If there is one thing that I like more than a big, deep, relaxing bath, it’s a big comfy, fluffy, white bed. Now, combine the two and you’ve found your way into this girl’s heart. Since the weather has been so dark and dreary I’ve found myself searching for these two comforts. Hopefully, one of these days, I will be able to make a bath-in-the-bedroom a reality for myself but until then, join me, by drooling over a few of my favorites sourced from the World Wide Web below. I can feel the inspired relaxation warming over me already.
2015 marks ICEHOTEL Jukkasjäarvi‘s 25th anniversary. Being the first and original ice hotel they have a lot to celebrate; 25 years of offering one of the most unique lodging experiences money can buy, a hotel completely built of ice and snow. Each and every year plans are drawn up to create a new hotel, as last winter’s masterpiece melts away come spring. For this reason the owners are adamant that no hotel shall be the same and they’ve kept that promise for a quarter of a century. The 25th anniversary model is no exception to this rule, requiring over 1000 tons of natural ice, this year’s hotel erected into sixty rooms, an ice bar, an ice church and main hall, making it the largest ICEHOTEL yet.
One of my favorite things about ICEHOTEL is the creation of the Art Suites. Each November hundreds of artists from all over the world, and design disciplines, apply to design an Art Suite. No specific design background is required, nor is a background in working with snow and ice. The chosen designers are usually a mix between a few ICEHOTEL veterans and some completely new to the job. This mix of experience allows for new and fresh ideas to flourish without guardrails and is attributed to the success of the ICEHOTELS unique offering. It is truly incredible what can be done with snow and ice and the outcome is unlike anything else in this world.
But sleeping in an Art Suite is only one part of the ICEHOTEL experience. Situated some 200km north of the Article Circle in Jukkasjäarvi, Sweden, with only 1000 permanent residents, ICEHOTEL’S activities ring true what you’d expect from a small Northern Swedish village. Guests are invited to experience the tranquil winter setting by snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, reindeer sleigh and even horseback. Learn about the Sami people, indigenous to the area, see the Northern Lights, or book an overnight excursion to a wilderness camp by dog sled team or snowmobile should you prefer. For those of you in awe of the mechanics that go into designing the place you can even partake in your own ice sculpting class.
ICEHOTEL can be booked by single or double night and they even have a hotel with “warm rooms”, aka a regular hotel room, including all the modern amenities should you need to escape the ice or combine your stay longer on either side of your ICEHOTEL experience.
This is surely on my bucket list and I will continue to dream of being a true ice princess, waking up in my very own Art Suite until the day comes that I can experience it in the flesh.
Enjoy some pictures below of my favorite Art Suites from this year’s hotel along with some images of ways to enjoy the great Scandinavian outdoors while you’re there. Pretty idyllic if I do say so myself. One one question remains, when can we book?!
I’ve been seeing a trend lately in textiles that I’m love, love, loving. Designers are utilizing photography to create beautiful abstract textiles that are used for everything from dresses to totes, to clutches and scarves. Ink & Tailor is a master of this intersection between visuals, textiles and design, and in their case it’s in the world of oversized, beautifully-handcrafted scarves.
Each scarf is born from a photograph, taken by the founders themselves. Some are wide open natural landscapes, some are industrial scenes and some are macro objects but all are beautiful and take on a completely new life when coiled around your body. It’s the ultimate transformative piece. The fabric is a blend of cotton and silk and has a wonderful delicate strength that each image seems to defuse within. And with the entire collection being made in the USA, what’s not to fall in love with?
Like I’m seeing with a lot of new small batch creative collections lately, brand voice and imagery are extremely strong and Ink & Tailor is no exception. Their logo is simple, modern and the concept behind it is lovely. Ink & Tailor is a collaboration between Maya von Geldern and K’era Morgan. Two lifelong friends who met in Art School over 20 years ago, August 28th 1993. Living in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA their logo is inspired by a postage stamp and that’s no coincidence. Deeply rooted in the Ink & Tailor philosophy is the respect for travel, new ideas, the convergence of cultures and, of course, the effect it has on our souls. Each scarf is accompanied with custom tag detailing where the image originated; a nice connection, rooting scarf and image in a deeper purpose.
They’re new on the block so show them some love and follow them on Instagram for everything from a new way to tie your scarf to daily reminders that beauty is all around us. And make sure to check out their e-commerce site. To welcome fall they’re offering 20% off for the rest of September with code SEPT20, so shop till you drop. Gift giving season is just around the corner. That’s if you have enough self control to buy one for someone else and not yourself!
Check out images below from their inaugural collection along with the photographs that inspired the textile design.
Welcome to Province of Canada, your new favorite leisurewear supplier. Of course, I was instantly won over by the name. Any time I can show my patriotism I’m game. But usually this type of Canadian patriotic styling comes in red and well, red is really not my color so you can imagine my excitement. After a quick peruse of their site, I knew this was more than just patriotism. Their line is something I’d actually want to wear, correction, live in. And after now having my crew neck sweatshirt for a few weeks I can confidently confirm that I have worn it almost everyday. It’s perfect for a cozy night in or paired with skinnies and heels for a casual day look. The simple branding is versatile and modern and I love that it’s a classic throwback to the 90’s and the years of CK Calvin Cline, Club Monaco and GAP sweatshirts that we all used to live in.
I have a feeling this is only the beginning for Province of Canada. They’ve hit the scene with a great first collection but the leisurewear and accessory possibilities are endless. From a branding and photography angle they’ve hit the nail on the head and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. They have a strong identity and voice that feels very modern Canadian, simple and unassuming yet beautiful and inviting. Trust me, one look at their Instagram feed and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Check out their site here and make sure to the play the Canadian Nickname Game. It’s just the kind of humor that makes me miss home and good for a harmless laugh. Plus when I got my package in the mail, it came with a handwritten note from “The Team”. Oh, and did I mention all the product is made in Canada. Seriously, I’m in love with everything about this company and not just because it’s Canadian… I swear!
Check out the imagery from their lookbook below.
So if you know me, you know I love chocolate. Well, not just any chocolate, dark, rich, expensive, fancy chocolately goodness. I am sort of a rookie chocolate connoisseur or to be honest, snob. At work we actually have a chocolate drawer, because there is nothing that can turn a bad meeting or crummy day around like a piece of artisan chocolate. And my house, well, it’s fully stocked at all times.
Anyways, there’s a lot of great chocolate out there that definitely does the trick but when I came across Mast Brothers, it was chocolate at a whole new level; It was love at first sight.
I first stumbled upon Mast Brothers Chocolate while in New York last winter. It was beautifully displayed in Saturdays Surf NYC next to their espresso machine. I know, surfing, chocolate and espresso all wrapped up into one store in NY, amazing, but that’s a whole other post in its self, I digress. There it was, sitting beautifully on the edge of the gorgeous wood countertop, lined up in rows looking sophisticated, fun, bold and simple all at the same time. See the thing about Mast Brothers is before you even bite into the handcrafted chocolate you’ve been completely won over by the absolutely stunning design of the packaging. It’s simple, unique and gorgeous. Then there’s of course, the chocolate inside.
There is a reason why founders, Michael and Rick say they’re handcrafting the world’s greatest chocolate, because it’s true. They not only use single estate and single origin chocolate from around the world, they partnering with the best farms and organizations to create truly unique chocolate blends. From Stumptown Coffee to Main Sea Salt to Crown Maple Syrup, Mast Brothers is truly redefining the chocolate pairing. With no vanilla, added sugar, soy lecithin or any kind of emulsifier their chocolate is as pure as it can be. Using a different roasting profile for each bean and roasting in small batches by hand in their Brooklyn factory, the Mast Brothers are redefining the way chocolate is produced and the world is responding. Distributed to the best artisan markets, boutique stores, top restaurants and pastry chefs (Per Se and French Laundry to name a few) Mast Brother’s Chocolate has created a new “bean-to-bar” category that is taking chocolate the next level.
They’ve also taken their talent a step further and published a book about their story, philosophy to handcrafting chocolate and all the wonderful things you can make with it. From brownies to steak rubs, it’s a must buy.
And next time I’m in Manhattan, I’m definitely going to try and make the trip to Williamsburg to hit up their factory store and if I’m lucky maybe even time it right for one of their Chocolate Factory Dinners. My mouth is watering already…