Barbara Beckley

I'm a journalist, shopping addict and spa enthusiast – with a penchant for all things mid-century modern!  Join me as I discover the newest and best shopping treasures, from fashions to Fiesta® ware; insider-favorite spa pampering and the best of Palm Springs’ modernism landmarks.

Latest Blogs

If it's Monday -- It Must be Bingo & Trivia at the Ace Hotel

“Bingo! I have bingo!” I yelled. I couldn’t believe it. But yes, every number on my card was covered. Emcee Shirley Claire strolled over -- placed one of her long legs on my table, waved a feather...

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Elevate Your Dining Experience at Peaks Restaurant -- Where the Cuisine is as Spectacular as the View

A new executive chef (formerly of the Parker Palm Springs), a new menu, new craft cocktails and a new owner (Palm Springs local John Fritch) make Peaks Restaurant (https://www.pstramway.com/dining/), at the top of the...

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The Sky's the Limit -- at the Palm Springs Air Museum Gift Shop

Want to get your pilot’s wings?  No need for lessons. Just step inside the gift shop at the Palm Springs Air Museum (www.palmspringsairmuseum.org). Choose from hundreds of authentic-looking pilots’ wings...

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Find Your Valentine Sweet Spot at Palm Springs Spas

From romantic couples’ rituals to indulgent personal pampering, Palm Springs spas are celebrating Valentine’s season with blissful – and cost saving – specials. Here are the best.  Indulge...

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Palm Springs' Big Hotels Offer Larger than Life Excitement

Trendy bars with Grammy-worthy entertainment. Gorgeous pools dishing up non-stop cocktails and cuisine. Luxe suites. Amazing spas. Celebrity sightings. Business amenities. Something for everyone – plus, the...

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Shopping at Palm Springs Attractions

Surprise! Palm Springs most famous attraction --- the celebrated Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – is also a treasure trove of shopping opportunities. Two great gift shops – one at the Valley Station (the...

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Think Outside the Box -- Give Dad a Palm Springs Spa Experience for Father's Day

Want to be really creative this Father’s Day?  Escape to Palm Springs and treat the Dad in your life to a luxurious wellness tune-up. Palm Springs’ spa resorts are loaded with manly delights from facials...

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Easter is Sweet in Palm Springs

Easter baskets in Palm Springs? You bet. Chocolate bunnies, sugar chicks, hand-crafted toffee and salt water taffy by the thousands ensure that your Palm Springs Easter vacation is sweet, sweet, sweet. And the icing on...

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Do Your Holiday Shopping at Palm Springs Attractions

Surprise!  Palm Springs attractions are more than interesting – their stores are the ultimate in gift shopping. So do like the locals, and head to the nearest museum for trend-setting treasures. And of course...

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The South of France Comes to Palm Springs!

Palm Springs and the South of France – c’est magnifique. It’s a match made in retail heaven. Shopping just doesn’t get any better than this!!  Francophiles – and all stylish shoppers...

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Shopping Spotlight: Bring Home the Palm Springs Lifestyle

Just when you thought Palm Springs’ shopping couldn’t be any more chic, hip and fun – design sensation Destination PSP has splashed onto the scene with a trendy array of desert-inspired merchandise...

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The Corridor Palm Springs

Be sure to look your best when you stop by The Corridor Palm Springs.  Why? You're likely to run into friends – and maybe even a celebrity. As the gateway to the Palm Springs Uptown Design District, The...

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Cool Shopping: 11 Stores - One Location

A year ago The Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five didn’t exist. Now, it’s Palm Springs go-to for designers from San Francisco and Los Angeles. “Interior designers are our most frequent repeat customers...

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New Sunny Dunes Vintage Row Sells Under the Radar

Think you know ALL Palm Springs vintage venues?  I bet not. The hip new Sunny Dunes Vintage Row – tucked behind a tire company and vintage car dealership – is the hottest new find in a city filled with...

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Palm Springs Spa Update: Color Me Blissful at the Saguaro Spa

"One of the best massages I’ve ever had.” That’s my description of the Desert Essence Poultice Massage, the signature service of the Saguaro Spa at the trendy Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, in Palm...

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Modernism, Celebrities, Intrigue -- The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Tour Has it All

It’s easy to listen to the stories about Palm Springs’ glamorous past -- showbiz idols frolicking in luxurious play pads. But you seldom get to see where it all went down.  Now you can! The Elvis...

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Hip Gifts and Palm Springs Home Goods

Forever Palm Springs -- poolside chic, martinis, mid-century modern architecture. Our desert lifestyle is so legendary it’s inspired artists to capture the moment in home décor. And once they do, their works...

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Shopping for the Kids Look to Palm Springs

From mommy-and-me spa robes to t-shirts emblazoned with that adorable photo you took two minutes ago, and plush toys to "OMG, we forgot the kids’ swimsuits" practical wear – Palm Springs is a playground of...

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Summer Beauty -- Palm Springs has a Secret Ingredient!

Summer in Palm Springs! Time to wow the poolside crowd with your gorgeous, glowing skin. But can you be a swim suit cutie – and not fast-forward your skin’s aging process in the sizzling summer heat? ...

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Q&A with Renowned Fashion Designer Trina Turk

Fashion icon Trina Turk recently celebrated the 10th anniversary and grand re-opening and expansion of her original boutique in Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District. Opened in March 2002 in an Albert Frey...

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