24 Hours in Palm Springs

palm springs weekend | Nearly Wild

For my 25th birthday I booked a last-minute weekend getaway in Palm Springs with my guy. It was a quick trip, but felt like the perfect little escape. We stayed at the rainbow-hued Saguaro hotel. If you stay there, definitely go for a pool view room because the entire hotel is centered around the pool. Cue cocktails and lounging all weekend…

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Being surrounded by all of the pastel colors of The Saguaro felt very 80s Miami Vice. I almost felt like I was transported somewhere else.

palm springs weekend | Nearly Wild

On our way in we stopped in Yucca Valley for some thrifting and exploring. There’s a cool thrift store called The End with a cool selection and rad wall mural…

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Explore the French Riviera: Nice

Once an Italian beach town, Nice mixes Italian and French flavors. By 1860, it was a French city. Now, among sherbet-hued buildings and sun-soaked stone beaches, there is character everywhere. Sea salted buildings show their age beneath the color, pastel buildings glisten in the sunlight, and the bluest ocean fades into blue skies. Coined the Côte d’Azur, or ‘blue ocean’, the name couldn’t be more fitting with 300 days of sunshine per year. With year-round sun, Mediterranean Sea, and some of the best museums, Nice buzzes with a bright energy of quaint beach town and unbelievable light. On the to-do list: people-watch, lounge on the stone beaches of Nice, take in the Alps-to-Mediterranean surroundings, and admire the Crayola-colored buildings. WHAT TO DO:  • Catch the Sunset on Castle Hill • Get ice cream at Fennochio’s for a selection between 93 flavors! Lavender, melon, orange flower, and avocado to name a few! • Stroll through the Flower Market every day, from 6 AM to 5:30…

Off To Europe

I’m going to Europe in 2 weeks and am beyond excited to explore and refresh! There’s something so awakening about being in a different country for a while. It’s my favorite way to regenerate and form new perspectives on life. We’re going from Amsterdam to Paris and then finishing the trip in the French Riviera.

Tulip Fields in the Netherlands | Erika Carlock

I can’t wait to see the Tulips in bloom in the Netherlands. So magical!


Just before Christmas we made a celebratory trip to Portland after my brother-in-law’s graduation. We visited some great local breweries that I had to share. Portland is full of great breweries, but this is the start of my list. What are your Portland brewery recommendations?