My Guide to Palm Springs

Colony Palms Hotel

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Bag: Mar Y sol

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Four years ago I lived in PS for about 6 years. Let’s just say when you live in a vacation resort area it looses a little bit of it’s magic. You know how when you visit a place on vacation and you say  “I could live here”  well I did and it’s not the same living in it.  You are no longer on vacation.  But now that I’ve been gone for some time the magic has started to come back. I’d visited the Colony Palms Hotel  several times in the past but had never stayed there. I’m so happy that we choose to stay there during this mini vacay with some of our best friends from college. The Colony Palms did not disappoint! Great private and quiet rooms, relaxing pool with an amazing bartender Skylar mixing up some “Mojave Mules”. The vibe was all around chill. Though we went during off season and 115 degree weather the rates were low but with the same high level service. It you don’t like the heat definitely go during season, the summer isn’t for you.  October through April is going to be the best time to visit for beautiful weather. During the hotter months taking an Uber around town is your best option.

When we weren’t at the pool (which was 99% of the time) we were grabbing fish tacos at Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar. We love this place so much we went twice! Try the sautéed mushrooms and don’t forget a Pacifico with a lime to wash everything down.

For coffee and pastries in the morning you’ll want to head to Koffi. My Iced Soy Caramel Latte is always made to perfection!

Breakfast at the VERY popular Cheeky’s. If you’re ok with waiting it’s worth the wait! Can you say, Bacon Flight?!

For the old school coffee shop/diner breakfast head over to Rick’s

 For an elevated dinner experience we tried  Mr. Lyons. It’s been renovated but still has that vintage Palm Springs feel. From the full bodied red wine to the delicious prime rib then the amazing dessert of beignets, we all left stuffed and happy.

For some yummy Mac & Cheese I love Trio.  Their happy hour is pretty awesome too!

If you’re craving Mexican food then El Marisol is a must! Larry and I went at least once a week when we lived in the desert. (Seriously)

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“We didn’t realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun”

I think this quote describes our trip so well!

Now let’s talk about shopping! The shopping in the Uptown District Palm Springs is the best. I love that they are charming, retro,  privately owned boutiques of people that live in Palm Springs.  You’ll find one of kind items that you won’t find anywhere else. If you want corporate owned stores that you can find in any mall then you have to head to Palm Desert. Here’s my favorite places to shop in the Uptown District PS: Trina Turk , Wil Stiles , Bon Vivant , Just Fabulous (for cards & books). If  you want amazing floral arrangements check out My Little Flower Shop , they’re the best!

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Romper: similar | Hat: Cost Plus (under $30)

Happy Summer! Can’t wait to go back!

xoxo,

my_signatue

4th of July Style

 

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Romper: Madewell | Shoes: Vans | Sunglasses: Celine | Handbag: old, Similar

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a little hiatus. You know how it is, life takes over and it’s  hard to fit in time for your favorite hobbies. A crazy work schedule has kept me busy but now that summer is here I have lots of fun stuff planned. My struggle is always trying to find my balance between work and blogging fun. I thought a perfect time to bring my blog up to date was July 4th. I’d been putting off posting and then I had a few people ask when I was posting again. Oh, the pressure! So I finally stopped procrastinating and I dressed up Rockie (which he absolutely dislikes) and found some time with my hubby “the  photographer”  to snap some quick pics.

How perfect is this Madewell denim romper for a BBQ and 4th of July festivities . I decided to pair it with my leopard Vans for a casual walk with Rockie. To stick with the ‘Merica theme I’m carrying my favorite Red Marc Jacobs tote  and you can’t forget the mini flags.  To elevate this look  for date night I would wear wedges and a crossbody handbag and some color popping jewelry. I feel you can mix many different colors with denim but I love Red and denim.

Now Rockie is sporting a red, white and blue scarf from the Target $1 bins. You know the area that you can’t pass by when you first walk in. When you have a need for nothing in the area but you have to purchase a ridiculous amount $1 items. Or is that just me?

What is your go to 4th of July outfit?

I’m wishing everyone a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

‘Merica

xoxo,

my_signatue

Shop Your Closet

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 Long vest: Zara | Clutch : out of my closet, Similar | shoes: out of my closet, Similar |

Tank: Similar | Pants: sold out, Express

You don’t have to have all new clothing to be on trend and look great. Shopping in your own closet can be fun and if you’re like me you find stuff you totally forgot you had. (Happens to me all the time) I tend to buy one new piece to mix with my current old items. FACT: If you take great care of your clothing and accessories they will last and hold up over time. For example, I rarely put anything in the dryer even if it’s in the care instructions to do so. I hang dry EVERYTHING after hand washing or washing in cold water. Now let’s talk about my outfit. The new item is the long white belted vest from Zara. What I love about it is it takes you right into spring and you can pair it over a dress or cute shorts. I went a little darker with this outfit and was really working the zippers. This is an “outfit of the night” that I would wear it out to dinner with the hubby or out to drinks with my girls. My shoes and striped tank are at least 5+ years old, found them in my closet (shocking I know). My girlfriend and I bought these skinny black pants at Zara on the same  shopping trip, can you say Twinning?  The next day I received a text from her saying how amazing and addicted to these pants she is. I have to agree, these are my go to skinnies and they were under $50. I love a good budget find, especially when they are stylish and comfy! So the lesson is, fashion doesn’t need to be new and it doesn’t have to be expensive to look good. I suggest doing some spring cleaning in your own closet and find what treasures are in there. Build an outfit from your closet!

Spring Florals and Pattern Mixing

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You know I love a good statement skirt and even more than statement skirts I love pattern mixing. My big peach blossom skirt (under $45) is such a big bold print that I paired it with a button up boyfriend shirt that has a smaller print of skinny stripes and navy polka dots. I cuffed and pushed up the sleeves instead of a clean roll, making it look effortless. A great button up shirt is a must for your closet, lightweight and a simple print makes it fun and different. I’m a pop the collar type of girl, whenever I put on a button up shirt it’s automatic to pop it up. My nude heels were a great find from DSW, super budget friendly and comfortable. On my lips I used my favorite Nars satin lip pencil in the shade YU . I’m obsessed with Nars lip pencils, they stay on for hours, are moisturizing and the colors are rich and bright.

xoxo,

my_signatue

White Eyelet Dress Two Ways (Part 1)

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Spring is here and I’m loving the sunny 70 degree California weather, it’s the perfect weather for a white eyelet dress with a pop of colorful accessories. I saw this dress at Zara for under $50 and knew I had to have it to wear on Easter. It’s perfect for Easter brunch and I’ll show in “Part 2” blog post how to pair it with completely different accessories to make it a darker edgier look. Check back on Monday for that post. One dress two ways makes dressing up so fun with all my different accessories. I may or may not have an addiction to accessories. When I recently purchased my Steve Madden yellow chunky heels I knew I would wear them with EVERYTHING! They also come in 5 other colors but the yellow was calling my name. My big statement necklace is from Baublebar , it’s a little Mr. T (who I love) but the bigger the better, right?!  My neon pink Kate Spade handbag was a great find from my local consignment shop, it doesn’t have to be brand new to be amazing. I have a collection of sunhats that I love to throw on to complete a look but  most importantly protect my face from the sun. When I was little I always had to have my Easter bonnet and why should that have to change now? No matter how old I’ve been I’ve always wanted to accessorize. Accessories can easily elevate your outfit and helps add your own style to a simple dress, like I did here. What does your Easter day wardrobe look like?

Handbag: old, Similar | Hat: old, Similar |Dress: Zara | Shoes: Steve Madden

xoxo,

my_signatue

Denim and Stripes

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Anyone that knows me knows that I have an obsession with denim shirts. I have a section in my closet with several shirts all denim but different fits, weights and light to dark in color. I feel a denim shirt goes with everything,  and I mean everything! If you ask any of my coworkers they’ll  say I wear a denim shirt at least once a week, okay maybe twice. The thing with denim shirts is you can dress it up and dress it down. I chose to dress it up here with a striped statement skirt and patent leather red pumps. MEOW! The red pumps are super sexy and add a pop of color to any outfit, they’re my go to date night shoes. I love this outfit because you can wear to work and right out to happy hour after. If you don’t feel comfortable with bright red pumps at work then I would change the shoe to a black wedge or simple black pump. But don’t you think it’s fun to step out of you comfort zone?

Shirt: H&M | Skirt: old, Similar | Shoes: old, Similar | Sunnies:  Kate Spade | Bag: vintage