Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

I’m quite excited by the new Mater shop/showroom as it’s filled with lots of lovely Danish design pieces, and as an added bonus is within walking distance of my flat! They timed the opening well, to coincide the first day of Clerkenwell Design Week. Check it out: https://materdesign.com/

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Today was the press preview for the V&A’s latest exhibition – The Future Starts Here – which explores the role of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. The museum has brought together a really thought-provoking collection of tech, including a solar panelled shirt that can charge your phone, a driverless car, a cot that automatically rocks your baby to sleep, and a robot that does your laundry for you, à la The Jetsons! Greenpeace staged an inventive protest on the street outside the museum, with female engineers dismantling a diesel VW car to raise awareness of Volkswagen (sponsors of the show) being the only car manufacturer still producing diesel cars. The future is electric people.
12 May – 4 November at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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Although I wrote about it extensively in my book Elvis Style, it was only recently that I finally visited Elvis’ honeymoon home in Palm Springs personally. It’s a modernist masterpiece and such a brilliant place to spend ones honeymoon – The King truly did have style!

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It doesn’t get more kitsch than the Cabazon Dinosuars – a super-sized roadside attraction that we visited on the outskirts of Palm Springs. If you’re feeling brave, you can even climb up inside T. Rex’s mouth:
https://www.cabazondinosaurs.com/

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On a recent trip to LA, we were lucky enough to stay at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire hotel by Rodeo Drive (which incidentally featured in the film Pretty Woman). It was by far the most accommodating hotel we have ever stayed in as a family – upon arrival our room was set up with baby toiletries, nappies and a nappy bin, children’s bathrobes and princess bed sheets. Plus, the Mediterranean-style rooftop pool was wonderfully relaxing and served up a mean lobster roll!

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A couple of weeks ago we spent the night in Pioneertown – a former Western movie set founded by Roy Rogers and Gene Autry back in the ‘40s. Filming has since ceased, but the frontier style town has found a new lease of life as a photogenic tourist attraction, complete with the hip Pioneertown Motel (http://www.pioneertown-motel.com) and the family-friendly Pappy & Harriet’s restaurant and live music venue (www.pappyandharriets.com). The girls loved playing cowgirls on Mane Street, then dancing the night away to the country band after dinner, before heading back to rest their weary heads at the Pioneertown Motel.


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I completely fell in love with The Amado in Palm Springs when we stayed recently. It’s an impeccably restored Mid-century gem, where you can either rent individual apartments through Airbnb or the entire complex via the link below for larger group gatherings. It’s also used regularly for shoots as it’s very photogenic, with a handful of suites surrounding a tranquil swimming pool, overlooked by the San Jacinto Mountains.Check it out! http://thedesertcollective.com/the-amado-property/

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On our recent trip to California we flew from Heathrow and stopped off at Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionist Cafe. I had read the reviews before we arrived, raving about the fish and chips – and I can confirm that they live up to the hype! The chips were crisp on the outside and fluffy inside and the batter enveloping the fish was so light it was like a tempura. During the Easter holidays children also can eat for free, and my eldest loved the Willy-Wonka-esque popping-candy ice cream. We are looking forward to our next Heathrow flight, just so we can return here! http://www.theperfectionistscafe.com/menu.php

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I’m currently working on a feature for Vintage Life magazine about the super-kitsch Madonna Inn hotel. We stayed during a recent road trip around California, as the hotel had been on my travel bucket-list for years. Each room has it’s own theme and we stayed in the Jungle Rock room – appropriately, here are my kids dressed up as the Flintstones!

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Here’s a sneaky peek at an article on Elvis’ style in the Wall Street Journal, which includes a quote from yours-truly!

Take a Page Out of Elvis’s Style Playbook – WSJ

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