9th Wheeling It

Hi! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I did and I am sad that it is over and we are back to work. I know summer isn’t over yet but doesn’t Labor Day kind of feel like the last weekend? The next holiday I have off is Thanksgiving… Anyways, Sunday morning I went out to Palm Springs to hang with Heather and her boyfriend and their friends. We got a daybed at the Saguaro pool and it was SUCH a good time!

Our group was fun, I was totally the 9th wheel but never felt left out once. The girls mostly hung out together while the guys hung together. I feel like I need to express how great this friend group is because it just amazes me. The group of friends is THE GUYS! Heather’s boyfriend went to high school with the other three (plus two more that couldn’t make it) and all of their girlfriend’s/wives are now friends. I met them in January for Heather’s birthday and since then they have welcomed me with open arms into their group. They are such amazing people, so fun and genuine and constantly make you laugh. I love seeing friend groups like this but it is even more impressive that it is a guy friend group. I don’t know why that seems so rare to me, is that rare? I feel like guys don’t try to get together as much, or at least that is what I have seen. But these guys enjoy hanging together and having fun and including the girls (and me!) and I love it! It really makes me want to find a guy that enjoys his friends and not only wants to hang out with them, but wants me to hang out with him with them. That didn’t happen in my last relationship and spending time with this awesome group really shows me that is something that I want. I would 9th wheel them anytime!

The Saguaro was super fun though and I am happy we reserved a daybed. Last time I went in June we couldn’t even find a chair to put our bag on, we just had to put it on the ground (or more in the planter) and hope nobody took it or stepped on it. All of us girls got the fun drink cups (Heather got the watermelon and the rest of us got grapefruits) and filled them with the yummiest watermelon margaritas. We hung out at the pool for almost 6 hours (GREAT people watching) then finally paid the tab and left to get In-N-Out for dinner and then hang at home. At home we played Jenga and stayed up and talked a bit but were all asleep by 11pm. Why do we not party and day drink more often? It is great! You get to have fun but still go to bed early. Who needs to party at night when you can be done and sleep instead? We said this last night and were all that is how we know we are getting old.

Monday we just walked around downtown Palm Springs and got lunch and then desert, our favorite pineapple Dole Whip soft serve. While we ate the ice cream, one of the guys busted out Bean-Boozle, the jelly beans that either taste like something normal or something out of a garbage can. Why do they even make these vile things?! My first one I got SO lucky. I got a white which would either be coconut or spoiled milk, I got coconut PRAISE JESUS. The next three who picked a white got spoiled milk. By the second round the rule was if you spit it out you had to eat another. That round I got moldy cheese and was gagging. I chewed three times and couldn’t get it to go down so I took a drink and swallowed it like a pill. Everyone almost threw up once in this game yet we still played multiple rounds, remember how I said up there we were getting old? Maybe I need to rethink that.  Funny that a group of kids were sitting across from us watching our group of 9 almost 30 year olds gag and moan from forcing each other to play Bean-Boozle… who were the more mature ones now?

All in all it was a great weekend. It felt like a little mini vacation, we didn’t worry about anything but having a good time. I was also excited to wear my new bathing suit I got on sale when I went to the Topshop store at the Grove, I had been wanting a rainbow-ish print suit! I paired my GRL Collective Palm Springs line earrings with it and it was perfect!

Shop the look: Suit (the suit was on sale and they don’t have this one anymore but I linked a two piece in the same print BUT they don’t have a lot of sizes… the link will take you to Topshop anyways, look at their other suits! They have some good ones on sale, sorry!) | Earrings | Sunnies | Sandals

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Heather’s earrings are also from GRL Collective, linked here!
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Family Portrait – They adopted me LOL

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New Bikini!

I stalked this bathing suit for literally SO LONG from Target, and like most things I stalk, I PREVAILED! I found it online a couple month’s ago but of course it wasn’t sold in stores AND only the color I wanted was sold out. On the Target app they have a “notify me” button for when items are back in stock. I did that and waited and waited and continued to check… nothing. Last month I looked at a notification on my phone, it was from Target AND MY BEAUTIFUL BATHING SUIT WAS BACK IN STOCK! Sorry, I don’t mean to shout, I just need you to understand how excited I was. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? The next day when I went to buy it, bathing suits were BOGO half off! It was like the stars aligned and everything was meant to be. I ordered it!

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It came in and was just as beautiful in person as it was online. I bought a small in both the top and the bottoms. The bottoms fit great and felt super comfy, not overly tight, the top although it fit, I could probably go smaller #smallboobproblems. I ended up ordering an extra small and returned the small. Triangle tops are not the best for small chests, they tend to make you look smaller. I usually go for bandeaus. I was all set now though. I love how this suit looks so expensive but in reality I got the whole thing for a little over $30, can’t beat that!

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I finally wore it last weekend in Palm Springs. I am going to be honest, Heather and I didn’t have that much time to be by the pool so we mainly took photos then left. But we are going back for labor day so I will get to wear it again! We went to the pool at the V and I cant wait to go back in a few weeks to actually enjoy it. It looks so cute, they have all these lounge chairs, and a cool bar. I didn’t think it was appropriate to order a cocktail at 8am soooo look for a photo of one after labor day.

Linked here! Top | Bottoms* | Hat | Earrings | Sunnies

*the bottoms have only a few sizes left in all three colors 😦 but KEEP STALKING!

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PSST! I posted a new video on IGTV from Palm Springs! I am still working on this video thing but it is fun learning! I think I have finally improved on music. Thinking I might try a part II to this video for labor day weekend!

The Windmills

I have been wanting a photo OF the windmills in Palm Springs and WITH the windmills for some time now. I always see them on my drive in and out and wish I could just stop on the side of the road to take a photo! But I have been told I cannot do that. So finally this weekend I told my mom we are doing it! We are finally getting photos! After a failed attempt, we FINALLY found the place. Thursday evening we drove in their general direction and found a park that looked mostly close to them. There was one car just waiting, and another had pulled in right before us and parked, then we parked next to it. Up at the benches there was a man in an electric wheelchair. The lady who parked first got out and kind of just stared at us funny (for an awkward amount of time) and was walking up to the man. We figured they were family and we walked toward the windmills. Turns out we were a lot farther than we thought and didn’t want to pass through the barrier of trees to get to them so we turned around. When we got back to the car, the weird lady in her car was gone and another had pulled in and parked. She also gave us a weird look when she got out of her car and headed for they guy in the wheelchair. We got back in our car and I told my mom I am pretty sure the guy in the wheelchair is doing drug deals… she said probably, we are not in a great part of town. We promptly left. Oops! In the middle of drug deals and here we are with a camera trying to get photos of windmills. We drove around a little longer and found one spot kind of far away from them but gave it a try. 

Friday morning after our palm tree oasis adventure we tried for windmills again. We found a mostly good spot and just parked on the side of the road, but the lovely barbed wire fence was not so cute in my photos. We decided to get breakfast instead, then after drove home and the road we took was right by the windmills with no fence! By the time we decided we should stop we had already passed them all, had to u-turn, go all the way back to the end, turn around and start again. We ended up finding a turn off and went in. My mom is the best and is down to do anything for the blog with me! We finally found the PERFECT spot for photos OF and WITH the windmills with no fences and you’re pretty level with them. When we finished and drove the rest of that road back, we ended up right at the park from the day before… if we would have just gone a little further! Still, mission accomplished and now we know where to go. 

This outfit was linked in our palm tree oasis adventure post, but I will link it again (ps- this crop is on sale now!)

Outfit details linked here: Top | Shorts | Hat | Shoes | Sunnies & Purse (hanging on the photographer… aka Mom)

Palm Tree Oasis!

My mom has been wanting to take me to the palm tree oasis in Thousand Palms for like ever. Last time we tried it was way too windy. She wanted to try this time but we had to go super early because of how hot it was… like this past Friday was ONLY supposed to be 113°. We wanted to get there by 7am but ended up running an hour late. Good thing because we found out they don’t open until 8am. When we got there, the Coachella Valley Preserve, it looked closed. When we walked up we were told the visitor center is closed during this part of the season, but the trails were open. 

It was such a cool place! So many huge palm trees all together with trails and bridges in between. The not cool part, all of the bugs! I felt like you couldn’t stop moving for too long because the bugs would attack you. Them or the lizards everywhere. We went through a few trails, passed a sign that said watch out for wildlife and listed dragon flies, lizards, and whatever. We went a little farther and the next wildlife sign showed things like bobcats, mountain lions, snakes OH-MY! We turned around and said we had gone far enough. We did one more trail and called it a day. It probably took longer to drive there than it did to walk through what we did! But it was really cool to see. It would definitely be cool to go back when it is cooler so you can stay longer. There are even picnic tables to bring a lunch.

At least we got a few good photos. I love this casual outfit I put together. To be honest I bought this cropped tee to wear to the OC Fair when we go this Friday, but I felt it was very Palm Springs so I wore it already, oops! I have been loving the longer, loose crop tops, the ones that just barely graze the top of your high waist bottoms. All items are linked below, the top and shorts are Topshop from Nordstrom, the hat is from Target, and the Adidas are from Nordstrom as well (got them as part of the sale and they are like my favorite thing!). 

Outfit details linked here: Top | Shorts | Hat | Shoes | Sunnies & Purse (hanging on the photographer… aka Mom)

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Girls’ Weekend in Palm Springs

On Saturday two of my best friends and I met up in Palm Springs to have a little girls’ weekend! Heather, my old roomie, lives in Palm Desert so we stayed at her place, but we met in downtown Palm Springs first for lunch. We didn’t know where to go so Amanda suggested Farm. She said she has tried to go but it was always too busy. We got in and oh my goodness I couldn’t get over how cute it was! It’s a french restaurant and their patio and decor is amazing. I am not sure what the patio style is called but let’s say its a gazebo top (so the sun shines through the wood slats) there was a ton of bougainvillea vines giving us shade, the tables didn’t match, all three of us had a different color, size, and style glass, the cloth napkins were all different patterned cloths, it was just perfect and peaceful. I wanted to take pictures of everything but I also didn’t want to be a werido. The bathroom was even cute so I took my first bathroom selfie that no I will not post on Insta because I think that is weird, no offense.

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We sat and ate and it was amazing. Our appetizer was the best thing of my entire life… BAKED BRIE. It came with brie cheese with brown sugar and hazel nuts, baked to a gooey perfect, toast points, thin apple slices (so perfect they looked fake), and a fig spread. It was so delicious. For food Heather and I both got a crepe that came with apples baked in butter and cinnamon. Of course we also got cocktails, mine as called “Mama Needs a Drink” and was a different take on a mojito. All in all, this restaurant gets an A in my book for both food and cuteness!

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After lunch we walked up the main street in downtown and went in the few clothing stores we like where everything is like $17.99. Well Heavenly Couture raised the prices, now it is $19.99, but still cute! Then we checked out all of the new shops. They are really working on upping Palm Springs’ game. This new section of shopping is so nice! I was surprised they did the buildings and store fronts so modern though, I thought they would design them more “Palm Springs Vintage”. We went into Kiehl’s that had just opened and bought a couple things and got face mask samples! We were excited because we were going to use them that night. Fast forward a bit, the mask was freaking amazing and is linked here: Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask, it is made with Amazonian white clay, TRY IT.

After Kiehl’s we checked out Mac because the cashier said it was their opening day. I bought a lipglass, called Explicit, because I have been wanting to get back into shiny gloss and I got a free lip stick for buying something on their first day! Funny that the lipstick they were giving away matched my lipglass perfectly.

Finally we went back to Heather’s, settled in, and made reservations for sushi. When we got to dinner we made it just in time for happy hour. It was good, I got my usual “sushi” as in everything was cooked. THEN Heather surprised me because she told the waiter when she went to the restroom that it was my birthday :), well it is on this coming Wednesday but still. I got green tea ice cream and it was amazing. You girls are the best.

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After dinner, we went home, immediately got into pjs, and put the face masks on. It felt so good but got so dry! It was so funny to wrinkle our faces before we washed it off, we looked quite attractive. Our skin felt so good after though. I want to actually buy the bottle of this stuff.

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PJs, check. Masks, check. It was movie time. We watched Dirty Dancing because I had never seen it before… I know, I am a terrible person! I am obsessed with it though. It took everything in my to not put it on when I got home last night. I just want to watch it again and again!! Finally after the movie it was bed time. We were exhausted and had plans to get up early to go to the vintage flea market in downtown in the morning.

We got up on time but moved slow. We left an hour later than we wanted but it was okay. Heather made us breakfast, (thanks mom!) and we left at 9:30am. We walked through the whole flea market and saw a lot of cute things. Amanda and I both bought vintage phones for decorations (mine is pink!), Amanda bought a fur jacket, and heather bought a vintage toaster… which she texted me late last night all upset that it doesn’t work! I reminded her that it was still vintage haha. We finally left after we walked through twice because it got so hot. It felt like summer and we all now have tan lines from our tops. I am glad it is only February… Amanda left to go home from there and Heather and her boyfriend’s friends met us there to go back to their house. I just have to side note here because these two girls are the sweetest. I had met one at Heather’s birthday and the other I had just met and I feel like I could hang out all the time with them.

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We got back, the boys made snacks, we played corn hole, ate carne asada tacos, watched the Super Bowl, cheered for our favorite team JT (LOL), then I left after half time. I didn’t want to hit all of the traffic and drunks on the drive home, plus I had to stop by my mom’s on the way, she lives in Palm Springs. It was such a great weekend. I really needed it considering everything that is going on right now (you will hear about it eventually). I love girls’ days/nights and I am pretty sure I will be having a lot more, and I am so thankful for my girlfriends. I love you girls! I hope everyone had a great weekend too!

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