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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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03.23.15

Destination: Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is the new vacation spot for Europeans and Americans seeking something special. Having mostly sat out the global recession, Israel’s economy is booming. Incredible restaurants are debuting monthly, boutique hotels are opening their doors and a bourgeoning contemporary-art scene is garnering global attention. Perpetual sunshine, 10 miles of seafront and a now iconic collection of pristine Bauhaus architecture has helped Tel Aviv emerge as the perfect mix of contemporary and classic. This week we will take you on our tour of one of the most fascinating, fashionable and fantastic cities is the Middle East.

03.25.15
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A Morning In The Marina | A Menswear Moment In Herzliya

One area that is well known in the upscale suburb of Tel Aviv, Herzliya, is the sparkling marina. Here you can see yachts and boats parked in the glistening blue Mediterranean waters. Well, I love boats and I love water. I decided to spend a recent morning exploring the area – to see what the shops, cafes and…

03.25.15
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What To See In Tel Aviv | The Museum Of The History Of Tel Aviv

The Museum of the History of Tel Aviv, located in Jaffa, is an important site to see in Israel. It is housed, appropriately enough, in Tel Aviv’s first city hall, a monumental Modernist structure built in 1927. The building was shuttered for some four decades before undergoing a meticulous restoration. Today, the museum runs the…

03.24.15
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A Moment To Remember In Tel Aviv | The Beaches

Tel Aviv’s greatest allure is unquestionably its Mediterranean seashore, which gives the city a Miami or Rio-style sense of ease and openness. There are eight major beaches in town, each with its own crowd and character. Gordon, across from the Sheraton Hotel, is the most popular, packed with families, teens and tourists. The beach across from the…

03.24.15
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Tel Aviv’s Haven For Sun, Luxury And Incredible Service | The Ritz Carlton Herzliya

Just north of Tel Aviv, in the luxurious community of Herzliya, lies one of Israel’s most incredibly comfortable and luxurious hotel properties, the Ritz Carlton Herzliya. Traveling to Israel leaves any luxury-minded visitor with the challenge of deciding where to spend most of their time. Travelers can choose from historic Jerusalem, sun-soaked Eilat or the desert. But, Tel Aviv has a…

03.23.15
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A Moment To Remember In Tel Aviv | Manisha Train Station

One of Tel Aviv’s newest attractions is actually one of its oldest – the Manshia Train Station in Jaffa. The station was built back in 1892 to link the ancient port town with Jerusalem. Abandoned for more than 60 years, its elegant, Ottoman-era structures are now open after a half-decade restoration as a…

03.23.15
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What To See In Tel Aviv | Jaffa Port

Jaffa, the ancient city located just south of Tel Aviv, can trace its roots back to the Bible. It is said to have been named for Noah’s son, Japhet, who constructed the beautiful city walls and winding corridors after the Flood. And it is from here that Jonah embarked on his adventure with the whale. This once thriving port has played host to…

03.20.15
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Finding Luck In Green Sartorial Choices | Bags

I’m a bag lady at heart. God knows it. And, I’ve accepted it. Since I love carrying a good bag, nothing excites me more than discovering options that push me outside of my comfort zone. So, with that said, green is the perfect color to do that this season. These bags, here, are definitely options that I would gravitate towards in an online shopping moment. Bag #1 in an olive green small tanker backpack from Porter, bag #2 is a multi-colored camouflage backpack from Valentino, bag #3 is a lime green and black techno stamped backpack from Versus and bag #4 is a PVC artist print tote from Marni.

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