nyc brands | Cuyana

this is one brand I am absolutely obsessed with. their branding, quality, design, and general company makes me want to buy endless high quality leather goods for every bag, jewelry box, keychain need in my life. the price ticket is cost prohibitive of doing so sadly.

i owe my friend chelsea for spoiling me with their travel set for a birthday gift two years ago and will always recommend this company to any friends or family.

now if only I could design a furniture line for them, their products are just so darn beautiful!

India at 28

was cleaning up photos on my laptop the other day and came across a photo of me from what I call my “Eat Pray Love” trip in 2015.

the only photos that made it back were the ones I had taken on my phone since upon returning from a 14 day journey through Hong Kong, Nepal, & India I had lost my SIM card.

no one will ever know the beauty of those 3,561 photos taken on that trip and even though I am sad to have lost all of those memories on film it has made me appreciate the experience of travel on such a deeper level. only I know and can hold onto what I saw, experienced, and indulged in during those two weeks and that will always be my secret.

nyc shops | Roman and Williams Guild NY

this is one of my favorite shops and cafe stops in all of New York City. it has the perfect balance of made in america furniture pieces highlighting natural materials while pairing the most beautiful textiles and ceramics to decorate your surfaces.

also can’t forget its equipped with a flower shop to greet you at the door.

anyone in the furniture or interior design industry should check out this new 21st century way to experience shopping in search of fewer, better things for your home.

My Travel Guide to Paris

Off the Beaten Path:

Anahi – Argentinian Steakhouse - best meal of my life!

Rue de Claire - farmers market

Frenchie To Go + several other drink & eat locations nearby all by the same owner.

Chez Ferdinand – A locals favorite. Order the steak tartare! This area is the Latin Quarter and great for dining, shopping, & nightlife for the adult crowd.

Hotel Costes – Very cool ambiance & atmosphere. Stop in here for some frites & cocktails. Near the Louvre.

Shops:

G.detou – The best baking supply store in Paris.

Merci - Housewares, apparel, and other cute pick ups (near the Picasso Musuem) if you are wandering that area.

Moor Paris - Flower & antiquities shop for interesting unique finds.

Empreintes - The French Craft Concept Store - ceramics, furniture, art, and jewlery made locally.

Sights to not miss:

The Louvre - Key things to see in this museum: Mona Lisa, (look at the painting opposite of it as that one I think is way more compelling), Angel wings, Athens statue, some monet here but focus on viewing Monet at the Musee de Orsay.

Musee De Orsay museum - all the impressionists paintings start on the 5th (top floor?) & spend the most time there reveling in Edgar Degas & Monet :) 

Don’t miss the Van Gogh section on the 2nd level as well! Its small exhibit but not to miss! 

Musee Rodin- Thinker Statue is here in the courtyard, never a line.

Pantheon - I really liked this place! Very interesting people are buried here! 

n. Sonder

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.