Sunday, April 9, 2017

An Oasis of Color in the Desert

Last week my husband and I took a mini excursion to Palm Springs and then drove about an hour and a half along the Salton Sea to Salvation Mountain. In brief, Salvation Mountain is a gigantic, colorful mountain made of tires, wood, hay, adobe, and lots of paint. I will be posting more about the history of this amazing place next week on my blog because I feel that it deserves to have its own post. For now, however, here is what I wore to Salvation Mountain and, yes, I did plan ahead so that my outfit would match the backdrop!

First, my top is from SheIn, which you can find here and it is a wonderfully versatile piece. I'm a big fan of anything with pinstripes and the ruffles are just an added bonus. I thought the simplicity of the blue and white stripes would be the perfect complement to the blue and white stripes featured on Salvation Mountain. Apparently, the stripes running down the mountain are supposed to be waterfalls, which I would not have guessed because there are flowers sprouting up in the middle of them. Then again, the creator of this place had quite a vivid imagination, so anything is possible!

One thing that I didn't plan for, but that worked out quite nicely, is the yellow path that guides the visitor along his or her journey up Salvation Mountain. (If you stray from the yellow path, a man with a megaphone will yell at you, which I, along with numerous other visitors, found out!) Clearly, this evokes the idea of the yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz and my red shoes were somewhat reminiscent of Dorothy's ruby slippers from the film. I didn't intend to allude to the film when I planned my ensemble. I did, however, feel a little bit like Dorothy while traveling through this mysterious, magical and very colorful oasis in the midst of the drab desert.

I should include a brief note about my blowing hair in the above picture and my blowing shirt in the below picture, along with most of the other pictures in this post. Although it may appear that a crew with a wind machine was following me around like they do Ivanka Trump, this blowing was actually just the result of natural wind gusts in the desert. These high winds added an additional challenge but also, I think, some dramatic flair to the pictures.

Shirt: c/o SheIn blue and white striped ruffle shirt here
Pants: J. Crew similar here
Shoes: J. Crew similar red flats here
Sunglasses: Celine similar white sunglasses here


  1. You planned your outfit brilliantly! And I love the photo of you making the heart with the painted heart in the background. I too love pinstripes, and the ruffle detail on your blouse takes it up a notch.

  2. Beautiful photos! How fun to have an amazing place like that within driving distance!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

  3. Love the top, especially with the red shoes, and wow what a mountiain. What an interesting and amazing mountain!
    Thanks for linking
    jess xx


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