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Gypsy Caravan Hotels in France
By January 29, 2011

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Looking for a unique travel experience? Try staying in a gypsy caravan! Romantic, fun, and all the rage right now, gypsy caravans, also known as roulottes in French, come decked out in full bohemian chic, creating a dreamy ambiance that global nomads are sure to appreciate.

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Check out a couple caravan hotels here. Gypsy caravans can also be rented out to tour around in. What a fantastic way to experience the French countryside! And for those who fall in love with les roulottes, you can buy your very own dream wagon from the Gypsy Caravan Company.

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[ photos via lesroulottes ]

Interview with Fashion Designer Charlotte Hudders
By January 26, 2011

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Charlotte Hudders is a talented fashion designer who creates not only visually inventive designs, but exciting costumes as well. Hailing from the UK, Charlotte also spends time abroad in Bali drawing inspiration for her designs. The way she translates her ideas into illustrations and watercolors before ultimately transforming those into fabric is fascinating to observe. Culture Vixen had the chance to talk in depth with Charlotte about her work.

Gayle Wheatley (GW): How did you decide to pursue design and how did you get started as a designer?
Charlotte Hudders (CH):
I was always very passionate about art and design at school. My parents encouraged my brothers and I to be creative. My mum is an artist and trained as a dressmaker. She would make us wonderful outfits and costumes growing up. I think that is probably where my passion for fashion and costumes began!

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After leaving school I studied art foundation for a year before going on to study theater and performance design at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Although I was drawn to studying fashion and textiles, I still wanted to expand my knowledge in other areas of design. The course enabled me to explore a range of different design opportunities: costume, fashion, set design, and prop making. Being able to learn these different disciplines has really enabled me to push the boundaries of fashion and costume design by using unconventional techniques and materials.

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Dress made from shopping bags, Cricket Boutique

GW: What is the craziest costume you’ve ever designed?
CH: I love designing costumes that incorporate prop making into them. I designed a costume based on the character ‘Silky’ from the Enid Blyton book The Magical Faraway Tree where the theme was to design it as though Terry Gilliam directed the screen version. Instead of having beautiful silky hair like the story suggests, the costume depicted a much darker side to Silky’s nature. Her skirt suggests that she has come out of a cocoon and that she was originally a silk worm! The organic nature of her costume reflects her natural environment, dried out cabbages are sewn into the corset with elements of hand painting and burnt out organza (pictured below).

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Sweet Cupcake Caps
By January 17, 2011

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Calling all cupcake lovers out there (and really, who isn’t one?), we’ve just stumbled upon the cutest knitted cupcake beanies by Neff. Sold at FredFlare and Amazon.com, they come in three flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. To top it all off, they’ve all got fuzzy cherries on the top, and faux sprinkles. Adorable!

Mini Robo Vacuum
By January 11, 2011

CultureVixen mini robots Mini Robo Vacuum products design Love robots? Then you’ll adore this mini robot vacuum from one of my favorite stylish shops, FredFlare.com. The perfect desktop assistant, this mini bot will clean up after you, picking up your crumbs, pencil shavings, and more!

[ via Fred Flare and Swiss Miss ]

Salon du Chocolat
By January 7, 2011

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Edible chocolate couture? That sounds too good to be true! Each year the world’s largest show dedicated to chocolate, the Salon du Chocolat, is held in Paris, part of a ten-city tour of sweet fashion and chocolate goodies. Delicious!
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[ via Salon du Chocolat and Dessert Girl ]

Sequined Animals
By January 5, 2011

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I love how the holiday season ushers in the sparkles and sequins each year. Clothes get more glittery, the latest fashions feature more silver and gold, shoes sport shimmery rhinestones, and everything is just a-twinkle! Well fashion isn’t the only place to shine. This year West Elm, one of my favorite furniture stores, is featuring festive sequined animals, and $5 of each purchase goes to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. So decorate away with sequined squirrels, rabbits, and birds!
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[ via West Elm ]

Abigail Ahern
By December 30, 2010

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UK designer Abigail Ahern’s world is full of vintage animal lamps and shimmery star cushions. Her furniture is funky, her lighting is very Alice in Wonderland, and I absolutely love her jumbo-headed vases! (pictured below)
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[ via atelierabigailahern.com and Jealous Curator ]

Glass Globe Doorknobs by Hideyuki Nakayama
By December 27, 2010

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This imaginative glass globe doorknob designed by Hideyuki Nakayama provides a sneak peak of things to come by reflecting none other than the room on the other side of the door!
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[ via Spoon & Tamago ]

Seattle Culinary Vacations: Top Hotels for Foodies
By December 16, 2010
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It’s no secret that Seattle is a gourmet wonderland for foodies. Emphasizing fresh local ingredients, Pacific Northwest chefs are constantly seeking creative combinations of ingredients. Although you’ll fare pretty well in Seattle eating wherever you happen to be once your stomach rumbles, there is definitely something wonderful about staying at a hotel with a restaurant good enough to be a destination itself.

The following foodie hot spots combine luxurious hospitality with gourmet prowess:

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Hotel Andra lobby and Greek spreads at Lola, photos by Gayle Wheatley.

Hotel Andra & Lola

For those who love modern design, Hotel Andra is a cozy refuge filled with chic minimalist furniture and trendy design accents evocative of the Pacific Northwest. Located in Seattle’s hip Belltown district, Hotel Andra sits at the epicenter of celebrity chef Tom Douglass’ culinary empire. Tempting aromas of Greek and North African treats waft though the hotel’s sleek Scandinavian-inspired lobby from Douglass’ restaurant Lola. The perfect spot for a late night snack or cocktails, Lola also serves mouth-watering spreads like kalamata~fig and Kopanisti~pistachio all day. Across the street are Douglass’ Dahlia Lounge and Dahlia Bakery, famous for their triple coconut creme pie, and around the corner you’ll discover sizzling pizzas at Douglass’ Serious Pie.

Campana Brothers
By December 2, 2010

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These furry couches by Fernando and Humberto Campana are so fun! How great would a livingroom look furnished with these plush babies alongside some colorful mirrored cabinets by the talented duo? And I have to mention that their website is super creative as well and filled with interesting interactive experiences.
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[ via designboom ]

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