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May 2017

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:: MILAN ::

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Duamo in Milan | Deco Tartelette
We spent 24 hours in Milan on the last day of our European adventure and it was lovely to say the least.

We arrived in Milan after spending a few days in Cinque Terre. What we found was a vast, labyrinthine city of contrasts where even the most mundane detail has a touch of Italian elegance. Leaving Liguria by train, we watched the countryside shift from coastal hills to rolling wheat and rice fields. Eventually arriving in a rail yard the scale of which reminded us of Los Angeles. We were in the big city.

The first thing we noticed when departing the train was that the streets and shops were full of people on their way, busily taking care of business, but looking implausibly chic and sophisticated while doing it.

PIzza in Milano | Deco Tartelette
We filled our day with pizza, coffee, more pizza, then more coffee, and of course, lots of walking and exploring…

The pizza in Milan was soooooo delicious. We had pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Best Pizza in Milan | Deco Tartelette
One of our favorite spots was Il Forno. Their pizza was absolutely divine and we will always compare all pizzas with their pizza. It was that good.

Bar Luce Milano | Deco Tartelette
Another must-stop on our list was Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada.

Bar Luce Milan | Deco Tartelette
Designed by Wes Anderson, this charming little bar had decadent treats, cocktails, and delicious coffee. Every detail was perfect from the floors to the wallpaper to the uniforms…even the sugar packets were chic.

Bar Luce Milano | Deco Tartelette

Bar Luce Milan | Deco Tartelette
The Milanese are friendly and helpful to the traveler in need. Exhausted from our efforts at speaking French during the previous week’s travels, we found that the people of Milan were very patient when we labored to communicate in our broken Italian.

Pasticceria Marchesi Milan | Deco Tartelette
We stopped at Pasticceria Marchesi in the afternoon for a little treat…it was classic and GORGEOUS! It opened in 1824 and is known for its chocolates. We left with a bag full of course…

Navigli Milan Canals | Deco Tartelette
The Navigli district was recommended by our Airbnb host and we also had it on our list of sights to see so we made sure to journey over to check it out. The restaurant-lined canals were a great way to explore the area. We stopped at a cafe and ordered shakeratos (espresso + milk shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker…super yummy!) and sat outside people watching. It was such a beautiful area…we wish we had had more time to explore but there was so much to see in only 24 hours…

Milano Pizza | Deco Tartelette
Marghe also had incredible pizza. We went there for dinner and ordered the Kalamata Olive + Stewed Tomato as well as the Mint + Zucchini Flower + Fresh Mozzarella Pizza. Both were excellent!

Our Airbnb was right down the street so it was also super convenient. The night energy in Milan is so much fun. Everyone is so kind and friendly. We noticed most restaurants don’t open for dinner until after 7:30pm so planned accordingly. Also, lots of restaurants and cafes are closed in the afternoon…

Colors of Milan | Deco Tartelette
Milan is at once modern and ancient. Clean lines and right angles, smooth surfaces and primary colors blend with the soft hues of worn stone and the drama of gothic sculpture. Even in it’s most modern buildings one can find evidence of the Italian enthusiasm for adornment. Strolling the streets during the siesta we were struck by how tranquil this big city could be.

Duamo in Milan | Deco Tartelette
The Duamo was one of the most incredible sights not only in Milan yet from our entire trip. Yes, it was super touristy but definitely worth a peek. There were also lots of shops around and one must shop a little while in Milan, yes?

Duamo Milan | Deco Tartelette
To see more of our European adventures, check out our posts on London {Part 1} {Part 2}, Paris {Part 1} {Part 2}, Menton, and Riomaggiore

Shop: {Look 1} Dress: Claudie Pierlot from last season…similar here, here and here, Oxfords: Everlane, Shoulder Bag: J.Crew c/o, Sunglasses: Karen Walker {Look 2} Sneakers: Converse, Trousers: Splendid

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Tuesday

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May 2017

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Happenings…

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National Stripes Day J. Crew | Deco Tartelette
A fun shoot we did for National Stripes Day for J.Crew…Rufus had a blast!

Revival Ice Cream in Old Monterey | Deco Tartelette
Finally had a chance to try Revival Ice Cream in Old Monterey…delicious chocolate ice cream and the BEST handmade waffle cone I’ve ever had!

Succulent Wall | Deco Tartelette
So inspired by this gorgeous succulent wall at our favorite local nursery

Farmers' Market Strawberries San Francisco | Deco Tartelette
It’s strawberry time! Can’t wait to go strawberry picking! In the meantime, we are picking up pint after pint at the farmers’ market. Looking for some delicious strawberry recipes? We have all sorts of goodies! Check them out here

Hatch Bowie Dress | Deco Tartelette
Thoroughly enjoying the superbloom in California…

Superbloom Roses California | Deco Tartelette
Roses galore!!

Manresa Bread Pastries | Deco Tartelette
A plethora of baked goods at Manresa Bread in Los Gatos…a must stop if you are in the area. Be sure to also grab a loaf of their incredible bread…

Pink Peonies Bouquet | Deco Tartelette
Flowers on flowers…peonies and ranunculus will always be my favorite (and garden roses too!). We finally have some growing in the garden!

Shop: {Look 1} J.Crew Striped Tee, Jeans (non-maternity here), Striped Umbrella {Look 2} Dress: Hatch, Hat: Free People
Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Sunday

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April 2017

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A Morning in the City

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20th Century Cafe San Francisco
The best thing about living so close to San Francisco?! Our quiet sublime Saturday mornings…

20th Century Cafe Bagels San Francisco
We love to wake up early and head to the city to beat the crowds and nibble on our favorite goodies…20th Century Cafe is a gem. They have delicious bagels with fancy toppings and freshly-pressed juices.

Media Noche San Francisco Deco Tartelette
The newly-opened Media Noche has delicious Cubano sandwiches + guava aqua fresca…plus they have banana wallpaper in the water closet and how GORGEOUS is this tile?!

Miette Hayes Valley Deco Tartelette
We always make sure to pop into Miette…a lovely little bakery and candy shop in Hayes Valley where we pick up rose flavored taffy and miniature cakes to bring home with us…

Miette Hayes Valley San Francisco Deco Tartelette

Fresh Lilac | Deco Tartelette
No morning adventure to the city is complete without a Ferry Building farmers’ market stop for some flowers, fresh produce, Acme bread, and Bombolini…

Bombolini San Francisco Ferry Building Deco Tartelette
Ingrid + Isabel Off Shoulder Ruffle Maternity Dress | Deco Tartelette
We ALWAYS take highway one home as the drive is STUNNING and the traffic is usually pretty minimal…it’s one of my most favorite drives along the Pacific Coast in California and I highly recommend it…
Pssst: I’m 34 weeks now! We’re getting so close to meeting our little Tartelette! I have been living in cozy dresses including this lovely Ingrid + Isabel dress…

Shop: Dress: Ingrid + Isabel c/o, Flats: J.Crew, Hat: Lack of Color, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Lipstick: NARS in Jungle Red, Handbag: J.Crew c/o

What are some of your favorite San Francisco gems?!

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

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April 2017

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Darling Magazine: The Charming Californian Village That’s Perfect for a Solo Getaway

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Cambria Shores Inn | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
Nestled on the Pacific Coast just 20 minutes west of Paso Robles lies a charming California village lush with nourishing energy, splendid farm-to-table restaurants, and welcoming locals. Inviting spaces and a wealth of opportunities to rest and recharge make Cambria an especially lovely destination for a solo getaway.

Here are a few stand-out gems to be sure to add to your list:

Cambria Farmers' Market | Deco Tartelette
Farmers’ Market
For my own solo retreat, I arrived in Cambria on a fantastically rainy Friday afternoon. Thankfully, I found the farmers’ market was up and running in spite of the weather (it’s open rain or shine) and was thrilled! I picked up some gorgeous blooms to keep me company and some local citrus to snack on while I traipsed around the town. But an adventurous wanderer cannot live on citrus alone…

Cambria Farmers' Market Blooms | Deco Tartelette
Linn’s Restaurant
A must stop when in Cambria, this family owned and operated gem is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. You can’t get more local as the family’s farm is located just a few miles away. They are rightly known for an Olallieberry pie– so fresh and delicious it’s out of this world. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, I cozied up in a corner booth to enjoy this delicious rainy day treat.

Linn's Pie Cambria | Deco Tartelette
Cambria Shores Inn
After satisfying my sweet tooth with Linn’s scrumptious pie, I was ready to check-in to my suite by the sea. Complete with a fire place and a dramatic ocean view, the Cambria Shores Inn fit the bill perfectly. The grounds are planted with a gorgeous succulent garden and lined with cozy chairs to lounge in while you take in the view. Every morning, you are treated to a picnic basket filled with all sorts of breakfast goodies perfect for fueling up for a day’s adventure in wine country.

24 Hours in Cambria for Darling Magazine | Deco Tartelette
Stolo Vineyards
I ventured to this winery eager to try their exceptional Pinot Noir. Surrounded by picturesque foothills and pastoral vineyards, Stolo provided the perfect wine tasting getaway. It was gorgeous even in the inclement weather! In spite of the rain I was treated to a warm welcome and a first-class tasting. I stocked up on some Pinot Noir that was indeed delicious. What a great way to whet my appetite for dinner.

Stolo Vineyards Cambria | Deco Tartelette
Robin’s Restaurant
With a wine list rich with local selections and a farm-to-table menu with something for every taste, this restaurant is a real gem in an already vibrant culinary scene. An exemplary service staff helped me choose from the eclectic menu and after some delicious appetizers I was whisked away on a culinary trip around the world. Fresh ingredients in original preparations made this meal a real pleasure. The pace of service and the cheerful atmosphere only added to the experience.

Robin's Restaurant Cambria | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
Tula Yoga
If you’re here on a weekend, treat yourself to a Saturday morning private yoga class in town. I did, and was met with thoughtful guidance and mindful attention during a session tailored by the lovely Terri, especially suited to my needs. It turned out to be a singular opportunity for exhilarating exercise and thoughtful contemplation. But that wasn’t all Tula had to offer. They also have a charming gift shop featuring essential oils, handmade blankets and baskets, and much more.

Tula Yoga Cambria | Deco Tartelette
Sandy’s Deli
After an exhilarating yoga class, I stepped right next door for a veggie sandwich from Sandy’s Deli. Filled with crunchy, delicious layers of in-season veggies, it was the perfect way to wrap up my adventure in Cambria.

Sandy's Deli Cambria | Deco Tartelette

On your own or with friends, Cambria is the perfect place for a restorative adventure. I know I’ll definitely be back….

Happy Travels!

Hop on over to Darling Magazine to see the article…

Photography by Cassie Winslow and Nicholas Winslow
Shop: Icon Trench Coat: J.Crew, Wool Hat: Free People, Pink Signet Bag: J.Crew

Thursday

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March 2017

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Sunshine has arrived…

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Glorious bright pink Ranunculus| Deco Tartelette
Glorious ranunculus and my favorite new heels

J. Crew Signet Bag | Deco Tartelette
Tried the newest coffee shop in town, Cat + Cloud, which did not disappoint…and a lady can’t have too many pink bags

Blooming Magnolias | Deco Tartelette
The magnolias are starting to bloom all over town…

Self Portrait Azaelea Dress in Black | Deco Tartelette
Frolicking through the blossoms at this time last year…

Line + Dot Tweed Blazer via Anthropologie | Deco Tartelette
Late afternoon {decaf} coffee runs have become part of the daily routine…where even the wallpaper is verdant.

Verve Coffee Santa Cruz | Deco Tartelette
I’m loving this lively installation at Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz…

Lilac Palomas | Deco Tartelette
Looking forward to shaking up some Lilac Palomas soon!

Spring blooms | Deco Tartelette
Spring is my absolute favorite time of year…it’s a dream come true to be surrounded by flowers. What are your favorite spring blooms?

Shop: {Look 1} Lace Dress: Self-Portrait
{Look 2}: Tweed Blazer: Line + Dot, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Earrings: Anthropologie, Silk Tunic: Anthropologie

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Wednesday

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February 2017

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Riomaggiore

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Riomaggiore Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
Riomaggiore…the southernmost village in the Cinque Terre. It’s so picturesque and full of character…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our journey in getting from Menton to Riomaggiore was an adventure in itself. We woke up early to catch the morning train from Menton and discovered there was a train strike as we arrived at the station. With the help of a friendly lady from Turin, we finally made our way to Riomaggiore before nightfall…to sum it up, it included a taxi drive, two seemingly random train rides, lots of walking, some running, lots of waiting, and a sunset boat ride.

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our Airbnb host was very flexible during the disarray of our day which made the journey less stressful. By the time we checked-in to our accommodations we were eager to find a place to dine. Tucked into the narrow stone streets, we found a little restaurant just up the hill from our flat. We gobbled up their famous gnocchi con pesto whilst listening to the waves splash into the harbor. It was all quite lovely. We made our way back to the Airbnb where we fell asleep listening to the sea and conversations and laughter from the diners on the street below.

Riomaggiore Airbnb | Deco Tartelette
After discovering that most of the trail throughout the Cinque Terre was closed for trail maintenance, we decided to take it easy and rest on the beach after many days of traveling throughout Europe (see our trip to London here and here, to Paris here and here, and to Menton).

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
The next day, the train was up and running again so we were off to Monterosso Al Mare to luxuriate beside the sea. We rented a couple of chaise lounges for the day, sipped on Limonata and waded in the Mediterranean…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
We ate our way through the villages, indulging in delicious focaccia and gelato…

Riomaggiore | Deco TarteletteBest Focaccia in Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
A favorite in Riomaggiore was Da Paolino. We went there a handful of times for snacks during our stay. I loved the pizza con pesto tricolore…it was divine…

Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
We spent our mornings walking around the villages and exploring. With every climb came new views and with every turn, a new adventure. It was so relaxing and beautiful. We enjoyed taking the ferry to each village…it was a lovely way to see the charm of the Cinque Terre…

Riomaggiore | Deco Tartelette
Our visit was during the first week of October and there were quite a few tourists during the day. However, early mornings and evenings provided an opportunity to pretend you had the place to yourself. Just you and the locals…

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre | Deco Tartelette
I will always remember this magical place…

Where in Italy have you been? What are some of your favorite Italian memories?

Shop: Swimsuit: Marysia, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Boater Hat: Lack of Colour
Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow

Friday

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January 2017

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LALA Land Part 2…

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Donut Snob Donuts Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
We were back in LA last weekend for a few days of adventure…we explored, enjoyed the sunshine, and ate some of our favorite goodies…

Donut Snob makes the best donuts I’ve ever had hands down. They are a delivery-only company yet sometimes you can find their donuts at coffee shops around LA…we were able to snag a few of their mini donuts at The Assembly Cafe in Beverly Hills…

Alfred Coffee in the Alley Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Alfred Coffee has locations throughout Los Angeles including this gem in an alleyway off of Melrose.

Alfred Coffee Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Their coffee is incredible and at this particular location, they also serve delicious bagel sandwiches…it’s very photogenic as you can see…

Splendid for Anthropologie Rugby Striped Duster Sweater | Deco Tartelette
Rufus is always thrilled when we return to LA…he insists on photoshoots at the famous Pink Wall off Melrose…

Jon and Vinny's Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Jon and Vinny’s is one of our favorite new restaurants in LA…everything is so fresh and scrumptious! I highly recommend their LA Woman Pizza…

Bottega Louie | Deco Tartelette
Bottega Louie should be a must-stop on every Los Angeles travel itinerary. The food is delicious and the space is gorgeous.

Magpies Soft Serve Silverlake Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Magpies Softserve is wonderful! They make their softserve from scratch in-house in addition to all of their toppings. It’s such a treat! It’s hidden away in a mini strip mall…so LA…

J. Crew Velvet Flats | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, lounging by the pool is always an option…a much needed kiss from the sun in the middle of winter…

Huckleberry Santa Monica | Deco Tartelette
One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning in Los Angeles is in Santa Monica. We stop at Huckleberry, and take our breakfast to the beach. We then head to Record Surplus to stock up on classic vinyl.

If you are a classic movie fan, you have to check out the Nuart and the Aero Theatre
Santa Monica also has a lovely farmers’ market on Saturday mornings…

Hollywood Farmers' Market Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
If you miss the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Saturday, the Hollywood market on Sundays is spectacular.

Hollywood Farmers' Market | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, it feels like summer. It’s the middle of January and I went home with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, and every color of citrus one can imagine. I make sure to always stop at Roan Mills Bakery. They mill their own flour and their breads are out of this world.

Pink Wall Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
By the way, we have some very exciting news…we are expecting! I am 21 weeks along and we are having a little girl…more to come on our growing Tartelette family!

Hop on over to LALA Land Part 1 to see more of our favorite spots in LA…

SHOP: Ribbed Tee: Anthropologie, Rugby Stripe Duster: Splendid, Skinny Jeans (Maternity) non-maternity here: Citizens of Humanity, Oxfords: Everlane, Sunglasses: Super

Photography by Cassie Winslow and Nicholas Winslow

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Colorful Menton…

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Menton Harbor | Deco Tartelette
I still dream of this colorful village on the French Riviera…it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It is absolutely gorgeous with so much history and charm. The locals were so friendly! When we were booking our journey to Europe (see our posts on London and Paris too!), we wanted to visit a place that wasn’t very touristy. We had read that Menton is the Pearl of France (it is!) and because it is somewhat off the beaten path, it’s charming streets were not so heavy with the footprints of visitors.

Menton France | Deco Tartelette
Menton definitely lived up to our expectations. It had a calm energy and was full of bright colors and delightful locals.

Beach in Menton France | Deco Tartelette
We arrived to Menton via train from Paris and had booked two nights at an Airbnb…we had no plan but to spend our days at the rocky beach, sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunshine of the Riviera…and that’s exactly what we did.

Menton Airbnb View | Deco Tartelette
The view from our Airbnb was endearing. We spent our mornings sipping coffee on the patio. We went to the neighborhood market and stocked up our kitchen with goodies. We were looking forward to taking a break from restaurants and eating simple meals on our patio, breathing in the air from the glorious Mediterranean Sea.

Menton | Deco Tartelette

Menton France | Deco Tartelette
Menton is nestled on the edge of the Franco-Italian border so the village provides a wonderful mix of French and Italian culture and architecture.

Menton | Deco Tartelette

Menton | Deco Tartelette

French Riviera Menton | Deco Tartelette
We did venture out to a seaside restaurant for lunch after lounging on the beach all morning. We ordered mussels and frites and housemade spaghetti with a light red sauce and fresh mozzarella…

Menton | Deco Tartelette
We walked to the harbor at sunset and shared a nutella crepe from a crepe stand unusually paired with a Menton classic, fresh lemonade. It was delightful in every way.

Menton | Deco Tartelette
We wish our stay had been longer in Menton…it was so wonderful and relaxing. Our next stop? Riomaggiore! Stay tuned…

Shop: Dress Reformation, Boater Hat: Lack of Colour for Free People, similar here, Handbag: J.Crew c/o, Striped Blouse: J.Crew, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow