Well New Mexico is not short of outdoor activity no matter what time of year. This is my first full summer living in Santa Fe and it already feels like it's not going to be long enough. There aren't enough weekends to do all I want to do and my travel schedule is about to get insane again, which means very few of the weekends left of summer I will be in town (sigh, but also yay because I have some really exciting trips around the corner!)

All the boho feels in summer months. Well for me anyway because I wish I could be a full-time flower child ;) Plus it's been HOT! I moved from southern New Mexico thinking I would be able to enjoy cooler summers and more intense winters (yes, I was hoping wishing praying for a snow day this year) but it's been none of the above lol it's okay, I love it anyway.

This weekend I spent lots of time adventuring with my family. Going places that are - no joke - less than an hour-ish away and so easy to get to. Magical wouldn't even do either place justice. Bandelier National Monument is crazy beautiful. No words for the cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. Simply stunning and so happy I got to experience it for the first time with my loved ones! We were fortunate that it was overcast (because our intention was to be there by 9 but, as usual, it was my fault that we didn't get there until 11). It would be way too hot on an ordinary summer day to do it any time other than when they allow visitors to begin entering at 9:00 a.m. We saw so many critters (I'll do a post on my "Experience the Southwest" tab that shares more about the experience sometime soon) and were truly fascinated by the human presence tracing back over 11,000 years!

We also went to El Santuario de Chimayo, a small church in Chimayo, New Mexico. It's located between Santa Fe and Taos and is quite possibly the most peaceful place I've ever been. My family has been going for years, but this was my first time. I can't put into words how I felt being inside the church and in the room with Holy Dirt. I'll share more (in the post referenced above) because the experience was powerful to say the least. I'm already looking forward to the next time I can make it back!


So, with that being said. Can't experience summer in the Southwest without some good Art.i.fact pieces in your closet! How about this leather fringe top that is made of Southwest dreams. Seriously, I am totally in love with this top and might not be taking it back - just sayin. The detail and open back make it a pretty exceptional piece. So many ways to style it and just a top that screams fun. THIS SKIRT - swooning over here. Vintage Gucci and totally awesome. Unlike any skirt I've ever seen before. The prettiest orange and such a unique pattern (there's a matching sheer top too - was a little too much for me to wear it all together). Contact Jennifer for pricing on these pieces via telephone (505) 982-5000 or DM @artifactsantafe on Instagram.

Also, hat is super cute and I got a lot of compliments on it. It's staying in my closet, because let's face it - I'm a total crazy hat lady. (see what I did there...) Was $14, just a testament to the great deals you can find on classic pieces at Art.i.fact.  


Okay, okay. I wasn't totally sure about this polka dot jumpsuit when I picked it out but I've absolutely changed my mind. I don't just like it, I LOVE it! Flowy and free - my kind of lil boho numba. Plus the open back is on point. Actually doesn't really matter how tall/short you are because it'd be just as cute as long pants as it is kinda high-water looking on me (I know, high-water has a negative connotation but I actually like things that fit this way). Snag it before it's gone because it won't be available long. The team at Art.i.fact is waiting for you to call :) don’t forget you don't have to live in Santa Fe to make purchases. They ship nationwide! 

Time to get your lil boho self all the things for summer in the Southwest - enjoy, my friends!

xo - Courtney