Thursday, July 24, 2014

destination: salvation

Hi all! So I guess this photo diary came much quicker than anticipated (thanks, Gary!). I went on a whirlwind of a trip to the desert. We had originally planned on going to this secret and beautifully minimal pool in the middle of the desert, but the girl who promised to coordinate giving us the key ended up giving it to someone else. It was a sucky situation, but we made the most of the day and half of us decided to trek out to the desert anyway since we had planned around this day for a while.

Our first stop: Salton Sea.

The Salton Sea was created by a huge natural disaster (a flood, obvi) and has become increasingly saline over the years. It's crazy salty now, to the point where most fish and wildlife can't survive within its waters. When I was out there, it was incredibly still and silent, except for the flies. Really eerie. Also it was really hot, around 115 degrees Fahrenheit, so it felt extra deathly.

Of course I needed to get some outfit shots in

On our way to Salvation Mountain, we came across a stopped train with all the boxcar doors flung open (we later discovered the reason for this was that it was being sniffed out for drugs by police dogs, oops). Being the adventurous kids we are, we drove right up to our favorite boxcar, got out, and hopped on.

Okay, more like struggled was a lot taller than I thought it was from a distance

We didn't want to risk the train moving again and us having to jump off a moving train like real vagabonds, so we hopped off after we took some snaps and kept driving towards our main destination: Salvation Mountain.

After driving 5 hours (including our stops), we made it.

Words and pictures can't really describe to you how amazing this place is. I've seen in it photos countless times, but never in real life until Tuesday. Salvation Mountain is an enormous art installation by local resident Leonard Knight, who hoped to bring a revival (spiritually and economically) to the Salton Sea area. He died earlier this year but volunteers and donors help keep his vision alive.

I felt like a minimal babetron in stark contrast to my rainbow psychedelic surroundings in this dress by Last Night and bodychain by Element 7. The white dress is thick and not sheer, so I didn't have to worry about wearing extra layers in the desert. Topped with this heavy-duty hardware from the original bodychain gang, I was good to go for stomping all across the desert.

The crew, minus Gary (who is behind the lens)

It soon got too dark for Gary's camera, since we didn't bring an external flash and all, so from here on out are photos from my iPhone.

Carson scaled the highest point of Salvation Mountain (the cross) and watched the sun set

I wandered around and took some shots on my Olloclip 4-in-1 lens. The lens I used here is the fisheye! I've been crazy over this kit since I bought it. It makes every photo ten times better.

We ended the night on the most amazing note--taking a dip in the Palm Springs canal. It was such a welcome refreshing swim after such a long, hot-as-hell, and strenuous (albeit exciting) day. I will warn you that if you do try this, do not swim near the water tower. That's where the dam is and the canal will siphon you into it. It's seriously not as scary as it sounds because the current is very slight and there are ladders on the side every half mile or so, so make sure to stay towards the end of this four-mile canal.

Regardless, this was probably the best day of my summer. Thanks for reading what might be my longest post ever!

Product links in post:
Milla Dress by Last Night

photography by Gary Orellana
photos edited by Coco Layne

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

90s child

Acne Studios moto. Elsie & Fred top. Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

High waisted jeans and suspender anythings hearken to my 90s childhood days. Remember those leggings with the straps under the heels? I wore those too (What were those about, anyway?). I've been regressing in age in these final days before my big Asia trip because these comfortable and functional pieces allow me to be a big kid and pack all the adventure I can into my last week. I actually just returned from the most amazing midweek road trip to the middle of the desert so this post is going to be cut short...this creature needs some ZZZs. Hoping to get a photo diary up ASAP--stay tuned!

photography by Randy Tran

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

high tide

Windsor tunic. Windsor cuff. Birkenstock shoes.

"Destination: Beach" is plastered on my brain like a "Sorry, we're closed" sign. Not mad about it. Not mad about it one bit.

photography by Randy Tran

Saturday, July 19, 2014

diesel x feral creature

Diesel jacket. Diesel dress. Diesel jeans.

I kind of have to pinch myself that I'm working with Diesel. I've always idolized their brand--when I was a little kid, it was THE "designer label" for me, and my attempts to emulate their hedonistic, rock 'n' roll, give-no-fucks vibe probably played a big part in shaping my aesthetic today. I had the opportunity to style their Pre-Fall '14 collection and I went for the beautifully decaying rockstar approach. My favorite piece has to be this denim moto. It meets all my construction requirements for a high-end moto (for instance, functioning lapel buttons) and looks like it's been through World War III and then tossed in the mud. Isn't that delightful? Check out the rest of their Pre-Fall '14 lineup here.

photography by Randy Tran

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