There is something so special about Memorial Day. When I was working in the corporate world, Memorial Day was the first three day weekend of the year and was thus not only the unofficial beginning of summer but a very welcome break from the daily grind. This Memorial Day we took full advantage of the incredible Bay Area weather and spent the majority of the weekend outdoors. It may be the major dose of Vitamin D that I got over the weekend but I am feeling incredibly fulfilled and ready for whatever the summer months may bring.
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.
Happy 5th Birthday to our "first born" son, err, pup! No one enjoys the beach as much as this guy! He runs until he is tuckered and then runs some more.
Toward the end of the day, the kiddos took a couple of pestemals, tied them around their necks like capes, and ran around like superheros trying to get their capes to flap in the breeze. Hugo yelled "I'm Captain America" over and over again - it was adorable!
At some point they decided a costume change was in order so they switched up their "capes."
And sweet Charlie was on their heels the whole time. Give this little guy a year and he will be leading the pack!
What did your Memorial Day weekend hold? What was your favorite part of the weekend?
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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.