If you require things on vacation like fresh air, nature, and a room with a dominating view, the Moraine Lake Lodge is your place. Situated on the shore of Moraine Lake amongst the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, the lodge is only accessible between June 1st and October 1st. In this brief time, visitors are exposed to the Canadian Rockies in its fairest weather. Featuring activities including canoeing, hiking, and relaxing, the lodge is a destination for decompression. As an added bonus for those overdosing on technology, there are no phones, nor televisions at the lodge, just some all-too-necessary wifi.
Until last night at the debut of the 2011 StandART video series at the Top of the Standard, I had never seen a man barefoot, donning a wig and tiny, terrycloth bathrobe singing beautiful, entertaining songs that many floors up in a building. Kalup Linzy reminds me of a cross between Cody Chestnutt and Wesley Willis. In regards to the new videos curated by Creative Time for The Standard Hotel chain, Terence Koh’s “Rabbit Holy Days” which was filmed onsite on the eighteenth floor was the standout amongst peers.
A couple weeks ago I took part in a little staycation at the Mondrian Soho. Why? Because sometimes you just need a break from normality while still being able to go about your daily life. The room I had I can only phrase as a sky palace, as the ceiling did indeed match the sky, while everything else in the room was saturated with light and white. The hotel itself is a fantasy, with it’s designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz taking cues from Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête. Along with a top notch restaurant in Imperial No. 9, that is perfect for every meal and a seductive club, Mister H, that finds itself full of models and various forms of celebrities until the lighter parts of the night, the Mondrian SOHO is your complete vacation package.
Without a doubt, the Mondrian LA is the coolest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The rooms are super comfortable, the beds are nap inducing, and the space is equipped with this crazy oversized double-sided mirror in the center that both reflects your person and houses the tv, rotating on a pole to face you wherever you are. A lot of things in this hotel are oversized actually, and for big person like me it’s welcome. Leaving the room, the in-house entertainment factor is on point too. Kenzo Digital happened to be in town at the same time, so we successfully hit up the SKYBAR downstairs, and unsuccessfully tried to get a match at the Hollywood offshoot of the SPiN ping-pong club. There are good times to be had in the Mondrian LA, and it is definitely the place to stay if you want some upscale comfort with that exclusive, Hollywood shine.
Located on the Sunset Strip, The Standard Hollywood is a simple retreat from the flashiness out on the street. Gorgeous views, and a lo-stress vibe make it an extremely inviting option when thinking about where to stay in LA.
We were blessed by The Standard last Thursday when they presented to us a set of KAWS’ lightbulbs to giveaway to a lucky reader. Our server however had other plans, and went down for a week. In that time, the lightbulbs sold out. The awesome thing though is that we still have the lightbulbs to give away. To make it interesting, you’re going to have to write a haiku to score the unopened, coveted set. In the comments, write a haiku (5,7,5) based around KAWS, The Standard, Lightbulbs, or just why this would make your life better. The contest will run until February 4th, 2011. After that, our favorite Haiku will be picked as the winner February 7th, 2011. Enter as many times as you like but, please do not get slanderous. That’s just boring.
Here’s a sample:
The Standard and Kaws
After Thomas Edison
Made Lightbulbs as Art
Opening this weekend, the 3000 square foot rink will certainly be the hippest place to ice skate in NY this winter. Tickets are $12, and skate rentals are $3. Hours of operation are 10am – Midnight seven days a week.
These are pretty awesome and for sale in limited editions of 40 for each size. The blankets come standard in guest rooms at the hotel’s Downtown LA (Johanson design) and Hollywood (McFetridge design) locations.
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