Category: In the Know

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

July 11, 2014 in: A Day in the Life Of, Be Inspired, Coast Moments, In the Know

This week we welcome our guest blogger, Bianca from the Coast Digital Team

Here she shares with us her recent trip to the Henri Matisse exhibit at the sunny Tate Modern.



‘If you have not already I urge you to visit the latest Henri Matisse exhibition; Be warned nothing quite prepares you for the beauty and scale of Matisse’s late work shown at the Tate Modern until the 7th September 2014.

 Henri Matisse - The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952

Henri Matisse (1869 – 1854) was one of the most innovative painters of the twentieth century but for the last seventeen years of his life due to health problems turned to cutting shapes from painted paper.




As his strength declined, the scale of his cut-outs increased. The exhibition shows the development of these cut-outs and the beauty of life even as we face its end.’



So why not take some time this weekend to go and see the works of this late French Master, take a walk along the Thames and grab an ice cream in the sunshine? Or the rain… of course.


May 23, 2014 in: A Day in the Life Of, Coast Moments, In the Know, Travel

Have you heard? We have a fantastic competition running onsite for a chance to win a trip to LA! To inspire you, our lovely friends over at World Travel Guide have given us a great run-down of the perfect way of spending the day in the gorgeous city of Los Angeles…


From its laid-back Pacific Ocean beaches, to Hollywood’s red carpet glamour, to its dramatic mountain backdrop; Los Angeles is a seductive, sometimes maddening, but always fascinating city.

Early rise: THE CLIMB

Featured in almost every movie set in LA, the Hollywood sign is a symbol of TinselTown that’s well worth seeing. Rise up early and hike through the mountains to see the sign up close as well as fantastic views of the city.


For affordable, trendy or vintage clothing finds, visit Melrose Avenue where the Melrose Trading Post flea market runs every Sunday from 9am to 5pm; you’ll find quirky treasures like old typewriters and 1920s rings. If you’re looking to splurge, venture to Beverly Hills and walk down Rodeo Drive, home to luxury stalwarts such as Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Gucci.


Fancy a juicy burger? Check out UMAMIcatessen on South Broadway Street, a hip offshoot to popular chain Umami Burger – Umami burgers, truffle burgers and fried doughnuts are the highlights. For a fancier feast, go to Beverly Hills for Il Pastaio (400 North Canon Drive), a popular Sicilian that almost always has a queue.


Ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and marvel at the view of the California coastline. If you’re in LA over the summer, the Pier features free concerts on Thursday evenings as part of the Twilight Dance Series. Otherwise, be sure to visit the small but cute Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, just below the merry-go-round.


Nobu in West Hollywood (903 North La Cienega Boulevard) is a notorious celeb hangout – come for the scene, stay for the black cod miso. If celeb-spotting isn’t your thing, try the original Matsuhisa branch and its low-key vibe instead. After dark, catch a show at The Roxy (9009 West Sunset Boulevard) or head to Create Nightclub (6021 Hollywood Boulevard) and dance the night away.


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