Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oxblood + Velvet

The winter season in Tucson is such a special thing, the days are over cast and the air is crisp, but not frozen over, and the spirit of a desert christmas weighs heavy. These shots were taken wandering around the original adobe barrios of downtown, in my vintage 1970s oxblood and velvet suit. I just couldn't wait for the winter days in the desert to come so I could wear it, and on this day I did- enough said. Wishing you, my lovely readers a happy holiday season, from the old pueblo. Many blessings and peace for the new year to come! xo

photography: puspa lohmeyer
creative direction + styling: sydney ballesteros
location: barrio viejo, tucson az
1960s turquoise squash blossom: vintage (razzle dazzle, tucson az)
1970s velvet suit: vintage 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shades of Olive

Green has always been on the list of favorite colors, but lately I've been obsessing over the color green, olive green to be specific. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors to wear this season. The actual fall weather reaches the desert a little later than the rest of the world, so this news flash may be late. Some of these items would argue to be called the color moss. Indeed it's very close in scale, but maybe a tad bit more brown in it. I think I just like the word  "olive" better, don't you? Here are some of my favorite selections in the world of olive.
PS- I am coveting those SW boots, and Christmas is around the corner (hint, hint).


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tucson Modernism Week 2014 | Vintage Style Exhibit Part 1

Another year has come and gone, and the beautiful desert nights of October have graced Tucson with their presence. What that means is...Tucson Modernism Week, a two week long series of events, dedicated to the preservation and design of all things mid-century modern. Some of those categories are homage to architecture, furniture, fashion and cars. You know the good stuff!

My contribution to this wonderful event is the vintage style exhibit, where I produce, curate and style a lovely show, complete with stand still models and a set of vintage mid-century fashions that will feast your eyes. Below is Part 1 of the show, the behind the scenes footage, shot by my creative comrade Puspa Lohmeyer. Enjoy!

Photographer: Puspa Lohmeyer
Creative Director + Stylist: Sydney Ballesteros
Makeup: Tangie Duffey
Hair: Raul Mendoza
Wardrobe: Black Cat Vintage | Razzle Dazzle Vintage | How Sweet it Was Vintage | Desert Vintage | Buffalo Exchange
Models: Kelsey Hagan | Ariel Robinson | Lindsey Meredith | Savanah Impellizzeri | Rachel Vague | Megan Russell | Niki Freeman

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Muse | Grace Jones

Androgynous beauty, strong force, self made, style pioneer, fearless, risk taker, icon, model + singer.

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"I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it's up to them to find that quality and let it live."
~Grace Jones

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Muse | Greta Garbo

True actress, modern, emphatic, sophisticated, astute, disciplined, alluring and mysterious. An understated style setter and art collector ahead of her time.

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 "I wish I were supernaturally strong, so I could put right everything that is wrong."
~Greta Garbo

Friday, September 12, 2014


Just chasing light and saguaros, and painting pictures in the sand. Another day outdoors in the life of the beautiful desert mountains in my native home of Tucson Arizona. This overwhelming landscape never gets old and never ceases to amaze me. Grateful.

dress: how sweet it was vintage (tucson, az) | hat: vintage | shoes: handmade espadrilles from spain (similar here

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Erin Wasson + One Kings Lane

Don't you just love the curated style collaborations that One Kings Lane does? I feel like they always pick people who have the best personal style, spirit and esthetic. For a recent home tour collection, they teamed up with bohemian beauty and all around cool lady Erin Wasson, (who is a kindred vintage hunter + collector). The sale of amazing objects is long over, but the pictures of her lovely eclectic space still remain for your viewing pleasure.  It is chalk full of her vintage treasures, collections and just feels cozy, beautifully personal and humble to me. I love how Erin mentioned the process of seeking out and surrounding yourself with the things you love- a buy what you love figure out where to put it later approach. I can totally relate to that statement, being a collector your eye naturally draws towards the things you love first, then the design should work around those things, always. I feel like the creativity always comes when you are in your happiest element. Well said and done Erin! So when can we have a cup of coffee and chat about our latest found treasures?

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