I have a total obsession with Palm Springs and a big part of that is because of the light. Yes, the light. I am fascinated with the golden glow of the desert — it’s the compete opposite of the usually overcast, cool light we get in Portland for most of the year.
While I was in Palm Springs with The Blogcademy, we worked with Made U Look, a trio of photographers who shoot primarily with film on vintage cameras. The way they picked up the light was unparalleled. We’d spent the day shooting and made it to The Saguaro just as the sun was beginning to set.
The light was still bright and clear out on the balcony but as we moved inside the room, the sun started dipping behind the mountains, creating deep, pronounced shadows. Even though it only lasted for about 10 minutes, it was so beautiful.
I love the variety of outcomes from just this set of shots and have such an admiration for photographers who still shoot with film. It’s always exciting working with Made U Look because truly, I never know what to expect until I receive the download link.
Dress with embroidered flowers, ASOS
White lucite buckle heels, Quelques Shoes De Plus
All photos: Made U Look.
Hello from…Palm Springs! I’ve been working on being more spontaneous in my everyday life and embracing that led me back to the desert this week. On Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu and after that was finished, my calendar cleared up for a few days. With no other immediate commitments, Joey, Rocky and I hit the open road bound for The Ace.
We arrived yesterday and settled into my new favorite home away from home. Even though it was only 8:30 am this morning when these photos were taken, it was already blindingly bright.
I love this mural on the property by Erin D. Garcia.
I wore: ASOS zip-front skater dress in fluro coral, Kate Spade Saturday neon belt and All Saints boots.
It’s true that I was camped out in Palm Springs for a boatload of work but I was determined to get that work done as quickly as possible…because right outside my bedroom door was a glistening pool, torturing me at every side glance.
Working from sunrise to sundown, Kat, Gala and I finished our project two days ahead of schedule and I wasted no time slipping on a slightly ridiculous look to enjoy the 80 degree day (while my Portland friends texted me photos of the so-called snowpocalypse happening right outside their front doors).
You’d think that based on my ghostly pallor, I hate the sun, pool and beach but I actually love all three — I just rarely make it outside because my job calls for me to be chained to a computer most of the time. But when I do make it poolside, I try to live it up!
I’m all for overdressing, even when I’m perched by the pool. The best part is that a glam look doesn’t need to break the bank. My swimsuit and kimono were each under 50 dollars a piece.
My poolside look consisted of an ASOS swimsuit (sadly sold out), an ASOS striped kimono (now on sale), an H&M wool hat, lucite buckle shoes from Quelques Shoes De Plus and some very fancy Cutie Dynamite sunglasses.
Palm Springs feels like a million years ago as I sit in my office in Portland, bundled up with a blanket draped over my lap, clutching a cup of piping hot coffee. Take me back!
Do you have any fun getaways planned? Where are you dreaming of going next?
All photos: FX Media.
Normally, when I’m traveling, I’m lucky if I have a few days in one place. It’s usually go-go-go. So, spending an entire week in Venice has given me a chance to really explore the city, from the boardwalk to the canals to the coffee shops.
The creative atmosphere full of vibrant colors and street art has left me feeling very energized and inspired. It felt fitting to post these photos from the weekend as I say goodbye today.
While I’m not normally drawn to 50s silhouettes, my friend Mary Bee surprised me with this dress a few days ago and I can’t get enough of the comfortable, easy fit that seamlessly transitions from day to night (with a change of accessories and shoes).
And with that, it’s time to sign off and zip up my suitcase. This has been a really fun, eye-opening adventure and I have much more to share very soon!
I wore: Dress, vintage. Belt, Kate Spade Saturday. Boots, All Saints.
Inspiration board: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.
Stripes have always been my go-to pattern but lately, I’ve been having a checkered moment. While stripes are the ultimate classic, checkers have a little more pizzazz and I can’t get enough.
I found this checkered dress on a Zara sale rack in New York last summer (now sadly out of stock) and have since packed it with me from London to Australia. Belted and paired with heels, it becomes dressy. Loose and combined with a cardigan and boots, it becomes every day wearable.
In an ideal world, I’d also have my kitchen floor redone in a checkerboard pattern. This week while I’m in LA, visiting the brand new Ace Hotel downtown is at the top of my list — newly opened, it just happens to have checkered floors.
These are a few of my favorite checkered things: 1. Emily Shur. 2. Kate Spade. 3. Winter Bird Co. and 4. Wallpaper.
Have an awesome Monday! My stay in Palm Springs is coming to an end but this video will always remind me of what a truly great getaway it’s been.
Photos: Corey Sleap Photography.
Over the last few years, I’ve gotten more adventurous with color and set the intention of working more of it into my overall wardrobe. But even with a closet bursting with color, I still have those moments where only black will do. And, I’m definitely having one of those moments right about now.
When it comes to rocking head-to-toe black, my teenage goth roots still ring true but I’ve never been a fan of frills, heavy lace or anything that’s overly tattered. I’m much more of a fan of the sleek and avant garde.
One of my favorite wardrobe treasures is this Rick Owens jacket. Found five years on Ebay for a total steal, it is my dream cyborg wardrobe staple come to life. It’s weird yet wearable and takes even the most straightforward basics from casual to spaceship chic. And that’s what I love about clothing the most — it has the ability to transform us into characters, even if those characters are just slightly more dressed up, more confident versions of ourselves.
On the subject of black, I’ve been drawn to the idea of different finishes as of late, especially when they’re mixed together like on my jacket. I’m especially loving matte black:
Shown above: 1. FCTRY Kudu, 2. Kartell Sofia Boots, 3. Chanel Black Velvet Polish, 4. Larke Optics Glasses, 5. Tangiers Pendant Light, 6. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, 7. Bodum Bistro Blender, 8. Eames Chair and 9. Microbomata Laptop Bag.
I wore: Jacket, Rick Ownens via Ebay. Silk dress, vintage. Tights, found in Iceland. Boots, Proenza Schouler.
On our third day in Australia, I got sick and after hopping a quick flight to Cairns, I ended up in a crowded medical clinic. After that stop, darkness was already setting in and I fell asleep on our drive through the windy roads to Port Douglas. It was pitch black when we finally came to a complete stop at a set of gates. Slightly disoriented, I looked around but couldn’t see much.
We then pulled into the driveway of our house for the rest of the week. We were shown around and I got lost several times through its maze of rooms, quickly realizing it was more of a mansion. I settled into the master bedroom and drifted off to sleep. This is the view that I awoke to. It was a full-on paradise with birds chirping in the palm trees. Australia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
This set-up was so completely opposite of my everyday existence. I knew I had to document it to show my family back home (because I doubt they believed half of my texts). I borrowed one of Gala’s dresses, posed by the pool and quickly earned the moniker Lady Of The Manor. Haha.
But, all good things must come to an end. After 4 days at this glorious hideaway, it was time to head back to the city (and reality)!
Photos: Janneke Storm.
I Wore: Sunglasses, Dries Van Noten. Dress, borrowed from Gala. Boots, All Saints.
Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.