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Sea Turtle Mosaic Project made by Custom Mosaics via Connie Williams for use by 360 Magazine

CUSTOM MOSAICS BY CONNIE

Custom Mosaics, which Connie Williams founded in 2012, focuses on customizing mosaics to each customer’s specifications. Each mosaic made from Custom Mosaic is unique and “One of a kind,” perfectly matching every client’s personality.

After moving to the coast (Near Gulf Shores, AL), Connie and her husband were not able to find the perfect sea turtle for the kitchen and bath of their new house. Therefore, under the influence of her mom who was a Ceramic teacher for most of Connie’s life, she decided to use some of her basic ceramic skills to make and install the “Sea Turtles” by herself which surprisingly played a huge part in the selling of the home. In the end, Connie decided to go into the “Sea Turtle” business, turning the marine organisms into mosaics to bring the “AT THE BEACH” feel. 

Although Connie has made many mosaics close to the “Sea Turtle” one, the “Sea Turtle” shower project has been the most popular mosaic so far with the overall goal of making people feel like they are actually among sea life. The shower that the “Sea Turtle” is in started as a 5-foot garden tub and was replaced with a 5-foot shower. The mosaic is the focal piece of the shower and is 20” tall by 32” wide. Every mosaic piece was hand cut from ceramic clay by Connie, starting with a 25-pound block of clay. 

For a complete project, Connie would always make many “filler” tiles at a time and try to keep all different colors in stock. As for the focal pieces, such as sea turtles, tropical fish, etc, she tries to keep most of those made and in stock as well so shecan directly pull the focal piece the client wants and start their one-of-a-kind mosaic. Customers would always be involved as much as possible during the whole project to ensure they could get the most satisfactory design. Meanwhile, The installation process is also accessible by simply adding mortar to the wall, pressing mosaic on and letting them dry and grout. 

Besides the regular business running, Connie makes several pieces every year and donates for auctions with organizations such as Cancer Research, Autism and several different Dog Rescue groups. She always feels wonderful and proud after seeing the pieces raise money for these groups. Last year, the piece of a surfboard-shaped mosaic with a sea turtle raised over 2,000.00 for one of the groups alone.  

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HOFSAS HOUSE HOTEL

DISCONNECTING FROM THE WORLD IS EASIER WITH AN ASTONISHING OCEAN VIEW IN HOFSAS HOUSE HOTEL

The charming hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts a boutique family-owned inn with 38 uniquely decorated rooms. A thalassophile is able to watch glorious sunsets over the Pacific Ocean from the seclusion of the inn’s decks or rooms. Hofsas offers a warm ambiance with its fireplaces, exclusive balconies and wet bars or kitchens. Comfortability seems to be their primary priority.

Amongst their amenities, you can enjoy a continental breakfast with French roasted coffee, tea, fresh pastries delivered from a local bakery, juice and/or fruit. After satisfying your hunger, you can relax in its heated swimming pool and dry saunas or walk about the area with your pet-friendly. If that is not enough, there is also free wireless internet access.

Hofsas House has a welcoming mural painted by their featured artist Maxine Albro, who also made the headboard spotted in room 47. Albro was commissioned by her friend Donna Hofsas, the hotel’s founder. In the 1940s and 1950s, Maxine was living in Carmel. After the main four-story addition to the Hofsas House was completed in 1957, Donna asked Maxine to create the wall painting and add other highlights to the front of the building to enhance the Bavarian theme. She also painted the three pictures hanging in the lobby. Maxine Albro was an artist who worked between Mexico and San Francisco. She carried out many commissions under programs of the New Deal, such as the Federal Works of Art Project and the Works Progress Administration. Albro was one of the foremost female artists to be hired as a muralist for this national project. The most significant commission Albro executed in her career was a mural at Coit Tower in San Francisco. As a tribute to Maxine, Hofsas House commissioned local artist Christine Sorensen to touch up a headboard and valance, faux paint the walls, enhance the end tables and glaze the crown molding in Room 47.

Hofsas House can be proud of its marvelous localization. Everything, including the beach, is well within walking distance.
In that respect is an iconic 45-year- old restaurant called The Whaling Station Steakhouse, where 360 MAGAZINE had the opportunity to taste its exceptional menu. In this steakhouse, you can find executive Chef David Stember’s very own creations, such as prime rib egg rolls ( shaved prime rib, caramelized onions and a Gruyere – Emmental – Swiss cheese blend stuffed inside a crispy egg roll wrapper ) and an open-faced bourbon BBQ beef sandwich on garlic toast. The Whaling Station was one of the first to cook the $99 prime porterhouse steak for two, USDA PRIME grade prime rib, an accolade –
winning wine list, the now-famous open-faced steak sandwich, Caesar salad tossed tableside, the ability to add a lobser tail to any entrée, and Castroville artichokes. Moreover, The Bar at The Whaling Station has its own menu and its own local following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly. The Whaling Station is the perfect choice for a meal during a peaceful stay in Hofsas House.

Article by Ana de Cozar + Vaughn Lowery

Verdad Nicaragua provides family trip for kids getting away from phones for use by 360 Magazine

VERDAD NICARAGUA – BETTER THAN AN IPHONE

BETTER THAN AN iPhone –THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE VACATION

Verdad Nicaragua serves up a family summer vacation that beats screen time for kids of any age

Every parent knows that getting your kids to untether from their phones long enough to have a conversation, let alone an experience, is nearly impossible these days. This summer Verdad Nicaragua, on the shores of the Southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua, offers parents the ultimate summer adventure that will convince even teenagers that IRL beats virtual scrolling any day of the week.

This laid-back boutique hotel overlooking Playa Escameca Grande coastline offers up just enough remoteness and just enough luxury to entice the entire family. You can hang out on the beach or poolside, while your kids explore whatever they are into, or the whole family can head out to see the real Nicaragua. Verdad Nicaragua’s custom adventure packages can be designed around getting your kids to connect with reality. 

  • Surf vs. Snapchat: With the resort’s surf school and professional coaches, your kid will soon be riding the waves rather than stroking the keys.  
  • PADI vs. Pintrest: You’ll need no more inspiration than the crystal blue waters and the world that lives below to get your kid interested in becoming PADI-certified at Verdad Nicaragua. 
  • Fishing vs. Facebook: Hook your kid on the excitement of reeling in the big one with a fishing adventure in the waters between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and Cocina Verdad will prepare your catch for dinner. 
  • Trotting vs. Twitter: Saddle up and explore the undeveloped, untouched, mountainous countryside on horseback with experienced local guides.
  • Treetop Thrills vs. Tik Tok: Soar through the forest canopy and get a birds-eye view of wildlife and nature with a not to be missed zip line tour. 
  • Waterfalls vs. Wifi: Hike in the tropical rainforest and plunge into the natural swimming pools as part of an adventure near the Costa Rican border.

Families can choose from one of four ocean view single story casitas, or one duplex casita that feature private decks and outdoor showers, or a fifth ocean and valley view casita that sleeps three, plus two poolside rooms. With five casitas and two rooms with full-size beds, Verdad Nicaragua is also perfect for a buy out for families looking for a multi-generational getaway. Resort amenities include open-air yoga/fitness studio (fully stocked with functional fitness and yoga gear) a relaxing pool with lounge chairs and an honor bar, a massage studio, and a laid-back lounge perfect for enjoying a sunset cocktail or a board game after a day of fun exploring the surrounding area. 

About Verdad Nicaragua:

Verdad Nicaragua is an eco-friendly boutique resort nestled on the shores of Playa Escameca in Southern Nicaragua. The laid-back luxurious property features modern casitas with private decks and poolside rooms that overlook the gardens and sea. The secluded hillside resort invites guests to explore the stunning landscape, or simply relax on the untouched Southern Pacific coast. The resort offers custom designed adventure packages, a surf school and PADI certification programs.

https://www.verdadnicaragua.com/

Spirits illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

Freedom Sip

As we enter the summer season, it’s important to stay refreshed and hydrated as the Sun shines bright. If you’re in search of the most pristine cocktails to indulge in by the pool or at the beach this time of year, explore no more! 360 Magazine has you covered with an array of spirits that will keep you relaxed and feeling your best.

Batch & Bottle

For those looking for an even simpler July 4th treat, the Batch & Bottle Reyka Rhubarb Cosmopolitan is the perfect option! The glacial Reyka Vodka harnesses natural rhubarb whilst mingling with tangy blood orange and zingy fresh lime to create an eruption of Icelandic intrigue. Simply chill, pour into a coupe glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and you’re ready for backyard BBQs, beachside hangs, and more summertime fun.

SAILOR JERRY SPICED RUM

Don’t Tread on Jerry

Ingredients:

  • Top with sarsaparilla or root beer
  • 3 dashes Bitters
  • 2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

Method: Build cocktail in Collins glass over ice, stirring until mixed well. Garnish with lime wedge.

Backyard Tea 

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 3 parts black tea
  • 1 part fresh lemonade

Method: Build all ingredients in a rock-filled highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

REYKA VODKA

Frozen Cosmo

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Reyka Vodka
  • 2 parts Cranberry juice
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1.75 parts simple syrup (1:1)
  • 1.75 parts water

Method: Combine all ingredients into ice cup and place in the freezer.

Iceland Spritz

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Reyka Vodka
  • 6 parts Raspberry & Rhubarb Tonic

Method: Build over ice in a large wine glass. Garnish with fresh berries. 

HENDRICK’S GIN

Don’t Call Me Shirley

Created by Hendrick’s Ambassador Mattias Horseman

Ingredients:

  • 2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • ¼ Part Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Juice or Grenadine
  • ¼ Part Orange Liqueur
  • Top with Fever-Tree Lemon Tonic

Method: Garnish with a squeeze of lemon, a fresh cherry, and cucumber slices in a highball glass.

Cucumber Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ parts Hendrick’s Gin
  • ½ part Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Simple Syrup
  • Top with Soda Water
  • 3 rounds of Cucumber and 1 wheel of Lemon to Garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice and lightly stir. Garnish with 3 thinly sliced rounds of cucumber and 1 lemon wheel and serve.

MILAGRO TEQUILA

Fiesta Americana

Created by Milagro Ambassador Luis Lopez

Ingredients:

  • 5 muddled strawberries at the bottom of the glass
  • 2 parts Milagro Silver Tequila
  • 2 parts coco cream
  • ¾ parts lemon juice
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • ¼ part agave nectar

Method: Garnish with buzz ball rim (blue), shake, strain over fresh ice, and serve in a tall glass.

Watermelon Margarita

Created by East Coast Ambassador, Manny Pena

Ingredients: 

  • 2 parts Milagro Silver 
  • 2 parts Watermelon juice  
  • 1 part Lime
  • ½ part agave nectar 

Method: Shake and strain over fresh ice into a glass with a salted rim. Add lime wheel, lime wedge, or watermelon triangle to garnish.

FISTFUL OF BOURBON

Fistful of 4th Pops

Created by Anthony Bohlinger, National Fistful of Bourbon Brand Ambassador

Ingredients:

  • Strawberry Top
    • 2 cup Diced Strawberries
    • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
    • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • Colada Center
    • 1 ½ cups of fresh pineapple cubes
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut cream
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 part Fistful of Bourbon
    • 1 ½ Teaspoons Fresh lime Juice
    • ¼ Teaspoon kosher salt
  • Blueberry Base
  • 2 cups Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Granulated sugar
  • ½ cup Greek Yogurt

Method: Makes 12 popsicles. For each flavor section, add all ingredients in a blender & puree. Fill popsicle molds ¼ full with strawberry blend and freeze for 1 hour. Take colada mix and fill popsicle molds ¾ full and freeze for 1 hour. Add the blueberry mix and insert popsicle base and freeze for one hour. Finish with lime zest over the whole popsicle.

HUDSON WHISKEY

Cilantro Nectarine Smash

Ingredients:

Method:Add cilantro, nectarine and simple syrup to cocktail shaker and muddle gently, releasing juice from the nectarine without tearing the cilantro leaves. Add rye and ice to shaker and shake to chill. Dump all into rocks glass. Garnish with fresh sprig of cilantro – slap before serving to release aromatics. 

*Cilantro can be substituted with any herb you love – sage, basil, rosemary all make for a great cocktail.

GLENFIDDICH 

The Glenfiddich Highland Cooler

Created by Allan Roth, Glenfiddich Ambassador

Ingredients:

Method: This might be one of the simplest, and most delicious, drinks you can make on the 4th of July.  Simply cool the juice (pureed fruit) of a ripe, seedless watermelon, and mix it five to one with Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve.  Pour into a highball or rocks glass and garnish with a small watermelon wedge and some mint.  

For extra credit, stick the 5:1 mixture in the freezer.  Once it’s set, scrape it out with a fork to create a delicious watermelon Glenfiddich snow cone.

THE BALVENIE 

When Birds Do Sing

Created by The Balvenie  Ambassador Naomi Leslie 

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts The Balvenie Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 Year
  • ½ part Lillet Blanc Aperitif 
  • ¾ part Simple Syrup
  • ¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 4 dashes Grapefruit Bitters

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake briefly. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

TULLAMORE D.E.W. / Monkey Shoulder

Monkey See Monkey DEW

Ingredients:

1 part Tullamore D.E.W

1 part Monkey Shoulder

.75 part Lemon Juice

.5 part Orgeat

.5 part Simple Syrup

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass, garnish with a blood orange wheel (or orange wedge)

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The Immortal IPA – Elysian Brewing

Elysian Brewing recently unveiled a label refresh for one of its OG beers, which was first brewed over 25 years ago. As one of their longest standing beers, Immortal’s original label was inspired by Greek mythology, showcasing Zeus sitting defiantly on his throne as he harnesses heaven’s lightning into a vibrant scepter of power and fire. 

Seeking to maintain a connection to the beer’s original roots, Elysian’s design team approached the Immortal refresh by looking at the original tagline ‘Power in Balance’ as a jumping-off point for new art. They had attempted to refresh the brand several times over the past few years, but nothing really clicked until this original narrative was introduced into a tarot framework – an idea that was first sparked last year. 

To further build upon this framework, each of the designers were enrolled in a tarot class and the synchronicity helped to inform and illuminate this direction they’d ultimately charted. Individually, each designer created a tarot card that represents a different part of Immortality. Together all three cards tell an interconnected story, but individually represent a different part of Immortality:

  • Turtle + Lion: Balance / The Immortal Balance
  • Old Man: Wisdom / The Immortal Wisdom
  • Snakes: Power / The Immortal Power

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Huba-Huba Cambodia via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

HUBA-HUBA CAMBODIA

By: Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Cameron Michael Parkes was born in Vancouver, Canada (in British Columbia). He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in petroleum. While working at a consulting firm, the oil prices dropped and he used his severance package to travel the world.

Throughout his two year journey in Southeast Asia, he found himself at Koh Rong Samloem – a small island just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Two main places to stay are Saracen Bay (dense more modern filled with tourists) or Mpei Bay (rustic village area with tons of locals). After a few weeks in both places, Cameron decides to trench through the hot and sticky jungle (with snakes, wild monkeys and insects) to the most desolate yet serene part of the island, Sunset Beach. He quickly becomes acquainted with paradise and decides to plant his feet at Huba-Huba where he enjoys perfect sunsets with unobstructed sea views.

After a brief trip to Sri Lanka, he returns to Huba-Huba to discover that the owner’s husband had passed in a tragic motorcycle accident. The widow offered to sell and Cameron decided to purchase. Looking back he says, “I like the beach-jungle vibe which isn’t perfect. I love this spot. Right on the beach, beautiful bay, monkeys come around, geckos.”

Huba-Huba Cambodia

Situated at the end of the beach, it contains 4 bungalows, 1 family bungalow, 4 private double rooms and 1 dorm – 8 beds and 3 tents. Their kitchen is armed with one of the best cooks on the entire island. Their “BBQ Nights” serve up sensational samplers of pork ribs, tofu, prawns and chicken. Polite waitstaff, heavy handed mixologists and free painting station where you can repurpose instruments as well as pieces of wood to build a sculpture from scratch. Snorkeling gear is available for rental.

Sleeping Trees owned by Yves Chalot

Yves (a notable bartender from Brittany) came to Sunset Beach as a dive instructor and fell in love. One day after speaking with his bosses, he discovers a beachfront property for rent. Then he invites his brother (a carpenter) and they decided to erect ‘Sleeping Trees.’ The name derived from only having tree tents and the idea of ‘sleep in’ trees arose. The vacation area has two newly renovated bungalows, four tipis and four tree tents. Each space can accommodate up to two people. In addition, there’s a 4-room dorm which can host eight. At the present moment, both owners want to focus on better gardening and overall aesthetics of the property. Best attributes are their crepes, homemade rum shots and Reggae Night on Saturdays.

Robinson Bungalows

Sebastian Straub, former social worker in Switzerland, has now owned the property for 5 years alongside of his wife Julia. Their location is pet-friendly and includes 7 bungalows and 7 tipis. Each bungalow is constructed from wood with straw rooves perfect for a cozy and tropical stay. Their reimaginged family bungalow or ‘Cozy Kikki Lu’ is an ideal choice for guests seeking modern-like amenities. Tents make for a perfect glamping experience since they’re about thirty feet from the ocean. We enjoyed soaking up the sun in one of the 20 hammocks on the premises. Take advantage of the full bar and $1 beers during happy hour. The onsite restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local produce and fresh catches when possible. Our favorite menu items were the English breakfast, hearty fruit bowls, red snapper and barbecued pork & chicken skewer. You may enjoy meals upstairs (two-stories high) in an outdoor covered dining patio and/or at the beach bar. Every morning, a taxi boat for guests cost $10 to go to the city and is easily accessible.

Sunboo Beach Bungalows

Karlo and Parisa Zahipour Moarefi both came from Austria, borrowed money from friends and invested in Sunboo. There are 6 Bungalows and a dorm with 8 beds. The beach or garden bungalows have ceiling fans and newly renovated bathrooms and sinks. With a strong Italian influence, everyday dining is delightful. For breakfast they make french toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and homemade baguettes. For lunch fresh gnocchi, burgers and triple fried french fries. The dinner menu is westernized with our favorite thin crust pizza. And of course the Sunboo beach bar is the party area where we sip and socialize. One of the only establishments which serve wine on Sunset Beach.

Sunset Adventures Dive Shop

They offer a full array of outdoor activities on the island with two locations – Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach. We took their half-day diving class (for all levels) and their master instructors were extremely attentive. The rock climbing experience offers amazing views of the sea. Kayaking trips are a must-try with a guide to discover the wonderful island and underwater world. The most intriguing activity on the island is the nighttime plankton tour which allows one to witness and capture their bioluminescence.

Lazy Beach Resort

A private tropical hideaway on Koh Rong Samloem. The vacation area has 1 private beach, 22 bungalows and 1 guest house. The wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering waters edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do, but also board games, snorkeling and dive sites. The infamous bar is a must visit with the number one drink being the ‘Bahama Mama.’ All sorts of signature drinks like brown and white rum malibu, grenadine and juices. This private beach getaway is breathtaking.

Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse

The most amazing experience on the island and also its highest point. We recommend you take a taxi boat to the drop-off or trail which leads up to the lighthouse. Rumored to have been an old military watch tower, the views are spectacular. Be prepared to climb at least 7 to 8 stories to the top. The smell inside the lighthouse is a tad overwhelming and rancid. Be willing to pay at least $1-3 USD for the private tour. That price does not include the taxi boat.

Vaughn Lowery on a taxi boat in Mpei Bay
Ping pong at Huba-Huba Cambodia
Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse
Vaughn Lowery dives w/ Sunset Adventures
Sleeping Trees at Sunset Beach
Sunset at Sunset Beach
Sunset Adventures Dive Shop on Sunset Beach
Inside Sleeping Trees newly renovated bungalow
Sleeping Trees tipi
Owners of Sunboo Beach Bungalows
Sweet & sour tofu at Sleeping Trees
Tempura battered chicken at Huba-Huba Cambodia
English breakfast at Robinson Bungalows
Huba-Huba Cambodia staff member
Tents at Huba-Huba Cambodia
Cameron Michael Parkes of Huba-Huba Cambodia
Outdoor area at Huba-Huba Cambodia
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Naya Traveler Colombia Trip

Naya Traveler is known for their one-of-a-kind travel experiences that cultivate rich experiences with beloved family and friends. Each trip is created to optimize travel time, and to ensure that guests have an unforgettable time at their fabulous destination.

Naya Traveler recently announced their latest Colombia trip that takes off this March.

Rich in biodiversity and full of the world’s most beautiful landmarks, Colombia is a travel destination like no other. Embodied by breathtaking ocean views to hills of green accompanied by Colombia-grown coffee to the snow-encompassed Andean summits, Colombia has everything that you could want out of a vacation and more.  

The trip curated by Naya Traveler guarantees guests learn extensive background regarding Colombia’s roots from local experts. Unique and rare experiences are created and always aim to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of each space.

Luxurious levels of relaxation and assistance are certified through your trip with spectacular itineraries sure to cover all the landmarks Colombia has to offer. Whether you’re exploring through the mountains in the Sierra del Cocuy or setting out towards the Pacific Coast to enjoy some whale watching, each Naya Traveler trip will have you stunned.

Starting at $1,000USD per guest per day, rates consist of accommodations, domestic airfare, transportation, host and expert guides, daily activities and excursions, limited meals and services with an on-call team that safeguards your trip 24/7. International airfare not included in pricing. For more information visit HERE.

To celebrate this years upcoming International Women’s Day, Naya Traveler had the chance to chat with Blanca Londono. Blanca runs Colombia’s Finca Silletera – a female-owned business that puts tradition, culture and female empowerment at the forefront of their principles.

Born and raised in Santa Elena, Blanca works with her family on making silletas for decades. The business is something so sacred to her family, something passed down throughout their family history.

Q: Blanca, what are the traditional types of silletas?

A: The silletas can be presented in different types: the monumental, where the arrangement is made flower by flower, emblematic (flat), artistic (in three dimensions) and traditional. They are built using dozens of types of flowers.

Q: How many women in the family are dedicated to this?

A: Six sisters and three daughters. My three daughters and I plant and pick the flowers, we sell them and parade.

Q: What is it about Santa Elena that makes it such a special ideal area for flower-growing?

A: Santa Elena has very good, generous land. We are located 8,500 ft above sea level: we could plant anything in this soil. We don’t use greenhouses, everything is open air land, and we only use organic fertilizers.

Q: What are your childhood memories, growing up in the silleteros tradition?

A: I treasure the most beautiful memories being absolute winners in all 4 versions of silletas. The greatest pride is to be recognized among many artisans. It means that our teamwork is shared and celebrated as an entire family.

Q: How do people live their daily lives in Santa Elena?

A: Here people are wonderful, chatty, we love gathering among neighbors, cousins, siblings… people are so very kind.

Q: Blanca, how would you define Colombians and being Colombian?

A: Colombians are hardworking, honest, straight-forward. We value peace, tranquility and have much respect for visitors, wanting them to have a great experience when traveling around our Country. To me, being Colombian is the greatest thing in life. And living in Santa Elena is something I take immense pride in.

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Naya Traveler Colombia press images courtesy of Naya Traveler for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Naya Traveler Colombia press images courtesy of Naya Traveler for use by 360 MAGAZINE
Naya Traveler Colombia press images courtesy of Naya Traveler for use by 360 MAGAZINE
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Discover Puerto Rico × Pantone

Boriqua Interior Designer Cristina Villalón curates tips on how to best incorporate the color Puerto Rico Sunshine into a space. This fiery red-orange color created by Pantone is a combination of the sunbeams that grace the island throughout the day, refined by a physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico. Villalón, a leading designer in Puerto Rico with projects all over the Americas is the ideal eye to recommend how to integrate Puerto Rico Sunshine into any room or décor.

According to Villalón, orange is a dynamic color. It should be used to add energy to a room and make a space come alive. Thus, if you reside in a cold place, adding an orange wall will automatically add warmth and ebullience to the space.

Puerto Rico Sunshine alongside neutral tones such as gray have a neutralizing effect to tone down the brightness. For full island-vibes, blues also complement orange beautifully and make the perfect combination in a vibrant beach house or beachy themed room. It is recommended to use only one vivid color, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, in any given space. Using a neutral palette and natural textures, then adding pops of this bold orange in accessories makes for a soothing yet cheerful space. Painting an entire room a strong, overwhelming color can be a bit too much for most interior design tastes. Villalón recommends painting one wall in a room the brighter, statement-making color, and the rest a more neutral tone. Not only will the accent wall stand out and become a focal point, but it won’t overpower the rest of the décor elements and make you want to run out of the room! Other trends include incorporating accent colors in a wall mural. A wall mural permits you to incorporate as much or as little of an accent color as you would like, and you can also add texture and visual interest with the pattern or design you choose.

A great way to offer cohesion to the room is to paint only one wall an orange, like Puerto Rico Sunshine, and then repeat the color via furniture pieces or accessories. Some of these ways include adding color to the entryway of your home, updating older furniture, framing a mirror, or even making your own artwork. The eye-catching possibilities are as endless as the sun’s rays. Color is an extremely powerful force and too much of anyone can leave a room or space unbalanced. Yet the right amount can invigorate a home and its visitors!

Cristina Villalón is the Co-founder, Principal Interior Designer and the Director of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón® | Architecture & Interior Design. Recognized for her attractive, welcoming, and functional interior designs, Villalón was awarded in 2015 with the Star on the Rise Award from the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). In 2016, Cristina was named among the Top 40 Under 40 by the magazine Design: Retail and that same year, Caribbean Business awarded her the same distinction. Villalón is a proud mother of three beautiful daughters, a recycling activist and gender equality, an insatiable reader and a lifelong learner.

Discover Puerto Rico and Pantone featured in 360 MAGAZINE.

*Special thanks to Discover Puerto Rico for providing images and access to Cristina Villalón.

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Upcoming SLS Performances

It’s a good time to head over to SLS South Beach Hyde Beach. There are a lot of awesome events that are happening this weekend including concerts by David California, Max Styler, Louis Dee, and Livitup. Check out the full itinerary down below. 

Thursday, January 6

  • Rosé Thursdays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – David California: Start celebrating the New Year early! Join us at SLS Hyde Beach at 11 AM to rosé all day with sounds by David California.

Friday, January 7

  • Haus of Hyde at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach- Max Styler & Louis Dee: Head over to SLS South beach with sounds by Max Styler & Louis Dee at 10 PM.
  • Retreat Fridays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Danny Stern: Keep the party going with sounds by DJ Danny Stern at 12 PM. 

Saturday, January 8

  • SLS South Beach Hyde Beach –Rascal and David California: Head over to SLS South beach with sounds by Rascal and David California at 10 PM

Sunday, January 9

SLS Sundays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – DJ Don Hot, Livitup, and Frankie P: Join us this Sunday at SLS South Beach to soak up the sun and sip your way through the day with sounds by DjDonhot, Livitup, and FrankieP at 12 PM.

Spend NYE in Miami

As the Christmas holiday swiftly approaches, planning for the following weekend can seem worlds away. As New Year’s Eve & Day will arrive in just a blink, here is a comprehensive list of some of Miami’s best holiday options to celebrate the arrival of 2022 flavorfully, safely, and fabulously! From New Year’s Eve & Day dinners, brunches, and parties, some of our favorite venues are opening their outdoor and indoor venues for you, your loved ones, and audiences. 

THURSDAY, December 30th

Rosé Thursdays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – David California: Start celebrating the New Year early! Come to SLS Hyde Beach to rosé all day with sounds by David California.

FRIDAY, December 31st

Retreat Fridays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Danny Stern: Keep the celebration going and head over to SLS South beach with sounds by Danny Stern. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Diplomat Prime: 3..2…1! Celebrate the New Year with delicious cuisine and drinks at The Diplomat at Diplomat Prime.

THE FOREST OF HIKARI- Chotto Matte: Ring in the new year with an eye-catching art installation paired with the high vibes of DJ Dave Sol.

Quite a Night at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – Luciano: Dance the year away at Hyde Beach with sounds by Luciano!

Diamonds are Forever at Altitude Pool & Lounge – DJ Cardi: Brickell Scene presents Diamonds Are Forever | A New Year’s Eve function happening Friday, December 31st on the Open-Air Altitude Pool Deck located at SLS Brickell. Come for a memorable NYE event in the heart of Brickell, alongside Miami local celebrity DJ CARDI. General admission and premium open bar tickets are available for purchase along with table package options. 

NYE at The Bazaar at SLS South Beach: No better place to welcome 2022 than at the Bazaar at  SLS South Beach! Come to dance and drink the night away.

NYE at Katsuya at SLS South Beach: Come to Katsuya at SLS South Beach this New Year’s Eve for a fun-filled night by the water.

 NYE Dinner at Fi’lia: Say goodbye to 2021 with a 5-course meal at Filia at SLS Brickell!

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Salvaje: Come to Salvaje this New Year’s Eve to bring in the new year the wild way!

New Year Experience at Wayku: Come to at Wayku this New Year’s Eve to bring in the new year the luxurious way!

NYE 2022 at W South Beach: Come to experience a New Year’s Eve like no other at the W South beach with the Ultimate Opera Show.

SATURDAY, January 1st

Retreat Fridays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – David California and Damaged Goods: Enjoy some rays and sip drinks by the pool at SLS Hyde Beach with sounds by David California and Damaged Goods.

New Year’s Day Recovery Brunch at Fi’lia: Fi’lia will be hosting the perfect solution to help terrible hangovers with a full burger bar menu where you can build your recovery burger that comes with fries. For those who want to continue the party, Fi’lia is offering Bottomless Beverage packages. To keep the vibes going there will be a live DJ. 

Elderbrook at Hyde Beach: Come to Hyde Beach in SLS South beach to jam the night away with sounds by Elderbrook.

SUNDAY, January 2nd

SLS Sundays at SLS South Beach Hyde Beach – HeartAttack and Chizzle: Head over this Sunday to SLS South Beach to soak up the sun and sip your way through the day with sounds by HeartAttack and Chizzle

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Beach Yoga SoCal × LupasLA – Friendsgiving

Beach Yoga SoCal is celebrating Friendsgiving with a month of gratitude offering unique, beachfront wellness experiences throughout the month of November to raise awareness for Lupus LA. The popular Santa Monica wellness studio is offering a Friendsgiving package of “10 shareable classes for $150” through Nov. 30, with 10% of all profit from Friendsgiving sales being donated to Lupus LA, a leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes and a cure for Lupus. Perfect for locals and tourists alike, Beach Yoga SoCal provides daily wellness by the water for all levels while supporting a great cause!

Vee Desai Gomez, Founder and Lead Instructor of Beach Yoga SoCal began teaching yoga after being diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune illness five years ago. Vee quickly realized the benefits of yoga and how it helped her cope with her illness. “I am excited to offer our all-levels yoga classes to raise awareness and support Lupus LA, a wonderful organization supporting a cause near and dear to my heart,” says Gomez. Vee is also an Autoimmune Coach, and her coaching program is called Immune Strong Coaching. 

“The therapeutic effect of being by the water improves mental and physical health and has a number of important mental health benefits that help cope with the disease. All of your senses are heightened when you spend time on the beach. Staring at the blue ocean actually changes brain wave frequency, and puts us in a meditative state. The sound of the waves, coupled with the sight of the ocean, activates the parasympathetic nervous system which allows us to relax and be more engaged. The oxygen atoms by the ocean have an extra electron which gives the atom a negative charge. This allows you to breathe deeper and fill your lung capacity resulting in an energy boost. In my classes, I show students how to connect with their environment while bending and moving the body in a functional way.” 

In addition to the “10 classes for $150” Friendsgiving promotion, BYSC will also be offering a full moon ceremony on Nov. 19th which includes intention setting, yoga, and sound bath. Athleta will also be sponsoring the Signature Beach Flow class on Nov. 14 & Nov. 28th at 10:30 a.m. and giving away free swag bags and raffling a $100 gift certificate to attendees (while supplies last).

Beach Yoga SoCal (BYSC) offers 25 classes per week for all levels taught by leading West Coast wellness instructors, with a variety of wellness experiences such as yoga, sound baths, meditations, various sunrise and sunset beach flow sessions, restorative slow flow, and sunset Yoga nidra and savasana. Class prices range from 10 classes for $150 (3 months to use and are shareable with family and friends), $25 drop-in, and unlimited $200 (excludes workshops or events). Members get special invites, discounts, events, health happy hours, and more. 

Beach Yoga SoCal has two locations directly on the beach in Santa Monica, CA. The first is in front of Perry’s Cafe by the water, South of Santa Monica Pier and just North of Lifeguard Tower 26. The second location is North of Santa Monica Pier by Lifeguard Tower 2, in front of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Parking is located at 2600 Barnard Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 for $1/hr, 2 hr Max (lot is on the right). The big lot on the left is all-day parking for $12 per day. Walk towards Perry’s Beach Cafe.