Category Archives: Holidays

San Giorgio

Here are a few photos of the hotel where I spent my Mykonos week, the San Giorgio. I loved it. It’s sublime and without showing off, exactly what I like. The staff is adorable and there a little sea access where we spent hours.

You can be lazy there for a whole day without being bored, going from the restaurant to the sea. I would probably go back there, but I think I should mention that even if all the rooms have adorable terrasses, most of them are pretty small (except for the suites, of course – those are wonderful) and the bathrooms are pretty… minimal.

Another important thing to know if you’re going there – the hotel is located near a few of the most important clubs of the island, so in the evening, depending on the wind, you could find yourself falling asleep to the rhythm (very distant for sure, but I am crazy sensitive so I thought I should mention it) of techno music.

I still totally adored it, and came back with a thousand decor ideas… And an idea to adopt a cat, too ;)

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A week in Mykonos

I’m going to talk to you one last time about Mykonos, ok one second-to-last time, and then I promise to stop annoying you until next year.
Yeah, seriously – because I’ve obviously decided to go back.

I came home from Mykonos feeling inspired, in great shape, and with lots of wonderful memories…

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The landscapes

It’s kind of surprising at first — the dry, grassy hills that drop into the blue sea. It’s a kind of pure, almost severe, beauty that you learn to love, and once it wins you over, it’s deeply relaxing for the soul.

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The people

The Greeks are known for their art of living, of course. They’re super welcoming, they like to party, and they love to share.

And then there are the hoards of tourists. I mean, it’s not like I discovered the island myself — it’s a VERY touristy place where you can’t find parking and you hear all kinds of different languages spoken around you. But in Mykonos, it doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s summer, it’s fun, it’s busy. It’s all part of the ambiance.

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The style

Especially since there’s a real nightlife in Mykonos, people take style very seriously. And people get dressed up to go out in the evening — they bring out the dresses and heels.

It’s a thing that’s disappearing at an alarming rate, which makes me sad, because I really love it — spending the day at the beach, going back to take a shower, getting dressed up to go out for the evening, and then staying out all night until early morning.

In Mykonos, people still do that, and I love it.

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The rhythm of life

When someone said “meet you at the restaurant at 10:30!” for the first time, it didn’t quite register. In New York, it’s not uncommon to meet for dinner at 7:00 and to be in bed by 10:30.

In Mykonos, you learn to take your time, and you get used to it really really fast. Shops are open until 3:00 in the morning. You can stay at the beach until 7:00, no problem (my favorite time to go to the beach is between 5:00 and 7:00 or 8:00 to see the sunset). You get to the restaurant around 10:00, you start eating around midnight, and leave the restaurant at about 1:30 or 2:00. Then you go out dancing if you feel like it.

Honestly, having long days like that really changes your life.

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The parties

You’ve probably already heard this, since every time I said I was going to Mykonos, people gave me a funny look, but it’s really The Party Island.

You run into tons of kids risking their lives on scooters to get to the clubs, and depending on which kind of beach you go to, you might end up at a kind of rave party with girls dancing in their bathing suits and guys with big cigars. Not exactly my thing, but hey. The good news is, it’s easy to avoid them if you want to. There are also plenty of very very peaceful beaches.

And the other good news is that the party spirit is kind of contagious. People dance in restaurants and bars, the music is good, people want to have a good time and share — getting together for a drink can quickly turn into a party.

I even almost went to see Bob Sinclar’s DJ set one night. Oh, I also almost went to see Julio Iglesias in concert on a beach on another night. Come on, I said almost.

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The food

I don’t think I have to describe it to you in detail, everyone already knows — you eat amazingly well in Greece, and plus it’s very healthy, very fresh, and very simple.

It’s very relaxing, actually, just like the landscapes.

Between that and my daily swim, I came back with tons of energy. And a little thinner too.

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The sky

There was not even one day of bad weather, and apparently it’s like that all the time. The only thing is, it can be windy pretty often. At first, it’s a little strange, but you get used to it. It cools you off when it’s too hot, and it keeps the clouds from sticking around too long.

It makes the weather kind of like this:

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The sea

There’s not a single jellyfish in the sea, and as a Corsican who was depressed to not be able to go swimming in Ajaccio the week before, I have to say, it changes everything. The sea is as calm as a swimming pool, the way I like it (if you like waves, be on your way) and you can go for really long swims with a snorkel and fins. Sublime, cool, relaxing — pure joy.

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The houses

If you know me very well, you know that the white houses in Mykonos, painted white inside and out, with very simple furnishings, are kind of my ideal decor. Tomorrow, I’ll post photos of the hotel where I stayed and it will give you an idea of the style I want for my next house. Total and complete inspiration.

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The islands

I didn’t go to all the islands, but obviously, a lot of people who are looking for a quieter vacation choose a different island than Mykonos. I only visited Delos, a mythical island where you can visit ancient ruins. We went there in a lovely little fisherman’s boat and then went to see the ruins and we went swimming in the clear waters.

Now I want to visit all the islands one by one, of course.

So that was my vacation! What about you? Where did you go?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

A Montana Vacation

For my summer vacation, I headed to Whitefish, Montana…

…(along with 28 of my family members!) for some mountain view relaxation!

It was the kind of trip that combined relaxing by the lake with some serious activity– exactly what I love. Here are my favorite things to do, eat and see in Montana!

Road trip: The closest airport to Whitefish is in Kalispell, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, I say make your journey a road trip. We drove from Minnesota (18 hours each way!) and it was really half the fun. You can hit a few different national parks on your way out no matter what direction you’re coming from. We passed through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The badlands (and bison!) are not to be missed.

Take a hike: Head over to Big Mountain and hike the Danny On Trail. The 3.8 mile loop gives you some of the best views of the town and the surrounding mountain landscape. Once you get to the top, take the chairlift back down for more breathtaking views (while giving your legs a rest). If you have extra time, make sure you go to Glacier National Park for some more intense hiking trails.

Hit the beach: I spent most of my time in the water on my trip. Whitefish Lake is gorgeous and the perfect way to cool down in the afternoon (it was 90 degrees everyday). We brought along our kayaks from home and rented paddle boards from Paddlefish Sports in town. The lake is great for swimming, boating and just floating in the sun. The bottom is pretty rocky, so as un-chic as they may be, bring along a pair of water shoes. The soles of your feet with thank you.

Get your raft on: It wasn’t my first whitewater rafting adventure, but it’s definitely my most memorable. We booked a trip with Glacier Raft Company (try to get Jesse as your guide, he was great) and 15 of us headed out on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. I fell halfway out of the raft on some wild rapids, but it was by far the most fun I had on my trip!

Eat, drink, be merry: We cooked most of our meals at our cabins but walked in to town for breakfast each morning. The Red Caboose makes scones the size of your head and they serve Stumptown Coffee. Grab a burger at the Bulldog Saloon (a perfect stop after your rafting adventure) and take some time to check out all the photos on the walls (see if you can find my cousin Patrick on the wall by the bar!). If you’re into beer, the Great Northern Brewing Company is a must. Get the Wild Huckleberry Wheat Beer. Speaking of huckleberries… you can’t go without trying some. My dad and I picked them wild while hiking Big Mountain, but you can buy huckleberry everything (taffy, jam, hot sauce) at most shops in Whitefish!


By alex

A Cape Cod Vacation

I’m baaaaack!

For the past two summers, I’ve been spending my vacation at my boyfriend’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. There are lots of beautiful Bauhaus homes, art galleries, and a crunchy-50s-psychoanalyst-vacation-home vibe that’s unlike any other town on the Cape.

Here are a few of my favorite things to do…

The Beaches: We like to park the car at White Crest beach, where all of the surfers go, and (eventually) walk over to Cahoon Hollow beach to have lunch at the Beachcomber. It’s the only restaurant located on the beach and they have a great raw seafood bar and some heavy handed cocktails—the Goombay Smash is their signature drink.

The beaches are all about a 40 foot dune drop from the road, so be prepared to get a good leg workout walking up and down.

The Ponds: Because Wellfleet is towards the tip of the Cape, a lot of the land up there is national seashore and forrest. There are a few big fresh water ponds surrounded by trees that are perfect for a dip after a day at the beach. The water is a lot warmer than the freezing cold ocean, and you can kayak, paddle board or bring pool floats and just laze around. My favorite is Gull Pond—it’s the biggest and has a little beach where you can ditch your stuff while you swim.

The Pier: It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape without (fried) seafood and Mac’s Pier is hands down the best. They have every variation of lobster, clam and scallop that you could want—fried, on a sandwich, even in a quesadilla. You can hang at the harbor and eat your lobster roll while you watch all of the boats bring in fresh oysters. Then, you can top off your meal with some ice cream, also from the Pier. I treat myself daily with an Orange Whip—soft serve vanilla ice cream and orange juice blended like a milkshake.

Hatch’s Market: If you tire of the fried seafood, you can get it fresh at Hatch’s market, along with some of the best produce you’ll ever find. They were selling organic fruits and veggies before organic produce was even a thing. And as much as I love the Pier, we usually cook most of our meals at home while we’re up there.

Wellfleet Drive In: This place is super old school and I love going, even if we get stuck watching all kids movies. We like to back in for a double feature and bring blankets and pillows to lay on in the back of the car. You have to get there early to get a good spot, but it’s fun to kill time with a game of Scrabble and a huge bucket of popcorn from the concession stand.
On Sunday mornings, they use the parking lot for a huge flea market with tons of great junk.

P-Town: On rainy days, the best thing to do is drive to the Provincetown at the very tip of the Cape. There’s good shopping at Marc Jacobs, hysterical sex toys at Spank the Monkey, and even a theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Bottoms ;)


By emilyn

Melissa / Mykonos

Vacations with friends in Mykonos are wonderful – even more if one of them knows the island by heart. Melissa lives between Athens and Mykonos, where she owns Free Shop, very cool store that carries Sacai and Balenciaga as well as her own brand that I love, Wildwood – I will tell you more about it very soon :)

I’ve been in Mykonos for a few days (it’s going way too fast!!!) and thanks to Melissa and my other friend, Carole, I really feel like I’m in paradise. I thought it could be nice to share, so here is Melissa’s City Guide!

What three words best describe Mykonos?
Wild, dry and full of light.

What is the easiest way to get around the island?
A big old jeep you can trust to take you through tiny, bumpy roads and sandy beaches.

And what is the best way to get to the island?
Airplane, just a 20 minute ride from Athens and super views from above.

Where should you stay?
I just visited San Giorgio this summer which I found quite interesting especially if you are traveling with friends or in love. Belvedere Hotel in town is always a great luxury retreat and a breath away from the busy town. Santa Marina if traveling with family. Renting a house is always a great option too – and there are some spectacular houses in Mykonos you may rent.

The best beach?
Agios Sostis. Unspoiled, full of energy, clear, rejuvenating water and the best little restaurant in the world, Kiki’s to top it all up. There is always a line at the restaurant, because they don’t take reservations – but it’s totally worth it!

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The best restaurant for…

A leisurely breakfast: Early in the morning, any restaurant in ‘yalos’ or else the port of Mykonos town, where you may come across all sorts of local people, fishermen selling produce, lost tourists in need for directions, and vivid colors and sounds.

A big lunch: Alemagoo in Ftelia Beach which is great for lunch with friends as you can combine swimming, eating, or just cocktails and lounging in a really beautiful setting. The tavern in Fokos beach is exceptional, quite simple and raw, with delicious dishes and beautiful ceramics you can buy – a super destination for escaping the buzz of the island. Lamed in Agia Anna is also a great location for a light Mediterranean lunch and a little beach just in front where you can enjoy the last swim of the day.

A traditional Greek dinner: Maerio in town for Greek food, Nikolas taverna in Agia Anna beach for dinning on the sand almost touching the water and Sea Satin for a fun ‘Greek night’ with dancing on tables included.

What is the scene like at night? Where should you go to party? And where should you go if you don’t want to party?
There is a huge club scene in the beaches near Paradise, and in town, which I have no clue about as I am not the ‘clubbing’ type. I prefer smaller venues like Jackie O’ in town, 100% fun guaranteed. Astra is one of the coolest bars in town, it has been there forever and Babis the owner is a must see figure. Interni Restaurant is super fun as it may combine a great dinner and lots of dancing after 12:00. And of course Nammos beach for hardcore partying and people watching.

If you don’t want to party – try avoiding the town and have a lovely dinner at Matsuhisa in the Belvedere Hotel listening to cool music by the most amazing, iconic dj.

Don’t forget that lunch and diner are pretty late affairs in Mykonos. If you go to diner at 8, don’t be surprised to be the only one in the restaurant! People go to dinner around 10 – 11. You get used to it very fast…

A place to pamper yourself:
Don’t pamper yourself, just go to Dhlos island to watch the ancient ruins and take in the most amazing light in the world, swim in the island near by called Rinia, it’s a mystical experience that will do much more than any massage or spa for both body and soul.

The best views of the island:
Kitsch but true: Little Venice for sunset.

Don’t leave without eating:
Sea urchin at Spilia Tavern in Agia Anna.

The best souvenir to bring back:
Greek kaftan dresses from Salachas in little Venice and an evil eye charm from any local merchant.

What time of year is best to visit?
September is beautiful in Mykonos. Calm, less windy than in the summer and full of beautiful people.

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Travel Beauty

So, I packed light for my trip… but I still managed to fit all of my favorite summer products! A tiny bit of makeup, my skincare products (SPF! Hats!!! Scared of the sun girl), a cool cleansing water from NARS (as much as I love Bioderma, their packaging, you know…), my hair oil that I told you about (in a slick travel tube to prevent spilling), a brush set… I think I’ve got it all.

For the things that don’t need to be “applied generously every two hours” (I’m looking at you SPF!!!), vive les travel containers.

What are some of your travel beauty essentials? What do you always pack?

In my bag…

Diptyque Rose Candle: Because it makes me feel at home anywhere in the world, therefore more relaxed, therefore more beautiful (girl math).
Chanel Blush: Who can live without Chanel and without a blush?
Chantecaille Travel Brush Set: I do everything with brushes now, even concealer.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin: My favorite colooor!
Beauty Counter SPF 30 for Face: Ok, so it’s a little thick but what!!! There are no parabens in it! Not so easy to find for a good SPF.
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick: In case I have a party…
Elizabeth Dehn x One Love Organics Mist: Unecessary, so basically just pure luxury. Love it.
Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil: Because summer, because oils.
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow: In case I have a party…
Dolce & Gabbana Bronzer: So I’m afraid of the the sun, I need to find my tan somewhere, you know ;)
NARS Makeup Removing Water: Chic alternative to Bioderma.
In a travel container, Beauty Counter Glow Scrub: You’ve got to scrub regularly for a more even, beautiful tan they say.
In a travel container, Darphin Vitalskin: My summer face lotion, light, comfortable, and easy like a white shirt.

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.

Beach Wear

It’s vacation time!!! I managed to pack a super light bag (22.3 kg — I’m writing you from the airport where they just weighed my suitcase) in hopes of bringing back 2 million things from Mykonos.

I love feather-light summer clothes — like this Lemlem poncho, for example. It’s lightweight, sensual, and you can wash it and dry it in two seconds. Perfect for avoiding a suitcase that weighs a ton.

Have a great Bastille Day and yay, summer!!!

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Les Vacances

It’s time to take a holiday. At the Studio, we’ve been carefully mapping out our summer vacations for weeks. As you know, Garance is headed to Greece, Italy and Ibiza starting next week and we are…well… jealous. Just in case you haven’t planned your vacation yet and are still looking to get away… I thought we should ask a few of our friends for their vacation plans and tips!

Safe travels!!

Lolita Jacobs, Saint Tropez

“We have a family house a little above the village, it is the house in “And God Created Women”– from the actual from the movie! It used to be an old farm and my parents renovated it with their amazing bohemian taste (well I like to think so). It is very charming, not at all the typical villa. Full of paintings, trinkets, colored fabrics, flowers… My dream house in the South of France.”

Stay: L’Hotel Ermitage is really nice to stay at for a few days for the view and the great terrace at the end of the day. The Hotel Sube, old fashion but very charming.

Eat: I love le Banh Hoi for diner, a Thai restaurant with an amazing vibe and interior. Le Club 55 for lunch, I always have la tarte Ramatuelle with some fresh goat cheese or the crudités platter. Delicious. For a typical aperitif at the end of the day, we always go to La Place aux Herbes, have a glass of white wine and some fresh oysters Chez Madeleine.

Drink: My favorite spot in the morning is Senequier. I go there every morning to have a fresh orange juice and a brioche au sucre with my god father. We read the newspaper (Var matin for him, Vogue for me) and say hello to everyone. St Tropez is a small village and all the regulars know each other.

I also adore having a drink with my mum & dad on the terrace of the Hotel Sube. It is above the harbor. You get to observe the crowd laughing and sipping a Bellini.

Shop: The best shop is by far the beach boutique at Club 55. They have an amazing bathing suit selection, thousands of tasteful summer bracelets and beach dresses. Plus some original pillows, foulards and many other beautiful objects. Perfect place for any kind of gift.

The Place des Lices market on Tuesdays and Saturdays is great for finding the perfect wicker basket, vintage books, antique hunting with my father. There is an amazing candy stand as well, and I have a big sweet tooth.

Do: Swimming in the sea, going out at Les Caves du Roy (don’t forget your earplugs, the sound is outrageous), riding the roads of Ramatuelle on a scooter with my boyfriend and going to the secret beach of Cap Taillat.

Viviana Volpicella, Southern Italy

“My home country, Puglia, in a small town called Marittima. It’s in the southern part of my beloved Puglia. There is an international community there and privacy is the watchword.”

Stay: Rent a house from Tulsi Room in Marittima.

Eat: Corte Degli Aranci, a restaurant in Taviano, another small town.

Drink: An aperitivo at the Harbour Bar in Tricase, a small town on the sea.

Shop: Tulsi Shop. It’s a cute boutique by an Irish friend of mine, Deborah Nolan. She lives in Marittima and she sells cool dresses, sandals and bags that she loves from around the world.

Do: We (my love and I) used to rent a little wood boat (the typical name is gozzo) and we love spending all day along the Puglia coast where you can find small and pure bays.

Kate Foley, Lamu Island, Kenya

“I love that it’s so relaxed. It’s quite hard to get to so it puts people off going! I go to escape work and the hustle and bustle of NY so definitely don’t want to run into a million people. It’s also incredibly beautiful!”

Stay: I stay at a private house but the Peponi, a family run hotel, is beautiful .

Eat: Fresh fish carpaccio and gazpacho.

Drink: Order an “Old Pal” at the Peponi Bar.

Shop: I love Aman a beautiful boutique which sells a carefully curated mix of international and local clothing and accessory brands.

Do: Swim at Shela Beach, wakeboard, sail, eat and relax!

Violaine Bernard, Brittany

“Saint-Cast, a little beach town in Brittany where I spent all my summers growing up.”

Stay: I stay at my grand-parents house where I also love to have a nap under the cherry tree and also pick berries and peas straight form the garden to munch on. This is a great time for me to go there as now I’m a mother, I no longer sleep in the kid’s room!
So the best way to spend your holiday there is to rent a house. There are 7 beaches in Saint-Cast so it’s hard to find a place you can rent out further than a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Eat: Meal time is a very big deal in France. Especially in our house! I actually feel like I spend most of my vacation sitting at the table…
Lunches are usually at home with all the family but the best place to have dinner with friends is at the Jardin Délice where you can sit outside in the garden, that’s usually where we drink too!

Chez Marie is the best for crêpes and galettes, which are Brittany’s specialities. If you want to share seafood with your other half and watch the sun set, go to La Marinière, which is right by the beach and ask for David.

Drink: The best place to get a coffee is La Belle Meunière where you can eat the most amazing pastries (probably in the world!!). Their croissants and pains au chocolat literally melt in your mouth. Just be ready. For a drink or ice cream on the beach though, go to the Lézard.

Shop: The best is to go to the market every Monday where you can find clothes from Petit Bateau (cheaper than anywhere else) and also some vintage cotton and lace table wear. You can get fresh food there also and trying the “Galette saucisse” is a must. Côté Plage is good for home wear and don’t forget to get a few pairs of espadrilles at la Maison Blanche when you arrive. The big Pharmacy is always great to stock up on French beauty products.

Do: Even though it gets very busy during the summer, it’s still quiet compare to other more famous summer destinations in Brittany. Some cliff views still blow my mind (and now probably your Instagram account) even though I’ve seen them all my life. There is a sailing spot as well where you can book few windsurfing lessons. But really the best thing to do there is to explore and lay on the many beaches, relax and eat!

Kate Dougherty, Colorado to Oregon

“I’ll be joining my boyfriend Ben Towill and my brother Patrick Dougherty on a bike journey from Colorado to Oregon. The NY Times has been following them on their cross-country biking ride, which they began in Virginia 5 weeks ago – Ben writing & Patrick taking the photos. All stories are focused on finding healthy alternative farms and people doing inspiring things with food across the States, raising money for a NY Charity called Just Food. ”

Stay: With our tent and sleeping bags on our bikes, we will be camping each night in some wildly beautiful National Parks like Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

Eat: Lots of energy bars and buffalo jerky.

Drink: Lots of water, cheap beers and of course a Negroni wherever I can find one!

Shop: I will be sending postcards along the way!

Do: Averaging 75 miles a day for this 4 week 2,000 mile adventure, I’d say we’ll just be doing lots of biking, sleeping, drinking, and meeting as many inspiring people as we can along the way.

Lola Rykiel, California

“I’ve been going for solo holidays trips all over the place but since I tried this place, I just keep going back. I love NY lifestyle but it is very stressful and sometimes I just feel like I smoke too many cigarettes, drink too many coffees and spend all my day emailing, texting, answering without interruptions. It is important for me to free-up from these little addictions and reconnect with pure and simple things.
I like the idea of taking good care of yourself. For me holidays are no longer about partying and doing crazy wild things. I want to finally go slow, go to bed early and be in the nature (and get daily massages too!).”

Stay: The Pearl Laguna, a health detox meditation retreat. A beautiful lush farm, in the hills of Laguna, California.

Eat:An alkaline diet. Vegetarian fresh meals home cooked with most ingredients grown in the gardens. No sugar, no meat, no fish, nothing that is not whole, but we do eat delicious goat cheese and fresh eggs from the farm as well as plenty of fruits and veggies, all locally grown and very tasty.

Drink: Homemade juices, every day there is a different kind: pear and cucumber, clementine and watermelon, and green juices. A lot of alkaline water that is part of the detox too, No rosé, no lattes, no diet coke. These are the enemies!! When I come back to the city I still try to keep away from them. I last one week maximum. MAXIMUM.

Shop: The detox is about detoxing from shopping! So there is nothing to buy, except Katresha’s skincare that is sold at the farm and I always buy every product.

Do: Meditation in the morning for one hour, Hike 3 hours a day (that’s hard), cut off my phone and Instagram (detox of social media addiction), swim in the sea (the salt and the sea are really good to clear bad energy), get massages everyday (it is part of the program), relax, read, try to give myself some time away from the city and to be in contact with nature.

Caroline Issa, Ibiza

“I love Ibiza because, despite it’s party animal reputation, up in the hills tucked away it is an oasis of beauty and relaxation. Counter-intuitive, I know – but absolutely true. Plus the food! Delicious! I’ve been going for the last 5 years and love that if we want to socialize we can dip into it, or just rest, read and eat up in the hills amongst the amazing greenery and enjoy.”

Stay: Up in the mountains in my friends’ Stefano and Monica’s amazing villa, far away from the craziness

Eat: La Paloma or my other favorite, but that one’s a secret so I can still get a reservation!

Drink: Margaritas by El Chiringuito beach.

Shop: Usually the local supermarket for evening BBQs!

Do: Stay by the pool and swim, read and stuff myself silly!

Cisco Gorrow, Bali

“I try to soak up the sun, surf, relax and enjoy the beautiful & gentle Balinese people and culture.”

Stay: In my eyes, there are three main places to stay when you come to Bali. The Bukit is the furthest southern tip of Bali. Here you can find the best surf reefs & biggest waves and great views of Bali. The second place is Canggu which is close to Seminjak. I prefer the more quite Canggu area. Here I stay at Villa RedDoor. In Ubud, I usually stay a night or two at the Como Shambhala Estate.

Eat: I spend most of my time in Canggu where I usually have my breakfast after my morning surf at Old Man’s located on Batu Bolong which is a laid back beach hang out. They make the best avocado on toast. If I don’t have time to make my own lunch and I am ok to deal with the traffic, I go to my all time favorite place in town called Zula. If I feel like an Indonesian fine dining experience for dinner I go Bambu. The food here is light, spicy and exciting.

In Ubud most places are Yogi friendly and mainly vegetarian and vegan. This is Bali’s capital for the health conscious food movement. In general every Warung serves fresh food and freshly squeezed juices in Ubud so you cant go wrong.

Drink: For some live music and a good crowd, I swing by Old Man’s on a Friday or Sunday night. For a nice cocktail and a great view, I go to KuDeTa in Seminjak. When I’m in Uluwatu, I have a sundowner at Single Fin.

Shop: My favorite shop to stock up on sarongs (you can never have enough!!!), beautiful silk shirts and scarfs, is Kalyan in Seminjak. If I need anything for the beach from bikinis or surf accessories I go to Drifter which is a local surf concept store where you can generally find something good.

Do: I like to kick start my day with an early morning surf at Batu Bolong or a yoga class at Samadi Bali. We do day trips to Balian for great waves, Padang Padang for beautiful white sand beaches & great surf or Belangen for a nice uncrowded tropical beach. If I want to pamper myself I go to Devira for a massage or call them for a home visit.

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

Want It Wednesday: Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

Want It Wednesday: Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

I thought we had at least one more week before Memorial Day, but apparently not. Summer is here in all its glory this weekend, and for several members of our team, that means it’s time for a three-day sojourn to the beach. I’ll simply be headed to Prospect Park on Monday, but my needs will be largely similar to the beach-goers among us: comfy summer clothes, sun protection and something to carry it all in. Check out our pre-Memorial Day Want It Wednesday essentials below!

Maldives Diary.part 1

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It’s only been less than a week since I took my annual holidays, and during these special days I make sure I don’t have to think about doing anything else a part from just chilling and recharging my batteries for what’s coming up next! Every year I choose a different destination to spend my birthday and some well deserved holidays, and last year it was the turn for some backpacking in Thailand so this year  I felt the need to meet higher expectations so went and booked myself a ticket to the Maldives to enjoy aquamarine waters and coconut palm trees :D Here’s some snaps of my time wearing Varley London bikini and swim costume . For all of you who ask me where to stay, pretty much Maldives offers  a large choice of destinations, pick an island that meets your criteria for an ideal holiday or occasion, but make sure you’d like it cos there’s literally nothing else to do a part from being shipwrecked for a good few days! xxx LOVE

Parece mentira que ha pasado casi ya una semana desde que regrese de las Maldivas! Todavia encuentro arena en mis bolsillos y botes de crema(factor 50!), sin duda ha sido una de esas vacaciones que tenia pendientes y que imagine que terminaría probando en una ocasión mas especial que mi cumpleaños (ejemplo boda jajaja) pero que rayos! La ocasión es lo de menos (bueno en mi casi si porque mis cumpleaños me los tomo muy en serio, y como alguno decía por ahi este año intentando subir el listón al viaje a Tailandia del año pasado me monte un cumpleaños que mas bien parecía una festividad gitana de esas que nunca terminan!) y el caso es que justo después de Fashion Week y coincidiendo con mi cumple decidí comprarme un billete a una isla paradisiaca con un cocotero y mucho, mucho sol! (Eso si, nada de sponsors por dios que sino esto no serian unas vacaciones!) Y aquí esta el resultado de unos días maravillosos donde podéis ver hice mucho el mono y me puse bronceada( a base de muuuucha crema protectora!). Todos los que me preguntais en que atolón debéis quedaros, la verdad es que depende de lo que querías hacer y lo que esperéis de la isla aunque yo he preferido uno con un amplio arrecife para asegurar el agua cristalina y practicar snorkel. Llevo bikini y bañador de Varley London.

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Of Course Charlotte Olympia Has Christmas-Themed Clutches

Of Course Charlotte Olympia Has Christmas-Themed Clutches

We might as well go ahead and dub Charlotte Olympia the Queen of the Hyper-Literal Handbag, because I doubt anyone’s going to take her spot anytime soon. She’s done everything from golden-age Hollywood to flakey French baked goods, and now she’s here with a fresh crop of Christmas clutches.

As we learned back in October, designer Charlotte Dellal loves a holiday, and Christmas is rife with inspiration for funny little bags. This year, in addition to a reissue of last year’s Christmas Pudding Pouch, we’ve got gingerbread women, reindeer and a lil’ sprig of holly atop Dellal’s popular Pandora clutch. (The closure is usually a spider.) Check ‘em out below.

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My Christmas Wishlist

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Weather is getting colder…hearts are getting warmer…and radios are starting to play “All I want for Christmas is….”
Yay! Holidays season is just behind the corner and, of course, we need to think about the gifts we would love to find under our Chrismas tree! So, as I was used to do when a was a little kid, I’ve created my wishlist, a selection of dreamy gifts and little presents either for you, your love, your family or your friends…just to make someone happier! ;)
And you? what’s your favorite picks?

I giorni son sempre più freddi, i cuori son sempre più caldi…e le radio iniziano a suonare “All I want for Christmas is…”
Sii!! Natale è dietro l’angolo e, ovviamente, dobbiamo iniziare a pensare a cosa voler trovare sotto l’albero!
Così, come facevo quando ero piccola, ho creato la mia wishlist, ho scelto una selezione di regali: da quelli da sogno ai piccoli pensieri da dedicare a voi stessi, al vostro amore, agli amici o alla famiglia.. Giusto per donare un pizzico di felicità in più questo Natale!
E voi? Quale preferite?

xmas_TBS

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17 Scary Bags Perfect for Halloween

17 Scary Bags Perfect for Halloween

For many of us, Halloween was probably our first occasion to go out into the world clutching a bag. It might have been a bag meant for candy instead of a purse for our daily necessities, but a relationship to accessories has to start somewhere, and it might as well be with a sack full of chocolate and sugar. In honor of that accessories anniversary (of sorts), we’ve scoured the Internet for bags that seem the most Halloween-appropriate for us. That means anything from bags that are genuinely creepy (stop peeking at us, Fendi Peekaboo) to bags that simply look like they’d be a great addition to some sort of very high-end costume (Versace, natch). So settle in, grab a fun-size Twix bar (or a dozen, no judgment) and let these purses put you in the holiday spirit.

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Charlotte Olympia Gets in the Halloween Spirit with Creepy Clutches

Charlotte Olympia Gets in the Halloween Spirit with Creepy Clutches

Depending on your feelings about Halloween, right now is either the most wonderful or most terrible time of the year. Personally, I love it – scary movies, candy, black clothing, what’s not to like? Apparently, Charlotte Olympia feels the same way, because the brand has released two cute-as-can-be Halloween clutches. In Charlotte Olympia tradition, they are, of course, quite literal. Designer Charlotte Delal has built her brand on creating what are basically the high-fashion equivalents of the tacky Christmas sweater, after all. (Not necessarily a criticism!)

Dellal’s Halloween capsule includes two clutches, one for lovers of the brand’s most hyper-thematic pieces and another for those of us who like a little bit more balance. If you’re the former, come on down for, you guessed it, a big ol’ smiling suede Jack-o-lantern clutch. If you’re the latter, a black Pandora clutch with a lady vampire’s red-lipstick’d mouth should do the trick. I’d carry the vamp clutch year-round, personally – it’s not so obviously Halloween-tied that it couldn’t be fun and cheeky after the holiday has passed.


Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora Clutch
$1,565 via Net-a-Porter

Charlotte Olympia Sucker for Pandora Clutch


Charlotte Olympia Boo Pumpkin Suede Clutch
$595 via Net-a-Porter

Charlotte Olympia Boo Pumpkin Suede Clutch

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Montauk Postcard

I’m spending the last few days of summer with my family in Montauk
Where are you vacationing?
Kisses!!!

What to Carry for Fourth of July Festivities, No Matter How You’re Celebrating

What to Carry for Fourth of July Festivities, No Matter How You’re Celebrating

I never have a problem choosing a handbag to go with my day-to-day outfits. After all, I have plenty of time to contemplate bags as much as I want, and like anyone else, I have my go-to options. When it comes to a special occasion when I’m outside of my normal routine – say, a holiday or special gathering – sometimes even I draw a blank. Water? Sand? Grass? Those are not things that my bag collection interacts with on an everyday basis. For the impending Fourth of July long weekend, I got thinking about bag choices and potential plans a little early.

It’s worth noting as of right now that I have absolutely zero actual plans for the long weekend after the holiday itself, on which I’m going to a cookout in a friend’s backyard. After that, my options are open, so my bag options will be too. In order to plan for all contingencies, I’ve assembled a helpful guide to successful outdoor bag-carrying, no matter your holiday weekend destination. Not a bad thing to contemplate on a Friday, huh?

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#WhatsInYourKors? Michael Kors Wants to See Your July 4 Getaway Bag!

#WhatsInYourKors? Michael Kors Wants to See Your July 4 Getaway Bag!

Now that summer is well underway, the next long weekend that we’re looking forward to is the Fourth of July. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a full-on beach party that you’ll be attending, celebrating in style is always on our minds. In that spirit, we’ve teamed up with Michael Kors to show you what would be in the ideal July 4th weekend bag. We also want to hear about what you’ll be carrying (or wish you were carrying) for the impending holiday. Tell us: #WhatsInYourKors? Below, find out what’s in ours.

We know that you guys have lots of opinions when it comes to bags and accessories, and Michael Kors wants to hear them. On Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag “#WhatsInYourKors” to share photos of or links to the things you’d be packing away in your Michael Kors bag for a weekend jaunt to celebrate our nation’s independence. You can check out more about our collaboration with Michael Kors on DestinationKors.com, and make sure to watch this space – we’ll have more answers to the #WhatsInYourKors? question coming soon. For now, check out the contents of the Independence Day-themed MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote below.

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LE HOLIDAY



I am pretty sure that some of you will understand what I mean when I say that Spring hasn't really arrived to Europe yet. I check my weather app constantly and it shows zero degrees, I show my nose out the window and it feels like -3. 
In hindsight, it hasn't helped that I got really sick for almost a week and a half, so my body is really not happy about the freezing cold outside in April (!!!!)

 Its that time of the year when everyone starts planning their summer holidays and as every year, I start going all crazy about possible locations to go to; Bali, Vietnam, The Maldives, Bora Bora, the list is endless.
Thing is, this year I want exotic so I have been doing some research and I bumped into this resort in Bora Bora, too bad its so damn far, not to mention expensive, but I can always day dream myself there until I pick a place.




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LE HOLIDAY



I am pretty sure that some of you will understand what I mean when I say that Spring hasn't really arrived to Europe yet. I check my weather app constantly and it shows zero degrees, I show my nose out the window and it feels like -3. 
In hindsight, it hasn't helped that I got really sick for almost a week and a half, so my body is really not happy about the freezing cold outside in April (!!!!)

 Its that time of the year when everyone starts planning their summer holidays and as every year, I start going all crazy about possible locations to go to; Bali, Vietnam, The Maldives, Bora Bora, the list is endless.
Thing is, this year I want exotic so I have been doing some research and I bumped into this resort in Bora Bora, too bad its so damn far, not to mention expensive, but I can always day dream myself there until I pick a place.




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Special message for The Blonde Salad readers by Kate and Topshop

Here I am with a special Christmas gift for you: the video of the wonderful Kate Bosworth’s performance of the iconic ‘Winter Wonderland’ created by Topshop,  inspired by the famous piano scene with Michelle Pffeifer in ‘’The Fabulous Baker Boys’’. Kate wears a custom-made Topshop evening dress that she designed in partnership with the Topshop Design Team, the dress and shoes will be available as a special made to order on Topshop.com in conjunction with the new Topshop store opening in LA in Feb 2013. If you like the song you will be able to download it here. Really thanks to Kate for her unique hello to us!

Eccomi con un pensiero natalizio molto speciale per voi: il video creato da Topshop della meravigliosa performance di Kate Bosworth della canzone “Winter Wonderland”, ispirata alla famosa scena del pianoforte con Michelle Pffeifer in  ‘’The Fabulous Baker Boys’’. Kate indossa un vestito da sera Topshop che ha personalmente disegnato insieme al Design Team del brand e sia il vestito che le scarpe saranno disponibili su Topshop.com nel febbraio 2013 in relazione all’apertura del nuovo store in LA. Se vi siete innamorate della colonna sonora del video potrete scaricarla qui. Un grazie mille a Kate per lo specialissimo saluto che ci ha regalato!

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Daydreamin’

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Noooooooooou, I am not yet at the beach, but seriously, after the craziness of the last couple of days, I wish I was!

So, I told myself, why not post a little picture I had shot in Miami and we could talk about vacaycay (pffffff that’s how American I am becoming) and sunshine ?!!
No because with the dysfunctional weather we’ve had lately, I need it.

SO !

VACATION : Here are my projects : Beach. Beaching & boating in Corsica and beaching and surfing in Montauk.
What is funny is that before, when I was a young rebel with way too much time on my hands, vacation was the time to get crazy and discover the world, and certainly not stay in one spot on the beach like all these miserable tourists. (Have I ever told you about my hitch-hiking trip around Europe ? I have to !)

A few years later, oh man how I understand the miserable tourists. To me now, my vacation dream is to stay in one spot, eyes closed, mouth open.

SUN : Well I am saying that, but I kind of hate doing nothing on the beach – so I promised myself to learn how to surf. They say it’s good for the abs.

So, SPF 3000 from dawn till dusk. I have a few lotions I’ll show you.

SWIMSUIT : Well, Eres and Lisa Marie Fernandez (so chic to go surfing), of course !
(Well, the “of course !” is easy to say, less to do – HELP !!! IT IS THE SCARY TIME OF GOING TO TRY ON A SWIMSUIT ! GULP.)

SWIMSUITTOP : Or whatever you call that – Is my new summer concept. Usually, I always have an oversize cotton button down with me, with long sleeves to protect me on the beach when I am doing activities like playing paddle ball (a favorite) or building castles (a woman’s gotta do what she’s gotta do).
So I have a button down, for when circumstances call for an emergency dive, (like, say, my ball falls in the water).

But that was before. This year I am becoming a swimsuitop pro. Like the one in the picture, with it’s hippie vibe. Don’t you love it ? It comes from Ace & Jig.

And that’s that for the moment ! More about my summer project later.

So, tell me, what are your summer projects ? Your swimsuit projects ? Your SWIMSUITOP project ?

What, you’re going hitchhiking around Europe ? Soooo boring !!!

9 Things: St. Patrick’s Day Handbags

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags st patricks day green handbags

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days when everyone claims they’re Irish. It’s fun to celebrate St. Patty’s Day because to most of us, it means wearing green, drinking green beer, eating green shamrock cookies, and having an excuse to kiss people. In all actuality, I am quite Irish, hence the name Meaghan Mahoney. I stick to eating lots of green goodies and wearing my favorite green accessories.

Irish or not, you don’t want to be caught without green incorporated into your wardrobe on St. Patrick’s Day. I picked out the nine best green handbags to wear for the holiday and carry throughout spring and summer.

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Chloe Paraty Small Python Bag
Chloé Paraty Small Python Bag | $2,835 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Small Patent Leather Clutch
Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Small Patent Leather Clutch | $325 via ShopBop

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Olivia Harris Zip Front Trapezoid Satchel
Olivia Harris Zip-Front Trapezoid Satchel | $495 via Neiman Marcus

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Reed Krakoff Leather Shoulder Bag
Reed Krakoff Leather Shoulder Bag | $990 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Mulberry Bayswater Textured leather Bag
Mulberry Bayswater Textured-leather Bag | $1,250 via Net-A-Porter

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Kate Spade New York Melinda Leather Satchel
Kate Spade New York Melinda Leather Satchel | $398 via Neiman Marcus

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Coach Classic Shoulder Purse
Coach Classic Leather Shoulder Purse | $198 via Coach

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Botkier Leon Small Satchel
Botkier Leon Small Satchel | $425 via ShopBop

9 Things: St. Patricks Day Handbags Pour la Victoire Marlow Tote
Pour la Victoire Marlow Tote | $395 via Neiman Marcus

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentine’s Day

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse

For some reason, Louis Vuitton hits it out of the park for Valentine’s Day better than any other brand this side of Cartier. (Not that Cartier does anything in particular for the holiday, but, you know, DIAMONDS.) Vuitton always has a few heart-shaped small leather goods on hand at this time of year for the occasion, and this year’s V-Day vernis is striped in red and pink (it also comes in a darker jewel-toned version). If you think the lady on your list has enough key holders, wallets and bag charms to last a lifetime, Vuitton also has a couple jewelry options. We’ve picked a few of the best after the jump, and many of the options are $500 or less. The entire range can be found at LouisVuitton.com, and remember, the big day is only a week away.

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse
Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse, $500 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings, $460 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case
Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case, $360 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder
Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder, $350 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet
Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet, $815 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet, $580 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentine’s Day

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse

For some reason, Louis Vuitton hits it out of the park for Valentine’s Day better than any other brand this side of Cartier. (Not that Cartier does anything in particular for the holiday, but, you know, DIAMONDS.) Vuitton always has a few heart-shaped small leather goods on hand at this time of year for the occasion, and this year’s V-Day vernis is striped in red and pink (it also comes in a darker jewel-toned version). If you think the lady on your list has enough key holders, wallets and bag charms to last a lifetime, Vuitton also has a couple jewelry options. We’ve picked a few of the best after the jump, and many of the options are $500 or less. The entire range can be found at LouisVuitton.com, and remember, the big day is only a week away.

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse
Louis Vuitton Coeur Coin Purse, $500 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Earrings, $460 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case
Louis Vuitton Vernis Striped Mirror Case, $360 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder
Louis Vuitton Coeur Rayures Key Holder, $350 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet
Louis Vuitton Vernis Sarah Wallet, $815 via Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has plenty of love for Valentines Day Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet
Louis Vuitton Lock Me Bracelet, $580 via Louis Vuitton

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Handbags that say “I love you”

Valentine’s Day! If my informal research is any indication, you probably think of it as either your favorite holiday or the worst day of the year, but no matter which you choose, it still comes around once a year, every year. And if you’re in a relationship, that means that you still have to find ways to gently guide your significant other toward the right kind of Valentine’s-appropriate gift. We have a few ideas, obviously, and they’re all shaped like handbags.

This Valentine’s Day Gift Guide is our first of two, and it’s for the partner that wants to hit this Valentine’s Day out of the proverbial park (or who simply has an enviably large discretionary budget and wants to spend it on you). From $270 to $2595, we’ve got plenty of red and pink bags that make great gifts and that will remind you of a very happy V-Day every time you use them.


Valentino Mini VaVaVoom Shoulder Bag, $1695 via Net-a-Porter


Fendi Baguette Shoulder Bag, $1260 via Neiman Marcus


Marc by Marc Jacobs Bob’s Memphis Satchel, $530 via Net-a-Porter


Kate Spade Rosa Tote, $425 via Neiman Marcus


RED Valentino Ombre Chain Clutch, $550 via Saks


Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Linen Tote, $2595 via Net-a-Porter


Jason Wu Kate Python-Embossed Clutch, $895 via Neiman Marcus


Reed Krakoff Mini Atlantique, $1190 via Neiman Marcus


MICHAEL Michael Kors Margo Shoulder Bag, $270 via Net-a-Porter

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the bags of our fave Chinese American designer, Alexander Wang

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Dragon, everyone! Since our cultural knowledge of the traditions of Chinese New Year is admittedly somewhat limited, we thought that the best way we could join in on the festivities would be by highlighting the work of one very talented Chinese American designer – Alexander Wang. After all, what better way to celebrate a culture than by appreciating the contributions of its people?

Wang’s bags are likely familiar to most of you already, but he’s done something a little different for Resort and Spring 2012 – he used color. The man known for black and grey did an admirable job of brightening things up and even incorporating a print or two for the new season, and today seemed like a perfect day to feature several of our favorites. Take a look after the jump and let us know how you’re celebrating in the comments.


Alexander Wang Rocco Satchel, $875 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, $795 via Net-a-Porter


Alexander Wang Marion Shoulder Bag, $650 via Neiman Marcus


Alexander Wang Raphael Shoulder Bag, $730 via Net-a-Porter

The Six Best Bags of Halloween


Halloween is, by far, my favorite holiday. Everything about it – the brightly colored wigs, the over-the-top makeup, the elaborate costumes, the slutty hosiery and shoes – appeals to my inner drag queen, and ladies, my inner drag queen is especially glittery. When you combine those tendencies with my penchant for black and my preexisting love of fun size candy, Halloween and I are like a match made costume-closet heaven.

I still have no idea what I’m going to wear this year (I have a green wig. Give me ideas based on that in the comments. This is a serious request.), but I do have a few ideas on what everyone should be carrying in order to properly embrace the Halloween spirit. Whether you’re attending a swanky costume ball (I wish) or a kegger at your friend’s sketchy apartment (slightly closer to reality), I have assembled a group of bags to keep your hands and arms occupied, both on Halloween and well beyond.


If you’re going to a party where you will most certainly not be the coolest person there, but you would really like to be the coolest person there, the Christopher Kane Laser-Cut Leather Clutch can send you in the right direction, outfit-wise. Plus, since it’s orange, it doesn’t need to specifically match whatever lame costume you put together at the last minute with leftovers from the drug store. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $530.


Remember that fancy-pants Halloween ball I mentioned? Well, if you’re going to one of those, a bag like the Judith Leiber Web Crystal Minaudiere, which obliquely references its arachnid origins instead of going for a literal visual translation, is the way to go. Like most of these bags, this is hardly a Halloween-only option. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2495.


If you want your bag to mesh with your costume, the Christian Louboutin Artemis Shoulder Bag would be a great option. As long as you’re going as a 70s street punk or a post-apocalyptic lady-warrior or something. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1995.


If you’re attending a party where things be messy, whether it be a result of little kids and Halloween crafts or your idiot friends and a bunch of beer, this holiday-appropriate, budget-friendly Rebecca Minkoff Skull Tote would work beautifully. Remember, patterns hide stains! Buy through ShopBop for $250.


If your costume is glam instead of scary, one of the Lulu Guinness Lip Clutches might be just the thing to set the over-the-top mood. The design comes in a plethora of different finishes, and odds are that you’ll be able to find one to fit your ensemble. Buy through Lulu Guinness for $710.


If you’re going to trick-or-treat with your little goblin, the Chloe Madeline New Tote is not only gorgeous in an autumnal shade of orange, but it’ll fit the giant sack of candy when the kid gets sick of carrying it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2295.

Labor Day, a crossbody bag and the silliest tan line I’ve ever had

I should start by saying that I’m not a tanner. I’m naturally very fair and have no desire to change that, and even if I did, the desire to engage in the sort of extended outdoor activity that creates a tan is also not really in my wheelhouse. Among the reasons that I chose to move to New York is that I’m comfortable having only a casual relationship with things like grass and trees.

That being said, I put on my best maxi dress and headed to watch the QuickSilver Pro New York surf competition on Long Island with some friends this past weekend, because who can turn down a trip to the beach on the last weekend of summer? Of all outdoor places, the beach has always been my favorite. But since I’m not much of a weekend warrior, my preparations for a day outside were…insufficient. For the next six months, everyone’s going to be able to tell what kind of handbag I carried this weekend.

I could have sworn I bought a bottle of sunscreen at the beginning of summer. If I did, I have no idea what I did with it, but I couldn’t find it on Sunday morning when I was scrambling to make it to Penn Station on time. (Mornings, like the outdoors, are another thing to which I’m ill-suited.) “That’s fine,” I thought. “New York is full of drug stores! I’ll go to the Duane Reade next to my subway stop.” Except, naturally, that’s the only Duane Reade I’ve ever encountered that’s not open 24 hours. I went into the K-Mart at Penn Station, but inexplicably, it only sold clothes. It’s been a minute since I’ve been inside a K-Mart, but most of them sell toiletries, right?

And so that’s how I ended up on Long Beach with no sunscreen, a strapless maxi dress and a crossbody purse. I managed to stay inside or shaded most of the day, but my skin is very fair and total coverage is impossible at the beach. Surveying the damage the day after, one thing is very apparent: Don’t wear a crossbody bag when you’re going to be outside all day. Perhaps those of you who are more acquainted with such activities learned this long ago, but I now have a stripe of pale skin running diagonally across my sunburnt chest.

So ladies, take note. It might be too late in the season to prevent your own crossbody-related problems, but it’s never too early to prepare for next summer. A backpack, a tote bag, one of those big things made out of woven hard plastic that has to be carried be hand – almost any bag you can think of will lead to less sunburn embarrassment than a crossbody at the beach. Learn from my mistakes, because my tans fade slowly and I’ll have my stripe for six months. Although I suppose that if anyone were to be semi-permanently marked by her handbags, it’s appropriate that it was me. As far as I can tell, my problem can only be solved by wearing that same bag every day to fill the gap, but luckily, I have it in two colors.