where to go:
50770 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230
I drove past the dinosaurs on my way to Coachella a few years ago but didn't stop, so I was glad I was able to make it there this time. These dinosaurs are right on the way if you’re driving from LA, so it’s really easy to stop by. There’s a parking lot, so it’s also easy to pull over, hop out, stretch your legs and snap a pic with the dinos. They’re located about 20 minutes outside of Palm Springs.
Ruddy’s General Store
221 S Palm Canyon Dr
Open Thursday-Sunday 10-4
This general store is actually a man’s personal collection of antiques from the 1900’s-1960’s set up to look like a store. It's just a $1 donation to enter and check it out.
Palm Springs Historical Society
221 S Palm Canyon Dr
Open 10-4 daily
Located right next door to Ruddy's General Store, this little museum is free and has different artifacts and information about Palm Springs. My favorite things in there was all of the Lucy and Desi paraphernalia.
Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway
1350 Ladera Cir, Palm Springs, CA 92262
You probably know how much I love Elvis, so of course I had to stop by the Honeymoon Hideaway where he and Priscilla lived. Tours happen every day at 1:00pm and 3:30pm. It takes about 45 minutes for the tour and costs $35. You can purchase tickets online or walk up to buy a ticket.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars
Palm Canyon Drive
There are stars along the sidewalk for all the celebrities who owned homes in Palm Springs. The stars for Elvis and Frank Sinatra are right next to each other. If you want to find a specific star, there is a website that gives you the exact location for them here.
where we ate:
160 S Palm Canyon Dr
Open 12pm-10pm everyday
This milkshake place is so good we went twice! Not only are the milkshakes amazing, the decor is also cute and retro with photos of old celebs, like Frank Sinatra and Lucy and Desi on the wall. I got the mint Oreo milkshake both times.
411 E Palm Canyon Dr
Open 10am-1am on Saturdays, 10am-12pm on Sundays and 1pm-1am on weekdays
Our first night we ate dinner inside the Caliente Tropics Hotel. Their hotel bar, The Reef, serves tiki drinks and burgers. Both the food and drinks were awesome, definitely my favorite meal of the trip. I had the veggie burger and the painkiller to drink. The inside is kitschy and they also have a covered outside space to sit as well.
1030 E Palm Canyon Dr
Open 6am-9pm everyday
Although our hotel served breakfast, we wanted to go out for diner food one day. We each got an omelet and split an order of pancakes as well. The food is solid and there are lots of black and white photos on the walls of celebrities in Palm Springs, like Frank and Sammy Davis Jr.
we also ate at...
Eight 4 Nine
849 N Palm Canyon Dr
Open Friday 11am-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-9pm; Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm
We stopped here for lunch on our second day after a local tipped us off that there is a secret all day happy hour menu you can ask for where everything is $9. They serve upscale bar food here and we both ordered a quesadilla for $9. The decor here is more modern but still has a nod to the past as well.
707 N Palm Canyon Dr
11am-10pm Monday-Thursday; 11am-11pm Friday; 10am-11pm Saturday; 10am-10pm Sunday
Another restaurant serving upscale bar food. We weren’t super hungry, so we split a few appetizers including a burrata salad, hummus and spinach and artichoke dip. The food was very good and the decor is also mid century modern style, the only thing we did not enjoy was the music. It was a Monday night and they were blasting electronic house music, I felt like I was in an episode of Jersey Shore.
622 N Palm Canyon Dr
5-10pm Tuesday- Thursday and Sunday; 5-11pm Friday and Saturday; closed Monday
This was our last dinner spot and the hardest place to get in. Every other restaurant we were seated immediately. We showed up around 7-7:30 on a Tuesday night and they told us to come back around 9. It’s an Italian restaurant, I got gnocchi and Adam ordered pizza. I enjoyed my meal but Adam said the pizza was just ok (but keep in mind we are New Yorkers so we have high standards when it comes to pizza). We sat outside and there are fire pits that make a cozy atmosphere.
where we vintage shopped:
2675 N Palm Canyon Dr
Closed Monday-Wednesday; Open 11am-5pm Thursday- Sunday
1035 N Palm Canyon Dr
Closed Tuesday & Thursday; open 12-5 every other day
1103 N Palm Canyon Dr
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday; Open 10am-6pm every other day
We also stopped at Sunny Dunes Antique Mall, Aida's Place, Antique Galleries of Palm Springs and Little Shop of Treasures. All of these stops are right in the same area so you can park nearby and stop in all 4 of these stores. All of these antique malls had reasonable prices and seemed negotiable as well. I bought a 3pc 70's suit at one store, the price was listed at $50, but I negotiated it down to $35. Overall, with all the vintage stores, there was more home stuff, antiques and jewelry vs clothes.
I first wanted to go to Palm Springs about 5 years ago. I'm not sure how it even got on my radar, maybe I saw photos on social media or I read about it somewhere. Shortly after, in 2015, I made my first trip to the West Coast. We stayed in LA for a few days and then headed to the desert for Coachella in Indio, which is about 15-20 minutes from Palm Springs. I wanted to check out Palm Springs while we were there, but there wasn't enough time. None of my friends I was traveling with are as into vintage stuff as I am so it wasn't as much of a priority. I made a mental note that I had to make it back to Palm Springs one day.
Then it seemed like Palm Springs became extremely popular. It seemed like everyone on social media was choosing Palm Springs as their vacation spot, so many people that it made me not want to go anymore. I felt like maybe I'd seen everything I needed to see on Instagram.
But after my recent vacation, I don't feel that way at all. I'm so glad I made the trip back to the desert. I think there's still something to be said for seeing things for yourself. I've seen countless photos from inside Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway, people posed on the couch under the infamous photo of him and Priscilla locked arms with a cocktail in their hands. But the moment I walked into the house, a feeling came over me and I realized seeing a photo of something is not the same as experiencing it in real life.
I think another trick to having a unique travel experience is looking for things to do outside of Instagram. According to Instagram, it seems like everyone stays at The Saguaro, so it made me think maybe this was one of the only hotels in Palm Springs. We drove past The Saguaro a few times and while it looked cute, I'm glad I did my research and found out about The Monkey Tree instead because it made for a more unique Palm Springs experience and it was a better fit for my aesthetic and personal taste too.
Overall, I think social media can be a great resource to get travel recommendations or find out about a destination you might not have otherwise known about. However, I think it's important to do your research off Instagram as well. Try looking for more obscure recommendations that are off the beaten path, rather than seeking out "the most Instagramable spots". To me, these spots usually end up being the least inspiring anyway. And even if something is a tourist trap or Instagram bait, if it's something you really want to see, you should still go because no photo will ever give you the same feeling as seeing it with your own two eyes.
While in Palm Springs, we stayed at The Monkey Tree Hotel, a fabulous boutique hotel straight out of the 60’s. The hotel was originally built in 1960 and aside from the amazing retro style design, the hotel also has an impressive history behind it. Several famous stars stayed here in its heyday, including Katherine Hepburn, Lucy and Desi, and The Beatles (except Paul). Allegedly JFK and Marilyn Monroe even had a private encounter here with the Secret Service guarding the entrance to their suite. Over the years, the hotel changed names and owners, but in 2015 the current owners, Kathy and Gary, purchased the hotel and restored it to the original name.
Kathy and Gary have done an amazing job with the property and really make you feel welcomed and comfortable at their hotel. They also lived in NYC before moving out to the west coast so we chatted about that and they were more than happy to give us suggestions of bars, restaurants and things to do while in Palm Springs. The hotel offers continental breakfast every morning, including homemade bread and muffins, yogurt, granola, fruit, tea and coffee. It’s also an extremely relaxing environment. Children under 14 are not permitted and they encourage all adults to be quiet and respectful. We lounged at the pool every day where 60’s music played over the sound system. In addition to the salt water pool, they also have an exercise pool, hot tub, sauna and a cold plunge. The pool area has a Smeg fridge stocked with sodas and everyday at 4:30 they serve sangria.
The hotel has 16 rooms and we stayed in the Deluxe King with Kitchenette style. The room had a bed, sitting area, kitchen and bathroom. Each room only accommodates two people, they don’t have portable cots like most hotels. The rooms were very clean and comfortable and the two of us had plenty of room to spread out. Again, since The Monkey Tree Hotel is meant to be a relaxing environment, there weren’t screaming kids or rambunctious party people, so the hotel was peaceful and quiet every night and morning.
Palm Springs is a pretty small town, but The Monkey Tree Hotel is conveniently located to anything you might want to get to. Each hotel room comes with a parking space, so we didn’t have to worry about finding parking for our car. During the day we would drive around but at night we left the car at the hotel and took an Uber to get dinner. It usually took about 10 minutes to get anywhere and about an $8-12 Uber ride. Kathy and Gary also have a vintage car from the 60’s, so they brought it over to the hotel for us to take photos with which was fun!
We had an amazing stay at the The Monkey Tree Hotel and I would highly recommend it if you’re planning a relaxing trip to the desert with a friend or significant other.
Thanks Kathy and Gary for hosting us and for comping 2 nights of our stay!
If you want to learn more about The Monkey Tree Hotel, check out their website here:
This past Sunday, I took a day trip to Asbury Park, NJ. This was my first time visiting, and I’m not sure what took me so long to check it out! It’s only about an hour and a half from NYC. We took the NJ Transit train from Secaucus, NJ (one stop before NY Penn Station). It was raining in the morning before we left, but we crossed our fingers the weather would clear up and we headed down the shore.
When we first arrived, it was still raining, so we headed over to the Convention Center to check out the Summer Bazaar, a craft fair type of market that was happening that day. To be honest, we were pretty disappointed by this fair, because it was much smaller than we expected. They also advertised that there would be vintage vendors there, and there was literally only one booth carrying vintage.
After the bazaar, it was still misting outside, so we headed to the Silverball Museum Arcade, a supercool arcade filled with retro games. They have everything from pinball, to skeeball, to video games. You pay before you enter, and the price depends on the amount of time you want to stay. There are options from a half hour up to a day pass. Once you’re inside, you can play as many games as you’d like. We stayed for an hour, which was the perfect amount of time for me because there were tons of kids and it was very loud (probably since everyone was trying to escape the rain).
After the arcade, the rain finally cleared, so we grabbed a quick lunch, then headed off the boardwalk to the Main Street to vintage shop. Unfortunately, I underestimated how good these vintage stores would be, and we only had about an hour to spend in them before they closed at 5pm. All of the stores had amazing selections at very affordable prices.
The first store we checked out was Backward Glances, where I bought a super cool 70’s printed shirt for $15. This store is primarily women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. Next we stopped into Flux Modern. This store was mostly furniture and home decor, so I didn’t buy anything here, but they still had lots of amazing items. Then we headed to Antique Emporium. I could have stayed in this store for two hours easily. It is huge, and they had everything from clothes, accessories, records, magazines, furniture, home decor, literally anything you could think of. Unfortunately we only had about 15 minutes to browse (and the guy working there kept following me around the store telling me they were closing, which was a bit of a turn off). Since I felt pressured to look quickly, I didn’t end up buying anything here either. Lastly, we checked out the record store called Hold Fast. They had an amazing selection for super affordable prices. I ended up getting an Elvis record for $5.
After shopping, we headed back to the boardwalk. We grabbed some ice cream at Coney Waffle (we each got a waffle and ice cream). Then we decided to play some mini golf at Asbury 18 Mini Golf. Finally, we grabbed a quick cocktail before heading back to the train. Overall, I had an amazing day, and I definitely plan on coming back again. I’d definitely recommend a day trip to anyone living around the NJ/NYC area if you haven’t been yet!
If you'd like to shop my top, you can find it here:
Top: c/o Dolly and Dotty
Shorts: vintage; Sneakers: H&M; Sunglasses: Hello Holiday; Headband: American Apparel
Location: Asbury Park, NJ
Last Friday, I made my first trip of the year to Coney Island. Coney Island is one of my favorite things about New York City summers because it really does have an old school, retro feel to it. Even though most of the attractions are new, there are still a few original rides left.
The Ferris wheel, better known as The Wonder Wheel, was built in 1920. In 1989 it became a historic NYC landmark. The Wonder Wheel is definitely my favorite ride. It's cool getting to see the whole park from a birds eye view, even though it's equally as terrifying too haha. Some of the cars intentionally "swing" during the ride, so make sure you opt for a stationary car (like I do) if this isn't your thing.
The Cyclone is another original ride. It is a wooden roller coaster built in 1927. It also gained NYC landmark status in 1988. I rode this ride once, but to be honest, I wouldn't do it again. Since it is old and wooden, it is super rickety and rough, a very different feel than riding a modern roller coaster.
I'm not a huge ride person, so I mostly just like to go to walk around and enjoy the ambience. And of course I always stop at Nathan's for french fries and lemonade. My friends all swear the hot dogs are amazing too, but I don't eat meat, so I can't directly comment on them, but I'll take their word for it.
I can't wait to go back to Coney Island again this summer!
If you'd like to shop my dress, you can find it here:
Dress: c/o Karina Dresses
Necklace: vintage; Ring: Kate Spade; Sneakers: H&M; Sunglasses: Guess; Headband & Bag: unknown (both were gifts)
Location: Coney Island (Brooklyn, New York)
As you probably know by now, I spent last weekend in Miami. It was my first time visiting this part of Florida and I absolutely loved it. We spent our time checking out the Art Deco architecture, catching some rays on the beach and enjoying some amazing food and drinks. Living in NYC, I am spoiled when it comes to bars and restaurants. Since there are so many amazing options in NYC, sometimes when I travel I am disappointed in the quality of food and drinks. However, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed every place we ate and drank at in Miami. Not to mention, each place had quirky and vintage inspired decor. So I decided to put together a little guide of these bars and restaurants.
1111 Collins Ave
Come here for solid Mexican food and cocktails. We actually ended up eating here twice, dinner on our first night and lunch on our last day.
819 Lincoln Road
There are 3 different locations in South Beach, but we went to the Lincoln Road spot. We just grabbed drinks here, so I can't comment on the food. The drinks were good and it had great ambience. The decor and music were reminiscent of vintage Cuba.
11th Street Diner
1065 Washington Ave
I'm a sucker for some classic, all-American food, so we came here for breakfast twice. Solid diner food with a retro interior and exterior.
Pane & Vino
1450 Washington Ave
Authentic Italian restaurant. They even prepared the pasta right in front of us at the table.
436 Espanola Way
After dinner we grabbed some gelato here. I got the Nutella flavor and it was amazing!
2727 Indian Creek Drive
This place was a bit farther north, so we had to take an uber there, but it was well worth the quick drive. This place is a tiki bar with cool outside seating area. The drinks were amazing, definitely the best we had on the entire trip. The bar tender even concocted a coconut rum cocktail just for us.
The Social Club
1717 Collins Ave
We came here for brunch one morning. Although the service was a bit slow, the food was very good. Also you can get a free mimosa if you check in on Yelp!
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company
237 20th Street
We came here for some pre-dinner appetizers and drinks. They have happy hour everyday from 4-7 where they have $5 cocktails (including Moscow Mules- which are my favorite!)
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Ave
I ate at the Vegas location last year, and I've been dreaming about their biscuits and mac and cheese ever since, so I had to come to this location to get my fix!
Sorry I kind of slacked on the last two spots and only got photos of the bathroom lol
My one regret is that we didn't have any Cuban food while we were here, but all the more reason for me to plan another trip back here soon! I hope this guide is helpful if you're planning a trip to Miami!
I couldn't think of a more perfect place to wear this Voodoo Vixen diner print dress than to The Arcade Restaurant in Memphis. The Arcade is not your average old school diner. It is actually Memphis' oldest eatery, and considered a historic landmark. It first opened in 1919, but was renovated in the 1950's. Not much has changed since then, so The Arcade has a very authentic retro vibe. Elvis used to be a regular here, and he even has his own booth dedicated to him. Sadly, the booth was occupied when Desirae and I arrived, but we still very much enjoyed dining here. Desirae and I both coordinated our fifties inspired outfits to match the pink and blue interior of the restaurant.
If you're interested in shopping my dress, you can find it here:
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Tights: Express; Shoes: Steve Madden; Bracelet: J. Crew
Location: The Arcade Restaurant (Memphis, Tennessee)
While in Memphis, Desirae and I were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful and historic Peabody Hotel. Everything from the lobby to the rooms are gorgeous. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, the hotel is iconic in Memphis for several reasons.
Elvis visited the hotel multiple times, most notably to attend his prom in the hotel ballroom in 1953. He allegedly was too shy to dance, and spent the evening sitting at a table and drinking Cokes with his date (which honestly still sounds like a dream night to me). He returned to the Peabody in 1955 where he signed his record deal with RCA. The hotel also has a store in the lobby called Lansky Bros, where Elvis used to shop. He befriended the owner, Bernard, in 1952, before he rose to celebrity status, or even had any money to shop there. But as he became famous, he continued to support this local Memphis store and bought much of his wardrobe here. Bernard, dressed Elvis for his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and is responsible for starting the menswear trend of wearing black and pink together, which became an iconic color combination of the 1950's.
The hotel is also home to the famous Peabody Ducks. The ducks first came about in 1933 when the hotel manager placed ducks in the lobby fountain as a joke. Now the duck march happens daily. The ducks come down in the elevator from the penthouse at 11am and march into the fountain, where they stay until 5pm, then they march out of the fountain and back into the elevator and back up to the penthouse for the night. We spoke to the Duck Master, and he told us they keep the ducks for 3 months at the Peabody, then they release them back into the wild.
They take their ducks very seriously at the Peabody, and there is duck themed decor everywhere. Everything from the soap in the bathroom, to duck design tile on the elevator floors. They even had duck shaped deserts, including a white chocolate duck they were nice enough to send up to the room for us one night.
Overall, The Peabody is a gorgeous hotel, which I would definitely recommend! I know I would love to stay here again if I am ever back in Memphis.
Thank you to The Peabody for comping our room for our two night stay!
If you'd like to learn more about The Peabody, you can check out their website here:
Top: Madewell; Skirt: Forever 21; Shoes: Franco Sarto; Bow: Claire's
Location: The Peabody Hotel (Memphis, TN)
While in Hong Kong, we took a day trip to Macao (also spelled Macau), China. It's a 45 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong. Macao is basically China's version of Las Vegas, as there are lots of big hotels and casinos, but we stayed away from these parts. Macao was formally a colony of Portugal, from the 1500's, until 1999, so there is lots of history and European inspired architecture.
Once we arrived, we grabbed lunch at a local cafe, then stumbled upon this yellow and green building (which was actually a library) that complimented my dress perfectly. This was my first time wearing this dress from Frida Lemon, and don't be surprised if you see me wearing it again, because I'm obsessed with the print, plus it's super comfortable and fun to spin in. I got some strange looks by those passing by because I was twirling around while taking photos. I've linked the dress here, if you want to check it out for yourself:
After taking photos, we stopped by Lord Stow's Bakery to try a Portuguese egg tart. Portuguese egg tarts are a signature of Macao, so they are sold everywhere, but this location is the original spot, so if you are going to get one, definitely get it from here.
Next we went over to Senado Square, which is an area that has really great architecture and has a very European feel. At this point, it started to rain, so in between walking around, we stopped in a few stores, as well as a modern art gallery, to keep dry.
Macao is a great place to spend a day if you are visiting Hong Kong, I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Dress: C/O Frida Lemon
Location: Coloane, Macao
Greetings from Hong Kong! I've been here for a few days now, and the time zone change has not been my friend, so I decided to take advantage of my inability to sleep and put together a blog post. These photos are from my first day here, where I wore this sunglasses print dress from The Other Sparrows. It is extremely humid and hot in Hong Kong, so light weight sleeveless dresses are a must.
The first day we walked around Mongkok and stopped by the flower market and goldfish market. The flower market reminded me a lot of the flower district in NYC, since they have lots of vendors in a row selling various types of plants and flowers. The goldfish market is similar, where they have a bunch of stands of people selling pet fish in individual bags. It was interesting to see, but definitely made me feel sad for the fish. We also stopped to take some photos of the taxis, since I think they are super cute since they are pretty retro looking.
I am still here for another 6 days, so if you've ever been to Hong Kong and have any suggestions of places to eat or things to do or see, please let me know!
Dress: c/o The Other Sparrows
Bag: Vintage; Sneakers: H&M
Location: Mongkok, Hong Kong