The Parker Hotel, Palm Springs

The Fiancé surprised me with a trip to Palm Springs on New Year's Day. I was thrilled. We really needed a getaway, and I could think of no where better to be to start 2014 than Palm Springs. On New Year's Day, we walked around town, got Dole Whips from Lappert's Ice Cream, and saw all of the famous tourist attractions like the giant Marilyn Monroe statue, located at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of downtown.

We had dinner last night at Melvyn's, made famous by Hollywood's elite over the years, including U.S. Presidents, royalty, aristocrats and celebrities visiting Palm Springs. The napkins are printed with Frank Sinatra's face. I mean, how can you go wrong? We had the most delicious wilted spinach and bacon salad, and I topped it all off with Dover Sole Piccata.

This morning we had brunch at The Parker Hotel (technically "Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs" for you SPG members) and I was in heaven. Mid-century architecture with Jonathan Adler designed interiors = this girl was over the moon. Or the palm trees at the very least. For brunch I had toast with raspberry preserves, that may have even been better than my raspberry preserves, and Artichoke'd Benedict, which is traditional Eggs Benedict but with artichoke hearts instead of English muffins. Ah-mazing. And I washed it down with a nice big bloody mary, and asked for extra olives, naturally.

Here are some pictures from our little outing this morning:

I need to go back ASAP. I also need that couch in my living room. I have to admit, I felt a tiny twinge of guilt watching the news and seeing all of you frozen folks in the mid west and east coast...so sorry it was 80 degrees where I was today! We're back now and settled into our cozy clothes in Los Angeles. But sometimes it's just so good to get out, get in the car, and drive to a new place. In the new year I hope to do this much more often. Throw caution to wind, and spread my wings. It's going to be a great year. 

For more pictures from our trip, be sure to check out the Live & Love L.A. Facebook Page!!!

Here's to 2014! I hope you all had a very lovely New Year, loves!


  1. It looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time~ and hahaha, I want that couch too! xoxo

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