In our Bags: Palm Springs, California

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What's in our bags: Palm Springs, California | The Fresh Exchange


Tomorrow afternoon I will be landing at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to spend a couple nights hanging with some talented designer ladies in the sun and by the pool. I truly look forward to attending DesignerVaca after attending last year. It was a very rejuvenating and clarifying time for me at a time I really needed it. Coming off almost 4 weeks straight of travel I feel like having 2 days to relax a little and talk shop with other ladies who are chasing a similar dream will be just what I need before I head home and we prep to tie up 2 of our largest projects of the year and pack our house up to move to North Carolina.

When I left Traverse over 2 weeks ago to head to Texas I packed everything I would need to also head to Palm Springs directly from here. Mike is taking back all of the things I don’t need for California and I am sporting a backpack and a tote to get me through my trip.

I thought since many of you enjoyed my South Africa What’s in our Bag post…I would share what I will packing for Palm Springs this time. Mike won’t be coming and instead is heading home to attend a launch of another company he owns and is also going to get to see our pups (I am a little jealous of that I have to say!). So he won’t be sharing his things for Palm Springs, but maybe another time!

Here is what I am packing in my bag and tote to head to the Ace tomorrow.

What's in our bags: Palm Springs, California | The Fresh Exchange

1. Maxi Dress: Easy to wear out for dinner or wear by the pool. Also easy to throw on for breakfast.

2. Sunnies: You are in the land of the sun and in a desert. There is no way you can go without your sunnies.

3. Denim Vest: The perfect thing to layer in the evenings or throw on with your shorts over your bathing suit. It is a great piece to have.

4. Simple Tank: Something that can layer easy over your bathing suit or over your maxi dress.

5. Backpack: Pack it all in here.

6. Denim Shorts: Denim shorts are easy to dress up and down and are quick to dry because they are cotton so they make a great thing to have in a place where you are in and out of the water so much.

7. Comfy Heels: Simple and comfy heels that can dress an outfit up are a must, but you don’t want anything too much because honestly it’s too hot to think about working too hard in high-heels

8. Basic Leather Sandal: the shoe you will wear every day. It is honestly easy to just get away with just one pair of shoes if need be.

9. Multi-ware Bathing Suit: You will be wearing a bathing suit each day so you better have a good one.

10. Dirty Gold – Roar Album: You need music to prep you on your flight and to enjoy by the pool while you nap, right?! This one is my pick.

11. Lightweight Scarf: It gets chilly in the evenings a little so it is nice to have pieces to layer that are lightweight. Also on the flight home it will be nice to have one to cover you up for the overnight flight back to the east coast.

Watch my instagram and the hashtag #designervaca to get all the scoop on what we are up to while hanging at the Ace. Excited to see so many awesome ladies.


Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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