i begin with wise words of oprah and illumination.

there is something magical that happens

when string lights hang over a flea market in a field in texas.

the magic happens twice a year in town called round top, texas

halfway between houston and austin.

just follow the trail of

the show lasts a week, no two, ok 3 now.

it has a pulse of it’s own and grows more each year.

life is so busy and i usually miss it but this year

i got in my car and just drove.

no plan, no ride alongs, just a spontaneous ride to the country.

honey, pick up whataburger for the youngin’

bc mama is hitting the road.

and this is why adventuring is what i love the most in life.

imagine driving up and seeing this.

 petite, bombshell betty standing outside a

vintage trailer— hitched to a vintage hudson no less–

wearing  a pretty-in-pink chiffon dress

and spraying her hair with aqua-net.

true story.

happened exactly like that.

i even took a selfie to mark the occasion

i considered it to be no less than a present from God to stumble upon this.

a gift  with a  tag that read, “here look at the amazingness that still exists in the world”.

so i asked her if i could take a pic or 2 and she sweetly

complied while she pulled up her boots (i mean who’s gonna argue with God and all?)

it was a feast for the eyes and a treasure of nostalgia

just sitting there in the indian paintbrushes under the clear blue texas sky.

my heart could barely handle this

and this sweet pup was the icing.

and there was more. and more and more.

this was an event hosted by junk gypsy at their gypsyville headquarters.

an amazing concept.

so after winning with all that photography luck

i headed to my destination at zapp hall for the junk gypsy prom.

i guess you could say the stars were just aligned in my favor that day

bc as i turned into to park, i drove up to this fabulousness head on.

i did exactly what you would expect a photographer to do.

i put my car in park and got out and snapped these beauties.

white on white goodness…mesmerizing

and then they said,

“there are more of us”….

they affectionally called themselves “the white girls”.

there is this electricity in the air on prom day.

it’s all day leading up to the parties.

seriously you can feel it everywhere in the air.

something like

my big fat greek wedding

when the girls are getting ready together for the wedding….

only the ‘wedding’ is more like a village people event with .

a  village people prom.

then there’s the rest of zapp hall.

sure it’s a place where you can wet your whistle

and grab amazing eats but after dark it’s much more than that.

twinkling stars, a big top, and what my friend debra likes to call,

the greatest show on dirt.

there’s usually a line but as ive come to learn, a line is a sign of a very good thing

when it comes to the good stuff

trust me, they have every hand on deck in there

waiting isnt so bad when you’re listening to moses rangel

sing “coca cola cowboy”.

and then there’s the people watching.

characters from all walks of life and not afraid to STRUT honey

werk honey

even the babies get dressed up

and the reunions

and you never know just who you’ll see.

for example, russel crowe here

then there’s this guy Denverado, the deacon of disco alley.

if you can wear fringe and aviators under a

disco ball and still look this cool….

you are winning at life my friend.

disco alley

i like to picture the soul train line where they stroll

down strutting their stuff here.

disco ball included free of charge.

on to watch sound check with this guy.

KICKS ASS

couldnt pass up this texas beauty queen

just a group of girls repping the beatles and americana

and the fine friends just keep coming

and there are cowboys

and indians

and fairies

and all kinds of stuff that i dont even have names for.

sheer entertainment while you shop.

you can even bring your family. good ole fashion steampunk fun.

bring a hot date night, a holster, and your yeti cup

or just to sit around with your dog and people watch

or date night with your dog

or with your best girl.

these fine women told me that they bought

their ridiculously gorgeous ensembles right on the spot.

and sometimes there’s puppies. ultra-cute puppies that hurt to look at

you can even bring your OWN gorgeous party

bring the royalty

and the beauties with band hats

got a little creative with this edit…i’d say the scene called for it!

….

they know how to turn it up.

a free amazing concert

it’s a sight to see

and seeing friends who just run into each show is the best

making new, sweet friends along the way

and you can SEE THE MAGIC!

have you ever SEEN magic?

if not, i implore you to go bc it is guaranteed you will

SEE the magic illuminate before your very eyes.

this was just me standing back taking it all in.

there was something  wonderful and sweet

‘glenda the good witch” about this moment.

speaking of glenda

pure rainbow-brite eye candy

complete tinsel madness

i mean…you have to be QUITE the man to pull that necklace off.

this was an actual scene of greatness just existing.

so glad i stumbled upon it.

e in all their sparkle glory

not sure who’s birthday it was but i am sure they had an epic time

back to disco alley and back to zapp hall tent.

not just anyone can pull off this alley

the crowd was singing, dont stop believing/journey and it was amazing 

i left about 11pm and the party was still going strong.

wish i could’ve stayed longer but i had a 1.5 drive back.

another one for the books and im richer for being there, meeting folks, seeing their smiles.

and look, you’ve been told more than once,

this is a bucket list experience.

go THIS fall before it’s all just a memory yall.

thanks for all the illumination and inspiration round top <3

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