The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

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The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

A couple of weeks ago we spent the weekend in Palm Springs at The Monkey Tree Hotel. After following them on Instagram for awhile, I was excited to be invited out to check out the place in person- and it did not disappoint! Palm Springs is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix and the weather is pretty much the same, so the heat wasn’t an adjustment for us. Plus I prefer triple digit temperatures for swimming because I’m a wimp like that :)

The hotel was designed in 1960 by Albert Frey, and changed names and owners throughout the years. The current owners, Gary and Kathy Friedle, bought the property in 2015 and moved from New York City to Palm Springs start their new adventure as boutique hotel owners. They restored the hotel to it’s original mid-century design, back to the original name, and reopened it earlier this year. The hotel is a mid-century lovers DREAM, decked out in vintage furniture & decor that was all found around Palm Springs. They did an AMAZING job of restoring the great property and adding some unique touches to the place- like a Scandinavian Spa with a cold plunge (I suprisingly did it!)!

One thing I loved about the hotel is that it’s smaller with only 16 rooms- which made it perfect for a more relaxing getaway, and a more personalized experience. Breakfast is served each morning and included my favorites- homemade scones, granola, fruit, and yogurt. Our room was really spacious with a kitchenette, and bright white with pops of yellow and blue. The sparkling pool had flamingo & donut floats, 60s garage rock on the speakers, and a homemade sangria served each afternoon- it was really fun but without the craziness of the packed pools you find at some of the larger hotels.

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs
The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs
The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

Ok, are you sold? I definitely recommend staying here on your next trip to Palm Springs! It’s the kind of hotel you’ll leave actually feeling refreshed, which is kind of the point of getting away right??

Thanks so much for having us Monkey Tree Hotel! We had the best time and can’t wait to come back!

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70s Vibes with Dansko & Dillards

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Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards

Oh hey, it’s been a looong while, but after a year away I was thinking it would be fun to pop in and occasionally blog again. Not much has changed, aside from my hair color and I’ve been collecting and designing enamel pins. But if you follow me on Instagram you already know all of that. I’m also still on board with the jumpsuit trend I had just started dabbling in last summer, and they’ve been slowly replacing my dresses these days. High five to not having to worry about your dress on a breezy day.

I really, really love summer clothes, so instead of packing them away when summer is over, I like to add some layers and accessories. I recently got these Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards and I think they go with the 70s vibe of the jumpsuit, and the deep brown helps transition the look to fall with darker tones. I always like to add a couple inches to my height when I can, but I try not to sacrifice comfort in the process because nothing can ruin your day like being out and about with achy feet. Dansko shoes are PERFECT for that- if you’ve never worn them they are designed for people that spend a lot of time on their feet and are super comfortable.

It may be a total cliche, but shoes are definitely a shopping weakness for me. I can spend more time then I’d like to admit wandering (or scrolling) through the shoe section, and I love stores like Dillards that offer a lot of variety. They have a huge selection of Dansko shoes right now and I love being able to see so many style options in one place.

Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards

Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards

Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards

Dansko Deni clogs from Dillards

clogs: Dansko Deni clogs c/o Dillards
jumpsuit: ASOS
denim jacket: Gap via ebay
mermaid shell necklace: Little Arrow Shop

So do you have some favorite tips for dressing during the transitional weather? Leave a link to your posts below so I can come get some fall inspiration!

This post was sponsored by Dansko & Dillards but all opinions are my own!

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Jump Around

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vintage jumpsuit

Well, I’m convinced this is how you have to stand to show off the jumpsuit that looks like a dress at first glance. I’m now a jumpsuit convert, because what could be better for a windy summer day? This was actually in my shop for awhile, and when I started getting jumpsuit envy of many fabulous bloggers, I decided to alter it to fit and keep it for myself. The pros of having a guest room too full of vintage for actual guests ;)

I’m a big fan of cross-body bags, they are so much easier than bulky handbags when you’re spending the day out and about. And sometimes even the biggest color lovers go for neutrals- especially in fun prints and color blocking!

vintage jumpsuit

Big Buddha crossbody bag

bags: c/o Big Buddha
jumpsuit & scarf: vintage
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

vintage jumpsuit

If you are reading this post, thanks for sticking around! Holy moly it’s been awhile. Not sure what direction this blog is heading, but it’s at least fun to pop in and say hello once in awhile :)

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Red Dolly Swim & Flamingos

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Red Dolly Swim polka dot bikini
Red Dolly Swim polka dot bikini
Red Dolly Swim polka dot bikini

bikini: c/o Red Dolly
sunglasses: gift
scarf: thrifted
pool float: Amazon

This would’ve been a perfect post for yesterday, but I found out a little too late in the day that it was Pink Flamingo Day. And National Pink Day. Thanks to the beauty of the internet, we can find out stuff like that :) Also, if you didn’t here, Monday Donald Featherstone passed away- the creator of the iconic flamingo lawn ornament. He seems like a fun person to have known- can you believe he and his wife wore matching outfits for 35 years?? Whoa.

We are in full blown summer mode- floating around in the pool with a polka dot bikini and flamingo inflatable are essential. Oh, and watermelon. Lots and lots of watermelon.

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Color Theory: Handmade Jewelry

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Handmade necklaces Etsy

Handmade necklaces Etsy

Hello, hello! I’ve been working on some new pieces for the shop and wanted to give a little update of what’s been added lately. There’s some colorful bead necklaces with vintage and new beads that are perfect for summer. I also have some fun bottle opener and key necklaces made with vintage pendants and reclaimed chains. You will surely be the hit of all your pool parties and summer bbq’s with a bottle opener at the ready ;) There’s also some new vintage and a Last Chance Sale section!

Are you guys ready for the Mad Men finale tonight? I have mixed feelings about it, but always feel sentimental when good things come to an end. Maybe when it’s over people will forget about midcentury furniture so I can go back to finding things at the thrift store again! ;)

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