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A Change of Focus + My Beautiful Storm
By January 30, 2015
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Volcanic wanderings on Vulcano, in the Aeolian Islands in Sicily, Italy.

2015 marks our 8th year here at CultureVixen, and it’s been one big adventure! In 2008 we started out as a small culture blog highlighting art and design. A couple years later we expanded into an online magazine highlighting travel, culture, food, art, and design—in other words, la dolce vita. From there things spiraled and we were eventually able to quit our day jobs and embark on an around the world journey—which we affectionately dubbed “Operation Nomad”—finally realizing a lifelong dream of exploring the world on our own terms, without having to squeeze our growing wanderlust into the customary 2 week window. Donating most of our possessions and living out of a suitcase, we made our way across 6 continents and over 50 countries, selling our writing and photography to offset our travel costs and using our savings to cover the rest. It was both one of the most challenging and most liberating experiences of my life—hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done—which I would highly recommend to anyone even considering this path.

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Mana island, Fiji.
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Dubrovnik, Croatia.
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Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina.
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Rome, Italy.

As you may have noticed recently, we’ve shifted gears from a focus on writing to a focus on photography to showcase our adventures and our passion for travel and culture. We’ll be highlighting our favorite destinations mainly in this way from here out, drawing from our massive photo library which now includes around 100,000 photographs (and counting!). Coming from a fine art and photography background, this is something we’ve always wanted to focus on, but it was previously logistically impossible to do from the road for so many reasons, including severe time limitations, limited storage space, lack of time spent at the computer (or even in one place for that matter), painfully slow upload speeds, moving on to the next destination on a daily or weekly basis, and flaky, unpredictable internet connections from region to region, just to name a few. We’re now finally able to focus more on imagery, and we hope you enjoy these little snippets from the road!

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Istanbul, Turkey.
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Berlin, Germany.
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Santorini, Greece.
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Flaming Lotus Girls // Pier 14, San Francisco

On a more personal note, near the end of Operation Nomad opportunity came knocking, and we relocated to San Francisco, which was perfect timing since we wanted to start a family. The change in pace and focus on the website over the last year also reflects our second big journey—the arrival of our son, Storm, who is now one year old.

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Photo by Tyson Wintibaugh.

I wanted to take a minute to share what a momentous and life changing experience becoming a mother has been for me. One year later, I’m still just as in love as I was the moment I laid eyes on my little son for the first time. I never would have guessed how strong this feeling would be…it’s truly a gift to feel your heart swell and overflow with so much love. If I were to try to describe what motherhood is like to my curious pre-baby self who was always a little uncertain about the whole thing, I would say it’s the chance to experience the greatest, most encompassing love you will probably ever know. It’s feeling connected to the core of the human experience that pulses throughout art, music, philosophy, literature, science, history and all the driving forces that make our world spin. It’s finding the love of your life, and falling in love over and over again. It’s growing as a person in leaps and bounds. It’s a beautiful mess, but gazing at your baby’s face will make you feel that you are looking upon an angel—a pure and innocent being who is the most beautiful creature you’ve ever seen in your life. When you look at your child you’ll often be overwhelmed with emotion and your heart will melt when they smile or laugh—you’ll never have seen anything as perfect. You’ll get an idea of what miracles are made of and you’ll constantly feel blessed. Everything is awesome and some days the world seems to be overlaid with diamond-encrusted rainbows. That’s a little slice of what it’s like, or at least that’s the best I can do to convey it in words.

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Storm, 5 months old.

So readers, we hope your year is off to a fantastic start and will be filled with incredible journeys. We want to thank you for sticking with us over the years! We hope you’ll continue to enjoy watching our wanderings unfold, and as always we love to hear from you—get in touch anytime!

Happy Travels Culture Vixens!

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Stockholm, Sweden.
Swirly Lamp at 450 Sutter Street // San Francisco
By December 1, 2014
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An Architectural Photo Tour of Chicago
By September 1, 2014
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Chocolate Legos—Oh my!
By August 19, 2014
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Legos are always fun, but chocolate legos? That’s a whole new level of cool. Japanese illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi created a LEGO brick set made entirely out of different kinds of chocolate. Perfect for building, playing, then eating your creations afterwards.

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Yarn Bombing Around the World
By June 1, 2014
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What do you get when you give street art a cozy knit twist? That would be yarn bombing, aka yarnstorming, graffiti knitting, or grandma graffiti. Found here and there around the globe in the most random places, this knitted graffiti art softens the most urban of concrete jungles and just makes everything cozier. First spotted in the Netherlands, the idea has since spread across the globe, as witnessed in the following striking images.

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Stylish Paper Dresses
By March 3, 2014
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Fashionable dresses made of paper? How fun is that? These adorable creations were designed by one talented little 4 year old girl and her mother. Created out of construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, and gift bags as well as silk scarves, tulle, aluminum foil and whatever else is lying around the house, the dresses are then put together with clear packing tape or glue. This mini fashion designer, who goes by the name “Mayhem,” also likes to re-create red carpet dresses, giving them her own unique paper spin. 

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Top Hotel of 2013: The Dorchester, London
By December 27, 2013
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Afternoon tea at The Dorchester, London.

The Dorchester is in a class of its own. One of the best hotels in all of Europe, this five-star hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair district overlooks Hyde Park, and is the perfect destination for an extra special occasion, or just an ultra luxury retreat. Read on to find out why The Dorchester has earned our vote as 2013’s #1 hotel in the world.

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The Promenade at The Dorchester.

Baby Travel Gear: The Zen Stroller & Yoga Newborn Nest
By November 20, 2013
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Bloom Baby makes the sweetest designer stroller system we’ve seen on the market. The Zen all-terrain stroller and Yoga Newborn Nest feature sleek, modern, and compact folding designs complete with ultra-fancy features like solar powered lights and designer color collections. But, does the design translate into a useful system? Read on to find out how the stroller system fared in our hands.

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Baby Travel Gear: The Baby Carrier One by BabyBjörn
By November 11, 2013
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Travel is intense to say the least. Plans constantly change. You are continually on the move. There’s always lots of walking and tons to see and learn. If you’re like me, you’d agree all the effort is worth the experience. Step traveling up a notch and try traveling with a baby. This introduces another set of challenges. But with the proper baby travel gear and a little patience, you can modify your travel style to accommodate your new addition.

Perhaps the single most important baby travel accessory is a baby carrier. We took the new BabyBjörn Carrier One (also known as the One) out for a test spin. Read on to see if it can make our baby travel dreams come true.

Concrete Art in Würzburg, Germany
By August 15, 2013
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Richard Paul Lohse, Switzerland.

Würzburg is known for great wine and great art. Located in Franconian wine country, this mid-size German city in northern Bavaria is home to one of the most comprehensive and intriguing collections of Concrete Art in the world, housed at the Museum Kulturspeicher.

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