Fashion, Travel | October 15, 2019

A dream shopping trip to Palm Springs

Could there really be anything better than combing my two favourite things… sunshine and shopping? Oh, and sugary snacks of course, my third favourite thing, which are available in abundance in America. I’ll take any excuse to hop on a plane to one of my favourite places in the world- LA- but I hardly had to be asked twice to experience the world of Simon shopping outlets in Los Angeles and Palm Springs! The following post is a recap of my wonderful press trip with Simon Shopping Destinations.

The first place we visited was The Outlets at Orange, just outside LA in Orange County (and a short drive away from Disneyland if you wanted to do the dream trip!). I really loved it here as I love an outdoor shopping experience especially in the beautiful LA weather, there were loads of dining options, and a really good mix of high end stores and high street brands. Including bath and body works where I of course stocked up on the obligatory candles and shower gels! The existing discounts were brilliant and most stores had further special offers so you really felt like you were getting the best deals. I bought an absolutely beautiful blue two-piece from BCBGMaxAzria, which I wore several times on the trip as I knew as soon as I got home to the rain, it would be put away for the Winter! We finished off the day as every good day should be finished off… at Cinnabon.

The BCBG outfit from Orange, & Tory Burch shoes, and Kate Spade bracelet from Ontario Mills

The next day, we travelled slightly further to Ontario Mills, which is a mix of outlet stores and ordinary mall shops. This was by far the biggest, we checked our health app at the end of the day and we had literally walked miles! And you know I always shop in heels so I definitely got my workout for the week; whoever says shopping isn’t exercise is wrong, because believe me it absolutely is, especially when carrying lots of bags which I certainly was! The highlights of this mall was definitely the Tory Burch and Kate Spade outlet stores, which were fabulous. I picked up the most gorgeous pair of shoes from Tory Burch (which a few days later I found at the Tory Burch store on Rodeo Drive in a SLIGHTLY different, and less cute, colour), and a dress from Kate Spade that I had been considering buying last year when it was new season- so you can imagine how delighted I was to find it at 60% off! Josie and I bought matching Kate Spade bracelets to remind us of the trip. I also stocked up on some Sephora facemasks, and took advantage of the insane savings at Michael Kors and bought my little sister’s birthday and Christmas present! She doesn’t read my blog, don’t worry hehe. 

The Kate Spade dress I bought at Ontario Mills

Our final destination was the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Palm Springs, and I think they saved us the best until last! Pretty much every designer you could think of, in one place- Chloé’, Burberry, Prada, Mulberry- with humongous savings and the sun beaming down. Shopping and tanning at once? Yes please! At this point I had resolved to not do any more shopping, but that kind of went out of the window… I tried on the most incredible gown in Dolce & Gabanna, honestly the most wonderful dress I’ve ever tried on. Josie and I came to the conclusion it must have been a dress loaned to a celebrity for something such as the Met Gala which is why it was in a concession store. I will always remember that dress but sadly couldn’t justify spending such a huge amount of money on a dress that I have nowhere to wear it to! But I made up for it elsewhere, first of all in Prada and MiuMiu where I found the most beautiful princess shoes I’ve ever seen. It really would have been rude not to, when they were sat there screaming my name like that! Who knows where I will wear them, but it doesn’t matter, shoes are art! Then we visited Stuart Weitzman, and I found the most AMAZING grey suede over the knee boots, with the perfect toe, perfect heel and wait for it… a pale pink sole. When I tried them on and they fit like a glove, and when I realised they would be almost a quarter of the full price, I knew I had to have them. They were a steal! And I know I will wear them non stop throughout Autumn and Winter so it totally felt justified. The only problem now was fitting it all inside my suitcase…

On top of our shopping trips, we were also treated to a fabulous tour of the Indian Canyons in Palm Springs with the fantastic Red Jeep Tours. I have honestly never seen such breathtaking views- SERIOUS Pocahontas vibes. Our tour guide Dee was such brilliant company with a rich wealth of knowledge. I was NOT in the right attire for hiking, but I’m desperate to go back with shorts and a paid of trainers with JJ and explore even more. Thank you so much to Visit Palm Springs for the treat! 

I come to LA every year so I will definitely be revisiting next time I am there. I absolutely love a shopping trip, or at least incorporating a shopping day into my trip, and LA/Palm Springs is the perfect destination because there’s so much else to do on top. Just make sure you leave lots of space in your suitcase and you’ll be fine! I hope you enjoyed the post, let me know if you would like to read more shopping posts! And don’t forget to visit Simon Shopping Destinations, all over the US! I can’t wait to visit the New York destinations!

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