Category: Culture

Lovely Interiors: London’s Hally Cafe

Mar

27

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Hally Cafe

Oh my, what a delightfully posh cafe in a delightfully posh location! It makes me wanna zig-a-zig-ah! So if you wanna be my lover…..What? Ok, even in writing I’m a total failure when I try to sound British (you should hear my Harry Potter impersonation, it sounds as if he had stayed in Cancun for months and picked up a drunken spring break accent).

These shots are from Hally, a new swanky-pants cafe in London’s shishi poo hood Parsons Green. Its gorgeous california-inspired interiors could cheer up the moodiest of london-foggers. Even Goopy Paltrow would totally approve.

I’m lovin’ how other cities are bringing other cities within their city. It’s a total design tongue twister that’s just perfect for those who can’t always travel to a foreign destination to live the full experience or for those looking for a change of scenery. Say, Melbourne has TONS of Parisian inspired cafes and New York has loads of Scandinavian-styled stores, so it’s only a matter of time before the rest of us catch up to this global game.

Here in Vancouver we are starting to see a small, but steady, trickling of US and Australian inspired eateries and shops. What about your city? Any cool spots like this one?

Photos via: We Heart

Artfully Sprung Playlist

Mar

18

Beautiful Vibrations and Soundwaves Painting (2008) by Damien Hirst

So, I had planned to post a new recipe for you, but, the bitch decided to be a flop at the very last minute so that didn’t happen. Such a diva. Anyways, I don’t have any food for you – HOWEVER – I do have a fantastic, spring in full swing, playlist that will brighten your winterized self! A playlist that perfectly pairs with the painting above by Damien Hirst.

Discover new music, shake some bootay, and cheer up. PRESS PLAY NOW! WOO!

For more playlist, CLICK HERE

Artful Travels: Lighthouse Park

Jan

13

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Hey fellas! Happy Monday.

Did you take part in the international instagram meetup weekend? Saw LOTS of folks out and about exploring their city and the wilderness. So jealous! And so bummed I couldn’t make it. That being said, I am planning an outting with some friends to make up for it. A couple of them are part of this post – Mr. Tomasz Wagner (ACE of the lens and maker of the photos on this post) and Mr Emanuel Smedbøl (ACE of the beard and instagram) – together we all explored a little bit of the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver a couple weeks ago.

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver Photo by Tomasz Wagner

If you happen to hit the West Coast you should DEFINITELY add this hike to your itinerary. I know sometimes the word “hike” sounds daunting, but this is an easy one! Plus you can access the park by bus, car, of even bike (providing that you have hulk legs, ’cause it’s hilly around there).

Pack a few snacks, bring a cozy sweater, a camera, and let nature guide you!

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver Photo by Tomasz Wagner

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver Photo by Tomasz Wagner

There are lots of cliffs (easy to climb) and tidal pools where you can take THE BEST selfies or “puddlegrams”. This map shows you all the accessible areas and routes to explore.

Lighthouse Park West Vancouver Photo by Tomasz Wagner

It just felt good to leave the city for a bit, no email, no computer, no set schedule. I’ll – for sure – have more of these adventures coming to the blog so you can use them as a little guide for your Artful Travels of exploration!

All film photography: Tomasz Wagner

Artful Travels: Australia in a Snapshot Part 2

Dec

2

Artful Travels // The Great Ocean Road

Artful Travels // The Great Ocean Road

The final instalment of this OZ adventure is here! Learn about one of the Great Ocean Road best kept secrets and many other spots and tips. Take your passport and tag along

READ THE FULL STORY AFTER THE JUMP

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Artful Travels: Australia in a Snapshot Part 1

Nov

27

Artful Travels - Australia in snapshot

Artful Travels - Australia in a snapshot

Artful Travels - Australia in a snapshot

It’s been two weeks since I came back from my trip Down Under and boy do I miss it. The weather, the food, the people – the cute OZ accent! eeek! – I mean, how can you resist?!

FULL STORY + TONS OF OZ TRAVELLING TIPS AFTER THE JUMP

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