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{frosting} palm springs moments

24 Aug

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs

Palm Springs is my happy place. A short drive east, but a million miles away, when I’m in this desert mirage of mid-century heaven, there’s no choice but to relax and decompress. A few girlfriends and I have made a hot August weekend an annual getaway, and it’s a favorite new tradition in my LA life. Here are a few snaps from my trip…

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs

{ many places close during the low (read: crazy hot) season in Palm Springs – including this great brunch spot, Jake’s }

danielle deojay, sequins and ponies, palm springs

{ of course you need a giant turtle floaty in the pool, duh }

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs

{ relax, indeed }

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs

{ Viceroy is a favorite stop for a pre-dinner martini & to swoon over the brilliance of Kelly Wearstler — decorspiration to. the. max. }

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs

{ I love mid-century sun shades, these in-particular, shielded me from the er, moon, at The Ace }

Danelle Deojay, Sequins and Ponies, Palm Springs


{photo a day} ciao ciao italy

3 Jun

20120603-231548.jpg {final Tropea sunset}

And so it is my final night in Italy. A great time with many new memories to last forever… A perfect birthday gift to say the least. Thanks, mom & dad.

Some favorite moments…
{beach bars with male model level waiters}
{paninis on Lipari}
{fruit stands along the Amalfi Coast}
20120603-231221.jpg{Campari & Sodas}20120603-231250.jpg
{cliff side sunning spots along the Amalfi Coast}
{my dream beach}
{simple vacation style}
{spectacular Ravello}
20120603-231437.jpg{gelato}20120603-232533.jpg{Positano in the rain}20120603-232732.jpg{adorable island discoveries, Lipari}20120603-232944.jpg{Budapest lion, meow}

{photo a day} sunny little Sicilian islands

2 Jun



Today we took a day cruise from Tropea to the Isole Eolie, a group of small islands off the coast of Sicily. The cruise took us to three: Lipari, Vulcano, and Stromboli.
Lipari was by far the favorite (I would definitely go back) with fun shopping, amazing panini, adorable scenery, and beautiful pastries and cookies just like my Nana used to make.
Stromboli features, not stromboli, but a live & active volcano that continuously spews smoke, and black volcanic sand/rock beaches …and that’s about it, although rumor has it Donatella Versace has a home there…
Don’t get confused, there IS a volcano on Vulcano, it’s just not active. There are also volcanic sulfur mud baths that don’t smell like anything you’d like to get close to, let alone, IN with a bunch of strangers.

Salted capers & fresh produce


insane pastry shop

Black volcanic beaches

Volcano, spewing, above the duomo

{photo a day} beachy Italian paradise

1 Jun


I cannot tell you the last time I saw a beach / ocean as utterly beautiful as Tropea. …perhaps when I was eight in Venezuela, but my memories are more vivid of the litter of tiny kittens I found at the hotel than of the ocean’s ranking on the ah-mah-zing scale.

Typically I’m not much of a dive into the ocean and stay awhile type of person, but with this crystal clean, aqua blue water it’s a completely different story.




{photo a day} Calabrian pizza dreams

31 May


It figures that the region of my Italian heritage, Calabria, boasts some of the best pizza, and some of the best seafood — two of my favorite things to eat. After spending most of the day traveling south from Ravello to Tropea there was just enough time for a stroll around town and a yummy dinner.


a daisy from a local shopkeeper
20120531-232210.jpg grilled swordfish

{photo a day} oh hello, Ravello

30 May


I arrived in Ravello today and immediately wished I had more than one night to spend here. Neither words nor photos can do justice to the views from this mountain top — the horizon disappears between the sea and the sky, appearing to go on and on forever. The feeling is far more authentic and far less touristy than some of my other stops, and therefore a place I want to stay awhile. Wandering the town, I picked up a couple of locally-made original cameos which will soon become new rings, and a couple pieces of local ceramics. We discovered an incredible wine shop resulting in an impressive shipment arriving in 3-4 weeks and I may have fallen in love with a $4,000 EU piece of artwork (alas it’s not coming home with me). Ahh, Italy.


Wine & Drugs — best wine shop. The drugs are addict-worthy balsamic & olive oil.

Ravello kitties are all over town & of course I want to adopt all of them.

{photo a day} Capri forever

29 May


Spending a day in Capri is like stepping off a boat onto a little corner of heaven. Once away from the touristy crowds, it was as if the air changed. Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe the views, and the unexpectedly intense hike around one side of the island (in 5-inch wedges, mind you) really made the yum, yum YUMMY pizza in Ana Capri that much more satisfying. Oh, and then I saw Jon Hamm. Capri fantasy complete. If only I could stay forever.




{photo a day} rainy day positano

28 May


Getting caught in the rain… window shopping… precarious bus rides… hiking up twisty narrow roads… cappuccinos under a canopy… Just another day in Positano.




{photo a day} Italian sunsets

28 May


Planes, trains, and hill hikes gave way to a beautiful Italian sunset over an early (by European standards) dinner by the ocean in Sorrento.



{photo a day} Budapest all day, all night

27 May


Seeing the sights by day and other sights by night is a recipe for very little sleep and a whole lot of fun. I have been so lucky to get the insiders tour of the city… From the giant marketplace where I picked up some Hungarian paprika, and the gorgeous views from the Buda hills, to the coolest scenes at night at the “ruin bars” and dance parties that don’t shut down until dawn.

Lots of love to C & A for incredible hospitality. 20120527-160428.jpg


One particular Ruin Bar felt like a bad acid trip in Wonderland…