Palm Springs kind of sneaked up on me. The first time I visited, two years ago, it was hellishly hot and came across as a bit weird and artificial, and yet, there was a certain magic that took hold and has made me return twice since then. This time I got to return to the uh-mazing Parker Palm Springs where this year's Adventure Always conference took place. My days were made up of listening to inspiring speakers, working on some Her Lovely Heart projects, and taking time out where I could just enjoy the surroundings and the warmth, and hang out with friends. It's a funny thing, a ‘working holiday', and it certainly takes some practice to get it right so that you enjoy all the bits you want to enjoy, but are effective where you need to be. (Our guest blogger Emily shared some great tips about how to run a business whilst travelling just last week.)

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

We landed in LA in the afternoon, but after getting stuck queueing for our rental, and then sitting for hours in the Friday rush hour LA traffic, we didn't arrive in Palm Springs until after sundown and pretty much crashed right away.  Waking up to the palm trees the next morning was just the loveliest thing.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

The most photographed door in Palm Springs? Well, it's worth it!

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

On our first day we drove to investigate the living desert in Joshua Tree national park.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Some of the things I collected from Joshua Tree.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Blue skies, palm trees, pools and bright colours are what Palm Springs is made of. I adore the Alphabet Bags phone case, which looked delicious with my ‘California nails' and new Kate Spade wallet. I also brought my trusty swimsuit pouch.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

I went with gold accessories for a friend's birthday party. After being more in the silver camp for most of my life, I'm lately falling pretty hard for gold. Maybe it's an age thing? :D

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Florence was trying to ‘model' with some of the lovely things Alphabet Bags sent along for my travels. Lots of laughter ensued.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

This ‘Hooray for Sunshine' bag from Alphabet Bags was perfect for Palm Springs! And perhaps for packing some sunshine to take home with…

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

I carried my laptop around in this large pouch, when it wasn't used for travel documents.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

I had an idea for this image, and I set it up for my husband to take. It took hours. I'm surprised we're still together after the experience, but I do like the end result!
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

That's our window on the left. I got to witness a wedding just outside, too. It was kind of surreal to watch a wedding take place and not be down there working!

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Emails by the pool. There are worse things…

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

The lovely Gabe McClintock gave a brilliant intensive workshop & Nacho Arimany‘s talk, and concert especially, blew me away. These two were both totally amazing, in such different ways.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Flo. Love this lady.

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

On the last day, my dear friend Jesse and I hung out by the pool, with our Alphabet Bags in tow of course. I wish we lived closer to each other. :(

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

Returning to cold and grey England has been quite hard. It took me forever to get over the jet lag, and the cold that followed. I'm only now starting to feel a bit more ‘normal', but oh boy do these images want to make me get back to Palm Springs as soon as possible!

Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.
Her Lovely Heart Palm Springs collaboration with Alphabet Bags.

A collaboration with: Alphabet Bags
Photography: Marianne Taylor (and a very reluctant Mr Taylor)
Location: Parker Palm Springs

Author: Marianne Taylor

Her Lovely Heart founder Marianne Taylor is a photographer, an educator, and a lover of colour & light. Her work has been published in blogs and magazines the world over and her personal photography has been part of an exhibition at Tate Britain. To work with Marianne, see the mentoring services she offers. Or, if you like the photography on HLH, you might want to check out her Product & Lifestyle photography services to see whether you could work together to help your brand grow. She is also slightly obsessed with her two cats, Astrid & Sofia, and loves Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “Work & play in Palm Springs, California

  1. Ah I so want to be there.

    Posted on October 24, 2014 at 11:02 pm
  2. Ha ha the bit about the Mr Taylor shot made me LOL – happens to me and Mr Davies all the time!

    Posted on November 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm