StyleOnTheCouch Travels: Death Valley

I haven’t yet shared all the photos from my West coast holiday last summer – clearly the cold New York City winter has me craving the dessert heat because I decided to post pics from one of my favourite parks during the trip, Death Valley.

Death Valley was an intense and changing landscape of low lying salt flats, mountain top overlooks, graceful sand dunes and abandoned wilderness.

Badwater salt flats, 5 miles across and no shade (! and cue much squinting in photographs) was a magical plain of white grains stretching out before me.

The heat was far too intense to spend too long out in the basin, but under the sun it was beautiful.

Heading back from Badwater Basin to Dante’s View, I went through Artist’s Drive – a nine mile paved loop through multi coloured volcanic and sedimentary hills – incredibly photogenic in the near-sunset light

Dante’s View (above), 5000 feet above the inferno of Death Valley was the most amazing place to drive up to and watch the sun go down

Above: Furnace Creek ranch, my home for the night. Below: woman & cactus.  Clearly the heat had gone to my head at this point

I would wholeheartedly recommend a trip to Death Valley, Blog Reader.  The changing landscape and the vibrantly coloured scenes are a wonder to see.

You can read more about Death Valley on the National Parks website.

Desert gear, care of: Alexander Wang (black dress) Gap (denim shorts) and Anthropologie (red maxi)

Alexander Wang in the Sand…

Another of my favourite outfit photos from my recent travels, taken at the sand dunes in Death Valley National Park, this T by Alexander Wang dress was purchased at one of my favourite East Village boutiques, Pas De Deux

Image: Pas de Deux / TheCut NYMag

The sister to next door neighbour and menswear retailer Odin, Pas De Deux has the most fantastic staff who always point me in the right direction of whatever I am looking for.  The boutique is a delightful space that stocks select items from Isabel Marant and 3.1 Phillip Lim along with Wang and others.  I purchased this stripe knit dress from the Pre-Fall 2011 collection not just for my trip but because it was something I could see working through to winter with some black tights and a fitted blazer

A breathtaking scene in Death Valley, I took these photos against the backdrop of the Mesquite sand dunes with the black mountains in the distance.  I have some beautiful pictures of other locations in the Park – the protected salt flats and the sunset at Dante’s View that I will post on the blog later on

I love the asymmetrical hemline of this dress.  I’m considering buying a longer sleeved version in black too. If you’re a fan like me then check out Net-a-porter. The site has several of these styles in stock right now:

You can also buy from Barneys NY, Selfridges in the UK and of course – online at Alexander Wang.  It’s perfectly elegant casual-wear (a bit of an oxymoron, I know, but so much my style,) for all times of the year.

Red Hot

Today I resume blogging after a wonderful two week holiday, a road trip around Nevada, Arizona and California.  One of the highlights of the trip for me was seeing the vast and hostile desert landscapes, especially along the drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park. The views along this part of the trip were highly memorable – you just don’t get this kind of scenery in England…

Despite the heat (it was over 100 degrees in Death Valley!) there was always time for a little ‘posing’.  Here I’m wearing my new red jersey skirt from Anthropologie at Chelsea Market in NYC, I bought it specifically for the trip but with a mindset of “vive le rouge!!” for Autumn/Winter.  I wore it countless times (you’ll see it here again!) and it is looking like a great investment piece.

Wearing: Skirt from Anthropologie: (sadly I cannot find my version online – for close alternatives check out this unfettered red maxi and lengthening rays skirt.)  Top from Reiss.

I have lots of pictures and outfits to post over the coming weeks – it was nice to take a break from working and blogging and thank you to all who Tweeted with me during my road trip.  It’s also nice to be back…. xo