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Finding Balance and Color in the Mojave Desert
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The Road to Marfa…
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Pilgrimage to the Painted Desert Trading Post

Finding Balance and Color in the Mojave Desert

Images by Taylor Jade Photography

Location: Seven Magic Mountains

(Vintage Blouse- The Vintage Label, Shorts- Andre Redou via Zoe Fashionplate, Necklace- Sonia Gracia Handmade, Arch Earrings- Sigfus Designs, Sunglasses- Darylynn Eyewear, Hat-thrifted, Ankle Boots-Target, Socks-Target)

It was freezing and incredibly windy when Taylor and I shot at Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains– a colorful art installation in the middle of the Mojave Desert, near Las Vegas, that features several columns of balanced rocks. I must give the wind credit though, as it did justice for my vintage marshmallow blouse and its’ billowy sleeves. I tied my black and white marbled clay tube necklace by Phoenix-based Sonia Gracia Handmade closer to my neck, so it can show-off next to the incredibly chic wingtip collar of the blouse. Overall, I wanted my black and white outfit to nicely contrast with the art installation, instead of wearing clashy colors. It was a fun day, especially when you have an excuse to go play in the desert.

Love my black ‘Arch’ earrings by Tucson-based Sigfus Designs? Lauren makes them in numerous colorways. Shop them HERE, and be sure to enter the code: HEATHERG at checkout.

Have you guys gone to Seven Magic Mountains? If so, tell me how you liked it in the ‘comments’ section!

The Road to Marfa…

These are my favorite captures from the trip…

Road to Marfa

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A few months ago, myself, along with a few friends of mine, ventured about eight hours to the west Texas town of Marfa. It was a fun mini-getaway and full of desert wanderlust and plenty of locations to do photo shoots. We stayed at the historic El Paisano Hotel, where legendary stars: Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson stayed while filming the 1956 movie Giant. I highly recommend staying there while in the area, plus they offer a great breakfast.

We spent two days exploring the area including: Chinati Foundation, the Prada Marfa installation, downtown Marfa, Tumbleweed Laundry and Frama Coffee Shop, Do Your Thing Coffee Shop, Ballroom Marfa, Rule Gallery and Marfa Book Company. We also had no shortage of kewl instagram-worthy murals.

Huge thanks to the lovely Sofia Emm for the photography. Be sure to also check out her work HERE. If you’d like to see my snaps of the trip, check out my Instagram HERE under #CaptureMarfa. Or check out the full lookbook!

Brands included in the shoot: Curated Cotton, Big Bertha’s Paradise, Marci Rosenberg Collection, Darylynn Eyewear, LA Hip Threads, Eado Vintage, Born Again Vintage, Debutante Clothing, Matty M, Melissa Velia and My Flaming Heart.

Pilgrimage to the Painted Desert Trading Post

(Vintage White Gauze Dress from Refreshed Couture, Vintage Vest-thrifted, Sunglasses from ZeroUV, Vintage Hermes Scarf-thrifted, Vintage Shoes from Top Vintage LLC.)

I opted for a “festival-ish” bohemian look for a quick trip to the Arizona desert. I figured a chic vintage airy dress with a boho vintage vest would be fitting to make a pilgrimage to the “Crown Jewel” of Route 66- The Painted Desert Trading Post. The building is long since been abandoned, but alas on private land. This past weekend provided a rare opportunity for a tour group to travel past the gates, down the now defunct section of the Mother Road and to the hauntingly beautiful building. Huge thanks to Dean Kennedy, Jessica May and another kind gal who took my photo, thus making this post possible.

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