The Mirror House (a.k.a. Mirage) designed by Doug Aitken, was one of my favorite spots to visit in Palm Springs. It deserves a post of its own to showcase its beauty and glory. I always like to do something artsy fartsy when I travel, so I can be inspired and this was the perfect place.
It was originally part of Desert x 2017, an exhibit show casing installations by artists from allover the world on the current conditions of Coachella Valley. An extraordinary and one of its kind, they used the desert as a blank canvas to display their view on social issues. How cool is that?
Once you get there, you’ll see every inch of this ranch-style house is covered in mirrors. The reflections of the mirror, from interior, exterior mirrors and light reflections causes a mirage. It’s kind of trippy!
My most concern was finding the location, since it’s in the middle of nowhere. Luckily for me, they had coordinates that was easily accessible via Google maps. They open at 3:30pm to sunset during the weekdays and sunrise to sunset on weekends. A great place for some photo op. Tip: They don’t allow professional fashion photography. Hence, why I’m carrying a giant selfie stick (see above picture). If you’re ever in town, please make a stop. It will blow your mind!
For this visit, I wanted to wear something that complimented The Mirror House, by choosing a gingham pattern. The graphic black and white check is an American classic, but cut in a modern dress silhouette. I love how the high mock halter neck sits perfectly showing bare shoulders. I added a wider belt to break up the printed lines, like the faceted mirrors and also to create a waistline. Oh and don’t forget the ruffles, a trend I’m following.
I accessorized it with “mirror” sunglasses to go with the theme. The polarized lenses and clear lucite frames was the right touch to keep it simple. It’s understated yet makes an impact to the outfit. And it was really sunny that day!
The white sandals I’ve mentioned on this post and restyled it with this outfit. The chunky heels made it easier to walk on the rocky hill. However, heels are not recommended. I just sucked it up for this shoot.
I kept the jewelry to the minimal with silver and gold finishes. And last but not least, my signature red lips added a bit of contrast color. Sometimes you just need a little red pop of red!
Hope you enjoy this post and that it inspires you to visit this gorgeous exhibit!
Photographed by Sarah Berends