Pip Edwards and I have been friends for 20 years, way back when we had terrible hairstyles, wore questionable clothes and did a lot of dancing on the weekends. We both had kids before any of our friends and then navigated heartbreak, single motherhood and career life in parallel timing, so these days when life gives both of us a snippet of free time at the same time, we like to live it all the way up.
Pip is a powerhouse at the amazing sportswear brand P.E nation, so catching her is near impossible. But, it just happened to be that we were both in Los Angeles at the same time so we drove into the desert, Thelma & Louise-style, to one of my favourite hotels in the world: the Parker Palm Springs.
This iconic accommodation is an oasis in the desert teeming with hummingbirds in beautiful lush grounds, with mid-century styling, hip restaurants and cool art. I managed to persuade Pip to take part in this trend-based story. And, oh boy did we have some fun along the way!
Scroll on to see five summer trends showcased in the iconic desert surrounds of Palm Springs.
Above: Tanja wears Double Rainbouu dress, Reliquia scrunchie and star earrings, Le Specs sunglasses; Pip wears Balenciaga sunglasses and Versace swimsuit.
This summer is all about bringing the excess of the ‘80s and early ‘90s back. Think: bright colours, over-the-top styling and gold baby, gold!
Above: Pip wears Double Rainbouu shirt, Versace swimsuit, Nomadic State of Mind sandals, Jordan Askill necklace, Sarah & Sebastian necklace, Balenciaga sunglasses.
‘90s minimalism is also having a revival. The normcore polar opposite to excess, this trend highlights clean lines and simple styling, think: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Bermuda shorts are a must.
Above: Pip wears Balenciaga sunglasses and thongs, Dion Lee top and shorts; Tanja wears Dion Lee top and skirt, Dior sunglasses, vintage shoes.
You can’t put a foot wrong if you wear animal print this season, so why not make it a full look.
Above: Pip wears a vintage hat, Zimmermann bikini, SWF skirt, Chanel sandals; Tanja wears Reliquia headband, Jimmy Choo sunglasses, Zimmermann playsuit, vintage heels.
Don’t hold back on wild feathers and vintage styling à la the ‘60s and ‘70s, this season is all about fun.
Above: Tanja wears Alice McCall playsuit, vintage heels.
Bring the swish of the ‘80s and the nightclub scene back with sequins.
Above: Pip wears Dior sunglasses, Alice McCall dress, Chanel sandals; Tanja wears Moschino sunglasses, Rachel Gilbert dress, YSL heels.
With thanks to The Parker Palm Springs xx