Hey everyone! Here is another installment of our trip to Death Valley. The photos below are from a beautiful sunset at Badwater Basin. It’s the lowest point in all of North America and the ground is completely covered in salt, although to the eye it looks just like snow. It was a stark contrast from the sand dunes we visited earlier (see that post HERE), and crazy to think that they were only a few minutes apart from each other. I know what you are thinking, and yes, we tasted it and it does in fact taste like salt. It was very scientific of us ;). The area is called Badwater Basin because the expansive salt layer makes any water here undrinkable. Although it’s hard to imagine any water here at all since it’s in the middle of the desert!
Death Valley Badwater Basin
We originally wanted to come here for sunset but on our way there, a storm rolled in and we weren’t sure if we would be able to shoot. We decided to just go for it and I’m so glad we did. The passing storm made an even prettier sky with deep blues and purples. Our bokeh lens did a great job of blurring out the background (which is normally what you want for blog photos) but I wish we had a full focus lens to show you how beautiful the mountains were with the stormy sky and golden sunset peaking though the clouds. It was absolutely gorgeous. We came back the next day for another shoot, which I’ll be posting later this month. We just couldn’t get enough of this place, completely in awe of it.
How beautiful is this ombre sparkle clutch?! The silver slowly fades into a soft pink at the bottom, which I absolutely love. It had been on my radar for awhile, and I finally went ahead and bought it. Lucky I did, because it sold out only a few days later. It’s big enough to fit a small wallet and your cell phone which is all you need for a night out on the town. I had a similar clutch that was too small for my cell phone, so I never ended up using it. Lesson learned!
Again, there was no one in sight for miles and miles. I guess most visitors decided to head home once it started to drizzle right before sunset. It rained for a bit while we were driving there, but since there was no lightning in sight, we decided it was safe to head over anyways. To our surprise the rain stopped just as we pulled up to the Basin and our almost ruined photoshoot turned out really unique and even better because of it!
My favorite part about this whole look is the soft panels of chiffon that create a whimsical, romantic look. When I was planning out this shoot, I was hoping for a light breeze to get some movement in the panels and let’s just say I definitely got my wish! My hair was out of control with the winds, but it wasn’t a cold wind, more like a warm summer night breeze. It’s hard to tell but I have tiny braids all over my hair for a festival inspired look. I’ll have to do it again for you guys and get some shots indoors (without wind lol) so you can really see the whole hairstyle.
Side note: I really really wanted to find out where you could buy this gorgeous dress but was unable to get a link to it since I found it at a sample sale downtown LA a few weeks before we left. The brand is called Coco’s Fortune, and after some research it looks like they sell mostly at online boutiques like TopShop and ASOS. However, I still can’t find the exact dress which means it either hasn’t hit the market yet, or it has already come and gone. I linked some similar dresses below if you want something close to this style and color!
(I also looooove THIS ONE from ASOS, but it’s a little different silhouette)
Necklace: Kate Spade via Bloomingdales
Nail Polish Color: OPI in Chick Flick Cherry