The “New Role” Award this year goes to our homes and cars
These times when staying at home is the new coming home, ones’ home has never meant such a secure place. The lockdown allowed us to grow and flourish despite the locational boundaries, but also to revaluate the importance of supporting locals (and each other), that friends and family is everything, that (online) communities are worthy, but also taught us that home is not only a physical destination but a state-of-mind. Not being able to travel in the past year our homes have either remained or have become our happy places in the world, where we — globetrotters, felt so comfortable commuting in. We can’t wait to discover more but couldn’t be more thrilled finding home for once and forever. BUT it’s not only our homes but cars that got a new role during the pandemic.
Travel Photographer Muse: Interview with Lavinia Cernau
Do you have the feeling that some photographers can capture the deepest desires of the soul? We have this thing with Lavinia's imagery. They make us feel like we are standing right in the sunset light by the sea, wild and free. In her photography, she is embracing the essence of summer; the sun-drenched streets, the saltiness of our naked skin, the eternal lightness of holidays by the beach. While scrolling her Instagram feed, the one thing you wish for is being her muse; the "sunset seeker" in her perfectly composed photographs. Lavinia Cernau is a travel, fashion and lifestyle photographer based out of Transylvania, Romania, with an unquenchable thirst for the Mediterranean. Lavinia’s visual perspective seamlessly brings together color, light and narrative. Her work is invariably imbued with a sense of nostalgic freedom and summer sensuality in candid scenes where her subjects feel honest and at ease. Read on for hear thoughts on traveling and literally heart-warming visual imagery.
Introducing: Local's Lore Studio
We call it an on-demand shift; one that was both a necessity and a dream coming true (which we’ve been holding back due to priorities for quite some time). Last year certainly has seemed to pack in more than just 12 months, it has been incredibly challenging for all of us, but happy to say out LOUD:
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.