Something about Peru that has captured my imagination as of late and has me dying to book a trip. I have heard it described as one of the last relatively accessible places where you can easily experience native cultures and traditions. Of course, visiting Machu Picchu, an ancient, intact Incan city that was not discovered until 1911 has been high on my bucket list for years.
But, perhaps what has me most excited about visiting Peru is the possibility of meeting with traditional Peruvian artisans. Peruvian textiles are recognized around the world for their quality and unique, colorful designs. Attending a Threads of Peru workshop sounds like the perfect way to learn about Peruvian textiles and support indigenous artisans at the same time.
And, of course Peru is the home of ceviche. Delicious, mouth-watering ceviche.
Many years ago when visiting Spain I happened to be in Valencia during the annual Las Fallas festival. It was hands-down one of the most amazing travel experiences of my life. I have since that trip made a point to try and visit cities during their annual festivals if at all possible. It can be tricky to plan but well worth it. The Festival of the Sun occurs in Cusco each year on June 24th, the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, and I'm definitely adding it to my Peruvian trip wish list.
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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.