Find Your Desert Oasis

"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience." 

A recent spontaneous trip took me on an Easter get-a-way that I won’t soon forget. Five hours of desert travel to the northeast of San Diego, the refreshing clear water of the Colorado river gathers in a Water Wanderer’s paradise, aka Lake Havasu, Arizona. The appropriately named Lake Havasu City is located on the lake shore. This small, friendly town is where I found my desert oasis.

Our first morning began with an easy stroll along the lake shore that lead to the prominent “London Bridge,” which crosses over a channel to a small island that serves as the center point on the lake. Reminiscent of a small town parade, the constant flow of boat traffic through the channel and under the bridge provides a lovely backdrop to the shops and restaurants.

This London Bridge might be lacking a Big Ben, but it is in fact an authentic piece of history from the United Kingdom. The bridge was relocated from Foggy London Town and once spanned the River Thames. The bridge was brought over from England piece by piece to Arizona in 1968.

Looking to escape the gathering spring breakers, we found an oasis that quenched our thirst for desert beauty. We spent the rest of the day in a secluded spot along the lake. We snapped some photos as I walked along the shoreline, dressed head to toe in my favorite American Apparel one-piece swimsuit (also known as a monokini), Monteau white shorts, a Taylor & Sage short kimono and a Capelli black sun hat. Dinner followed by a drink at Octane Wine Garage, gave perfect closure to our sun-kissed day before we headed back to our Airbnb room for the night.

On our last day, we headed to SARA Park to get up close and personal with the rugged beauty. My favorite get-up for exploring Arizona’s desert are Levi's denim shorts, a Free People tank top, and a Capelli black sun hat. The gorgeous loop trail at SARA Park offers spectacular views of Cupcake Mountain, Solitude Cove, the Red Rock Grotto and Picnic Table Mountains. I regret not spending more time at SARA Park. You could easily spend hours and hours roaming this corner of the lake.

The beauty of the lake and the desert mountains provided the perfect landscape to reflect on God’s presence and the special Easter season. It’s amazing what a couple of days can do to relax your entire being and how efficient we can become with our time once we are refueled. Our next adventure in Arizona will be to visit Havasu Falls, which is often referred to as “paradise on Earth.” It is an incredible waterfall located in the Grand Canyon.

Below are pieces that you can grab at Bloomingdales for your desert adventure. Bloomingdales just started their Friends & Family sale! Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout and take 25% off select regular, and sale-price items at Bloomingdales. Offer ends on April 10. 

With love + blessings,

Elise

Outfit One: O'Neill summer dress, straw sun hat and Flash Tattoos

Outfit Two: Taylor & Sage short kimono, American Apparel one-piece swimsuit, Monteau white shorts, Nine West sunglasses and Flash Tattoos

Outfit Three: Levi's denim shorts, Free People tank top, Capelli black sun hat and Flash Tattoos

Photographer: JAG and Elise Anne