This particular road-trip stop is special enough to get its own post. We had a loose itinerary for our trip, we knew our general route, and when we needed to be in LA for our flight back, but everything else was a spontaneous plan. And when we ended up making it California with an extra day to spare, we decided to spend a night in Palm Springs — using the HotelTonight app we struck some amazing luck and got a room at the Viceroy Palm Springs. We joked upon arrival that I was checking-in to instagram heaven, it was one of the most picture-perfect places I have seen (with credit to Kelly Wearstler’s design). I had to be dragged out of the pool at check-out time — it was so hard to leave!

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Everyone has their vices;  some love their chocolate, some indulge in glossy celeb-gossip magazines, others enjoy a ritualistic evening cocktail… but me, I unapologetically crave MTV’s reality TV shows (OK, lets be honest – I can check “all of the above”).

My non-negotiable must-watch (faux)reality show is “The City.”   While I lust after their jobs and clothing and accessories and lifestyles, the real kicker for me is the immaculately decorated apartments they live in  (yes, I know, they’re probably just sets, but let me keep believing).

Whitney’s apartment reminds me of the vibe from Kelly Wearstler’s Guest House tour in Domino Magazine; a little modern with the Lucite bar stools, a little 70’s retro with the velvety teal sofa (that cost a mere $12,685), and very glam with the oversized tufted ottoman and metallic accents.

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And then there’s the girl you love to hate,  Olivia Palermo. Her digs are surprisingly less ostentatious than her usual fur-wearing-Gucci-toting-blinged-out- self.  Her monthly rent is probably more than I make in a year, but in a NY Post interview she shared that some of her design secrets (her couch: Jennifer Convertibles, her closet: Elfa Storage from the Container Store). I’ll give credit where credit is due, its a nice mix of high-end accessories and affordable staples (thanks to interior designer mom).

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