Wednesday, March 30, 2011

when it's spring time in the desert

old Hollywood trash

desert roads


inspired by Wanda Woodward from Crybaby

pastel ruins


Anza Borrego

The Palms Inn at Borrego Springs, where we stayed for the weekend, was built in the late 1950s and was once a get-away spot for such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. In later years, it was a home for wayward teens. Rather unexpectedly, I played homage to these two environments in an “old Hollywood” meets the wayward “Wanda Woodward of Crybaby” outfit. I even drank a martini, which I rarely do, since I am a dedicated whisky sipper (though my cocktail did have bourbon in it)

These photos are shot using Kodak Portra 400 NC film, though I probably should have used a slower speed film, since it was pretty bright out. I’m still learning about photography & which films to use for different occasions, but I think the Portra film really conveyed the soft Spring colors we encountered on our trip. The pastel ruins were remnants of the desert inn that was built in the 40s on this same property. We had a fun time exploring these ruins, which featured peeling pastel paint & colorful tile work.

Enjoy yourselves,

Crystal Lee

Outfit: 80s blue striped dress, 80s heart belt, and monkey boots (thrifted), cross necklace (Farmer’s Market in downtown LA), Michael Kors’ espadrilles (these are not comfortable shoes!!).

Oh ya, thanks to Pete for always taking photos of me & my outfits.


  1. These pictures are incredible!!! You look so glamourous!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. Stunning. Portra NC is my favourite as well :)

  3. You look amazing, as always!! That top picture is so glamorous.
    And I looove the pretty turquoise motel ruins; they're so creepy but vibrant and kitschy at the same time!

  4. I absolutely love these photographs- they capture the desert so beautifully with the softer palette and the palm trees. I was suppose to go to Death Valley for a camping trip but it got cancelled at the last minute :-( These pictures make me desperately want to go! xoxo

  5. such amazing photos!! The colours, the light... incredible.


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