Happy Holidays from Local's Lore!
What a year it has been... For many of us, 2020 was supposed to be a year to be awaiting and achieving great things with our hearts wild open and filled with plans, aspirations and hopes. Yet it turned out quite differently which no-one has foreseen. If there is one thing we all have learnt this year is that we will never ever take anything for granted again; not traveling or our own and our loved ones’ health, nor family gatherings or our daily cup of coffee at our favourite local coffee shop. And hence we have learnt another level of appreciation towards the small things in life. Along with gratitude in our hearts, we are keen to celebrate occasions like Christmas even if it will look slightly different this year. Whether we will be able to reunite with our friends and family as usual or not, we are seeking for different ways to celebrate on Zoom or outdoors whether the feeling of togetherness is physical or not. In the midst of all the sadness and uncertainty in the world we shall embrace the things that nourish our mind, body and soul especially in the festive season. Amongst these things we have found the act of gentle kindness, cherishing memories and human connections but also nature.
she she Retreats: Contemporary wellbeing for Her
Nature heals and so are connectivity, inner peace, rituals, movement, nourishment, creativity or even adventure. If you are seeking for such experiences in one place, look no further — she she retreats may offer it all. "Our retreats offer daily movement, delicious food, art workshops, essential oils and time for relaxation, without a strict schedule or enforced detoxing - because we know that many women arrive on our retreats needing a break from their demanding professional and personal lives. Both of us like to live well and enjoy daily pleasures - like a glass of organic wine or fresh baked sweets - and so we want our retreat guests to feel right at home with us, that they can really let their hair down and indulge in a magical retreat experience." This year's been different for obvious reasons, yet developing healthy routines to support our own wellbeing has become top priority. Join one of the she she retreats in 2021. The retreats are for her, who seeks adventure. And if you've been wondering too, we've asked Albertine and Steph, the lovely founders to explain; who is she? Read on!
Ipoly Hotel Boutique Rooms & Suites
Would you like to have the feeling of staying in a mysterious villa along one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes? At Ipoly Hotel Boutique Rooms & Suites by Lake Balaton you certainly will. The semi-luxury boutique hotel just a stone-throw away from Lake Balaton with a modern, one-of-a-kind appeal and approach. Ipoly Hotel is not only a boutique hotel, but also an imposing historical building in the centre of Balatonfüred. Since the beginning, the owners of Ipoly Hotel strived to combine the comfort and services of hotels with the intimacy and tranquility of apartments. Ipoly Hotel offers the possibility of real relaxation by utilising the unique features of the hotel, the perfect harmony of the location and the calm, extraordinary environment close to the lakeshore (with a balcony facing the lake, if you’re lucky).
A farm-to-table culinary pilgrimage: PAJTA
Leaving behind our urban lifestyles for peaceful tranquility has never been more desired or rather cherished than it is today. Whether chasing an intimate culinary experience or a long stroll in the realm of untouched nature, being actually able to slow down and be present seems to be the one thing we all strive for. Even if it’s a long journey to come to the ultimate slow-life, yet there are places that can give us the feeling of timelessness — even if just temporarily, such as the hidden countryside restaurant called Pajta (means barn). Pajta is the embodiment of the owners’ passion for the Őrség National Park close to the Austrian and Slovenian borders in Őriszentpéter, Hungary. The whole restaurant concept was made with care and respect towards reserving traditions, both in terms of architecture and cuisine, in order to fit Őrség’s landscape and Zeitgeist. Welcome to Pajta!
Take us to Venice, CA - Interview with Alyssa Ponticello
Guys, meet Alyssa, a formerly LA, now Venice based content creator, storyteller, photographer and the founder and editor of Runway Chef! We had the pleasure to interview Alyssa about her passion; cooking, which she calls a second language of her and her favourite hotspots around Venice and LA. Alyssa believes that food and fashion play integral intertwining parts in creating a beautiful and balanced life. She believes in things that are easy and undone, rustic yet clean, achievable yet luxe, stress-free yet inspiring, humorous yet real. She believes in living a life well loved. Get a glance to her life in Venice, CA and prepare to have serious travel and food cravings!
The Ultimate Budapest View: Toprum SkyBar & Restaurant
Have you ever played tourist in your own city? Have you ever considered staying at your beloved hotel for a night and let it be your home away from home? What would be your most treasured local places to visit? For locals in Budapest, Hotel RUM and the hotel’s SkyBar, TOPRUM would undoubtedly be on the TOP of their lists. The bar-slash-restaurant offers a scenic view over the city while serving you the best of the flavours in terms of cocktail, brunch and dinner choices. Let's have some vacay moments in the heart of the city with the unmistakable TOPRUM vibe and Hotel RUM’s “ONE NIGHT RUMING” or “BUDAPEST AFFAIR” special offer. Have dinner or brunch at the top of the city or at the sister units of RUM and spend a night at Hotel RUM for half price!
Own way of Inspiration: Interview with Simon Schmidt
In the midst of the overwhelming world of social media, there are still quite a few true treasures to find and Simon Schmidt is definitely one of them. Every project he approaches or caption he puts out there makes Instagram a better place. We couldn't wait to have a conversation about his creative processes, living in London and the importance of global union, especially in these challenging times. Simon is a German-born media curator and director based in London with a skill-set ranging from photography, styling to graphic design. Simon is hugely passionate about using social media as a voice to elevate conversation and evoke a narrative that represents the psyche of the young generation. Read on, every word is golden.
Summer Escape with Hannah Gabrielle More
We invite you to sit back and enjoy the journey through the lenses of Hannah Gabrielle More, a travel and interiors photographer based in London. Hannah's photography is not only beautiful, but her signature earthy tones and minimal compositions are just as calming for the eye as they're for the soul; they make us want to live in the world she is capturing. We've talked about her recent trips to Tokyo and Sri Lanka and also about living in London and her favourite hotspots in the city. "I shoot a lot of interior portfolio’s when I’m in London, which means I get to explore different neighbourhoods, so it’s nice to play tourist in a new area for the day and means I can stay inspired by the things on my doorstep. I feel most inspired when exploring new places so find travelling affects my practice more than anything else but as much as I love leaving London, I always love returning home." Hannah’s also in the midst of building THIS IS ELSEWHERE, an online journal featuring design-led hideaways and launching her own print collection of dreamy places. Enjoy this sweet summer escape with Hannah!
Cape Verde Photo Journal: Aylaan Moodysson
Thanks to our friend and photographer muse; Aylaan Moodysson, we've been taken to the untouched island of ocean blues, wind and sodade; Cape Verde. Sodade or saudade, is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one cares for and/or loves. "Cape Verde really is a place that rewards doing some research upfront. The islands are fairly diverse, and I think each of them has its own sweet spot." Are you ready to escape and switch the urban vibes for breathtaking natural landscapes? Take a closer look at Aylaan's personal photo diary she took in Cape Verde just before the pandemic.
Dreaming of Australian Summer with St. Agni
As summer is approaching, we've interviewed the St. Agni team behind our favourite handmade loafers and linen clothing. Founded in the coastal town of Byron Bay, Australia in 2014 by Lara & Matt Fells, St. Agni is a luxury lifestyle brand built from humble beginnings. The Label was created with a vision to create functional, refined, quality pieces that Lara couldn’t seem to find elsewhere. Before the item is considered comes the concept and the feel of the collection. "In another life Lara would have been an Architect – Architecture and Art inspire St. Agni designs and surface time and time again in the initial concept. The company lives by their “Less is more” philosophy and practise this across all aspects of their business in an effort to avoid excess of any kind." The Company cherish the handmade process, the art and creation that goes into each pair and the personal element involved. Let's celebrate this thoughtful approach fashion!