Wanderlust: Palm Desert

IMG_1190 If there’s one thing I love almost as much as fashion, it’s traveling.  I absolutely adore the excitement of an adventure – whether it’s visiting someplace new, or returning to a favorite destination.  I think I inherited the travel bug from my dad, who was born in Italy and traveled the globe before settling in the US and starting a family.  He’s been to every continent including Antarctica!!  I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I do have some exciting trips on the schedule for this year, which brings me to this post.  I was just in Palm Desert last weekend.  My hubby had a work retreat – the type where spouses are welcomed – so I totally took advantage.  They booked us a suite at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, and I spent the weekend stuffing my face with free food and relaxing in the desert sun. IMG_1167IMG_1159IMG_1201IMG_1193IMG_1163IMG_1243IMG_1217 The grounds at the hotel were absolutely lovely, with beautiful desert foliage galore.  Our room was also super swanky and reminiscent of Palm Springs in the 60’s with deco furniture and a step-down sunken living room.  Meals and drinks were comped all weekend courtesy of my hubby’s employer, so I went all out with the wine, cheese, coffee, and deserts! Friday night (arrival in paradise)… IMG_0989IMG_1004IMG_1009IMG_1038IMG_1069 Saturday morning (attending very official work events)…IMG_1174IMG_1128IMG_1147IMG_1161 Saturday night (after lots of wine and great conversation)…IMG_1219IMG_1212IMG_1237 The Palm Springs area is one of my favorite local destinations.  It’s just a short road trip by car, the weather is always lovely, and the environment is picturesque pretty.  I like getting dolled up resort style for trips to Palm Springs, so wardrobe is always a consideration!  My outfits definitely had an impact because loads of hubby’s colleagues were asking for style advice 🙂 IMG_1188IMG_1183 We did attempt an afternoon hike not far from the hotel, mainly because I felt horrible for eating so much, but also because we do like hiking.  Unfortunately, the wind was crazy fierce in the canyon where we were walking, so I didn’t last long with mounds of dust getting blown up into my face – I had a MAJOR (but thankfully short lived) allergy attack, with snot and tears dripping down my face.  It was NOT cute, though the surroundings were beautiful. IMG_1247IMG_1245 On the last day it started to rain, which is essentially unheard of out in the desert, duh!  But I can’t complain because everyone knows So Cal needs the water.  Before hitting the road, we stopped for brunch at the renowned Wilma & Frieda’s Cafe, and even though we had to wait an hour to be seated, it was well worth it.  I had a plate of veggie soy-rizo, which was super yum, but the nutter butter cookie probably did me in.  Wayyyy too much food for a tiny person, because I literally finished the cookie as well as my meal and was queasy the rest of the day.  (I tend to overeat when on vacation, can you tell?) Other than the slight over-indulgence, I had an absolutely fabulous time, lol.  Let me know what you think about this travel post!!  If you like it, I can back track and post about my trip to Yosemite in January, which was also a lot of fun.  PLUS, I’m heading off to London next week and will definitely do a recap of that trip upon my return.   Annnnd I have more fabulous destinations coming up later this year, including Florida in May.  Happy Friday!!  Xxo

Ladylike With An Edge

I’m a big fan of feminine, ladylike style.  I think there’s something very sexy about  embracing womanhood and dressing to show it off.  That being said, I’m not personally super girly.  I love a curve hugging peplum or a big full princess skirt, but I can’t go all out fem because it doesn’t suit me.  I’m a little bit more rock and roll, so there has to be some edgy element to my look for it to feel right.  If I had styled this outfit with single-sole pumps and a delicate necklace, it would look more traditional, and possibly more “on trend”.  But if there’s one thing I really don’t believe in, it’s dressing to look like everyone else.  I’d much rather go off trend and wear something that complements my unique personality.


I absolutely adore these mega platforms with the black flame detail.  First of all, I’m super short, and shortie looooves her platforms.  Plus these are just bad ass aren’t they?!  They’re Scene by ShoeDazzle so I got them for a phenomenal price.  My tote on the other hand, by Ted Baker, is the epitome of ladylike.  I like the way the two pieces complement and contrast at the same time.  The slim fit black pants are by Ann Taylor.  Ann Taylor makes good quality, great fitting pants and I swear by them because almost every style comes in petite, so I don’t even need a tailor!  (They also come in long lengths for taller gals.)  The hot pink peplum was an H&M sale score.  I’m obsessed with the color and generally like peplums for the curve accentuating effect.  The amazing Swarovski crystal necklace was my very first BaubleBar purchase (years ago) but it remains one of my favorite necklaces to this day and people often comment on it.  The one point I’d like to make about this look, is that the easiest way to wear a voluminous peplum top is to balance out the proportions with something slim down below, like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.  Don’t go for full and full, because it’s a lot harder to pull off (unless you have the proportions just right).  So there you have it, some outfit inspiration for the day.  Happy Saturday everyone!!  Xo