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Modernism Week Must-Sees

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Modernism Week is the annual Palm Springs event that you’ve probably heard me yammer on & on about the past few years! It’s hard to express with words why I love this city and this February event so much, so I wanted to share some fun photos and my top recommendations in the line-up this year. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of why you need to join me there and which events you just can’t miss!

So what IS Modernism Week?

Modernism Week begins on February 14th & is a celebration of all things mid-century; the architecture & decor, the nightlife, the culture, and so much more! It lasts for 11 days, and offers a plethora of happenings from lectures on architecture to cocktail parties. This event is especially fun for design enthusiasts and architecture lovers like me, because you get to tour a lot of private homes & neighborhoods you wouldn’t otherwise see when you visit this desert oasis. Now let’s get you rocking & rolling with a fabulous itinerary, shall we?! In no particular order, here are the events I’ll definitely be checking out.

This post is in partnership with ACME House Company, but all opinions are my own.


Nathan Cox Photography

Nathan Cox Photography

Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming Show | February 15th-19th, 3 shows a day | Get Tickets Here

I immediately fan-girled over these talented ladies when I saw them perform on Glee, then again when they collaborated on a series of fine art prints with my favorite photographer, Gray Malin. It was Gray’s photos that inspired me to reach out to these synchronized swimming dynamos to see if they might work with me on a photo shoot to help me promote my Turkish towels. Well, they kindly agreed, not once but twice! We worked together on this shoot in Palm Beach with Beth from Palm Beach Lately and again in Palm Springs with the adorable Kelly Golightly & her husband “Fred Moser”. The Palm Springs shoot happened at one of my favorite ACME properties, and hence is how the Aqualillies connected with the fabulous brand manager of ACME. This was obviously a match made in modernism heaven- I mean I think every single ACME rental has the one thing the Aqualillies can’t do without- a pool! Well, fast forward to this year’s Modernism Week and that connection has blossomed into 15 fabulous performances! The shows will take place at ACME’s 2018 West Elm House, so as an added bonus you get to see that gorgeous property.

Truth be told, this is probably the event I’m most looking forward to! Luckily, upon introducing ACME + Aqualillies, I asked for a matchmaking fee of a permanent invitation to their performances together. I really hope you get to see one of their shows, too. If you’ve never witnessed an aqua ballet, it will simply make you giggle with delight!


Christopher Kennedy Compound First Look | Friday February 15th, 6-8pm | Get Tickets Here

Sadly, all of the tickets to tour this 1962 Indian Canyons home are already sold out, but you can still be the first to get a peek at this jaw dropping spectacle during this grand reveal party. In a nutshell, the Christopher Kennedy Compound is typically the main highlight of Mod Week. A couple years ago it was at the fabulous home of my favorite Palm Springs blogger, Kelly Golightly. Talent after talent collaborated to design a different room- everyone from Oh Joy to Gray Malin. I can’t wait to see who the celebrity designers are and how they transform the show house this year! All 12 of them will be on site during the evening so you can ask them about their designs in person.

Christopher Kennedy Store & Design Showroom, Nathan Cox Photography

Christopher Kennedy Store & Design Showroom, Nathan Cox Photography

If you can’t make it to any of the Christopher Kennedy Compound events, you’ll have to at least pop into his swoon-worthy store. It’s one of my favorite stores in town, and they even carry my Turkish towels!

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The Ultimate Mid Mod Cocktail Party | 2019 West Elm House | February 17th, 5-7pm | Get Tickets Here

If you’ve always wanted to stay at an ACME House Company Vacation rental but can’t swing it this time around, this is the next best thing. You can tour this 1950’s estate home as well, but I highly recommend you go ahead and give yourself a night to remember and hit up this party! There will be an open bar & live music, and you can hang out around the fabulous pool or lounge in any of the impeccably designed rooms like the retro queen that you are. The entire house is decked out in everything West Elm, just like the other ACME West Elm houses I’ve showed you in the past. If you’d like to see the home during the day to get better photos, you can tour it for free by reserving a ticket here.

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Modern Love: | February 14th, 8pm | Get Tickets Here

This is the other cocktail party I recommend, not only because it falls on my very favorite holiday, but also because it’s the official kick off to the week of fun! There will be a 12 piece orchestra AND a DJ, and the Indian Canyons Country Club Clubhouse will be transformed into “a groovy, modern love lair”. I better work on my beehive hairdo and break out the white pleather boots

Jonny takes cocktail parties VERY seriously!    Nathan Cox Photography

Jonny takes cocktail parties VERY seriously! Nathan Cox Photography


Green Gables Poolside Fashion Show | Thursday February 21st, 5-7pm | Get Tickets Here

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The pools of Palm Springs are always a delight, and this H3K designed home is no exception. While called “Green Gables”, the home is actually overflowing with pops of yellow! It was definitely one of my favorite home tour stops during Modernism Week Preview back in October, and this event is a great way to check it out this February. You’ll get to enjoy cocktails and appetizers while watching an array of fashion trends from 1950-1965 walk down a poolside runway. Groovy, baby!

Green Gables by H3K Design

Green Gables by H3K Design

If you still need a place to stay, you won’t be disappointed if you stay in an ACME vacation rental!  The ones I’ve tried (and LOVED) are Beverly Modern, Atomic Hummingbird, & The Wexler Fishbowl. We also got to peek into the “Palm Springs Time Machine”, the home from the Netflix Show Stay Here, and boy is it a beauty!  ALL YEAR LONG, you can use code WeekenderLove for a $100+ discount on your next stay with ACME!

Nathan Cox Photography

Nathan Cox Photography

Comment below or shoot me a DM on Instagram if you’ll be heading to Modernism Week this year!

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Why You Should Plan an Off-Season Palm Springs Vacation

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Sadly enough, the ushering in of fall very slightly makes me start to already dread winter!  By January or February, we East Coasters are just over the winter weather and itching for a sunny escape.  I've always loved heading to sunny Florida or sunny California that time of year, and Palm Springs, CA is definitely one of my destinations of choice.  In the summer months, however, I typically opt for a northeast destination to escape the heat.  Surprisingly, I was VERY pleased to get to learn just how much I also loved Palm Springs in the "off season"- smack dab in the middle of summer!  I joined a few other awesome influencers that ACME House Company hosted to help show our favorite things about the city. The temps were near 100 degrees, but daily dips in the pool & breezy evenings made for the most enjoyable experience nonetheless.  You really can't go wrong visiting this happy city any time of year, but here are a few reasons to consider going in the "off season": 

1. Affordable Rates

Lots of hotels & vacation rentals will drop their rates, so find your favorite and get on their email list so you don't miss it.  If you're wanting to travel with your family or a group, ACME House Company is one of my favorite vacation rental companies (see some of their houses here and here).  I most recently got to stay at their "Beverly Modern" house with my adorable pal Krystine Edwards (see some photos of the adorable pad below).  Keep an eye on ACME via their Instagram, because they often runs specials in the off season.  I just saw they extended their summer rates through September 30th, so there is plenty of time to take advantage of the best deals of the year.

2. Access to Top Rated Restaurants

An off season visit means you'll have your pick of plenty of great restaurants to get into, likely without needing reservations like you would at other times of the year.  I enjoyed getting right in everywhere we tried- which is very different from the experience I've had at other times of the year (such as during Modernism Week). Some of my favorites lately are Azucar, Norma's at The Parker, & Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine (pictured below, what an over the top awesome meal!). 

3. Take Advantage of Great Sales at Shops/Showrooms

Palm Springs has everything from cute wine & cheese shops like On The Mark, to elevated souvenir shops like Destination PSP, and of course plenty of retail stores (both new and vintage).  Visiting a city in the off season just means a higher likelihood you can find some major deals while you're there!  As a store owner, I'm here to tell you that it is TOUGH to be in the retail industry during slow seasons like after Christmas and over the summer, so this is when you're more likely to find things at the best prices and not have to deal with crowded boutiques.

Our colorful group outside of Destination PSP. I splurged on these   super cute glasses  !

Our colorful group outside of Destination PSP. I splurged on these super cute glasses!

Palm Springs has several superb showrooms for the art & design lovers out there as well.  On part of our #AcmeSummerSocial trip, we got to visit Shag, the most fun gallery you'll ever encounter. How amazing does our group look re-creating a live version of the classic Shag artwork?  

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Christopher Kennedy is another store/showroom combo that you'll love- it's always a must visit whenever I'm in town. Christopher is the designer behind the main show house at Modernism Week, so this is the perfect place to go for trend-spotting any time of year!

The adorable  Dawn McCoy  and friends, showing off my turkish towels at the Christopher Kennedy store!

The adorable Dawn McCoy and friends, showing off my turkish towels at the Christopher Kennedy store!

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Sure, it's going to be hot if you visit Palm Springs in the summer (it IS the desert, after all)... but I promise it's nothing compared to the East Coast humidity we get.  Even in July, I had some really lovely morning walks and worked poolside (without even schvitzing)!  I can't really say the same about Charleston in July & August- even in the early morning hours you kind of feel like you're stepping straight into a sauna.  
You heard it here first, people: Dry heat just can't be beat.  Plus, unlike Charleston, pools are EVERYWHERE in Palm Springs!
ACME's Beverly Modern Vacation Rental in Palm Springs, California

ACME's Beverly Modern Vacation Rental in Palm Springs, California

Thanks again to my awesome hosts, Visit Palm Springs & ACME House Company's Beverly Modern House!  P.S. Don't forget to come say hi on Instagram & check out my city guides for more trip ideas & inspiration. 

all images c/o Nathan Cox Studios for ACME House Company

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5 Hotels for the Design Lover

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This post is in partnership with Lark Hotels,but all opinions are mine.

If you're looking to do some US travel where you'd like to relax without breaking the bank, I highly recommend Lark Hotels!   I'm working my way through visiting as many Larks as I can- I just love their colorful vibes, the always relaxing atmosphere, the exceptional breakfast, and friendly staff.  I can only vouch for The Attwater, Summercamp Hotel, & the Whitehall Inn, but I'm dying to check out the rest of the Larks on this list!

1. Whitehall Inn in Camden, Maine

See more from my recent stay on Instagram!

2. Summercamp Hotel in Martha's Vineyard

Find more from our Summercamp visit here

Find more from our Summercamp visit here

3. The Attwater in Newport, RI

4. Field Guide in Stowe, Vermont

5. 21 Broad in Nantucket, MA

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I recently read an inspiring interview with the interior designer behind all of these fabulous hotels, (Rachel Reider).  She talked about working with local artisans in each locale to help develop a "sense of place". That is exactly the term that can make me totally fall in love with a hotel or restaurant, so I'm currently working toward decorating our new home with that same concept in mind.  Why not give each room a fun sense of place with it's own style that makes you happy? I hope you found these locations to be as inspiring as I did, and be sure to follow along on Instagram for more Weekender Travels.

All images c/o Lark Hotels 

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Palm Springs Weekending

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This post is in partnership with The Weekend House, but all opinions are my own.  Some of the links I've included may be affiliate links, which will earn me a small commission when you click on them. 

Palm Springs came across my radar a few years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the colorful & quaint city upon my first visit in 2016.  While I was there during that first visit, a man at a neighboring table at Bingo night warned me to "be careful, Palm Springs will get in your blood!".  To say he hit the nail on the head would be an understatement! 

A couple of visits later, I fell in love with the annual Palm Springs event called Modernism Week, a celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture.  While I was there as part of the "Mod Squad", I stayed at the gosh darn adorable Weekend House.  You can find my other recommendations around town in my Palm Springs Life Magazine Weekend Guide, but keep scrolling to see why Lucy Marie Photography & I fell so in love with The Weekend House! 

all images c/o  Lucy Marie Photography

all images c/o Lucy Marie Photography

Themed Rooms Abound

I love a good theme, so why not have a whole room that hightlights your favorite icon.  The Weekend House has a flamingo room, pineapple room, cactus room, and the list goes on.  I have to say I think the Flamingo room stole my heart.  That pink phone is just too much!

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Games Galore

I'm always a sucker for fun and games.  One of my favorite tried and true ways to make it feel more like the weekend is to shut of the television and break out the board games!  The Weekend House made me rediscover my love for Dominoes, so I bought this adorable pair that they had in their super chic den.  They had so many cute games both indoors and out- corn hole, ping pong, you name it!  

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Outdoor Haven, Check!

The best way to enjoy your vacation is to make sure you have a tranquil space to enjoy the outdoors.  In Palm Springs, a pool is a must. They had a hot tub for us to enjoy, too!  We certainly spent some good quality time living it up in this very well thought out backyard. Doesn't being surrounded by lots of green just make you so happy?! This is my kind of "great outdoors"!

Email me or get in touch on Instagram if you ever make your way to Palm Springs. I would love to help you have fun in my California happy place!  You can follow #WeekenderTravels to get even more travel inspiration, or pin this to Pinterest so you don't forget to add it to your bucket list.

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Weekender Wardrobe: Top Travel Bag Trends

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I am pretty sure I will get permanently locked out of my house if I come home with another bag!  I'm really all set for the time being, but different bags are awesome for both fashion and function- packing my dog's necessities for grandma's house, schlepping things to photo shoots, or just making a fun fashion statement while I travel.  Whether your travels take you to the store, the gym, or all the way across the country, here are some trends I think you'll love!

Go Retro

How awesome was it when people used to travel with a hat box, a make-up case, and all matching luggage?  I'm loving the resurgence of these vintage styles!


Use Your Words 

I am a shameless self promoter, so I put my branding on pretty much anything possible.  When I'm on business trips this is a great way to strike up a chit chat with a stranger.  Even if you're not using your own branding, just having a fun phrase can be the perfect conversation starter! 

Charleston Weekender Southern Charm Pouch  & Canvas Weekender Bag // Ban.do Pouches & Bags: First Class: Pouch & Duffel, Available For Weekends Pouch & Duffel Bag


Pop Your Color

Fun colors & prints will make you feel a little more vibrant, whether you're schlepping your stuff to the gym or toting groceries.

Land's End Duffel Bag (available in multiple colors) // Crab & Cleek Palm Frond Tote // Oh Joy Confetti Luggage 


I hope you enjoyed my picks!  Check out this post on what to pack the next time you're heading to a conference, and have a look at my travel guides here.

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