Le District: New York with a French Attitude

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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

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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.

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Flat Mule Roundup

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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.

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

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Shop Visit: The Row LA

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 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.

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Joshua Tree

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There were so many amazing views in California, it almost felt like an alternate universe at times. The most breathtaking place of all was Joshua Tree. A national park about an hour outside of LA, it redefines the idea of a desert. With rock formations that rival Stonehenge, and an abundance of Joshua trees that look like a hybrid between cacti and evergreens, there is endless inspiration.california-dreaming-joshua-tree-desert-national-park-travel-desmitten

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