Infused with the legacy of the Spanish heritage, Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia's Caribbean coast, with beautiful beaches and breathtaking colonial architecture. The historic old town is a popular port of call for cruise ships, boasting a lively marketplace full of traditional Colombian artisans and yummy treats. These days, 200 years after Colombian independence, anyone can stroll the mighty ramparts. Visitors poke their heads through the cannon slots for picturesque views of the Caribbean. Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and remained remarkably undamaged during the drug wars that plagued Colombia in the eighties and...

From outdoor adventures to ultra-chic lodging, here are some the best hotels to stay across the country as recommended by EV editors.     The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga   Set on 30,000 acres amid the unspoiled Sierra Madre range, this western resort executes the luxury dude ranch concept with impeccable skill: think spotted cowhide chairs in the lounge, fur throws at the edge of knotty wooden king-sized beds, and yurts decked out with antler chandeliers and chocolate leather couches. Guest rooms range from well-appointed spaces in the main Trailhead Lodge to elegant cabin suites, and large, super-secluded cabin rentals, each with décor...

Our editors were blown away by the sophistication and charm of this Naples vacation home, envisioned by Chicago-based designer Summer Thornton. This home in Naples Florida was a ground-up build where the designer was brought in to oversee interior architecture and interior design choosing finishes as well as furnishings & decor throughout. The designer describes having found inspiration in a sense of pure escape. "When you spend most of the year in the midwest, you know the winters are tough, but the over-the-top tropical look just wasn't right because she really loves a more refined and elegant look."     For a fresh approach, she incorporated a...

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we...

Let's drift away to Corona del Mar on Newport Beach with one of our favorite designers, Rachel Horn. For her glorious Bahia Serena project, Rachel worked with award-winning architect, Brion S. Jeannette, on every detail of the interior, exterior and garden of this stunning 17,000 sq ft home on the coast of Southern California.     The Contemporary Mediterranean design is equally influenced by California Mission and Spanish Hacienda styles. Horn and her team participated in the design from inception and chose all of the hard finishes for the home. Rachel designed much of the furnishings and decor, most of which was custom...

Kohn Gallery in LA invites us to witness the solo exhibition of new paintings by Mark Innerst, consisting of up to 28 new works, all of which continue the artist’s conceptual investigation into thematic genres of traditional painting. Innerst broke onto the New York art scene in the early 1980s with exquisitely executed small-scale paintings with hand-made frames, and his works were considered part of the Pictures Generation of artists who employed widely varied images as source material culled from the expanding media of the pre-digital age. In fact, Innerst worked in the studio of Robert Longo, one of the preeminent...

Our editors are entranced by the texture and colors of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. The lavish luxury lodge hosts 128-rooms on Recreation Pier, in the vibrant waterfront community of Fell’s Point and overlooks Baltimore’s Harbor. Opened in March 2017, the hotel quickly became one of the leading names in hospitality design worldwide.   Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is the second property from Pendry Hotels, a luxury hospitality brand from Montage International. In collaboration with Sagamore Development Company, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore features interiors by Patrick Sutton Interior Design.   Patrick Sutton and his team were tasked to tell the story of Baltimore through exploration. The authenticity of...

A few weeks ago a very odd thing happened at this party. A billionaire entered the room and all real conversations ceased. Everyone’s energy instantly focused on the man who is revered as a tech celebrity because he had built a very, very successful corporation. People gawked. To the chagrin of his bodyguard, some tried to get close. Perhaps they believed his riches would somehow cause a gold coin to appear magically in their own pocket. Money is a powerful life tool, but not the end all, be all. Unfortunately, it is becoming a success metric our society champions. Sadly so....

Ceramics is the home trend that keeps on growing. Websites are abundant with beautiful mixed matched pieces but with so many options, styles and pricing available - how do we narrow it down and start our own collection? Amy Young, founder and owner of the Austin-based online marketplace, THIRDS is sharing her tips and tricks on what to look for when purchasing genuine, handmade ceramics and how to build a beautiful collection. When investing in special pieces, lean towards those which can transition into multiple uses.  i.e. A pitcher that can also be used as a vase for fresh or dried flowers, a colander that...

As more of us have the opportunity to work from home, the need for designing an efficient and supportive workspace in the home is necessary for success. A well-designed plan can offer you a comfortable, productive, and rewarding place to work. Here are some key elements to consider when planning for a home office. Location Do you require a quiet and secluded room to do your best work? Perhaps a spare bedroom, away from the main living areas, will suit you. Do you need to keep an eye on kids while working? If so, you can set up your office in a...

Laura Rathe Fine Art announces the exhibition Bending The Lines, featuring new works by Gil Bruvel with an opening reception on March 21st 5-8 PM at 1700 Post Oak Blvd. Gil Bruvel subtly encompasses different concepts, primarily expressing a sublime, mundane subject—Nature. Yet, Bruvel’s technical skills and knowledge of colors reveal the magic that lies in the ordinary.   Light, airy, and silently captivating, these entirely abstract works, bring the subject matter back into a lighthearted innocence. Wood. Natural. Simple. Returning to the more traditional mediums of craftsmanship, Gil Bruvel honors this utilitarian material by transforming it into abstract geometric sculptures. Previously focusing on...

Building an indoor tropical rainforest requires special architectural consideration. How does one design a man­made tree that can sustain wildlife? How can that tree be housed within a larger structure? What systems and materials can provide and withstand the constant high temperatures and humidity required by tropical plant life? Canadian architects Brad McTavish and Clive Grout of Grout McTavish encountered these challenges, amongst a plethora of others, as they designed The Green Planet, a living indoor rainforest and educational attraction in Dubai.   Encased within a 98' origami­like glass cube, The Green Planet is comprised of four floors (plus two below­grade spaces) that encircle...

The relocation of designers Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu to Hong Kong has produced a marvelous vision of colors, shine and modern flare. This now uber-fabulous apartment had been in Lim's family for years, but the closed-off space called for new life. The couple, who are founders of the namesake firm Lim+Lu— used the opportunity to leave their own mark on the property. They made beautiful architectural changes to the apartment, with an aim to make the space flexible and full of natural light. Aside from adding vibrant color, they replaced the walls that closed off the rooms with glass-and-steel sliding doors. The...

Pink is on the rise, not only on the boards of rose-crazed art directors in fashion and design, but apparently also at the bar. Fueling the blush dreams of many Instagram artists, Rosé has taken off in the United States over the past several years. Nielsen reports that higher-priced rosés are experiencing double-digit growth, a spike rosé experts attribute to producers focusing more on the quality of the product than they have in the past. Exports from the Provence region of France are up a staggering 4,852% from 2001. Alcohol producers have clearly taken notice and thus pink liquor is making...

There is a house, and then, there is your home. A big difference spans between the two. Your home is the place where you feel comfortable and complete. Turning a house into a home is the process through which a mix of personal elements should come together to create a refuge. Your home reflects who you are and provides a daily springboard for you to venture out into the world with clarity and enthusiasm. When life wears you down or serves up an unexpected hard knock, your home is the place of refuge and solace to return to for grounding and...

It's not uncommon to find ourselves scouring our addictive social feeds for inspiration on color and other stimulating content, and more often than not, glimpses of amazingly-styled food seep through. From color to texture, to stories, there are true food artists out there creating fantastic visual artworks that even evoke tastes and smells through the screen. We've compiled a list of hot, lesser-known feeds that need lots of recognition, selected by their deep culinary inspiration and incredible aesthetics. Here are the next 9 #Foodie Instagram feeds you'll love to follow: 1. @emikodavies An artful combination of organic beauty and unsophisticated food styling. Emiko Davies is a...

Vancouver is one of the awesome cities where work takes us, and it's as quaint and hip as can be. On this occasion, we take you on a short virtual trip to one of our favorite eateries: L'Abattoir. This unsophisticated eatery exudes unequivocal character and a curated mix of flavors. L'Abattoir adds to Gastown’s bustling brunch scene with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty, unique entrees. Thirsty brunchers can sip on creative cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options such as fresh-pressed juices and tasty virgin cocktails. L’Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler’s Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant...

I'll admit all-silver outfits are a bit too 'Silver Surfer' for me, but there's more than good reason to incorporate the cool metallic tone into your shoes, bags and other accessories. Metallic sneakers are back in trend and I can't help but jump on the silver-studded bandwaggon. Why do I love this trend? Because silver accessories act almost as jewelry, catch light in a beautiful way. When used tastefully, their reflective beauty overpowers the flash. Safe (easy to wear) choices include jeans and metallic sneakers, or metallic handbags paired with a solid colored dress. My favorites, however, are combinations of silver,...

We took EV readers on a journey through some of our favorite historical and culinary treats with The Ultimate Jamaica Bucket List: 5 Activities That Can’t Be Missed, but there's so much more to see! Here are our next 5 recommendations for an unforgettable time in sunny Jamaica:   DOLPHIN COVE Dolphin Cove is a marine park which allows visitors to swim with dolphins and other marine life in their natural environment. Have the experience of a lifetime as you get up close and personal with these beautiful, amazing animals. Included are mini-boat rides, glass-bottom kayaking, snorkeling with stingrays, watching shark shows and...

It's no secret that Barcelona is one of the hottest (and most fun) European destinations, which makes it so much harder to decide on the best accommodations. Out of the hundreds of choices in Barcelona hotels, we've handpicked three top-notch selections for your next trip. If I were you, between the amazing architecture, the luxurious accommodations, and the decadent food, I would make an effort to visit all three on your next adventure. MAKE SURE TO READ: Barcelona e Bona! 5 Reasons to Rank this European Gem High on Your Bucket List   w barcelona Designed by the highly recognized architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona is...

We've talked before about the importance of creating a safe, comfortable, relaxing space in your actual home, to provide refuge, release and a space to explore and meditate. However, it's just as important to establish deep ties to the home within you, not just to your pile of bricks and wood. The concept of 'home' typically reminds us of the concept of real estate and location, but what about your other home, the one without an address, which goes with you wherever you go? That home is you. By now it has become an unwitting mishmash of clutter and collection of unresolved...

From your name to your content, to your values, your followers and the people in your circle who matter most are constantly evaluating your personal brand and your story. Make it count. Wow them. Even a professional with no intention of stepping into the limelight will find immense value in forging a great personal brand. This not only serves the purposes of pleasing the audience of an influencer with thousands of followers but can also greatly benefit any employee who is careful not to send the wrong message to employers, colleagues, clients or potential partners. Here's a handy checklist to help...

Sophistication is defined with decadent gold lame, playful sequins, breathtaking jewels and tantalizing negligée. Join us as we bring back old Hollywood glamour.   TALENTS Fashion Director / Photography: Tania Quintanilla Assistant: Rudy Arocha Stylist: Krista Ynostrosa Intern: Narissa Du Plessis Hair: Robert Lindsey Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Elizabeth Rachale from The Campbell Agency   Vest with Ostrich Feather Placket by Brunello Cucinelli ($5,840; Neiman Marcus). Leaf Earring with Pave by BE- JE ($120; Found). Blazer in Desert Rose by Versace ($975; Neiman Marcus). Origami Ivory Skirt by Mason by MM ($350; Found). Triangle Gold Earrings by Alexis Bittar ($275; Neiman Marcus). Gunmetal Spear Necklace by Alexis Bittar ($155; Neiman Marcus). Sequin Cold-Shoulder...

Japanese vintage, priestly tunics, and talismanic jewelry make a serene combination. Enjoy these pastoral looks for the wandering soul.   Strongly opposing the hectic pace of life, my uber-talented fashion team created this serene, calm and collected collection. The goal was to provide readers an ethereal sensation; an exploration of otherworldly senses. We wanted to transport viewers to a place of deep zen. However, don't let the overwhelming airiness distract you from some seriously yummy apparel, jewelry, and accessories.   TALENTS: Fashion Director / Photography: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert Lindsey Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Axie Andrews from Campbell Agency     Vintage silk button up by Chaps ($42; Olive)....

Time is finite. No reason to get sad, morose, or uneasy about it. In fact, you probably responded the way most do upon reading – “Well, of course, everyone knows that.” If that were true, it would seem carpe diem would be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Flash forward. When you do finally seize the day, will you be living the version you want to seize, or will have you opted for postponement? It’s no fun living one version of your life now and waiting for the other version to begin...

What exactly does it mean to creatively thrive, anyhow? I’d like to say it’s as simple as just having adequate time and imagination to devote to your most recent Lego masterpiece (if you’ve deemed yourself too “grown up” for Legos, then I can’t help you), but there are several different aspects that affect the ability to reach that coveted pinnacle. Creativity, if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with it, seeps through your pores and spills out into the world, in one form or another, be it in the way you accessorize, the ideas you come up with for your...

Ever wonder what you and your partner could do to break through your own financial ceiling? Ever since I was little I was fascinated by the way people spoke (and didn’t speak) about money. Why was the subject taboo? Wasn’t money something that everybody wanted? Didn’t having more money allow people to have more fun, take better care of themselves and the people they loved, as well as create opportunities to do more good in the world? Why all the hush-hush? Let’s talk! MONEY MINDSET We all have a money story. The stories we tell ourselves about money not only run deep...

An indication of the fresh and blossoming season, the guys get an infusion of color while keeping undeniably relaxed.   TALENTS: Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Stylist: Graham Cumberbatch Hair: Robert Lindsey Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Trevor Burchett Shirt by Engineered Garments ($163; By George). Shirt by Orley ($395; By George). Pants by Dries Van Noten ($460; By George). Bracelet by Miansai ($55; Stag). Jacket by Dries Van Noten ($1295; By George). Pants by Band of Outsiders ($265; By George). Shirt by Engineered Garments ($228; By George). Necklace by Comfort Station ($182; By George). Jacket by Sidian, Ersatz, & Vanes ($265; By George). Shirt by Billy Reid ($185; Billy...

Do you ever experience a moment of synchronicity or happenstance that has an instant way of getting your attention? It doesn’t have to be connected to a momentous event; rather it could be quite simple. For instance, on a whim, you call last minute for a Saturday night dinner reservation at the new restaurant everyone is talking about and are pleasantly surprised to hear the opposite of what you were expecting. “Normally you would have had to call last week, but this must be your lucky night. We just had a cancellation seconds ago and I want you to have...