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Johanna Ortiz Mullein & Sparrow Saipua Dreamers Wanted French Cheeses The Great Escape Floral Daydream Untouched Beauty

Journal No. 07


For the unique woman that is feminine and layered like a rose. She is wild and free like ivy.


EDITOR'S NOTE

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'd like to introduce this issue by talking about greatness. There are those who aspire to it, those who help to cultivate it in others and those who inspire us with their own great achievements. I feel very fortunate that in creating ROSE & IVY, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with all of these kinds of people. Long ago, before I had the idea of starting my own magazine, I knew I wanted to contribute an element of greatness to the world, but like so many of us, I didn’t know exactly what that meant. But by keeping my eyes and heart open, eventually I realized that I wanted to create greatness through beauty. What I've learned over time, though, is that beauty doesn't always have to be about something grand or immense. Don't get me wrong—things like old European architecture or a couture gown are undeniably beautiful. But beauty can often be found in the smallest things, and in unexpected places. For this issue, I had the great pleasure of working with a talented group of people who, just like me, have a passion for beauty. Take, for example, Sarah Ryhanen, whose new shop Saipua in Redhook, Brooklyn, is profiled in this issue—she bucks the trend of stark modern-day retail with a space that is decidedly feminine and perfectly imperfect. Paris is always on my mind, no matter the season, and as they say, “Paris

is always a good idea,” so I am thrilled to bring you a piece called Dreamers Wanted, in which Jean-Louis Deniot, a Parisian interior designer to know, penned a love letter to the city that constantly inspires him as well as so many others. Writer Cara Gibbs also chatted with interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd, who offers up an insider’s guide to the best in Parisian design for the bon vivant. Often, the best part about travel is stepping off the proverbial beaten path. In The Great Escape, we transport you to the road less traveled in Thailand—sandy white beaches included. And speaking of travel, Iceland is a faroff place that I never dreamed I’d have the chance to visit, but recently I found myself exploring its otherworldly terrain, surrounded by exquisite landscapes and majestic horses—you can read more about my personal adventures there in Untouched Beauty. Circling back to this idea of greatness—I profoundly believe that we all have the ability to achieve it in some way, shape or form. I hope that this edition sparks a curiosity inside of you to pursue it on your own terms. Cheers,

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Style Notes CONTENT

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Beauty Notes 40

The Wonderful World of Saipua 44

Soft Focus 48

The Great Escape, Thailand 58

Coming Up Roses 60

Dreamers Wanted, Paris 70

Floral Daydream 76

Cheese, A Love Story 84

Untouched Beauty, Iceland 116

Good & Plenty 122

Simply Designed 124

48 Hours in Reykjavík 132

The Final Note

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ALI SON ENGSTROM

Founding Editor Creative Director, Photographer, Stylist & Writer MONICA PICCA

Head Designer and Art Director Copy INA MICHEL Studio SERGEY AKINFIEV Contributing Stylist ANA TESS

For advertising inquiries, product considerations or to contribute to the next issue, please contact alison@roseandivyjournal.com On the Cover EMILY HALL at IMG Models was photographed by Evgenia Sizanyuk in New York on December 11, 2016. She wears a Sea blouse with Sarah Magid earrings (left) and Luz Ortiz (right) Drop Earrings. Makeup by ALEX ANDR A KÓR A Hair by ANDY TSENG Styled by ANA TESS

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CONTRIBUTOR S

We asked our contributors a few questions listed below:

photographs of contributors from left to right

For this issue of R&I 2 My dream destination 3 My favorite part about traveling

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MORGAN CROSSLEY

I spent ten days photographing Thailand. 2 Driving in a camper van across New Zealand. 3 The free peanuts. CAR A GIBBS

I wrote An Ode to Paris. 2 Capri 3 The rush of new sensations and the overall excitement and anticipation.

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Photograph of Evgenia Sizanyuk by Varya Gerasimova, Ana Tess by Summer Wilson, Cara Gibbs by Charles Dundas-Shaw, Leslie-Anne Sternick by Morgan Crossley

JOANN PAI

I captured the beauty of Paris in Dreamers Wanted. 2 I would have to say India right now. It’s so different from what I’ve experienced and I’m drawn to the colors, textures, and of course, the food! 3 Discovering the culture and connecting with locals through food.

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EVGENIA SIZ ANYUK

I photographed the Soft Focus beauty editorial. 2 I don’t really have a dream destination at the moment. There are so many beautiful places out there. I am open to new adventures. 3 The anticipation I feel before the trip begins.

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LESLIE-ANNE STERNICK

I traveled to Thailand and wrote The Great Escape. 2 Too many to chose from; I want to see the world! 3 Seeing something that I’ve never seen before.

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ANA TESS

I styled the What’s New What’s Next, Soft Focus and Floral Daydream. There are so many, my biggest plans for this year is to travel to the West Coast, ski St Moritz and the French Riviera. 3 Emotions and memories. Each trip brings unforgettable adventures and stories.

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ST YLE NOTES

CafunĂŠ 8 Lautem 10 Brother Vellies 12 Dear Frances 14 Designer Details Johanna Ortiz

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CAFUNÉ Shot on location at Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Alison Engstrom

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ueenie Fan and Day Lau, two lifelong friends, joined forces in 2015 to launch Cafuné, an accessories brand based in Hong Kong that is built around intriguing materials, like genuine white Carrara marble, and quality craftsmanship. The duo wanted to change the conversation of luxury by establishing an emotional connection between their pieces and the women who purchase them. The bags come in a variety of shapes and rich hues, like navy and kiwi, and will undoubtedly become your new classic wardrobe staples. EDGE CROSSBODY IN NAV Y

All styles available at ca-fune.com

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styled and photographed by Alison Engstrom written by Ina Michel

Boxy Lady

LAUTEM E

lena Garcia Silva knows a thing or two about building a brand. As co-founder and creative manager for Spanish luxury handbag company Lautem, her background in architecture and furniture design is evident in the sleek lines, geometric shapes and angular metallic elements of the brand’s signature boxy style. Since launching in 2013, Lautem has earned a devoted following, including celebrity fans like Emma Watson and Solange Knowles. And it’s no wonder. With a strong commitment to ethical production practices, all of their bags are handmade in Silva’s native Spain using the finest locally-sourced leathers and materials (right down to the metal handles, which are manufactured in a small factory in Valencia). The bags are assembled in the small village of Ubrique in the Andalucia region, known as home to some of the world’s best leather artisans, who ensure that each bag is perfectly hand-stitched and finished. But fashion lovers, take note: Lautem only launches a few models per year, and some are limited editions of only 50 pieces, so blink and you just might miss them… MY FUNNY VALENTINE BAG IN WHITE ,

available at lautemofficial.com

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BIANCA BOOT IN ROSE GOLD ,

available at brothervellies.com

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rooklyn-based accessory designer Aurora James began her brand Brother Vellies with the goal of introducing traditional African footwear to the fashion crowd. Committed to high ethical standards, she employs artisans in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco who create each shoe and handbag by hand, all with sustainability in mind — meaning, the luxurious materials incorporated into her designs are byproducts from other industries. So what’s in the name? Well, “vellies” are the ancestor of what today would be called the desert boot. If you are looking for a modern rendition, the Bianca Rose Gold Boot is a wonderful place to start.

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BROTHER VELLIES styled and photographed by Alison Engstrom

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esigned in London and handmade in Italy, Dear Frances is a shoe brand that offers a fresh perspective on modern design. Jane Frances founded her namesake line in 2014 after studying in London and Milan. Each of her creations is crafted in the same family-owned Italian factory where she interned before setting out on her own – talk about things coming full circle.

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left to right EVA MULES AND Available at dearfrances.com

SPIRIT BOOTS IN COPPER

We love flowers and, of course, we love shoes, so when the two are combined it’s an utter delight. For spring, the brand is debuting new styles featuring dried flowers encased inside the heels – they look as if they’re preserved in resin. In a word, they are simply perfection.

FRANCES styled and photographed by Alison Engstrom

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DESIGNER DETAILS

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ashion designer Johanna Ortiz has forged a unique design path full of feminine ruffles, layers that look like they belong in a confectionery and colorful, eye-catching prints. Based in her hometown of Cali, Columbia, she transports women through her clothes into her impossibly beautiful world inspired by her homeland. Her spring collection brought her to the rainforest, which was translated into prints with palm fronds and pieces in shades of jungle green. She talks to ROSE & IVY about her design process, her love for her country and the Columbian places that she frequents the most.

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You are from and based in Colombia. How does the beauty and landscape influence your aesthetic? All of my inspirations come from Colombia, it's where I grew up and it is where I live. Columbia to me is festive, effortless elegance and the people are always up for a little fun! It is part of our Latin heritage – it is the mixture of cultures that makes the diversity so rich. I love working with volumes that are reminiscent of the Colombian landscape and the joyful spirit of the people. When I think of ruffles, I also think of salsa music and Pacific coast nights, which are full of dancing, color and heritage. There is also a natural sexiness and flirtation, which I find very feminine.

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Would you ever consider moving to a major city like New York or Paris for another point of view? I was born in Cali and that is where my family lives – it is home! Having my atelier in my hometown is the way I contribute to society and support the local economy by teaching what I have learned – it is a way to give back after receiving so much from this city. For me, Paris and New York are better for visiting, but traveling is a way to keep my creativity flowing; it works as a constant source of inspiration for my collections.

The Johanna Ortiz woman is effortless, festive and fun. If you could offer your younger self some advice what would it be? Stay true to your own aesthetic while celebrating femininity.

You create beauty through feminine silhouettes and details. But in a less tangible sense, how do you define beauty? Beauty is the true essence of yourself and a spirit captured in a sublime moment.

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For a memorable meal, I go to La Vitrola in Cartagena (Calle Baloco no. 33-201). When it comes to shopping, my favorite boutiques are St. Dom in Cartagena (Calle Santo Domingo 33-70) and Michu in Cali (Calle 2 Oeste # 2-38). If I need a beach escape I head to Cartagena or San Andres. My favorite city is Cali, but Paris should be on anyvisitor’s list of places to visit. I love Colombia because it means craftsmanship, hands-on techniques and inspiration from nature. Colombia is home to more than 100 different ethnic groups who inspire the whole country on a daily basis. Local designers get to engage and experiment with different materials and techniques. I love the diverse landscapes, the rich fauna and the weather, they form the perfect canvas for exquisite design.

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Burberry 22 Clé de Peau Beauté 24 Natural Beauty Mullein & Sparrow 26 What's New, What's Next 14 Lalique 16 A Rosy Outlook 36

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BE AUT Y PROFILE

WHAT IT DOES

Delivers an intense rich pigment to the lips, with a velvety softness that most matte products lack.

BURBERRY’S LIQUID LIP VELVET BOT TOM LINE

With a wonderful range of colors to choose from, these liquid lipsticks apply effortlessly and stay put for eight hours. Plus, they won’t feather, and lips are kept moisturized.

styled and photographed by Alison Engstrom

shades, left to right MAGENTA ,

MILITARY RED, BRILLIANT VIOLET, BRIGHT

PLUM, BRIGHT CRIMSON, PEACH, FAWN, LIGHT NUDE

Available at Sephora

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left to right Eye Color Duo in 101 and 102

Create a romantic look for the eye with dreamy shades of seashell pink and sandy brown. These satin-finish eyeshadows add a soft shimmery effect, plus the formula contains moisturizing argan oil. Available at cledepeaubeaute.com Cream Blush in No. 02 Pale Fig

Impart a pretty dose of color to the cheeks with this range of ultra-blendable blushes in four luminous shades: Cranberry, Pale Fig, Perfect Peach and Persimmon. Available at Nordstrom

For a more blended effect, apply with Clé de Peau Beauté Powder & Cream Blush Brush. ON THE VANIT Y

Available at Nordstrom Radiance Stick Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 17

CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ

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ounded in 1982, Japanese brand Clé de Peau Beauté blends cutting-edge formulas with a certain French je ne sais quoi. Through the years, the company known for its luxurious goldtrimmed navy packaging has garnered a cult-like following with star products like their iconic Concealer. This season, they’re introducing an innovative foundation stick plus a new range of eyeshadows and cream blushes that are too pretty to resist.

This silky foundation stick glides effortlessly onto the skin and produces a unique waterlike sensation upon application. With just a few strokes, this feather-light formula creates a natural dewy finish that keeps the skin feeling hydrated all day, thanks to innovative ingredients like platinum golden silk and Chestnut Rose Fruit Extract. An added bonus? It helps to ward off environmental aggressors that can lead to aging. Available at cledepeaubeaute.com

FL AT VERNACUL AR WALLPAPER in Levante Bianco

Started by Payton Cosell Turner and Brian Kaspr, design studio Flat Vernacular puts a modern spin on wallpaper and fabrics with their signature blend of bold, unexpected patterns and bright colors to liven up any interior. The Levante Bianco, pictured here, is a luxurious marble print that would make an especially eye-catching accent in a powder room. For more styles visit flatvernacular.com CRE ATE THE LOOK

Textured Trinket Bowl, Stoneware Vase, and Small Beetle Plate all available at H&M Home

styled and photographed by Alison Engstrom

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N AT U R A L BE AU T Y ANITA HOR A

A soulful conversation with Anit Hora, the founder of Brooklyn-based natural beauty line Mullein & Sparrow.

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ou were born in India and moved to New York City when you were young. How was it adjusting to such a different environment? The move here was impactful. I have always been extroverted and friendly, so it may have seemed to the outside world that I adjusted quite quickly, but in fact, I’m not sure the adjustment period ever really ends. Without intending any graveness, it is an uprooting experience and you’re always sort of harmonizing these two sides that make you up as a person, especially when you’re young. I do feel incredibly fortunate that my parents brought us to New York where there is so much diversity. Being or feeling different doesn’t automatically qualify you as being outside of things; the very pulse of New York is different.

Sometimes in life, we think we know what we want, until we learn through experience that in fact it isn’t what we want. Would you say that’s true of your early career in fashion design? I wouldn’t say fashion design became something I didn't want, because there was no aversion to

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because ultimately people all share the same heart. Once you make that deeper connection, you start to belong to a place and everywhere and anywhere can become home. You become a citizen of the world.

Did you always envision becoming an entrepreneur, if not specifically a beauty entrepreneur? Yes, I think I always envisioned becoming an entrepreneur, but maybe I wasn’t always completely aware of it. I believe somewhere along the way, I always knew that I would want to do my own thing. In terms of being a beauty entrepreneur specifically, that just unfolded naturally from my own wants and needs as a consumer. When I was younger, makeup for brown women was not as widely available as it is today. I had to really search and I learned a lot about quality and where things come from. As I got older and gravitated towards natural beauty and skincare, the same discernment was very much called for! I quickly realized that a lot of products that were packaged as green beauty were in fact far from it and the companies that were actually organic and green were not formulating with efficacy. It only made sense for me to start making my own products.

What was your first creation when you started blending skincare? Did it begin as a hobby and then slowly build from there? The first product it; I was just being drawn to other things as well. For the most part, I loved my time in the design world and I am still very much drawn to it. My fashion career wasn’t perfect, but I was starting to find my footing and get really comfortable in that world. I could have easily let that become my whole career, but for some reason that thought brought up some deeply restless stirrings of my soul. I decided to take a complete left turn and explore life in an open-ended way. Maybe I wasn’t ready to be comfortable yet? Whatever it was, I look at that time of my life as a necessary catalyst of sorts, which inadvertently set the stage for who I am still unfolding into.

When you left that world, you traveled quite a bit. Where did you go and what did you learn about the world through your travels? I backpacked extensively throughout South America and even settled in Buenos Aires for a bit. What I learned about the world is simply that one can belong to the whole of it. This extensive travel reiterated for me that national identities and culture, with great aspects to share and celebrate, are just the beginning of connection. Beyond these things, beyond the unfamiliar sounds of a new language, the same words are being spoken, the same sentiments being expressed, the same desires,

I made for myself was a face serum. I had already received my esthetics license and was pretty deep into the herbal world. I felt underwhelmed by the options available on the market. I knew a good moisturizer was the cornerstone for healthy skin, so I decided to make one, knowing that I could trust myself not to cut corners on the ingredients. It was more than a hobby; it was an extension of the self-care that I had started implementing in my life, like practicing yoga and Ayurveda. I began making small batches for friends and loved ones because I was genuinely in love with what it was doing for my skin. People eventually started asking if they could buy it for their sister, mom, or friends—so I kept making it. Soon enough, I realized that I really enjoyed what I was doing. I enjoyed the study of ingredients, the formulating, but especially knowing exactly what I was putting on my skin and being able to see the results from my labor of love. How did you come up with the name Mullein and Sparrow? Mullein was the first herb I learned about when I started studying herbal medicine. It’s a great remedy for respiratory issues and my mom suffers from asthma, so mullein tea was a revelation and thus remains a

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featured opposite page, left to right ROSE & VETIVER HAIR SERUM

Hydrate your strands and smooth the cuticle with this serum infused with a moisturizing cocktail of argan, meadowfoam seed and watermelon seed oil. Apply to wet or dry hair to add a bit of shine. favorite. Sparrow is also an ode to Mom, because it’s what she lovingly calls me – her little sparrow. The “natural” beauty category is flooded with products that are anything but natural. What standards do you adhere to when formulating? Mullein & Sparrow is organic anywhere it is possible and wildcrafted where it is not. There are also no preservatives or chemicals. And while we do take great care to maintain these standards, it’s important to acknowledge that good ingredients are only the beginningsof good skincare. After you have great ingredients, you want to adhere to certain standards that keep efficacy in mind. This means that the formula considers not only that the ingredients are organic, but also that they are the appropriate ingredients for the usage indicated and in quantities that would be effective. In other words, not just any combination of organic ingredients will do. At Mullein & Sparrow, every formula has my esthetician’s license and years of studies in herbal medicine and Ayurveda behind it. We live in a fast-paced world where self-care can often be last on our list. How do you nourish the mind, body and soul? What advice can you offer to others? Like everyone else, I struggle with this one. Despite knowing the real importance of self-care, it does sometimes get lost in the shuffle of trying to accomplish 100 different things every hour of every day. But I remind myself that it is also not about beating yourself up or feeling guilty about missing yoga, because it

FR ANKINCENSE CLEANSING OIL

Gently remove makeup and dirt from the skin with this cleansing oil that smells absolutely divine. It is formulated with black cumin seed oil, which reduces inflammation and leaves your face incredibly soft. ROSEMARY & CL ARY SAGE FACIAL SERUM

A oil option for those who have combination or oily skin. A few drops reduces the look of pores, decreases blackheads and leads to a more balanced complexion overall. The addition of German chamomile aids in reducing hyperpigmentation and squalane helps to regenerate the skin.

becomes self-defeating at that point. Some weeks, it’s easier to be in the flow of good healthy behaviors and other weeks, you’re never getting enough sleep. Life happens and these things are a part of finding, understanding and appreciating balance. Outside of the rituals of self-care resides actual self-care, where you accept yourself as you are, always. So I guess my advice would be to use the rituals, but don’t get stuck in them; they’re merely tools to the ultimate goal of self-acceptance. Please share with us your skincare routine! I prefer gentle cleansers – they are just better for your skin, no matter what your skin type! I liberally mist with the Mullein & Sparrow Hydrating Face Mist throughout the day. For my moisturizer, I alternate between the Mullein & Sparrow Rosemary and Clary Sage Serum and the Immortelle and Myrrh Facial Serum. Also, I like to use just the Pure Series Squalane and about twice a week, I exfoliate with a manual exfoliant. You create beauty in physical form, but in a more spiritual sense, how do you define beauty? When I think of beauty, I think of grace, wisdom and tenacity. If these traits are expressed, whether gently or boldly, it is an undoubtedly gorgeous sight. These extraordinary creatures seem to glow from the inside, because true beauty is a soul thing. mulleinandsparrow.com

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WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NE X T

PRIME TIME Create the perfect canvas for applying makeup with these primers for the face and lids.

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SHISEIDO

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Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother

This small tube delivers mighty results: apply a few drops to instantly blur the look of large pores and create a silky matte surface. Available at Nordstrom FLOWER

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In Your Prime Eye Primer

Unlike most eye primers, this product is completely transparent and disappears on the lids, keeping your eyeshadow in place all day without creasing. Available at flowerbeauty.com

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Prep your skin with this hydrating formula that delivers a fresh and dewy glow. Available at Nordstrom

INNER GLOW

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The Illuminator

Freshface Instant Glow Luminizer

Smooth on this lightweight pearlescent lotion that both softens and brightens, thanks to ingredients like Meadowfoam seed oil and Vitamin C. It’s incredibly pretty when applied under foundation or worn alone on bare skin. Available at Sephora CHARLOT TE TILBURY

Wonderglow

A golden primer that can be used all over the skin or in strategic places like the brow or cheek bones. Wherever you choose to apply it, this hybrid formula diffuses light, stimulates collagen and seals in moisture with hyaluronic acid. Available at Bergdorf Goodman

brands from top to bottom SHISEIDO, FRESH, CHARLOT TE TILBURY, ESTÉE L AUDER, FLOWER

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THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME Meet a new crop of skin creams that will leave your skin hydrated and more radiant – morning, noon and night.

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Black Tea Firming Corset Cream

This lightweight cream helps to do for your face and neck what a bustier does for your figure – lift and firm. The formula delivers a potent dose of ingredients like fermented black tea and goji fruit extract, which promote a firmer, more glowing complexion. Key Ingredient Fermented black tea, similar to the kind found in that refreshing glass of kombucha you sip after the gym. In skincare form, in vitro tests show that it helps to stave off environmental damage while promoting elasticity. Available at Sephora PETER THOMAS

Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

When it comes to hydration, hyaluronic acid is the hero ingredient that has all others nearly beat – and this formula boasts a whopping 30 percent of the stuff. The skin is left moisturized for up to 72 hours, while elderberry extract aids in warding off the damaging effects of the environment. Key Ingredient Hyaluronic acid, which has been proven to retain moisture like no other ingredient. Each molecule can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Translation? Your skin will feel supple and fully hydrated long after you apply it. Available at Sephora EVE LOM

Time Retreat Intensive Night Cream

Slather on this cream before bedtime to help correct fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. Key Ingredient Wild Indigo Seed Extract acts as a buffer to cortisol production, which can wreck havoc on the complexion when it is exposed to stress and other environmental aggressors. Available at evelom.com SK-II

R.N.A. Power Eye Cream

Essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids are the driving forces behind this powerful cream that works to lessen the look of fine lines while boosting firmness around the delicate eye area. Key Ingredient Pitera™, a proprietary blend of nutrients, derived from a carefully controlled fermenting process. With continued use, it creates a softer, smoother, more translucent complexion by mimicking young skin’s ability to heal and restore itself. Available at Sephora CL ARINS

Hydra-Essentiel SPF 15

Erase redness and restore life to a lackluster complexion with this silky cream that promotes radiance. Key Ingredient Organic Leaf of Life Extract, which is derived from the resilient succulent plant works to keep your skin moisturized in any conditions. Available at Sephora

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The Beauty Object

LALIQUE PERFUME FLAÇON

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fine fragrance is truly a work of art, so it is only fitting that it should be showcased in an equally artful package. So why not pour your favorite perfume into a beautiful flaçon and display it on your dressing table? There is something wonderfully nostalgic about dabbing a scent on your pulse points versus spritzing it from an ordinary spray bottle. There are many varieties of fragrance decanters to choose from, but some of the most beautiful designs ever created came from fabled French crystal house Lalique. René Lalique began as a jewellery designer but later expanded into art glass. In 1907, his work came to the attention of renowned perfumer François Coty, who commissioned him to design bottles for the fragrance industry. After Mr. Lalique’s death in 1945, his son Marc took over the company, and they transitioned into the production of crystal. Today, this legendary brand offers not only fine jewellery, glass and crystal but also art, fragrances and a variety of luxurious homewares at its global boutiques. The storied history of Lalique is now preserved at the recently opened Lalique Museum in Wingen-surModer, France, the same small village where Mr. Lalique set up a glassworks in 1921, the only Lalique factory in the world today. L ALIQUE CACTUS N°2 PERFUME BOT TLE,

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opposite page top right, right to left BOBBI BROWN Cheek Glow Palette in Pink Opal

A blush duo that is one part illuminator, one part blush. Dot on the cheeks and blend for a pretty pink glow. Available at Sephora BY TERRY

opposite page top left, top to bottom BY TERRY Glow-Expert Duo Stick

This two-toned stick is a blush, highlighter and bronzer on one side and a brush ideal for buffing on the other. Its compact design makes it perfect for on-the-go beauty. Available at Barneys Kiss Kiss Creamy Shaping Lip Color in Blossom Glow, Available at Sephora Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Bloom, Available at Sephora Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipscik in Pink Cranberry, Available at Clarins.com

Baume de Rose Face Cream

A luscious cream with a custard-like consistency and the prettiest scent of rose. Laced with Black Rose and Pastel Rose extracts, it virtually melts into the skin, restoring moisture and balance. Available at Barneys

FRESH SUGAR

CHARLOT TE TILBURY Matte Revolution Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Amazing Grace.

CL ARINS

Available at Nordstrom

GUERL AIN

opposite page bottom left, left to right TOM FORD Shade and Illuminate Lips in Impulse

Tom Ford brings his face-contouring philosophy to the lips with this richly pigmented powder-gelèe duo. Apply both colors with the dual-tipped applicator – a brush on one end, a sponge on the other –to shape and perfect. Whether you go for a subtle or more intensely colored effect, you’ll achieve a long-lasting, velvety matte finish. Available at Nordstrom L ANO ROSE

Hand Cream Intense Hydration

Slather on this rich, non-greasy formula scented with a delicate bouquet of garden roses, to deeply soften and soothe very dry hands and nails. Available at Nordstrom EVE LOM

Radiance Lift Cream

A luxurious moisturizer to apply just before bedtime. Relax and enjoy the heady aroma of Bulgarian Rose Otto Oil while this nourishing cream works its magic. Its unique blend of oat kernel extract and Vitamin C increases cell turnover for a smoother, more radiant complexion. Available at Neiman Marcus

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A ROSY OU T LOOK The spring beauty forecast is looking rosy, thanks to this bouquet of products infused with or inspired by this romantic bloom.

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The process of transformation took approximately one year, resulting in a space that pairs a feminine aesthetic with a bit of “unraveling,” as Sarah puts it. It is her response to the more prevalent kind of retail environment that favors strong lines and a more stark, masculine interior. At Saipua, every nook and corner is crammed with items to delight the eye, whether it be a whimsical bonsai tree or colorful candlesticks. The walls are tinted the palest shade of pink, but with delicate remnants of the original tilework tracing down to the floor. The boutique is heavily stocked with pottery, made on the premises by in-house ceramicist Object and Totem, as well as Saipua’s famed handmade soap, created by Sarah’s mother in Peekskill, New York, and wool yarn from the Icelandic sheep they raise at their very own World’s End Farm in upstate New York. Shoppers can also take a piece of beauty with them by purchasing flowers by the stem or one of Saipua’s signature bouquets. Visit Saipua 177 Dwight Street, Brooklyn, New York saipua.com Check out the R&I Redhook neighborhood guide by searching ‘Redhook’ on roseandivyjournal.com.

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Impart a subtle berry stain by applying Yves Saint Laurent’s Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Rose Frivole in the center of the lips, available at Sephora.

blouse SEA NEW YORK WHITE available at shopbop.com

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earrings NOIR JEWELRY TRUSS EARRINGS , available at noirnyc.com

SOFT FOCUS Treat the face as a blank canvas. Add delicate, feminine touches of peach, pink and gold to accentuate natural beauty.

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blouse SEA NEW YORK BLUE EYELET available at matchesfashion.com

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Brighten up the eyes by dusting a sheer gilded eyeshadow on the lids, like NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Callista, available at Sephora.

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A WANDERER’S GUIDE TO THAIL AND written by Leslie-Anne Sternick photographed by Morgan Crossley

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f you've ever considered a trip to Thailand, the thought of the nearly 30 million tourists who travel there each year just might deter you from making the trek yourself, especially if you're looking for a restful and relaxing vacation. But who can resist the lure of epic landscapes, picture-perfect coastlines and delicious – not to mention inexpensive – food cooked fresh daily in the local markets? Although Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Phi Phi are undoubtedly three of the most popular destinations on many travelers' bucket lists, I wanted to seek out places that aren’t completely overrun with tourists but still capture the unspoiled beauty and charm of the essential, authentic Thailand.

"Bu t w ho c a n res i st the l u re of epi c l a nd s c a pes, pi ctu re-per fect coa s tl i nes..."

left Low tide at the Sri Lanta Resort beach on Koh Lanta Island.

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"Du r i ng the d ay, you c a n choose bet ween ex plor i ng the c i t y or en joy i ng a re l a x i ng d ay on the beach..."

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ua Hin is less than three hours from Bangkok but feels worlds away from the bustling metropolis. It's free from the high-rise buildings that crowd the beaches of the capitol but full of old-world charm and plenty of mustsee attractions: elaborately decorated temples, lively night markets, a royal palace that is open to visitors and the country's first-ever train station. During the day, you can choose between exploring the city or enjoying a relaxing day on the beach, a prelude to the white sand beaches of the islands. The city's narrow, winding streets are filled with shops and restaurants that

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are perched on top of stilts that overlook the water. The restaurants serve fresh seafood at incredible prices; one place to try is Meekaruna Seafood (26/1 Naresdamri Road), known for its large portions and lovely beachside location. Looking to unwind even more? Check out Sanae Beach Club, which serves poolside cocktails and boasts incredible ocean views. In the evening, don't miss the fun-filled Hua Hin night market. It's packed with vendor stalls selling locally-crafted items such as handmade bowls, servingware and leather goods. Music provided by live bands will put a skip in your step, and the food options are virtually endless – you'll want to try some of everything. But be sure to save room for dessert. Try the mango-flavored sticky rice, as well as the roti, a thin pancake filled with egg and banana that is cooked in a wok, topped with condensed milk, then dusted with powdered sugar – a luscious treat.

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above Making friends with the locals. A lovable dusky leaf monkey relaxing on a tree at the Royal Thai Air Force base.

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left The unbelievably clear turquoise waters at Koh Ha Island, which beckon to be explored by snorkeling.

E SCAPE TO QUIET PR ACHUAP K HIRI K HAN riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best." So grab some breakfast at the daily food market and venture out to the Wat Tang Sai Temple, famous for its colorful stained glass windows. Perched at the top of a nearby cliff, it boasts panoramic views of the verdant jungle and sea below. Next, head toward Wing 5 to take in the sights of the Royal Thai Air Force Base, a true local attraction. The entrance to this active military facility may appear a little intimidating to a foreigner, since you have to sign in and show your passport to armed officers before proceeding, but don’t worry, they'll welcome you with warm smiles.

Once inside the massive base, you'll find a wealth of attractions to keep you busy, including a museum dedicated to the history of the Royal Thai Air Force, the Historical Park, a golf course, driving range, and the famed Ao Manao beach, undoubtedly the main point of interest for visitors. You can also make friends with the resident dusky leaf monkeys by feeding them corn directly from your hand. Spend some time lounging on the beach, and be sure to stick around to watch the sun set between the islands.

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any travelers like to end their Thai vacations by visiting destinations in the south. Koh Phi Phi island, just off Phuket, is teeming with tourists, which makes it nearly impossible to get the beaches to yourself. Instead, check out Koh Lanta, just off Krabi, for a taste of what the islands were like ten years ago before the tourist boom. If you only have a few days, be sure to spend at least one of them at sea visiting islands like Koh Ha and Koh Rok. Sail from the mainland and jump right from your boat into the pristine blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Snorkel among the vibrant coral reefs as hundreds of colorful fish swim around you. On your second day, rent a scooter (approximately $8.50 for 24 hours) and head to one of the secluded beaches. At the southernmost tip of the island, you'll find the Mu Koh Lanta National Park, where you can hike

below Lunch for two at Apsara in the Old Town in Koh Lanta.

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the rugged rainforest-covered hills and watch as mischievous monkeys attempt to steal your unattended scooter (but a word of caution: they’re not the friendly variety found at Wing 5). It’s a great place to work up an appetite before heading into the Old Town, where you'll encounter a variety of restaurants that may seem unassuming but are well worth exploring. Try Apsara, just off the main road in town — the entrance leads you straight into the family-run kitchen and out through the back door, where you’ll find a table awaiting you with an unexpected view of the tranquil bay.

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When planning your trip, it’s important to take the seasons into consideration: summer and winter are best, with long hot sunny days that are ideal for lounging on the beach. The rainy season varies by region but typically runs froma May to November in the majority of the country. In the south, it runs from April to October and from September to December in the Gulf of Thailand region.

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opposite page left The White Rose cocktail, which fuses the flavors of rye and ginger syrup with frothy egg whites.

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below Arrive early to get a seat in one of the banquettes and order the Chef’s Choice, a dozen oysters served with a variety of sauces.

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el Rrose is a cozy Parisian-inspired oyster and cocktail bar located on a bustling corner of New York’s Lower East Side. Named for Rrose Sélavey, the female alter ego of Marcel Duchamp, it is the brainchild of New York-based restaurateur Kristen Vincent. The inspired interior design features distressed walls and exposed brick paired with romantic touches like soft lighting, gray leather banquettes and powder pink shuttered doors that usher you into the space. Spend an evening enjoying cocktails and delicious food overseen by Chef Carl Fredericksen, or begin your day at The Café at Sel Rrose, a photogenic coffee spot that practically transports you to Europe.

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aris has always been a beacon of inspiration. A trailblazer. An influencer. A boundary-breaker. A city that belongs to each of us and none of us at all. With the capital of France set as our muse, we tapped one of the city’s most sought-after interior designers to share his gratitude, a New York-based designer walks us through her favorite Parisian stomping grounds, plus we take a peek at some of the latest offerings from iconic brands and new talents who call Paris home.

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MAN ABOUT TOWN Renowned and buzzed-about Parisian interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot muses on the city he calls home.

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“A m id st you r i n nate m ag i c, i n s pi r i ng, u n iq ue, a nd ex h i l a rati ng ex ter ior, I f i nd you a re one of the pl aces w here I a m tr u l y at my best…w here I a m home.”

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y dear Paris, my favorite city, full of constant inspiration, you are such a creative force in the design world; your daringness and democratic drive are simply matchless. In fact, you are the heart of architecture and decorative history – everything emanated from here. What I find remarkable about you, and France in general, is the tradition of collecting and the modernization that occurs with each passing generation, each adding on to an already abundant bundle. Take the family homes found 30 miles outside of your borders, in Senlis for example, the country’s oldest city. Here, eclecticism has flourished as generations embrace your rich tradition of collecting, all the while infusing their own trendy touch. There are so many parts of you that I admire, though I’ve always been partial to the Marais, which for me is the most beautiful, historic area in your realm. A fashion destination unto itself, you’ve managed to foster established labels alongside young experimental designers in stores whose architecture dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. And it certainly isn’t a secret that you have no shortage of incredible art and museums to see, either. There are always exhibits at the Louvre, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Palais de Chaillot, Grand Palais, and many more. As is characteristic to you, there really is something for every interest and every type of person here. My beloved city, thank you for the opportunity to work next to truly magical places such as the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. It’s where I spend most of my time, at my office on Rue de Verneuil in the 7th arrondissement, surrounded by art destinations, antiques shops and libraries. Thank you also for the marvel that is my favorite restaurant, Le Bistrot de Paris (33, Rue de Lille). I tell everyone that, as far as traditional French bistros go, this is the real McCoy. It still has the same atmosphere and vibe since it opened in 1870, can you imagine that? Unchanged for nearly 150 years! And because you are unfailing in your offerings, when I want something a little more modern, there’s Le Bon Saint

Pourçain (10Bis Rue Servandoni), probably the smallest restaurant in town with only ten tables. Their meats and vegetables all come straight from their organic farm outside of your city limits...wonderful isn’t it? When I’m itching to wander just a little, you provide me with either Les Puces de Saint-Oue, the marvelous flea market just north of you, brimming with eclectic pieces for every budget, or Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves to your south. Amidst your innate magic, inspiring, unique, and exhilarating exterior, I find you are one of the places where I am truly at my best…where I am home.”

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Our Guide New York-based Interior Designer EILEEN K ATHRYN BOYD

reatives the world over have consistently flocked to Paris in hopes of bottling some of its famous effervescence for their own life and work. And luckily for those admirers who make the journey, France’s capital city very rarely disappoints. We talked with one such creative, New York-based interior designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd, whose love affair with Paris began when she came to the city during her studies at Parsons School of Design. The then-aspiring artist soon became friends and studiomates with the now iconic fashion designer and acclaimed film director Tom Ford, because in Paris, the ordinary is always somehow extraordinary. Back then, the two were just a pair of wide-eyed architecture students excited to soak up all the magic Paris has to offer, and even to this day, decades later, that sense of wonderment has never left Boyd. “Paris has such a deep and rich historical background and because of that, you can feel the energy in the streets and in the eyes of the people that live there,” explains Boyd. “It’s the way the Parisians do absolutely everything, from tying their scarves, cuffing their pant legs – it’s all done with stylish ease accompanied by an air of living well,” a philosophy she translated into a flourishing design firm, creating spaces and homes often referred to as “livable luxury.” From the best in street fashion and shopping to must-see galleries and attractions, Eileen Kathryn Boyd walks us through her Paris.

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Paris is...an attitude. When I’m in Paris…I am young again. I never leave Paris without… tons of photos and lots of design magazines to look over. Art in Paris is… always on point.

To Learn More Visit ekbinteriors.com

Photograph of designer by Patrick Cline

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SEEK & FIND

Boutique des Arts Décoratifs 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 lesartsdecoratifs.fr La Trésorerie 11, rue du Château d'Eau, 75010 latresorerie.fr Empreintes 5, rue de Picardie, 75003 empreintes-paris.com Sentou 6, boulevard Raspail, 75007 sentou.fr

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Les Douches La Galerie 5, rue Legouvé, 75010 lesdoucheslagalerie.com Kamel Mennour 7, rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 kamelmennour.com Galerie Nathalie Obadia 3, rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, 75004 nathalieobadia.com Thaddaeus Ropac 7, rue Debelleyme, 75003 ropac.net Galerie Cinema Anne-Dominique Toussaint 26, rue Saint-Claude 75003 galerie-cinema.com

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Usually one of my first strolls starts down Rue Faubourg and St. Honoré. It’s the Madison Avenue of Paris, and all along this narrow road you’ll find the best boutiques, brands and true Parisian treasures. In my mind, I always spend an absurd amount of money during this jaunt and I bet you will too! Whenever I’m in town, I have to stop by Inès de la Fressange Paris on rue de Grenelle. There’s always such an eclectic mix of interesting finds there – everything from unexpected little design goodies to classic leather and suede accessories and chic clothing. This shop truly has a little bit of everything and that’s what I love about it. inesdelafressange.fr For interior inspiration, I head straight to Maison Sarah Lavoine on rue Saint-Roch. The second you cross the threshold into her world, you instantly feel Parisian, like you just stepped into the most stylish flat in the city. The curated lifestyle she creates is very inspiring. shop.maisonsarahlavoine.com I’m absolutely in love with the clean and sleek product designs inside Fleux' on rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie. Their lighting selection is fantastic and I can always count on finding some unexpected objet or interesting tech solution for a client, and of course, I always pick up something for myself. en.fleux.com

On rue Amelot is the not-to-be-missed Magda Danysz Gallery. There’s always something exciting happening inside. I have discovered some wonderful works here that I’ve used in projects, but I’m mostly inspired by the incredible variety of artistic media always in rotation. magdagallery.com LOF T Y DRE AM S

Musée Carnavalet is a special place in the Marais district. Opened in 1880, its collections are housed in two adjoining mansions. I’m drawn to it because of its small boutique feel (which is rare as far as museums go) and its presentation of Parisian interiors from the 17th to the 20th century. The art and furnishings are displayed in room-like settings that look out onto formal gardens. carnavalet.paris.fr Perhaps it’s an obvious choice to some, but I can’t tell you how many people tell me they’ve been to Paris without setting foot in the Musée d’Orsay. It’s a mustsee museum housed in a Beaux-Arts building on the Left Bank that was originally built in the late 19th century as a railway station. The museum houses all of the most famous impressionist and post-impressionist works from Monet, Gauguin and Renoir. Plan on spending a good part of the day here. musee-orsay.fr The peaceful grounds of Musée Rodin are also always a must for me when I’m in town. The mansion and gardens are transcendent, and it’s such an inspiring place to walk through. You can feel the genius of Rodin when viewing his famous sculpture The Thinker surrounded by all the seasonal flowers and plantings. I recommend bringing a sketchbook and staying awhile. musee-rodin.fr

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Emmanuel Perrotin on rue de Turenne is a particularly interesting art gallery that is constantly changing its interiors to support whatever artist or show is on display. I love to wander through it and experience the works in the way that the artist envisioned. perrotin.com The Polka Galerie on rue Saint-Gilles specializes in photography and represents some truly innovative artists. The gallery itself is very inviting and the works are always cleverly displayed. I always leave wanting wanting more. polkagalerie.com

“ Whenever I’m in town, I have to stop by Inès de l a Fres s a nge Pa r i s on ue de G rene l le. T h e r e’s a l w a y s s u c h a n e c l e c t i c m i x o f i nteresti ng f i nd s there...”

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aris is synonymous with exquisite style, and the latest offerings from these brands – both iconic and new – prove that the City of Lights is an endless stream of creative energy.

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Find Contemporary acrylic furniture with an artistic edge. Review This brand continues to push creative boundaries while remaining true to their chosen medium: acrylic. Known for their collaborations with French street artists, Acrila most recently did a chair series with painter Corno that’s not to be missed. acrila.com MANUEL CANOVAS

6, rue de l’Abbaye

Find Brightly hued Parisian textiles at their finest. Review A favorite among fashion-minded designers, this fabric house is known for its saturated color tones and harmonies. The brand’s latest collection highlights the playful side of French culture with prints depicting Parisian women, the Seine and – what else? – the Eiffel Tower. cowtan.com L A CORNUE

54, rue de Bourgogne

Find Quintessentially French culinary magic. Review This century-old brand continues to push the artistic envelope in the realm of topof-the-line kitchen ranges. Their newest offering, the all-black Chateau G4, stands in stark contrast to their usual candy-colored palette, but the details are unmistakably La Cornue. lacornue.com OOUMM

22, rue des Bons Enfants

Find Outrageously chic marble candleholders and perfectly fragranced candles. Review Debuting just last year, Ooumm has quickly made a name for itself as one of the premier purveyors of luxury candles and candleholders. With a strong design team at the helm, this brand is committed to casting a stylish glow on their fast-growing legion of fans. ooumm.com

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PIERRE FREY

1-2, rue de Furstenberg

Find Uniquely patterned fabrics from a venerable French textile house known for its highly artistic collections. Review After an eye-opening trip to South East Asia in 2010, proprietor Patrick Frey began collecting textiles that represent the ancestral artistry of a perhaps forgotten people, the Miao of South China. His new Guizhou Collection of fabrics and wallcoverings was directly inspired by the richness of their traditional tapestries, brocades and embroideries. pierrefrey.com SABRE

21, avenue de l’Europe

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Find Impossibly stylish flatware. Review Sabre has rewritten the rules of flatware and cutlery design with their unique blend of the avant-garde and the traditional. Their distinctive Aquarelle pattern features wooden handles that resemble paintbrushes, while the colorful Dots adds brightness to any table. sabre.fr

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FLOR AL DAYDREAM photographed by Alison Engstrom styled by Ana Tess

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Wallpaper panels seen throughout, available at degournay.com

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opposite page JI OH Gold Fringe Dress, available at jiohny.com above REBECCA TAYLOR Lavender Lace Dress, available at rebeccataylor.com S/H

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A DÉTACHER Etta Lace Ruffled Blouse and Pancho Blush Crepe Culottes at adetacher.com K ASANÉ Ring and Bracelet, available at flyingsolo.com S/H KOH Earrings, available at shkoh.com

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Liquid Dress, available at flyingsolo.com K ASANÉ Ring and Bracelet, available at flyingsolo.com

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model Allie Lew is at IMG Models makeup Robert Reyes for Chanel hair Marshall Lin REBECCA TAYLOR

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heese is salty, creamy and oh so decadent – what’s not to love? Meet the French varieties that have melted their way into our hearts and recipes that bring their goodness to life.

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Aged for up to 18 months in mountainous caves in the Franche-Comté region of France, Comté imparts a delicious nutty flavor to a variety of classic French dishes from fondue to quiche. COMTÉ

Encased in a white rind, Brie’s stronger cousin has a delectably creamy texture and a buttery, earthy flavor. CAMEMBERT

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A goat cheese from the Loire Valley that has a pungent taste and an incredibly soft interior. L A BONDE D’ANTAN

A spreadable blue cheese with a hint of spice that lends a savory saltiness when crumbled on top of a salad or smeared on a baguette. SAINT AGUR

images above Tucked away on Spring Street in New York’s Soho neighborhood, THE FRENCH CHEESE BOARD transports you to France by way of its delicious cheeses. The inviting space provides education, gallery exhibitions and of course delectable tasting experiences for those looking to learn about everything related to cheese.

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above A stand-out cheese to incorporate into your next cheese board. It has a pronounced nutty and salty flavor with hints of butterscotch. With its vibrant orange color and textured rind, it could almost be mistaken for a cantaloupe. MIMOLE T TE

A decadent yet mild triple-cream cheese originating from the ĂŽlede-France. It boasts an addictive buttery flavor that is perfectly salted. BRILL AT SAVARIN

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EM M EN TA L A variety of Swiss cheese with subtle fruity notes that is ideal for sandwiches and omelets.

EMMENTAL CRUDITÉ SANDWICH WITH ROASTED G ARLIC AÏOLI SPRE AD

Slices of Emmental are layered with radishes, cucumbers and peppery arugula and topped with an easy homemade roasted garlic spread.

Roasted Garlic Aïoli Spread 2 cloves of garlic, in shell 1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 egg

Sandwich, ingredients for one Emmental, five to six thin slices Crusty baguette, toasted if desired Arugula, a small handful Radishes, five to six slices Cucumbers, five to six slices

To prepare the aïoli, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place two garlic cloves in foil with the skins on, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and enclose in the foil. Bake for 15 minutes or until soft. Let cool slightly. Remove skins and place roasted cloves in a food processor. Add egg, Dijon mustard and beat until combined. Slowly add ½ cup olive oil, beating until mixture emulsifies. Season with salt and pepper to taste. To assemble, slice baguette in half. Place a dollop of aïoli on bread. Layer cheese slices, vegetables and top with remaining bread. Refrigerate any leftover spread and use as a crudité dip or to add a garlic kick to other sandwiches.

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B R IE Hailing from the Île-de-France region, Brie is heralded as the "King of Cheeses." A staple of any cheese board, it is prized for its creamy interior and subtle flavor. It combines perfectly with sweet or savory pairings, from berry preserves to buttery pastry.

BAKED MUSHROOMS & BRIE

A medley of earthy mushrooms combine with creamy melted brie in this comforting dish topped with flaky puff pastry and fresh thyme. 1/2 small onion, minced 6 sprigs of thyme, plus more for garnish 4 cups chopped mushrooms of choice (shiitake, cremini or button) 1/4 cup broth of choice or dry white wine 1 Brie wedge at room temperature, sliced into 1 inch pieces 1/2 package of good quality puff pastry, like Dufour Pastry 1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place minced onions and a drizzle of olive oil in a sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme sprigs and stir to fragrance onions. Add mushrooms and wine or broth. Cook until mushrooms are soft and liquid has slightly reduced. Meanwhile, prepare the pastry. Flour a working surface and roll out puff pastry dough until it is large enough to form top crusts for four individual-sized ramekins. Turn a ramekin over on top of dough and using a paring knife, gently trace around the edge to form top shell of pastry. Repeat until you have four rounds of dough. Divide and fill ramekins with mushroom mixture and top with two slices of brie. Cover with rounds of pastry dough and brush with egg wash. Cut an ‘x’ in the center to allow for ventilation. Bake for 30 minutes or until pastry is golden. Let cool slightly before enjoying. Garnish with a sprig of thyme if desired. Makes four individual ramekins

A very special thanks to THE FRENCH CHEESE BOARD To learn more, visit the cheesesofeurope.com or visit the shop at 41 Prince Street, New York.

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ow does one begin to describe the otherworldly beauty of Iceland? You can start with the notion that it is the land of fire and ice, a terrain born of natural contrasts. It is a geographical location perched high above Europe; however, it can quickly persuade you as you set out to explore that you are a pioneer who has encountered an extraterrestrial landscape that is yours to discover. My personal journey to Iceland was intimate, surreal and, at times, intimidating. One moment we were surrounded by the most mind-blowing landscape – a sublime glacial lake without so much as a single bird flying overhead to disturb the stillness – a moment of such utter peace and solitude that I wanted to etch it deeply into my memory, to be recalled whenever the pace of New York life begins to overwhelm. The next, we were enveloped by vast, unknown terrains in the form of craggy, moss-covered rocks, or endless stretches of black sand that go on for miles, as far as the eye can see. Then there were the times we found ourselves traveling on the Ring Road, the main highway, and the brightest rays of sun would give way in an instant to torrential freezing downpours that could turn just as quickly to snow. Moments later, the weather would transform again, and we'd see a rainbow painted across the sky, rising above the barren landscape and adding a welcome wash of color. As one local Icelander put it, "If you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait five minutes." Mother Nature takes her time to reveal herself, and the same places can appear quite different depending on the time of day. My travels in Iceland taught me that not only can you enter into the heart of nature, you can enter the very soul of it, raw and unspoiled. Your mind begins to wonder how a place like this still exists on earth, practically untouched by man even in the modern era that we live. You're filled with a desire to uncover the unknown mysteries of centuries gone by. A trip to Iceland will leave you with indelible memories of the vastness and power of the great outdoors. And with the lure of inexpensive airfares to tempt you, plus the greatly varying seasons, I can almost guarantee that if you visit in the summer, you'll want to return in the spring for an entirely different experience. As Albert Einstein once said, "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better," something I can attest to personally. My time in Iceland taught me about the healing abilities of being consumed by the elements, from the purest air to rushing bodies of water. Experiencing the heart of nature, in its most raw and elemental form, has the power to lift your spirits and make your soul soar.

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“ You c a n sta r t w i th the notion that i t i s the l a nd of f i re a nd i ce, a ter ra i n bor n of natu ra l contra sts.”

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ocated west of Iceland's main attraction, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, is the lesser known, almost secret glacial lake called Fjallsárlón. Here you'll find chiseled, jewel-like pieces of ice in shades of amethyst and aqua blue rising out of the water below a snow-covered mountain range. For a truly peaceful experience, head there first thing in the morning as the light begins to brighten the frosty terrain. For the best vantage points, walk around the perimeter, surrounded by smooth glacial stones. There are a few turn offs on the road as you drive towards Jökulsárlón, where you can see the lake from different perspectives. If you prefer a view from above, park on the north side of the road, where you can do a cliff walk that leads you right to the edge of the lake. The cloud-covered highlands provide a somewhat moody counterpoint to the picturesque beauty of the golden, grassy cliffs. Editor’s Note

As mentioned, temperatures in Iceland can vary wildly, so don’t be surprised to find a significant difference in being lakeside and viewing from above.

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here will be many surreal moments on your journey, like the time just before dusk, when a thick lilac fog begins to roll in over the sculptural ice floes in the Glacier Lagoon. As the light begins to fade, the clouds cast dark shadows upon the remarkably blue glacier and the snow-capped mountains in the background. Situated across the bridge from the lagoon is spectacular Diamond Beach, where shards of ice, both large and small, rest on silky black sand. As beautiful as it is, if there is one place on earth where you can see the effects of climate change most clearly, it is here in this region. Sadly, you'll find yourself a witness to thousands of years of history, in the form of glacial ice, slowly melting away and floating off into the Atlantic (see editor’s note on how you can do your part to help protect the glaciers). icelagoon.is

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There are only a few small towns in southeastern Iceland that offer luxury stays and restaurants, including Jökulsárlón, Vik and Höfn. One of the most captivating features of the country is the remoteness and abundance of nature – this roundup of hotels delivers both. Where to Stay The Foss Hotels Glacial Lagoon Hnapavellir, 785 Öræfi, Iceland

Jutting from the side of a moss-covered mountain, this location of the Foss Hotels offers an ideal way to experience the isolation of the Icelandic countryside. Located just steps from a plunging waterfall, the hotel’s large and numerous windows immerse you in the surrounding landscape. The cozy interior has high wooden ceilings, and an expansive porch provides the perfect vantage point for taking in the Northern Lights when they occur. The hotel restaurant's menu features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Each meal begins with their homemade olive bread smeared with the tastiest whipped butter and served on a slab of glacial rock, because why not? As a starter, try the local Brie, which is presented in a small cast iron pan with fragrant rosemary and drizzled with Icelandic honey. For the main course, any of the seafood dishes are a good bet, but portions are quite large, so splitting could be an option.

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eave your car in the small parking lot and trek over the rolling, moss-carpeted knolls to a tranquil glacial lake. Nestled between jagged green and snow-capped mountains, this icy blue glacial formation extends out into the water. Hike the narrow foot path that surrounds the lake and revel in the solitude, since there’s a good chance you’ll be the only living creature there.

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ne of the most famous and picturesque beaches in southern Iceland is Reynisfjara. The sea at Reynisfjara provides a dreamy backdrop to an even dreamier view of snowy mountains. On one side, you'll find an island straight out of a movie set, complete with a white lighthouse; on the other, massive, graphite-colored basalt columns illuminated by the sunlight, seagulls circling overhead. Three rock formations rise dramatically up from the waters just offshore, are buffeted by "sneaker waves" (they get their name from the fact that they do indeed sneak up on you). Watch as overexcited tourists run frantically to escape them, some cutting it a little too close and nearly getting pulled into the sea.

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“M y per sona l jou r ney to Ice l a nd wa s i nti m ate, s u r rea l a nd, at ti mes, i nti m id ati ng.”

BLACK STONES AND SAND

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here are a few villages in southern Iceland that are well worth including in your visit. Vík is a charming small town distinguished by a simple white church with a red tin roof, perched high on a hill overlooking the black sand beach of Reynisdrangur. The beach features stables where you can pay to go horseback riding on trails that border the ocean. I recommend riding at sunrise or sunset for an even more spectacular experience.

Where to Stay Icelandair Hotels Vik Klettsvegi 1, 870 Vík, Iceland

Another popular chain, where comfort is key, from bar stools covered with faux sheepskin to the soothing pastel hues incorporated throughout the space. Located at the foot of the town’s picturesque hilltop church and across from a black sand beach, the hotel provides a great home base for exploring the outlying areas.

“ You r m i nd beg i n s to wonder how a pl ace l i ke th i s s ti l l ex i s ts on ea r th, practi c a l l y u ntou c hed by m a n...”

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"T hese f r iend l y c reatu res a re c lose l y con nected to the l a nd a nd add yet a nother l ayer of depth to i ts natu ra l beau t y."

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he country's expansive, wide-open pastures are home to the Icelandic horse. While they are not technically wild, their playful and soulful natures will leave you with some of the most memorable moments of your trip. These friendly creatures are closely connected to the land and add yet another layer of depth to its natural beauty. Their thick, fluffy coats and long exaggerated manes help them endure the often unforgiving climate. Driving south along the Ring Road from ReykjavĂ­k, east of Selfoss, you'll see them out grazing in the

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pastures, rain or shine. The combination of dramatically colored skies and wild, rugged fields provide the backdrop for an idyllic scene straight out of a picture postcard. And pulling off the road to engage with the horses is nothing short of magical, especially the gentle way they approach you, their extravagant manes blowing in the wind.

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ne of the most spectacular sights in Iceland is the Skeiðarársandur region, which consists of the longest expanse of black sand in the world. Known for its intense winds, this mesmerizing panorama stretches for more than 1,000 square kilometers, from the North Atlantic Ocean to the base of the rugged Vatnajökull National Park mountain ridge.

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fter the immense black sand plains of Skeiรฐarรกrsandur, you'll come upon a series of rocky lava fields, covered in a lush tapestry of velvety green moss. The rock formations seem to mimic the shapes of people, the inspiration for many of Iceland's charming folkloric tales.

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FJAÐR ÁRGLJÚFUR

Getting Around

The main industry in Iceland is tourism, which means there's no shortage of organized tour companies that will take you to see the most visited spots, like the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon and other points outside Reykjavík. But the best way to discover a new place is to see it on your own terms, so I recommend renting a car at the airport when you arrive. Driving in the south is rather easy, since the Ring Road is incredibly flat, and nearly all sites of interest, big and small, are well marked. Without a car, you'll miss the opportunities to pull off the road and really explore, something we did quite often – to pet the horses, take in the sunset or other natural wonders, or just to be free to experience the unexpected along the way.

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jaðrárgljúfur is a breathtaking canyon formed more than two million years ago, and just a short distance off the Ring Road. Carved deeply out of the earth, its sheer cliff walls drop straight down to the winding Fjaðrá River that snakes its way through it. Visitors can safely hike through the canyon, as the river is quite shallow, and up to the top for stunning views of the ocean off in the distance. There is a marked trail that allows you to stop at intervals and gaze down as you go, to experience firsthand the vastness, depth and majesty of this place where Mother Nature left her extraordinary mark so many centuries ago.

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riving along the Ring Road, there are waterfalls almost everywhere you look, cascading down the mountainsides and forming pools at the bottom – some more dramatic than others. While there are many that might fairly be called "tourist traps," and are overrun with tour buses even during the off season, there are also many waterfalls along the road that might not be called out in most guide books but are still worth stopping to experience. Noteworthy Waterfalls Gullfoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Svartifoss

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atch Mother Nature put on a dazzling, if shortlived, display, as spectators gather around to see the hot sulphuric waters blast over 200 feet into the air, in intervals of approximately ten minutes. Although everyone knows what's coming, gasps can still be heard from the camera-ready crowd each time it erupts.

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Where to Eat Supa, Hotel Geysir, Geysir, Iceland

Situated across from the Geysir, one of Iceland’s greatest natural attractions, Supa offers a variety of hearty soups like Mulligatawny and creamy tomato and basil, plus other vegetarian and vegan options. There is also espresso and a selection of wines by the bottle, all served in a soothing environment.

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editor's note HELP SAVE THE GL ACIERS

It is a heartbreaking truth, but the earth is getting warmer and the glaciers are melting. In fact, 2016 was the warmest year on record in Iceland. Please do your part to help preserve the glacial regions and their native wildlife for generations to come. Here are a few organizations that are working to make a difference: Greenpeace The Climate Reality Project Natural Resources Defense Council Polar Bears International

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ried beans are an excellent staple to stock in your pantry. Not only are they inexpensive and delicious, they also pack a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition. Plus, they lend a wonderful texture to any meal, from the smooth creaminess of cannellini beans to the slight crunchiness of the chickpea.

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A bright and colorful dish that lets the oven do most of the work. White beans simmer in a rich garlic and white wine broth, while slow-cooked fennel adds an irresistible mellow f lavor. 1 1/2 cups dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight (see note) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, minced 1/2 cup white wine 3 cups good quality chicken broth 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin 2 lemon slices Fresh parsley, chopped Salt & pepper to taste Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add garlic and cook over medium heat until soft, taking care not to burn. Add beans, white wine, broth, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add chopped fennel and lemons. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook covered until beans are soft, about 50 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, drizzle with olive oil and serve. Serves four to five

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ROASTED SPICED CHICKPE AS

With just the perfect degree of salty crunch, this easy recipe for roasted chickpeas will add spice to your happy hour enjoyment. The humble garbanzo is tossed in an aromatic blend of warm spices like cumin, coriander and smoked paprika and finished with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt, which adds another delicious depth of texture. 4 cups chickpeas, drained and thoroughly dried with a towel 2 tablespoons neutral oil, like sunflower or canola 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon salt* Pinch of coarse sea salt (add just before serving)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Place dried chickpeas in a bowl; coat with oil. To prepare the spice mixture, combine all remaining ingredients (except sea salt) in a small bowl and stir to combine. Pour on top of chickpeas and toss thoroughly, making sure that all are coated. Pour chickpea mixture onto baking sheet and spread evenly across pan. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until they are crispy. Add pinch of coarse sea salt and serve warm. *If you are using canned chickpeas, reduce the amount of salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Serves four

Note DRIED VERSUS CANNED BEANS

While canned beans may be more convenient, there’s really no comparison with their dried counterparts. Soaking the beans overnight ups the ante on their comfort factor, yielding a softer, creamier center. Plus, they are less expensive than the canned variety. If you do opt for the canned variety, choose a brand that contains only a few ingredients, like beans, water and salt. When using, we prefer Brad’s Organic Beans.

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BL ACK BE AN & SWEET POTATO TACOS

A crowd-pleaser that combines hearty black beans with cumin-scented roasted sweet potatoes, a healthy option for “Taco Tuesdays.� 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 large sweet potato, diced 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin, divided 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 avocados, thinly sliced Corn tortillas, about six Fresh cilantro Lime, for garnish Coarse sea salt flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place diced sweet potatoes in a medium mixing bowl. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon cumin, garlic powder and salt; add to diced potatoes and mix to combine. Pour oil over potatoes and toss gently, making sure that all are coated. Spread potato mixture onto baking sheet and bake until browned, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the black beans. Drain the liquid from one can of black beans and rinse thoroughly. Place in a medium sauce pot. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon of cumin, onion powder and smoked paprika. Cook over medium heat until warmed, about 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool slightly. To Prepare Tacos

Place one corn tortilla at a time over medium open flame or grill, cooking until slightly charred on both sides. Set aside and repeat until all tortillas are cooked. Fill tortillas with warm black bean mixture, followed by sweet potatoes, avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Season with coarse sea salt flakes and serve. Serves six

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DINE WITH A GOLDEN SPOON

In his small studio in Setouchi, Japan, designer Ruka Kikuchi (known as “Lue”) handcrafts brass plates and utensils that glow with a singular beauty. Each piece in the Lue Brass line is designed to elevate the everyday through the use of the highest quality materials and signature touches that make each object one of a kind. And like fine wine, they get better with age and continued use – oxidation creates a patina that imparts a unique bespoke character to his pieces. left to right all from LUE BR ASS Coffee Measure,Small Ladle, Dessert Spoon, Sugar Ladle, Ladle available at shop.goop.com

SIMPLY DESIGNED

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SEEING CLE ARLY

Let your coffee or favorite tea steep in one of these elegant transparent vessels, which double nicely as decorative objects on a bar cart or shelf. left to right Sumo Serving Pot, available at paperandtea.com Glass French Press, available at yielddesign.com TEEK ANNE Sumo Pot, available at paperandtea.com TEEK ANNE YIELD

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eykjavík is a quirky Scandinavian city that melds the best of old and new, with an eclectic mixture of architectural styles and pockets of noteworthy coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries. Whether visiting on a stop-over flight before jetting off to Europe or other points east, or as the first stop on a tour of Iceland, it’s a great introduction to Scandinavian culture, since the town is completely walkable. Wander the narrow streets of the Old Town; take in the Tjörnin (also referred to as The Pond) with its serene swans and sweeping views of the mountains. If time permits, catch an evening performance at the Harpa Concert Hall and be mesmerized by the building’s prismatic facade. But if you really want to take full advantage of all the country has to offer, venture outside the city limits; otherwise, you’ll miss a chance to experience unfathomable beauty and form visual memories that will last a lifetime.

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WHERE TO GE T COFFEE

Reykjavík Roasters, Brautarholt 2 & Kárastígur 1 When a dose of caffeine is needed, Reykjavík Roasters is the place to go. The café, with two locations, serves single origin coffees and an array of tempting pastries. They also feature a small lunch menu. bergsson.net below The moody and cozy interior of the Oddsson Ho(s)tel.

above A guide to coffee flavor profiles at Reykjavík Roasters. WHERE TO STAY

Oddsson Ho(s)tel, Hringbraut 121

A comfortable hotel/hostel hybrid that is a short ten minute walk to the heart of Reykjavík. Situated by the water, many of the aqua blue and powder pink rooms boast great views of the snow-covered mountains. There’s a trendy communal space outfitted with colorful retro furniture, plus a healthy juice bar that serves nutritious drinks like Golden Turmeric Milk. The hotel also features an in-house restaurant called Bazaar that serves Italian fare like pizza and pasta. oddsson.is

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Many flights into Reykjavík arrive around 5am, which generally means you will have time to kill before the sun comes up and you can check in to your hotel. After picking up your luggage and rental car, head to breakfast at this fantastic bakery and restaurant in downtown. Open from 7am, they serve strong espresso and a range of delicious breakfast options. Be sure to try their amazing spongy sourdough bread with a smear of butter and homemade jam – it might just put you on Iceland time. reykjavikroasters.is

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WHERE TO E AT LUNCH

Icelandic Fish & Chips, Tryggvagata 11

The restaurant to savor the lightest, most delectable fried fish. Choose from the catch of the day, like haddock or cod, which then gets tossed in spelt batter and fried to golden perfection. Be sure to order a few dipping sauces, like malt vinegar or their homemade tartar sauce, to further enhance your meal. fishandchips.is Note It is best to make a reservation at least

a day before to ensure you secure a table during busy dining hours. WHERE TO E AT DINNER

Dill, Hverfisgata 12

With Chef Ragnar Eiriksson at the helm, you are guaranteed an inventive meal filled with Nordic flavors. Eiriksson is known for experimenting with unique ingredients like pickled beet root, freeze dried trout and “seaweed sea truffle,” a name he personally coined to describe the similarity of its taste to the decadent mushroom. He changes the menu whenever inspiration strikes. With some of the most in-demand tables in the city, a reservation is definitely required, and during the busy summer season, booking up to three months in advance is not uncommon. dillrestaurant.is

WHERE TO SHOP

Tiny Trésor, Hverfisgata 16

A charming boutique stocked with Scandinavian home goods, stationery and women’s and children’s clothing. tinytresor.com Gullsmiðir Erling – Helga Ósk, Hverfisgata 39 A minimalist jewelry atelier featuring handcrafted pieces inspired by Mother Nature. erling johannesson.is Stigur, Skólavörðustíg 17 b

A gallery space showcaseing Icelandic artists and ceramicists.

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left A steamed cabbage dish at Dill. below Wooden plates stacked high inside of the restaurant.

WHERE TO STROLL

Seltjarnarnes Peninsula & Nature Preserve

For a tiny taste of what you will experience outside the city limits, head to this coastal haven, Seltjarnarnes Peninsula & Nature Preserve, a breeding ground for many different types of birds that’s just a ten minute drive away. Take a quiet walk by the seashore and enjoy views of Mount Esja and the lighthouse in the distance.

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WHERE TO TAKE A DIP

Blue Lagoon

Could there be a more relaxing way to start or end a day of sightseeing than luxuriating in heated geothermal water while pampering your skin with an algae-laced facial mask? Pumped from more than 6,000 feet below the earth’s surface, the waters of the lagoon are chock-full of skin healing ingredients like algae, silica and other minerals. So slather on a mask at the Mud Bar and unwind in thermal waters that fluctuate between a soothing 98° and 104°F. Interestingly, although the water is actually clear, the reflection of the sun gives it its dreamy blue shade.

Note To soak up the goodness of the Blue

Lagoon, you must make a reservation in advance. They offer a variety of packages at different prices, but if you visit in the winter, I recommend the Premium option, which includes a terrycloth robe and slippers to wear before and after. Plus, the admission price includes one complimentary drink from the bar. bluelagoon.com

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Enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of the thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon in the privacy of your very own bathroom. With Blue Lagoon’s eponymous beauty line, you can slather on the same treatments available at the Lagoon’s famed Mud Bar, like the detoxifying Silica Mask or the Algae Mask to quench thirsty skin. BLUE L AGOON Silica Mud Mask , Algae Mud Mask and Lava Scrub All products available at bluelagoon.com

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