Monday, September 12, 2011

A Vintage Daycation in Palm Springs



Growing up in Southern California definitely had it's plus's &
one of them has always been Palm Springs.
In high school on a beautiful sun filled day, it would not be unusual for me &
my girlfriends to decide to have a ditch day. I'd wear my bikini under my clothes,
throw a towel in my back pack & when my girlfriend came to pick me up, instead
of heading towards school, we would giddily point the car towards Palm Springs.
{ps:I NEVER had the car, lol}




Our game plan was this:
We would park the car at a big, fancy hotel...
we would take our clothes off in the parking lot, grab our towels & then, as if we
belonged there, stroll casually to the pool gate. The gate was ALWAYS the scary part!
If we could be brave enough to open the gate, we knew we were in.
When the gate slammed behind us, with hearts pounding, we would jump into the
pool as quickly as possible trying not to look too obvious. We always figured once
we were wet, we'd look like we belonged there.  ;)
Silly Girls!




Palm Springs holds a lot of memories for me.
I hadn't thought about how many for years, until hubby & I decided to spend the day
there yesterday. In some ways the landscape has changed with the times. Now,
windmills cover the desert coming into town, like sprinkles on a cupcake. 




And yet Palm Springs has embraced it's history & golden era of the 50's & 60's,
when it was a hideaway for Hollywood Stars & amazing architect's like Donald Wexler
created the indoor/outdoor style of design which would come to be known as Desert Modern.




The Palm Springs Visitor Center is housed in what use to be an old Gas Station
as you come into town, right at the entrance to the tram.




Inside, we were delighted to find a wonderful collection of Vintage Palm Springs.




From vintage postcard collections to ashtrays from various hotels long ago closed,
this building was filled with memorabilia & I LOVED looking at ALL of it!




We got a map for another day trip that shows the location of Frank Sinatra,
Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Lucy & Desi, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley & many more stars,
Desert Modern vacation homes...I can't WAIT to share that with y'all!!




Looking towards the San Jacinto Mountains, we decided to head up towards




I haven't taken this Tram ride since I was in high school,
but it's a spectacular ride from the desert floor to the mountain top peak of 8,500'.




Here is the Tram Station which is at about 2,000'. The tempatures will vary
about 30 degrees from the valley floor to the Tram's drop off.




If you look to the center of this pic, you can see the Tram's support structure
& cables...




here it is just a little bit closer.
No, we didn't go up the Tram on this particular day...awwweeee. It's an all day event,
but what it did do is spark my imagination into thinking this might be the perfect
surprise anniversary getaway for me & hubby at the beginning of October.
It will be gorgeous down in the valley & cool & crisp & clear on the mountain top.
They have an excellent restaurant & we could spend the evening having a glass of wine,
a wonderful meal & watching a spectacular sunset...how romantic!
Well Sweeties, off for now...more Palm Springs to come I promise. This little
adventure was just what I needed to remind me that sometimes the greatest
adventures of all can be found right in your own backyard!!
XOXO
vintagesusie

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I'm in GYPSYVILLE, Yeeee Hawwww!!!


Greetings Friends from far & wide!
I hope you're all lovin your weekend & enjoyin these last days of summer...I know I am!
Soooooo, y'all know how much I LOVE Round Top, Texas, right?
And y'all know that from my very 1st trip there, I fell MADLY in LOVE with the
Darlin Junk Gypsy's!


 Here's my Junk Gypsy's during Round Top's Spring Festival at
Miss Teresa of Garden Antique's, blog party...
Miss Amie, Miss Jolie & Miss Janie.
I sooooo ADORE them!


 Well, check this out Sweeties, I'm so DARNED excited I could BURST!
{that wouldn't be purdy now, would it? lol}
If you click right HERE , you'll see what all the fuss is about.
Yes, that'd be my 'SPOONIN' necklace in GYPSYVILLE...
'FREE BIRD'!!
Can you BELIEVE it???
Me, an honorary Junk Gypsy...Yeeeee Hawwww, Baby!!!
Yeeeeeeee Hawwwwwww!
Thanks Sweet Gypsy's, y'all just give me WINGS!!

XOXO
vintagesusie

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Beads Are Here From Sweden!!!


 Hi Sweetest of Hearts...I hope you're having a wonderful week!!
I have been ever so patiently waiting for my beads to arrive from my new friend,
my Bead Soup partner from Sweden & can I just tell you...
THE BEADS WERE WORTH THE WAIT!!


 Malin sent me several little, beautifully packaged jewelry boxes,
each filled to the brim with complete yummieness!
My very favoritest one is filled with beads of various textures & sizes.
Glass, wood, ceramic, all in subtle hues of blue, cream & brown.
Like I said, simply 'YUMMY', I adore them Malin!   ;)


 She also included a drawstring bag filled with fiber...
How did she know I needed a little more fiber in my diet?


 And a box filled with lovely silver clasps & silver beads,
big chunky, white tulip beads, white beads of all shapes & sizes,
including 2 little animal shaped beads,
3 red, white & blue beads
& some vintage silver toned chain.
Such a thoughtful & perfectly balanced bunch of ingredients for me to make my SOUP with!


With all that said, am I allowed to say what I LOVE the most about my SOUP?
It has something to do with sari silk & blue ceramic...
Don't forget to stop back by to see the Big Reveal on September 17th,
I can't hold myself back anymore...
it's time to start COOKING!!!!
Is it SOUP YET??

XOXO
vintagesusie



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Soup is ON, Bead Soup That is!


Hey Sweeties...
I may disappear for a minute, flying off the grid...
but you can't get rid of me that easy! lol
Many of you probably already know this, but once again...drum roll please,
it's time for
Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog's, most delicious concoction.


I am so excited to be partnered up with a jewelry designer that I have never had the pleasure
to meet before, Malin de Koning from Stockholm Sweden.
She loves to work with beads & buttons & textiles & her
style seems to be full of color & texture,
sooooo gorgeous!


I'm sooooo excited for my foreign parcel to arrive!
I can't wait to see what she has sent to me,
but I'll bet you one thing...
I just know it will be FULL of COLOR!!!
Take a peek at Malin's beautiful blog, Beads By Malin de Koning
 & as the ingredients for our SOUP arrive,
there will be so much more to share with you as
we gear up for our September 17th Reveal.
Stay Tuned & Enjoy this Beautiful Week!

XOXO
vintagesusie