espanola dreaming.


just a little tour of the casita that i was lucky enough to live in some years back, in a little town between santa fe and taos new mexico.


these days.


by carol marine

  1. 20 essential books for women’s history month. my list would include geneen roth’s women, food & god, the diary of anais nin, faithfull by marianne faithfull, violette le duc’s la batarde, patti smith’s just kids, caroline knapp’s appetites, judy blume’s are you there god it’s me margaret, and joan didion’s blue nights. to name a few!
  2. i love this article about mall walking. when my son was a wild toddler we used to take him to the mall on rainy days to let him run free & ride escalators. additionally as a 90’s teen, i really can’t imagine a world without malls.
  3. i want literally everything at bona drag right now. holy crud, i wish i could afford it!
  4. eyeing this eye shadow palette (in austin) from flower beauty. (winky emoji)
  5. i love this blog post about how to track your spending. hilarious and super duper helpful.
  6. so in love with everything painter carol marine does. also, i believe investing in art to be a radical thing. three cheers for affordable pieces.
  7. i am reluctant to announce (for fear of jinxing it- but unable to contain my excitement) that my son is now potty trained. it took 4-ish days (and 2 years), but i believe the boy has got it. my son is all about rewards, and unfortunately i think he’s gotten used to getting fancy toys every time he uses the toilet. thinking about switching to this sticker chart (hopefully he won’t notice that a sticker is not as cool as a toy).
  8. one fine day i will have the money (and childcare) to stay at the lautner modern home in desert hot springs. one of ’em!
  9. in my search for a pair of white cowboy ankle boots i (re-)happened upon forever 21 and (i’m a little embarrassed to admit) i decided to re-consider it. i found these boots there, which are not bad at all. also, take for example: this safari jumpsuitthis straw tote bag, these cropped wide legged pants, this satin striped bodysuit, this striped suspender jumpsuit, these gold fan tassel earrings, these plaid kitten heel mules, this mustard button front dress, these cobain-y sunglasses, these gingham mules, these metallic lucite slides, and this desert tone fuzzy cardigan. whew!
  10. two favorite words: irish. nachos.

vacation dreaming.

vacation dreaming.
to quote my son: oh my dear! t’is the time of year where all i want to do is run away to a warmer climate. considering it has been in the mid 70’s this week, this is really saying something. winter has me down low, dudes. so i’m just going to pretend like i am a woman of means, one with zero fuqs and a million buqs to give to swanky boutique hotels, where i would spend my mornings in the bonkers beautiful dining room drinking mimosas and my afternoons sleeping them off by the pool. here are the items (just a few basix) i would like to take along with me on my journey to sunshiny bliss.
  1. in the land of fancy vacationers jacquemus is king. this fully enormous, aptly named Le Chapeau Bomba straw hat is the total most fabulous. the zara version is here, and here is a more affordable, v jacquemus version from asos.
  2. obviously a swimsuit is crucial, and luckily i just so happen to be a swimsuit fanatic. my favorites this year (so far) are: this tie shoulder one piece from j.crew(i’m partial to the white one), this crazy extra super cute clementine bikini by samantha pleet, this electric lime (major color this year) one piece from asos, and this leopard print one piece (because leopard print has become chic- not tacky- again. until further notice). additionally both the one piece & two piece versions of this bae by a detacher are full on amaze. pardon my rhymes.
  3. for day wear these ganni satin fringe shorts over a swimsuit are 100% it. also this little mara hoffman leaf print romper, this gingham caron callahan dress, and this mara hoffman rainbow print one shoulder dress are el perfecto.
  4. for a night out this isa arfen dress forever has my heart, and this ganni net dress will allow you to still show off your swimsuit whilst being v v fancy.
  5. for shoes: castaner espadrilles, chloe clogs, and these little target red & white slides.
  6. also of course a pair of shades (celine ones or the h&m knockoffs).
  7. a net bag.
  8. the perfect red lipstick (which does not need re-applying).
  9. fancy sunscreen & aloe.
  10. and assorted velvet scrunchies.

the end. meet me in paradise and save me a pina colada?


four days in the desert staying at the entirely gorgeous and v v swanky parker hotel, where we somehow scored the loveliest and most fancy suite ever. we spent our days sipping champagne lemon drops by the “family” pool (aka the not sexy pool), where my son tried to flirt with european tweens and little redheaded girls and i dug through the september issues of elle and vogue while (strangely) pauly shore paced around the pool talking on his cell phone. we also had one too many pina coladas at the ace while chatting with the staff about renegade desert parking lot minutemen shows and my high school crush on mike watt. we did our best to get through a plate of cheese fries at pappy and harriets and wound up hanging out in the back of a truck filled with punk rock t-shirts where the extremely kind proprietor gifted my son a set of rocky & clubber lang dolls which he has not let go of since. we also partook in bottomless champagne brunches and hung out at iconic atomic vintage digging through bags of 1960’s bikinis and costume jewelry and bar cloth shirts. all in all it was a dream trip, one which my liver and metabolism will likely need months to recover from.



as i began packing for my vacation i found myself faced with the age old problem of having really nothing to wear. really. nothing. the question of what to pack was met with another question, one that comes to me often when faced with major challenges in life: what would stevie do? while i realize that heading off to spend 4 days in 110 + degree heat doesn’t typically make one think of covering oneself in black chiffon bell sleeves, full skirts, and 15 gold necklaces, it makes perfect sense to me. stevie nicks. the desert. leather and lace, my friends. and so, in answer to the big question, the pieces below proved most obvious.

  1. a sun hat is first and foremost, and i believe lady fair would rock this yestadt mika widebrim sunhat like whoa. on sale for $88.80 via bona drag.
  2. stevie nicks would of course gravitate towards a luxury lifestyle linen kaftan with tasstel tipped draped sleeves and crochet detailing. of course. on sale for $533 via matches fashion.
  3. thee gold dust woman needs these oversized square frame sunglasses from oliver peoples in gold & brown. on sale for $149 via gilt.
  4. this southwestern patterned duffle bag is totes stevie. $39.90 via forever 21.
  5. i realize that layered gold necklaces in crazy heat is just kind of a bad idea, and these dipped semi precious necklaces would likely turn your neck green, but they are just so very stevie. $22 via topshop.
  6. gypsy water hair perfume, for all the sweat and pool water going on. $62 via neiman marcus.
  7. black crochet triangle bikini. but of course. $165 via net-a-porter.
  8. so yes, the black, bell sleeved maxi dress is crucial, but H&M makes this sheer number with open sleeves and back so that you might not pass away in the heat and still look tres stevie. $79.99 via h&m.
  9. this new book on queen stevie is perfect for reading on the plane and by the pool. $21.24 via amazon.
  10. these high waisted denim shorts have the stevie in the 70’s vibe for sure. on sale for $11 via h&m.
  11. lastly are these beautiful lace up leather block heel shoes that capture the whole witchy ballerina vibe perfectly (and are a complete gucci knockoff). $120 via topshop.

the end.

palm springs with the little.

we just got home from a wonderful 4 days in palm springs. this was our first somewhat lengthy trip with the kiddo, and i wasn’t sure how he’d handle it. luckily he was a complete trooper and did amazing in the 110 degree + heat. we decided to rent a full size crib for the stay through desert baby rentals, and it could not have been easier. highly recommended! palm springs in the off season is pretty great, because it’s fairly empty. we felt like we had the town to ourselves, and that was awesome. what i really love about palm springs is that there are places that are way stylish and super rad for adults like us (the aging not-quite-hipster/music geek/cocktail enthusiast/plant nerd/total foodie/design geek type), and yet still totally accommodating to toddlers. this is not a common thing, in life. everywhere that we went we were met with genuine kindness and a mighty fine cocktail. we can’t wait to go back. here’s my fave raves from the valley below.

  1. i’ll start off with the ace hotel, because it’s probably the most well known for being hip and yet totally family friendly, and it deserves it’s great reputation. we had breakfast at the awesome kings highway diner and were really impressed with the food. it was healthy, tasty and surprisingly affordable (and you can’t beat that old school denny’s look). we had the great pleasure of spending the day swimming at the ace and it was so, so fun. the staff is sweet as pie and it seemed like every time we started to think, “do we need another drink?” someone would pop up to ask if we wanted anything. the “vibe” at the ace is laid back, but the service doesn’t suffer at all. the pool is surprisingly unpretentious and way kid friendly. i never felt self-conscious about having a toddler there, or felt like i was in some kind of kiddie pool world. it was the perfect mix. they also make the most amazing pina coladas which i will continue dream about for all eternity.

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2. next up is the moorten botanical garden. this place is really a wonder, located pretty much right downtown palm springs. while we wouldn’t want the toddler to run through on his own, he loved being carried through the little paths of enormous cactus and seeing all of the plant life. the greenhouse is such a little sanctuary of gorgeous natural light, and the spanish style private residence on site is a thing of beauty. even in the 112 degree heat it was worth walking through.


3. next is the parker hotel, which we all like to refer to as heaven on earth. we had brunch at norma’s twice, and were blown away by how the staff remembered even our names the next time that we came in, from the valet parkers to the wait staff. the food was honestly amazing, from the farm fresh eggs to the baked goods to the fully epic cocktails. they give you a sample of their daily smoothie and offer it with booze, and each time it is insanely good. we got to spend some time after our meals walking around the grounds and were all totally over the moon for the place. the landscaping is so lush and there are all of these little hideaways where you can sit and have drinks, or lay in a hammock, or play croquet. my son had the best time ever running around and checking out all of the little hiding spots. they have two pools, one for families and one for adults only, and they somehow maintain this balance of being luxurious yet totally comfortable and again, unpretentious. sadly the stunning lobby and those famous front doors were under construction while we were there, but it was still a complete design marvel to all of us. little nods to mid-century design,1960’s fellini-esque italy, a hint of southern plantation charm and a smack of morocco all somehow blend together perfectly. we can’t wait to stay there.

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4. a big part of why we wanted to stay in palm springs was the mid-century architecture. there are companies that give tours, or plenty of maps (and even an app) to do self-guided tours. it was a good break from the heat to drive around and check out places like the kaufmann house, elvis’ honeymoon hideaway and  the movie colony neighborhood with its ultra chic mansions and the highly weird kenny irwin jr. home (which is like an enormous acid trip). the movie colony neighborhood also features ruth hardy park, which is a fantastic park for kids. they have a really cool play area that works for little and big kids, and tons of lawn area for kids to run free in.

5. last but not least is pappy and harriets in pioneertown. my husband has been wanting to visit this place for over a decade, and making the trek up to pioneertown was completely worth it. the space is big and there was plenty of room for my son to run around inside and out. the food is delicious, the drinks and strong and the staff is so, so nice. we heart pappy and harriets.

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the end.

vacation dreaming: palm springs.

vacation dreaming: palm springs.
i am just dying to get down to the desert. i haven’t been in a couple of years, and there is much i want to see. my dream trip would be to stay at either the ace hotel (natch) or the saguaro in town or at mojave sands in joshua tree. it would include a day trip to salvation mountain, a visit to moorten botanical garden for sure, a hike through joshua tree and of course breakfast at king’s highway. i’d also be down for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the parker. and no trip to palm springs would be complete without ogling the amazing mid-century architecture. here is my packing list:
  1. these pan am explorer bags are so cool.
  2. there are so many amazing pools in palm springs and this metallic colorblock swimsuit from j.crew is a pretty classy way to get in some old timey glamour. i also love these gold sandals from seychelles. these spitfire sunglasses are the perfect pair for the outfit and this gold beaded headband from forever 21 is cutest.
  3. i love this cactus beach towel from H&M.
  4. the deer park by norman mailer is a great read for palm springs. it’s set in a “fictional” desert oasis a couple hundred miles outside of hollywood where starlets, directors and celebrity hangers-on go to have lavish parties and generally torture each other. while it’s a characteristically difficult novel from mailer, it’s a glimpse into 50’s palm springs and it’s a bit of a pot boiler. good for lounging poolside in a desert oasis a couple hundred miles outside of hollywood.
  5. the dry desert heat will dry out your hair, so oribe gold lust nourishing oil is a good one. and rodin olio lusso is allegedly derived from the sparkling tears of baby swans or something and is supposed to make even the driest of complexions luminous as the moon.
  6. i am pretty much over the moon for this cactus print short set. it’s just the thing for palm springs. i would pair it with these cute little white lace up sandals from pixie market.
  7. last but not least is this gold lomo l-ca camera for some super dreamy desert shots.