Marilyn Monroe/Palm Springs by Lauren Bercovitch

Making a Break for Palm Springs

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

We're all about using the right tools for the job, and having the perfect vacation accessories is at the top of the list! We asked our friend editor-in-chief Sarah Bancroft to share her packing list with us as she plans her spring break in California.

In my carry-on: The cult 1960s film Palm Springs Weekend, about a basketball team from L.A. that descends on Palm Springs for a debaucherous Easter break. You can still have lunch at the Rivera Hotel, just like they do in the film.  

Palm Springs Weekend

My favourite bathing suits for spring are Ikat print. I splurged on two this year: one pale grey, one purple and coral, both by Eberjey. At Holt Renfrew

Eberjay bathing suit

Pour la Victoire shoes are my favourite, and I picked up this style (mine are the coral-red that is so huge for spring) on my last trip down. I love the gold accent on the heel and the teensy bit of toe cleavage!  


This new sheer lip shade called Melochia from Aveda, super moisturizing and minty, is feeling fresh for spring. I am so over the dry matte lip look!  

Aveda lipstick

A big huge purse feels too much like work, so when I head to the desert, I take a small bright clutch, like this one from Vince Camuto, with just enough room for keys and sunnies. At The Bay


I get so many compliments on this delicate gold bracelet by Vancouver designer Keltie Leanne that is so effortless to wear and goes with everything. It’s the perfect travel piece.

Keltie Leanne


My husband spotted a sleek cotton piqué tennis dress from the new line L’Etoile Sport in Vanity Fair and tracked it down for me at Christmas. Now that’s love. 

Letoile sport tennis dress

These retro-looking sunglasses cases are the perfect $28 souvenir. Maybe now I won’t keep losing mine? At Trina Turk

Trina Turk sunglasses case

My business partner, Tara, gave me this book by mid-century photographer Julius Shulman that’s perfect for our Lucite coffee table. I am not sure which I like more: the book or that I have time to read!

Julius Shulman Palm Springs 

Sarah Bancroft is co-founder and editor-in-chief of, which dispenses short, daily, good-for-you “style vitamins” on topics such as Fashion, Health, Beauty, Home, Culture and Dining.   Sarah Bancroft,



Top photo by Lauren Bercovitch

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