Thursday, 28 August 2014

Desert highway

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dress made by my mom (designed by me)
Asos hat
platform Converse with shoe-wings from a market in San Diego

This summer I visited two deserts (the Sonoran Desert in California and the Chihuahan Desert in Texas) and I can now safely say that: a. the desert is full of art in unexpected places and b. I LOVE the desert. These photos were taken by the side of a highway in the desert on the way to Joshua Tree National Park. :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Chilli-picking

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Primark jumper (back painted by me)
trousers made by me out of fabric from NYC
Topshop cropped shirt
backpack from Spain
YRU shoes
old scrunchie

I'm home now but here's a quick throwback to Amsterdam in June, wandering down one of the tiny side-streets in the old centre of the city. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities for its beautiful architecture and canals, art galleries (can you say Van Gogh and De Stijl?), and most of all its laid-back atmosphere. It's one of a few cities that I would seriously love to live in for a few years when I'm older. :)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

TX

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Asos shirt and shorts
bag made by E
Topshop boots
Sekonda watch

Going back to my first day in Texas, exploring the backstreets of Houston, probably the most spread-out city I have ever been to! :)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Backwaters

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Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop dress
Zara belt
Topshop boots
arm cuff from Manchester Christmas markets
Pandora bracelet
Sekonda watch

If I look tired in these photos it's because they were taken in some tiny desert town (aka a truck stop) during an 8 hour drive from Austin to Marfa. Even though this dress is not great for sweltering Texas heat, I had to pack it because it reminds me a lot of the dresses in Meet Me in St Louis and Gone With the Wind (aka my main points of reference for Southern belles). Seriously, this dress is an absolute joy to wear and I don't care if that sounds weird, I thought I really blended in with the small-town ranchers in their Stetsons and alligator boots. :)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Way It Was

Λ†The Killers

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shirt made by me
Cheap Monday boots
Asos hat
skirt from Buffalo Exchange
vintage sunglasses
Sekonda watch

I still have a lot left to post from California, but I thought I'd share some from Texas. I'm currently in Austin visiting family and although the official slogan here is "keep it weird" I decided to tone down my multicoloured funkiness for the South. Also it is just too damn hot here for wearing anything complicated. :)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Art Queen

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necklace from the V&A museum
Topshop body
H&M skirt
mother's yukata
headband made by me
platform Converse
shoe wings from a random lil shop in San Diego

Over the course of a 10 day trip to Cali we visited at least 12 art museums (possibly more… I can't remember, they all started blurring into each other). Pretty good going. These photos were taken with a huge installation of street lamps by Chris Burden outside LACMA, the west coast's biggest art museum. We barely had enough time to cover modern and contemporary art so LACMA is definitely on my list to spend a whole day browsing next time I'm here. But at the moment, I'm in Texas so let's see what cool stuff I can find down south. :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Jade

^ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

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vintage shirt and sunglasses
American Apparel shorts
earrings from China
fluffy headband made by me
YRU shoes

These photos were taken in the courtyard of the Pacific Asia museum in LA (you can see I'm wearing a super cool sticker), an impromptu stop between various art museums but definitely worth it! And this was possibly my favourite outfit from the whole trip, in no small part because both the shirt (silk) and the shorts were so soooooft. I kind of felt like a rainbow feather bomb wearing this and it was great! :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Cabazon dinos

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mother's yukata
dress made by my mother
Asos hat
platform Converse
vintage sunglasses
shoe wings from San Diego

We only spent two days in the Californian Colorado desert but that was plenty of time for me to fall in love with it. There's so much awesome/weird stuff in the desert if you just know where to look! As well as Salvation Mountain, we visited a whole bunch of cool desert sites, including these dinosaurs (billed as the world's biggest!), right next to the highway near Palm Springs. After these dinosaurs were built, creationists bought them and turned the site into a creationist museum, asserting that dinosaurs and humans lived on the earth at the same time. You have to pay to go to the "museum" inside Mr. Rex and since I don't care to support creationists, I refused, but was allowed to wander inside Dinny the brontosaurus who serves as the museums gift shop. It was pretty surreal to walk up the stairs inside him and see the original evolutionist murals alongside starkly contrasting crazy creationist "research". :)