Travel | Tokyo Suggestions

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I am heading to Asia next month and I am looking for your favorite places in Tokyo to stay, shop and eat (especially if you know of any great vegan restaurants). If you are looking for Tokyo suggestions, this 24 Hour guide from Cereal Magazine is a good start. Remodelista also has a Tokyo city guide with restaurant recommendations.

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below or email me directly: christina@de-smitten.com. Thank you in advance!

 

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Interior Inspiration: Santa Clara 1728 Hotel

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Apologies for the temporary pause in posting. Today I am dreaming of a tranquil, relaxing getaway to Lisbon, Portugal. The Santa Clara 1728 hotel is located in the old cultural quarter of the city. The 18th century building offers an old world feeling while the interior’s modern amenities make guest feel right at home.

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Read more about this hotel on Trendland or make reservations here.

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Postcard From the North

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I’m a firm believer that in order to enjoy living in New York City, you have to make time to get out of the city and into nature, even in winter. I spent a few days in Northern Michigan where the quiet drive through the bare trees dusted with snow refreshed my mind. See more on snapchat @desmitten and instagram stories @desmetnyc.

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Monday Mood: The City Beautiful

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There is so much going on in the world this week, I thought we should start it with beautiful imagery from Martien Mulder’s new book, “The City Beautiful.” Capturing how light interacts with the architecture in Chandigarh, India – a city designed by Le Corbusier. His Modernist vision transformed the city after the country won it’s independence in 1947. Mulder says “Of course, as a photographer I am always chasing the light, and, in Chandigarh, the light is just a dream.” She dedicates this book to Le Corbusier’s belief that “architecture is the skillful, correct, and magnificent play of volumes assembled in light.” The outcome is awe-inspiring and fills me with wanderlust.

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An excerpt from the book: “We exist by putting one foot in front of the other, drawing our own line through a kind of walking history. If simplicity is a sign of mastery, it is because simplicity allows for the infinite. The only critic is the past, and the only judge is posterity.”

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Continue to explore more images from “The City Beautiful” here.

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Weekly Instagram Selects

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It’s hard to believe it’s already the second week in January. As the Women’s March on Washington approaches next weekend, I can’t help but find solace and motivation in the strong women who fill my Instagram feed…

“Take your broken heart, turn it into art.” Carrie Fisher’s words memorialized by Meryl Streep. @localcreative_ 

Winter floral imagery by @colleenmherman

Jen Szeto in The Round Tower of Copenhagen, one of my favorite architectural spots. @windowofimagination

A simple, minimal fireplace to warm up to this season. @caitlinflemming

Celebrating the birth of one of my favorite creators of form, Barbara Hepworth. @counter.space

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