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Afternoon Date at SteelCraft

I came across this place on instagram recently (thanks social media!) and decided to surprise Adam with a date yesterday afternoon in our own hood. SteelCraft is a really cool outdoor eatery in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach with all of the restaurants made of shipping containers. They have everything from ramen to gourmet waffles (banana cream waffles, guys) to hawaiian shaved ice and Smog City Brewing for those of you beer lovers. There is plenty of seating and a little lawn area where you can bring a blanket and do dinner or lunch picnic style. It’s still in it’s soft opening so only a couple of places are open right now but their grand opening is the weekend of February 4th and I can’t wait to go check out all of the shops. That ramen is calling my name! If you find yourself in Long Beach this is definitely a spot you’ll want to stop by.

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Korakia Palm Springs

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After our Joshua Tree adventures were done we decided to spend another night in the desert and make our way to Palm Springs. We arrived in PS and went straight to Arrive (see what I did there?) to check out this newer hotel and have some lunch. The restaurant was great, delicious drinks and lunch and from what we saw it looks like a gorgeous hotel!

korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel001 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel002After lunch we made our way to our hotel, Korakia. I’ve been dying to stay at this gorgeous Moroccan/Mediterranean hotel for quite some time and was so excited to finally see it in all of it’s glory. The grounds are gorgeous, one side is the Moroccan side and one is the Mediterranean. Each has their own pool, which are open 24 hours and while it was hotter than hell there and the pool water was more like bath water we still enjoyed it. They have a huge bocce ball court, a fire pit, and do movie nights. It’s such a fun hotel and I’m looking forward to going back when it’s a little cooler to enjoy those outdoor activities. korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel003 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel004 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel005 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel006 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel007 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel008 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel009 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel010 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel011 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel012 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel013 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel014 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel015 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel016 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel017 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel018 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel019 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel020 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel021 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel022 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel023 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel024 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel025 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel026 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel027 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel028 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel029 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel030 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel031 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel032 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel033 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel034 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel035 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel036 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel037 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel038 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel039 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel040 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel041 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel042 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel043 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel044 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel045 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel046 korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel047We bid adieu to Palm Springs with a stop at The Pink Door, of course. Till next time, Palm Springs. Probably in the winter when it’s not a zillion degrees. korakia-palm-springs-megan-welker-photography-for-bravwel048

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The Joshua Tree House

Have you been on the internet/social media lately? Then you’ve seen this house appropriately called The Joshua Tree House. Every single blogger has been there and has been seen swinging in those amazing hanging chairs. My friend Amber was wanting to do her anniversary session out in Joshua Tree and so of course I mentioned this beautiful rental. She loved it, I loved it, so it was a done deal and we made some beautiful images inside the house and at the National Park nearby. You can see those here if ya want. Be sure to head to the bottom of the post for a few recommendations on where to stay and what to do in Joshua Tree.

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-This place, of course! The owners of The Joshua Tree House just finished renovating another house nearby and it looks amazing! Be sure to check out The Casita.

This Cabin looks adorable!

-What’s cooler than staying in a Dome in the desert? Not much!

-The more hipster the better, right? This place looks way cute!

Where to eat/What to do (these can go together because Joshua Tree is small, like real, real small.

-The Corner Cafe. This is a tiny little cafe on the corner of town. Pretty standard breakfast here 😉

Natural Sisters Cafe. Vegan friendly and really delicious vegan carrot cake, like so good guys.

Pie for the People. Pizza. Can’t really go wrong here.

The Joshua Tree Saloon For your steak loving heart. And burgers, and onion rings.

-Head out to Joshua Tree National Park. The park is so gorgeous and SO big. Go on hikes, go bouldering, don’t do anything physical and just stand and look at it in all it’s glory. Whatever you do, just go and see it because it’s so worth it.

-If you’re feeling adventurous, head out to Salvation Mountain. A must see!

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