Palm Springs is one of my favorite cities in California. I love that it is a short drive away from home in LA, yet I feel like I am transported to another world. It’s a little desert oasis. As the name suggests, there are palm trees in every direction and I am always left inspired by the modern architecture and epic colorful sunsets. This season I decided to skip the Coachella. Instead, I attended the POPSUGAR Cabana Club event and pool party and was not disappointed. It was such a treat! It took place at the Avalon Hotel and was decorated so beautifully! There were guesthouses surrounding the pool that each featured a different activity from hair braiding to shoe DIY’ing to photo backdrops. I was beyond obsessed with the backdrop with the tri-colored shadow. One of my favorites at the event was the Walgreens Photo Airstream. It was designed so adorably and I loved that you could take home a photo for a little memento! The icing on the cake was when Jhené Aiko serenaded the crowd at the cabana. I was able to sit right in front and I was completely mesmerized by her stunning and angelic voice. I had the best time! While there I took so many photos to document the fun to #sharelifeshappy with everyone. Below I teach you how to take vacation photos and add calligraphy to create photo memories to frame or add to your mood board.
The Beverly Center has been one of my go to shopping destinations since I was a teen. My style is very much a mix of high and low brands, and it offers so many great options from all of my favorite stores, like H&M, COS, Maje and Bloomingdales. When they reached out to partner on putting together a Coachella inspired look, I was so ecstatic. When thinking about festival style, I first think of wearability, weather and color palette. For my outfit, I decided to go with a desert inspired color range, pairing shades of tan, brown and rust together. And since Palms Springs will be in the high 80's in the day and is infamously known to be quite frigid at night, I wanted to wear layers. I decided on a crochet top and printed mini skirt from Maje, and a suede jacket from BCBG, which I picked up at Bloomingdales. I finished the look with low chunky heeled sandals from Steve Madden, bracelets from H&M, scarf from Maje and a crossbody bag from Coach. The whole look defines my perfect Coachella outfit. If you're in the area, please check out the Beverly Center! They are definitely a one stop shop destination for all your festival fashion needs.
I can never pass up a great chambray dress. They’re always so easy to dress up or down and can be worn to so many different occasions from a festival fete to flea market hunting. I love this style from Lord & Taylor’s Design Lab exclusive line because of the intricately done floral embroidery around the yoke and the easy fit, which is perfect for my on the go lifestyle. I can throw on heels for an important meeting or pair it with flats for a casual brunch with a girlfriend. You’ll be seeing me re-styling this dress in so many ways throughout the Spring and Summer season.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is hotel living. It's so important for me to feel at home in my hotel room, which is why I feel so fortunate to have discovered Hotel Maya during my little getaway in Long Beach. It was such a great retreat to come back to after a long day of exploring. When I arrived, I immediately fell in love with the Latin America meets Southern California vibe, mixed with a modern aesthetic. My favorite feature of the hotel was its waterfront location and how beautiful it was to see Downtown Long Beach and it's stunning skyline in the background. I also loved watching the sun set and rise over the water from my balcony. Nothing beats watching the sky change colors in your pj's. And I still can't forget making smores at their fitpits at sunset on the beach outside of my balcony. See the full photo diary after the break...
After a year of working non-stop, I was ready to take a few moments to slow down and relax. I was so excited when Visit Long Beach reached out to see if I wanted to experience and explore Long Beach. Sometimes an amazing vacation does not have to be across the globe, but simply a 30 minute drive away. Even at such a short distance away, it was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. Long Beach has so much to offer, from ocean views, perfect weather, and so many culinary treats. See my SwellMayde City Guide below for a handy recap of recommendations and favorites spots. See additional photos and links to all places mentioned after the break.