I needed rest and relaxation after a manic September. Hubby prescribed a dose of Californian blue skies so off we flew!

Having already visited Los Angeles earlier this year, we decided to experience a desert resort and settled on Palm Springs. We were lured by its reputation (since the 1920s) as Hollywood's desert playground for celebrities to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of showbiz. The "Two Hour Rule" of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to be available within two hours from the studio just in case they were summoned for last minute filming. In Hollywood's Golden Age, celebrities who stayed in hideaway homes in Palm Springs included Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

We stayed at the Parker Palm Springs resort…

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Elizabeth (above) wears: Karen Walker sunglasses; COS tshirt; Top Shop dungarees; Converse Jack Purcells.

Hubby and I are big fans of Mid-Century design – and Parker Palm Springs has an abundance of it, albeit eccentric and ecletic, thanks to interior designer Jonathan Adler.

The Parker's lobby areas…

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Mad Men chic…lots of nooks and crannies to chill out in…

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Mister Parker's…a grown up sexy restaurant…we particularly liked all the original artwork covering the wooden panelled walls…

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The lush entrances of some of the private villas…

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Our bedroom…

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This is the first hotel I've been to where they give you lip balm!

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Our private terrace…

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This hammock has Hubby's name written all over it…

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Gorgeous weather, gorgeous resort, gorgeous girls! Check out the chic resort attire of our fellow guests…

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Kristin, student (above) wears: Forever 21 sunglasses; Micken dress from Nordstrom; Old Navy sandals.

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Daisy, stylist (above) wears: Isabel Marant dress; Ray-Ban aviators; Brixton trilby; Country Road sandals.

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Alaina, denim sales (above) wears: Isabel Marant blouse; vintage denim shorts; Brixton trilby; Celine sunglasses; Dolce Vita sandals.

What makes the Parker so special is that everywhere you look on the grounds, there are special details and private areas to relax in…

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Elizabeth (above) wears: Top Shop cropped tshirt, Uniqlo dungarees; Dorothy Perkins heart sunglasses; vintage bandana as hair band; Opening Ceremony heels.

Game of croquet anyone?

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Elizabeth (above) wears: Dorothy Perkins heart sunglasses; blouse from Tokyo; Forever 21 denim shorts; vintage bandana as hair band; Converse Jack Purcells.

The lemonade stand – a very welcome respite from the 98 degree Fahrenheit heat…

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CHECKMATE!

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Elizabeth (above) wears: MO & Co dress; vintage sunglasses from San Francisco; Stephen Venezia heels.

Room service dining is delivered by a cycling (but alas not singing) waiter!

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Rest and relaxation? Yes, I got an abundance of it!

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