May 29, 2015

{LIFESTYLE} Palm Springs Before the Rings

This isn't about Kaitlyn or about Britt... it's about... me.

Well, you already know that Ali and I went and got married last weekend! It was the most beautiful, loving, and fun-filled affair. But before we walked down the aisle and exchanged vows, it was important for us to take some time alone with our friends. I had iffy-feelings about bachelor/bachelorette parties, but it ended up being really wonderful to spend time with my besties without all of our significant others. In New York, I went out with my friends for a night of karaoke and dancing at one of the city's last remaining lesbian bars, and back in California, a few girlfriends and I drove down to Palm Springs for a weekend to relax, get some much-needed sun, and have deep conversations into the wee hours of the morning that ultimately turned into conversations about sex (I guess it was a bachelorette party, after all.) I'm always so appreciative when my friends are able to share their time with me; as we get older, deeper into our careers and deeper into our own relationships and family, it can be harder to get real quality time with friends, but now I'm resolving to have more weekend retreats and trips with my besties - next time with our other-halves.

I found an amazing, mid-century style house with an enormous pool and hot-tub close to downtown Palm Springs, and then invited my girls to join me. We set out for a some serious R&R, first and foremost, luxuriated in silky robes from Gabi, and indulged in face masks from Chrissy, some really amazing meals (Cheeky's, Tinto, and Norma's at The Parker), 'lette macarons courtesy of Dannielle, and many borderline-offensive games of Cards Against Humanity. It was kind of the perfect weekend (second only to our wedding weekend), and I'm dying for another weekend retreat with my girls. 


My sister and I decked out the house with palm tree, flamingo, and cactus decorations - and we made welcome bags for each of the girls. The totes & emergency kits were made by Ilu Lily on etsy, and we filled the little kits with advil, gum, altoids, sunscreen, and bandaids. The totes were stuffed! We got these cute tanks (which, yes, we all wore to brunch at Cheeky's), makeup bags, sunglassescompacts, lip balm"girl gang" headbands, palm printed socks, pineapple cups, floating flamingo coasters, and of course, a few bits of candy.


All wearing robes made for us as a gift from Gabi
Outside The Saguaro, I'm wearing ASOS Curve dress, Loeffler Randall Bag (now 30% off), Loeffler Randall Shoes (now 30% off), Ban.do "Future Mrs" Headband, McKean Studio Scarf

Outside The Parker, where we had brunch at Norma's. Wearing a Mara Hoffman dress, Loeffler Randall Shoes, Loeffler Randal Bag

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11 comments:

  1. This is all so perfect! Gorgeous and super fun - the best combo. I am in love with the Mara Hoffman pieces - I've been lusting after her designs from afar for awhile but I had no idea some of her pieces might work for me. Will be trying some on now!

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  2. This is so sweet! Love the headbands and also your redheaded friend's hairstyle is amazing.

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  3. Looks like so much fun! Why were you iffy about bachelor/ette parties?

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  4. This post is a dream come true <3 I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time!

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  5. Your girls weekend looked amazing, I loved following your snapchats!

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  6. So fabulous. I'm heading there this weekend and you've given me loads of inspiration. I NEED that Do Not Disturb hat in my life. Oh and the cactus piñata. Ok, fine, the whole post.

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  7. Hi, do you mind sharing the link to the house? Looking to plan a vacay and would love to check it out! Thanks xxx

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  9. Seeing the love and support that surrounds you made me cry. All of the outfits are great but I'm a sucker for vintage so the white gown in front of the antique car took it over the top for me.


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  10. Kelly Ford-ZachrauJune 21, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Nicollete you are splendid in that white dress girly! You all look like you had the most fun time, thank you for sharing.

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  11. Bachelorette party perfection! What great inspiration for a girls weekend.

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