California Diary


Are you sick of hearing about our California vacation yet? If you need a little more West Coast inspiration, I’ve started my first Pinterest board utilizing the “maps” tool. You can check out my favorite California places to visit/stay/dine. Each location on the map is a place I went and loved, so these are genuine recommendations. In each pin I gave you a brief blurb about what made each location worth a visit. Here are a few of my favorite spots from Los Angeles… For a full overview of all my favorite spots, visit my < california dreamin’ > board.

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Side note, I have a New York map board in the works as well, so stay tuned!


KARA Sample Sale

The it-backpack brand, KARA is hosting their annual sample sale, starting today and running through Saturday. I stopped by the preview last night and picked up two new cross body bags (what 5 piece wardrobe?) pictured below. Cancel your lunch plans and get to the KARA sample sale, the deals are crazy good, with prices starting at just $35. Read my full review and view more photos of the sale on Racked.


The details: Thursday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 25th. Thu—Fri 9am—8pm, Sat 12pm—5pm. CFDA Incubator, 209 W 38th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, Suite 308.


DIY Organic Dry Shampoo

Do you use dry shampoo? I’ve always been a huge fan, but ever since I gave up the spray version (reasons: 1- because they are toxic 2- because they made me breakout) I’ve been on the hunt for an alternative. That’s when I decided to make my own dry powder shampoo. This DIY organic dry shampoo has a few special ingredients to avoid the ghostly white hair often associated with dry shampoo. You might think these ingredients are for baking a cake but…

Monday Muse: Nadia Fairfax


I have dozens of style muses, both old and new (reference this page for a full list), but it’s rare that I find someone new to add to the roster. What better way to start the week than with a Monday muse. I’d like you to meet my current style crush, Nadia Fairfax. She hails from Australia, you’ve probably noticed her on the street style blogs. She writes her own blog, Fairfax Journal and contributes to Vogue Australia. Her style is feminine with a boyish charm, effortlessly cool and all around inspiring. For your daily Nadia Fairfax fashion fix, follow her on instagram @nadiafairfax.

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Palm Springs: Korakia Pensione


Now that everyone is descending on Palm Desert for Coachella, I’m happy that we missed the crowds while in Palm Springs a few weeks ago. We stayed at the beautiful Korakia Pensione, where the water is spiked with refreshing fruit, the rooms are always stocked with tangerines and pink bougainvillea adorn the grounds. A Moroccan-Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the desert with two pools, views of the mountains and a relaxing romantic setting. We could have stayed there for an entire week, lounging by the pool and taking it all in. We stayed in the crisp white Thessaly room with private patio located near the Mediterranean pool. The staff was friendly and stylishly put together in their matching Doma tassel separates (tassel adorned trousers and wrap skirts, don’t mind if I do)! I highly recommend staying here on your next trip to Palm Springs!california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-9-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-8-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-10-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-7-desmitten california-vacation-palm-springs-korakia-pensione-6-desmitten