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When in Amsterdam

I have finally arrived in the land of the tulips and windmills where I'll be staying for the next few days. After checking into the hip Hotel V, we hit the streets in order to stay awake and fight the jet lag and fatigue. Walking around a maze of canals, we found some amazing furniture and design stores that I'll be including in my list of favorite places to shop...stay tuned. I will do my best to give you daily updates of my travels and the beautiful things this part of the world has to offer. On today's agenda we'll be visiting a couple of famous museums in town, and later I'll be doing another of my favorite cultural activities, SHOPPING – or most likely window shopping. For now, I'll give you a peek of this cool hotel where we're staying. Off we go!

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Wink, wink!

In a couple of weeks I'll be traveling to Amsterdam and Antwerp to help celebrate a milestone birthday for my best friend. As I always do, I already did my research for new boutique hotels where to stay. I enjoy lodging in these smaller design hotels because they offer me a source of inspiration and a home-away-from-home feeling that most hotels don't. They're never bland or predictable and pay lots of attention to details. Most people rather stay in more familiar brands because they already know what to expect. But believe me, once you go boutique, you'll never go back.

Someone who knows my addiction to good design, told me about 40 WINKS, this unique and charming B&B in trendy East London. This four-story Queen Anne townhouse built in the 1700s is home to acclaimed English interior designer David Carter, where he rents a couple of spare rooms to visitors in the creative and fashion industries who are bored with the impersonal stays of the bigger hotels

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Fashionable stays

Every September, New York Fashion Week brings to the city an atmosphere of glamour and fabulosity. Everyone and anyone in the fashion community (or not) flocks to the Big Apple to witness the latest creations the dictators of style present to the world. It is why I decided to dedicate this post to fashion and the influence it has in our lives, even where we sleep.

What does Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni and Phillip Tracey have in common besides being fashion power houses? They're now lending their magnificent talent to the world of interior design and creating chic and luxurious cribs for you to crash while traveling around the world. It's so evident that each one of them has translated their fashion philosophy and style into these unique boutique hotels.

If you have the chance to stay at the Hotel Le Notre Dame in Paris you'll see les chambres are as eccentric as their creator, the infamous Christian Lacroix.

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