no trespassing


Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

Yesterday we drove down to the world famous Tucson Gem & Mineral show to check out all the purty rocks. This event is insane, and has it’s main location at the Convention Center but then countless sellers around the city like at most of the hotels and the side of the road.

On the way down we saw that this abandoned restaurant we’ve seen on the side of the road forever, was actually falling in on itself and covered in graffiti. This building always stood out because of it’s German styling in the middle of the desert. It may or may not have been fenced off, and there may or may not have been no trespassing signs, but I really couldn’t see beyond the fact that it would be a good place for some outfit photos, so we hurried and snapped a few.


I bought this dress at a vintage store’s sale where it was $10 for a bag full of whatever you could fit in it- that meant having to make some snap decisions before someone else beat you to it. This dress was one of the items I got, but it was about 4 sizes too big and was missing some of the fabric buttons. I took in the sides and replaced all the buttons to these floral filagree ones, and voilá- it’s a perfect summer day dress.


dress: vintage sale
scarf: vintage- thrifted Vera
bag: vintage- estate sale
shoes: Minnetonka
belt: from a friend


tucson gem mineral show


See that pink building in the background? It’s a roadside adult store, of course. Did I mention it’s right next to a campground? Yup. And that it’s still in biz? Yup. The two pieces of remaining commerce in that “neighborhood”, and I don’t think I ever want to go camping there…

Here’s a peek at some of the minerals I bought, soon to become jewelry. I am pretty excited about the new colors and textures, and definitely found myself drawn to the blues and greens- which is nothing new!


What did you do this weekend?

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14 Responses to no trespassing

  1. But really, is there anything better than fill-a-bag-with-vintage-for-$10-sales? I think not. Love that dress on you! I cannot wait to be able to wear dresses again. We just got another 6 inches, man. It’s just never-ending snow here!

  2. Becca says:

    1. That dress is too cute for words! What a good find!

    2. Woah! That building is awesome. I probably would have stopped, too!

    3. Those minerals are gorgeous! I remember going to a rock and mineral show as a kid and it was my favorite thing ever!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  3. Jess says:

    Those minerals are so pretty, I can’t wait to see what they become! The ones in the middle on the right are my favourite. You’re also looking lovely, your bag is gorgeous! You’ve done a great job at altering that dress too xx

  4. Ellie says:

    These pictures are so cool :) You did a great job with that dress, it looks perfect on you and I never would have guessed that it was originally way too big. And that gem show sounds pretty interesting, love all the minerals that you picked up.

  5. Oh my goodness,the gems are SO pretty, can’t wait to see what you make with them. I also can’t believe how wonderfully you fixed up this dress, it looks amazing!!!
    xo Hannah

  6. Kristian says:

    I am so impressed by all the changes you made to the dress and now how darling it is.

  7. wow I am soo impressed on your alteration of this dress!! and $10 a bag, amazing!! now.. that is really one strange campground, but I agree, it’s an amazing site to see, for outfit pics, and for photography in general, i love seeing deserted places like this. looks like you picked up some gorgeous gems! will you use any of them for jewelry?

  8. Donna says:

    What an amazing place for outfit photographs! I’ve crossed many a fence in search of the perfect picture. Love your outfit, you mix colours so so well! Stunning! X

  9. Marisa says:

    Creepy abandoned structures like this intrigue me so much. What a curious place this restaurant looks to be. Makes me wonder what kinds of characters passed through it back in it’s hay day.

    Of course, love your outfit to pieces. You are the queen of cute details Lisa! And I cannot wait to see what you make out of the various blue and green tone rocks. I really want to snag something up!

  10. Miki says:

    What a beautiful dress! I can tell it’s been kinda hot there in Arizona, too ;).

    And I’m glad you guys didn’t get arrested for trespassing, hehe.

    Have a wonderful week, Lisa!

  11. Ashley says:

    I loved that you made the dress your own by altering it and adding new buttons! And I hope you share photos of the jewelry you make with the minerals–would love to it! Hey there! Love the print on this dress. Also, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can get the details in this post on my blog: There’s no obligation to participate, but I just wanted you to know that I love your blog!

  12. Ashley says:

    Ha! Let me try that again. Love the dress and the minerals and hope you share photos of the jewelry you end up making. Also, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can get the details in this post on my blog: There’s no obligation to participate, but I just wanted you to know that I love your blog! Sorry my previous comment was a bit jumbled!

  13. Marlen says:

    haha the german restaurant in the middle of the desert is super odd. and I LOVE those $10 bag sales, i always feel like i’m border-line stealing when I do that, haha

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  14. Laura says:

    That dress is so perfect! What a great idea, I need to find somewhere that does the bag sales!


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