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According to many, Prague is one of those cities that has Paris-like charm. But for me,  since Prague is my hometown, when I go to Paris, I’d say it has much of the same Prague-like charm. Regardless of the rhetoric, both cities are beautiful and I love them dearly. What these two cities share in common, besides their obvious beauty,  is the  mysterious atmosphere and old glory way of being. These qualities especially come to life after the sunset when the city calms down and crowds of tourists slowly disappear, making it the perfect time to explore. Over the holidays I visited my family in  Prague and one evening managed to escape the craziness of the season to take a walk. It was freezing cold but nothing that one several gluhweins (hot spicy wine) and grogs (czech version of tea and rum) couldn’t fix.

To further indulge on wine, I revisited one of my favorite wine bars in Prague, the Monarch, which has one of the best collections of Czech wines, among many others, to taste and some great cheese/meat plates to go with it. Feeling ever so slightly buzzed and happy, I then walked some more and got to enjoy the best views of that misty and mysterious Prague from the Charles Bridge. Here are some of those moments. Can’t wait to be back again and if you’re lucky enough to be visiting Prague soon, send us a note, we’ll be happy to suggest some places to visit.


despite living in Tel Aviv for a few years already, there are only handful of Israeli designers that I’m very familiar with. This is something that I’d like to change over this year since there is much talent and innovation to discover here. Today I’d like  to share with you the work of Ron Naden, who combines several things that I love – silkscreen printing, color and Tel Aviv inspired design.

Ron is a 29 year old illustrator and animation art director living in Tel Aviv and here is a sample from his collection that was created for the occasion of Israel’s 61st independence. The main theme for this years’ celebrations was Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary. One of the styles used is a silkscreen printing technique, “a printing method that’s as old as time, 2011 style” as he puts it. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday and that these posters will inspire you to come to visit.

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I take a sort of residential pride in the fact that Tel Aviv was rated number 3 on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2011, coming in just behind New York and Tangiers. If I had to guess the reasoning, I would say it is likely because of the insane energy that this sleepless city boasts. I came across a photo spread of Tel Aviv that I think gives the best looking-glass into this incredible city. Check out here and here.

So here are just few of the many reason why WE  Tel Aviv:

  • Beach weather nearly all year around + beach to go with it
  • You can find a party every night of the week
  • You can find everything you need in Shuk Hacarmel
  • Great mix of fancy + mom and pop restaurants
  • Overall great city vibe
  • Flip flops are considered appropriate for almost every occasion
  • Where almost everyone knows your name (not good for those people trying to keep a low profile :))
  • Great humus and falafel on every corner
  • You can eat breakfast at all hours in most places
  • Everything is walking distance so no real need for a car

What about you? Have a list on your own that you’d like to share?

is what we are experiencing in Tel Aviv (and in Israel overall) these past weeks and as much as I love the summer I very much miss the four-season cycle and especially my very favorite season, fall. I believe that I’m speaking on behalf of all the sweaty and flushed people I see on the streets of Tel Aviv over the past six (?) months (it’s too hot to count) when I say that we have barely noticed that the summer has ended. It is craaazy but in terms of humidity/temperature, we are right up where we were during july and august. The only indication that we’ve moved past summer are shorter days and the fact that the beaches have emptied out since the summer tourists have left and the locals are simply getting tired of going to the beach. They are ready for some rain and cloudy days that will give them the excuse to stay at home and get cozy.

I always experience an excitement when shopping for autumn clothes that I don’t get when shopping during the summer, paying much more attention to the fabric, quality, color and style. Fall’s clothing always feels to me so settle and elegant, especially after this crazy summer full of florals and colors. Now, we do a lot most of our shopping abroad so it can be a little frustrating when nothing of what we buy abroad is wearable here, either ever or at least not for a few more months.

So until I travel abroad again, why not dream a little dream about a crisp autumn day when I would be wearing this ( and since it’s a dream, the price tags are not taken into consideration here :) ):

Instead of this (today’s outfit):

Have you ever seen a commercial and thought “I have to have that!” If you’re anything like me the answer is no. That was until I saw this amazing commercial from Castro. Castro is an Israeli clothing and accessory brand that most closely resembles the Gap in American terms. This commercial follows a girl through her day into night; plays fun, upbeat music and is just incredibly cute. Anyway, I saw it in the movie theater, fell in love with a pair of shoes and bought them the very next day .

They are high ankle, lace up boots in a great camel color. They came with me to London and were the perfect pair of shoes to take me all over town. Edgy, trendy and most important, comfortable + I saw similar shoes in a ton of London shops. Loving this trend for fall and winter