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Maybe it’s because I spent my Summers as a child camping and taking road trips, but heading out of the city always feels like a good idea.

I grew up in Southern California and have lived here my whole life. And while much of that time has been spent living in larger cities, plenty of my weekends and summers have revolved around getting away from the hustle. It means throwing a bag, a camera, and some gear into the car, and driving out to see something new. Because California is so large, there really is every type of environment to see. The rocky coasts up north, the mountains and forests just an hour outside of LA, and to the east, the vast desert landscape.

I think there’s a misconception that the deserts of California are all just flat expanses of dirt and cactus and tumbleweeds. And while there is plenty of that, the desert is so much more varied. We decided to drive out to see Joshua Tree, one of our favorite places to visit year round. It can get insanely hot in the Summer, so visiting in late Winter was a nice treat. No sweltering heatwave happening now, in fact it was pretty chilly! I packed some Barbour jackets and scarves to bundle up in, and was so happy I did, because they kept me quite cozy.

We walked along a few dusty trails, and saw some of the snow that fell last week. I’ve never seen snow in the desert, and it was so strange to see it dotted along the boulders. I paired this navy Barbour coat with a blue tartan scarf for these shots along the boulders. I love outerwear (it makes up a good percentage of my closet) and have always been a fan of Barbour. I styled a few of their pieces a few years ago while we were in Scotland, and I fell in love with the brand then. They make such practical coats and pieces that still look tailored and classic. Plus, since this jacket is waterproof, I knew I’d be covered in case of any unexpected weather.

We walked along a few dusty trails, and saw some of the snow that fell last week. I’ve never seen snow in the desert, and it was so strange to see it dotted along the boulders.

Another jacket that I packed along was this hooded camel Barbour Coat. The hood actually folds entirely up into the collar, so it has two different looks. I love wearing camel tones (obviously, my Instagram is covered in that color!) so this coat fits nicely into my wardrobe. With large pockets and some tartan detailing on the interior, it’s definitely coming with me on our next trip to London. I love that it can pack small, but still keep me warm and dry regardless of the weather.

I hope you enjoyed this post over here on my newly designed blog! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think, and thank you to Barbour for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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