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


Le District: New York with a French Attitude

With the new Condé Nast offices in 1 World Trade center, it’s no surprise that the Financial District is getting a much-needed update. Let’s just say I haven’t been down to the Financial District in about five years, but the hottest new European outpost to hit New York, Le District made the visit worth while. Think of Le District as a French version of Eataly. With everything from a petite flower market and an extensive spice pantry to fresh-baked breads and picturesque pastries. My favorite section of course was the fromagerie, with a focus on European cheeses and a few Vermont cheeses sprinkled in the mix.  The best part of the fromagerie are the descriptive words on each cheese card which help you identify the flavors in the cheese. Some examples include luscious/fresh, zest/moss, forest floor/oozy, cake-like/fresh mushroom. Those descriptive little words alone will keep you at the counter for hours, tasting everything in sight. Elizabeth (from The Note Passer) joined me on the adventure. We grabbed some cheese and fresh bread and enjoyed sitting outside in the warm spring air looking over the Hudson River. If picnics aren’t your thing, don’t fret, Le District offers three full dining experiences within the market.  
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Michele’s New Gucci


One of Alessandro Michele’s first duties as the new creative director at Gucci was to direct the Pre-Fall 2015 ad campaign. A rare occasion since he didn’t design the collection himself. It was the last collection designed by previous creative director, Frida Giannini. Michele successfully brought his new quirky, more realistic aesthetic to the ad campaign. Trading overtly sexy ads for understated luxury was a smart move. His refreshing direction for the new Gucci brand has already inspired the fashion industry, but will it translate to higher sales? Only time will tell.


(images via BoF)


Flat Mule Roundup


It’s been over a year since I started obsessing over the flat mule. It took that long for the rest of the industry to catch on, and now there is an abundance of styles to choose from with prices starting at $36 and going up from there. I’m naming this the ultimate transitional shoe to wear while we linger between winter and spring. It’s closed toe and open back allows you to pair it with skinny jeans or long dresses. Visit this post for inspiration on styling flat mule from Vanessa Traina Snow and The Row.


Zara  |  J.Crew  |  Asos  |  Jenni Kayne   Trademark  |  Delman


Shop Visit: The Row LA


 As you know, The Row LA was one of the stores I was looking forward to most when traveling to California last month. Unsurprisingly, it did not disappoint. To improve on the experience, the Fall 2015 collection was having a trunk show, so I was able to view the collection before it hits stores in August. Between falling in love with this bag (possibly my new bag this year?) and taking design notes for our home, I could have lounged by the pool and soaked up the inspiration all day.