wednesday night. (It just kind of flowed… A meeting with an Australian hotel sparked the conversation and it was just odd timing that I would be in Palm Springs a night earlier than the rest of my friends.) I really hadn’t given the full moon another thought, but I kept seeing it on my calendar and remembering that I did want to do something that night, but I wasn’t really focused on it. Maybe a new moon yoga class? It’s LA, so I figured there had to be something like that, right? 😂
Probably due to the full moon, everything was running a bit behind on Wednesday. By the time I was done in LA and ready to head to Palm Springs, it was rush hour. So I decided to grab dinner at Urth Caffe (my fave! you can see more recommendations for LA in this post!) and wait for traffic to die down a bit. I was looking into full moon rituals and they all involved candles, sage, etc and it just seemed too complex to try to pull together. I was on track to get to Indian Wells around 10:15pm so I figured I’d just meditate outside at my hotel or something. And maybe just think of some things I wanted to let go of? Better than nothing, right?
To give you a visual, the Miramonte Resort is a pretty big property… Multiple buildings and villas surround a vast central area of pools, lawn games, sitting areas, etc. But mind you, it was dark when I got here and I didn’t really know what the property looked like. I checked in and drove around to the building I was staying in and figured I’d explore to get the lay of the land in the morning. I got into my room, put my bags down, and opened the curtains to see I had a little patio… Awesome! I opened the patio door and LO AND BEHOLD there was a fire pit about 30 feet away. There was a man sitting by the fire peacefully playing his guitar (I couldn’t hear it from my room until I opened the door!), and I was like, “HO-LY SHIT! I literally manifested this.”
I did a quick meditation in my room on my Headspace app to get in the right mindset and then ventured out to the fire pit with a notebook. The guitar guy had just left and I had the fire pit area all to myself. (It’s about 11pm at this point.)
I sat down in one of the comfy chairs, admired the fire, looked up at the full moon overhead, and also then realized that I was surrounded by a rose garden. (Roses are very symbolic to me, I can explain more on that later!) I honestly couldn’t have painted a more perfect picture… It was literally what I had randomly envisioned in my head weeks ago. It gave me goosebumps and made my eyes well up, too.
I sat for a while, writing down things I wanted to release, focusing on intentions, and soaking up the energy of the moment. About 45 minutes later, I tore the page out of my notebook, dropped it into the fire, and sat for a while longer watching it burn.
I can’t even explain it, but I instantly felt lighter. I headed back inside, did another meditation to soak it all in, and hit the hay. And, you guys, I shit you not… I woke up this morning feeling the most at peace I have in months. I washed my face, applied sunscreen, and headed out to get coffee. (The hotel has a Koffi coffee bar!) I walked around the resort sipping my iced coffee, snapping pictures of the scenery, gushing over all of the roses (the whole property is covered in them!), did a workout on the treadmill, meditated outside, and had a healthy breakfast alfresco before settling in to work and starting on this post. Truly, if I could bottle up the perfect day, this would be it.
Have you ever tried any sort of (full or new) moon ritual?! This was my first one, but it’s definitely something I want to continue to learn about and incorporate into my wellness routine!
Anywayyyyy… Let’s talk about the clothes, shall we?! (That is, if I haven’t lost you yet! 😂)
A blazer, booties, and skinny jeans is typically my go-to look for work meetings! Cute, casual, and pulled-together… That’s the name of the game for me.
I picked up this fur stole when I was did my extended stay in Paris in October of 2016. I couldn’t tell you the name of the boutique, but it was on a little side street in Saint Germain. It’s the perfect piece to add a little personality to your jackets and blazers! It looks sewn on, yeah?! It’s a great option if you need another accessory to spice up your winter wardrobe over the next few months.
Get the Look…
J.Crew Green Wool Blazer (similar style here!)
Old Navy Ribbed Tee
Rag & Bone Jeans
Fur Collar (similar here, here, & here)
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Monogram Handbag
Vince Camuto Bronze Metallic Booties (on sale here!)
Illesteva Milan Tortoise Sunglasses
Michael Kors Watch (similar here, too!)