What to Pack for a Trip to LA in June

Hi Everyone! I hope your week is off to a good start. I'm so excited because I am literally counting the hours until my friends from the East Coast arrive for a visit, which just so happens to correspond with LA Pride Week. (Okay, so maybe that was by design.) While they're here, we're gonna do it all - spend some time at the ACE in Palm Springs, hike Runyon Canyon, spend a day at Venice Beach, and of course, hit up the Pride Parade.

They keep asking me what they should bring on a trip like this, and I figured I'd help them - and anyone traveling to the Best Coast this month - with a packing guide, filled with 5 essentials you shouldn't leave home without.

1. It's important to bring layers. California weather is famously variable in at this time of year (June Gloom anyone?) so what starts as a chilly, grey morning can bloom into a gorgeously sunny - and hot - afternoon. Of course, all bets are off again once the sun goes down, so I'd recommend packing a great chambray shirt that you can throw over just about anything. Need some inspiration for a cute one - check out this DIY I shared a few weeks back.

2. I know on that long flight its tempting to hit the bottle en route to LAX. But let me tell you, the only bottle you need to be hitting should be filled with H20, not Veuve Clicquot. Save the celebrating for when you land, kids. In the meantime, fill up your extra large water bottle from Crate & Barrel and pop on a sleep mask. You'll be here before you know it.

3. Now, since we'll be having plenty of fun in the sun at Venice Beach and Palm Springs, its important to make sure you keep your skin protected. I recommend this ultra lightweight, but powerful, SPF 50 from Kiehl's. I've written about the virtues of this stuff before, but it bears repeating. Simply put, this is the best sunscreen I've found.

4. What about getting a workout in? No doubt we'll want to burn some calories (and um, some of last night's beverages) off at Runyon Canyon. After all, it is the most LA thing one can do. Except maybe go on a Juice cleanse - more on that later. The way to hike Runyon in style is to break out a pair of the new Nike Roshe's. I always wear mine when I'm hiking. Really. Don't believe me? Check it out.

5. Last, but not least: don't forget to bring a little something special for your hosts. Ahem. Looking right at you, friends. As we all know, I'm really into Rosé right now. And this one from Charles & Charles winery has to be one of my tippy top faves. That, and its less than $15, so. Theres really no excuse not to. Just saying.

So there you have it - 5 essentials everyone should bring on their next trip out West. Sure to keep you looking hot and feeling cool, I promise you can't go wrong with these. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go drink a Kale juice. X

Palm Springs Packing Guide, Part 2

All I can say is AHH... I'm one day into my vacation here at the ACE Palm Springs, and I can't even picture city living at this point. Don't make me go back. Seriously. As promised, here's part 2 of my Palm Springs packing guide: beauty & Skincare edition.

I like a light and clean fragrance on hot desert days, so in my book, nothing beats Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. A crisp blend of peony and light musk - it smells familiar, but unique. I love it. (Truth be told, I wear this every day... I just appreciate it even more here in the desert.) Side note: Nick wears Nirvana Black which is the sister fragrance to mine, and has a darker, slightly richer scent. Each fantastic on their own, but when worn together, it's Nirvana. (Sorry, had to.)

I've also been wearing the Murad INVISIBlur Primer + SPF 30 - I've been using ever since I received it as a freebie in my gift bag at SimplyStylist last month. And let me tell you something - Miracle it is. As a primer, its truly the perfect silky smooth base for whatever makeup you are wearing (or not). And as an SPF - it's got enough coverage to make your dermatologist happy, and the airbrushed finish will make you happy too! Trust.

now, One of my absolute essentials when I know I'll be spending a lot of time in the heat is Kiehl's Oil Control Shine Eliminator. it's like that amazing feeling you get when you open the freezer and stick your head in on a really hot day. (Am I the only one who did this as a child? and/or to this day??) Regardless, this stuff is super cool and refreshing, and helps keep the dewiness at bay.

And if you happen to Have a little too much fun in the sun? Enter the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. Formulated to be used as either a mask, or a long term moisturizer - it can also be put in the refrigerator for an extra-refreshing treat. yum.

Lastly, after a long few days spent in the pool, in the sun, and with (ahem) several Cocktails... your hair can feel a little blah. Kiehl's Strengthening and Hydrating Oil-In-Cream to the rescue! Chock full of hair-healthy oils like avocado and olive, I'd probably spread this on toast if it were edible, tbh.

There you have it. Next time you take a trip to Palm Springs - or any hot weather destination - be sure to give some of these a try. I promise they'll come in handy. (You can thank me later.) Be sure to check back tomorrow for an ACE Hotel original #THIRSTYTHURSDAY! Speaking of, I'm off to order another Jalapeño margarita. Pool boy?

Palm Springs Packing Guide, Part 1

Hey everyone! The time has finally come for Nick & I's trip to the ACE Palm Springs. I feel like I've been looking forward to it forever! It's been such a busy last few weeks, so now that it's finally here, I can't wait to unplug and just enjoy myself. (Read: drink cocktails and tan by the pool.) 

So, before I go - I wanted to share with you all exactly what I'm taking in my trusty American Apparel Tote

To document the trip i'll be using this great InstaX Wide format Instant Camera - there's something inherently nostalgic about taking a road trip through the desert. What better way to remember it than with some classic polaroid-style snaps?

When I'm in the desert, I'm all about easy, cozy pieces. (Hello... I'm trying to max and relaxxx here. Nothing too restricting or formal. ie, those JCrew button down shirts I love so much can take a break.) So, these boxy tees from Rivet + Thread are perfect. Did I mention they're 100% silk? Yep. Let that sink in. These are definitely going to become regulars in my post-desert wardrobe too.

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These tab-front JCrew swim trunks are adorable, and their classic style totally suits the midcentury vibe at the Ace. I've been lusting after these for years, so I'm so happy to have finally got my thighs in a pair.

I love a silly pair of sunglasses when I'm at the Ace. They're great for when you're reading magazines poolside, and they take a mean instagram picture. These are a cheap-o pair I got years ago on a boardwalk or something dreadful like that. Isn't it funny that when you buy the cheap sunglasses, you hold onto them the longest? (Say a prayer for all the RayBans I've lost over the years...)

And last but not least - a pink salt crystal. Hey - anything to help bring ~*good vibes*~ to the desert. You know?

So there you have it - the desert-worthy clothes and accessories I can't live without. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see all of my skincare essentials in the packing guide, part 2!