I could name tons of conventionally beautiful bodies of salt water that I’d love to dip my feet into: The Dead Sea, The Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and so on. Salt flats, however, are an entirely different story — an otherworldly natural confection. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 4,000 square miles in Bolivia. Among cacti-lined islands and flamingo populations, the snow-white sea of salt looks as if it came straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. But this scene is no mirage- it’s a very real place that won’t disappear if you pinch yourself.
We were on such a huge Madonna kick while preparing the Crystal Harness collection. This glittery mix includes some of the songs that were the soundtrack to our moments of inspiration…Consider it a love letter to the symbiotic relationship between electronic music, indie, and pop.
Guest Post by Jackie Dorey
This week’s dreamy wonder of the world is not a specific location we could wander around on our next vacation, but I’d certainly love to if I could. Modest rocks on the outside and glimmering caverns on the inside, geodes are truly hidden gems. I can’t help but wish I could shrink down to the size of a pebble and explore the complex worlds of geodes from the inside like Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic Schoolbus.”
Sometimes, when I’m trying to find the dreamiest places on earth to feature here, my astonishment is a bit more reserved and polite. You know — in that way where you’re like “wow, I can’t believe this place exists on earth,” but it’s not entirely a sublime experience and you’re also like “well, of course it would.” Like, “this place is amazing, but not stretching any realms of possibility — it’s just really beautiful.”
That is so not the case here. There is nothing reserved about the pinkness of the Pink Lake. It isn’t politely pink. It isn’t “pink when you fiddle with the hue/saturation levels.” It is real, honest to goodness, cotton candy pink — “naturally fuschia,” which is a strange and beautiful phrase. It literally seems like a figment (pigment?) of the imagination, but there is a “pink lake” on this green earth, and the water is legitimately this Barbie-Dream-House, cupcake-icing, nauseatingly cute shade of pink.
find out how in the world this happened in real life:
Honestly? Everyone needs a solid selection of statement jackets. You can completely transform a basic outfit just by throwing on an unusual jacket with a good silhouette or an intriguing print — or, in this case, the perfect vintage evergreen find.
I love building a look around a vintage piece. Shopping new can actually get quite old to me: the same colors, the same trends. Sometimes you find the perfect beloved piece — just the right inspiration from the past that translates timelessly to the present.
After the jump, some more photos & thoughts on evergreen style.
SHOP THE LOOK
Vintage Leather Jacket
Brooklyn Biker Jacket by All Saints
Lace & Silk Longline Bralette in Teal Leaf by Uye Surana
Organic Linen Jersey Cropped Tank by Eileen Fisher
Harper Buckle Ankle Boots by Topshop
Medium MAB Studded Tote by Rebecca Minkoff
Double Wrap Belt by Club Monaco
This week’s moodboard is an editorial collage, inspired by high fashion photography. I wanted to juxtapose lo-fi aesthetics with the spirit of romantic receptivity. This mood is not about who you are or how you want to be perceived, but a more inward reflective sense of who you want to be.
There’s a hidden gem in Madrid’s largest park — the Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal.” The imposing structure is built almost entirely of glass on an iron framework. Decorative ceramic inlays add embellishment to its columns and facades. At its feet, steps lead down to a reflective lake. Rainbows refract and light up its various domed rooms.
The Palacio de Cristal is unquestionably beautiful — but where did it come from? What was the inspiration behind its striking design?
Confession: I used to be terrified of loose clothes. I always envied women who could pull off light, airy clothes with grace, but I accepted that I wasn’t one of them. Maybe it’s just flashbacks to hand-me-downs, or a side effect of growing up petite. I’d try to look carefree and ethereal, and end up looking like a failed Project Runway challenge. For me, loose clothes meant drowning in fabrics — getting lost in layers, not having a visible waist or body. So I always gravitated towards super skin-tight, sized down, body conscious pieces — but secretly lusted after drapey silhouettes and floaty, angelic, dreamy, flowing loose clothes.
That started to change a summer or two ago. You’ve heard me before: New York heat and summer style can be a tricky match. On top of that, I was visiting India, where loose clothes are not just du jour, but basically the only option. It’s not even just a modesty thing. Less clothing won’t help you out in humid weather. Breathable fabrics will, and loose clothes allow for air. I had to learn to let go of my cinched, tight aesthetic and let the layers in.
It was terrifying, but I actually learned a few things about styling by being forced out of my (very compact, form-fitting, uncompromising) comfort zone. The biggest lesson? You do not have to suffer for fashion. You can wear loose clothes and look cute, femme, even polished and put-together. And ever since, I’m not so afraid of airy layers anymore. Read on for styling tips on wearing loose, light layers without losing yourself.
shop the look
Pencil Riding Skirt in Black by American Apparel
Luxe Eyelash Bra in White by Uye Surana
Pebble Silk Draped Top by Helmut Lang
Soft Shroud Overlap Top by Helmut Lang (similar)
Hudson Necklace in Gunmetal by Jessica Elliott (similar)
Polly Heel @ Need Supply (similar)
Movado Bold Stainless Steel Watch by Movado
Vasha Vegan Leather Clutch by Viva Creatures (similar)
Naked Illuminated Shimmer Powder in Aura by Urban Decay
Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle” in Turkish, and it’s easy to see why — this geological wonder is famous for its pillowy rock structures and spectacular, pastel springs. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the landscape has been a tourist attraction for literal centuries, back when it was home to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis.
This week’s moodboard is all about moody monochromes and minimal palettes. Some of the black images touch on romantic vibes like the 90’s editorial of Christy Turlington for Harpers Bazaar taken from our Tumblr. Others feature just touches of skintone or warm shades of light –like the relflection of Glenn Ligon’s neon text sculpture, which adds depth and warmth to an otherwise grayscale photograph. Enjoy the moody vibes of this week’s monochrome moodboard — happy Monday!