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All Nippon Airways Innovative New Website: Let’s Do Japan!

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For Nippon Lovers like me, you have to check out All Nippon Airways (ANA) awesome new website. Yes, Japan’s leading airline has just launched an innovative new site called “Let’s Do Japan” (, which lets visitors create their own Japanese manga personality while they learn helpful tips about Japanese culture and trends. A quirky little intro to the culture before you set your sights on sushi and kabuki, the clean design and tongue-in-cheek style is enough to make anyone with a pulse and a smile want to book a ticket ASAP. And, if you are a true Japanophile and anime enthusiast, you also don’t want to miss, Manganizer.

Visitors can immerse themselves in their own story through Manganizer, or discover other helpful tips and interesting facts about Japan and Japanese culture through 360 Japan, another fun, high-tech glimpse into what to expect when you visit Japan for the first time or the tenth. Who wouldn’t want to be the hero of their own manga-style story?





Looking like the Beach in Winter


Finally, someone thought of the perfect solution. The marriage of blush and bronzer! Thanks, Cargo. Our winter skin was wan and bland when four shades came sauntering in. Swept together, these create the perfect color for the skin, giving a flushed cheeks/sun-kissed glow. Just don’t you dare over do it. It’s easy because it’s so much fun, but one sweep each cheek will do. Otherwise, you’ll have to rub it all off. Its formula contains light reflective shimmer particles that highlight the skin and soften the appearance of fine lines, but what’s more… a light sweep and you’re looking fresh faced and healthy, Cali style.

Price: $30

Available in six shades (Cable Beach, Coral Beach, Echo Beach, Miami Beach, Sunset Beach and Tenerife). These are avail. via the link below or Duane Reade, and Cargo.

Get Geared Up For Coachella

Coachella Style

Coachella Style

Yes, we’re already looking toward Coachella 2013 (and damn that Bowie rumor… is it true?!). So, from the fashionable to downright fundamental, that will help you survive six intense days of musical mayhem that is Coachella. Trust us, you’ll get dusted and drunk, but enjoy every minute of it. Well, minus the ‘finding your car’ part at the end of the night if you’re not camping (or glamping) onsite.
1. Find a go-to outfit to look hot and stay cool. Try Element Eden Shannon tank and concert shorts from their Spring 2013 collection.
2. Keep your essentials within reach with this Element Eden backpack for Summer 2013.
3. Think cool thoughts with these VonZipper Cletus sunglasses from their Frostbyte series.
4. The VIP pass is optional, sunscreen isn’t. Save your skin with Epicuren’s X-treme Cream sunscreen with SPF 45.
5. Brave the wild world of the Girl Talk crowd with Spirithood’s new Coyote from their Spring 2013 line. Too hot for fur? Their Summer 2013 line includes NEW Terrycloth Spirithoods!
6. Channel your inner Feist-iness with Element Eden’s Polynesian Tea maxi dress for Summer 2013.
7. Another no brainer. Never be caught without a bottle of water. Icelandic Glacial Water is the perfect refreshing choice.
8. Missed Deadmau5’s set because you were sidetracked at the new beer garden? Keep track of time with NEFF’s Flava watch.
9. You might be hot in the daytime, but don’t forget you’re in the desert. Stay warm at night with Stance “Kingston” socks.
10. Let’s face it, your shoes are going to get dirty, but these Etnies Woozy hi-tops, from Spring 2013, will look cute in the process.
11. Stuck in the long entrance line? Start your own dance party with the portable wireless Phoenix speaker by Beacon. Try one of the new spring colors for these tiny speakers.
12. Keep safe from the sun with the Bungalow hat by Element Eden from Summer 2013.

A Design Star’s Eco Tips

David Bromstad

This week, adorable design guru, David Bromstad, the original winner of HGTV Design Star, tells us some of his eco-adventure tips.  Now host and designer on his first hit series for HGTV, Color Splash, he’s completed more than 100 makeovers for Color Splash around the country including San Francisco, New York and Miami. David has also appeared on HGTV programs including HGTV’d, HGTV Showdown, and Bang for Your Buck. His infectious blend of energy, creativity, and dedication to each project distinguish him as a truly unique artist, design personality, and television host so we’re thrilled he’s here to share his insight.

1. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?

Mykonos, Greece. I go nearly every Summer with a big, wonderful group of people.  Mykonos is such an amazingly beautiful place! The people are wonderful, the food is unbelievable and it’s very gay friendly. My favorite place to stay is Hotel Hermes and I absolutely love Elia Beach. For more tips, you can also check out this website:

2. Are there any natural wonders of the world you’ve visited or places on your bucket list?

The Grand Canyon is the US’s own natural wonder of the world, and it is spectacular! Pictures don’t nearly do it justice. The vastness of the Canyon, and the sheer scale of nature is something everyone should see for themselves.  I would really love to see the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro; plus the Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest definitely have a place on my bucket list.

3. Any eco-travel tips for our readers?

As much as I love the convenience of little travel toiletries, that is one way you can be more eco friendly. Using re-usable bottles is a great way to bring the products you love while still being eco conscious. Also you can now research your Carbon Footprint or “offset” your Carbon Footprint with tips from sites like this:

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

4. When – and why  – did you become passionate about up cycling?

Upcycling is the next step up from Recycling. It’s taking old, unusable products and making them into something wonderful! I have always been passionate about finding design in unusual places and using thing in interesting new ways… Recycling and being environmentally conscious is something that is so so important. And creating something beautiful is one of my all time favorite things to do.

We agree, David, which is why we love sites like and Why buy new when you can get the same thing for less and save a little of the planet while you’re at it?

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