travel

Euro Guidebooks

Designed to read more like an art book or niche zine than a Lonely Planet guide, Le Cool Books are simply dreamy travel books.  I was already intrigued after going through the sample layouts for cities like Amsterdam and Barcelona, but I love them even more for their declaring that they are “completely independent, we...

Finding Peace in Beijing

Escape the busy Beijing streets at boutique hotel, Cote Cour.  A modern environment with a “wealth of China’s classical heritage”, this will certainly become your favorite Asian haven. You may kick back in the lounge or your beautifully appointed room,  but you’ll inevitably be drawn to the center of the Cote Cour universe, the courtyard...

Sleep with Butterflies in Paris

Most cannot afford haute couture (or can realistically wear to the office or summer bbq), but there is something in the details, the precision, the quirk, the whimsy, the fun…that’s draws throngs to the work of Christian LaCroix. Now anyone with approximately 300 Euros can sleep among his wonderland of butterflies, characters, thrones and other...

Beauty in BW

Le Meridien, a global luxury hotel group, has a campaign running called the LM100. They have hand-picked established artists, musicians, designers, culinary masters, and many others to feature on their site. Each master has a short bio and beautiful black and white short films to augment their story all the while building the Le Merdien...

Love a Good Variety Store

Coco’s Variety on the East Side in Los Angeles, CA that I wish I still lived close to. If you do, you should go and buy a bike, a Mexican Coke or a piece of candy asap.

Beijing’s Creative Commons

It’s no longer a big secret that the arts scene in China is booming, and the main creative HQ in bustling Beijing is the 798 Arts District. The number symbolizes “arts, vanguards, unchained personalities and alternative life goals.”  You can learn more about this inspiring enclave here and here. Shown above: Check out Xu Yong,...