Vintage Inspired Road Trip Outfits for Spring and Summer

Last month we went on a three week long road trip from LA to Florida and back and since I got some questions about my clothes on Instagram I thought it would be fun to share a few of the outfits I wore on the trip!

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Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing; Sweater: Tatyana Clothing

I love vintage clothing from the 40s-60s and am usually dressed in some sort of vintage inspired look 99% of the time, and our road trip was no exception! Most people think sitting in a car for 6+ hours in a dress and petticoat would be uncomfortable, but the outfits I’m about to show you are from some of my favorite vintage inspired brands which have all the charm of vintage, but are made with modern fabrics and materials that make them a little more comfortable.

Pinup Girl Clothing DressThis blue dress that I wore in Arizona is from Pinup Girl Clothing and is easily one of my favorite dresses ever. It’s a cotton sateen with a slight stretch so it’s perfect for running around in hot desert weather. Find it here.Pinup Girl Clothing Tiki Vera DressThis tiki print dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is another favorite for warm weather. I love this dress because it has a stitched bust design which eliminates the need for a bra and a built-in in underskirt which adds volume without the need of a heavy petticoat. Find it herePinup Girl ClothingAnnnnd another from Pinup Girl Clothing. I wore this look on Valentine’s Day! Funnily enough I ended up matching our hotel room. This outfit is two pieces – a gathered skirt and a super comfy stretchy top. Find the skirt here and the top here!Tatyana Clothing Alika Dress in White

I didn’t get a chance to visit the real Graceland on this trip, but I did find the replica in Orlando! I wore this beautiful white Alika dress from Tatyana for the occassion! This dress has a beautiful texture and a subtle shimmer, but is so light weight and super comfortable and fun to wear. It also comes in a variety of other colors. Find it here.

Unique Vintage Novelty Skirt

I love fun novelty skirts and this one from Unique Vintage has the most adorable beauty parlor print. I paired it with a peasant top from Pinup Girl Clothing and a little cardigan. Find the top here and the skirt hereUnique Vintage Skirt and CardiganHere’s a head to toe Unique Vintage ensemble. This cropped, three quarter sleeve, cherry print cardigan has such an adorable vintage feeling I try to wear it as much as possible. I love the length of the skirt and the high waist makes it very figure flattering. It’s also light weight and has POCKETS. Definitely one of my favorite every day looks. Find the skirt here and the cardigan hereVooDooVixen Dress and CardiganThis floral sleeveless shirt dress and cardigan are both from Voodoo Vixen. The dress is made from stretch cotton that was perfect for frolicking around Savannah. I actually wore it a couple more times during the trip as well, that’s just how great it feels to wear! I paired it with an embroidered floral cardigan when I got a little chilly. You can find the dress here and the cardigan here!

 

There you go! A few of my favorite pieces from my favorite brands. Follow along on Instagram for more outfits!

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Checking In: Hotel Valley Ho – Scottsdale, Arizona

Warning: This is a very image heavy post, but I just can’t help myself.

Last month we had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was the first stop on our three week long road trip to Florida and boy oh boy was it a good way to start off the trip.

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (1).jpgHotel Valley Ho has a very interesting history, so let me lay some on you real quick.

Designed by Edward L. Varney (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright), Valley Ho opened its doors in 1956 and was an impressive example of what we now know as mid-century modern architecture and design. Upon opening it quickly gained popularity with numerous celebrities and trendsetters of the time. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood even celebrated their wedding reception at the hotel in 1957.Unfortunately, during the 70s the hotel was bought and was stripped of its design and fell into disrepair until it finally closed in 2001. Plans to demolish the structure were considered until architecture and history enthusiasts rallied to save it. Thanks to those efforts it’s now a registered historic landmark.

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (3)In 2002, the hotel was bought by Westroc Hotels & Resorts and underwent renovations by Allen+Philp, an architecture and interior design group from Phoenix. In 1958, Edward L. Varney proposed building a tower above the lobby, but it never came to fruition, until 2002  when it was built under Westroc’s owenership. The years long renovations were a success and stayed true to the spirit of the original style and era, and thus the Valley Ho we know today opened in 2005 on December 20th, exactly 49 years after its grand opening.

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The lobby immediately feels like a time warp with its glass walls, cast and poured concrete details, and natural stone walls. All perfect examples of mid-century desert style. Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (6).jpg

Retro style furnishings, including large curved sectionals, shag carpet, and woven textiles surround a space-age fireplace.

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The high glass walls flood the room with light and give you a sense of being within the desert landscape.

This is a great place to grab drink by the bar, or just hang out and mingle with other guests if you want to escape your room for a bit. Rumor has it that sometimes late at night Jimmy Durante would play the piano in the lounge for the other sleepless guests.

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We had the pleasure of staying in a King Tower Suite for the night. Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (3).jpg

The suite is definitely impressive and features a living space, adjacent bedroom, expansive bathroom equipped with a washer and dryer, a large patio over looking the pool, and a fully stocked kitchen. It’s decked out with mid-century modern furniture and plenty of modern conveniences.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (1)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (2)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (4)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (5)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (6)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (9)

The bedroom area has a comfortable king sized bed, chaise lounge, and a light fixture that gets honorable mention because I need it in my life ASAP.

Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (10)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (12)Did I mention the hotel is also extremely dog friendly? Well it is! Pandora definitely enjoyed it.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (11)

The expansive bathroom is a little on the dim side, but is equipped with a walk in closet, laundry, double sinks, and an amaaaazing shower. Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (7)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (8)

The room overlooks the main pool area and has gorgeous views of the sunset which you can watch while lounging on the patio furniture.Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (13)Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho King Suite (14)Outside, the lush property is nothing short of break taking. Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (9).jpg

The property features two pools – The “OHasis” Pool, a relaxing lap pool.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (10)And the OH Pool – the more lively hot spot with private cabanas, a hot tub, cocktail bar, and live music.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (11)

Can we talk about all of this color?? Serious heart eyes.Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (12)Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (13)

The hotel also features delicious on-site dining at Zuzu. Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (1)Here you’ll find seasonal American food and stylish mid-century design including a curved diner-style counter, stone walls, globe lights, and round booths.  Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (3) Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (4)We had dinner there and were not left disappointed. I wish I was able to take pictures, but it was dark and I didn’t want to be the annoying person photographing all of their food. Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (2)We dined in a cozy booth and I can honestly tell you that everything we ordered was great, especially the drinks. Our server, MJ, was very helpful with his suggestions and helping us navigate the menu. We started off with the roasted tomato and goat cheese casserole and a round of their seasonal cocktails. For our meal, I had the seared salmon in a tomato broth and my husband had the short ribs that came with the most amazing green chile grits. I stole them. Delish.Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (5)The next morning we ate breakfast on the patio at Zuzu before hitting the road and it hit the spotttt! We shared stuffed french toast (yessss), eggs, bacon, the works. They even brought out eggies and a water bowl for the dogs. Two thumbs way up.Cafe Zuzu at the Hotel Valley Ho (6)

Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale AZ (4)I can’t get over what a great experience we had during our stay here. From check-in to check-out everything was exceptional. One night definitely wasn’t enough and I hope to go back again soon. If you’re planning a visit to the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, I highly recommend paying a visit to Hotel Valley Ho. Especially if you’re a fan of mid-century architecture and design. It’s well worth it!

Big thanks to Hotel Valley Ho for a wonderful stay.

A Look Back At My Apartment Through The Years

If you haven’t heard the news already, I’m leaving my apartment of over 6 years and moving back to Palm Springs!

As I pack up each room for the move I’m reminded of how many faces each one has had over the years, and how we started out here with literally only an air mattress and a laptop. I worked hard to make this apartment feel like our own home and did every thing I could to personalize it within the limits allowed. In the beginning I worked with what I had and could afford, which wasn’t much, and slowly improved each room over the years and brought in new and better things to make it what it is today. I had fun doing it and I’m really proud of what I’ve done and been able to share with you all since the blog started.

I thought it would be fun to take a little look back through the years. Each rooms has looked even more different than what you’ll see below, but this is what I could find on my Instagram and photo archives.

The living room and dining room have always been the main focus. It’s where we spend the most time and really the only room people see when they come over. It started out with ugly paint and carpet (the floors were eventually changed by management) and eventually turned into a bright and spacious feeling room. It was even featured in Better Homes and Gardens!

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As you can see I flipped the entire layout last year.

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The dining room has had a few different lives too. 45778_431244939058_252962_nHere are a couple of my favorites.891011

Even the front door got a makeover a couple of times!

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And lastly, the bedroom. I went from garden grandma chic vibes to tropical resort vibes.

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I’ve had a lot of fun living here and sprucing this place up, but I’m excited for something new!

Stay tuned for projects in the new place soon!

 

I’m moving! To Palm Springs!

You guys, it’s finally happening…

I’M MOVING!

Remember last year when I talked about wanting to move but ultimately didn’t because the timing didn’t feel right? Well, it finally does and I’m really excited about it.

For about a year we’ve been toying with the idea of moving back to Palm Springs and during our 3 week long road trip last month we finally made the decision to do it. So many signs were pointing to ‘yes’ and everything just kind of fell into place which means it’s meant to be. Among the many signs were if we stayed here our lease renewal would result in a huge rent spike AGAIN (not worth it), and we found an amazing mid-century apartment right away as if by magic. I couldn’t turn it down.  Total kismet!palmsprings

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Los Angeles and always will. I was born in LA and I will always consider it home, but Palm Springs is home too. I grew up there and even though as a teenager I couldn’t wait for any opportunity to get out, as an adult I look for any chance to go back. Life is weird!


I’m going to miss this view, and this apartment, and all of the memories we’ve made in it. Six years is the longest I’ve ever lived in any one home in my entire life! It’s going to be strange to leave but it’s definitely time to go. Besides, I’ll be back in LA at least two days a week because of my husband’s job, so I’ll still get my fix.
Anyway, I’m really excited for this new chapter and to share the new place with you in a few weeks. Make sure you’re following along on Instagram for all the updates that don’t make it on here!
Wish me luck…

60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy

I’m sure you can tell by now that my personal wardrobe is very influenced by mid-century styles, particularly the 50s and 60s. Even when I shop at modern stores I find ways to create looks that fit in with my aesthetic. Old Navy is the perfect place to shop for staples that can be used in all types of looks. Since spring is right around the corner, I picked up a few mix and match pieces to create a pastel take on nautical wear.

60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy
For this early 60s inspired look I used the cutest Ruffle-Sleeve Linen-Blend Top and paired it with Mid-Rise Pop-Color Rockstar Jeans, colorful loafers, and a scarf. Each look costs under $100!

60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy

60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy
The button up, linen-blend top has a very early 60s silhouette with the cutest flutter on the sleeves.

60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy
It’s SO comfortable, you guys. Textured linen always feels very “yacht club” to me and the detail in the fabric reminds me of rope, which also feels very nautical. 10.jpegI paired the top with brightly colored denim in the shades Strawberry Dust and Tattle Teal. 60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old NavyThe colors and ankle length tapered cut mimic 60s style pants pretty well, but have all the comfort of modern stretch denim. 60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old Navy I very rarely wear pants, if ever, but these are definitely something I’ll wear all the time, whether it’s around the house working on projects or out on the beach.

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Classic flats finish off the look, like these sky blue Faux-Leather Moccasin Loafers.2.jpegFinally, to top it all off I tied a light pink scarf in my hair. 60s Inspired Spring Nautical Outfits featuring Old NavyNow you see how picking the right pieces can give you vintage vibes, even if it’s from a modern store like Old Navy!

This look was created in partnership with Old Navy. As always all opinions and ideas are my own.

My Top 5 Favorite Beauty Routine Tips

I personally don’t like spending hours getting ready to go somewhere. I end up getting
exhausted and grumpy and not in the mood to go anywhere. Surely I can’t be the only one who
feels this way right? Luckily I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that make my daily beauty
routine a lot easier and more tolerable. You didn’t ask for them but I’m giving them to you
anyway!

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Baby Powder for Oily Roots
I have very thick, naturally curly hair and there’s nothing I dread more than blow drying it.
Ughhhhh. For this reason and the general health of my hair, I avoid washing and blow drying it more than once a week. I’m like a gremlin, DO NOT GET MY HAIR WET. When my roots start to feel oily I sprinkle on a little baby powder, rub it in, and brush out any excess. I also use a soft bristle brush to distribute the oils so I don’t get build up. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos, but baby powder works the best for me. It’s light in texture, inexpensive, smells nice, and adds a nice lift to my roots. Thumbs up.

Pink Foam Rollers for Easy Curls
I avoid heat styling whenever possible so that’s why I rely on my good old pink foam rollers. I’ve worn them since I was little and they always tamed my naturally curly hair into perfect little ringlets. A lot of people assume you only use these on wet hair, but I like to use mine on my dry hair to give me a nice curl touch up without using a curling iron.

Whipped Argan Oil
I loooove Argan oil, but I have to admit I’m not very good at using oils to moisturize my skin. I don’t know if I’m an idiot or what, but I never seem to apply the right amount. However, I got some WHIPPED argan, which has the texture of a regular body cream, and I love it! After I get out of the shower I immediately apply it to my face and body and it lasts all day. I also run whatever is left over on my hands through my hair. It helps keep my frizz in check! I like Josie Maran’s.

Cold Mist Humidifier
This isn’t really a beauty routine tip BUT hear me out. Dry air can cause a whole slew of skin problems, especially redness from dry skin. This means you need to spend more time trying to correct this with makeup and lotions blah blah blah. Annoying! I finally gave in and tried a humidifier and I love it. It has helped my skin tone and texture a ton, which means less time spent fussing with skin issues! Yayyy!

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And finally…

A 10 Minute Makeup Routine
This has been the biggest game changer for me. I picked out my absolute must-haves for a
simple morning makeup routine and trained myself to complete it in less than 10 minutes. It’s nothing fancy or glam, but it works and gets me out the door. It consists of applying only the basics. For me it’s:
A light foundation. I like Naked Skin by Urban Decay.
Fill in brows. I like Ka-BROW by Benefit.
A little contouring on the cheekbones and highlight on the brow bone. I like NYX highlight & contouring palette for this.
A bit of blush. I’m loving Majorette by Benefit at the moment.
A quick swipe of liner. I use a sharp pencil to first draw a guide line because its easier to control, and then go over it with liquid liner.
A coat of Mascara. I like Rollerlash by Benefit.
And that’s it! If you have any great tips send them my way!

Melodrama Holiday Home Tour 2016

I’ve said it before but I feel like this month has flown by. I honestly wanted to do a little more decorating but ran out of time. Boooo. I did manage to get all of the necessities in here though! Christmas Tree: check! Bottle brush trees: check! More Christmas trees: check! I’ve realized this year that I have a thing for Christmas trees.

dining-roomIn the dining room I used large bottle brush trees from Target to decorate my shelves and then stuck in two more baby trees for good measure.barI got a little more festive on the adjacent bar, of course. I used Shiny Brite ornaments and epsom salts to dress up a cheapy $5 plain wreath and garland.living-room-bar-kitchenlivingroomThe living room is definitely the most festive place in the apartment! I spy a DIY corn husk wreath over the fireplace.IMG_5640.jpgI also decorated the fireplace with my collection of bottle brush trees and DIY Putz Housesvintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decorationAnd then there’s the treevintage-inspired-christmas-tree-decor

I’m going to miss this when it’s gone.

flamingoI got this hat for my dog but she hates it so Frank the flamingo got a festive little makeover.

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These DIY pom-pom pillows dressed up our little IKEA Hack bench. I made these for Christmas but I think they’ll end up sticking around all year.

I didn’t get much decorating done in our bedroom, except for this little gold tree that holds our personal, heirloom, and travel collection of ornaments. I used a faux fur throw as a tree skirt and hung a cute little DIY Christmas print on the wall. The lighting from this tree is super cozy and great to have on during bedtime Christmas movie watching AKA my favorite winter time hobby.bedroom-tree

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays! Xoxo!