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That’s What She Said: A Rendezvous with Destiny spring fashion

Written and Styled By: Gretchen and Britt Hackmann of Nubry
Photography By: Matt Doheny  spring fashion

Green smoothie: Check. Cold-Pressed Organic Beet Juice: Check, Check. Spray tan, bikini, thongs, colored sunglasses, high-waisted jean short cut-offs, crop top, tote bag, Advil, Hawaiian Tropics SPF 15: Check, Check, Check! Round-trip Airfare for two: Nope.

Spring break has arrived, and we do not have flights to Cabo, can you believe it? Perhaps it’s because we can’t get away for six days and seven nights; or, perhaps our wallets are still suffering massively après ski season; heck, maybe our abs really just aren’t ready to hit the sandy beaches yet. Give us a break though, hot toddies and duck fat fries from Aspen’s The Little Nell, can you really resist these naughty demons during snow bunny season?

Rather than run off to our typical tropical paradise, we’ve decided on a weekend road trip. And, why not? We do, after all, live in Southern California, surrounded by cities of which the rest of the world chooses as their vacation destinations. So, out of your bunny hole, Rabbit, it’s time for a weekend road trip

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An Upscale Desert Getaway

Destination: Palm Springs
Hotel: The Parker

Eat: Mitch’s on El Paseo
Looks From: Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Comfortable, preppy dresses are a no-brainer for cities like Palm Springs, especially if your final destination is The Parker. As luck would have it, we’re headed this weekend to The Parker Palm Springs for a relaxing few days of croquet, petanque—it’s not just for old Floridian retirees—tennis and poolside fun. A laundry list of shopping necessities brings us to the Cabazon Premium Outlets where we can shop Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Cole Haan, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Salvatore Ferragamo and so very much more. Sadly, my Balenciaga weekender will not hold all of my purchases after this spree, but it will at the very least transport my purple Louboutin caged booties and other footwear options for a weekend of fun. Britt and I require multiple outfit options for a plethora of meals like lunch at Norma’s—did you know you can build your own pie? I’m thinking coconut or banana filling with pecan crisp top and bottom…oh, I’m bad! But also charcuterie plates and oysters on the half shell at the Mini Bar, followed by a seductive (so they say) dinner at Mister Parkers. Shall we feel especially adventurous, we may find ourselves venturing out of our fabulous resort to Mitch’s on El Paseo, which is on the way to Coachella, and serves fine wine, filet, sushi, seafood and sake. Festival-goers, keep Mitch’s in mind when en route to Indio. spring fashion

Palm Springs: Spring Fashion Trends

  1. Preppy Dresses: solid, printed and colorful dresses go day-to-night
  2. Bright Totes: make a statement with a large, structured, colorful bag
  3. Bright Heels: purple, pink and other candy colors will make a splash

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Swanky Sundays on Abbot Kinney

Destination: LA
Hotel: The Viceroy
Eats: Joe’s Restaurant
Looks From: Westfield Mission Valley

Who’s got an itching for a boozy Sunday brunch? Well, we do, and this particular sunny weekend we’re going to make a thing of it. If you remember Chef Joe from Season 16 of Food Network’s “Chopped, ” you’ll know that he has a fabulous restaurant in LA on Abbott Kinney, just three blocks away from the beach. Known for his farmer’s market ingredients and California-French cuisine—he chooses his ingredients from a garden across the street—it’s the quality of food, casual experience and unique pairings that set his establishment,  Joe’s, apart from all others.

As Britt and I make the breezy drive north in our top-down cabriolet, we question each other about our alcoholic desires for our spirit-focused Sunday. She’s thinking along the lines of bottomless mimosas—only $14 at Joe’s—however, while she has her heart set on fine French bubbly, I’m rollin’ south in Mexico…slurring out ideas about ridin’ dirty with El Silencio Mezcal, Oaxaca’s rich agave plant elixir (and tequilas up- and-coming worst nightmare). Among company like Chateau Marmont and LA’s Soho House, Joe’s Restaurant serves cocktails intoxicated with Mezcal…ever tried their “Slowpoke Rodriguez?” I’m guessing it decelerates its imbibers from 60 to 0, but we’ll soon see!

Los Angeles: Spring Fashion Tips

1. CROP TOPS – ride on the safe side and buy them a little bigger than you think. Nothing is worse than a crop top that is not covering your top top.
2. GRAPHIC TOPS – fun text slogans atop your sweater or tee add cool vibes to your laid-back ensemble
3. CAGED FOOTWEAR – heels or peep-toe booties that cage your foot or lace-up make a large statement
4. GIRLY COLORS – pair shades of pink, peach, burgundy, and cream together for a not-so-naughty look

We love dressing for LA, because the style there is very casual, relaxed, and hip, yet effortlessly mixes one’s own personality into each separate. Fun, unique and affordable pieces for our LA trip can be found at Mission Valley’s Westfield Mall. You’re probably already familiar with Westfield’s Nordstrom Rack, Target, Loehmanns and Macy’s, but take a few more steps and actually walk inside the lifestyle center, and you’ll find plenty more reasons to swipe your plastic. Charlotte Russe, a fast fashion fave, sports candy-colored skinny jeans in every candy shade, graphic sweaters with a slogan for everyone, trendy caged platforms under $40, charm bracelets and necklaces to obsess over, and pretty much anything else you’re looking to add to your spring wardrobe.

After an exceptional Sunday Funday, we call our driver named Uber to chauffer us to our swanky evening quarters at The Viceroy Hotel on Ocean Ave, a mere 1.5 miles down the road. Now this is the “it” place to stay— contemporary, retro, and thoroughly modern interiors, designed by none other than The Kelly Wearstler—with Santa Monica ocean, city or pool views. After a morning slash afternoon of adult beverages at Joe’s, the lobby’s club scene is just getting started and it looks like we won’t be retiring just yet…

Shoreline Style in the Real OC

Destination: Orange County
Hotel: Surf & Sand Resort
Eat: Broadway by Amar Santana

Although LA is relatively close, it’s not too often that one has the luxury to scenically drive up to Malibu on PCH and spend the weekend with friends in a beach house that overlooks the Pacific. And even if you do cut minutes off your trip by beating the traffic, jumping from the 5N to the 405 to the 10W and finally to the 101 (Note: iPhone app, Sigalert, can be a huge pal through this navigational disaster), it’s still a solid two-and-a-half-hour road trip. What makes a little more sense, though, is the one-hour drive on the I-5N to Orange County, where LA and San Diego pals can meet up for a weekend of debauchery (or relaxation) on a level playing field. Our meet-up this month takes us to the Surf & Sand resort, a Mediterranean-style village that lies on the Laguna Beach shoreline— so beautiful! Orange County is uber stylish and super ritzy—hello, haven’t you ever seen Real Housewives of Orange County?! Gretchen Rossi’s long blonde wavy hair, flawless makeup, figure- hugging dresses, sky-high heels, glitzy accessories and Rolls Royce only slightly hint at the perfect housewife life, and to brush shoulders in her company requires that we bring it in all fashionable senses.

Orange County: Spring Fashion Trends

1. WHITE & GOLD – a ritzy color combination that’s timeless and never wrong 2. ACCESSORIES – arm stacks are still in, so layer on the bracelets!
3. SUNGLASSES – choose cat eye shape, like Jackie-O

Fashion Valley, here we come! Of course you already know that Simon’s Fashion Valley has all of the best designer stores—Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Missoni, Emporio Armani, Burberry, Charles Koll Jewelers, Louis Vuitton, plus, plus, plus—but, did you know that it also houses Henri Bendel? If you’ve ever walked into a Bendels before, then you know that you’re in for a real treat, and if you haven’t; well, get your tooshie inside the store—it’s heaven on earth for us females. We’re looking to ooze class and spectacular taste during our Orange County rendezvous, so gold arm stacks it is, leopard printed silk scarf, luxurious leather totes and cat eye sunglasses—yes please, we’ll have them all! Our shift and body-con dresses deserve only the best of transportation, so we’ll take the rolling luggage, too…and the iPad and iPhone cases, oh yes, and that cute notebook, too. We aren’t chintzy, plus, we definitely wouldn’t want to look “too much, ” so we’re off to Cache for dresses that are simple, chic, Jackie- O-ish and white. Amar Santana’s Broadway in Laguna Beach will gladly seat our party of VIPs for dinner and we’re requesting the coveted Chef’s table. Seated front row and center, a theatrical, locally-grown dinner is prepared before our eyes, as the kitchen is center stage at Broadway. Seriously though, who needs New York’s Broadway shows when you can reap the benefits and physically indulge, as in eat, in your theatre? Ridic! Santana sure knows how to grab our attention.

Springtime is all about new beginnings; it’s the time of year when flowers begin to bloom again and us humans come out of a dark hibernation with pale skin and glassy eyes. Off the couch people, open your windows and breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the world around you! Take an impromptu road trip to a new destination—there are so many spots to discover in all directions! Pack a bag with your newly purchased spring fashions and open your eyes to the beauty of your surroundings. Happy springtime and happy travels!