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05.15.18

NEW MEXICO TRAVEL GUIDE

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

a few weeks ago i was able to go to new mexico for a quick 5 day work trip with the tourism company . it was my first time visiting new mexico and they planned a bunch of activities starting in albuquerque, then in santa fe, and ending in taos. i DEFINITELY want to go back and explore more with justin, i think we would really enjoy seeing more there together. it’s really the perfect place to go and road trip around.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

we flew into albuquerque and headed to our hotel, . the property has 50 rooms spread out on a working lavender farm, which was so beautiful and relaxing. we got to take a few little workshops in the greenhouse with some of the farmers, wandered in their amazing gift shop and cafe, and dined at the delicious (their restaurant on the property). we didn’t get much time to explore around albuquerque, but i really recommend staying on this farm and enjoying everything the property has to offer.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

here are some of the highlights of my trip!

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

the next day we drove about an hour to santa fe. our first stop was the wild and crazy art installation ! it’s hard to even explain this museum in words. it kinda feels like pee wee’s playhouse in there. it’s psychedelic, experimental, fascinating, exciting, weird…there are tons of hidden doors and secret passageways. the group had mixed feelings about it, but i think it’s worth checking out. i personally wasn’t as inspired by the art, but i did love the experience! you get to go into a washing machine and end up in another room…so you kinda just have to do it.

New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest
New Mexico travel guide | designlovefest

SEE THE WHOLE TRIP POST AFTER THE JUMP…

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05.14.18

HOTEL TONIGHT

hotel tonight | designlovefest

i recently stayed at in san franscisco, designed by kelly wearstler. i was extremely impressed and inspired by her design choices. i booked the hotel through one of my favorite apps, . i really like using their app and was thrilled when they asked if i wanted to work together as i use them all the time (did you know you can now book up to 100 days in advance!) i love staying at unique, design focused hotels when i travel to get inspiration for either a project i’m working on for the blog or something at home. i’ve been working on finishing up the interior at my house and so i’m always checking things out when i go someplace new. the app is also great for last minute trips, when justin and i were in europe we randomly decided we wanted to go to Amsterdam and i booked (which is a really cool spot!) on and we flew there the next day, such a fun spontaneous trip!

hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest

i love how there were so many mixed patterns and textures everywhere. i actually felt excited by all of the unexpected details throughout the space. the perfect velvet couches, retro vintage rugs, art deco style furniture, amazing art curation, unique lighting…it was really inspiring! and don’t forget to check out the rooftop bar for even more design ideas. this space has definitely encouraged me to take more risks with colors and patterns in my own home, and proven again that kelly wearstler is SO talented.

hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest

i took some notes in my head on some design elements that inspired me during my stay…

hotel tonight | designlovefest

inspired by all the fun design elements at the proper, i came back and added a velvet chair with an animal print throw here in my living room. i love how cozy and laid back it makes the space feel now and has an unexpected touch. i’ve been with a designer,  on finishing the living room and she’s doing a great job making the room feel feminine and masculine, unique, and most of all it has personality! (more on those room resources soon!) i’ve been slowly designing each room with more thought over the past few years. next up is my bedroom…

hotel tonight | designlovefest

my bedroom has been a place where i’ve played it very safe. mostly out of laziness, time, and the fact that it’s totally fine the way it is. bright, airy, easy. but i would love to add more visual interest to the bedroom and have the decor be a little more intentional and sophisticated. i think it would be really cool to add a patterned couch or chair to the window and create a separate space there. i would love to add some fun pillows or a quilt on the bed that made a statement. maybe instead of a chair or couch it would be cool to have a desk area by the window like this?

hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest

although i love these too…

hotel tonight | designlovefest
hotel tonight | designlovefest

i really admire how kelly seamlessly integrates many different periods of furniture into her rooms. it’s always the perfect mixture. i will be keeping that in mind as i work on my bedroom.

i always love when traveling brings new inspiration, and this definitely did that for me this time. it’s fun to do a solo trip from time to time too, i booked this with really no agenda and no travel companion and it ended up being a really inspiring time at a beautiful property. highly recommend and !

03.01.17

WINE COUNTRY!

napa travel | designlovefest

joanie and i just returned from an amazing weekend in the napa wine country. it was my first time ever being there and i can’t wait to go back. there is SO much to see and do. it feels like we barely scratched the surface. all of the food and wine we had was amazing and everything was so green and lush because of all of the recent rain. we stayed at the and it couldn’t have been more relaxing. it’s perfectly located between saint helena and yountville which was crucial as we didn’t have much time and wanted to cover a lot of ground.

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the service was amazing and we had dinner at their michelin-star restaurant and it was honestly one of the best meals i’ve ever had. the views are beautiful and the whole atmosphere at the resort is relaxing, neutral colors, fire place in our room, huge bathtub, and tons of fun amenities like free mini bar snacks!

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01.26.17

STOCKHOLM TRAVEL GUIDE + WIN THIS TRIP FOR TWO!

Stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

get ready for one of those loooooong full of details travel posts i love putting together! this time we have stockholm to explore, what we ate, where we shopped, and drank, and the sights we saw. and have put together an amazing contest to WIN A TRIP FOR TWO to stockholm and basically do exactly what we did. stay at the same hotel, get cool travel tips, free flights…you gotta enter! read how to enter right .

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

getting to stockholm is a trek from LA, but now has a non-stop flight that cuts 5 hours out of your travel day. that was a TREAT. we flew economy and i was able to stretch out and sleep almost the whole flight which was ideal. they also have a great lounge in stockholm if you are chronically early for flights like me and have some time to kill.

when we arrived we checked into the and WOW WOW WOW. so many beautiful art deco details everywhere. it felt like i had walked into the grand budapest hotel from the wes anderson movie. just so much thought went into all of the design.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

we loved the bar, loved the breakfast buffet, loved the pink restaurant greta’s. really, it was all amazing. the location is in more of an expensive, shopping area…but if that’s not your thing uber and the subway is easily available. and the city is pretty walkable too!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

greta’s, you were SPECIAL.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

is stockholm’s old town. pretty touristy, but also has picturesque streets and is worth checking out. was a great non-touristy feeling bar there.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

i liked walking around in and neighborhoods the most. vasastan feels more residential but is calm and adorable. södermalm is more hip and lively with creative energy. shops on every corner. it sort of feels like williamsburg in NY or silver lake in LA.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

• for quirky cool interior decor!

• , a pretty cactus/plant store!

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

actually one of my favorite things on the trip was exploring the amazing subway art and finding the cool stations! just look…

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the subway stations pictured above: Kungsträdgården, Stadion, Mörby Centrum, and T-Centralen, Brunkebergstunneln.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the sun goes down very early in the winter (around 3pm!) so one evening we headed to to wander around looking at art. loved seeing matisse and discovering a new artist i fell in love with, moki cherry and her incredible banners. such gorgeous colors!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

we also went to the , the photography museum, and loved it! definitely a must see.

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

here are a few of my favorite FOOD spots…

was our first breakfast there. a good lookin diner with a killer eggs benedict. and love that neon egg!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

, a cozy little spot, perfect for a date. and my all time favorite soup from the trip!

, we had amazing wine and LOVED our white pizza!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

• , the bakery right by our hotel. pretty pastries, a great place to have tea with a friend.

, the restaurant was super cute. intimate. experimental food. they were projecting a video of julia child on the wall. i honestly didn’t love my meal, but the wine was right up my alley.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

• my favorite lunch spot was . a delicious vietnamese meal with a great interior!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

is another bakery with lots of eye candy! love this hip street in södermalm (there are many fabrique in stockholm, this one is located on a street called Götgatan). 

. we met a few friends there for lunch and got the burger. YUM!

we stumbled in here, quite jetlagged on our first night and had meatballs on top of mashed potatoes and were quite happy about it. the rustic wooden tables with classic scandanavian touches.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

in gamla stan (the old town). we ducked in here one cold and windy day for a drink and a hot cheese sandwich. this spot is beyond charming.

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

in södermalm, two thumbs up.

was a great, lively bar and dinner spot.

. loved this spot! and DEFinitely get the cauliflower in the brown butter. it was out of this world.

• was a fun trendy spot in södermalm. more of a younger crowd, but fun!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the hotel bar at is actually reallllly good. we got the famous “far far away” drink that was served in a unique way.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

our last day we met up with and and explored and ate the whole day. then we celebrated my birthday until lateeeee. we only got about two hours of sleep, but it was worth it. such a fun trip with so many memories!!

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

don’t forget to enter for a chance to win your own trip to stockholm! it’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the amaaazzinggg haymarket hotel! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found ). as part of the prize, the winner will also receive two Stockholm kits containing: Jacket from  (obsessed with their coats!), head phones from ,  gift card, wristwatch from  and a hat and a scarf from . And, a personal Stockholm guide written by Hanna Stefansson.

01.14.17

HEADED TO STOCKHOLM + WIN A TRIP OF YOUR OWN!

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i’m headed to stockholm, sweden on monday with and i’m VERY excited. i visited about 3 years ago for blogshop (here) and it was one of my favorite places i’ve been. i was teaching then and didn’t have a ton of time to explore, so i’m thrilled to be able to dive deeper into the culture in sweden. i’m working with  who now has a non-stop flight from LAX to stockholm. we are staying at the hotel  by Scandic, which looks full of style and amazing design details…i’m sure inspiration will be everywhere judging by the photos.

ALSO!! there’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the haymarket hotel…basically you win the trip we are going on! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found ). 

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we are meeting up with stockholm cool girl who’s going to show denise and i the fun things to do in the area. and looking at her adorable style, i have a feeling she’s going to know all the right spots…

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watch the little video below about the contest, and make sure to follow on to see where we go on our trip next week with !

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to enter the contest go to , find your favorite stockholm spot shown on their feed and comment on it with hashtag #stockholmlikealocal along with why you would like to experience that spot in person. also, don’t forget to tag a friend that you’d like to go with! (make sure to tag them at the end of the comment so it doesn’t turn into a direct message)*

*open to US residence 18 years and older, airline tickets depart from LAX only, winner is responsible to get themselves to LAX. contest open from january 14th 12pm PST and closes 5th of february 2017 at 11:59pm PST. full terms and conditions found . 

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