Tag - vintage style

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Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico
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Made In LA
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Stripes and Brush Strokes

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!

Made In LA

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

Made In LA, outfit, blogger, vintage style

(White tee- thrifted, Vintage White/Red Plaid Pants- EBTH, Vintage Hat- Cottage Shop, Vintage Turquoise Lariat Necklace- Estate Sale, Vintage Southwestern Necklace- thrifted, Cork Wedges- Cottage Shop, Handbag- thrifted.)

*I wanted to give a HUGE thank you/shout-out to Kelly Kepner PR for locating this wall and instagramming it!*

MADE IN LA… Well, this wall has a couple meanings to me. One, it is a cool art wall to take outfit photos; and two, I was literally made in LA. I was born in Los Angeles, but after my parents divorced when I was three, my mom and I moved out-of-state. I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘California Girl,’ even though I didn’t fully grow up there. I moved back to LA for college and lived there for an amazing eight years before deciding that the LA traffic was too horrific and the rents were too astronomical.

Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up sheltered and miserably shy. When it was time to go to the West Coast for school, I happily went and left my semi-skeptical family behind (oh you’ll never make it, etc). I came to outgrow my shyness (to a point) and I am so proud to say that I survived eight roller-coaster years in the second-largest city of the United States! I know the subway system and downtown by heart. I’ve met some good people that I still call friends. Oh and COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF… (sorry Starbucks). Well, ok, so I’m not a fashion designer, as I first intended on doing, but I can still say that I did in fact, make it. Even though I’m not happy with a certain school, I wouldn’t take back (most) of the experiences for anything.

I enjoy visiting the city every chance I get, as there are still numerous pockets of the city that I have yet to see. I enjoy the mountains, ocean, and diversity that the city has to offer. And yes, I still say “the” before every freeway number (and I LOVE it). I miss smelling the orange blossoms while walking through Los Feliz, Pasadena, and Silverlake [etc]. I miss how walkable most of the city is…I got the BEST exercise! I love how historic Route 66 runs through the city and ends in Santa Monica. Lastly, I miss the quaint historic Spanish architecture and quaint craftsmen-style bungalows (basically the vast variety of architecture that the city has).

I am a creative, weird, unique (etc) individual…I am MADE IN LA

If you’d like to check out the wall, on the side of Cisco Home Melrose (not sure for how long it’s there for), it’s on the corner of Melrose Ave. and N. Laurel Ave.

@myciscohome
#MADEINLA

Stripes and Brush Strokes

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

Photo by Sofia Em

** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage striped shorts- bought at a Crysy Couture pop-up, Vintage belt- thrifted, Beaded Necklace, thrifted, Sunglasses- LA’s Santee Alley vendor, T-shirt- thrifted, Irene Sandal– c/o Cobbhill Shoes.)

Spring is officially here! For this post, I wanted to feature the fabulous multicolored striped vintage shorts I bought from Crysy Couture’s pop-up shop that she had a month ago. Since I wanted the focus to be on the shorts, I paired it with a simple white thrifted tee, a strand of red beads, and my oversize “Mickey Mouse” sunglasses that I had bought from a Santee Alley vendor in LA several years back.

I chose to wear my Irene sandals that Cobbhill Shoes sent over, just in time for warmer weather in Houston. That sandal has literally been my “uniform shoe,” as they are so comfortable, easy to take on/off and go with pretty much anything.

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