I was hesitant to see the Bodies exhibit when it first came to New York City – squeamish and almost nauseated at the idea of seeing the insides of the human body. Clearly, science was never my best subject. But it ended up being absolutely fascinating and suddenly, it felt silly that I would have had such unwarranted apprehension towards something so normal and natural. These beautiful collages, by artist Travis Bedel, merge anatomical imagery with illustrations from vintage etchings from science guides and textbooks. And I think they are just too cool.
How sweet is Orla Kiely‘s spring lookbook, inspired by none other than my favorite eccentric pubescent love story: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom? With printed short suits, belted trench coats, buttoned shirt dresses and patterned shift dresses, the Orla Kiely adventurer is channeling her inner Suzy Bishop – down to the exposed collars, knee-high socks and berets. Two thumbs up!
Our hat addiction continues with Janessa Leone‘s newly launched spring collection. Whether you prefer a more classic style like a natural straw panama hat trimmed with leather or an edgier look with a wool felt fedora in a perfectly light and neutral color, Janessa has your cabeza covered.
Ok, it’s official. I ready to finally visit the melting pot that is Panama. Seeing photos of the new American Trade Hotel sealed the deal for me – it’s located in the 340 year old Casco Viejo neighborhood of the city and is a collaboration between the Ace Hotel Group and Conservatorio, a Casco real estate development company dedicated to revitalizing the neighborhood. The 50 room boutique hotel is oozing with Latin American flavor with white stucco walls, ceiling fans and patterned tiles. I can just imagine seeking refuge here, after a sweltering day exploring the bustling metropolis, with an ice cold beer in the courtyard. You too? Let’s go.