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

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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Hooray for Killer Heels!

Fashionistas rejoice!  It’s a match made in heaven – and only in Palm Springs. Ooh and aah at the must-see exhibit Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, September 5 through December 13, 2015, at...

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What's Trending in Summer Eyewear? Here's the Latest from the Sunglasses Capital

Big, bold and glamorous. Vintage movie star cool. This is the look, say the eyewear style-makers in Palm Springs, where round-the-clock pool party chic makes stylish shades a way of life. “The movie star look....

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Spa Update!

Size doesn’t matter. But quality does. The best of on-trend pampering is what you’ll experience at the newly revamped Spa at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs. Tucked away at the end of a shady...

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New -- Exclusive Swimwear Line Salutes Palm Springs' Famous White Party

Just in time for The White Party – and beyond -- Destination PSP, an upscale retailer specializing in desert-event merchandize, has introduced an exclusive new Palm Springs-themed menswear swimwear collection...

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New Plate / Glass Restaurant Dishes Up Savory Beginnings and Happy Endings

Looking for a spot to enjoy the incomparable Palm Springs vibe? Check out the new the Plate | Glass (www.plate-glass.com) restaurant in the trendy Uptown Design District on the corner of North Palm Canyon Drive and Amado...

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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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10th Anniversary Modernism Week Adds More Events!

As if more proof that Palm Springs is the epicenter of the mid-century modern world were needed – the 10th anniversary of Modernism Week, February 12 – 22, 2015, is it! Even after 10 years of tours, talks and...

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Palm Springs' Spa Specials Take Valentine's Bliss to the Max

Couples only. Celebrating with friends and family. Treating yourself. Palm Springs coolest spas are offering fantastic February specials for the ultimate in pampered togetherness and luxurious self-indulgence....

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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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Hooray! Palm Springs Welcomes Stylish New Shops Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Consider it the perfect excuse to “gift” yourself with a trip to Palm Springs and check out the bevy of fabulous new finds that have popped up in the chic Uptown Design District.   Here’s the...

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Get a Jump on Modernism Week -- And Party Like It's 1961

A pool party screening of  Elvis’ famous flick "Blue Hawaii." A sneak peak at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s not-yet-open Architecture & Design Center. Exclusive tours of the Frey House II and Steel...

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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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Luxurious Spa Specials for Mother's Day

Lavish spa treatments and a Palm Springs Weekend? The Mom in your life will be over the moon with this Mother’s Day gift. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, and Palm Springs’ spas are pulling out all the...

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Own a Piece of the Hard Rock Palm Springs!

Talk about your only-in-Palm Springs shopping opportunities!  Now we all can be hotel owners – with a buy into the sizzling Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. From now until the offering is sold out, this is the...

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Treatments and Deals Fit for a Rock Star

There are facials – and then there are FACIALS. My recent combination Rejuvenate facial and Amala Neck & Décolleté treatment at the newly opened Rock Spa inside the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm...

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