Elizabeth is a Social Media and Creative Director at The Hudsucker. The Vancouver-based storyteller loves to explore her passions in music, film, fashion, art, literature, and travel. She is a human jukebox, an old soul who's young at heart, and a crazy corgi lady. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @ElizabethThe.
Earlier this April, I wandered the cobblestone streets of Rome, Italy in search of ancient artifacts and baroque beauty. What I discovered was that Roman design is best embodied in a specific architectural piece — the water fountain.
From the oldest fountain in Rome in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere (dating back to the 8th century) to the most famous fountain of all, Trevi Fountain, here are some snapshots of the towering creations and flowing water streams I found during my recent Roman holiday.
From March 29th to April 11th, I ventured to Italy for two weeks of eating, playing, and exploring my way through the Italian cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice. The Eternal City is the last city in my trio of major European capitals on my travel bucket list—London was in 2015 and Paris was in 2016, so naturally Rome was next on the hit list. I was also curious to witness the birthplace of the Renaissance in Florence and wander about the winding canals of the floating city of Venice, so I extended my sojourn into a two week excursion to cover multiple destinations. Thus, my fortnight of an Italian extravaganza was born!
While solo travel in the spring is a tradition of mine, this particular trip was quite the spur-of-the-moment decision. Due to the sudden life changes that had occurred at the start of the year, I had originally postponed my trip planning as I tried to determine my next career steps. However, after encountering bouts of anxiety over the uncontrollable uncertainty of my current situation, I realized that I wasn’t ready to enter the next phase just yet. I needed a break. I needed a temporary escape. I needed a vacation.
So, three weeks before my eventual departure, I booked an open-jaw ticket from Vancouver to Rome, and from Venice to Vancouver—and added train tickets from Rome to Florence and from Florence to Venice—and I vowed to take a breather and mend my mind, body, heart, and soul through living la dolce vita in Roma, Firenze, and Venezia.
The 89th Annual Academy Awards celebrated the magic of the movies in a year when the discussion of diverse storytelling rose in urgent prominence. With an increased mix of artists of different races and creeds represented among the lists of nominees, the awards ceremony raised expectations for an event that would recognize and unite creative talents from all walks of life. Here are the highlights from the 2017 Oscars.
Breakups and layoffs suck. Whether it’s the end of a long-term relationship with someone you love, the loss of a job you were dedicated to, or another life-altering situation, being thrust into these scenarios where a big part of your life comes to a sudden end is downright unnerving and terrifying.
You enter into that uncomfortable grey area of uncertainty, where before you looms a tough period of passage from what you knew towards what is unknown. To help you build resilience and respond better to an imposed transition, we share a few ways you can begin to part with the past, return to the present, and move ahead towards the future.
The 59th Annual Grammy Awards provided much-needed relief during these rocky times. As the recognized musicians demonstrated throughout the evening, the universal language of song can lift spirits, soothe souls, and help people as a healer, uniter, and motivator. Here are some of the top moments from the 2017 Grammys.