The L.A. Escape You Need To Hit Up — Stat

Photographed by Kat Borchart.
We live for the weekend. So, this fall, we're sharing the epic destinations that are filling up our 48 hours of uninterrupted freedom in this new series, Weekend Wanderlust. Get inspired, and then show us your own #Epic48 weekend snaps on Instagram.
Whether it's a new museum exhibit guaranteed to give Instagrammers FOMO or a must-eat breakdown of desserts, there's always something to do in Los Angeles. That's nothing to complain about, but sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle without totally unplugging from the city. So, in search of a weekend that was part getaway and part exploration, we turned to L.A. native Leore Hayon.
The 24-year-old actress and model has been in the City of Angels all her life, so you can bet she knows not only where to go within city limits but the best escapes, too. The spot that tops her list isn't Palm Springs or a trip to wine country in Santa Barbara — it's Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert.
We teamed up with Secret's Scent Expressions and Destinations Collection to get an exclusive look into how Hayon does the desert. Take a look at her relaxing weekend, and then start packing. This is going to make you want to book a trip out west.
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Photographed by Kat Borchart.
Saturday Morning: Packing Up Essentials Before Hitting The Road
"My general style is laid-back and bohemian, easy and not too complicated. [Fashion-wise] I always try to take my favorite key pieces that I feel the best in and mix them with basics. [As for my beauty routine?] Moisturizer, hairbrush, water, and lip balm."
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Photographed by Kat Borchart.
"I really like the desert. It’s a nice getaway from L.A. and not too far — just two hours away. It’s a cool place and has such a different energy."

AllSaints Spitalfields jacket, En Soie jewelry.
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"There’s something about being in the desert that makes you feel like you’re in another world. I like my alone time to get out of my head, get in a new space, and go on an adventure."

H&M bralette, En Soie pants, Converse sneakers.
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"I’ve been out here so many times, and it’s always been a different experience. I’ve been here with friends and rented a house; I've been here for a shoot — it’s always a fun little getaway."
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Saturday Afternoon: Vintage Shopping On The Highway
"On the way, we stopped by a thrift store. I really like things that are one-of-a-kind — something that feels like it has a little story to it, like it’s been somewhere that I haven’t."

Ricochet Vintage Wears, 61731 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; 760-366-8822.
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"[These gloves] are just cool. I actually do a little bit of kickboxing, and there’s just something very Marlon Brando about 'em."
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Stocking up on maps before getting back on the highway.
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Late Saturday Afternoon: Taking A Donut Break
"There’s just so many cool places in Joshua Tree, like The Jelly Donut. These places look like they're straight out of a movie set, but they’re actually working, functional places. It’s kind of surreal."

The Jelly Donut, 56153 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley; 760-365-9508.
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"I have really natural curly, wavy hair that is pretty much just wash-and-air-dry — perfect for road trips."
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Saturday Evening: Finally Arriving & Exploring The Park
"Isn't the scene just so pretty?"

AG jeans skirt, stylist's own slip.

Joshua Tree National State Park, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms; 760-367-5500.
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"There are a lot of boulders and rocks that you can climb up and feel like you’re on top of the world. If you go further in, you can get a bit more active, like go hiking or go to the hot springs, and still see some beautiful, cool things."
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"Joshua Tree is very isolated, so I feel like I can just breathe."
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"The desert can get really cold in the afternoon and evening. I like to bring a knit sweater that's a bit long, so you can just throw it on and wear it over a dress. It’s an easy piece that goes with everything and is also fashionable and practical at the same time, which I like."

H&M sweater.
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"I stayed to watch the sunset — so beautiful with the pinks and yellows."
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Sunday Morning: Waking Up At The Hotel
"I stayed here overnight; it's a pretty cool place with gardens, pools, and direct access to the desert."

H&M skirt.

29 Palm Springs Inn, 73950 Inn Avenue, Twentynine Palms; 760-367-3505.
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"I don’t put pressure on myself to post something on my blog, Girl Habit. It’s just something I enjoy doing when I have time and if I’m in the mood to do it."

Paul Smith shirt.
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"Tumblr is kinda just a place to put all the things that inspire me and that I love — fashion, film, models, photographers' visions — onto some central platform."
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"Girl Habit started because I’m intrigued by girls and their natural beauty [when shot in fashion editorials]. [The compulsion] is like when there are certain people in your life that you’re drawn to — maybe it’s because of something in their eyes or their movement. To me, a photo [represents] the same thing."
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Getting in a few Instagram shots before the final stop for the weekend.
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Sunday Afternoon: Making Friends With Dinos
"The Cabazon dinos are so random. It’s one of the most obscure places in the desert, but it’s such a major destination."

Saunder shirt, AG Jeans skirt.

Cabazon Dinosaurs, 50770 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 951-922-0076.
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"The dinosaurs are so big that I can imagine someone having an actual house inside them."
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"Sadly, this trip was only 48 hours — weekend's nearly over. Ahh!"
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