Maxi Dress at Sand Dunes

Billabong maxi dress
sand dunes
Billabong maxi dress
sand dunes
Billabong maxi dress
Dolce Vita Jaeger boots
wool hat
sand dunes
Billabong “Solar Sun” maxi dress (c/o)
Wilfred coral bandeau (similar)
Dolce Vita “Jaeger” booties (c/o)

Last week, my sister-in-law and talented photographer Cassie Marino and I packed a car full of clothes and accessories, a cooler of food and drinks, and headed to eastern Washington. We drove for hours with this dream of a destination in mind: sand dunes. After weeks of sharing a Pinterest board for common inspiration, we set out to make our vision a reality, and we’re thrilled with how the photos turned out! I wore this maxi dress, which works just as well with sandals for the beach as it does with desert boots for any occasion from festivals to stomping around in dry, barren lands. The sand dunes are vast and windy, which made shooting a literal whirlwind of an adventure.

Check out more photos from this shoot on Cassie Marino Photography’s blog and Instagram!

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  1. August 24, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    These pictures are absolutely breathtaking

  2. August 24, 2015 / 6:10 pm


    These photos are gorgeous!

  3. August 24, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    This is so pretty – and you wouldn't know from the front what a fun back it has. I also like how you wore the bandeau top underneath. It's the perfect color, and it makes it all that more interesting to look at from the back. Great summer look.

  4. August 24, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    These photos are absolutely stunning!!! So glad that your vision came to life, looks like it was totally worth the drive!

    xo Mary-Katherine | Gold-Hatted Lover

  5. August 24, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    I love this look so much!! Its so effortless and chic! You look gorgeous! =)

  6. August 24, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Lady, your blog is gorgeous! Love love love the sand dunes. Also, your hat is fabulous. <3

    Tiana xx //

  7. August 25, 2015 / 2:31 am

    you have such a lovely blog and these photos are incredible! I especially adore your outfit from your "Black, White, and Berlin" post…so minimal and effortlessly chic! xx

  8. August 25, 2015 / 2:52 am

    Your sister-in-law is a very talented photographer! I love all the movement in these photos and you look gorgeous! That maxi dress is very beautiful!

    Sweet Helen Grace

  9. August 25, 2015 / 3:23 am

    Oh my – Your sister-in-law is an amazing photographer! Of course it also helps that the model looks fantastic 🙂 You look so carefree in these photos and that maxi dress is gorgeous!

  10. August 25, 2015 / 4:40 am

    Carolyn I'm loving your blog. This dress and these pics are just amazing!
    It must be very rewarding to be inspired by something or someone and then recreate it adding your own personal touch!
    Have a great week ahead

  11. August 25, 2015 / 6:01 am

    Stunning, stunning shots! The styling and photographs are impeccable, and you look absolutely stunning! Loving how dramatic the wind makes everything looks, ahh! I love this!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  12. August 25, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Carolyn!! I knew I had to check out this post when I saw your Instagram photo. This set of photos is UNREAL and definitely my favorite all time post of yours!


  13. August 25, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Stunning photos! You look marvelous. Love your cute maxi dress!


  14. August 25, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Your photos are absolutely amazing! The dress is lovely too!

    Rachael at

  15. August 25, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    WOW these photos are absolutely stunning! And I love that you drove for hours just to find the right location. It seriously paid off! Those boots with this dress is a super cute combo! Looking forward to seeing more pics 🙂
    Suzy x

  16. August 25, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    LOVE this photo set! What a gorgeous location and love your styling and the style of photography.
    Would love to hear more about how you planned this adventure and the inspiration behind the shoot!


  17. August 25, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the comment Carolyn, you've got great style! I just followed your stuff it looks great *Thumbs up*

    from likkie —

  18. August 25, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    This is so pretty! I love the quality of these photos, they are so professional! Your outfit is amazing too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  19. August 26, 2015 / 2:00 am

    Sounds like an awesome trip! You look amazing in the photos. It really looks straight out of a magazine!


  20. August 26, 2015 / 5:21 am

    Wow!!! Great photography!! I love all the pictures!! You look Awesome!!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  21. August 26, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Amazing photos! These could be in a magazine for sure.
    Love your look as well. You're giving me effortless festival vibes.
    What a great shoot!

  22. August 26, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Loving this maxi dress. The colorful art design at the chest area & wrap around criss-cross straps is so pretty. It really does bring lift to this off-white dress. You look adorable. Not to mention that back-drop is gorgeous.

  23. August 27, 2015 / 3:46 am

    Those photos are amazing!! I love that you guys made it a mission to take stunning photos for this road trip!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclsasymom

  24. August 28, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Awesome photos,location and outfit.
    And I'm sure that boots served its purpose well (no sand in your toes).
    Nice for ya to find this location in Washington,if im thinking the same washington 🙂
    xoxo Bing. ignore that pinkpaintedcake lol.

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