Evening Wear In The Desert

I am a creature of habit  - one signature habit being keepin' it simple.  During a visit to Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert, the stunning simplicity of the endless terrain was startling to me.  It inspired me beyond words and actually, also reinforced my beliefs of the magnitude of minimalism.

Bells and whistles can be oh so fun but when it comes down to it...
Less is always more, ladies.

While in the middle of nowhere, all I wanted to wear was...well, as little as possible.  Probably because the desert is so sexy!  So mysterious and romantic everything was.  I was inspired to dress the part.

bra top: Free People / skirt: Robert Rodriguez / booties: Jessica Simpson / scarf: street vendor

Lately, I've been having a lot of fun not putting attention to my hair when dressing and styling myself.  Pulled back in a sleek, low ponytail or bun, I am enjoying showing off scarves and hats instead.

Having such naturally huge hair as I do, it's very easy to forget (or feel left out of) the fun one can have with headwear.  This scarf I found on the island of Boracay in the Philippines a couple years ago.  I still adore it and it's the first time I've worn it on my head. 

Going from around my neck with a jean jacket and leggings to over my head with a lace bra top and full skirt - a simple printed scarf can literally be transformed!  Coyotes howled as I strutted through the sandy tundra haha :)

And speaking of strutting, these good ol' suede booties, I can't even count the times I've worn these trusty gals.  You can see up close here with a waterfall skirt, or with some upgraded athletic wear.  You can also check them out with one of last years holiday wear, or my amazing Bottega Veneta harem pants for a more casual styling.  

The list goes on.  The point is, these booties go with everything!  A Tiny Closet treasure.

 This exquisite skirt has sheer paneling all throughout the design, as you can probably see...  Normally, I wear a little black mini skirt underneath (you know I gotta keep it classy) but this time I let the skirt do what it was designed to do, you know?

This skirt is rather new and I've already had so much fun with it.  You can see it here with a tank, some flats and marley twists!  

Anyway, it's not usually apart of my signature style to wear head wraps or really anything on my head besides my hair but after adventuring through the desert, headwear was second nature.  And so artistic in the world of fashion and style.  I will keep this option more in mind when traveling or when I'm not into tackling my hair.  Or just as a hot accessory regardless of travel or hair problems!

Even though the days are still scorching where I live, the evenings are getting noticeably cool to cold.  This outfit is definitely "transitionable" to evening, as it is afterall, evening wear - but with the full skirt and scarf, one can bundle up nicely.  Of course it's even warmer when wearing your date's jacket.

Ah, the adventures of a Tiny Closet!  Come back this time next week for another trip through my lil wardrobe.  The possibilities are endless.


  1. These photos are lovely. Still in love with that skirt.

  2. You look so beautiful!!! I love the look, and your words, and the gorgeous photos....everything is so well done here.


  3. That skirt is to die for! You look gorgeous and I missed you. Hope you had a good break. :)


  4. You are beautiful! So glad you're back...you're always so inspiring!


  5. Looking super cute Natalie I am loving the skirt , scarf and booties. Just perfect. :)

  6. I have been following you for a while now and even though I am from a different generation, you always inspire. You are one of a very short list of bloggers who truly express a personal style without getting caught up in head to toe designer flash. Love it!

    1. Wow, thank you Sue! So happy to inspire. I'm honored to make the short list! Thanks so much for continuing to visit :)

  7. The photos are gorgeous. Love your style. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Okay, so, my THEME SONG to this blog piece for you, Natalie is: DESERT ROSE by Sting. ...........is all I got to say about this lovely blog piece right here! (a peaceful SIGH)

    1. Ahh!! I wanted to reply as soon as I read this! I love this comment because I totally had Desert Rose stuck in my head when I was there. And also Madonna's Frozen lol. Thanks so much for visiting, Shante!!

  9. Love, love, love it! Only you can wear black in the desert. Photography is simply gorgeous. The scarf is so versatile - it would be my new go to. My fav pic? The first one. No, the second, no the third ... the fifth. Oh heck they're all great. Welcome back!