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Style Ish: Palm Springs

It’s not often that I have an opportunity abandon my trusted San Francisco uniform of a a black zip-up hoodie over a simple black dress, paired with black tights and (oh yeah) black suede chelsea boots. Did I mention I carry a black leather tote? I have even been known to sport a black beret (no shame) on occasion. If wearing black lipstick were acceptable by professional standards, I might do that too, but 5 out of 7 days a week I opt for red. Clearly, it’s pretty much the perfect outfit for every day, so why would I want to fuck with that that?

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[Daytime revelry at the Ace.]

Here’s why: Because last weekend I found myself in Palm Springs, and you just DON’T DO the minimalist, all-black urban ensemble in Palm Springs. Suede and leather aren’t such “no-brainer” choices when you’re in 90 degree weather.

So I stepped up my game. But how does an SF chick adapt for Palm Springs without accidentally stumbling into the gross territories of bohemian festival wear, the resort-chic look, or Los Angeles club gear?

See my actual Palm Springs looks below, and learn.

1. Friday night- This was actually my driving-for-seven-hours outfit. It’s like normal me, but for warm weather. Shitty old tee, extremely faded black denim mini, and I swapped my tights for thigh-highs. Still rocking my black leather converse. And giant Tecate.

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2. Look! It’s me, in pale yellow, lace, pink lipstick, and *gasp* NO TIGHTS. I’ve kind of always had this dress in my closet. I don’t know where it came from, and I wear it about once every year. People freak every time. I also swapped my huge black tote for a vintage handbag I got in Albuquerque, and of course, every woman needs a pair of Swedish Hasbeens. Except, psych, mine aren’t Hasbeens. They’re by Lotta from Stockholm, who makes just-as-amazing clogs from natural materials sourced in Scandinavia, but they’re like, half the price of Hasbeens.

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3. Taking this look from the hotel to the Palm Springs Art Museum. (More on the museum soon.)

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4. Swimwear. Ugh. Everything sucks. The beach, the pool, “laying out” or whatever the hell… this is not my scene. Half of why I moved away from southern California was to escape that culture, but you know, it’s not always THAT BAD. Particularly when I have a mojito and a copy of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer to keep me company. I managed to stand out from the crowd of long-haired, tan, 21-year-olds sporting bedazzled bikinis in colors like coral and lilac by… basically being myself. Embracing my pale skin, nowhere-near-“beachy,” locks, and curvy figure, I rocked the shit out of that poolside chaise-thing in this suit.

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5. Secret that I don’t need to keep a secret: I buy all of my dresses from ONE store in San Francisco. It’s called Nooworks, and they are basically the greatest thing ever. The shop is a few blocks from my house, the girls there are the coolest chicks you will EVER meet on Valencia St., and all of their prints are 100% unique, designed by contemporary artists and translated into amazing dresses. I literally have like 8 pieces from this RAD, woman-owned company. For Saturday night at the Viceroy, I rocked my Nooworks dress with insane neon Maison Martin Margielas that I won from the always-wonderful Tomboy Style.

ps nooworks

There you have it. I went to Palm Springs, and I didn’t explode and turn into a hippie-sorority-girl hybrid.

Finally, here is what I’ll wear next time, you know, when I’m rich and can totally afford $2000+ dresses.

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PS- THANK GOD X 100 that I didn’t accidentally end up in Palm Springs the weekend of Coachella.

3 comments on “Style Ish: Palm Springs

  1. TommyTopHat
    April 15, 2013

    I love your hair so much.

  2. Orange (a/k/a David)
    April 15, 2013

    Is it RAAB’s paper doll clothing?

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