Thanks to Coachella weekend (and Lamb & Flag for sending me!) - I had the opportunity to really explore the "Cute" Palm Springs (with the lovely Aimee of Swellmayde of course)! I say the "Cute" Palm Springs only because I've been here a handful of times before this trip and never really got to explore the finer details this palmy desert has to offer. You all know my obsession with mid-century modern furniture, design, and style. I honestly feel like I'm living in the 21st century but with the soul of someone living in the 40's or 60's (if you get what I mean).
Our first stop was The Parker - a gorgeous retro hideaway (re-designed by Jonathan Adler *go figure - totes amaze!). The space is the perfect mix of modern and vintage eclectic - lots of pop color and texture (each room is another eye treasure to be had - you have to see it for yourself). I always feel like mid-century modern design was created with an optimistic and hopeful eye in mind - a true Sunny Side of Gray aesthetic!
the courtyard outside of norma's restaurant
just one of the amazingly designed rooms in the lobby
I love every inch of this space - you probably would never find it unless you knew it was there (thanks to Dre from themostamazingofthings we were able to find it)! It's so perfectly nestled away along Palm Canyon Drive - but once you find it, you'll be amazed!
candid shot! blogging at work...
Our first order of business was to try Norma's! Known for their brunch - including the famous Waz-Za waffle that's to die for (just think of a fruit filled waffle with a creme brulee topping) - the ambience was my ideal dining experience. Caged chairs with pop color seat cushions, bright orange booth seating, great service (you get a complimentary smoothie shot while you wait for your meal to help beat the heat), and of course an amazing soundtrack of bossa nova and old retro french pop playing overhead.
hammocks just beyond the restaurant
lounging areas by the pool
Driving through the desert lined in palm trees, Palm Springs had so many fun retro finds, like the Biltmore and The Saguaro hotel with their cute public bikes for guests to ride!
how adorable right?
i love you ace hotel!
By far the highlight of our boutique hotel trip was the uber adorbs Ace Hotel. I seriously feel like I could live there (if it wasn't for the heat - it was 115 degrees at it's highest)! I've always heard about the charm - but I finally understand it. I'm definitely going to have to stay there on my next trip!
entrance to the swim club
Every detail about the Ace astounds me - from the Opening Ceremony vending machine to the Vespa rentals outfront - the Commune space and restored old Denny's called King's Highway, every inch is picture worthy.
cute scooter rentals!
king's highway for brunchies
swellmayde and her nikon :)
In case you're wondering - here's what we got at King's Highway... that's the Coconut Bread French Toast, Spinach/Roasted Tomato/Feta Frittata and the delectable Ricotta Hot Cakes with YUP, maple crunch butter. All in all, a rad trip! Definitely make it out there this Summer - you won't regret it (just remember the sunscreen)!