Month: May 2017

hanhgry.com | closeup with hat

outfit: superbloom at anza-borrego and lessons with timing

hanhgry.com | posing among superbloom with mountain in backgroundPlanning these superbloom outfit photos has been a big learning experience. I photographed this outfit over two months ago but hesitated in posting it. Why?

Well, I wasn’t entirely happy with a lot of the photos. This was my first time shooting around sunrise, and I thought I had built in enough time in our schedule to get more of that “golden hour.” I’ve taken plenty of photos around sunset but for my first time taking photos around sunrise, I didn’t give myself enough time. The soft glow of golden hour quickly gave way to super bright overhead/direct sunlight.

I still liked a couple of the photos so I decided to post them anyway. Now I know to better schedule my time and gauge the quality of the available light.

My original idea was to take pictures among the flowers. This year, California’s unusually wet winter led to a once-in-a-decade massive superbloom all over Southern California. One of the more beautiful sites for this year’s superbloom was Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about 3 hours southeast of Los Angeles.

We waited to see what the flower forecast would be. The blooms were forecasted to peak around mid-March. The town of Borrego Springs has very few hotels or accommodations, and the few hotels were solidly booked. To spare ourselves from waking up at 2 am to drive down to Anza-Borrego, Ross and I booked an AirBnB in Escondido (a suburb of San Diego) for the night before, so we wouldn’t have to wake up as early. It was still an hour and a half drive, but that’s better than 3 hours!

hanhgry.com | superbloom purple flowers, close up

We got to our AirBnB on Saturday night, went to bed early and woke up at 4 AM the next morning. The drive to Anza-Borrego was eerily quiet in the pre-dawn darkness. We got there a little before sunrise.

We arrived at the perfect time to take photos, and it wasn’t busy yet. I am happiest with the photos we took right around sunrise.

hanhgry.com | superbloom white and yellow flowers, close up

hanhgry.com | posing among flowers with mountain in background

hanhgry.com | Ross at Anza-Borrego, with mountain in the background

I love this lighting here!

hanhgry.com | closeup with hat

The photo above was when the light started getting way too bright. I like the composition and I’m not making a silly face!

Unfortunately it only got even brighter (and hotter) after this, and none of the outfit photos we took during the hike on the trail turned out. We did the easier hike on Palm Canyon Trail, which was about 4 miles roundtrip. We saw beautiful flowers and small waterfalls and streams that made getting up at 4 AM totally worth it. I really enjoyed the hike but man, I’m out of shape.

hanhgry.com | posing in the flower fields at Anza-Borrego

The above photo was taken around 11 AM, after we finished the trail and drove around the town of Borrego Springs because there were fields of flowers EVERYWHERE. The superbloom definitely lived up to its name. You can’t really tell in this photo but I’m sitting under a tree in a giant field filled with those tiny yellow flowers.

Overall, this was a great experience. We saw the beautiful superbloom and got some exercise! I did a lot of planning to scope out when to go take these pictures, but I didn’t really plan for the amount of time I would have good lighting. Next time when I go to a new site for an outfit shoot, I’ll definitely keep what I learned here in mind.

Outfit details:

Dress: Anthropologie, old
Shoes: Bait Footwear, old, similar ones here
Hat: Forever 21, old

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream neon sign

museum of ice cream los angeles: a pastel, treat-filled wonderland

When I heard the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to Los Angeles, I knew I HAD to go. I bought tickets the second they went on sale, to go with some good friends on my birthday in May.

But then my husband got tickets for the opening day! Since he’s out of town during my birthday, he got tickets for just us to go. And after going through it, I am definitely happy to go see it again with my friends.

The Museum of Ice Cream is totally Instagram bait, with all the pink and other bright pastel colors. It’s not really an educational or historical museum; it’s more like a set up of various ice cream-themed art installations. So don’t expect to learn about the history of ice cream or the science behind making frozen treats.

hanhgry.com: museum of ice cream entrance

There’s the ubiquitous “millennial pink,” but it fits with the nostalgic, whimsical feeling of the museum. There were several themed rooms but I didn’t feel rushed at all to go through them. The museum lets you spend as much time as you like in each room (except the sprinkle room, which has a time limit). Many of the rooms have some sort of ice cream sample or sweet treat to try, which is a nice bonus.

museum of ice cream: LA roomPastels and palm trees, in the Los Angeles-themed room

hanhgry.com: museum of ice cream venice cream backdropAn homage to the famous hanging Venice sign

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream banana room

Banana swing room (a great Boomerang opportunity!)

hanhgry.com: museum of ice cream mint chip grown roommint chip grow room

I totally need this sign, as I have so many mint colored clothing items.

Real mint plants, planted in crushed cacao shells

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream rainbow sherbet room

Rainbow sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream behind a rainbow in the sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream ross in front of the pink lemonade wall

Ross in front of the pink lemonade wall in the rainbow sherbet room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream popsicle room

popsicle room

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream artwork by Abel Bentin

artwork by Abel Bentin. Each cone is unique!

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream sprinkle pool

The famous rainbow sprinkle pool!

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream sprinkle pool

An explosion of sprinkles. I basically had sprinkles everywhere and had to shake them off me. When I got home later I realized that a bunch had gone down my bra, haha.

hanhgry.com | museum of ice cream neon sign

Neon sign at the end of the museum.

There is also a gift shop by the museum exit and there are a lot of cute ice cream themed knick knacks and clothing.

I didn’t post photos of all the rooms in the Museum of Ice Cream as I’d like to keep some element of surprise for people who have yet to go. But I definitely recommend it if you love cute, quirky interesting artwork. And of course if you love ice cream. Not sure if this museum will travel to other cities, but it’s already been in New York and LA now, so who knows?

Unfortunately, tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream Los Angeles are completely sold out until July. However, more tickets may be released, so keep checking the website or sign up for their mailing list to be notified when additional tickets may be available.

Museum of Ice Cream
2018 E 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tickets: $29, plus additional service charge