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)

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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