Desert Minimal: the LWD

SheIn white flowy long-sleeve dress // Palm Springs style

SheIn white flowy long-sleeve dress // Palm Springs style

SheIn white flowy long-sleeve dress // Palm Springs style

This weekend, things are beginning to look a little more put together chez nous. We’ve finally got our blinds installed, the dryer hooked up, and a few decorative pieces scattered through the pad.

I went on a thrifting rampage and bought up all the gilded antique frames I could find, and mapped out our gallery wall in the dining room with painter’s tape. We’re close to choosing all of our art prints — a mix of abstract and Palm Springs modern. Can’t wait to get some color up!

Apparently, I’m a fan of white. As we unpacked all of our pieces, we couldn’t help but notice most of his furnishings are dark wood and most of mine are really minimal, with the occasional pop of pastel. It’s fun matching the styles together in an effort to achieve the perfect blend.

That minimalism extends to my wardrobe. I’ve got a lot of brights. And a lot of flowy. Always hunting for the LWD (little white dress) that feels just right. We’re getting pretty close here! A high button-front neck with a deep V-neck cut out, billowy sleeves (my coworker would call these “poet sleeves”), and heaps of twirl.

Get it for $13 (what??) at SheIn.com.

SheIn white flowy long-sleeve dress // Palm Springs style

This wide cut is super flattering for most body types.
If you like this little number, you’ll love these SheIn picks too:


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Xerophily


Xerophily | Flourishing in a very dry environment.
Cactus and Fog  |  Desert style #romwe
Cactus and Fog  |  Desert style #romwe
Cactus and Fog  |  Desert style #romwe
Cactus and Fog  |  Desert style #romwe

Around this time, two years ago, I was tossing around the idea of packing up my life and hightailing it to San Francisco. Shit had hit the fan, I was dealing with a lot of grief, and I needed out. I needed something new to focus on; at 26, with my bachelor’s degree on an indefinite hold, going back to school sounded like a pretty indisputable (if productive) excuse.

I looked into a university in Rome. Why not, right? I think I even half-filled out the application. I might have written an essay. I just wanted something different. San Francisco wasn’t on my radar, but it was September and only a handful of (realistic) campuses were actually accepting transfer students for the upcoming spring — SF State was one of them.

Cactus and Fog | Desert style #romwe

Leaving the desert meant living long distance from my family and my guy; it meant living alone, and adapting to life in a big city for the first time. Would it swallow me up? Would I even make new friends? Would the whole thing be a wretched mistake?

Maybe. But, what the hell

Cactus and Fog | Desert style #romwe

I signed up for a full load of journalism courses and scrawled my name on an e-lease for a studio apartment I’d never seen, save for a few grainy photos the leasing office snapped for me on a cell phone. No dishwasher, but who needs one? (Me, it turns out🙋🏼, a luxury I don’t really want to live without again. But I digress.) I lucked out with that place. Great neighbors, great area, great view.

My pursuit of journalism was pretty naïve. If I’m being honest, I figured I’d spend my days writing blog posts and roadtripping to new places. My reality quickly became news briefs and bus rides (my engine blew a rod a month before I moved and I had to junk the car; thank goodness for impeccable public transit).

I didn’t hate the life alone. I actually loved it. And I adjusted much quicker than I imagined I would. (Here’s where I drop the line: If I can do it, and you’re thinking about doing it, you can definitely do it too.)

Cactus and Fog | Desert style #romwe

Fast-forward two years, and suddenly I can say, “Been there, done that.” In the thick of things, time moves slowly; but seasons come and go. I miss San Francisco, and my buddies out there. We’re all budding and moving on to new things.

Lately, there’s hardly a moment to sit back and retrospect; it’s been full swing forward since I traded in-class assignments for real world deadlines, all the while looking for a Palm Springs apartment with the man.

We found a great little townhouse and spent last weekend zipping around town in a u-Haul. I’m crossing my fingers we’ll have opportunity to unpack everything this weekend, but that’s a big ask.

For now, it’s brunch.✌🏼


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Get the whole look for: $88.92

This post is sponsored by Romwe, an online shop with a killer curation of accessories and apparel. They gifted me with this top, which, for the record, is made with incredibly soft fabric that I’d be happy to live in forever. Bonus: there aren’t any tags inside, so you can wear it backwards or forwards. Because it’s tie-dye, the print varies, so it’ll change up your look a little if you decide to reverse it. Try pairing with a black maxi for an easy day-to-night look! Love this top? Romwe’s got so many more cute things in store.🙌🏼

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Wonderland

Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn

Wearing: SheIn tie-die wrap maxi dress / SheIn wide-brim hat (similar here)

I’ve spent a lot of time in the high desert recently, assisting on fashion shoots and working on stories for print. If you’ve been watching my Insta stories, you’ve gotten a sneak peek behind the scenes.

For the October issue of Palm Springs Life magazine, you can expect haunting couture gowns and a story about a Yucca Valley builder making waves in the art scene. For November, actor Gabriel Luna, who stars as Ghost Rider in Marvel’s Agents of Shield starting next month, takes to the dirt roads with his buddy to showcase the latest menswear must-haves for fall. Queue the cashmere turtles. We spent 12 hours shooting Gabe’s spread yesterday, talking a lot about comic book villains and The Get Down on Netflix. Prepare yourself for epic editorial.

Though time seems to be flying by (backtrack a few posts, and I was still in San Francisco hitting the books; suddenly I’m assistant editor at PSL), the hours seem to move a little more slowly when you’re wandering new territory. Amid all the work, you’ve gotta make some time for wonderland moments.

Wonderland

My days in the high desert inspired today’s look: a floaty high-slit maxi dress from SheIn, dyed to blend in with the clouds. Summer’s coming to an end, but the heat is persistent, and I can promise you there won’t be any cashmere turtlenecks in my near future. This boho baby is lightweight and ultra breezy, and — here’s the kicker — she’s under $30. Yup.

Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn
Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn
Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn
Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheInWonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn

I’ll take one in every color please.🙌🏼

This is one of my favorite shoots to date. Gotta give my guy some credit, he killed it behind the lens. It’s been a busy few weeks for the two of us, as we’ve been checking out apartments closer to Palm Springs between work shifts. Found a fantastic little condo, and if all goes according to plan, we’ll be halfway moved in this time next week.

Needless to say, I’ve been pinning interior decorating ideas like crazy.

Anyway, if you’re loving this dress, you’ll dig these wrap-front dresses from SheIn too. Same shape, different prints and sleeve lengths.

Wonderland / Bohemian maxi dress from SheIn

Wearing: SheIn tie-die wrap maxi dress / SheIn wide-brim hat (similar here)

🌵 Here’s to a productive week lovely people! 🌵

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Summertime Buzz

My boyfriend used to work at one of those kitschy boutique hotels in Palm Springs. He tells a story about a guest who approached him rather frantically a few years back, demanding to know what “all that buzzing” was. No clue what she was talking about, he asked her to repeat the question. “That buzzing! It’s all over the hotel!”

It’s cicada season. The buzzing is back, sometimes so loud you simply can’t escape it. I hear it now, from where I type at my cluttered little desk. And if you have plans to visit Palm Springs in the near future, you’ll hear it too. The bugs spend most of their life underground — some, upwards of 15 years. They emerge seasonally when the temps warm up and live for about a month up in the trees.

If these photos had a soundtrack, it would be that quintessential summertime buzz with a little indie acoustic laced subtly throughout. That Saturday feeling. A day off to kick my heels up, lounge a little, and catch Suicide Squad at the theatre. (Margot Robbie is such a babe.)

Talking style, I’m digging these clear rimmed cat eye sunnies from ZeroUV. What can I say? I’m a fan of cut-outs. And the corner detailing on these babies slays. The quilted handbag is vegan “leather” from 88. The perfect shade of baby pink, and the perfect match for this pleated midi skirt. But can we just take a moment to appreciate these sleeves?

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd

What to wear in Palm Springs #ootd


Happy weekend, loves!

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Nomad’s Land


Weekend wanders have me seeing stars, with ZeroUV.


According to my man, “nomad’s land” is an inherent contradiction, but I beg to differ. Sure, a nomad technically doesn’t have any land to call their own. They’re wanderers. But the desert’s a gathering place for rugged bohemes. It’s the ideal place to get lost. It isn’t no man’s land. It’s nomad’s land.

We took the Cruiser out last week amid arid heat. Dripping sweat or not, it’s one of the best landscapes to slow down, get lost and contemplate life. And with things moving at seeming warp-speed, that’s a necessity.

Working under deadlines can be all-consuming. Most often, it implies nonstop nine to five projects brought home on the weekends, late nights staring into the computer screen, and early mornings to get at it once again. Balancing magazine editorials with blog life means strict time prioritization and lots of multitasking. So quiet moments like these are a must. Just me, and my guy, and a massive stretch of endless sand.

Cactus and Fog / Nomad's Land / Wearing H&M, ZeroUV out in the desert. #festivalstyle

The desert’s got me gravitating toward breezy, low-key bohemian styles. I miss layers worn on blustery San Francisco days, and I’ve been finding ways to continue layering in the heat. This vest of sorts is an old button-down dress, a hand-me-down from my aunt found packed away in storage. It never got much wear as a dress, because it’s totally sheer. But it makes for a wicked cape, essential for outfits that verge on too-revealing-for-daily-wear.

ZeroUV has long been one of favorite sunglass brands. They’re affordable (read: averaging $10) and they offer just about every hue and style you could possibly think up. Endless options. That’s my jam. Needless to say, when they reached out for a campaign I immediately began planning adventures on which to take each pair of shades.

Sunglasses say a lot about your personality. They’re expressive. And the right pair will transform a few pieces of mismatched clothing into a total-package outfit. These star-faced beauties reflect the forward motion and all the gratefulness I’ve been feeling lately. Things are happening.

Here’s to new. Here’s to seeing stars.

Cactus and Fog / Nomad's Land / Wearing H&M, ZeroUV out in the desert. #festivalstyle
Cactus and Fog / Nomad's Land / Wearing H&M, ZeroUV out in the desert. #festivalstyle
Cactus and Fog / Nomad's Land / Wearing H&M, ZeroUV out in the desert. #festivalstyle

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