Just a few remaining shots from some of our Palm Springs adventures. Incase anyone is planing a trip there shortly, here is  little rundown of our itinerary...

El Gallito- inexpensieve Mexican, not touristy, cash only. 
Cheeky's- best brunch spot in Palm Springs. Make sure to try their cinnamon roll- yum! 
Lord Fletcher's- hasn't changed since 1966, was recently on Anthonly Bourdain's No Reservations. The bartender told us jokes and showed us his wind-up toy collection- need I say more?
The Parker- one of my favorite hotels. Designed my the amazing Jonathan Adler. We came for cocktails and truffle fries. I also love to come here for brunch and walk around the beautiful property.
Birba- new favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. Delicious pizza and cocktails. I recommend the braised greens pizza and the heated snake cocktail. 
Toucan's Tiki Lounge- gay bar, perfect for dancing your heart out until the wee hours.  


h&m top and pants
vintage loafers 
vintage coach purse
nixon watch
madewell jewelry

I love these h&m pants. They've been a fun and daring {for me} addition to my spring wardrobe. Sadly I only got to wear this outfit for a few hours because it got way too hot for pants and long sleeves. But I'm glad we managed to get a few shots in first. 

I can't believe a week ago today we were driving back from Palm Springs. This week went by at lightening speed and I'm thrilled to be welcoming the weekend. But before I can enjoy a few days off, I've got a photo shoot for Glitter Guide today. Fun fun! 
Happy Weekend! xo


It has been far too long since I've done a 'snapshots' post and I've missed it. Believe it or not I have more photos to share  from some of our desert outings. Yes I may have gone overboard, but The Ace deserved a post all it's own. Our two days at The Ace were amazing as always. It was fun to be there again, but this time with two of our friends- Phil and Afton. We did a lot of lounging by the pool, laughing until late at night and of course enjoyed our free bucket of beer {courtesy of the ace}. The weather couldn't have been dreamier at 83 degrees- yeah we totally lucked out.


Since I am still editing through my photographs from Palm Springs, I thought I would share some of the photos I took with my iphone. The whole trip I found myself trying to balance taking photos with my camera and my iphone. Sometimes holding one in each hand. Yet still I didn't get some of the shots I wanted to. I am sure many of you fellow photographers and bloggers out there struggle as I do, with putting the camera or phone away. It's hard when what you do professionally intersects with your life. How do you know when to enjoy a moment and not document it?


1. Suno High-Waist Bikini $320
2. Wide Brimmed Hat $158
3. Fuji Instax $60.49
4. Spicy Grapefruit Margarita 
5. Mary Jane Sandals $248
6. Dolce Vita Valentina Dress $275
7. Farmer's Market Tote $45
8. The Paris Wife $15

Can you tell I am having a hard time focusing on anything but our trip to Palm Springs tomorrow? These are a few things that are coming with me and a few that I wish were. 


The boyfriend and I have a love for modern architecture,  so on our way in to Palm Springs last weekend we stopped by the visitor center and picked up a map of noteworthy mid-century modern homes and buildings. Our last day in town we spent driving around, admiring all the vintage gems and imagining the Palm Springs life of the 50's and 60's. I borrowed this incredible vintage dress from my dear friend Kerry and  it fit right in with the scenery...
vintage dress borrowed from friend
loeffler randall flats
urban outfitters sunglasses
wendy mink ring

I want to go back!


The night of Lilly's birthday party James and I had a lot of fun taking photos. It was quite a night, we frolicked in the orchard, ate delicious food, played bocce and to top it all off one of the guests put on a fire show. Yup, really. The invite said "palm springs chic" so I pulled out a sparkly vintage dress I've been itching to wear...
me wearing:
vintage dress from american vintage
drugstore tights
erica anenberg ring

lilly wearing:
kaftan from bali markets
bernardo sandals
kendra scott earrings via guilt

lauren wearing:
dvf suit
madewell shirt
rachel comey shoes
rings and necklace made by mother
la eyeworks glasses
american apparel nail polish in palm springs

james wearing: 
standard cloth hoodie
h&m shirt
banana republic leather jacket
uniqlo jeans
puma sneakers


We are back from a delightful weekend in Palm Springs- To be honest we didn't want it to end. It was Miss Lilly's birthday, who you might remember from here, here and here. We all stayed on the Mediterranean side of the Korakia and insane amounts of fun and laughter ensued. The Korakia is romantic and relaxing. I loved roaming the property and photographing the little treasures around every corner. I embraced the Moroccan feel and wore a kaftan and a tie-dye turban to lounge by the pool...
me wearing: 
alka vora kaftan
urban outfitters head scarf and sunglasses
topshop sandals

lilly wearing: 
rayban wayfarers

Lots more photos to come!


I am off to lovely Palm Springs for a friend's birthday this weekend. I've had lots of fun times there this past year, for example here, here and here. The weather says mid 70's for this weekend- Yes please! I am so ready to get out of town, soak up some sun and lounge in a heated pool. Here are some Palm Springs perfect outfits straight out of my dreams... 
4. Panama Hat $58


 After coming back from my weekend in the Desert, it got me wanting a mix of southwestern, Native American and mid-century items for the home. Inspired by the lovely Ace Hotel...


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I know they should pay me for all of The Ace love I have been blogging about. But I had to share that one of my favorite sites, a site that puts up hotel flash sales is putting up The Ace Hotel Palm Springs today at 3pm! Don't miss it! This already reasonably priced hotel will be even more reasonable. But you have to sign up with Jetsetter first.

Happy Weekend Everyone! xx


I am kind of in love with our instant photos of Palm Springs. There is something so fun about instant photos, photos that are one of a kind, and cant be duplicated. On our last morning in town we went to brunch at The Parker (a hotel designed by Jonathan Adler). There were so many photo opportunities, but I sadly ran out of film. We did manage to get a few pretty great photos though. On our drive back to LA we discovered this deserted airport. It made for some pretty awesome photos. Here are the best of the bunch...



Super Secret Airport

urban outfitters shirt and sunglasses
foley and corinna romper
vintage dress
anthropologie belt
pink studio sandals
paige jean shorts
f21 head scarf


Hello everyone, this set of photos from my Palm Springs vacation were taken with my beautiful Canon digital. I have lots of fuji instax photos to scan and I am waiting on my Holga photos to be developed. In the mean time, here are my digital photos of The Ace. I had so much fun roaming the property taking pictures. Palm Springs is hot this time of year, but so very lovely...

 I want to go back!
Fuji Instax photos are coming next. xx


This weekend was absolutely perfect. My boyfriend and I had so much fun at The Ace Hotel Palm Springs! We didn't want to leave. We also went a little crazy with the picture taking. I have more photos then I can count. It will take me a few days to filter through them all, but I promise they will not disappoint. Here is a sneak peak of our room 313...

More to come...


It looks like I will be making two visits to The Ace Hotel in the next few weeks. One in NYC and one in Palm Springs. Lucky me! The Ace Hotel is a boutique hotel chain with locations in Palm Springs, New York, Portland and Seattle. I'm off to New York City with the boyfriend at the end of the month and I can't wait to stop by The Ace NY for a cocktail. It hold sentimental value since I started to fall for him at that very hotel back in December. Sigh.
 The Ace NYC was a winner for the best of the year 2009 merit award for interior design by Roman and Williams, and I can see why. The lobby is vintage-modern, almost cabin-like, with touches of taxidermy and Americana. I could spend hours here sitting with a stumptown coffee (NY's version of Intelligentsia), pretending to read a paper but really people watching.
The rooms are kind of like hip dorm rooms. Each one is unique though. Most have record players and a collection of vinyl for your hipster pleasure. 

After I pop in to the new Opening Ceremony that opened on the ground floor of The Ace back in February, I will have to grab a sub from No. 7 Sub also inside The Ace. With ingredients like pickled blueberries and crushed up bbq potato chips, I simply must have one!

For all you old school hip hop lovers, Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) spins at The Ace NY every Friday starting at 10pm in the Liberty Hall. This totally appeals to the 16 year old me. I had the biggest crush on Q-Tip and I stand by my claim that he has the second sexiest voice next to Caleb Folowill of Kings of Leon.       _______________________________________________________
A week later I'm off to the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Wow, I am jealous of myself. I sound like such a jetsetter! Both of these hotels are a photographers dream. Visually there is something beautiful and quirky at every turn. I can't wait to get out the red Holga!

The Ace Palm Springs was once an old Howard Johnson's motel from the late 60's. The geniuses at Commune (a Los Angeles design firm), transformed it into a haute-bohemian paradise. The rooms are quite reasonably priced by Palm Springs standards, and the entire hotel is run off solar power. Chic and environmentally friendly, love it!

Make sure to stop by The Ace bar, The Amigo Room for a Figa (a house-infused fig vodka with earl grey tea and honey tangerine) and hop in the b&w photo booth. Don't miss The Cotija Off The Cob (Mexican corn with cotija cheese, lime and cayenne) at The Ace restaurant, The Kings Highway. It is amazing!
Check out The Ace Hotel's Twitter for hotel deals and updates.
(Photos by Sarah Yates and The Ace Hotel)