Palm Springs Travel Guide

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This past Memorial Day weekend, Travis and I jetted off to Palm Springs for a relaxing adventure in the desert. We usually take camping trips this time of year, but after how much we enjoyed last year's trip to Miami, we wanted to take a similar approach to help ease us into the summer months. Thankfully, there were still plenty of outdoor activities to embrace and when mixed with great dining and poolside relaxing, we found ourselves in the best of both worlds. 

The Mediterranean pool at Korakia

STAY
We stayed at Korakia Pensione in the Thessaly Suite. The ornate grounds, charming rooms, quiet ambiance and daily brunch surpassed all of our expectations. It's the perfect place if you're looking to unwind in a more peaceful setting and we wish we could have stayed longer. 

The prettiest bougainvillea on the grounds of Korakia
Moroccan vibes at Korakia

EAT + DRINK
Workshop Kitchen + Bar - Amazing drinks and food made even better by our awesome bartender.
Norma's - Great brunch/lunch spot in a trendy atmosphere.
Le Vallauris - Lobster ravioli. Enough said.
Truss + Twine - Try the Green Philter!
The Natural Sisters Cafe - We stopped in for some refreshing smoothies after our trip to Joshua Tree. The food looked great too!

Valley vista along the Desert View Trail
Joshua Tree National Park

SEE + DO
- Take a bike ride through Deepwell Estates to admire the great mid-century architecture.
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway -  Hike the Desert View Trail (1.5 mi) for gorgeous valley vistas.
- Joshua Tree National Park - Just a short drive away for scenic views and great hikes. We went up Ryan Mountain for the views and then over to Hidden Valley to take in the cool rock formations.

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Desert vibes all around

We loved every minute of our stay and like any trip, had a tough time squeezing in everything that we wanted to do. Here are a few things on out list for next time, because I think it's safe to say we will be heading back sooner rather than later.

- Drinks at Bootlegger Tiki - You can't go wrong with a Tiki bar!
- Dinner at Birba - Chill looking scene
Dune Buggy Rentals - We saw this on our way out and were so sad to have missed it
- Dinner at Mister Parker's
- Hike through Tahquitz Canyon 
- Check out more of the local galleries and mid-century vintage shops

Shop Update: Vacation Mode Thru June 23rd

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Today's the day....In just a few hours I depart for 16 beautiful days in Norway and Sweden (as previously mentioned here and here). For the first time ever, I decided to put my Etsy shop in vacation mode while I am away. Since my goals for this trip are to disconnect (besides the occasional Instagram post) and gather inspiration, I determined it would be best to eliminate as many potential distractions as I could prior to leaving. With that said, the shop will reopen on June 23rd and business will resume as usual. 

Until then, you can follow along on my adventures via Instagram.

30 Day Minimalism Challenge

30 Day Minimalism Challenge via Into Mind

Hello June! With a two-week vacation on the horizon, this month is shaping up to be quite a good one. At first I was a little nervous that so much time away would cause me to lose momentum with Evermore. However, I now realize that there are so many productive ways that I can use this time that will pay off further down the road. It'll be the perfect opportunity to focus on personal growth, collect inspiration, work on new designs and create a strategic plan for the next few months. 

I recently discovered the beautifully-designed blog Into Mind and cannot stop devouring Anuschka's posts. She writes primarily about how to discover your personal style and live a simpler life with less. Her posts are full of useful advice and I thought now could not be any better of time to start her 30 Day Minimalism Challenge. I'm not big into 30 day challenges, but think I can follow through with this one and that some of the habits may actually stick. 

Source: Into Mind

Europe Packing List

Europe Packing List | Evermore Paper Co.

In one week I leave for a two-week trip to Norway and Sweden. I'll be hopping around from place to place via train, ferry and plane with plenty of time allocated to both nature and city explorations. It's a dream vacation that has all the right components (fjords, hiking, seafood, culture, design) and I am beyond excited to fully immerse myself in Scandinavian everything. 

Until then, I have the next week to ponder over what to pack. I need to be prepared for temperatures ranging from the low 40s to mid 70s and weather conditions that could change at a moment's notice. My goal is to be strategic so that I am not weighed down by too much and have room to bring some goodies back. Layering pieces will be key and this free printable packing guide from DesignLoveFest could not have come at a better time. I plan to fill one out for each city with the hope that there will be a lot of overlap of items. In the meantime, here's a look at what would be in my dream suitcase.

Sources: Denim Vest  //  Hat  //  Backpack  //  Sweater  //  Sandals  //  Tee  //  Bucket Bag  //  Anorak  //  Sneakers

 

 

Cali Recap

I just returned home from a 10 day trip to California where I attended the Renegade Craft Fair in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Leading up to the shows, my time was pretty much consumed with production, booth prep, and plenty of little behind-the-scenes business-y tasks that I will not bore you with the details of. Now that my schedule has opened up a little, it feels so good to have some time to spend creating again, and of course, documenting the process and results here. After plenty of relaxing and fun in the sun in between shows, I am full of ideas that I can't wait to share with you. Meanwhile, here are some photos from the trip if you'd like to take a look. 

Sunset sail with Captain John Yelda under the Golden Gate Bridge

Sunset sail with Captain John Yelda under the Golden Gate Bridge

The view from our campsite in Big Sur

The view from our campsite in Big Sur

One of many mandatory stops at the Big Sur Bakery

One of many mandatory stops at the Big Sur Bakery

A day well-spent at Pfeiffer Beach

A day well-spent at Pfeiffer Beach

Hiking high above the Big Sur Coast and Pacific Coast Highway

Hiking high above the Big Sur Coast and Pacific Coast Highway

Sunset at McWay Falls

Sunset at McWay Falls

And another sunset from our campsite

And another sunset from our campsite

Misty mornings at our campsite in Kirk Creek

Misty mornings at our campsite in Kirk Creek

Treat Yourself Friday: New York Minute

My NYC Agenda

I am heading to New York City later today to visit friends and while there aren't any official plans, I know that the weekend will be chock-full of excitement. It's been over a year since my last visit, which means there will be a lot to cram in in just two short days. Whereas normally I would crash after a day of sightseeing, eating and drinking my way through a city, I never seem to run out of energy in NYC. There's something about the frenzied, nonstop, go-go-go pace that I find so inspiring and it leaves me loving the city more and more after each visit.

As always, you can follow along on my journey via instagram. And wherever you are this weekend, I hope it is filled with inspiration. 

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