SERVING SHOULDER AT ASHFORD CASTLE IN WESTERN IRELAND

Throughout the many acres that make-up the estate of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland, ruins and walls covered in moss and ivy are prevalent. It’s easy to be inspired here to dress-up and share your confident side with the world. Because, when it’s boiled down, fashion is…

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 LIFE AND DEATH FASHION MOMENT | VISITING A HILLTOP CEMETERY IN THE SEASIDE IRISH TOWN OF ENNISTIMON

The town of Ennistimon lies along a hilly road close to the Atlantic coast, just before the incredible natural attraction of the Cliffs of Moher. The town is quaint and is littered with cafes, bed and breakfast options as well as local boutiques. But, what I found most beautiful was the hilltop cemetery high above the village. I stopped to…

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: THE MAN WHO TRADED-IN BEING A CHEMICAL ENGINEER TO LIVE HIS PASSION AS A WORLD FAMOUS MOUNTAIN CLIMBER | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IVAN VALLEJO

It’s time to take your thinking, and life, to new heights. I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to meet world famous mountaineer, Ivan Vallejo. Vallejo was incredibly inspiring as he taught me that it’s never too late to move in the direction of your dreams. Born and raised in Ecuador, Vallejo always knew he loved mountains. But, life’s pressures led him into a career that wasn’t compatible with his personality and goals. In his thirties, he found the courage to cut his family’s income by half and…

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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"Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good."
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
08.29.14

Destination: All Eyes On Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia is hot – literally and figuratively. The romantic city that lies along the blue Caribbean Sea is truly a magical destination. Composed of a historic walled city built by the Kingdom on Spain in 1533, as well as the newer beachside area of Bocagrande and alluring Getsemani neighborhood, people are descending on the city to soak-up incredible Colombian culture, sunshine and European charm. Shopping for artisanal jewelry, enjoying local and international cuisine on every corner and day-tripping to tropical islands, are all options. This week we will show you the best of Cartagena and lead you through a list of “must-dos” for any visitor to this enchanting city.

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South America’s Best Shopping | Splurging in Cartagena

Shopping in Cartagena is an absolute “must”. Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s only quaint artisan markets which sell locally made crafts and jewelry, this would be a mistake. There’s something here for everyone. Of course, the above-mentioned experience is right up my alley but, for those who want to do some serious retail therapy, you’re in luck! You’ll find…

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Dining In Cartagena | Mila Vargas Cafe

Mila Café is the “go-to” place in Cartagena for dessert and coffee. In the center of town, the small establishment churns out handmade sweets like cookies, cakes, alfajores, a variety of brownies and pie. The options are endless. Inside, you feel like you’ve stumbled into…

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