Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks
Wijdan is an avid seeker of beauty in day-day seemingly mundane things; coffee, shadowplay, clean white bedding, her husband’s smile, her clothing rail (overly styled to the tee but lived-in at the same time). "It’s been nearly a decade since I started exploring the world of the internet and its many online social platforms. During that time, I’ve been lucky enough to come in to my own and find my unique voice in the world of blogging. As someone who subscribes to a lifestyle that craves quality over quantity, my interests in fashion, skincare, travel, and interiors, are all documented from a perspective of quality." Wijdan's effortless approach to seeing and capturing moments, details whether it's a piece of cashmere clothing or a hip corner of a newly opened coffee in her hometown, Cape Town caught our eyes long time ago. Wondering where to go first in Cape Town? The Native Espresso Bar, both indulgent yet unassuming, has reaffirmed Cape Town’s appreciation for the coffee culture expanding in every food district across the Western Cape. Finally, we caught up with her for a quick interview, so guys, read on and follow along her minimalist journey!
The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland
"When I moved to D.C., I was worried that I was going to constantly be surrounded by tourists. This is definitely true if I go to the National Mall or the other big tourist hotspots. But that is just a fraction of what D.C. has to offer. There are so many different neighborhoods in D.C., all with different cultures, communities, restaurants, etc. I love living in D.C. for its “all in one” structure as well. You can go downtown and get the urban vibe, go to more open and green spaces like one of the district’s many parks, or get a mixture of the two in the residential areas." - Meet Austin, our ambassador and your coolest guide in Washington D. C.. Austin is a 6 feet 6 inches guy of coffee addiction who will not only take you to the best coffee-slash- brunch spots, but will also show you around the residential area of the city as well share a few hints for the design-savy travelers. Read on to get to know him better and book your next trip to Washington D.C.!
Lore of Warsaw: Yanina Trapachka
From design shops to 'breakfast' at 3pm, Poland's capital is abuzz with creativity. "Warsaw growing with the global trends. A lot of cool new places opening there. Museums, theatres, restaurants, cafes, stores and more. From the other hand, people understand the goals of life in this city, and they fell in love with this city again and again. " Follow one of our first and dearest ambassadors', Yanina's guide for the finest of the Polish capital's coffee, gastro and art scene and step into her world when in Warsaw!
Around The World With Yamil
The countdown is almost here and we can't be more thankful for everyone who has used Local's Lore as inspiration or our MY MAPS function as a tool on your journeys. You may find almost 10K images under the #localslore hashtag, curated by our like-minded community of travellers from all over the world. Yamil, is one of them! His disctinct style of content creation and curation speaks of real passion for traveling, but also of the appreciation of two of his hometowns; A Illa de Arousa and Barcelona. "You can be walking down a regular street and suddenly find an art nouveau building with a facade that looks like a piece of art. It still happens to me daily and I think I will never get used to it!" - Read on for Yamil's thoughts on Barcelona, Local's Lore and traveling.
Favourite cafe in Kyoto: Wife&Husband
Are you familiar with those moments when you spot something on Instagram and fall in love instantly so deeply that it becomes a reason to travel? Our current number one craving destination-wise is located in the very heart of Kyoto. The tiny rustic-feel coffee-picnic-antiques concept belongs to a real-life husband and wife team behind Wife&Husband Cafe. If you weren’t familiar with the concept at first sight – and why would you, it will melt your heart. Upon approaching the coffee shop, the first thing you’ll notice is the hanging benches, tables, hats, and picnic baskets outside the shop. Nor it’s purely decoration or items for sale, but your essentials for a proper picnic in the realm of Kyoto’s grassy banks of the Kamo River. Wife&Husband Cafe’s picnic basket service gives you a generous serving of fresh coffee in a thermos, ceramic cups, a tablecloth and rusk biscuits – to chill like a local. Welcome to this romantic fairy tale of Kyoto, enjoy your coffee!
Photo Journal: Aylaan Moodysson
Hungarian photographer Aylaan Moodysson captures places where we'd rather be. Preferring observation rather than planning ahead, Aylaan clearly stands for spontaneous. Whether it's desert vibes, sunrise haze or mountains backdropped with full moon, Aylaan's capturing landscapes like in a dreamy documentary of her very own world. Read super talented photographer, Aylaan Moodysson's thoughts on Morocco, her approach to compositions and traveling.
Mother's Day Muse: Eglė Juzumienė
We recall having Eglė as one of our first ambassadors; with her distinct eye for food photography made us instantly fall in love with her style and the gastronomy scene of Riga, Latvia. Having only seen the Baltic city's airport when heading to Tallinn or Vilnius, Riga remained the mysterious one. We've finally found the right occasion to dig deeper in Latvian culture as well as to call our ambassador, Eglė, our muse; Mother's Day. "I try to avoid defining myself as a mother only because I fell I am so much more: a photographer, a creative, a wife, a friend, a beauty seeker in everyday life, etc. but it's seems that it's kind of tough to draw the line between all these personalities and the "new me" as a mother because all of these got connected so tight." Read on to get to know more about this ever-so-inspiring woman, Eglė, motherhood through her eyes, and her equal fascination for Riga and Vilnius.
Ethan Barber Interview
Best known for his fascinating architecture photos, Ethan Barber is one of those talented must-follow content wizards. Ethan is more of a multidisciplinary creative; he's a graphic designer, photographer, and content creator - currently based in New York City. He graduated as valedictorian of his class with a Bachelors of Science in Digital Art and Design. As a full-time graphic designer for three years, coupled with nearly a decade of experience in photography, and three years of social media management; he is focused on having a diverse creative career that is never singularly-focused. We sat down to dig deeper in his career as well as travel habits. Ethan is a happy MY MAPS user and a conscious traveller who now shares his insights in three of his beloved destinations such as New York, LA and Palm Springs. Follow his journey via his MY MAPS.
Good Morning, Tehran!
If you've been wondering about your next getaway, we might have it covered for you. Tehran, the capital of Iran has a wealth of cultural attractions; the city prides with mosques, churches, synagogues but also a great dash of contemporary design, art and architecture scene. We've teamed up with our favourite Tehran-raised IT girl, Parysatis to show as around as well as to get to know more about her globetrotter lifestyle. Enjoy!
Lore of Valletta with Hanna Briffa
I am a mum of two small and very active toddlers, so my days fly by without me noticing. If it’s not them, I love cooking and recently found myself in sourdough baking (it’s my ultimate switch from the everyday madnesses). In between all that, together with my husband, I run a small holiday rental, which is also rapidly growing.
Fine Dining in Vienna: Tian Restaurant
TIAN has truly lifted fine dining to a whole new level thanks to its visionary chef Paul Ivić, and founder Christian Halper. Respecting natural cycles, TIAN pays attention to preferably organic products, created in a fair way. The seasonal ingredients are predominantly supplied by regional partners, that understand and adhere to their high standards of quality concerning fresh food. The name TIAN is not a coincidence by the way. It is the Chinese word for “heaven”, as well as a French vegetarian stew. With TIAN they have both fulfilled a longstanding dream: vegetarian food prepared in a way that will have your taste buds tingling while indulging all your senses. The experience was one of our fullest and most special so far: incredible flavours, exceptional staff, phenomenal juice pairing. Otherwise it's hard to describe the feeling, you must try it. Let food enriches our lives! Read on to get inspired, and then go and visit TIAN.
Women's Day Interview: The Beach People
We wanted to seize International Women's Day with a very special story this is year. In search of beautiful, strong women we came across the two superwomen behind The Beach People. The Beach People was founded in the summer of 2013 by sisters Emma Henderson and Victoria Beattie in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales Australia. Inspired by their family, friends and seaside lifestyle, with their passion for creating beautiful and iconic products, their first collection of round towels sold out in weeks. A few short years later, they are building a globally admired brand of seaside luxe essentials for everyone, everywhere to enhance one’s living spaces and life experiences from the beach to home. Emma and Victoria both are surrounded by men who think women are strong, capable and equal. We sat down with Emma for a quick interview so we can admire even more what they do as women, sisters, and mothers.
Los Angeles based Ceremony's gorgeous one-of-a-kind rings are nothing but A-listers amongst the Local's Lore Team. The timeless rings are created through a modern lens with the appreciation of heirlooms, worn daily and passed down through generations. Each ring is designed by Jess Hannah of J. Hannah Fine Jewelry. Ceremony is a collection of rings for marking new traditions. Classic yet distinct in design; refined and self-aware; Ceremony offers a modern edit of rings for treasuring, signifying, and commemorating love of all kinds. We've sat down with Jess and Chelsea to find out the secret behind the highly-coveted dream-rings. Read on!
Espacio Nueva Carolina
On the occasion of our Madrid trip we dag deeper in the city’s creative scene. That’s when we came across Espacio Nueva Carolina; a super trendy multifunctional space managed by two photographers; Maria de Miguel and Nerea López and an interior designer; Sara Uriarte. We’ve talked with Sara about ESN’s vision, long-term plans and dreams and of course of places where locals hang out.” Madrid is a melting pot full of creative young people from all over the world. It has the advantage of not being a real reference for any of this fields like London, New York, Paris and Milan. This is an advantage for young creators because they feel more free to not follow trends and can even add some humor to what they do. Madrid in three words is open, crazy and fun.” Read on for insights to ESN’s future and the girls guide to the best of Madrid’s hidden gems.
VYF: Our number 1. Scarf Brand
Are you fond of silk scarves just like we are? The spectacular pieces of the Hungarian brand, VYF always belong to a limited collection of one-off pieces, made with the greatest care and biggest heart. The creative team of three keeps juxtaposing elements and themes of the traditional and modern, and melt them into dreamy silky surface. Although the prints are digital, the original samples are pretty much hand-made and going through several steps before production from drawing, to paper cuts to direct photographs. Many times ending up in a humorous and striking balance of authentic traditional styles and the modern digital world, by blurring the find line between the two. Placing and old concept into a new environment with some nostalgic memories hidden on the fabric has always been the brand’s specialty. Read on to find our Tamas Szecsi’s thoughts on VYF’s future and their story behind.
The lore of Portland: Meet Marshall Steeves
Finding our ambassador in Portland was nothing but love for first sight. Marshall Steeves’ account is dealing with some seriously beautiful content; minimalist interior details of the coolest cafes in town. Marshall has been influenced by many different surroundings, environments, people, and lifestyles. “Craving the city life again, I moved back to Portland and have chased the creativity and culture that has thrived here. As a photographer, designer, writer, and avid minimalist, I have pushed to bring Portland a sense of unique and radiant energy that will push the design world forward and ultimately expand the city to new and never-before-seen heights.” Discover the most aesthetic gems of the city through Marshall’s lenses, who’s not only a true coffee enthusiast but a great photographer too. Go no further if you want to get a glimpse of the city’s coffee scene, concept stores and restaurants. Read on!
Rachel Saunders Ceramics
When was the last time you’ve read something truly honest, pure and inspiring? This was pretty much the case when we’ve received Rachel Saunders’ thoughts on the art of creating, sustainable living, failure and burnout, and her essential source of inspiration; the diverse landscapes of Mother Nature. Rachel Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist from the West Coast of Canada currently working with clay as her primary medium. She places value on simplicity, functionality, sustainability, and playfulness. In her work she aims to highlight the inherent characteristics of natural materials through self-taught technique and design. All pieces, both wheel-thrown and hand-built, are made by Rachel in her studio on the ever-so-magical Vancouver Island. Read on to figure out more where to go in Victoria, what are the everyday challenges Rachel is facing, and how she’s seizing her mantra through Gertrude Stein’s quote, ’in the morning there is meaning, in the evening there is feeling’.
During D.A.T.E. (Discover Antwerp Through Experience) we discovered Antwerp's design scene too! It seemed like that all the ways lead to our long-desired concept store; St. Vincents. Since its opening in 2015, St. Vincents is a constantly changing space that houses both niche products and well-known local and international designers. Around 475 square meters in the heart of Antwerp, a hybrid mix of commerce, hospitality and art prevails. The owners Henri and Geraldine deliberately set up their business as a concept for gaining experience. The product range is remarkably colorful for a concept store; fashion items, jewelery, books, niche beauty products, magazines and designer furniture creat the constant stock of goods. In addition to the commercial function, they provide a cafe area, events and temporary exhibitions to customers. The owners believe in having a coffee or breakfast together as well as gatherings like launch events and exhibition openings strengthens the community. In their point of view, this is now an area of innovation that is a great opportunity for retailers to renew their spaces and to reflect this creativity. Read our interview with lovely Geraldine!
Circle by Cihan Anadologlu
On the occassion of our trip to Münich we had a careful research on the city's hotspots. Thanks to our wonderful ambassador we soon realised that the two days won't be enough to discover it fully, yet even a whole week would be tight. Especially when it comes to bars. Take for instance Circle by Cihan Anadologlu in Münich, which is located in the 1st floor at the Heart House. During the first ten months, its founder, Cihan Anadologlu achieved the prize for the „Most innovative Bar“ in Germany, he got ranked by Mixology Magazine under the "Top 5 New European Bars“ and also by Drinks International under the Top 100. I guess it's no coincidence that the lush bar became our number one destination in its category. We've got really curious, so we sat down with Cihan, who's just published his first book titled "Bar Bible". Apart from 200 cocktail classics, he presents his 50 best creations und has invited his friends of the international bar scene to present there most popular drinks as guest authors in this book. The Bar Bible is a real must have for all the lovers of real drinks and cocktails and Circle is indeed a top destination in the city. PS Stay tuned, our bar category is coming soon!
The lore of Sri Lanka: Meet Natasha Sand
Let us introduce our beloved ambassador for Sri Lanka, Natasha Sand whom we'd follow everywhere. And we guess so do you. In our interview with this wonderful person we touched topics like the future of tourism in Sri Lanka, secret surf spots, her roots, and seizing easy way of life. Born and raised in Norway until the age of 12, her family decided to move to Sri Lanka. Since two years, Natasha calls Sri Lanka her number one home; an untouched piece of magic. In Sri Lanka, everything moves in a slow pace, meaning there is no rush to get anywhere or get anything done, in other words it's proper island living. If you just travel from 30 minutes to 6 hours within the island, you can change the scenery completely. You've got the classic picture perfect beaches, the paddy fields, then there are the deep lush jungles with endless waterfalls, and all of a sudden you are climbing a mountain with epic views. Follow us to the paradise with Natasha, we've gone surfing!