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LUNCH WITH WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK AT HOTEL DES GALERIES IN BRUSSELS

In the small restaurant at Hotel des Galeries in Brussels, Belgium – the highly designed space sits awaiting guests for lunch. I stopped-in recently before meeting a friend to have a little fun with the camera. I love the angular and minimalist furniture you see scattered around the space. Designers Fleur Delesalle…

VIDEO: THE WOMAN CHALLENGING COLOMBIA’S POVERTY AND FIGHTING AGAINST TEENAGE PREGNANCY | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND CATALINA ESCOBAR

Never in my life have I met a woman with such determination. Catalina Escobar, one of CNN’s Heroes of 2012, is a Colombia native who founded the Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation in 2000 after the tragic death of her 16-month-old son, Juan Felipe. As a volunteer in Cartagena’s largest and most ill-equipped hospital, Catalina also witnessed the deaths of…

AN EARLY MORNING WITH WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK AT GALERIES ROYALES SAINT-HUBERT IN BRUSSELS

Early one recent and chilly December morning in Brussels I ventured out of my warm hotel to do some early holiday shopping. Of course I had the option of visiting the beautiful Christmas market but I opted for the covered Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert where I could purchase everything from chocolate to handmade lace. I wanted something cozy to wear that was…

VIDEO: THE RINGLEADER BEHIND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC ART | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND FARIS AL-SHATHIR

Faris Al-Shathir, the young co-founder of New York’s public art rooted non-profit “BOFFO”, has facilitated some of the most interesting collaborations between the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. His idea for BOFFO was born out of a bad economy and a desire to bring together people who could…

VIDEO: AMERICA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY IMAM IN THE ISLAM FAITH | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America’s first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan – Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was…

A LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE CHUNKY KNIT | MARKET-HOPPING WITH ISSEY MIYAKE’S AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

Issey Miyake is a Japanese label with a global sensibility, and Yusuke Takahashi is it’s leader. Infusing an incredibly unique and memorable design aesthetic is what makes each of his shows remembered season after season. His autumn/winter 2014 collection saw a large amount of…

VIDEO: THE ARCHITECT OF NEW YORK’S MODERN MENSWEAR MOVEMENT | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND SIKI IM

Siki Im fell into fashion design, but it was a happy accident. The designer known in New York for his stunning and thought-provoking menswear conceptualized and constructed in the United States, is someone with barrels of talent and passion for his work. His collections are never what they appear, often referencing…

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03.02.15

Destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. What a marvelous city. This world-famous metropolis where azure waters meet white sands meets culture capital – has been on travelers’ radar for quite some time. But, now, more than ever, is the right time to visit. The city is commanding global attention between the World Cup and the summer 2016 Olympics. And, let’s not discount the exciting restaurants, nightlife and fabulous hotels. Rio has it all and anyone who is interested in a taste of the exotic and glamorous should put this on their 2015 bucket list. This week we will explore all worth mentioning in the “gem of Brazil”. Grab your Havianas and bathing suit because you’re about to get your feet wet in the best of Rio.

03.03.15
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Rio de Janeiro’s Queen Of Luxury | The Incomparable Copacabana Palace Hotel

With beautiful hotels stretching down its coastline, Rio de Janeiro isn’t short of options when it comes to accommodations. But, as you begin to weed-out the good from the exceptional, the options grow fewer and fewer. In fact, you can narrow-down “the best” to just one. The iconic Copacabana Palace hotel…

03.03.15
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The World’s Largest Urban Forest | Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spilling down the mountains surrounding Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the world’s largest urban park, Tijuca Forest. Tijuca is a rainforest which stretches for 12 square miles. It’s protected by the government and offers visitors to this incredible city an escape, just around the corner. You’ll find everything here from hiking trails, waterfalls, exotic plants and cute little monkeys hanging from the trees. Tijuca is located just above the famous Botanical Gardens – making visiting both places in a day, very doable. Tijuca shouldn’t be missed.

03.02.15
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Rio’s Icon Of Fashion | Osklen

Since 1986, Brazilian brand Osklen has represented luxury and sustainability. Founded by Oskar Metsavaht, Osklen has earned its place as Brazil’s most famous and successful luxury brands – on an international level. With both men’s and women’s collections, which show in both New York and Sao Paulo, Osklen offers a wide range of…

03.02.15
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Where To Eat In Rio | Sushi Leblon

Sitting on a lively street, in the Leblon neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, sits the very best place for delicious sushi in the city, Sushi Leblon. The restaurant, a small and intimate venue, is manned at the door by attractive men – checking guests in, one by one, as the restaurant seats each party promptly. Those sans reservation, can…

03.02.15
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Rio’s Sexiest Beach | Ipanema

With miles and miles of beaches to choose from, Rio de Janeiro is not short of options when it comes to selecting the prime spot to sun yourself. But, some are held in a higher light than others. For the best in beauty, fun and activities, from sun-up until sun-down, you must choose Ipanema.  Famous the world over, Ipanema beach is a mecca of…

02.27.15
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The Charm Of Yunnan’s Naxi Men

Yunnan’s men are effortlessly stylish. In China, there is a high variation of people spread across the varying provinces, but, the Naxi men in Yunnan take the cake. They’re gentlemanly, well put together and know how to accessorize. You’ll often see them in different villages, meeting and playing together – their hats, pipes and jackets making a strong statement. For me, especially particular times, they are style inspirations.

02.27.15
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China’s Most Picturesque UNESCO Village | Lijiang Ancient Town

Three old districts in this small city of Lijiang retain a special character of Naxi and Han construction and Naxi customs, arts and culture. It was a former trading town and a stop for traders carrying goods on the “Chama Road” trails. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 following an earthquake and reconstruction in 1996 that returned the city to…

02.26.15
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Macau’s Top Menswear Destination | T Galleria City Of Dreams

There are shopping malls and then there are shopping malls. If you visit Macau, China, you have the option of flipping your $10 bet and walking away with $10,000. When stakes are this high and the reward is so grand, the natural inclination most have is to spend a little of their hard-earned dough. There’s no better place to do it than at T Galleria City of Dreams. Here you can stumble between stores like Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Celine and more to find your latest material fix. It’s retail therapy on the highest level and, to boot, it’s fun!

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The Most Fun To be Had In Macau Can Only Happen At The Wynn Casino

There are so many options in Macau when deciding how to spend a long weekend on a side-trip from Hong Kong. But, one popular activity that is world renowned in this location, is gambling. The Wynn Macau features 600 hotel rooms and suites, approximately 501 table games (212 Main floor and 289 VIPs) plus 375 sold machines in approximately 205,000 square feet of casino gaming space. There is also five…

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