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Nara Shin

TRAVEL
HOTELS
PARIS
BATHS
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOTEL REVIEWS
DESIGN HOTELS
SOAKING TUBS
Hôtel de Nell, Paris
When traveling through a destination city full to the brim with expectations, stumbling upon a hidden gem is extra special—and extra rewarding. That's exactly the feeling after a stay in Hôtel de Nell, located in the residential-feeling 9th arrondissement...
CHICAGO
NOODLES
JAPANESE CUISINE
JAPANESE FOOD
RAMEN
SHOYU
WEST LOOP
FULTON MARKET DISTRICT
JAPANESE RESTAURANTS
Three New Japanese Noodle Offerings in Chicago
Once thought of as the meal for college kids on a budget, ramen has grown into a formidable culinary dish appreciated by all—as there's something for everyone. From the newest faces in the Chicago restaurant scene come dishes that highlight both the...
PHOTOGRAPHY
COMPETITIONS
MAGAZINES
EMERGING TALENT
PHOTO CONTESTS
SURFACE MAGAZINE
2015 Avant Guardian Photography Contest
The 15th edition of the Avant Guardian photography competition, hosted by Surface magazine, continues its annual search for new and emerging US-based talent, whether they shoot still-life, fashion or anything in between. The 10 winning submissions...
SNEAKERS
SHOES
MENSWEAR
CALF LEATHER
LOW TOPS
LUXURY SNEAKERS
A New Classy Men's Sneaker from Axel Arigato
Operating out of Sweden, Axel Arigato launched in July 2014 with a unique idea: introduce a new men's shoe design each week, rather than follow traditional seasons with a set collection. Their direct-to-consumer approach makes premium materials like...
INTERVIEWS
HOTELS
CHICAGO
INTERIOR DESIGN
ROMAN AND WILLIAMS
BOUTIQUE HOTELS
HOSTELS
DESIGN HOTELS
FREEHAND
A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago
The Freehand Miami made waves when it first opened in 2012. The laid-back boutique hostel stuck out in the South Beach hotel scene, saturated with extravagant but oftentimes uniform options. This is the sort of thing we've come to expect from the developer...
SWIMWEAR
E-COMMERCE
SWIMSUITS
ONE PIECES
BIKINIS
SUMMER 2015
Under $100 Swimsuit Essentials from Bikyni
The search for a simple, versatile swimsuit seems to be a migraine-inducing event that comes back more fiercely every year. A new online-only brand Bikyni hopes to make the experience as pleasant as booking a sweet summer weekend getaway. Launching...
INTERVIEWS
STUDIO VISITS
NYC
SALONS
COLOR
STYLISTS
HAIR COLOR
HAIRSTORY
MICHAEL GORDON
A Conversation on Color and Psychology with Roxie Darling
A counterpoint to the daytime hustle and bustle of the Wall Street neighborhood is the quiet oasis that is Hairstory, located many floors up in a discreet building. Shoes are taken off before entering the living room area, where sunlight streams in...
SWIMWEAR
NYC
BEACH
WOMENSWEAR
SWIMSUITS
ONE PIECES
SUMMER 2015
SWIM
Onia Launches First Women's Collection
Another new minimalist swimwear option has become available for women who just want to get in the water. The latest comes from NYC-based technical swimwear brand Onia, which thoughtfully designs classy pieces made from high-quality, high-performing...
DESIGN
SHOPPING
DESIGNERS
NYC
TOM DIXON
RETAIL STORES
CONCEPT STORES
A Tom Dixon Takeover at NYC's The Store
Physical retail stores are no longer just places where credit cards get charged and items are purchased—online shopping satisfies those two requirements easily; but passers-by yearn for a place for interaction, discovery and being. Thus explains...
LUGGAGE
PHILIPPE STARCK
SUITCASES
TRAVEL BAGS
CARRY ONS
DELSEY
Design-Forward Luggage from Delsey and Philippe Starck
French luggage brand Delsey is currently working on bringing smart suitcases to the masses (Pluggage will be able to weigh itself, charge your phone and open with fingerprint scan). But until then, we're more than satisfied rolling around their most...
SMARTPHONES
MINIMALISM
KICKSTARTER
MEDITATION
CELL PHONES
DISCONNECTING
30 WEEKS
HYPER ISLAND
UNPLUG
OFFLINE
The Light Phone: Designed for Disconnecting
Phone addiction is real—as evidenced by a quick glance down the street, in the subway, even at the dinner table—and is one of the reasons why Apple developed a watch: so we would look at our screens less and be present more. For some, however, a smartwatch...
RESTAURANTS
NYC
DINING
RESERVATIONS
TRIBECA
RESY
LAOS
MARC FORGIONE
STEAKHOUSES
STEAKS
Resy + Marc Forgione TriFecTa
The stress of planning a celebratory dinner often goes unrewarded on the actual day—trying out a new restaurant can be a financial gamble where losers are left with more than a disappointed taste in the mouth. Taking away the headache and near-guaranteeing...
TRAVEL
FOOD
RESTAURANTS
HOTELS
CHINA
LUXURY
SPAS
MACAU
WYNN MACAU
TAN CUISINE
All That Dazzles at the Wynn Macau
A visit to Macau, the SAR region of China more widely known as the Las Vegas of the East, isn't complete without having all of the senses overwhelmed at once. And with mega hotel-casino complexes competing with one another to entice new visitors (and...
KITCHEN
HEALTH
RECIPES
GLUTEN FREE
VEGAN
NOODLES
KITCHEN APPLIANCES
LOW CARB
SPIRALIZER
SPIRALIZING
SALADS
WELL-BEING
Turning Vegetables into Noodles and More with Inspiralizer
If you're in a cooking rut, one way to rediscover a love for vegetables you've been long neglecting is just a different way to cut them. The art of "spiralizing," or transforming vegetables into long spirals or noodles with the help of a tool, has...
HOTELS
NYC
HOSTELS
MURRAY HILL
AFFORDABLE LODGING
CAPSULE HOTELS
BUDGET HOTELS
A Night at Pod 39 Hotel, NYC
Affordable lodging can be hard to come by in a city where hostels have essentially become illegal, but true to New York, there are plenty of options if you search hard enough. For something a little more reliable than couch-surfing, the Pod Hotel...
MUSIC
LIVE
JAZZ
VIDEOS
FUNK
SOUL
MELBOURNE
HIATUS KAIYOTE
MOLASSES
Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote's "Molasses" Live in Paris
In a time when hyper-manufactured hits created in multimillion dollar studios dominate the airwaves, Melbourne-based quartet Hiatus Kaiyote have been stoking a different kind of fire with their DIY approach built on raw energy, creativity and most...
ONLINE
NEW MEDIA
MOBILE
GIFS
DIGITAL ART
NET ART
INTERNET ART
WIDGET ART GALLERY
"Flashcrash Unlimited" at the Widget Art Gallery
The Widget Art Gallery (WAG) was created in 2009 by Rome-based new media artist Chiara Passa as a space to show art without any logistical restrictions: any time, anywhere, and for free. All you need to enter the virtual room is a mobile device and...
SKULLS
DOCUMENTARIES
MEXICO
CRAFTSMANSHIP
KICKSTARTER
PENCILS
SCULPTURES
ARTISANS
OAXACA
Telling the Stories of Oaxaca
Sofia, Bulgaria-born and NYC-based artist Snejina Latev escaped to Oaxaca at the end of last year, leaving the city (and its mental baggage) for a few months to create work in a new environment. After falling in love with the city of Mexican artisans...
TRAVEL
SHOPPING
CHINA
CAFES
WORD OF MOUTH
TRAVEL GUIDES
PORTUGUESE
MACAU
Word of Mouth: Macau's Small Shops
There's much more to the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macau than high rolling and mega-luxury hotels. The peninsula has a unique story, other than being the only Chinese territory where one can legally gamble in a casino: it was formerly...
RECIPES
CHARITIES
FUNDRAISING
LIVE BELOW THE LINE
AFFORDABLE RECIPES
EXTREME POVERTY
GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT
Live Below the Line with Chef Gabe Kennedy's Three Recipes
In many cities, it's almost too easy to pay $8+ on specialty coffee and a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich in a blink of an eye—before even starting the work day. Placing the spotlight on these daily, offhand choices is the global Live Below the Line...
BAGS
BACKPACKS
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS
AFFORDABLE LUXURY
WEEKENDERS
COMMUTER
DUFFEL BAGS
THE ADVENTURE PROJECT
Functional, Sophisticated Proper Assembly Bags
In the boundless sea of bag options out there, one unisex drawstring option—made from durable Italian wool and with shoulder-pads made from American vegetable tanned leather (and clocking in at less than a pound)—caught our eye. It first garnered...
TRAVEL
HOTELS
SEOUL
SOUTH KOREA
DESIGN HOTELS
PARK HYATT
Park Hyatt Seoul
While there isn't a cloak of glamour surrounding it like its sister venue in Tokyo (the backdrop to Sofia Coppola's film "Lost in Translation"), Park Hyatt Seoul balances design and luxury in a respectful, low-key manner. From its modest height at...
BATHROOM
CANDLE
HOME DECOR
SOAPS
WARY MEYERS
CHERRY BLOSSOMS
SAKURA
Wary Meyers Japanese Cherry Blossom Candle and Soap
Having been loyal followers of Wary Meyer's Instagram account for some time (where they post interior design inspiration from the '60s and '70s that kindle a deep yearning), we were excited to learn that the husband and wife duo's newest offering...
LONDON
COLLABORATIONS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
COLORS
ILLUSTRATORS
LAZY OAF
PICK ME UP FESTIVAL
PICK ME UP FESTIVAL 2015
YOKO HONDA
A Fun Project by Lazy Oaf
Our pizza-loving friends over at Lazy Oaf continue to churn out fun apparel covered with dogs, eggs, ninja weapons and a good punch of humor every month. Their latest collaboration doesn't pair them with Garfield or Looney Tunes, but real human beings...
DESIGN
HOTELS
CHICAGO
VIRGIN
TESLA
DOWNTOWN CHICAGO
RICHARD BRANSON
VIRGIN HOTELS
HOTEL REVIEWS
Experiencing Virgin's First-Ever Hotel in Chicago
Lifelong philanthropist and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has shaken up traditional industries with his adventurous spirit and design sensibility. His companies encompass everything from banking stem cells and future space travel to...
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