After spending the last few days in New Orleans I came home with plenty of inspiration. Yesterday as we were walking home from brunch I realized that it would be great fun to plan future Ella Lou collections after cities I have visited and found particularly inspiring. New Orleans home are some of the most beautiful and vibrant homes I have ever come across in the United States. I'm mulling over how to translate the inspiration they provided me into an Ella Lou collection.
Bonjour! I was recently asked by a journalist to provide a few shots of my daughter and I playing with Ella Lou products for an upcoming article (more about that later) and realized I didn't have any. I have hundreds of her playing with my Wanderlust Playmats, wrapped in a pestemal, or hugging pillows. However, because I am typically behind the camera, we didn't have any of us together. We decided to make an afternoon of it and made an appointment at Blink for a quick photo shoot.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I asked my close friend Vanessa, a particularly savvy Parisian, for a list of her favorite Parisian kids stores. Having recently developed our line of Wanderlust Playmats, I am increasingly interested in well-designed children's products and spaces. The Parisian children's stores did not disappoint. Here I share a few of my favorites.
I have wonderful memories of summers spent at Dillon's Beach, where my family rented a house for a couple weeks every summer. This weekend a close friend was participating in the Vineman Monte Rio triathlon so we decided to spent the weekend in Sonoma and cheer her on! We spent Saturday night in the small coastal town of Jenner and then Sunday got up bright and early to watch the race in Monte Rio. It was the perfect way to spend a weekend!
One of the most common requests I hear is for photos of our artisans weaving our Organic Cotton Turkish Towels (also known as pestemal - the Turkish word for traditional Turkish Towels). Each and every one of our pestemal is hand-loomed on traditional, shuttle-style looms by artisans who's families have been weaving for generations. Hand-looming is a dying art in Turkey, and part of our core business mission to preserve this incredible tradition while offering our customers incredibly well-made, beautiful textiles they can feel good about buying (and giving!).
One location that is high on our family's vacation list is the Maldives. Although it lacks the urban atmosphere that I really enjoy, the exoticism more than compensates. There is something about being out on an island in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from India, that resonates with me.
We spent Sunday at Stinson Beach, one of our favorite day trip locations. We packed a picnic, met up with friends, and had what can only be described as the perfect day.
Frequently my daydreams take me to places I have seen on Pinterest or in a blog post. But sometimes I also got lost in my thoughts about places we have visited before. It is funny how sometimes it is the most unexpected places that capture our hearts, usually for unpredictable reasons.