A Sparkling New Year: Off to Palm Springs

A Sparkling New Year: Off to Palm Springs

The holidays were so busy I didn’t leave myself enough quiet time for self-care, and consequently, I’m in need of some R & R. Luckily that’s coming in the form of a holiday in our little RV. We’ve packed the trailer and are heading to Palm Springs this week and not a moment too soon. Our plan is to stay for a month but we’ll see how long it takes for trailer cabin fever to set in. We have a very small trailer:)

I’ll be bringing you along and posting from the road. You’ll see me in large sun hats and easy care clothes that travel well because we’ll be using the good old laundromat. I’ve been asked to share the types of meals I prepare while traveling so I’ll be doing that too.

We visited several years ago but were only there for a couple of hours and didn’t get to explore much. This time we plan to stay for several weeks so should be able to soak up lots of culture and warm temperatures.vintage Palm Springs


Palm Springs is famous for its collection of great mid-century modern architecture so we plan to take several tours to see and learn. I’m a bit hokey in that I like bus tours, They’re a great way to get acclimated to new places.

As 2017 arrives I recognize that I need to make more time for several things in life.

  • I need to get more exercise, and for that, I was dragged to joined a gym. (there is a branch in Palm Springs)
  • I need to eat healthier, and I have begun more meal planning with that in mind.
  • I need more quiet time for self-reflection and to focus on what I’m grateful for.
  • I need to get out in nature more often and spend less time on my computer.

These are not resolutions, but realizations I need to make some changes to continue living A Well Styled Life.

Thank you so much for being here to read, share your comments and wisdom. I love that this blog is a community of intelligent and caring women who inform and support each other.

I wish you all a healthy and joyous New Year!

Are there some tweaks and changes you’re hoping to make in 2017?




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  1. Anne
    December 31, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Happy New Year Jennifer! Glad you’ll be taking us along on your journey.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:38 pm

      Happy New Year, Anne!

  2. Gail Schwartz
    December 31, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    My Soft Surroundings blouse/cami arrived today. I modeled it for my husband and he called it very, very pretty! I will be wearing it tonight with confidence that I am dressed appropriately for the chic grandma I think I am. Thanks for the tip. Happy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      I’m so happy you like it as much as I do, Gail! It is really pretty. Confidence is king. Happy New Year!!

  3. December 31, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Oh, to live in a part of the world where one can use their trailer in mid winter! I look forward to enjoying vicariously through your experience.

    Interesting that many of us are recognizing a need to spend less time on our computers. I blogged about that today!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      That’s hilarious, Elaine. Happy New Year and here’s to unplugging.

  4. Gail
    December 31, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Love the picture of Palm Springs (the 60’s)

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      Me too. Those iconic images are priceless!

  5. Carol
    December 31, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Happy New Year! Wishing you a wonderful stay in Palm Springs – thank you for all of your posts in 2016. I enjoy your ‘voice’ and always look forward to reading your posts.

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Carol! Thank you for reading. Happy New Year.

  6. Joanna
    December 31, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    Have a wonderful time exploring the mid century modern architecture and soaking up the sun under your big brimmed sun hat.We’re having snow so I might be a bit jealous. Lol
    New Year, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      I envy your snow for its prettiness, but am really looking forward to the warmth. Happy New Year, Joanna!

  7. Donna
    December 31, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! Lots of good motivation for this old gal too. xoxo

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Happy New Year, Donna!

  8. Holly Rigby
    December 31, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Be sure to see my favorite desert guide on Desert Adventure Tours, Morgan “wind in her Hair” Levine. She is the best!!! Her desert tour is fabulous and she knows everything! And don’t forget the date shakes!

    • Jennifer
      December 31, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Yay, Holly! Thanks for the tips! I’ve never heard of date shakes but they sound amazing. I’ll send pictures from the road:) Happy New Year!

  9. Suz
    December 31, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Happy New Year!
    Your trip sounds great, you deserve it. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your blog. I really appreciate it.
    Suz from Vancouver

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 6:52 am

      Happy New Year, Suz. I see you got more snow! Stay warm.

  10. Sarah
    December 31, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Don’t miss the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It is a spectacular trip to the top of San Jacinto mountain. It is snowy and cold up there so dress warmly. There is a restaurant if you want to relax and enjoy the view. If you want to explore there are well marked trails for short walks or longer hikes. Wear your hiking gear and bring water and a small snack. Have fun in Palm Springs.

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 6:59 am

      Thanks for the tip! I was planning to bring clothes for cold weather so I’m glad you mentioned it, Sarah! That trip up the mountain is now on the list! Happy New Year

  11. Angela Grafe
    January 1, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Happy new year! Love your blog so much – thank you, you doing so well!
    We spent our 40th anniversary in palm springs 2015- hotel little paradise- and it was a paradise! May be you like to stay there in an amazing, very cosy room, for 1/2 nights – hotel for adults,only – you would love it!!
    Enjoy your trip! We leave tomorrow for 6 days new york and afterwards 20days lehigh acres – so exciting!
    Yours Angela

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 7:02 am

      Happy New Year, Angela! Have a wonderful trip.

  12. January 1, 2017 / 7:52 am

    maybe I spelled that wrong!

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 11:28 am

      On my list! Happy New Year Elizabeth

  13. January 1, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I haven’t been to Palm Springs since I was a kid. Can’t wait to follow it through your eyes, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Happy New Year Pam!

  14. January 1, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Oh I love Palm Springs! My in laws used to have a home in Rancho Mirage…and we used to holiday there when the children were small.
    Its a lovely spot to relax and I think you will find it very much to your liking and walking under the palm trees in the sunshine will be so soothing.
    Wish I was going there too…we have snow on the ground this morning!

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 11:31 am

      I saw your snow! You’re having quite an unusual winter, Leslie. I don’t ever remember that much snow in the island. I’m very anxious to see Palm Springs and get a chance to soak up the calm. Happy New Year!

  15. January 1, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Happy 2017, Jennifer!

    Your trip sounds perfect to start the year! I’ve always wanted to visit Palm Springs, and I look forward to following along your adventures there!

    • Jennifer
      January 1, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Happy New Year, Andrea!

  16. Muriel
    January 3, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Happy New Year Jennifer. Have been enjoying your blog for some time now. We just arrived in Palm Springs yesterday and have enjoyed our trips here from Alberta for a number of years. Looking forward to the Film Festival which starts this weekend. I will be interested to read about your discoveries here.

    • Jennifer
      January 3, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      How exciting! The film festival sounds like a must see. It would be fun to meet for coffee! Alberta has pretty nasty weather right now.

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