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interviewCape Town

Minimalist Musings: Wijdan Arendse-Hendricks

South Africa

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!

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travelMelbourne

Endless Summer: Top Swimwear Brands

Australia

To celebrate endless summer; the waves of the sea, outdoor BBQs, the three-months- heyday of tan and freckles, homemade ice creams and the warm, starry nights, we've collected our number one swimwear brands for you. It's also a note to self; summer never ends - all the good memories will remain as the heatwave fades. Secretly though, this is also an ode to our Vienna ambassador, Vicky Heiler who has just recently launched her very own brand; VIKTORIA LOUISE. VIKTORIA LOUISE creates beautifully crafted pieces for the well-travelled woman. The brand resonates Vicky’s personal style, defined by a mix of timeless basics and trend-inspired pieces. Her signature is in the lighthearted flair for finest materials, timeless fashion and simplicity. We've always been adoring Vicky's style but it goes far beyond her closet, it's her personality that shines even on the rainy days. In case you're still having holiday plans we can totally suggest to get your VIKTORIA LOUISE piece. Other favourites include brands like Cult Gaia, Matteau, Bondi Born and Jane Swim. While Cult Gaia's number one goal was to to curate a wardrobe full of magic, one that glows with each accessory. To create a lifestyle, that’s a visual feast, effortlessly. For Matteau, quality is the utmost priority. "We ensure our garments fit and perform exactly as they need to. We work in close partnership with our Australian manufacturers to maintain the high quality we expect of ourselves, and you have come to expect of us."

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interviewtravelWashington

The Lore of Washington D.C.: Austin Rutland

United States

"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.!

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travel

Ambassador insights: Warsaw, Liverpool, Paris, Granada

United Kingdom

Thanks to Instyle Magazine, we dug deeper in four of our amazing ambassadors daily essentials when it comes to traveling, skincare or fashion. Anna, Ismael, Johnny and Yanina are sharing their favourite products as well as their guide to the cities' hotspots in Paris, Granada, Liverpool and Warsaw. We are lucky to have them! Our ambassadors are the most inspiring collective of guides. All of them are local tastemakers in their own rights and have a unique view on their cities. From photographers, through designers, entrepreneurs, baristas and brand strategists joined our community to together support the notion of conscious and insightful traveling. They all are different yet have a lot in common. They most of all feel the desire to share a unique list of lush spots which we'd like you to discover as well. Have a nice journey!

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travelhotelZurich

Atlantis By Giardino

Switzerland

Zürich is an architecture enthusiast’s dream - that’s a fact. Take for instance the architectural masterpiece of Santiago Calatrava, serves as the library of Zürich University’s Faculty of Law. Or the last work by the great architect, Le Corbusier, stands in a beautiful location on Lake Zürich. The building of the exquisite Atlantis by Giardino is no exception. Built between 1968 and 1970, Atlantis by Giardino is recognised as an important example of post-war Modernist architecture, with parts of its façade and a spiral staircase being listed. Situated in the realm of nature at the Uetliberg mountain, Atlantis by Giardino provides a real escape from the city within the city. Within and arm’s reach of Zürich’s center, you’ll be able to enjoy a slowed-down, tranquil countryside retreats just like we did a couple of weeks ago. The hotel strikes the perfect balance between a luxurious treat and a close-to-nature getaway. Not only the nature is astonishing, but you’ll have a spectacular view over the city from the top and the restaurants' terrace.  Four words sums up our experience the best; We will be back!

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travelMunichZurich

On the Road with The Local's Lore APP

Switzerland

Guys, we’ve just had our first road trip from Budapest via Vienna and Munich to Zürich with our newly launched Local’s Lore APP! It offers curated travel guides now in 90+ cities from up-and-coming cities to metropolises, with the help of local ambassadors worldwide, but allows you to create your very own guides; curate it and share it a way that fits you the best! We wish to give you the freedom to discover your own favorite places; to become the curator of your own guides and create maps in any of your favorite cities. With no speed limit in some stretches, the combination of top-notch driving experience in our brand new AUDI Q3 and stunning scenery, driving in this region will made us wish our road trip took longer. LOJEL luggages fully loaded, safety (both in terms of passengers, equipment and vehicle) boosted by Allianz’s travel insurance pack, Local’s Lore APP filled with guides recommended by locals but curated by us, hotels booked; Munich-Zürich, you’ve been dreamy!  Coming back to Munich is always a heart-warming experience; the kindest of people and the coolest of hotspots can be found if you’re willing to explore beyond its traditional cityscape and festive beverages. On the occasion of our trip to Munich we had a careful research on the city's hotspots. Thanks to our wonderful ambassador, Olga, we soon realised that the two days won't be enough to discover it fully, yet even a whole week would be tight. The Bavarian Capital is also rich in beautiful architecture blending the traditional and modern side by side, luxury cars, museums, and parks – one of which is larger than even New York’s Central Park. A new wave of gastronomy and bar scene as well as a stunning selection of hotels contributed to our journey.

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travelhotelMunich

Le Méridien Munich

Germany

Returning to Munich is always a heart-warming experience; the kindest of people and the coolest of hotspots can be found if you’re willing to explore beyond its traditional cityscape and festive beverages. Staying at Le Méridien for the first time has now just been added to our heartfelt Munich experiences. The hotel occupies a central location in the heart of the Bavarian capital, directly opposite the main railway station. You can easily reach the city’s hip cafés, restaurants, museums and locally-loved hidden gems. Despite the business-like attribute, Le Méridien had not only stylish interior, both the lobby area and rooms were filled with art, while such details like fresh flowers, design-oriented books and the super attentive stuff made us almost forgot about business.

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travelhotelMunich

The Charles Hotel

Germany

Checking in at the The Rocco Forte-owned Charles Hotel in Munich felt not only pleasant but like the sweetest homecoming after an eight-hours-drive. Upon arriving and the fine details such as the fresh flower selection, welcoming staff and sculptures made by Gábor Török and The Library made it straight to our hearts. You’ll immediately find yourself amidst the lobby, restaurant and terrace overlooking the Old Botanical Garden that give a feeling of tranquillity and harmony in the middle of the busy Bavarian Capital. We quickly prepped for a delicious three-course dinner at the hotel’s cozy restaurant, Sophia’s. Read on to a real treat in the heart of Munich.

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designtravel

Local's Lore App

United States

Welcome to Local’s Lore APP, your to go digital guide! With Local’s Lore you can create and curate you own city guides. You may get inspired by our local ambassadors’ insider gems, but you can also collect your favourite hotspots around the globe, add them to your own maps, arrange them into categories, pin your own images and share them with your beloved ones. Local’s Lore is not just a tool but an attitude; seeing things through locals’ eyes instead of settling with a tourist’s routine of seeing places. It’s about connecting – both with each other, cultures and physical places as well.

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travel

Local's Lore APP launch w/ Eloise Jenkins

Australia

For our APP launch we've teamed up with our favourite Australian creative soul, Eloise Jenkins for a set of collages. Hope you'll enjoy using the Local's Lore APP to the moon and back! Eloise Jenkins is a multidisciplinary freelance graphic designer working across a range of brands from her Studio based in Toowoon Bay NSW. Having graduated from Billy Blue with a degree in Visual Communication Eloise aims to bring design visions to life through multi media facets and a strong visual identity. Read on for insights to her effortless Australian lifestyle, her first affair with the Local's Lore APP, and her passion; making collages. The Local's Lore APP is available for both iOS and Android. Have a wonderful journey with us and enjoy Eloise's guide to some of Australia's hidden gems.