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Life has been crazy lately. I’ve been traveling a lot for work – in fact, I’m in flight as I type this to Brooklyn for two workshops at Knot & Bow tomorrow. I’m thankful for the busy schedule, but have found that taking moments to steal away – if for a night, an hour, or a weekend – to be so valuable. Travis and I trekked to Marfa last week for our third trip. It is truly an oasis in the dessert for us. A trip we look forward to with such childish anticipation, and really…always a much needed break.

This year was particularly special because it was our first to attend the Trans-Pecos Music Festival at El Cosmico. I can tell you now that we’ll be making it an annual trip from here on out. Dogs everywhere, beer aplenty, wonderful music, and weather so wonderful I nearly cried all weekend long. I mean, I wore a jacket. For the first time in what feels like years.

You can read more about our previous trips here and here. If you have the ability to make it to Marfa, do it. It’s so special.

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One of the many dogs that ran freely (and happily) around El Cosmico. Next time, Matilda and Olive are comin’ along on the road trip!

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There were so many talented vendors at the festival, like Factory Girl representing Dallas (above) and Poppy & Someday, where I bought beautiful dream catcher.

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Marfa_Trans Pecos Festival 2013 Vendor

Marfa_Trans Pecos Festival_Art Installation

A definite highlight was being able to see Playboy Marfa before it’s likely imminent demise. Read more about that here. In fact, it has raised questions with Prada Marfa, as well, and the thought of these installations going away really breaks my heart.

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Marfa_Prada Marfa September 2013

For the first time, we rented a little home through VRBO – the Fancy Ponyland. We really loved it. It’s nice to have the space to stretch out.

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Marfa_Fancy Ponyland Rental Home

Marfa_Trans Pecos Festival Sunset_El Cosmico

Comments (2)

  1. Amanda Marie: September 30, 2013

    Love all of these photos friend!! Marfa is the perfect fit for the Essl clan! xo

  2. Dominique Paolini: October 17, 2013

    Marfa is on my must-do list. I heard they’re talking about taking down Prada Marfa because of issues that were brought up when Playboy Marfa was installed.

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