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Great winter outfit, plaid flannel, faux fur and rose gold braceletSince I’m in the middle of posting about my recent trip to Alt Summit I thought today’s Dirty Side of Blogging would be to show you how blogger’s get outfit shots.  I had been missing my husband on my trip as he had been traveling when I left and we’d been apart for a while.  So I decided I wanted to wear the Becomb bracelet he had given to me for my birthday because I was thinking about him.  You can’t just take any old photo.  You style the shot.

behind the scenes of shooting a blogger outfit postWhich sometimes means you are in a bathtub, with wet towels all around you, and you take 4-5 photos to get THE shot.  Glamorous, no?

 

Where to Stay in Palm Springs

palm-springs-hotel-title-image-revisedPalm Springs is so hot (haute) right now.  No, like it’s literally 110 degrees.  And like, literally the most trendy place you can vacation.  I grew up going to the desert to visit family so there is something so natural about being there for me.  There is nothing like that first blast of hot air as you get out the air-conditioned car upon arrival.

Palm-Springs-signLiving in Orange County, Palm Springs is a little over an hour away and super easy to get to.  What once was a place that I went with friends or my husband has turned in to a place our kids like to go as well.  This post is not particularly family focused I simply wanted to share my favorite hotels in Palm Springs.  These are not listed in any particular ranking.  For me, choosing the hotel is based on many factors such as who I am traveling with and the overall mood for the trip.

ace-hotel-palm-springsI love the Ace Hotel.  And yes, so does everyone else.  This is the most hipstery of the bunch but also just really well done.  I have never had anything other than a great time here.  I have stayed her with girlfriend’s, my husband and my family all on separate visits.  The atmosphere is totally casual and relaxed.  The rooms are well-appointed with good amenities.  Concrete floors, slat walls and cool furnishings abound.  If you go, be sure to book a room with a patio.  It gives you the extra space to hang out and have friends over if you go in a group.  For families, they offer an awesome room that has a king size bed and two twins along one wall.  The staff is always friendly and my soul feels good here.  And they play really good music at the pool and serve adult snow cones.  Done.  This is not downtown so you will need to take a car to get to some of the best restaurants.  But there is a great little Koffi shop within walking distance across the street.  You should plan on eating at least on breakfast at King’s Highway, the hotel coffee shop.  They get it right every time.

Riviera-Hotel-Palm-SpringsAnother place I find I return again and again is The Riviera.  This one is a short drive from downtown Palm Springs but on many visits, I never leave the property.  The vibe is all Hollywood Regency here with crystaly chandeliers and amazing patterns all around.  There is something about the beds at this hotel!  I sleep really good when I stay here.  The pool tends to get really crowded on weekends making renting a cabana worth while.  The spa services are fantastic and the on-site restaurants are delicious.  I’ve never taken my kids here but I do see families there every time I go.  Be sure to take special note of where your room is located as all of the buildings look remarkably similar with that graphic wallpaper.  You may find yourself walking in circles, just sure you’ve found your room at 2 o’clock in the morning, only to determine that you haven’t.  Not that this has happened to me…

alcazar-hotel-palm-springsThe Alcazar is newer to town and a nice little place.  It is totally no frills with a slight nod to design.  The rooms are all white with sparse, rustic furniture.  The pool was small and quiet when we stayed here, but that was mid-week.  It might GO OFF! on the weekends.  I love the location.  While you are not directly downtown, you have two amazing restaurants, Cheeky’s and Birba (both run by the hotel) a short corridor away.  There are several other dining options within walking distance making it the perfect place to stay and play with no driving required.  I stayed her with my mom and she enjoyed it very much.  I don’t recall seeing a single handle bar mustache or PBR.  Well maybe at Birba…

Viceroy-PSAh, the Viceroy.  I haven’t stayed here in years!  But I have been back several times to eat at Citron, the on site restaurant.  This hotel also has a bit of that Hollywood Regency vibe.  Everything is on a smaller scale here.  The lobby is tiny and the rooms are comfortable but not especially spacious.  There are two pools on site which get crowded very early during summer, weekend mornings.  If you are with a group, be prepared to get there early or not sit all together in one group.  I have not had any spa services here but several of my friends have fond memories of their time there.  This hotel is within walking distance to the downtown nightlife and restaurants which makes it really fun for going in a group that wants to spend a night on the town.

the-saguaro-palm-springsWho doesn’t love the bold use of color at The Saguaro?  The rooms here did not excite me much.  They were brightly colored but not particularly special.  But the rest of the hotel is awesome.  There are delicious restaurants on site as well as a nice sized pool and bocce ball.  If you feel up to braving the 100 degree weather, you can rent a bike and ride around town (although the hotel is not downtown and the only thing in the area is a shopping center across the street with a grocery store and a few fast food restaurants).  Or hang out in the lobby and play a game of ping-pong.  I love the atmosphere here and their margaritas and guacamole are my fave! I have not brought my kids to stay here yet but totally would.

parker-palm-springs-hotelThere are several other places I have stayed in and around Palm Springs.  And there are several that I really want to check out. The Parker (above) is one of those places.  We have eaten there and played around the grounds, but never stayed overnight.  I hear great things about it.  And if the Jonathan Adler designed lobby is any indication, I know that I would love the rooms.

The Korakia looks ridiculous.  In a good way.  And I would love to check it out this year.  The Colony Palms looks small but fun. Their pool area has an amazing maroon and white striped cabana that is calling my name.  The Hard Rock is taking over what used to be Hotel Zoso in early fall.  You KNOW that is going to be a good time.

For families I also recommend looking in to renting a house with a pool (NOTE:  the north end of town gets crazy windy and can really hamper your outdoor time and make swimming pools pretty chilly).  Having a kitchen makes it really nice for handling meals and snacks with kids.  Looking for a little pampering during your stay?  Hire this private chef to cook you dinner one night!  One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

Where is your favorite place to stay in Palm Springs?

 

Best of SLC #IGTravelThursday

#IGTRavelThursdayHave you ever been to Salt Lake City?  I went last year for the first time for Alt Summit.  And I totally fell in love with the city.  These are some of the best places in the city and a few celebs sprinkled in for good measure…Where have you been that you were pleasantly surprised by?

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Lauren and I in a confetti rainstorm, The Copper Onion in downtown has the best, simple decor and amazing music,  and AMAZING artwork (top right!), the Joshua Payne Orchestra plays the Grand America Lobby Bar, Bar X was super cool and the people were so friendly, and lastly, you know, just hanging out with HGTV darlings Orlando Soria and Emily Henderson who damn near caused a blogger tornado when they walked in to the room.

Be sure to follow some of the hosts of this super fun #IGTravelThursday linky party:  Hines-Sight Blog, and Skimbaco Lifestyle

Crafting Community Family Weekend in Palm Springs

Ace Hotel Palm SpringsThe Ace HotelThis is the 4th year of the Crafting Community family weekend at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.  And this is the 4th year that I have wanted my family to go.  It is AMAZING.  The Crafting Community creates “immersive design experiences” where families can spend time together, create together and experience art, music, and making new friendships…together.  And The Ace is awesome so you know you are going to have a good time just being there.  My son still talks about swimming in the pool there.  See an example of how the day is structured here.  Doesn’t that sound so great!  One of these years I will remember to not travel so much during the summer and save up for this family trip in early fall.  Someone remind me, OK?  In the mean time I have entered every contest I could find to see if I can win us a trip for this year!

See full details and pricing here.

Best of Beaches #IGTravelThursday

aug-29-best-of-beachesBeaches.  There is nothing prettier than the ocean.  It is just too dang bad that all that pesky sand is in the way.  We live about 20 minutes to the Pacific Ocean and yet we rarely go.  And when I think about where I want to travel to (you know, like fantasy travel-wise) it’s all about the beaches.  Clearly I need to stop thinking about it in terms of far off destinations and take advantage of what is practically in my own back yard.  That being said, where in the world is YOUR favorite beach to visit?  What beach do you dream of sipping umbrella’d drinks on?

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From our recent anniversary trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Lookout Point in Corona Del Mar, Big Corona, the view of Laguna Beach from Lauren’s wedding, a gorgeous sunset from Pelican Hill.

Follow along with some other #IGTravelThursday gals, host To Destination Unknown and a delicious post from La Jolla Mom.