amber venz box, london, airbnb

I met Andrew online. Not on Tinder, Match or MySpace, but on airbnb.  I was going to work in our London office for a month and I didn’t want to spend my evenings in a hotel room- so I found a spare room.

Andrew’s East London flat was on the top floor of the building, was a new build and had a floor to ceiling view of the Gherkin building. (If you follow me on Instagram @venzedits, you may remember these photos.) We got to know each other after work over the tops of our computer screens. Both owning our own companies, we connected over business, art, boys and fashion.

When I went to stay with Andrew again earlier this year, he told me that he was inspired to paint the “antithesis of Whistler’s Mother” and asked if I would sit for him.

andrew salgado studio, amber venz box

andrew salgado paint studio london

andrew salgado paint studio london

A few months later, he revealed my portrait, Hommage, at his NYC solo exhibition, Variations on a Theme.

amber venz box oil on canvas, andrew salgado

amber venz box, andrew salgado, oil on canvas, artist, venzedits

amber venz box with andrew salgado new york 2014

My dad says that successful people realize, look for and create their own opportunities. I think the same can be said of worldly people- those who experience life outside of their community or culture. Worldly people realize, look for and create their own unique experiences. Booking a month in a home with strangers on airbnb was outside of what I knew, but I have been greatly rewarded for taking that risk.

Andrew, Kurt, thank you.


Investment Piece

ANTONIO BERARDI, moda operandi trunk show, embellished dress, wedding, bridesmaid, amber venz box, venzedits

If I was planning my wedding, I would definitely outfit myself and three of my closest in these Antonio Berardi look. #Swoon



recycled paper factory oaxaca mexico etla, amber venz box, venzedits

recycled paper factory oaxaca mexico

Early in our trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, we visited a recycled paper factory. The original red brick building sits above an arroyo and is spotted with cacti and agave plants.

amber venz box, oaxaca mexico, recycled paper factory

The singular room, about 1,500 sq ft, houses everything from raw materials to finished products.

The region is known for mezcal. Most of the sellers in the area are family businesses and have a small yields so they do not brand their mezcal- hence the recycled paper bottle wrappers below.

recycled paper mescal bottle, oaxaca mexico, amber venz box, sustainable design, handmade, venzedits

There was a table of handmade jewelry in the center of the room.  I bought one of the paper necklaces.

recycled paper factory oaxaca mexico, paper bracelet, sustainable jewelry

amber venz box recycled paper factory oaxaca mexico, venzedits,

amber venz box recycled paper factory, paper necklace, travel blogger

There are a lot of VW Bugs in Oaxaca. I spotted this blue one while leaving the factory.

oaxaca mexico blue bug, recycled paper factory, amber venz box, venzedits

Here are a few of my favorite handmade paper products from across the web:

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