This week I am going to change Wanderlust Wednesday up a bit. Instead of a specific destination, I am dreaming of a lazy afternoon on the beach. Preferably a warm, beautiful, exotic beach somewhere far away.
There is something about the warm weather, summer approaching, and clear blue skies that is drawing me to these gorgeous images of the beach. Perhaps it is because we no longer live near the beach in San Francisco (there are so many advantages to living in Oakland, but proximity to the beach is, sadly, not one of them). Or, perhaps it is because growing up my family took an annual summer beach trip that we looked forward to all year long... Whatever it is, for the time being, these beautiful images will have to sate my appetite.
Overlooking the blue Mediterranean in Bandol, France where my husband spent his summers growing up. Hands down one of the most enchanting places on earth. (Blue Marine Bonbon Organic Pestemal)
Beautiful beach. A good book. La vie est belle!
This bohemian picnic on the beach seems like the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Last year while visiting the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam we stumbled upon this gorgeous stretch of nearly deserted beach. There was a small shack selling a variety of fresh caught fish, beer, and coconut water (the real kind, straight out of a coconut!). But, other than that, we had the beach to ourselves. Paradise!
I don't own a VW bus. But, if I ever did, I would drive it up the California coast, find a deserted spot, park it, and set up a beautiful (coordinated!) camp like this one. However, I would definitely pack pestemals instead of beach towels (who wants to lug around a bunch of bulky beach towels?!).
What is your quintessential vacation spot? Do you prefer beach vacations? Mountain vacations? Active vacations or lazy vacations?
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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.