Chasing Davies

March 15, 2018

Mama/Daughter Trip to Palm Springs: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, my mom, sister and I took a girls trip to Palm Springs, CA! My mom turned 60 last summer, and so we thought the perfect gift would be that of travel and time together, especially since my sister lives in Denver!  So, we planned and plotted for a couple of months, booked and then waited for our trip to come. 

I was really excited to escape the Kansas City winter and grey skies, trading them for blue skies, palm trees and mountains.  We wanted to go somewhere that we could eat good food, get some sun and be active! Palm Springs (and surrounding areas) was just that for us - and we did it all in our 4 day/3 night trip!  There is way to much to include in just one post, so today is the first two days and night of our trip.

We stayed our first night at a Airbnb near Joshua Tree National Park, called the Coyote House - technically in Yucca Valley. We wanted to spend the next morning hiking in Joshua Tree, which is about 45 minutes from Palm Springs, so this allowed for a different experience and to get a head start without a long commute.

The Coyote House:
{my mama!}

Plus the house was so cute, complete with a wonderful hot tub!  After flying into Ontario, CA that morning, renting a car and driving to Palm Springs to eat and walk around a bit - we then spent the afternoon in that hot tub after we checked into the home. It was super relaxing before heading back to Palm Springs for a really amazing dinner and experience.

The Barn Kitchen is at the Sparrows Lodge and it's a pre-fixed menu for a limited amount of guests, where you sit a community tables. It was really fun to talk to new people, and the food was so amazing. The experience itself was wonderful, too, complete with champaign upon walk in, fire pit until dinner and a 4-course meal + drinks.  You have to get reservations - and apparently spots fill up fast!

 The next morning we drove into Joshua Tree National Park - entering another world it felt like. Never have I seen so many cacti, and all the Joshua trees are so Dr. Seuss -like, I loved them!

We hiked Ryan Mountain Trail - which was about 1.5 miles up to a wonderful view (worth the work to get there!) and then back down for almost 3 mile roundtrip hike. It was a great leg workout! We also stopped by the Cholla Cactus Garden to explore all the Joshua Trees more up close and personal.  Both great places to explore, hike and spend the morning/day.

Here are our photos from our morning at Joshua Tree:

 After our hike and morning outside, we headed back to Palm Springs - this time for good - and straight to Ace Feel Good Spa for services. I had the Palm Springs Peel facial, and it was wonderful - with mini-massage, too.  After, our services, we hung out at the pool with margaritas before heading to check into our hotel at The Saguaro.

Our second dinner was also amazing (the food every where was just so good!). We hit up James Beard Winning restaurant, Workshop Kitchen + Bar.  This places was sooo cool. Outfitted in booths divided by concrete and long hanging lights, I felt like I was definitely somewhere new. The food and drinks were equally amazing.

...and these were just the first two days/one night of our trip! We were already having so much fun. Part 2 coming next, in the meantime, here are some of the clothing pieces worn in this post:

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March 9, 2018

Favorite Wears: Flowy White Dress


I found the perfect spring into summer little white dress, and just in time for my first vacation of the year!  This dress is oh-so-comfy, and has those extra details (like the crocheted neckline and tasseled cuffs) that make you feel like you are somewhere exotic!  Now, I happened to be somewhere semi-exotic last week - a super fun girls getaway with my mom and sister to Palm Springs! I'll be sharing our packed 3 night/4 day itinerary next!  This is one of the outfits I wore for a night out (dinner, piano bar + dancing).

We stayed two of the nights at the Saguaro - the most colorful hotel you'll ever find!  I was drawn to this place because of all the color and the pool space - that totally lived up to expectations. The rooms themselves could use a little updating, but we had a great deal on a suite, which was super spacious for the three of us (all had our own bed).

Anyways - I promise to share more on our trip soon!  For now, scoop up this comfy dress you'll be sure to where all spring and summer long before it's gone!

Have you found any perfect summer/spring dresses??  I need more!

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March 5, 2018

My Top Used Beauty Product


I know I'm not alone when I say that my number one beauty product are facial wipes. Their ease for those late nights or early mornings when washing my face at the sink is just too much or the convenience transitioning to/from the gym can't be beat. Equate Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes give me just that, and more. When you are like me and keep these stashed everywhere (next to my bed, in my gym bag, in my suitcase ready to travel and even in my car), I love that these ones are budget-friendly.

I also love that the Equate Towelettes are fragrance free, made with essential oils and 99% natural ingredients, but they work well - even on my stubborn, stay on all day lipstick! 💋 I started stashing these towelettes in my car after a time I went straight to the gym from work with a full face of makeup... and after a sweaty workout, I looked in the bathroom mirror just as I was leaving and jumped! I had red lipstick smeared on my chin and blotchy foundation all over my face. I looked scary, but not as scary as the poor towel I left behind with my makeup stains.  It's so easy to wipe my makeup off in my gym parking lot, right before hitting my favorite class or workout.

You can find Equate Beauty Fragrance Free Makeup Remover Towelettes in the cosmetic section with the other facial cleansers at your local Walmart, so you, too, can cost-efficiently save face (quite literally). After all, it's important to take care of our face, and while, I do wash my face with soap and water most of the time, I also use towelettes many times per week.
Tell me! I'm curious the strangest place you stash your towelettes! Let me know. :)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® ,  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CleanFaceWithEquate

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