I happened to stumble upon Franki Durbin’s website, Life in a Venti Cup, last week as I was searching through some blogs. With an amazing eye for design, Franki, is the quintessential tastemaker of our time. As an interactive designer, she runs a creative firm in St. Louis while her husband works as a social media pro. Here is how she describes her blog: “Life is too short to think small. So live large. Live with style. Live with adventure. Live venti. Written by Franki Durbin, the blog discusses style, design, modern culture and travel. ” Her simple yet fun and funky website makes me feel like I know the woman behind this hip caricature. When I left a comment for her on a Louboutin post, she replied back to me in an instant, asking me more questions. What I love most about ‘Life in a Venti Cup’ aside from the beautiful pictures and great list of other design blogs is that you can tell that Franki writes because she’s truly interested in sharing things she’s passionate about. As Colin Powell would say, “with style and substance” to boot, Franki Durbin is one to watch. Welcome, Franki, to theMET. We’re happy that you joined us here!

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December 4, 2016

Adventure Photographer Swims With Millions of Jellyfish

Ever wonder what it would be like to swim with jellyfish? Travel and adventure photographer Kien Lam fulfilled this fantasy by flying across the globe to Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia. Anyone who has been stung by a jellyfish can attest—it’s not a pleasant experience. But Jellyfish Lake in Palau is filled with millions of jellyfish that have evolved in a way that makes it safe for humans to swim in the same waters.

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December 3, 2016

Adventurous Photographer Treks to Remote Buddhist Village Before It Disappears

If you’re unfamiliar with Larung Gar, it may be because the small, remote town located in a far-flung corner of China has largely stayed out of the tourism spotlight. It is, however, a cultural and historical Tibetan treasure that has been undergoing tremendous changes in the past few decades, particularly in the midst of global controversy between Tibet and China.

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