Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finding Landscapes in Satu Maaranen's Bold Graphic Prints

Helsinki fashion designer Satu Maaranen's SS 2015 collection is striking in its modern, graphic appeal and 60s vibe. While Maarranen says she took inspiration from sources as various and folk art, ornamental baroque and space age design, I immediately saw the travel-porn landscapes I so often peruse on Pinterest....and couldn't help matching them up:

(via thisispaper)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stay in a Hobbit Castle in Chile

I present to you the historic home of a wealthy hobbit family Montana Magica Lodge, nestled in Huilo Huilo natural reserve in Southern Chile.

The man made mountain is covered in vegetation kept green by water cascading from the top. And because they know that I'm still 10 and my fairytale hotel wouldn't be complete without it, they put in a rope bridge.

While hobbits were sadly not involved in the construction of this fantastical hotel, the design does have roots in local legend of a mountain waterfall that grants wishes.

 They say there are outdoor hot tubs scooped out of tree stumps, but sadly no photographic evidence could be found. I'll take their word for it, as this place has already earned a spot on my burgeoning bucket list.

Rustic, Tolkien-worthy wood interiors abound.

I'm not much of a hiker, but I could definitely lounge in bed and gaze out at the forest through my room's dormer windows. 

Oh, and if you're in the area and care to hotel hop, you'll want to check out the Nothofagus Hotel & Spa, as apparently one amazing hotel just wasn't enough for the reserve: 

(photos via HonestlyWTF, Planet Den and Inhabitat)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Photographs from an Imaginary Vacation

Digging Lonneke van der Palen's playful photo series Souvenir, a collection of faux vacation photos, many constructed with household items. The cellophane sunset is my favorite, though I suspect that quite a few people can relate to making do with a leaning tower of fruit loops for the time being...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Winning a Vacation (and Harry Potter)

I do quite a bit of daydreaming about travel around here, and frequently search out travel sweepstakes to enter. It's a bit of an obsession, really (and one that's paid off with some fantastic trips)! 

In case you haven't noticed it, or usually read through Bloglovin, check out the Travel Sweepstakes tab where I add awesome new contests every day. 

p.s. the Harry Potter geek in me is freaking out over this one, which ends tomorrow!

Venice's Generator Hostel: Channeling Ace Hotel for Backpackers

There's been something of a boom of design focused hostels as of late, and I love it! Generator Hostel's Venice location is set on the Giudecca Canal in a beautifully renovated historic building that once served as a grain house. That alone gives the hostel an ample measure of visual appeal, but the quirky, vintage meets modern interior design seals the deal.

Belly up to the bar or bask in the glow of the fire (if in name only). I won't be missing the sterile hostel "entertainment room."

Dorms are basic, but modern and attractive. 

If dorm living isn't your thing, you can snag a private room starting at around $30 a night. 

Generator has a host of other hostels around Europe, some of which have less of the boutique hotel vibe. However, Barcelona looks pretty fantastic-- and while it would seem to defeat the purpose of staying at a hostel, you can also book a swank top floor penthouse for around $350 a night!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Giveaway | Renarde Rousse Jewelry $25 Shop Credit

This week's giveaway is from Renarde Rousse Jewelry, an Etsy shop from Sweden with a great mix of pretty and whimsical pieces! I'm just a little obsessed with her Heart Lightbulb Earrings.

Renarde Rousse is offering one lucky reader a $25 shop credit to spend on anything in the shop! Click through to enter....

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Favorite Japanese 90s Stoner Cabin Themed Izakaya

Would you believe that this glorious hippie-fied cabin of a bar is housed on the second story of a non-descript building in a dense Kyoto neighborhood? Billed by Lonely Planet as a "raucous student izakaya", we showed up a A-Bar early in the evening and had the place to ourselves. No partying with locals this time around, but I reveled in the fun atmosphere and cheap-for-Japan prices nonetheless.

 The little gem of a novelty bar is unique, but themed bars in general are all over the place in Japan (booze, campiness, amazing food---Japan's historic temples and gorgeous landscapes are really just icing on the cake).

The food was good, nothing amazing, but cheap enough that a night out won't put the normal Japan-size hole in your pocket. 

I had to try some of the sweet potato shochu liquor I'd heard about. It has a sweeter, almost fruity aroma....but still tasted like most other clear liquors to me. Which is to say, it was in urgent need of some lime juice and simple syrup.

In case you can't can't read the signage, it's on the menu as well. I love the "thank you" at the end.

Nearly every surface is graffiti-ed or stickered, and it's apparent that the bar gets its share of tourists.

If you don't think about what the blankets have seen, this bench looks like a nice place to stretch out after over-indulging. Think they'd put on some Jane's Addiction for me? 

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