The Phoenix Hotel Might Just Make San Francisco a Hotel City

San Francisco is a tough city for hotels. There are grand dames like the exquisite Palace Hotel and the stately Fairmont, and then a whole lot of bland, beige-carpeted corporate ones. When it comes to smaller boutique-y hotels that have a real sense of place… it’s pretty slim pickings. But, with the re-opening of the historic Phoenix Hotel this month, Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert and her hospitality group, Bunkhouse, hope to change this.

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Inside the New Line Austin Hotel

From the glittering Fairmont Austin and JW Marriott Austin to the edgy Native Hostel, Austin has welcomed over a dozen hotels in the last five years. Few have garnered as much excitement though as the Line Austin, opening today in the Texas capital. As is the case with the L.A. and D.C. Line hotels, Sydell Group hospitality firm has reinvigorated an old landmark, in this case the 1965 Crest Inn, which languished for decades as a tired Radisson. Despite its mid-century architecture and prime location overlooking Congress Bridge and Lady Bird Lake, the hotel was for a long time somewhat of a downtown blemish. Its rooms were corporate, its lobby dominated by Texas kitsch, and its food and beverage—a TGI Fridays until 2014—was woefully out of touch with the capital’s renowned dining scene.

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The rewarding life of a professional artist


If you asked alumna and FIU employee Peggy Nolan whether or not she had any doubts about deciding to study art, she would quickly and proudly answer “no.”

“It’s just really fun to make art,” says the 74-year-old. “Much more fun than I can imagine almost anything else.”

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Tips to start with macro photography

Keeping the camera steady

Macro photography involves capturing images of small objects in a manner that makes them look larger than life size. This involves taking extreme close-ups. Most cameras that are compact or 35mm is capable of capturing macro photographs. A 50 mm prime lens can also work well with 35 mm cameras and be able to do some macro photography.

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