I bet you all are dying to know how me and seven other strangers landed in Palm Springs, right? No? Okay, well I’m going to tell you anyway.
Let me start by saying, Instagram is such an odd place. One day you can be down in the dumps because you don’t feel like you measure up to all of the seemingly perfect squares on your feed, and the next day you’re connecting with like-minded people who are encouraging you to be the best version of yourself. It’s whacky, really.
Social media is bittersweet, but how cool is it that these platforms can bring such amazing and inspiring humans into your life?
I’ve been in a group text with 12 other girls (strangers) for as long as I can remember. We are all different ages, from different corners of the world, but were brought together by similar interests and platforms (Insta-friends, as I like to call it). Back in January, we had played around with the idea of getting together and meeting in real life for a blogging weekend. We had originally talked about doing a meet-up in Chicago, because it was a good half-way point for girls coming from the opposite coasts, but that fell through. A few months later, on a whim, we decided to try again— this time for Palm Springs, California.
And here we are.
Last weekend, we all came together for an extended weekend in the desert. This was all thanks to the folks at Acme House Company, who hosted us and treated us like blogging-royalty during our stay.
The experience was unlike anything else. When you’re meeting strangers (friends, dates, what have you) for the first time, there are always hesitations, especially when you met online. Luckily, despite the age differences, we totally clicked. I felt like I was spending the weekend with some of my oldest girlfriends. We laughed, we lounged, we took photos (a lot), we got to know each other, we ate pizza (among other things), we compared stories of our biggest victories and struggles in the blogging industry, and most importantly, we enjoyed the beautiful home.
Our house, Hidden Haven, was a spacious four-bedroom home located right on the edge of downtown Palm Springs. When we arrived, the fridge was fully stocked with wine, La Croix (v important) and snacks, and Over the Rainbow Desserts had delivered custom cupcakes that were almost too cute to eat (almost). We were obviously there to get to know each other, and to create content, so we spent the majority of the time in the house (in the pool) or around the neighborhood. That being said, we did one GNO at Eight4Nine, a swanky restaurant and lounge downtown. Acme and Eight4Nine hooked us up with a private room, and a complimentary round of cocktails and mains. It was unreal.
The girls, the house, the food, the memories— it was all a dream. I was legitimately sad to see them go come Monday, and am already counting down the days until I get to see them again. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that I made a handful of new, lifelong friends through an app, but we are forever indebted to Acme House Company for providing us with the opportunity to meet, and giving us this experience.
Acme House Company offers on-trend, luxury vacation rentals, all of which are conveniently located and completely renovated. If you’re due for a trip to the desert, peep their site, you won’t regret it.