From top left, moving around clockwise: 1. "Happy Trails" Sign, Pioneertown // 2. "Swap Meet" we stumbled onto in Joshua Tree // 3. Driving through Yucca Valley & Joshua Tree // 4. Desert Swap Meet/Flea Market // 5. Palm Springs Backdrop // 6, 7, 8. Route 62 Vintage Antique Mall // 9. Katie's thrift pillow find! // 10. Beautiful embroidered vintage poncho // 11. My feet lounging at The Saguaro // 12. The infamous windmills right outside of Palm Springs //
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I'm back from my trip to Palm Springs! I thought I'd put together this little (or big!) Instagram recap. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen most of these, but it's nice seeing them all together like this I think, too. If you want to see some larger, you can visit my feed online.
I'm going to share some brief thoughts on this trip and how it differed from my last, but first I wanted to share my experience with this new phone in case you are in the market for a new phone and aren't sure if you want to take the iphone splurge, or save some pennies and go with a Droid. I have to say, I unequivocally LOVE this phone. There are of course pros and cons to both the iphone and android, but this phone, for me, fulfills everything I wanted in a phone. I pulled up the photos I took in Photoshop and was AMAZED at the resolution quality when I zoomed in.
I am a very happy girl.
Also. THE SCREEN. It's HUGE! Comparing it to my iphone carrying friends on this trip, my screen is much bigger. But it is still very easy to handle - not TOO big. The screen image quality is so fantastic. I'll stop there, but I just felt like I had to share this in case anyone is phone shopping! Since Droids can now pretty much use any app that an iphone can, this is an awesome phone to have (Samsung Galaxy s2).
Center photo: Marilyn Monroe statue (did you know Marilyn was discovered in Palm Springs?)
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Some trip highlights:
- Staying at The Saguaro. Yes, the highly pinned hotel that every design enthusiast and color-lover swooned over last year. And guess what? It is MUCH more impressive in photos. Ha! Don't get me wrong, it's super cute, but the photos make it look a bit more upscale. And not that I'm a hotel snob whatsoever. We are budget accommodation all the way. But I kind of expected more. It's definitely a bit more "dinky" for the money. It wasn't too expensive, but it wasn't exactly cheap either. But hey, it's still super cute and colorful and, yes, great for photos!
- Hung out at the always fabulous The Parker Hotel courtesy of our friend Holly! She and Heather stayed there one night, so Katie and I got to hang out with them in their room. You can see lots of photos that I took at The Parker on my last trip, here. Luckily you can always walk the grounds of the Parker and the ACE even if you're not staying there, if you ever want to check it out. But it was fun seeing one of the rooms in person (and swoon over all of the Jonathan Adler pieces!).
Center Photo: Katie, Holly & Heather
From top left, moving around clockwise: 1-4. Inside the room at The Parker // 5. Dressed and ready to explore // 6. The Parker // 7. Rt 62 Vintage Marketplace // 8. Polka-dot tights // 9. Rt 62 Vintage Marketplace // 10. The Parker // 11. shopping! // 12. My panda airplane headrest pillow : )
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- Going thrift and vintage shopping in Palm Springs and Yucca Valley. The Route 62 shop was really cute and there was a great antique mall next door as well. Some really amazing furniture pieces for great prices. If you live nearby, definitely worth a trip!
- Visiting Pioneertown and eating at Pappy & Harriet's. Heather has been talking up this place for a long time, and it was super fun! More than anything, it gave us an excuse to drive through the desert and really experience the landscape. For this Southern gal, that view still just blows me away. It almost looks like one of those fake old Hollywood backdrops. Just too unreal looking to be real. Pappy & Harriet's was super yummy and apparently a popular destination for fun bands (and lots of hipsters, of course). I'll have more photos from Pioneertown coming soon.
- And last, going on an unplanned visit to Little Tokyo in LA before my flight out on Tuesday. It was definitely a highlight of my trip! If I can't have the real Tokyo, I'll take a little one any day. ; ) SO many cool things to buy and great food to eat. I bought too much and I'll share soon.
Ironically, even though this trip was originally planned to center around Modernism Week, we only did one event and it was a disappointment (a lecture all about Marimekko!). And we bailed on a home tour because we were having too much fun shopping. Ha! But I think that's what made this trip different - it wasn't overly planned, but totally done on the fly. I really needed some time to just relax and have good times and conversation with friends and that's what it was! And since we went in February, the weather was AH-MA-ZING! So, if it weren't for Modernism Week, I wouldn't have thought to go during this time of year. Definitely the perfect time to go hang out in the desert.