A while back, JC and I spotted this timeless little hotel along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu called The Native. We were both intrigued at its simplicity, almost hidden location, and its nod to mid-century modern style. Because we also do house renovations, we are always on the lookout for design inspiration. So, out of curiosity, we enjoyed a one-night stay in this little piece of paradise. Everything was perfect- the bed linens, the deck outfitted with a hammock, and even the brass key chain that had hidden sage tucked inside. If you're visiting LA, or live here and just need a little therapeutic R&R, this is your place.
"What would happen if you allowed ourself to truly 'dream big' again? Come rediscover the sense of childlike wonder you used to have an find out...."
I learned of The Unique Camp a couple of years ago, and have wanted to be a part of it ever since- like, not only attend, but be a part of it. Brainchild of entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Sonja Rasula (also One of LA's Top 10 Most Inspiring Women), it has been written about in Forbes, Esquire, The New York Times, and a couple of personal favorites-Refinery 29 and KINFOLK. This year, I was given the opportunity to attend and photograph these four days of summer camp for adults. The welcoming ceremony included a "cell phone surrender". Imagine it. Four days with no cell phone-no texting, no Instagram stories, no hiding from people while you steadily text or google or whatever it is we do to keep from making eye contact with other humans. I worked with a team of 3 other amazing photographers, and my personal mandate was trying to capture all the photos the 200 campers would take if they had their phones to do so. I'll keep this to a photo story, but I just wanted to express gratitude for the 4 days phone-free in the woods, the new relationships forged, the Stillhouse whiskey and other sponsor gifts, and the opportunity to "cultivate ambition and map the possibilities." And I'll end with this. Go ahead and try it! Give someone you trust your approximate whereabouts for the weekend in case of emergency. Turn your cell phone off. Break out an old-school camera -I know you have one- or grab a disposable so you don't miss any critical moments. I'd love to know how it goes!