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Weekender Wardrobe: Mother-Daughter Travel Style


Packing light doesn't sound like much fun, but you have to save room for all your souvenirs (am I right?!).  Below are a few of my essentials that I brought on our recent trip to San Francisco.  This post is in partnership with Persifor, Jackson Davenport, & Toss Designs, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you SO much for clicking on the affiliate links I have provided, which help support this blog.  Ok, now open your suitcase and throw in the following:

1. Great Sunglasses

If you aren't sure what style is best for your face shape, I highly recommend that you head to Jackson Davenport on King Street the next time you're downtown Charleston.  Ask for Nancy Davenport (one of the awesome owners who works there), who will help you pick out a great pair of glasses or sunglasses to suit you.  I'm wearing some Ray Bans and mom has on a pair of Mykita Philomenes, both of which are super lightweight so they didn't start to hurt our ears after a day of sight seeing. 

2. A Versatile Purse

Let colors be your neutral.  Bringing along a pop of color like orange will likely go with most of your wardrobe.  Toss had this 2-in-1 purse with a cute bamboo handle, so I could feel like I was changing up my purse depending on how casual or dressy my outfit was.  Toss just opened the CUTEST store on King Street in Downtown Charleston- you have to go see it the next time you're there!  They have everything from cute office accessories to champagne print pajamas. 

3. Matching Dresses


Y'all know I have never met a Persifor dress I didn't love, mostly because they are so flattering and so comfy at the same time.  This navy "coat of arms" Winpenny was no exception.  I've always been a navy girl (mostly because of my mom), and it made for the perfect layering piece with my Nice is the New Cool Sweatshirt.  Gotta have those layers in San Fran, or really even just for the plane ride!

4. Accessory Staples

Navy & gold are usually my go-to jewelry colors. I can get away with bringing just one or two things and wearing them over and over.  Tassels are always fun to spice things up, and these are just $12!  P.S. Don't forget the best accessories ever,  a statement lip & nail color!  We're both wearing RMS Red on our lips & I have RMS beloved on my nails. 


5. Balloons

Say what?! You heard me!  Balloons. We HAD to have them because we were celebrating my mom's 70th, but even if you're just traveling for kicks I highly recommend getting some balloons.  You can get letters or numbers and air-fill them or take them to a nearby grocery store.  Your travel photos will never be the same!  


-Shop the Post-

Persifor Winpenny Dress in Coat of Arms (shown), $  or in Calypso Tile, $165 // Jackson Davenport Sunglasses, starting at $150 // Jewelry: Croissant Earrings, $60, Tassel Earrings, $12, Rice Bead Necklace (worn as bracelet), $65 // Toss Designs Infinity Envelope Clutch in Orange, $48 (additional charge for monogramming, but available same-day at the Charleston Store) // balloons (available at Cannonborough Collective in Charleston or online). 

all images c/o Lucy Marie Photo


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A Weekend at Parker Palm Springs

Gray Malin Photography 

Gray Malin Photography 

My husband Jonathan and I recently celebrated our 5th anniversary, and any type of trip is always better than a tangible present in my book.  We wanted to travel somewhere special, but the timing of Jonathan's job landed him in LA for a few days around the time I was hoping he might sweep me off to Greece. HINT HINT!  That wasn't in the cards, so I started hunting for a location near LA that still felt extra special.  Enter Palm Springs, a magical desert city that I now want to retire to.  While in the midst of a Bingo game at a gorgeously renovated Denny's we were rightfully warned, "be careful, Palm Springs will get in your blood."  Indeed it did, and largely in part to my new favorite hotel.  This wasn't a hard choice; I had dreamt of a Parker Palm Springs visit ever since seeing Gray Malin's series of photography at that location.  It was just a beautiful as I expected, and here are 5 reasons that you are going to love it:

1.  A Picture Lover's Dream

If you appreciate great interior design or love taking fun photos, prepare to be wowed around every corner.  Jonathan Adler designed the guest rooms and the rest of the decor. From a wall full of macrame owls straight out of the 70s to woven tapestry animals and knights guarding the bathrooms, you have got to see this place.  I guess we can't give JA all of the credit... I think he had some help with the landscaping and architecture.  Also, that wall lattice that guards the bright orange door? Yes please!


2. Relaxation is Not Optional

There are hammocks and lounge areas all over the property along with two fun and fabulous pools.  I haven't been this shut down on vacation ever, and we even spotted David Spade catching some R & R in a cabana. 

3.  Fun & Games

My only regret was not playing enough games while we were there.  I was just dying to learn Petanque, whatever that is!  They also had croquet and giant chess, which makes my heart happy.  Grab a beverage at the Lemonade Stand and have a leisurely game with your boo!

The moral of this blog post is that Palm Springs is always a good idea, and so is a splurge to this hotel.  We went in October, and I would sign up for their email list so you can catch their killer specials in Dec/Jan and also when it gets really hot in the summer.  


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