An Evening Dress in the Desert


Every couple dreams of a little time alone. During this winter break my husband and I left the children with my parents and snuck off to Palm Springs for a night. We spent the day taking photographs at the incredibly beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Here I am modeling my new, dark purple, one-shoulder, satin evening dress with the splendor of the high desert as a backdrop.



  • Dress – Xscape
  • Purse – Hobo
  • Shoes – Nine West
  • Cuff – Loehmanns
  • Nail Polish – Crystal Cove by Mary Jo Matsumoto

Happy New Year!

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32 Responses to An Evening Dress in the Desert

  1. Terri
    December 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Dramatic photos! Beautiful landscape and gorgeous dress. It sounds like you and your husband celebrated the holidays as my husband and I did, although central Arkansas is definitely different terrain that this!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      I’m sure Arkansas is a bit wetter than the California desert. But there are amazing sites to see all over this amazing country. Glad you had fun this winter break too.

  2. Stacey - Total City Girl
    December 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I love the contrast of your purple dress against the muted colors of the dry desert. Great shots! Also love the shoes!!

    Happy New Year!!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

      So glad you approve! They were fun shots to take.

  3. Edmund Marek January 1, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    I really liked the dress, i will surely get this soon, and will gift it to my wife, thanks for the post, keep sharing.
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  4. anne
    January 1, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    splendid, sublime…
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Anne I’m surprised you haven’t painted Joshua Tree. It’s so amazing out there.

    January 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    You look amazing and I wish I had that booty! Damn!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you so much. I have spent most of my life covering the booty but at some point you just have to be happy with what you have.

  6. Rachael
    January 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    This is gorgeous! I can’t get over the backdrop and that cuff!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      Thank you so much. I rather love the cuff too and the backdrop is one of our national treasures! Joshua Tree is gorgeous.

  7. Alexis Grace January 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    This is a gorgeous look PLUS I of course love the polish + I am jealous that you went to Palm Springs!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      It’s just a hop skip and jump to get there. Literally it took us 2 hours to drive. You should take a couple days and go! Glad you like the photos and the polish. I can’t wait for her spring line. Next time I’ll buy the whole group.

    January 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    You look stunning in the photos, the dress colour is gorgeous. I love the first shot. Day glam is good in my book! Happy New Year!

    • Heather Fonseca January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you like the photos.

  9. Maria
    January 4, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    I saw your post of Fspiring and can’t stop myself to comment! You look gorgeous in this dress and photos are very professional and attractive!!!!

    • Heather Fonseca January 4, 2012 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you so much! So sweet of you to stop by. My husband takes the photos and he’s gotten so good. I’m very proud of him.

  10. SACRAMENTO January 4, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    I have no words to discribe this post and you stunning beauty, my dear heather.
    For some reason, your post don´t update in my blog. Any idea of what to do???
    I have tried deleting and adding again, but wont work.

    • Heather Fonseca January 4, 2012 at 8:57 am #

      Hmmm. I’ll email you and well figure it out.

  11. Sylvia
    January 5, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Wow. You look very glamorous! Wonderful photos. Also great new blog design!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like the design. I remember I e-mailed you about blog themes. This one is using a Woo theme called “Canvas” which isn’t as formidable as Thesis but still pretty customizable. I still need to do some tweaks, but it’s coming.

  12. Mary Jo
    January 5, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Ah, I can’t believe I just saw this–next time you will have to send your photo in with the polish! I will run this on my tumblr–yay. And LOVE the deep color of your dress against the neutral washed out background–just stunning!

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca January 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Thank you so much Mary Jo. The nail polish is just fab. I wore it on purpose with the dress. Teal and purple really go together in a weird way. love it!

  13. Sharon January 10, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    First, the landscape is to die for. So, breathtakingly beautiful. Second, I see my fave color . . . purple. Third, you look just lovely. Lastly, how Vogue is this post? These photos are fantastically fashionably editorial.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 10, 2012 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you so much Sharon! So glad you like it. Its one of my favorite posts so far. In the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting another one with my new super-platforms. I can’t walk more than a few yards in them but they look great standing. (-:

  14. Angel Collins January 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Nice evening dress!. Purple or violet is really a pretty color. It looks very stunning!. Nice post!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  15. Jamillah January 12, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    WOW. Seriously Heather these photos are stunning…super crazy stunning…you in that gem tone dress with the desert background made for some beautiful images. Glad you and the husband got to get away for a bit :).
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    • Heather Fonseca January 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks so much Jamillah! I love these photos too. So glad you like them.

  16. Yanira July 12, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Great blog here! Additionally your site so much up very fast! What web host are you the use of? Can I get your associate link in your host? I wish my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    • Heather Fonseca July 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      I use just host. They’re pretty good.