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Postcards From… Aeolian Islands

December 23, 2015

If the recent spate of frigid winter nights have you dreaming of more temperate regions, look no further than the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Italy. Lela Becker, co-founder of Los Angeles-based cult denim brand Mother, visited the sun-drenched islands earlier this year and found herself enamored with both the natural volcanic beauty of…

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Postcards From… New York

September 24, 2015
Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger Lauren Gores Ireland, the creative mind behind Lauren’s Lyst, recently decamped to New York to see the spring collections presented during Fashion Week. Ireland found Manhattan transformed into a charming chaotic playground where streets became backdrops for Instagram frenzies as street style stars walked from show to show. Still, the Michigan…

Postcards From… Cannes

June 18, 2015
“It almost feels like being at a luxury summer camp for people in the movie business, celebrities, and models,” recounts designer and stylist Erica Pelosini, of her recent visit to France for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. During the trip, Pelosini stayed at 117-room seaside property, Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. “You can easily start…

Postcards From… Lana’i

May 13, 2015
“When I think about Paradise, this is the way I imagine it. Blue skies, idyllic white sand beaches, transparent water, birds singing, dolphins and shady palms!” says stylist and designer Erica Pelosini, who recently visited the Hawaiian island of Lana’i with her new husband, the Dutch shoe designer Louis Leeman. The Los Angeles-based couple wanted…

Postcards From… Park City

March 18, 2015
If there’s one place to catch the tail end of spring ski season this year, it’s Park City, Utah. Founded in the late 1800s, the historic mining town located just 35 miles from Salt Lake City was once a hotbed for gold, lead, and silver. These days, the area is known for world-famous skiing and…

Postcards From… Big Sur

February 05, 2015
Big Sur doesn’t have clearly defined borders and many businesses here don’t even have addresses, but rules, boundaries and things like schedules are not what this place is about. You’ll know you’ve arrived in the coastal hamlet when the Pacific Coast Highway becomes a winding, scary beautiful speedway—just roll down the window and breathe in…

Postcards From… Chloe Perrin in Lotusland

August 04, 2014
On July 27, tastemaker and brand director Chloe Perrin, of Perrin Paris, stopped by Montecito’s enchanted Lotusland to give us a first-person account of her time at annual fundraiser “Once Upon A Time.” “When my mother and father first told me we were invited to Lotusland and for their annual fundraising gala, I had no idea…

Postcards From… Virginia Robinson Gardens

July 08, 2014
Situated on 6.5 acres in Beverly Hills, the Virginia Robinson Gardens is the perfect place to play hooky. Conceived in 1911 by department store tycoon Harry Robinson (of defunct J.W. Robinson department store chain), and his wife Virginia, the idyllic estate and gardens once played host to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Hollywood…

Postcards From… Big Sur

June 23, 2014
Hidden inconspicuously amidst mid-Wilshire homes is Just One Eye, a collision of fashion, culture, and art, and the embodiment of such a vision—style siren Paola Russo. Previously with Maxfield, Russo opened her doors in early 2012, shortly after the launch of the Just One Eye website. The space contains an edited selection of mens and…

Postcards From… Paris

March 28, 2014
NJ Goldston, founder of The Blonde And The Brunette, is the site’s brown-haired contributor (the blonde is artist Kathryn Lebowitz) and she regularly covers style events as well as fashion week in New York, Paris, Milan, and London. The intrepid style scribe has interviewed such luminaries as Alber Elbaz, Olivier Theyskens, Derek Lam, Mary Katrantzou…

Postcards From… Turkey

March 21, 2014
Jewelry designer Robindira Unsworth often travels great distances in the name of creative inspiration for her Sonoma-based eponymous line. Her passport includes stamps from such destinations as Morocco and Jordan, and she’s also logged miles across stretches of the ocean floor wearing scuba gear. “So long as I’m out in the world, inspiration comes my…

Postcards From… Tarifa

February 03, 2014
“I constantly travel to so many cities,” says Chloe Lonsdale, founder and creative director of MiH Jeans, who relaunched her godfather’s British denim brand in 2006. But Lonsdale, a Central Saint Martins graduate, says Tarifa, a beach town on the southernmost coast of Spain, is her getaway of choice. “It’s an incredibly beautiful part of…

Postcards From… Lotusland

December 27, 2013
Gather ye succulents while ye may. Hidden in the serene hills above Montecito lies Lotusland, a 37-acre retreat filled with 18 impeccably manicured gardens. The grounds, once the private estate and horticultural passion of Polish-born opera singer Ganna Walska, now house 3,000 plant varieties including those from the palm, bromeliad and cactus families. In addition to…

Postcards From… Rome

December 23, 2013
With well-dressed men riding bicycles to work, nuns eating gelato, students chatting on the Spanish Steps, the most elegant historical landmarks, endless fashion boutiques, and shops filled with Italian linens, Rome is everything you imagine it to be. You can walk everywhere and communicate just by using your hands (though it helps to speak the…

Postcards From…Tuscany

November 22, 2013
As a foodie who has remained forever inspired by the regions of Tuscany, I’ve always aspired to live like an Italian. And just as Proust’s memories were inadvertently triggered by a madeleine, my desire to return to Italy intensified when a friend sent me a new snack, Pasta Chips, inspired by the shape of semolina…

Postcards From… California’s Coast

August 23, 2013
One of the world’s greatest surfers, Rob Machado is admired for his laid-back style both in and out of the water. Growing up in Encinitas, he learned to ride at Swami’s, a local break he still lives near and surfs regularly. “It’s such a great wave and kind of a spiritual little place,” says the…

Postcards From… Antwerp

August 07, 2013
Recently, designer Tim Campbell and his husband Steve Machado traveled to the tiny island of Formica in the Mediterranean Sea for some rest and relaxation. But once he arrived, Campbell found himself feeling restless. “I was out of my mind, there was nothing to do,” says the principal of the design firm Studio Tim Campbell…

Postcards from… The South of France

July 30, 2013
France’s southern coast is known for its famed beaches and the annual influx of Hollywood luminaries to the Cannes International Film Festival, but tucked away in the region’s hills are remote perfume factories, 10th-century villages, and exquisite farm-fresh produce and dairy products including Camembert cheeses. Stop in Les Baux-de-Provence at the Carrières de Lumières, where famous paintings…
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