Monday, May 23, 2016

Palm Springs in Photos








We had such a lovely time in Palm Springs! Lots of laying around the pool, eating and drinking and wandering around taking photos of old signs and Elvis' honeymoon hideaway. Here are some of our favorite places we went on our trip!

*Tiki Drinks at Bootlegger Tiki (killer happy hour too!)
*The best steak dinner at Mr. Lyons
*Breakfast around the pool at Chi Chi
*Dinner with bingo hosted by an amazing 89 year old at the King's Highway (we also did karaoke at the bar the following night which was totally fun!)

We can't wait to go back and explore Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain and Pioneertown which are all just outside of Palm Springs.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Vintage Inspriration: Palm Springs

Dan and I are off on Monday to a much-needed vacation to Palm Springs! We've been there once before but only for a short trip. I'm so excited to spend a bit more time there this go-around.
For most of the 20th Century Palm Springs has been a popular resort destination for the Hollywood elite. It's known for it's modernist architecture in both hotels and single family homes. Even now there are parts of Palm Springs that make you feel like you've stepped into the 1950s!


Some of the most noteable mid-century attractions are the Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, a beautiful modernist estate where Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in 1967. As well as the absolutely amazing Frank Sinatra estate, commissioned by old blue eyes himself in 1947 and where he lived with Ava Gardner.

I can't wait to share photos of our trip next week. I will be sure to post some here when we return and also a few on Instagram along the way.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Portland Travel Guide: Breakfast

I am so excited to start a new series on the blog and share some of my favorite things to do in our neighborhood and beyond if you're visiting Portland! Today I am excited to tell you about my favorite places to start the day. Whether you want to grab a coffee and pastry or get a full on meal, there are so many great options within walking distance of the shop.

I love grabbing a bite to eat on my way to work. One of my daily go-to's is Crema, which also happens to be right across the street from the shop. All of their baked goods are made in-house daily, they pour Stumptown and Coava coffee and there are plenty of places to sit so it's a perfect place to meet a friend. Most days I order a zucchini muffin and an Americano.

If I'm craving a classic breakfast I usually stop at City State Diner. You can sit at the counter if you're solo or slide into one of their comfy booths if you're with a group. I love their Deluxe breakfast plate but whatever you order make sure you get a side of their delicious seared grits.

When I'm on a health kick or just trying to eat clean I love to grab a juice or oatmeal at Canteen. This bare bones cafe is vegan and also a great place to grab a light lunch.  There is plenty of outdoor seating if you're visiting during the summer and you're food and drink will be perfectly Instagramable!

My very favorite breakfast in the neighborhood is sadly only available on the weekends but if you're in Portland on a Saturday or Sunday you absolutely must stop by Pambiche. This Cuban restaurant has amazing pastries, killer coffee and I can't help but order the Picadillo Cua-Cua EVERYTIME! It's a small place but there is lots of covered outdoor seating that they keep heated in the off-season.

Crema is located at 2728 SE Ankeny St. Portland, OR 97214
City State Diner is located at 128 NE 28th Ave Portland, OR 97232
Canteen is located at 2816 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97214
Pambiche is located at 2811 NE Glisan Portland, OR 97232

Although it's hard to throw a rock and not find an amazing breakfast place in Portland, these places are my regular spots, all locally owned, and where you'll find Portlanders eating instead of just other tourists. I hope you'll check one of them out on your way to Wanderlust!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Vintage Inspiration: Natalie Wood

There are certain stars from the 1950s and 60s whose style will be enduring and eternally classic. Their beauty, style and poise has been and will continue to be inspirational for decades. Natalie Wood is one of those stars. Although highly styled and certainly vintage there is also something timeless and natural about these photos.


She was such a big star but from the point of view of this musical theater nerd, Natalie Wood is best known for her role as Maria in West Side Story. Of course she also starred in such classics as Miracle on 34th Street and Rebel Without a Cause. Most people know that she drowned after mysterious circumstances on a boat but it always gives me chills to read that she had feared water and drowning most of her life after a water related accident when she was 9. She undoubtedly had more amazing roles ahead of her when she died, too young, at 43.