Merci – The Ultimate General Store.

In Paris, literally every store is a "concept store" meaning they don't just sell you clothes, or food, or art. They sell you all of that, because they are selling you, essentially, yourself or who you want to be, or who you think you are. They are projecting at you the lifestyle you wish to attain, in a multifaceted way, and as such you as a consumer are powerless to resist! It worked on me, every freakin time. Books, dishes, the works, placemats, toys... everything in one place, curated just to my taste. Genius really. I wonder why there aren't more of these concept/general stores in … [Read more...]

DESIGN HOTEL | Les Bains Paris

Back in 2014 I blogged about Les Bains Douches... Les Bains was a public bath house built in 1885, the Belle Epoch of Paris. It was a place where literary giants like Proust and other famous Parisians went to indulge. Cue 1978 when, amazingly, Les Bains was transformed into a club by then budding designer Philippe Starck, this was only his second job ever as designer! Starck kept the integrity of the original thermal baths- the mosaic tiles, and the baths as part of the decor. So freaking awesome. These are the raw photographs of the nightclub’s resident photographer, Foc Kahn. The ‘Belle … [Read more...]

Wanderlust | Courtney Velasco Shoots Vienna.

Last month Courtney and her now fiancé Andreas (guys I'm a bridesmaid; we met on the internet!) went to Austria to visit... I begged Court to share some of her candid shots of Vienna with us. She has the most amazing eye. She sent me some photos and a little blurb about the city and shots.... Enjoy! Vienna is a city begging to be photographed. I haven't spent much time in Europe, and the first thing that struck me was how old and grand the architecture was. I knew going in that this city was so rich in culture and proud of its diversity in the arts and also culinarily. Every building is … [Read more...]

Travel Diary | ASPEN, COLORADO.

Last week we took our kids out West to ski for the first time. I was really apprehensive about it at first, thinking it was too big of a trip for them, and that it would be too hard on us, and maybe they would complain the whole time. One of my hardest parenting struggles is - how hard should I push them? On one hand, I don't want them to miss out on any opportunities because I failed to do my duties and force them to, say, practice piano. On the other hand, who doesn't have miserable memories of practicing piano as a kid- and now you only know one song?  I really believe that hobbies, … [Read more...]

WANDERLUST | The Gritti Palace, Venice.

It's legitimately the most gloomy day in recent memory here in NYC. As such, feast your eyes on the storied Gritti Palace in Venice. The hotel was legit sinking, when it received a 35 mil euro renovation a couple years back. (And for you Starwood lovers, its an SPG hotel.) The Gritti Palace was transformed into its current Gothic shape by the Pisani family in 1475 and became the private residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, in 1525. In the centuries that followed, it was home to other noble families and illustrious visitors before being converted into a luxury hotel in 1895. In … [Read more...]