DIY, Fashion

DIY Multi Glitter Sunglasses

My favorite accessory is hands down, sunglasses!  My eyes are sensitive to wind, the cold, sunlight…everything it seems, and I use sunglasses year round to keep my eyes from watering.  I love matching them to my outfits, and I’ve grown quite the collection! I store them on this pretty acrylic shelf, which you can find on my previous post.  Despite the array of fun options for sunglasses out there, sometimes I cant find the exact pair I’m looking for.  Though glitter cat eye sunglasses are out there, I hadn’t found a pair with multi-colored glitter, so I decided to make them myself!

I was going for a brighter color palette, but this hue has a “unicorn” vibe to them that I love.  Being handmade (and using a tricky/messy substance like glitter) means they aren’t perfect, so try not to get frustrated like I with minuscule imperfections.  Check out instructions below on how to make your own multi- glitter sunglasses!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Mod Podge
  • Container of Extra Fine Multi-color glitter OR packet of multiple glitters to mix together
  • Triple Thick Glaze
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Sunglasses (I purchased mine here)
  • Exacto Blade
  • Tape
  • Disposable Paper Plate
  • Small bowl (if mixing glitters together)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. It’s ideal to be able to pop the lenses out of the glasses, but if you are afraid of breaking them, or are incapable of taking them out like I was, start by covering the lenses with tape.  Press tightly into the crevices where the lenses meet the frames.IMG_2258
  2. CAREFULLY cut the excess tape at the edges of the lenses with your exacto blade.  Exactos can easily make nicks on the lenses, so take it slow.IMG_2259
  3. If you are mixing your glitter together like I did, empty all the colors into a small bowl and mix with the end of your paint brush.IMG_2260IMG_2261
  4. **I got over excited on finishing these glasses and forgot to continue with photos, whoops!**   In small sections (so the glue doesn’t try before you apply the glitter) apply mod podge in a thin layer with your paint brush.
  5. With the glasses hovering over paper plate, sprinkle glitter onto the glasses where you applied glue.  Tap the glasses with your finer to remove excess glitter.
  6. Continue covering the glasses with thin layers of glue and sprinkle glitter.  I started with the “face” of the glasses so I could hold onto the “stems” while applying the glue.  When it came to the sides of the face, I waited to apply glitter to the bottom sides until the other sides dried, so I had a clean side to place on the plate while the layers of glitter/glue dried.  I left the interior of the face to be bare from glitter for comfort on the face.
  7. Once the face of the glasses is covered and has dried for about five minutes (or until not tacky) I applied a thin layer of triple thick glaze over the glitter.  This helps to keep the glitter from shedding all over you and your clothes!
  8. I let the glaze dry for about 30 minutes, and then applied a second layer of mod podge and glitter to fill any gaps where I could see the black of my sunglasses.  Let this layer dry for about 5 minutes.
  9. Apply a second layer of glaze to the glittered face.  Let dry for another 30 minutes.
  10. Once the face of the glasses are dry, repeat the steps of glue/glitter and then glaze to the stems of the glasses and the remaining bottom side of the face.  You can allow the stems and bottom side of the face to dry without smudging by placing the glasses face down (and stems folded out).  Allow to dry for an hour.
  11. Carefully remove the tape from the lenses.  You will have alot of loose glitter stuck to the glasses.  To remove the excess glitter, I used the handheld nozzle of my vacuum to suck away the glitter (funny I know, but it worked!).  You now have pair of fabulous multi-glitter sunglasses!

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Fashion

Fruity Fun Fashion

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I didn’t realize how obsessed I was with fruit prints until I took a look at my closet the other day.  There is just something so whimsical and fun about fruit prints, and quintessentially summer!  I cannot wait to break them out again once it gets warm, and add a few more fun pieces!  Get ready for spring and summer with these fruity fun pieces.

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LEMON PRINT

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CHERRY PRINT

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WATERMELON PRINT

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PINEAPPLE PRINT

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MIXED FRUIT PRINT

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DIY, Fashion

Travel Inspired Tees

It’s no secret that I love to travel, my job revolves around it and I take every chance I can to visit new places on my own time.  There is something so exciting about experiencing a new city, culture, and tasting local cuisine.  For me, it’s a lifestyle, not a hobby.  So having some travel inspired clothing is a no brainer!  I don’t wear too many logo tees, but I couldn’t resist having this Airplane Mode shirt for my workouts or loungewear.

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The Nordstrom version is $88, so I knew I could easily make this cute shirt for under $20 with my own personal touch.  A little heat transfer vinyl in a block letter print on my basic cotton tee and I easily created this shirt (and a tank for my friend).  However, if you don’t have a Silhouette or Cricut Machine, or you want a different idea for your own DIY travel tee, check out the links below!

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You Had Me At Hawaii

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Catch Flights Not Feelings

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Fashion

Valentine’s Day Inspired Clothing & Accessories You Can Wear ALL Year

As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy Valentine’s Day for its bold red/pink combo, heart/lip prints, and GLITTER!  Unfortunately, the season to wear these fun pieces is short…but does it really have to be?  There are so many fun pieces out there that can be a part of your wardrobe throughout the year!  Break the rules a little, I won’t tell!  Below are some clothing and accessories I think would be great all year, to add a little color and fun to your wardrobe.

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DIY, Fashion

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Heart Shoes

One shining spot of winter is the sparkling decorations that come with Valentine’s Day.  I’m a sucker for anything in a red/pink combo and glitter everything!  I’m not one to fuss much about the actual expectations of the holiday, but I love decorating and dressing up for it!  When I saw the Valentine’s collection from Kate Spade, I fell in LOVE with their Kade Flats, but knew they were not in my budget.  I decided they looked easy enough to replicate, and I got to work!

This project was under $30 and the best part is, these hearts are shoe clips!  I can switch out with a different pair of clips on these great striped flats, or keep them unadorned.  Check out the easy instructions below on how to make your own Valentine Heart Flats.

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SUPPLIES:

  • Striped Flats (Bought mine here)
  • Glitter Foam
  • Felt
  • Shoe Clips or Clip on Earrings (found at your local craft or jewelry making stores)
  • Printer OR Cutting Machine like Silhouette/Cricut
  • Sheet of copy paper
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Super Glue

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using the heart graphic above, either cut the design with your cutting machine or print the design on your sheet of copy paper.  This will be the template to trace your hearts onto the foam.  I did 2″ width hearts, but feel free to make them bigger or smaller depending on your desired look.  If you print the hearts, cut them out.
  2. Using your cut out hearts, trace the design onto the non-glitter side of your foam.  Once traced on to the foam, cut them out.IMG_1037 (1)
  3. Cut two small pieces of felt with your fabric scissors to cover the back of the clip on earring or shoe clip.  This step is to help curb irritation from the metal clip on your skin by covering it with felt.  Hot glue the felt pieces to the back of the clips.IMG_1038.jpg
  4. Find the placement you want the clips to be on the back of the foam hearts and super glue.  You want to make sure the clips are far enough down the heart that they will not be seen when the heart is flipped right side up.IMG_1041.jpgIMG_1039
  5. Let dry for a few minutes, and then your heart shoe clips are ready to be worn on your flats!

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Decor, Fashion

Ways to Organize Your Vanity Area

You’d think by the look of my vanity its more for glamorous show than practicality, but it’s something I use everyday and cuts out alot of time looking for my hair and makeup products (it also doesn’t look quite so clean on a daily basis…)  Our bathroom is TINY and inconvenient for getting ready.  Luckily, we have a spare bedroom that acts as my husband’s home office, my crafting space, and my vanity area.  With some handy organization products, I’ve been able to store my hair accessories, jewelry, and makeup all in one area; which is a feat since I own so much!  For this blog post, I’m sharing my organization products that has kept my vanity tidy AND stylish!

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French Provincial Desk (Antique)  /  Ghost Chair /  Gold Mirror (Antique)

My vanity is actually a desk from the 1960s (Henry Link French Provincial Desk) that my dad found at a yard sale.  It’s a common style to find around the antique circuit, and many DIYers have given them great makeovers.  Originally this piece was a light color veneer wood with antiqued gold trim, so I modernized it a few times through the years, finally landing on this ultra white look that blends old with new.  Though there are furniture pieces specifically designed as vanities, I find that desks have more storage.  I used organizing trays within the drawers to separate my makeup and jewelry, and keep things tidier.

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Acrylic Shelf  /  Sunglasses Art Print

This 6 tier acrylic shelf is actually meant for nail polish, but I wanted a way to display my sunglasses while also keeping them organized and scratch free.  My collection of glasses has been building fast, so the extra space on the shelves will be no more soon!  I like the clear acrylic so it doesn’t compete with the color of the sunglasses, but finding a shelf with some color or pattern could be great too depending on your space.

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Wall Mount Earring Holder Wall Mount “Curly Q” Jewelry Organizer

The “curly q” wall mount is actually purchased as a set of two, which I used to have mounted together.  Since I don’t have a ton of necklaces, I moved the second to my closet to hang my wristlet purses.  I spray painted them gold to match my antique mirror, and I love the looping design with plenty of hooks.  My earring collection is quite large (all my stud earrings are actually stored within my vanity), so I added this earring wall mount.  I actually intended to order ‘clear’ to match my other clear acrylic pieces, but accidentally ordered white…not liking the look of the white, I sprayed it teal with some spare paint.  It’s a bit splotchy, and I’m not sure if I love it, so it may be replaced in the future with a clear one (pretty inexpensive, so easy to switch out).  Organization wise, I love it though!  It holds alot of earrings, and the shape of the holes allows you to hang both post and loop earrings easily.

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Acrylic Bracelet Stand   /   Acrylic Makeup Organizer

I used to have a small decorative tray that I stored my bracelets in, however, you had to dig around to find a bracelet and sometimes I would forget I had certain pieces because I couldn’t see them.  This tiered bar is perfect for keeping them in view and not clustered together.  The same goes for my lipsticks; I prefer to have them on display so I can easily find which shade I’m looking for.  There are some lipstick holders that are flat instead of tiered (perfect for when they are stored inside drawers) but I preferred the tiered so I could easily see each shade atop my vanity.  I recently threw out a bunch of old lipsticks, so I’m excited to find new shades to fill my organizer! Lipsticks are my pop of retro color with my otherwise neutral makeup routine.

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Kate Spade Lacquer Stacking Box  /  Glass Candy Dish (Antique)

I was gifted this beautiful lacquer stacking box from my favorite brand, and it stores my brooches perfectly!  It’s lined with faux suede, which is helpful for delicate/vintage jewelry.  Here is a link for additional stacking jewelry boxes I found on Amazon.  For additional jewelry storage, I use this pretty antique candy dish.  Antique candy dishes come in a variety of colors and shapes, and are a fun way to add both decor and storage to your vanity.

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Antique Silver Perfume Tray (similar here)  /  Initial Mug (similar here)  /  Mini Eiffel Tower  /  Ring Dish (similar here)

The silver tray is more for decoration, but I actually find it useful for keeping a designated spot for my perfume.  When you have a designated spot for certain items, it helps cut on time getting ready/finding items, and keeps things better organized.  The gold initial mug is an older version of the current initial Anthropologie mug, and it’s a quirkier way for me to store my makeup brushes than a regular cup, that adds personality to my vanity.

The mini Eiffel Tower was a cheap trinket from my time in France, but turned into a great ring stand!  Many ring dishes have a figurine like this in the middle, but I prefer using a trinket that reminds me of my travels.  My actual ring dish I use instead for random bobby pins, safety pins, or anything hanging out on my vanity that I need out of the way.  It’s a great store-all dish for small items.

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Hat Boxes (similar undecorated boxes here)

I’ve used hat boxes for an assortment of objects throughout the years, because I love that I can decorate them how I like (or find unique vintage ones) while also keeping knick knacks stored around my rooms.  These particular boxes I decorated with dotted wrapping paper, gold paint and glitter.  They currently store all my hair flowers, which I have a surprising number of!  I’m considering something with drawers for my flowers in the future (for easier access since I’m in the boxes frequently), but hat boxes are great for storing objects you don’t use on a daily basis, especially in your closet.

I hope you enjoyed this post and find some useful products for your vanity organization.  Feel free to share your own vanity areas with me, I’d love to see your style and space!

DIY, Fashion

DIY Retro Jet Setter Tee

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V-Neck  /  Pants  /  Heels  /  Purse

My love of travel is pretty much equal to my love of vintage, so making a shirt that combines both was a no brainer!  I don’t wear many tees with lettering, but I couldn’t resist when I found this font.  There are so many great free retro fonts (and all other types of fonts) on Dafont.com, so I recommend taking a look for your next project.

For this project, I shopped at Michael’s for a v-neck tee in their craft clothing section and heat transfer vinyl, all for under $15.  I love the pink with the glitter, but if you are looking for a combo with more clarity of the text, I’d recommend a darker vinyl with a light colored shirt or vice versa.  Mine is super glam, but a little hard to see.  Screenshot this graphic to make your own with any Silhouette or Cricut machine!

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Fashion

Statement Winter Coats

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This past week in Cincinnati was cold, pretty warm, and then suddenly inches of snow…weird weather is normal here!  Having a warm winter coat is an essential here, but the standard you usually find in stores is plain black and grey.  Classic (and a staple that be in your closet) but can be boring to wear everyday during these very grey and nature barren months.  I’m required to wear a black coat for work, so I try to go colorful on my off days.  I’ve had the same red winter coat for 6 years and still love it!  It’s really well made (still holding up great), a flattering  silohuette, and my favorite color.  Finding a coat that brings sunshine and color to your days can make winter a little more bearable.

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Red  /  Green  /  Yellow  /  Orange  /  Blue

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Pink  /  Purple  /  Plaid  /  Tan  /  Floral

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Fashion

Spring 2018 Trends To Incorporate Into Your Wardrobe

Even though it’s only halfway through winter, I’m already really looking forward to spring (every year I come to dislike winter more and more…winter isn’t a pretty sight in Kentucky, just grey).  I want color, flowers, sunshine and flowy dresses!  With those thoughts in mind, I perused the Spring 2018 Fashion Trends.

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I’m not one to usually follow what’s current in fashion, I always just wear whatever I like, which is predominantly retro.  However, when your trying to shop new clothes that look vintage, I’ve recently discovered keeping up with the trends helps you collect pieces here and there that fit that retro style (because with fashion old is always new again).  Not every trend is a winner this season…90s angular glasses, rubber and fanny packs…yikes.  However, a few trends caught my eye and got me excited for what’s going to hit the stores!  The Spring lines are slowly trickling in, so here are some pieces I’ve found that   are inspired by my 3 favorite trends of the 2018 Spring Season.

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A sophisticated and fun way to add color to your wardrobe, these pieces are full of bright hues without being literal stripes of rainbow on your clothes.

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RED AND PINK

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Red and pink is actually one of my favorite combos!  It’s feminine but bold, and is a great way to update the normal pastel pink of the spring season.

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BLACK AND WHITE POLKA DOTS

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Polka dots have always been a favorite of mine, and they are a classic to have in your wardrobe.  Usually they are sweet and very retro (never a bad thing!), but depending on the silohuette and size of dot, polka dots can be more modern and edgy.

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Fashion, Travel

Palm Springs NYE Trip

This past weekend, my husband and I took my dream trip to Palm Springs and it was everything I hoped for and more!  It had stunning 360 degree views of the mountains,    blue skies, and lots of palm trees.  Palm Springs is a small, easy-going city with seriously cool design, embracing its history of mid-century architecture.

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Everything on our list was within ten minutes of each other, and though it was easy to walk parts (or bike if you’d like to rent one), we still rented a car.  They have a trolley going through downtown, but it’s limited in where it goes, so renting a car is best.  Parking is easy and free wherever we went, and the roads are wide.  I personally felt stress free driving there, which is a big thing since I don’t like driving!

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Though we went during New Year’s, we didn’t have big plans for the occasion, we just wanted to get away somewhere warm and explore.  If you are looking to visit yourself, my tips are for a general weekend away in Palm Springs, nothing centered around NYE.

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We arrived at PSP, emerging into the warm sunshine immediately via the plane stairs on the Tarmac, a nice reprieve from the cold winter back home.  We grabbed our rental car and headed to our accommodations.  For our first two nights, we saved on money and rented a private casita through Airbnb. It was technically a shared space with the owner since it was part of their property (which makes it a cheaper option), but it had a separate entrance and amenities, so we had our own space the entire time. Like previously mentioned, Palm Springs is a small city, so finding accomadation close to the action is an easy feat. All the neighborhoods surrounding downtown have street parking, so parking our rental was a synch.

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After changing into warm weather clothes (do pack a light jacket for the cooler nights though), we went in search of lunch downtown.  We decided on Ruby’s Diner, a 50’s style diner with shiny red vinyl seats, waiters in candy striped uniforms, and classic diner food.  Though it’s a chain, it was enjoyable, very tasty, and got me in the mood to explore more retro!

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We took a stroll through downtown and first stopped into The General Store Museum, a collection of authentic medicine, groceries, and clothing from the 1930s and 40s.  It was fascinating to see the prices and packages of goods from yesteryear, and the advertising we would now find comical.

With the time change and VERY early start flying to Palm Springs, we skipped dinner and went to bed early the first night. We are the type of travelers that don’t stuff a day with activities. We take some time to relax, just as a vacation should be.

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The next day, after some well needed rest, we started with a delicious brunch at Elmer’s. A staple of Palm Springs, Elmer’s offers American breakfast, lunch and dinner with a few southwestern twists. I had the Bacon & Tillamook PotatoCakes & Eggs, griddle-browned potato pancakes filled with bacon, cheddar cheese, and onion, topped with sour cream. Yummmmmm! We sat on the patio and enjoyed the beautiful weather and mountain views, a great way to start our day.

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We then did some browsing in the vintage stores and upscale decor stores along Palm Canyon Drive.  The three stores that I enjoyed the most were Dazzles, Shag, and Antique Galleries of Palm Springs (the last of which a short drive away from downtown).  Dazzles is a tucked away vintage treasure trove, full of tropical barware, mid-century furniture, and a vast collection of 50s/60s jewelry.  I was in awe of the collection of enamel flower brooches, and I came away with a black and white daisy brooch while Ryan found a hand made vintage mug.  Shag, a gallery dedicated to Josh Agle’s mid-century inspired mod art, a kaleiscope of color, posh scenes and a hint of humor.  Though I can’t afford a large print, I was able to get a post card of his to hang on the travel wall back home.  The Antique Galleries of Palm Springs was fun to explore, since we wouldn’t be able to shop for anything (life of carry-on baggage travel).  It was full of posh mid-century furniture and mod decor, which is more rare to find back east.

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Sunglasses / Dress / Purse (vintage) / Sandals

We did a little exploring around the city and then relaxed at the casita until our night out for NYE.  Almost every city we visit, I annoy my husband with what-ifs of moving there, but I had serious moving lust when it came to Palm Springs.  Maybe years down the road that dream could come true!

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Dress / Purse (vintage) / Shoes (similar here & here)

 

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Once we changed into our NYE finery, we headed over to The Tonga Hut.  There are several tiki bars in Palm Springs, but we chose Tonga since it also had a restaurant.  Even though it was New Year’s, the establishment wasn’t crowded, which is a plus for me.  Most people in Palm Spring’s celebrating that night were at the casino event.  We started our evening with drinks, my husband had a classic Blue Hawaiian, and I had a Tonga Hut Treasure.  My drink, consisting of orange liquor and cream, was served in a large ceramic tiki bowl with a “volcano” in the middle.  The server poured rum into the volcano, lit it on fire, and garnished it with cinnamon and nutmeg, which caused some theatrical sparks!  I love a little presentation with my drinks!  While waiting for our dinner, we partook in some Chinese checkers, courtesy of the games provided in the bar lounge, and sipped on our tiki drinks.  Dinner arrived with a beautiful orchid garnish, and we dug in to our pineapple fried rice and teriyaki beef skewers.

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As we were leaving after dinner, one of the friendly staff asked us if we had seen the “speakeasy” rooms.  He led us through a secret doorway via an old telephone booth, into two lounges decorated with authentic tiki decor collected by the owners.  As we explored, we chatted about tiki bars visited, the history of the Tonga Hut and a possible future visit to the tiki convention hosted in Palm Springs.  If you are a tiki-phile like me, make sure to ask for a tour and grab a delicious drink here!  We aren’t big partiers so we ended our night with a stroll through downtown and some ice cream, a perfect and relaxing end to our 2017.

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We took full advantage of our last day in Palm Springs and fit several more activities in before our Red Eye that night.  We started our day with brunch at Broken Yolk Cafe, a breakfast restaurant on the main drive.  Though there were many delicious options, the calories listed to the side deterred me from making a choice too horrific for my diet, so I chose a surprisingly lighter calorie option of chicken & waffles eggs Benedict.

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After brunch, we headed over to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and experienced some stunning views of the city and a little adventure on the tram ride up.  It’s a bit pricey but worth the money for the valley views from 8,500 feet up, wooded hiking trails and activities atop the mountain.  We explored the viewing points and one of the easier trails before taking the tram back down.  Though I’m claustrophobic, the tram is quite spacious, spins 360 degrees for optimal views and goes fairly fast, so I didn’t feel closed in like other trams I’ve taken.

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After the aerial tramway, we headed over to The Saguaro Hotel to check-in for our brief stay.  The Saguaro was a definite bucket list item for me and I wished we could have stayed longer (there is always next time though!)  Our short stay there was more of a photo opportunity this time around, and boy did I get alot of photos!  Everywhere you turn there are pops of prismatic color and funky decor.  It’s hard not to be happy when looking at the rainbow that is the Saguaro, and I enjoyed looking around the property.

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We then took a drive through one of the more posh neighborhoods to view some classic mid-century homes, and I got my iconic Instagram “Pink Door” shot every blogger seems to have.  The houses are so different from what you normally see back east, material and structure wise, so they were interesting to take in for a historic preservationist like me (at least that’s what my degree is…obviously not my profession, haha).  Their highly manicured desert lawns, stucco facades, and mod decor were a sight to see!

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We made a quick pit stop at Caliente Tropics to view the Polynesian decor, and then enjoyed an early dinner and some impromptu putt-putt golf (My husband always wins…).  We retired to the hotel for some relaxation and a nap, since we unfortunately had to leave that night for a Red Eye.  Though not our original plan, flying stand-by is a precarious game and we had to take the best option for flights.  Our time in Palm Springs was short but sweet, and it has me itching to come back and explore more!

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