My husband was invited to speak on a panel at the Borrego Springs Film Festival a few weekends ago, so we spent the weekend in the quaint, tiny desert town. it’s about a three hour drive from Los Angeles, in east San Diego county. You may recognize it from last year’s outfit post during the wildflower superbloom. This time it was too early in the season for any flowers to appear but the desert landscape was still pretty.
Part of the challenge of living in the city is that there aren’t a lot of undisturbed natural settings that I can use as backdrops. I don’t really like the style of city buildings, concrete, etc. for my outfit photos. So whenever I get the chance to take photos somewhere in nature, I try to take advantage of it.
Even though there weren’t any flowers and the landscape was dry, the lighting at magic hour in Borrego Springs was beautiful. The light filtered through the haze of clouds and eventually the sun went behind the mountains, but enough light still came over to give enough of that golden hour glow.
This is a ModCloth dress, it was from this past summer season but I bought it on sale in the fall for only $23! I wanted to wear something that would pop against the earthy colors of the desert and the primary colors in this plaid do the job, I think. The cutout back with the bow detail is super cute; it shows some skin without being too scandalous. Note- it’s not possible to wear a normal bra with this. I had to wear my silicone pasties.
This is me trying to look cute in a stereotypical blogger pose. Haha.
The film festival itself was fun; Ross’s film won the jury prize for Best Feature! The town is such a quiet and charming place. I would love to come back especially if the flowers bloom again.
Dress: ModCloth, old
Boots: Carson style by Frye, old
It’s a new year and like everyone else, I thought about goals and things I want to accomplish in the new year. I really enjoy working on this blog; putting together outfits and ideas for shoots is fun for me. It’s one of my creative outlets. I don’t get to be this creative at my day job as a corporate graphic designer. But I’ve seen others burn out on blogging because of doing too much and I want to keep it fun. I’m not going to kill myself to post to an exact schedule all the time, and I don’t need to post a photo to Instagram every day.
This year, I want to keep getting better at taking photos and posing for them. I’m not a natural model and I default to a lot of the same poses. I also want to try more interesting shoots, to tell a story with my photos instead of it just being pictures of me standing around in cute outfits (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
For my first photos of the new year, Ross and I went to a local library and discreetly took pictures. The children’s wing of the Pasadena Central Library is all beautiful wood furniture and vintage desks, but it was filled with people and employees, so unfortunately we couldn’t take any photos there. We had to settle for photos taken in other parts of the library and also the outside.
I’m wearing a new Miss Patina dress. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Miss Patina’s clothing, and they outdo themselves every season. I saw this dress a few months ago and thought the tiny print of scholarly cats reading books was adorable. The embroidered collar was the kicker! I bought the dress along with a couple others (including one that I left in a hotel room! I’m so upset about that one).
It’s pretty comfortable and I like the flared A-line cut of the skirt; I find this to be the most flattering on me especially when it hits above the knee. Is it a little annoying to button and unbutton the entire front of the dress every time I put it on? Yes. But it’s worth it because this dress is so cute.
By the way, the books I’m using as props in these photos are books I’m currently reading: We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I am purposely trying to read more books written by women and people of color as I think their voices are just as important as the typically white and male Western authors featured in the literary canon. It’s important to expose yourself to different voices. I think the quotation engraved in the library exterior below is a good way to think about reading. “The true learning that makes for righteousness.”
I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start! Can’t wait to show you more outfit photos.
Dress: Miss Patina Kiterature dress
Cat beret: Forever21, old
Shoes: Carson boot by Frye, old
Purse: Luna cat purse, Amazon