Friday, March 4, 2016

Lace Up Dress + Palm Springs Hotel Review

floral lace up dress, similar & less expensive here and here // watermelon straw clutch
Jeffrey Campbell wedges // Karen Walker sunglasses (on sale with code BIGEVENT16)
YSL lipstick in "fuchsia pink" // China Glaze "purple panic" nail polish

First let's talk about this outfit! Lace-up tops and dresses are super trendy right now (major thanks to Gigi Hadid) and I couldn't resist trying it out the new style with this cute floral number. I was worried it would appear too "sexy" or look like I was trying to be someone I'm not... thankfully, this dress is very girly, from the colorful print to the ruffles on the sleeves, and it also covers a lot of skin! If you're looking for a good alternative that's not quite as expensive, I really like both this one and this one!

Now on to the hotel review... I stayed at The Saguaro during my stay in Palm Springs. To be honest, I was mainly attracted to the hotel due to the colorful walls and beautiful views, and didn't read any reviews beforehand. Here's my take...

Rooms: First off, the rooms were huge! We stayed in a room with two queens, and there was a desk, refrigerator, dining table, TV, nightstand, chest of drawers and PLENTY of floor space in the room. As far as decorations go, I loved the bright, colorful beds and doors, and the crisp white walls. Waking up in a colorful room made me really happy each morning! I will say that the walls are kind of thin, though... one night our neighbors were up late and I could hear all of their conversations through the wall.

Decor: As I said, the rooms were decorated beautifully, but so was the rest of the hotel! The door to each hotel room was painted a different bright color, and there were big "towers" located on the four corners of the hotel that looked like cacti and were also each painted a different color. Small potted cacti were placed around the hotel, as well as fun painted walls, strands of lights and tassels, and even a wall of piñatas. The views were astounding, also - from every location in the hotel you could see the towering California mountains in the background.

Location: We drove downtown several times (once for a run to Rite Aid and several times to go out to eat) and found that it was really convenient - the drive to downtown took less than five minutes. The Saguaro also provides shuttles downtown at night. We saw a lot of bachelorette parties getting on the shuttles!

Food: The hotel has an amazing bar located near the front desk called El Jefe - we ate dinner here two nights in a row! The food is pricy but REALLY good Spanish/Mexican cuisine. The guacamole was amazing, as were the chicken tacos. For dessert, you must order the churros - literally the best dessert I've ever put in my mouth! Also a word on the drinks - they are very strong. I ordered a margarita and it contained tequila, orange liqueur and a tiny bit of lime juice. Aka, it didn't taste like a margarita at all!! The room service was delicious as well, and the coffee was strong (I don't like my drinks strong, but I do like my coffee strong :)

Pool: The pool was very large and definitely the "hot spot" of the hotel. During the weekends, it turns into a mini Vegas! There were huge flamingo floats floating around the pool, a DJ mixing music, and a bar serving really fun and different drinks. We didn't spend a lot of time by the pool, but it seemed like people were getting a little rowdy on Saturday. It's fun if you want to "party," but otherwise the pool was not a relaxing place - definitely not a place for kids!

Staff: The staff was amazing... very friendly and welcoming, and seemed genuinely happy and eager to help us. They were always willing and ready to give us restaurant recommendations, menu recommendations, etc.

Conclusion: Palm Springs is a must-visit place in general - if you have never been to the desert, it is beautiful. As for the Saguaro, I would probably not bring my boyfriend there - it wasn't romantic in the slightest and probably wouldn't be a great place for families, either. The hotel is a little difficult to navigate and although the rooms were nice and brightly decorated, it definitely isn't a luxury hotel. It is, however, the PERFECT place to bring your girlfriends for a girls trip or a bachelorette party. The Saguaro is a super fun, trendy hotel with lots of young people and amazing views and food - it almost had a spring break-like atmosphere. And let's be honest those colorful walls make for some really great instagram opps :)

Let me know if you have questions!



  1. What a pretty dress! Perfect for Palm Springs. The hotel also looks like it was wonderful!
    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  2. Love the dress! xo

  3. So nice!


  4. So absolutely adorable! I will most likely be visiting Cali again in December. I wonder if the weather will be nice enough to plan a stay here.

    Love from South Africa

  5. Love that dress and the hotel looks and sounds so fun!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  6. This dress is so fun and I had that same fear with the lace-up tops/dresses! But you look adorable and I am loving that watermelon clutch. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Happy Friday //

  7. Love that dress, it's so lovely with all the colors and that print!

  8. Have a blessed day

  9. Hey Caitlin! I love your blog! I'm going to Palm Springs in a few weeks and was wondering if you could recommend some things to do and other restaurants as well!



    1. I'll be there in a few weeks as well and second this request!

  10. The Saguaro looks insanely fun! I have been loving all of your pictures taken there!

    Brooke du jour

  11. Beautiful dress, the pattern is majestic and perfect for a getaway somewhere warm. :)

  12. Dying to visit that hotel! The bright colors are so amazing!

    Annie Reeves

  13. So pretty! Loving those sandals! =)

    NEW POST on


  14. What a fun, bright room! And this lace-up dress is so pretty. Love it!

    How Gorgeous

  15. What other trips do you have planned? Love reading your reviews! You should start making travel vlogs again!!


  16. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about The Saguaro! Its been on my bucket list of hotels for quite some time...cannot wait to visit : )



  17. Ahh all of this is amazing!! I love that look and that hotel is amazing!

    Sara Kate Styling

  18. Love this post! Always wanted to know about this hotel, def seems like a Spring Break place but super cute!

  19. Your dress is super cute! Thanks for your review of the hotel - it looks cute & colorful, but now I know to take my girlfriends :)

  20. love everything about this look: your hair, the dress, shoes - so matching! :)

    x Lilli |

  21. This dress is soooo cute! And I love it with taht darling clutch! The cutest!! XO


  22. Great review! I've never been to palm springs but I feel like i need to go! Also I love the dress

    Kim .. EASY winged eyeliner tutorial!

  23. Gorgeous dress!

    Nikki Ann Blog

  24. Gorgeous look and love this look.

  25. I love everything about this look! And that watermelon clutch is to die for :)

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    IG: teacupofstyle

  26. I love the print on your dress and your shoes are amazing! Perfect for Spring and Summer! I am so glad that you had such a good trip! I loved watching your snaps and seeing all of your fun photos on Instagram.

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  27. Beauitufl dress!

    Have a lovely weekend
    kisses Adela Acanski

  28. Love, love, love!!! ... :D


  29. sounds like a nice hotel.

  30. That clutch is absolutely it!

    Happy Friday!


  31. Your dress is so bright and beautiful! Especially love that clutch too!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  32. look lovely with all colorful dress, I can tell you are so ready for summer time! xoxo

  33. This is such a colourful look!
    I like it a lot and I can't wait for spring to come quickly!

  34. Gorgeous dress! Plus that hotel sounds lovely!

  35. That dress is gorgeous and feminine and I love your sandals! I live in Ca and go to Palm Desert quite a bit. I have never stayed at the Sagauro but think your review is spot on! Great for ig photos and spring breakers, not so much for families! 😘


  36. I love the tie up detail up front! And that hotel, Ahmazing!!! You look like you had the best time!Xo, Tara

  37. Thanks for the review! I've always wanted to venture out to Palm Springs ( a little more difficult to get there when you live in Greenville, SC) Definitely on my bucket list though!


  38. What a darling little dress! I love it!!

    xx Kathryn

  39. These shoes are amazing, and the dress is stunning on you!

    xoxo, Jaclyn

  40. That dress is SO Palm Springs! Love it. I'm in Palm Springs now and enjoying the sunshine and happy vibes :)

  41. I was at this place last week. This is such a joy as a place for food! I had a beautiful time at venues in Houston. It reminded me of another center in Memphis, Tennessee. A beautiful, wonderful place that had excellent atmosphere.