In the past, I’ve admitted to my love for resort wear: specifically cover-ups. When I came across this kaftan at Luna Boutique, I thought it would work nicely as a cover-up and make a lovely addition to my collection. It made for a perfect “throw & go” piece during our stay at the Parker, and I think it will work well in the fall, too.
After checking in, our stay at the Parker really began at the famous lemonade stand. We needed to adjust to the desert heat, and the lemonade stand is the right place to start! Once refreshed by a few muddled lemonades, it was time to choose between a lounge chair at the adult pool or family pool… we opted for the adult pool (yay no kids!).
Tim and I stayed at the pool until just before sunset, then headed to the pétanque and croquet courts for a few games with friends. Before we knew it, the sun had set and it was time to indulge in even more food at Norma’s… followed by a nightcap martini by the fire pit!
The next morning, Tim and I ordered some light options from room service menu, one of my favorite things to do whenever we get a chance to get away. I love how warm the mornings are in Palm Springs; we were able to comfortably enjoy our coffee on the patio, and I think it was the first uninterrupted breakfast we have had together in years! Here are more of my favorite photos around the property…
Last week, Tim and I had the opportunity to escape to Palm Springs for a little getaway sans kids! We stayed at the beautiful Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs, or more simply known as “The Parker”. The Parker has been host to Hollywood’s elite crowd for over 70 years now, and after experiencing many of the amenities that the hotel offers, I can see why. It’s a place where one can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and experience luxury at its finest. The grounds are extremely private, and the pathways throughout are surrounded by tall hedges which remind me of a scene out of Alice in Wonderland. The hotel was designed by the famed Jonathan Adler, one of my favorite interior designers. He incorporated one-of-a-kind vintage pieces with modern and contemporary furnishings, as well as hints of his signature “Hollywood Regency” style.
Our stay at the Parker couldn’t have been more perfect (we could have easily extended for another day or two). We enjoyed muddled lemonades poolside, while snacking on delicious bites from the kitchen. We even managed to slip in a few games of pétanque and croquet! I really enjoyed chatting with the staff; they are attentive and very knowledgeable about the property. I love all of the design elements around the Parker, and am particularly enamored with the lobby. I’d like to sit in and enjoy a martini in every chair, chaise, sofa, and stool! Here are a few of my favorite photos around the lobby…
Check back to see my next post featuring more images of this unique desert oasis!
I spend a fair amount of time researching for unique items on Etsy.com; whether it be for our home, the kids, parties, or apparel. Recently, I came across a vendor selling beautifully reconstructed vintage denim shorts. I became obsessed with the creations by WILD AND FREE HAWAII and was intrigued by the details which include: studs, dip dye, and patchwork. I contacted Chantel, the owner, to find out more about her business, she shared:
“WILD AND FREE was born in June of 2011. ‘Be Wild, Live Free’ is my motto in life! I was on a hunt for the perfect pair of denim shorts.. Living on a small island shopping is VERY difficult. I could only find spandex/cotton pairs so I snuck into my dads closet and took an old pair of Levi’s cut them distressed them and dyed them. My friends went crazy for them, and everyone wanted a pair.. and that’s how WILD AND FREE started. The company took off after that, and I now retail them on 2 islands and make hats and tanks as well.”
Her process begins with vintage shopping at thrift stores, cutting to approximate measurements, distressing, dyeing, studding or sewing and washing again. I love that each pair is one-of-a-kind, upcycled and vintage. Her designs are hand-made on the island of Kauai, and she finds her inspiration from music and fashion icons such as: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry, and Farrah Fawcett. Her personal style, which she describes as “gypsy, hippie, bohemian, rock with a little hint of aloha”, is reflected through each pair. Her designs are currently sold at events on island, Hanakai Boutique on Kauai, Fashionistas market on Oahu, as well as online at etsy.com/shop/wildandfreehawaii. Be sure to check her our on Facebook as well as instagram, too! Here are a few of my favorite WILD AND FREE HAWAII pieces…
all images C/O WILD AND FREE HAWAII