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Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico
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Chanel and Crystals in Midtown
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Sunday Funday at West Ave

Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

(Vintage Ethnic Dress- Honeywood Vintage, Vintage Moccasins- Honeywood Vintage, Scarf (as Headwrap)- c/o Johnny Was, Vintage Wood Bracelets- thrifted, Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

On our way back to Texas from Los Angeles, we stopped by Taiban, New Mexico- a mostly abandoned ghost town west of Fort Sumner. Before our trip, I had heard about an abandoned church in Taiban that is well-known to be a photographer’s haven. So I -being obsessed with old abandoned places- immediately Googled it and, to my delight, found out that it was somewhat on our route back.

While in LA, I stopped by Honeywood Vintage in Highland Park, as I found out about them through Instagram (where else). The shop is quite bohemian and offers the wardrobe essentials I’d want if I were to do a quick weekend desert getaway. Although I wanted practically every caftan, tribal/ethnic embroidered and print whatever, in the store; buttttt due to the budget, I settled on a vintage red ethnic embroidered dress and moccasins, knowing that I would be doing an impromptu Southwest-inspired photo shoot at the church. Finding vintage shoes in my size is such a rarity, so I was BEYOND thrilled that the vintage moccasins fit. They’ve since become a cozy staple in my everyday wardrobe. So ladies and gents, I highly recommend Honeywood Vintage if you ever pass through Highland Park.

The unincorporated town of Taiban is also famous for being the location where Billy the Kid (and associates) were captured in 1880. When we arrived at the lonely church, it was literally everything I thought it would be, and more. It is known as the Taiban Presbyterian Church and was built in 1908. It seems to be withstanding well against the elements and…time. I was able to explore all around the outside of the building and carefully ventured inside the small, bare sanctuary. I could have spent all day just sitting there. It was peaceful and just something about cool, abandoned places just gives me goosebumps.

If you ever venture out that way and love photography- DO IT!

Chanel and Crystals in Midtown

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

Photo by Sofia Emm

** Photos by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Chanel Dress- Cheeky Vintage, Crystal Grecian WreathBark & Beam, Vintage Sunglasses- thrifted, Vintage Handbag- thrifted, Heels- H by Halston for Bakers.)

Oh gosh, where do I start on this one…. Well, for starters, I’ve always wanted to shoot at the famous MIDTOWN sign in Bagby Park near Downtown Houston. Now that I have my perfect photographer, I had to figure out what to wear for the shoot. After days of wracking my brain, deciding what to wear; it hit it me the night before the shoot.

I had saved up and purchased my FIRST vintage Chanel dress from Cheeky Vintage. I can’t find much about the dress, only that it was made in the 1980’s when Karl Lagerfeld had taken over as designer. I love how it has a 1920s silhouette and tiered skirt. I paired it with a vintage fan-shaped evening clutch I had found at a community garage sale last year and my favorite (and highest) black heels- my H by Halston for Bakers heels.

When my friend Elyse, who owns Bark & Beam, let me borrow a crystal Grecian wreath for my LA trip, I knew I had found the right headpiece for this look I was going for. You see, Elyse’s super-bohemian crowns have been on my radar ever since I caught a glimpse of them during a Kaleidoscope Houston meeting. As it turns out, Elyse started the company with her brother as an outlet for them to sell things they like to make (Her: floral crowns, macrame and refurbished furniture. Him: metal work). What started out as a fun hobby, making crowns for her Renaissance costumes, turned out to be a pretty genius business idea. She eventually teamed up with Em of Of Myth and Muse and created custom designs for her spring line. Those designs, along with other pieces (including new designs with succulents), are available on her Etsy.

Sunday Funday at West Ave

photo by Sofia Emm

photo by Sofia Emm

photo by Sofia Emm

photo by Sofia Emm, Houston blogger, outfit, palazzo pants

** Photos by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage 1990s California Souvenir T-Shirt, Vintage Palazzo Pants- The End in Yucca Valley, Vintage Sandals- thrifted, Vintage Necklace- ATRS, Vintage Christian Dior Sunglasses- Vintageworks Etsy Shop, Vintage Coach Handbag- Vintage by Misty.)

My friend Sofia and I ventured over to the posh West Ave River Oaks shopping center to have brunch at Pondicheri– Houston’s uber-cool Indian restaurant, that is also known for their delectable and colorful Instagram account.

Since it was a nice, almost-spring-like day, I opted for my flowy palazzo pants that I found at my friend Kime’s shop in Yucca Valley, and paired it with one of my 1990’s California souvenir t-shirts. I topped off the outfit with faux turquoise baubles, my vintage, thrifted, woven sandals; my new-to-me vintage 1980’s Christian Dior sunglasses and my vintage Coach handbag.

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