Postcards from Palm Springs: Colony Palms Hotel

Miss Kris and the Colony Palms HotelI love a getaway. When the Colony Palms Hotel invited me to stay at their property, I was all to eager to pack my bags and head to Palm Springs. Palm Springs is about a quick 2 hour drive from my home in Los Angeles. I often retreat to there when I’m in need of a little break the city and some quality… vintage shopping. PS has some of the best vintage shopping around! I’d actually never stayed overnight at the Colony Palms Hotel before, but I’d been to the property many times to sip cocktails by their lavish pool. I was excited to get the full guest experience at this historic hotel.

The Colony Palms Hotel has been around for years. It originally opened it’s doors in 1936 and was owned by a reputed mobster and member of The Purple Gang (<- I know The Purple Gang was a group of dangerous mobsters, but I imagine them to be very fashionable and color coordinated). Many guest were attracted to the hotel’s sunshine, refreshing pool and yummy cuisine but the hotel also served as a secret speakeasy and brothel for the owner, his fellow gang members and gambling buddies. Over the years, the hotel has played host to a number of Hollywood’s elite including Sinatra.  As you can imagine I thrilled to pay the hotel a visit and live in those old Hollywood memories if only for an evening.

If you’re making a trip to Palm Springs in the future might I suggest an overnight visit to the Colony Palms Hotel. You’ll have a wonderful time! Click here for more info about the hotel.

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shirt | shorts | bag embellished studs are a Miss Kris DIY (here) | sunnies

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 3Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 4sunnies | dress | sandals

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 5The newly renovated Purple Palm. I could eat here for the rest of my life!

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Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 11sunnies | necklace

Miss Kris and The Colony Palms 12White dress my Monif C. (available here in orange)

Photography by Sylvia G.

Images 6, 10 and 11 via the Colony Palms Hotel

and don’t forget to watch the video…

#MissKrisApproved: The Seychelles Sandal

Miss Kris SeyshellesThe biggest fashion debate of the Summer has got to be the return of the Birkenstock style sandal. Every site from the Man Repeller to Refinery 29 has made a statement about the them. Even the editors at Vogue have joined the convo calling the trend “Pretty Ugly” …pretty ugly, you see what they did there?! OH NO!!!! Not the return of the ‘stock?!?!? This is all taking me back to 7th grade when my Mom REFUSED to purchase a pair for me. A few months earlier I’d just conned her into getting me a new pair of Cole Haan loafers so as far as she was concerned… my feet were already covered! You know how it is when you want something so bad, but don’t have the means to get this!? All of a sudden they’d become the ugliest shoes ever created and I wasn’t sure why anyone would wear them. Oh the shade!!

All those old feeling came back when I saw them featured in the pages of Vogue this year and obviously I was hesitant to accept their return until I came upon these leopard beauties from Seychelles. Hmmmm they don’t look like the ones I remember from Middle School being leopard and all?!? I’m intrigued. I don’t have anything like this in my closet so I just had to give them a try. Needless to say they have become my new go-to casual Summer sandal. As Jenna Lyons states, leopard is a neutral and I’ve been wearing these with everything.

What do you guys think of the return of this trend? Do you remember with the ‘stocks were popular many years ago or am I dating myself here?!? Share in the comment section below. And if you’re interested click here to purchase these cuties. They’re on sale and available in different colors including metallic!

INSPIRATION: Summer Vacation Keepsake

Miss Kris Summer Vacation Keepsake DIY{image via Miss Kris}

Some of our best memories are made on Summer vacation. Are you looking for a way to preserve those precious moments? When I was little my family would often make trips to the beach. My little brother was obsessed with collecting shells and rocks he found while playing on the beach (ha boys!). Sometimes he’d find nice pieces, sometimes they’d be all broken. Regardless, my Mom would try and save as many of these pieces as best she could as keepsakes for our family vacation. She’d often buy nice seashells or star fish from the local souvenir shops…  you know if case my little brothers finds didn’t make the trip hack home. Once home she’d find fun ways to display the pieces so that our Summer memories would live on. I always love these accent pieces as they had special meanings to my family! What do you think about showcasing vacation souvenirs around your home?

DIY INSPIRATION: Remove the glass from a frame and glue your keepsake to the inside of the frame. Take a Sharpie and write the location and date on the paper. Then, hang it on the wall and keep that memory with you forever.

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The Dream Is Free…The Hustle Is Sold Seperately Miss KrisImage

Sharing this one for all my dreamers and doers out there in need of a little motivation this Monday morning. Here’s we are, Monday… a fresh start! Wishing you all the best week yet. xo

Style Break: Darling In The Desert

Miss Kris Darling Magazine Sylvia Gunde Photography Palm Springs Desert 2I’m absolutely THRILLED to share my editorial feature on Darling Magazine. I feel in love with Darling some time ago and I was honored when asked to be apart of their website. While I was in the Palm Springs last week, Sylvia Gunde and I headed to the desert to shot this glamorous (and windy) editorial. I’m so excited that I finally get to share!!! Click here to see the full spread.

As many of you know I was a wardrobe stylist for yeeears before focusing on my blog full time. It’s been many months since I’ve style a editorial, but this project re-energized and reignited my love for the stylist life! Maybe it’s time for me to pick up my stylist kit once again. Enjoy!

Images by Sylvia Gunde

VIDEO: Miss Kris’ Guide To Spray Painting

Miss Kris Spray Paint Hot Pink Chair DIY How ToHot pink chair? YES PLEASE!!!!! I gave this basic chair from IKEA a hot makeover courtesy of a can of Krylon spray paint.  Adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to personalize a piece of furniture and make it fit the decor scheme of your home, but I personally hate brush painting projects. I prefer to apply paint with a spay paint, but if applied incorrectly your paint job can look just AWFUL… trust me I’ve butchered many a chair. Click here to watch the latest installment of Miss Kris TV and discover a few helpful tips to keep in mind while spray painting.

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Oh So Pretty: Giambattista Valli Couture Fall 2014

Miss Kris Giambattista Valli Fall 2014 - 1If you’re anything like me, the thought of going into the office on a Monday morning in the middle of Summer is the most dreadful thing you can think of. Ugggggg Well I’m thinking we all might be in need of a little fabulous inspiration to get us through the day. Last week Paris was host to the Fall 2014 Haute Couture shows. One of my absolute favorites was the Giambattista Valli collection. Seriously, I want EVER piece in this collection. To me this collection reads permanent vacation. I’m loving all the graphic prints, the fun colors and of course the headpieces. This collection is everything vintage and glam and is loaded with tons of DIY inspiration for the brave and crafty. Click the link for more images from the show.

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