Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Giveaway | Erin Johnson Photography Fine Art Photo Print

 This week's giveaway is from gorgeous Etsy shop Erin Johnson Photography! Erin has a huge variety of travel and nature photography--here's some of the photos I'm smitten with (all travel related of course, but her nature prints are stunning as well):

Erin is offering one luck reader their choice of any print in 10x15/ 11x14 size, worth $45! This giveaway is open Worldwide. Click through to enter....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stay in an icebound ship in the Norweigan Arctic

ship frozen in the ice in northern norway

 With all the crazy winter weather on the East coast, you might be feeling just a twinge of longing for the cozy feeling of being snowed in. I've got the perfect trip for you!

The Noorderlicht is a 120 foot long Dutch schooner turned hotel, frozen in the ice in Northern Norway. A full day from the nearest village, you'll pass snowy mountains and valleys via dog sled, arriving at the retrofitted ship, which offers 10 rooms, 2 lounges, a full bar, electricity and hot water.

ship frozen in the ice with sled dogs in front
dog sledding in northern norway

 I hate winter, and this somehow looks like must be the dogs.

dog house outside of ship frozen in the ice in northern norway
noorderlicht ship frozen in the ice in northern norway
dogs outside of noorderlicht ship frozen in the ice in northern norway
interior view, breakfast in noorderlicht ship in the ice

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Wanderlust (vol 12)

Links to inspire your wanderlust this weekend....

- The Amethyst Hotel is just a proposal at this point, but I think we can all agree it needs to be built

- Ok, fine. But maybe it also has something to do with the fact that airlines are basically feeding you cafeteria food? 

- Cost of living around the world in a handy infographic

- Get your Chinese noodles delivered via fighter jet

- Visiting an Italian Agriturismo

- Chocolates that represent Japanese onomatopoeia describing texture 

- This view in Egypt is pretty dreamy!

- Cool recycled bags made in Portland

- Your kid will be the most cultured kindergartner around with this head start on kaiten-zushi

- It's way too easy for me to go a couple weeks in the winter and realize I've had next to no fresh, healthy food. Putting this tasty looking Indian recipe on my to-make list. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

This hotel gives you a second chance to slack off in high school

Do you really miss high school? (I was going to title this "The hotel for people who peaked in high school", but barely managed to restrain myself) Or just miss smoking and drinking at school? The 1915 Kennedy School in Portland offers plenty of nostalgia...along with multiple bars, a brewery, restaurant, movie theater and soaking pool.

You know, this room is a school girl costume away from turning into a Japanese love hotel...

Run in the halls, or play pool in the former boiler room turned bar.

 I think I might just hang out in the Detention Bar all day

I'm interested to know what you think of this place! While I do think it's quirky and entertaining, I think it's possible I don't quite get the full appeal since I didn't go to high school (hi! home-schooled weirdo here).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

My Etsy Home Decor Picks

curated etsy home decor picks

I promise I have been curating some awesome travel related picks on my Etsy Tastemaker page, but my browsing for home items has gotten a little out of control. We've been talking about moving from our current cramped quarters, leading to much fantasizing on my part about the perfect, airy, plant-filled home. Here's some of my favorites lately: 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kilian Schönberger's Fairytale Travel Photography

castle in the clouds

 Truth be told, I'm not much for fairy tales, at least of the Disney variety. But it's hard not to be captivated by the work of photographer Kilian Schönberger, whose photographs hint of a dark fairy tale, and remind me of the discovery of travel.

forest stream
fairytale german castle
bare trees foggy day
mini stonehenge and horse
forest wildflower path
gothic fairytale forest church
wooded lane with white house on foggy day

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Wanderlust (vol 11)

bright white salt mountains in australia

 Weekend links to inspire your wanderlust...

- Ethereal photos of an Australian salt refinery

- How to make Mendl's Courtesan au Chocolat (and more Grand Budapest inspiration)

- It's a ridiculous tourist trap, yet I almost want to stay at this German hotel shaped like the Colosseum

- Would you try beer made from smoked whale testicles in Iceland?

- A Japanese shrine to a supposed 1,400 year old Fiji mermaid

- How travel to Cuba is changing

- It's in LA (of course), but this greenhouse restaurant seems like the cure for winter blues in the Midwest

- A torchlit Viking procession in Edinburgh-- this is where I need to be next new years eve! 

- Here's your chance to own that stretch VW bus you've always dreamed of

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Peek Inside the Russian Ballet

russian ballerina stretching

 Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are those that give me a little peek inside others' worlds. So of course I'm smitten with Russian ballerina Darian Volkova's beautiful, moody photos of the Theater of Classical Ballet in St Petersburg.

russian ballerina taking a selfie
view of russian ballerinas on stage from above
russian ballerina sitting in the audience
russian balleerina practicing backstage
russian ballerina stretching
close up of ballet shoes
ballerina sitting on the floor in darkness
russian ballerina practicing in front of window

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Giveaway | Miju Arrow Ring

This week's giveaway is from Miju and You, a California Etsy shop with cool lasercut jewelry, and sweet arrow rings that make me wish I were a ring person.

Miju is offering one lucky reader a Copper & Seafoam Enamel Arrow Ring! This giveaway is open worldwide, click through to enter via the Gleam widget...

Monday, January 12, 2015

I'm an Etsy Tastemaker!

etsy tastemaker curated travel picks
Psyched to announce that I'm a Tastemaker on Etsy! 

I had loads of fun browsing and putting together my boards--and will keep adding more--so I'd love it if you'd stop by and take a look at my curated picks for travel and more. 

Have a favorite Etsy shop I should add or an idea for a board theme? Let me know in the comments!
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