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". :)

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shangri-LA

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vintage top and sunglasses
kimono and shorts made by me (shorts worn backwards)
YRU shoes
American Apparel scrunchie
Topshop pendant
Sekonda watch

I'm now back from my trip to California and while I'm glad to be able to sleep all day, I do wish I'd had more time to explore. We did a lot but Cali, particularly LA and the desert, is one of the few places I love with all my heart and want to really get to know. Hopefully I'll be back in the not-too distant future and until then, I have hundreds, possibly thousands, of photos to look back on. These ones were taken in Venice Beach, LA, aka the mural capital of the world (by my official reckoning). :)

Friday, 8 August 2014

Defender of anarchy

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Nathalie du Pasquier x American Apparel top
Asos skirt
Office boots
vintage sunglasses
fluffy earrings made by me
Sekonda watch

We've done so much since my last post I don't know where to start. I'm now in Los Angeles and I love it here. LA loves me too apparently. Forget all the Hollywood celebrity stuff, I'm here for the art and culture. And there is a lot of art. These photos were taken at the Getty Centre where I miraculously matched the architecture (despite not previously knowing what the Getty looked like). :)

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Salvation Mountain

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Illustrated People crop top
skirt made by me
YRU shoes
lei from Hawaii
vintage sunglasses
Sekonda watch
earrings from China

photos by my father

One of the main places I wanted to visit on this trip was Salvation Mountain. Literally a colourful mountain in the south Californian desert, Salvation Mountain was created by Leonard Mcknight as an act of worship to Jesus but he saw it as a symbol of all kinds of love and devotion. It's been on my bucket list for years and I'm so happy I had the chance to visit (even if I did practically melt in the desert heat). I can't wait to come back in the future with a whole team to do a shoot (although my dad did pretty well here). And I'm sure you can tell I specifically dressed for the occasion. :)