#THATPINKDOOR- Palm Springs
Greetings! And welcome to my first travel piece! Some people have destinations on their bucket list that include lush tropical exotic locations. Me, being the girly girl I am, my destinations of choice are inspired by my favorite color. Fortunately, many of these locations are within 100 miles from me, so the ball’s in my court until I can map out some destinations across the globe- that super posh and pink restaurant in London being one of them. In the mean time dear readers, enjoy some of my favorite pink destinations in So Cal:
- The Pink Door- Palm Springs.
There are so many hidden gems in Palm Springs. I feel like every time I leave I stumble upon a reason to come back on the way home. I love a town who takes color schemes seriously, and home owners who are willing to share their love of pink with the world. The Pink door is such an iconic California landmark it even inspired a replica door at the Museum of Ice Cream (which yes, I had the absolute honor of visiting this week, but that post will come another day.)
2. The Beverly Hills Hotel- Beverly Hills (Obviously)
Imagine a swanky, pink flower accented oasis just minutes away from one of the most iconic luxury shopping destinations in the world. Ya, the Beverly Hills Hotel (the one on Sunset) is the equivalent of hitting the pink decor jackpot. From pink and green vintage inspired lounge areas, to a red carpet that seems to reflect a hot pink when accented with a green and white striped canopy- it’s like the place was made for Barbie girls. Even their to go boxes are an adorable shade of 50’s bubblegum pink. Their Cabana Cafe restaurant is absolutely amazing. It’s a little pricy so I do recommend going with a friend to split a dish and an appetizer. It is worth every penny and if you’re lucky enough to go on a Tuesday, ask for Paul! So humble and has great menu recommendations. His cat is adorable too- cause ya the conversation went to pets and next thing you know Olivia had a new Instagram friend!
Hat: Marshalls Shoes: Christian Louboutin Dress: Asos
3. Pasadena Art Center College of Design
Let’s say hypothetically pink is not your favorite color. That’s ok, we can still be friends and we can still go to this wicked cool multi colored wall. Although I would strongly suggest trying to visit on a weekend-during the week as it’s actually a parking lot filled with what I presume is students. Which leaves you with only the edges to work with. I’ve been so inspired with the bloggers of the So Cal area lately. A cool hash tag to follow for inspiration of your own is #walltraveled.
Trust me dear readers, there are sooo many amazing, Instagram worthy destinations and I pinky promise to try and share as many as I can. Stay tuned to figure out where I’ll travel to next and comment below if you have any suggestions!
Dress: Owl Fish Purse: Coach Hat: H&M Sunnies: Ray Ban
Today’s fashion adventure took me to the desert oasis otherwise known as Palm Springs. Literally just a hop skip and a jump away from me it was so refreshing to be able to dress for the strength of the desert sun rays instead of the cold less than 60 degree weather that has consumed So Cal for the past few months. Don’t get me wrong, the cold was a nice change of scenery for the first month or so but this So Cal girl missed the days of sunshine and summer dresses!
The thing I love about Palm Spring is it is such a laid back environment- but style never seems to be sacrificed. There is not only fashion enthusiasts everywhere you look but fashion and art are around literally every corner! The spring art instillation of Desert X is no exception. A little advice to anyone taking a day trip to experience the exhibitions- you literally need a whole day! Stop first at the ACE Hotel and pick up your map, and plan your trip accordingly. The only stop I didn’t get to see was Claudia Comte’s exhibit but fortunately the instillations will be hanging out for a few more weeks. The destinations I did get to visit were Phillip K Smith’s “Circle of Land and Sky” and Doug Aitken’s “Mirage.”Some people have described these installations as a treasure hunt for adults, and it’s sooo true! Each instillation uses the mesmerizing landscape of the desert and inspires each admirer to become immersed in it. Truly an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. I put serious thought before venturing out on what shoes would work as I know walking in the sand in heels is not an ideal situation- plus I didn’t know how much of a hike I was looking at. Flats and sandals work fine- or in my case my favorite Steve Madden gladiators. And alas, anticipating a slight gust of wind I had to wear something that I knew would pick it up and add drama to my shoot. Mission accomplished.
Doug Aitken’s “Mirage” is quite literally a fun house with an art deco edge and breathtaking scenery.
At Phillip K Smith’s “The Circle of Land and Sky.”
Top: Parker Bag: Kate Spade Shoes: Valentino Necklace: Betsy Johnson Skirt: H&M Glitter Sunnies: Miu Miu
Coincidentally, or perhaps not, I’ve been asked about my blog a lot recently. Whether it be someone bringing up a favorite blog article or just a favorite picture I would like to express a sincere thank you to my friends and family who have motivated me to get back at the thing that makes me happiest- fashion and blogging about it. And what better way than to talk about what I love most than the day before Valentines Day?!
Not only is fashion sure to take over my Facebook, and Insta feed due to New York Fashion Week descending upon us faster than you can say the devil wears Prada, but fashion is starting to devour my investment choices as well. As much as I love interior decorating- and investing in new fun furniture (until the glam room starts coming together) it’s time to invest in my already expansive wardrobe. I’ve already invested in key pieces. For example this red skirt I’m sure you’ve seen before for more holiday inspired outfits-4th of July too. But now it works perfect for this Valentines Day ensemble! Thank you H&M! Thank you for this fabulous staple piece that seems to be the answer to all of my Holiday ensemble needs.
Who needs a Valentine when you have Valentino?!
Now, the fun comes in investing in accessories! Which again is perfect considering I’m putting together an accessory room. This season my accessory of choice was this uber cute heart bag by Kate Spade. No doubt, just like the red skirt I’m sure I’ll find great ways to style it all year round. Some of my co-wokers even highlighted how perfectly it will match my obligatory mouse ears for my Disney adventures- cause ya know that’s an equally important factor to consider when deciding on accessory statements. And probably another borderline fashion addiction to be discussed in another post. Alas, ladies and fashion gents it’s good to be back! Thanks for inspiring me dear loved ones to once again resume this thing I love the most- and ya know it really is true. When you do what you love you really never work a day in your life.
I’m not the only one who turned to Kate Spade for Valentines Day Style! How cute is my dear friend and fellow blogger Kerry Miller of KLM Fashion Style’s Kate Spade bow bag?
Top: Audrey 3+1 Shoes: Chloe Hat: Saks Sunnies: Dolce and Gabbana
Ok, so living in So Cal it can be challenging to truly find the countryside. But when my BFF called and said she wanted to go apple picking, and said adventure according to my GPS was identified to only be about 45 minutes away, I truly had no idea what I was getting into. Because country can be so many things to us So Cal folks, and can warrant so many fashion choices. Not to mention how cliche country one wants to go. For example, a Country concert would more than likely require some cowgirl boots. (Insert ode to my long lost hot pink glitter cowgirl boots here.) The fair might warrant a plaid button up and some jeans. Or ya know if you’re just hanging out in a field a la an old school Taylor Swift you might want to rock some of your favorite boho frocks because let’s be real here Taylor Swift made that ok.
So this morning when I prepared for my adventure I accepted the challenge to find the perfect outfit. Obviously no heels because I learned that lesson many moons ago, heels and dirt don’t mix. Not because I can’t walk without looking like a newborn baby deer, but because from a quality stand point dirt and designer are two things that just shouldn’t go together. My decision to wear Chloe became highly questionable after I stepped on the first rock. But alas, I decided to go with something boho. Long sleeve just in case I ran into a flying stinging bug (I haven’t had the best luck with those guys this year so better safe than sorry), some comfy flats and my favorite Free People lace shorts. The hat was a last minute decision once I stepped outside of my car and felt the intense rays of the sun. Sometimes fashion has to be practical and protective. Considering I was able to comfortably hike through dirt trails, fields of flowers and apple orchards and still maintain my reputation of being a fashionista being sacrificed I’d say I successfully met the challenge of balancing the So Cal country side with city chic.
If the opportunity ever presents itself to visit Riley’s Farm seize that moment! Learn how to properly pick an apple from a tree. How to not get stung by a bee while picking flowers and enjoy the best green beans and apple sauce you will ever taste in your entire life. Literally felt like we stepped into another world. If I had a dollar for every time I said “this is just like Sweet Home Alabama” I would have had at least $10.
Dress: Owl Fish Shoes: Alice and Olivia Sunnies: Miu Miu Hat: Charming Charlie
The other day my boyfriend and I ventured out on an errand run to Lowes to pick up some odds and ends. As we walked up and I grabbed a cart to place my beloved Olivia in he asked, “Do you ever feel a tad over dressed?” Without hesitation I responded, never. Here’s the thing about being a fashionista, one does not dress to impress the ordinary. Every day is an excuse to look your best and in this triple digit heat the options can become challenging. Since as long as I can remember a summer dress has always been my go to wardrobe staple. So naturally I was delighted when I stumbled upon this cute dress that exuded nautical summer fun.
When you look at something and literally think to yourself, “oo now this is fun!” you naturally have to compliment it with equally fabulous accessories, thus the accent with my favorite bubblegum wedges by Alice and Olivia and multi colored bangles. Designers in their collections always seem to say how they are inspired by the movement and colors of the season. This outfit I’d say is completely and totally inspired by my favorite summer things- cotton candy ice cream, sunshine, nautical vibes (cause yes that’s totally a thing) and daydreaming of that perfect summer getaway.
Dreaming of taking this outfit on the road, like to Paris or maybe Rome.
Free People Dress. Forever 21 Belt.
Carlsbad Flower Fields.
If only flowers bloomed this perfect in my back yard.
Free People Dress.
Orchids. My mom’s favorite flower.
One of the highlights of the day was getting lost in a Sweet Pea maze.
One of the really cool things about my professional career is I have been blessed with opportunities to experience Southern California. In addition to expanding my network and meeting countless amazing and just overall wonderful people, I’ve also been introduced to destinations I only thought possible in movies and dreams. The desert led me to Salvation Mountain, and today to a San Diego gem.
My “time” in San Diego was amazing. If it wasn’t for the traffic and a better opportunity career wise in the IE I would have re-considered staying. But alas, in addition to leaving behind peers I consider family, and the lovely SD Style Bloggers I also left with some amazing travel tips for exploring. I knew San Diego was lovely far before I ever explored behind a keyboard and the hash tags. But never had I dreamed a beautiful destination existed. The dream. The wonderful dream in which I am referring to is a little ol’ place called the Flower Fields. Nestled along the hillsides in Carlsbad is a place that has provided equally magical memories for several of my friends and family members. How I have lived my whole life in Southern California and only just found out about this place just 2 years ago, truly baffles me. Naturally, the minute I found out about the Flower Fields, I started making plans to go but as things sometimes go, timing never worked out and next thing you know it’s May and the season’s over.
Today though, the stars aligned and it just worked out to take the one hour drive. My boyfriend joined me on the adventure, and aided as my photographer for the day. I was just a tad concerned the weather would be cold but it couldn’t have been a more lovely day. While I did work this outfit to work with a coat, the second I pulled into the parking lot and stepped outside, I knew it would not be needed. Which was a sigh of relief actually because one of my favorite details about this Free People ensemble is the lace on the sleeves.
And that perhaps is one of my favorite things about being a So Cal Fashionista. The ability to work an outfit to cater to a sudden fluctuation in weather. While I never was able to master trig, this was truly a talent that I have been able to utilize. Why is Fashion 101 not a subject in High School? Anyways, if you ever find yourself with time, and a sense of adventure, I strongly recommend the Flower Fields. Not only are there endless photo opportunities, but the serenity of the flowers blowing in the wind combined with the majesty of the ocean view, it makes for a truly spiritual experience. Well worth the 2 year wait and I can’t wait to go back!