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The fresh citrus juiciness of Italian bergamot refreshes the mind and spirit. Master Perfumer Stephen Nilsen balances the brightness of invigorating citrus notes with sensual Egyptian geranium oil and a woody background of patchouli and vetiver, which lingers beautifully on the skin. 100ML $135 / £120

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

Head Designer, Art Director, Photographer and Writer Copy Editor INA MICHEL Contributing Stylist and Editor ANA Intern PAY TON MOORE Studio SERGEY AKINFIEV

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For advertising inquiries, product consideration or to contribute to the next issue, please contact alison@roseandivyjournal.com On the Cover Actress GINNY GARDENER was photographed by SHARON R ADISCH in Brooklyn on September 7, 2017. She is wearing a Hensely V Neck Dress. Makeup by JAMES MILLIGAN Hair by ANDRE RODMAN Styled by ALISON ENGSTROM Photography Assistant MÉL ANIE

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rint magazines are very special. Ever since I was a child, I have found great value, not to mention pleasure, in flipping through their glossy pages and getting lost in the photographs or the stories. Today, it seems that many are questioning the future of print and the merit of magazines as actual physical objects. My humble opinion? Print is alive and well, it’s just dressed up a little differently and exists much more now in the realm of independent publishing. We are proud to be among those independent titles establishing this new voice and presence in the publishing world. In this issue, we bring you stories about inspiring women who are making their mark in the fields of fashion, beauty, design and more. We’ll introduce you to Ginny Gardner, a young actress and activist who is set to star in Hulu’s new series Runaways this November. We caught up with Ginny to talk about her new role and her deeply personal involvement in the autism community. You’ll also meet Little Liffner founder Paulina Liffner von Sydow, a Scandinavian designer whose discreetly stylish accessories make a quietly powerful fashion statement, and Kirsten Kjær Weis, a true pioneer in the luxury natural beauty category. We are excited to see what this group of extraordinary women will accomplish in the future. Speaking of beauty, “clean” beauty is a growing industry, but not all products claiming to be clean or natural are what they seem. We made an extensive study of the subject and in this issue, we bring you a round-up of the very best brands and products we discovered, from miracle serums that will transform your skin to the most divine-smelling natural fragrances. Then there are the travel stories. Travel is a passion for most of us, isn’t it? We relish the time we get to spend exploring the beauty of far-flung places. For this issue, I had the pleasure of meeting Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antiques Diva & Co. and members of her team, who take clients on exclusive antique-buying tours around the globe. Toma is a vibrant person who has inspired me in so many ways. She has a true passion for life and love of antiques. She took me on the trip of a lifetime, which you’ll read about in The Thrill of the Hunt. We began at the Paris flea markets and ended in Provence. I learned so much on this unforgettable trip and feel very fortunate to have made a lifelong friend along the way. ROSE & IVY’s Monica Picca also takes us on a

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journey to the Greek Islands in Dipped in Blue, where she discovered a world far from the beaten path. Back home in New York, we are reminded that the city is really at the heart of what we do at this magazine. We are inspired every day by its beauty, energy and culture. In New York City, it’s possible to travel without ever leaving home — you can experience the world through the incredible diversity of international cuisine on offer here. In Around the World in New York City, we profiled some of our favorite restaurants and share the recipes for some of their signature dishes. I cannot end this note without reflecting on how much has happened around the world since we published our last issue. At times, it can be challenging to strike the right balance between seriousness and a more lighthearted perspective. At ROSE & IVY we are passionate, empathetic and see a future that is bright and hopeful. We might be accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, but we’re okay with that. We want to inspire, that has always been our mission — so thank you for supporting us. We hope that you enjoy the issue. Cheers!

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left to right CONTRIBUTOR S INA MICHEL,

Copy Editor and Writer

Copy edited ROSE & IVY Issue No.08; penned several short pieces What is the most precious object that you own? I couldn’t choose only one, but it would have to be all the photos of my nephew when he was little, between the ages of about two and five, because that was without question the happiest time of my life, and I when I look at them now I’m transported back to those wonderful days. Favorite food city? I would have to say Bruges, in Belgium, if only because I had the best chocolates I've ever tasted in my life while I was there. The fillings are made with crème fraîche, that’s the secret. The Belgians make the best “wafels” too, topped with ice cream or whipped cream and delicious fruit sauces — unbelievably good. SHARON R ADISCH,

Photographer

Photographed ‘Runaway Beauty’, ‘Earthen Wear’ and photographed and styled ‘Light and Shadow’ What is the most precious object that you own? My wedding band. I purchased it when we were visiting my husband's family in Hong Kong. My in-laws and I don't speak the same language, so it is often a bit challenging to communicate. My now mother-in-law took us shopping for the band and helped me pick out and try on several before deciding on the perfect one. In addition to the band symbolizing my commitment to my husband and entry into the family. I will never forget that day and am reminded of it daily when I look at my ring. Favorite food city? Copenhagen, without a doubt. The food scene is so interesting, experimental and sustainable, but everything is made with

genuine love. It's a place where I felt like I was eating innovative food that still seemed home-cooked and not pretentious. I also appreciate the attention given to using local ingredients year round, as well as the respect and sustainability that goes into meat and animal consumption. Follow along @sharonradisch JESSE BR AT TER,

Writer and Creative Entrepreneur

Wrote ‘Hide & Seek’ What is the most precious object that you own? Schwung Home in High Point, North Carolina, is a wonderful place for discovery. Last year, while there for High Point Market, I found a blue and white ironstone pitcher from Belgium, circa early 1900s, and every time I look at it, I daydream about all the homes it’s lived in before mine. Favorite food city? Portland, Oregon. When I visit my family, we go restaurant hopping for food happy hours instead of cocktails. My sweet tooth is definitely satiated between Captain Crunch-covered doughnuts at Voodoo Doughnut and double-fold vanilla ice cream at Salt & Straw. Plus, the massive farmer’s market at Portland State University features more than 100 vendors, chef demonstrations and cooking classes. Follow along @jessebratter & @inthepursuit_studio ADRIAN NINA ,

brand ended up acquiring it and today, it is the actual address  of their headquarters.  My hat is still under its old maker's label. I often use it as a prop on subjects that I photograph. I am thinking about creating a coffee table book of portraits of people wearing it.  Favorite food city? Is is too cliché if I say Paris? There is something about the quality and the atmosphere of the city. I could be eating sardines with butter on a baguette and drinking white wine on the banks of the Seine and I’d be a happy man. I also love that the French take time to cook at home and invite friends over quite regularly.  Follow along @adriannina PAY TON MOORE,

Intern

ROSE & IVY Summer 2017 Intern What is the most precious object that you own? A mini Miu Miu rhinestoned bag I picked up in Venice on a backpacking trip I took after high school. Favorite food city? Portland. My family and I stand in the monstrous line at ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria every Tuesday for the freshest Mexican food we’ve ever tasted. Follow along @lovesyoumoore

Photographer

Photographed ‘A Lightness of Being’ What is the most precious object that you own? It’s definitely my fedora hat. I purchased it from a flea market in Paris — it didn’t cost me more than a euro. It is more than 40 years old and has a fascinating history. It originates from a hat store that used to be next door to the Hermès boutique. The

Sharon Radisch, Self-Portrait Jesse Bratter, Photograph by Charles Dundas-Shaw Adrian Nina, Self-Portrait

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CONTENT S

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Beauty Notes

Inspired Living

Runaway Beauty

Dipped in Blue

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The Thrill of the Hunt

A Lightness of Being

A Painter's Retreat

A New Way to Travel

The Impatient Foodie

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Hide & Seek

The Art of Traveling Solo

Around the World in New York City

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Imago-A 14 By Far 16 Designer Details Laurence Dacade 18 Light and Shadow 22 A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi 26 Little Liffner 32

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Nยบ42 CARRร‰ SHOULDER IN SK Y MULTI

Available at the garmentory.com Clean, minimal and understated. This subtle yet striking combination of sky blue and cool gray is a bag for any season. Loosen the shoulder strap and wear it across the body for a more casual look.

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outh Korean-born, Brooklyn-based designer Yegang Yoo established her handbag label Imago-A in 2011 in order to showcase her uniquely architectural aesthetic. Her prior design roles at the likes of Hussein Chayalan, Rachel Comey and Vena Cava allowed her to develop and push the boundaries on structure and color. In each of her designs, she has an innate ability to play with light and color in order to illustrate the inherent geometry of each bag. Her signature pieces are now our go-to for a smart, subtle accessory.

Written by Payton Moore Photographed by Alison Engstrom

SHOT ON LOCATION IN PARIS ON JUNE 14TH, 2017

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y Far is a fledgling shoe brand that melds affordable luxury with effortless style. Started in 2016 by Bulgarian twin sisters Valentina Bezuhanova and Sabina Gyosheva with lifelong friend Denitsa Bumbarova, the brand has taken the fashion world by storm. The trio set out to design the one item on virtually every woman’s shopping list (including their own) — the perfect shoe. Each pair of By Far shoes is handmade in a family-owned factory in Italy using sustainable materials wherever possible. For Fall 2017, they are introducing a range of new styles in buttery pastel-hued suedes and gilded leathers, including the square-toed pump and metallic gold slip-on featured here, both of which can happily live in your closet year-round. To learn more, visit byfarshoes.com

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aris-based shoe designer Laurence Dacade has a palpable passion for shoes; to her, they are so much more than just something you slip nonchalantly on your feet or pair with an outfit. She believes that shoes should spark an emotional reaction in the women who wear them. We caught up with Laurence in her airy Paris atelier, where we talked about her design process, the importance of opening the mind through travel and how the beauty of Paris inspires her creations. ON DESIGN

What was your background before starting your brand? Before I launched my line, I designed clothing for women, men and children. I also designed bags and other accessories, but never shoes. One day, someone asked me to design shoes and I didn’t want to, because shoes were my passion and this was my work — I didn’t want to mix the two together. I first started designing shoes when I was 12 years old, along with clothes that my mom would then sew for me. She was very creative and still is, but she doesn’t make my clothes anymore (laughs). It was always my dream to be a journalist, but growing up I had two passions, shoes and traveling. When you are a student, you don’t have a lot of money, so I was doing jobs that were very different than most of my friends. I would sell anything that I could make with my hands, and then I would travel with the money that I earned. After high school, I studied at AFPIC School of Design in Paris and received a degree in design. My first job out of school

was designing fabrics, but I did it because I didn’t like it. I was shy and didn’t have any real work experience, but I wanted to learn how people worked. I also knew that if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have to get too involved with it and it could just be my job. One of the reasons that I am so passionate about shoes is because they are three-dimensional and prints are flat; in order to add volume you have to play with color. It was great training, and I learned that doing this sort of work was very special; it helped me on color development in my future projects. Your pieces have a wonderful feminine edge to them. Where do you look to draw inspiration for upcoming collections? For fall, I started with a darker mood that included velvets and rich shades of bordeaux and dark green. Each of my collections must have a link. For my Cruise 2018 collection, the inspiration comes from the freshness of nature. There is bucolic embroidery paired with faded pinks and greens, and you also have the spirit of wood. I wanted something sensual but balanced with softness; if I design a bigger shoe, like a platform or boot with suede, I pair it with minimal hardware, because I really like adding contrast. I also combine rock ‘n’ roll with femininity, elegance and a bit of lightness. I add doses of sensuality in my design through colors like pale pinks and nudes. Each of my collections must give me a vibration. What is your design process? I am driven by emotion. My inspiration usually comes from my reaction of watching a girl walk down the street. I pay

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attention to the way she walks. I also love to understand that there isn’t just one way people-watching in the airport. I need to of life. take in all of this information to see the Where is the one destination that you return to way that different women live. I love think- time and time again? ing about what someone will do with my Italy, because it is where I manufacshoes; I am curious how they will fit into ture my shoes. I love Italy and I love Italher life. I want the wearer to have a sensa- ian people. The first time I went there was tion and to be as passionate about them as when I was studying in school and I fell in I am. If I were to ‘wish upon a star,’ I really love with it; I really feel at home there. I want my shoes to make their day. When usually go to Milan, Florence and Venice. it comes to the physical design aspect, all Is there one place that you’d like to visit that of the details that you don’t see are just as you have yet to travel? important as the ones that you do see. My Yes, there are a lot of places. I’d love to challenge is always the same — whatever travel to Kyoto. I love Japan and have been the height of the heel, you need to feel the to Tokyo. I love the mystical world that you same. can discover there and how they conserve You are very busy. In addition to your own the past. brand, you design for other well-known designers. ON LIFE Who has been the most influential to work with? What is your greatest accomplishment? Each project is separate, and I have My greatest accomplishment is my fambeen so lucky that I get to work with such ily — my two kids and my husband. fantastic people. When I work for another What is your life motto? designer, I get to put myself into another I recently found something that I love. idea and story. I try to give what might be I follow The Good Quote on Instagram and expected, but not what is expected from there are always beautiful phrases. I came me. Each story gets to be different and it across this one by an unknown author: “A taps into a different creative mindset. good life is where you smile often, dream ON TR AVEL big, love a lot and realize how blessed You are an avid traveler. Why is it so important you are.” Someone also once told me that to you and your creativity? Do you travel more “Your dreams are not big enough if you are for pleasure or for business? not scared”. I love that. Both, but it is mixed, because my work is Where might we find you on a Saturday afternoon? my passion. So when I am traveling for me I try to disconnect by spending time with and not for business, I am always obliged my friends. I am quite busy and my job is to find a way to make it a little bit about my hobby. I also love doing yoga as much my business too. My job never leaves me; as I can. my head is always full of designs and ideas. ON PARIS & BE AUT Y When I travel, my eyes absorb so much You live on a houseboat on the Seine, which information that I will later analyze to some say is the liquid heart of the city. How inspire my creations. I need emotion when does living and working in such a beautiful city I go to a place, whether it is in a color or a inspire you? sensation of being in a different culture. I I love Paris! The city is so many things. think it is so fantastic to open your mind It is romantic, culturally rich and beautiful. to everything you see while traveling and What I also love about Paris, and is very

important to me, is there are plenty of different countries within the city, too. You have people coming from everywhere. At ROSE & IVY, seeking beauty in all its different forms is part of our ethos. How do you define beauty? Beauty is really what you have inside; it is your personality. It is has an element of surprise when you mix things together that are unexpected. Beauty is being real — it is something emotional. FAVORITE FIVE

Favorite Fashion Decade: I don’t have one, because I have many favorites; every period has something to offer. Favorite Time of Day: At night when everyone is sleeping. Favorite Restaurant in Paris: Toraya (10, rue Saint-Florentin, 75001), a Japanese tea room that serves very simple dishes near the office. I could go there every day. Favorite Book: My guide books. I have so many, some to countries I have never even visited. I like to staple business cards to them and make them my own. Favorite Brand Moments: When I am starting a new collection and when I receive the showroom samples months later. It is a very special moment when you see everything coming together from start to finish.

previous page PADDLE SUEDE KHAKI BOOT, available at Neiman Marcus opposite page HELISSA VELVET PL ATFORM, available at laurence-dacade.com

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LIGHT and

SHADOW The dramatic moment where light meets shadow. Introducing the newest accessories on our radar this season.

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available at amazon.com available at lzl.com.au

LZL STRUCTURED TOTE,

MENU SYNNIES CHAIR IN NATUR AL OAK,

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below available exclusively at Still House 117 East 7th Street NYC, or at stillhousenyc.com available at thedreslyn.com available at amazon.com

WOOD-FIRED VASE BY MARGE LURIE,

HAERFEST JO SADDLE CROSSBODY BAG IN TAUPE, ANNE KLEIN ROUNDED RING,

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below DEAR FR ANCES EVA MULES IN FOREST

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above TR ADEMARK THE GARDEN BAG,

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ANNE KLEIN STACKED BANGLE IN GOLD,

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MENU SYNNIES CHAIR IN NATUR AL OAK,

Lighting Director Joel Burton Assistant Payton Moore

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JE NE SAIS QUOI French women are admired the world over for their effortlessly cool style. Whether sipping rosé at a café in the 10th or catching the latest exhibit at the Pompidou, they do so with a beguiling je ne sais quoi.

Photographed by Evgenia Sizanyuk Styled by Ana Tess AMO ‘BABE’ T-SHIRT,

available at revolve.com available at pichulik.com

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ES SENTIAL ONE A Classic Stripe The classic Breton stripe has been worn and adored by the likes of Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. This iconic French pattern gets a modern update with vertical stripes that help give the illusion of height.

MAGDA BUTRYM Z AMOR A DRESS (worn as a blouse) and AM. CHOKER (worn as a belt) both available at shop.magdabutrym.com MAVI JEANS

available at us.mavi.com ARCHIPEL AGO Â (right earring) available at shop-archipelago.com W. BRIT T EARRING (left earring) available at wbritt.com

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ES SENTIAL T WO The Blazer Perfectly tailored and so versatile, the blazer is an easy way to add polish to a pair of jeans or elevate a simple skirt and t-shirt combination. ES SENTIAL THREE Red Lipstick Red is the new neutral, especially when you leave the rest of the face bare. For a perfect matte effect, look no further than Dior’s Rouge Dior Lipstick in shade 999.

REBECCA TAYLOR BL A ZER

available at rebeccataylor.com AMO ‘BABE’ T-SHIRT

available at revolve.com AMO 70S GOLD CORDUROY PANTS

available at amodenim.com BONHEUR HALLET GOLD BR ACELET

available at bonheurjewelry.com ARCHIPEL AGO EDEN BY SITE LOOP RING

available at foursixty.com PICHULIK AMA EARRINGS

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ES SENTIAL FOUR The Perfect Denim High-waisted and cut right at the ankle, this perfect jean hugs in all the right places. ES SENTIAL FIVE A Smudged Smoky Eye A look immortalized by screen sirens like Brigitte Bardot, a smudged, smoky eye is equal parts rebellion and seduction. Line the top and bottom lids with a jet black eyeliner, like Clarins Graphik Ink Liner, then soften the harsh edges with Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush.

Z ADIG & VOLTAIRE BL ACK TULLE BLOUSE

available at zadig-et-voltaire.com MOUSSY SANFORD DISTRESSED SKINNY JEANS

available at revolve.com VEDA JAYNE ORION JACKET IN BALTIC BLUE

available at thisisveda.com W. BRIT T EARRINGS

available at wbritt.com PICHULIK ENSO PEARL CUFF

available at pichulik.com ARCHIPEL AGO RINGS

available at shop-archipelago.com BELLO BELTS SIGNATURE BELT

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ES SENTIAL S IX The Leather Jacket The leather jacket is an essential piece in any wardrobe, but instead of the basic black option, choose a style with unique two-tone details or oversized buckles. ES SENTIAL SE VEN Flattering Fringe There are lots of ways to cut bangs, but the most covetable fringe of all time belonged to 60s style icon Jane Birken. If you decide to take the plunge, opt for a longer trim that grazes just below the eyebrows.

REBECCA TAYLOR POINTELLE KNIT & L ACE PULLOVER

available at rebeccataylor.com JEAN ATELIER FLIP STR AIGHT JEANS

available at barneys.com VERONICA BEARD L AFAYET TE LEATHER JACKET

available at bergdorfgoodman.com ARCHIPEL AGOÂ RING AND EARRINGS

available at shop-archipelago.com W. BRIT T OCTAGON BR ACELET

available at wbritt.com

Model: Helen McCusker @ Marilyn Agency Creative Direction Alison Engstrom Hair Stylist Hiro Furukawa Makeup Artist Nuvit Tiryaki Assistant Payton Moore

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SADDLE UP SMALL IN MUSTARD

available at littleliffner.com

Portrait of designer courtesy of Little Liffner

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Meet

PAULINA LIFFNER VON SYDOW

Little Liffner L

ittle Liffner is a Swedish accessories brand to put on your radar. Paulina Liffner von Sydow started her Stockholm-based company in 2012 after a successful career in fashion public relations, with a goal of designing bags that would pair seamlessly with the women who carried them. Read on to discover how she gets inspired and her guide to shopping and eating in her hometown of Stockholm.

Can you share with us one of your earliest fashion memories? I always liked clothes and dressing up, but when you talk about high fashion, I think it was when I was a teenager and I started reading fashion magazines. They were always lying around the house because my mom was interested in them. I remember watching the catwalk rather early, which was always my favorite. I was this little editor when I was younger, making collages from magazines. I think I was more into fashion media though than fashion itself. Was there an initial spark that spawned the idea for Little Liffner? I was on the editorial side for a few years, then I went to work in fashion public relations where I represented emerging brands in Stockholm, in addition to a few big international brands coming into the Scandinavian market. For me, I always wanted to work with the product. In the public relations industry, you work with ideas all of the time and it isn’t so tangible. I was really yearning to be closer to a physical object. There is something very rewarding about beginning with an idea, producing it and seeing it being made — the full cycle. What has been the secret to your growth? I think that the design and the price point together are very important. I once saved up for a very expensive designer bag. I only had it for a couple of weeks and it started to fall apart. I went back to the store and they said 'this happens all of the time'. I didn’t understand how this could happen all of the time, especially since I had spent a month’s salary on this particular bag! I was upset about this and knew there must be a better way. This was

one of the sparks that made me really go for it. I wanted to create something that was very high quality, but with a sensible price tag. Tell us more about your design process. I am always on to the next season. When I finish one, I move on to the next. Prespring is one of the first collections that I am perfectly happy with everything, I don’t want to make any tweaks. But for fall the theme was dark and moody. My design process always goes back to the materials. They must be clean-cut since that is in the DNA of the brand, plus the materials have to be touch-worthy and the colors have to be on point. Color is hard for me since I am Swedish and we wear a lot of blacks, grays and neutrals; however, I do love color, but I am very particular with it. I feel like it is very easy to incorporate into a fall wardrobe. I also love embossing materials, it makes them feel so luxurious when you add a bit extra to just a smooth surface. Are there any artists you look to for inspiration? I can always refer to Mark Rothko for color inspiration. I can consistently go to his art and find something that sparks my creativity, so it is a great starting point. Then I usually just sit around with a bunch of leather swatches and make a jigsaw puzzle. I love this very tactile process. Your bags are the perfect size, they aren’t too big and they aren’t too small.

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I am not sure if it is being Scandinavian or Swedish, but there always must be a functional aspect to what I create. I am constantly thinking, when is someone going to wear this bag and how. My brand is for the woman who is going somewhere and doing something. The Little Liffner woman is… On the move; she works, earns her own money and she is conscious of where she invests. How does your Scandinavian background influence your work? To be honest, it doesn’t! However, there are some things that are inherent, like the functionality and the cleanness of what I create — things I do without thinking. What does inspire me are the diverse influences that are coming out of the region. For me there are two sides to it: when I’m at home I don’t feel very Scandinavian because I have more of an eclectic style, but when I am elsewhere, I feel like I am, but it is all relative! Do you design for a particular muse? There are several, but perhaps it is someone who is building her own business, an artist or a musician. They are strong, independent and comfortable in their own style and don’t feel the need to have the stylish shield of a logo. I want my bags to be the exact opposite; they won’t say a lot about you. I want them to just meld into an outfit. You can wear my bags in different ways, but I want the wearer to be able to project whatever they want onto the bag versus the other way around. Little Liffner in three words... Refined, street-smart and playful. How do you define beauty in a less tangible sense? That is a big question. I don’t think about it too much, but I also don’t like things that are only beautiful. There has to be a flaw, or something that is off, which is something that I learned when I was working at Elle. I had a great stylist who I would assist and she would teach me to always put something into a picture that was a bit off or even a bit ugly. I believe that something that is perfect will fade, it isn’t interesting. If you look at it a week later, it won’t catch your eye. So, I think beauty is imperfections with a kink or a twist. WHERE TO SHOP IN STOCKHOLM

What is your favorite neighborhood for shopping in Stockholm? Biblioteksstaden What are some of your favorite fashion shops in Stockholm? Natalie Schuterman carries a sharp edit of the top international luxury brands, and then Cos for great value and Scandinavian style. Are there any local shops that carry your brand, Little Liffner? Nordiska Kompaniet has a great selection and is a classic Stockholm shopping experience. A cool indie store in Södermalm called Nitty Gritty carries a great assortment of Little Liffner as well. What about beauty shops – any favorites or places travelers should visit? COW Parfymeri is an absolute must – great products, amazing atmosphere and an unbeatable location. What are some quintessentially cool Stockholm-based brands? Acne Studios at Norrmalmstorg is perfect. Rodebjer for Scandinavian fashion with an arty twist and Filippa K for great basics. Best place to go for a coffee while shopping? Il Caffè has delicious coffee and a cool vibe for relaxing after a day of serious shopping. To learn more, visit littleliffner.com

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What's New, What's Next 38 The Dossier Dior 40 On the Vanity 42 The Expert Christophe Robin 44 From Plant to Bottle 46 Crystal Clear bkr 48 Kirsten KjĂŚr Weis 50 Transportive Notes 54

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WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NE X T

A round-up of some of the newest beauty launches on our radar, from a restorative hair mask to a cleanser destined for all-star status.

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left to right ORIBE GOLD LUST PRE-SHAMPOO INTENSIVE TREATMENT

Ideal for overworked and over-styled hair, this revitalizing gel formula absorbs quickly into the damaged cuticle, coaxing frazzled locks back to life. Bonus: the brand’s signature scent, reminiscent of the Cote d’Azur, will perfume your bathroom with notes of bergamot and citrus. Available at oribe.com EVE LOM GEL BALM CLEANSER

Following the international success of their original Eve Lom Cleanser (you know, the one that comes in a jar and has a cult following), the brand has debuted a new gel version nearly 30 years later. Just add water and work into a milky emulsion to remove makeup and refresh skin with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil. Available exclusively at Space NK CL ARINS SUPER RESTOR ATIVE TREATMENT ESSENCE

Apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently massage into clean skin to make pores less noticeable and create a more luminous complexion. Formulated with hibiscus flower and organic harungana (also known as dragon's blood tree), which gently exfoliates, stimulates collagen production and brings a glow to the skin. Available at clarinsusa.com L AUR A MERCIER FL AWLESS FUSION FOUNDATION

Mattifying, smoothing and perfecting. Create a flawless base with just a few pumps of this superb foundation that provides medium to full coverage. The waterproof formula stays put for 15 hours, controls oil and, unlike most long-wearing foundations, won’t transfer onto clothing. Available at sephora.com JIN SOON NAIL L ACQUER IN FABLE (PLUM)

Swap your neutral go-to nail colors for Jin Soon’s newest shades, including Fable, a deep plum. Available at Nordstrom TOM FORD LIP COLOR IN HEAVENLY CREATURE

Tom Ford’s illustrious lipstick line has added 40 new shades (that's right) to the existing range, including a soft, creamy nude (pictured), a blackened plum and a rich, warm rose. Available at Neiman Marcus

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THE DOSSIER

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You won’t be able to resist the temptation to experiment with Dior's newest offerings, from galvanized finishes for the eyes and lips to a long-lasting foundation that will light up your complexion.

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clockwise from top DIORSKIN FOREVER PERFECT CUSHION FOUNDATION

If you’re looking for makeup that strikes that delicate balance between a matte and luminous finish, then this new foundation has you covered. The long-wearing formula stays put for 16 hours and creates a healthy glow. Available at dior.com DIORSHOW COLOR METALIZER EYE & LIP CREME SHADOW IN BRONZE TENSION

Like molten metal for your eyes and lips. Apply a thin layer of this high-impact color to impart an instant sheen. Available at Neiman Marcus DIOR HIGH FIDELIT Y COULEURS & EFFECTS EYESHADOW PALET TE IN MAGNETIZE

The latest rendition of this iconic palette features frosted greys and silvers, plus a rich onyx shade that is ideal for lining. Available at bloomingdales.com DIORSHOW BOLD BROW INSTANT VOLUMIZING BROW MASCAR A

Apply using light upward strokes to coat brow hairs in microfibers, instantly adding definition to the face. Available at sephora.com DIOR ADDICT L ACQUER STICK IN AMERICAN GIRL

Pair this glossy, highly pigmented red with a neutral face for a statement look. Available at sephora.com DIORSHOW COLOR METALIZER EYE & LIP CREME SHADOW IN COPPER POWER

Available at Neiman Marcus DIORSHOW COLOR METALIZER EYE & LIP CREME SHADOW IN SILVER SHOCK

Available at Neiman Marcus DIOR ROUGE DIOR LIQUID

Dior’s most iconic red, 999, now comes in wand form. Swipe this matte shade, formulated with ultra-fine powders, across the lips for lasting 12-hour wear, or choose from a collection of colors ranging from beige to oxblood in your choice of matte, metallic or satin finishes. Available at sephora.com

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On the Vanity

CRE ATE THE LOOK

Add a dreamy quality to any room by covering the walls in Osborne & Little’s Lochwood wallpaper, an abstract forest print. Ceramic dishes from MostRecklessly

ANTONYM COSMETICS

Antonym Cosmetics was started by Valerie Giraud, a French-born makeup artist who noticed a void in the beauty industry when it came to natural cosmetics that actually performed well. She set out to address that issue with a range of products that fight the common perception of makeup that is free of harsh chemicals, like chalky formulations and products that simply don’t work. She debuted her line in 2010 in the prettiest wooden compacts made of sustainable bamboo. Today, the brand’s offerings include blushes, eyeshadows, eyeliners and brushes — all cruelty-free. All products available at antonymcosmetics.com and sephora.com

ORGANIC HIGHLIGHTER IN ENDLESS SUMMER

This certified organic mosaic blush and bronzer brightens the skin with a soft golden glow. QUAT TRO EYE PALET TE IN CROISET TE

A versatile eyeshadow palette in a range of flattering neutrals, including a deep black shade that is perfect for lining. CERTIFIED NATUR AL EYE PENCIL IN NOIR

Line the eyes with this jet black waterproof pencil that stays put all day. ANTONYM MAKEUP BRUSHES

Sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan and oh, so soft. Antonym’s makeup brushes allow total precision, whether applying eyeshadow on the lids or a highlighter to the cheeks. Pictured from left to right

Blending Brush #10, Blush Brush #2, Contour Brush #3

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The Expert

CHRISTOPHE ROBIN

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eet your new hair guru, Christophe Robin. The Paris-based colorist is one of the most passionate individuals we've ever encountered when it comes to hair color and creating beauty (not to mention one of the kindest). Whether he is creating the perfect shade of brown for a client, traveling the globe for one of his pop-up shops or gardening at his home in Brittany, he does so with humor and enthusiasm. I caught up with him at his beautiful newly-opened salon in the 2nd arrondissement, where we chatted about ways to protect and prolong your color, the best way to wash your hair and his newest haircare collection, which centers around aloe.

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ON GOOD HAIR COLOR

“My big thing is to always have beautiful hair because it is like skin: if you have good skin, you won’t have to wear too much makeup. The same is true for hair. You have to take good care of it in order to make your color last longer and for it to be shiny and healthy. Many women choose to do glosses between colorings but it is just adding peroxide, which oxidizes your hair further. It’s like putting more makeup on bad skin. If you take good care of your hair, you won’t have to do glosses all of the time.” DE TERMINING YOUR HAIR COLOR

“As you age or go through life changes, like having a baby, your hair color changes. Today there is so much individuality and people are going back to embrace their personality. I think that nature does a good job and you should stay around your natural color. Sometimes radical changes can work, like going from brunette to blonde, but it is best to stay within a range that works for your skin tone and your eye color. For example, if you go too blonde all over, it will never be flattering. It can enhance all the darkness on your face, like lines and dark circles. It is best to have a color with contrast — everything on your face will be more pronounced. It is like adding mascara, it beautifully enhances everything.” ON WASHING YOUR HAIR PROPERLY

“One problem is that most people don’t know how to wash their hair properly. You cannot use silicones and products with polymers and other ingredients that leave a film on your hair. For many years, people used formulas with silicones. Of course, it makes your hair detangled and incredibly shiny, but all it is really doing is just adding a coating around your hair and your scalp. The first common mistake is that when people wash their hair, they use too much shampoo and they don’t work it enough, so it always leaves product behind. Then they add the conditioner and they put it onto the scalp and they don’t rinse that enough

and it leaves behind another coating around the hair and scalp. Then the scalp cannot E XPERIENCE THE POWER OF ALOE breathe; it gets greasy and then you have “When I create a new product, I always to wash it again. It’s a vicious cycle. Also, try to incorporate nature; I know that our don’t substitute dry shampoo for washing genes are created to like natural ingrediyour hair. If you do, your scalp will fight ents. We also try to be as clean as possiback. Use it for one night, but be sure to ble, especially for the environment. My wash your hair and remove all of the res- new aloe line is totally clean and it is idue from your scalp with my Clarifying Sham- very hydrating, because when your hair poo or Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt.” becomes a bit frizzy it could use more Christophe Recommends: “Apply shampoo all hydration. People are always thinking over your hair and conditioner only on the about moisturization but not enough about ends. When it comes to shampoo, you only hydration. We are introducing a shamhave to use a tiny amount and add water poo, conditioner and a soap bar made right away to emulsify and to dilute it a lit- with aloe and castor oil, which is great for tle bit. Then you have to rinse like crazy; regrowth. The soap works for women, men your hair needs to be squeaky clean.” and people with natural hair that isn’t colTry It At Home: Christophe Robin’s Regenerat- or-treated. The formulations are very siming Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil. ple, but they are all very active and provide volume and hydration. Sometimes the THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDING more actives you put in a product, they can HE ALTHY FATS TO PRESERVE COLOR end up competing with each other.” “When you are on holiday, your hair can become fragile and oxidized by the sun To learn more about Christophe and his range and seawater. One of my best tips is to of products, visit christophe-robin.com. apply a vegetable oil on your hair before you go to sleep, like my Moisturizing Hair left to right Oil with Lavender, which is 99% natural. I CHRISTOPHE ROBIN HYDR ATING SHAMPOO, created it 20 years ago and it has been a LEAVE-IN MIST AND SHAMPOO BAR WITH real game changer. It is especially good ALOE VER A , available at sephora.com with blonde hair, which is more porous. When you go blonde, you go to an alkaline pH, which means you are opening the cuticle of your hair to dissolve the natural pigment, but the cuticle stays open. So instead of coating it with silicone, the best trick is to restore the lipidic film and put good fats into your hair. It will make your hair less porous and the color won't oxidize and turn brassy. Plus, it maintains the color without having to go to the salon to get a gloss.” Christophe Recommends: “Add the Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender all over, including your scalp if it is dry. Then brush it to allow the product to be fully absorbed. It is especially great at night, or apply while you exercise, since it is a multi-purpose product.”

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From Plant to Bottle The Power of Plants with JENNA

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enna Levine is a perfect example of an inspiring individual always on the brink of reinvention. Prior to starting her natural skincare line, LinnÊ Botanicals, in 2016, her career included successful stints as a set designer (she worked on Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino), food stylist, farm manager and chef (at the acclaimed Scribe Winery in Sonoma, California). She then went on to study native botany and herbal medicine at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California, where she learned about the healing power of herbs and other plants with medicinal properties. Today, she is based in New York where she is busy creating products formulated with natural ingredients sourced from around the globe. Here, Jenna tells us about two of her star performers, both harness the skin-transforming power of plants.

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ON HER SCRUB FACE MASK

“This scrub combines both mechanical and biochemical exfoliants to dissolve dead skin away, which can clog pores, make skin look dull and prevent products from penetrating. We use finely ground bamboo, an Ayurvedic herb rich in silica, to provide a gentle polishing action. We also use extracts of bilberry, orange, lemon, sugar cane and sugar maple to further dissolve the bonds between dead and fresh tissue so that the dead cells can be easily washed away. The sugar cane and maple are a source of glycolic acid which, being such a small molecule, can penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and prevent acne. Other ingredients include soothing chamomile, turmeric, moisturizing aloe vera and glycerin. All products containing water-soluble extracts, such as aloe and bilberry, require a preservative system to prevent mold, yeast and bacteria. We use a fermentation of radish root. It’s basically like sauerkraut or kimchi juice, but without all the spices. The radish root ferment produces a colony of healthy bacteria that grow in whatever medium into which they are introduced. This healthy bacteria supports our human biome while inhibiting the growth of unwanted bacteria, yeast and mold. Additionally, Leucidal, as the ingredient is known, can fight acne and skin dryness.” Available at thedetoxmarket.com ON HER BAL ANCE FACE OIL

“This was the first product we created. It was formulated to bring my sister's skin back into balance after using Accutane. We use astringent hazelnut seed oil, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial shiso seed oil, and jojoba oil — which is most like human sebum — as our carrier oils. These oils nourish the skin and bring its own oil production into balance. We use many beautiful and hardworking essential oils throughout the line, such as geranium and palmarosa, but this particular product is unique for its high content of herbaceous plants such as mugwort, rosemary (three varietals, in fact) and sage. Sage essential oil is very valuable, especially for blemish-prone skin, as it is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and healing. Sage is also described as a stimulant. It activates and optimizes the brain, nervous system, liver, spleen, circulatory and excretory systems. Given its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties, it also helps, along with radish root ferment, to extend the life and vitality of the product.” Available at thedetoxmarket.com To learn more, visit linnebotanicals.com

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“Could the answer to a clear complexion — and a clear conscience — lie inside a water bottle?”

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ould the answer to a clear complexion — and a clear conscience — lie inside a water bottle? Well, if Tal Winter and Kate Cutler have anything to say about it, then the answer is a resounding yes. These friends and former attorneys started their brand, bkr, in 2011 when they realized that their use of disposable plastic water bottles was contributing to one of the planet’s most relentless environmental problems. They set out on a mission to create a water bottle for women that would benefit their skin through the hydrating power of H2O and double as a stylish accessory, all without harming the environment. The result was a portable glass bottle wrapped in a decorative (and protective) silicone sleeve with a BPA-and phthalate-free plastic cap. They have inspired a devoted following including celebrities, beauty editors and fashion lovers everywhere. This fall, the brand is teaming up with Swarovski to debut a limited edition collection of crystal-trimmed bottles. For each bottle sold, 600 liters of water (a month’s supply) will be given to a person in need through the Water for People Fund. The new designs were inspired by artist Lucas Samaras’ infinity rooms and Iris van Herpen’s futuristic couture gowns. All are topped with a cap studded with an impressive 500 hand-set crystals (yep, you read that right). Whether you choose a new limited edition bottle or one of the existing styles, we predict it will quickly become an indispensable companion wherever you go, from the office to the gym. In Tal and Kate’s words, a bkr water bottle should feel “like the perfect t-shirt — it feels right and fits right, it’s effortless, and it quickly becomes a staple in your life. You can’t have just one and you can’t help but fall in love.” We’ll drink to that.

BKR X SWAROVSKI IN WINTER DIAMOND ,

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Kirsten Kjær Weis is a true pioneer in the organic and luxury makeup category. We chatted with the Denmark native, now based in New York, about the path that led her to a career in makeup, the launch of her eponymous brand and her game-changing attitudes about beauty.

A Conversation on Natural Beauty with

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Your packaging, from the red cartons to the mirrored and refillable compacts, is nothing short of exquisite. It’s like opening little presents. What served as the inspiration?

recyclable, it is refillable. In terms of the color, I wanted a signature shade. I hadn’t picked red, but rather an obscure lemony-lime shade reminiscent of clay. Marc said it should be red. On the inside, the silver compact is a bit futuristic, but it is packaged inside a classic carton — it is the perfect blend of design. What do you believe are some of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to natural and organic makeup? There is a stigma that natural products do not perform well and also confusion on why it is in a pretty package, since natural beauty had never converged with luxury before. It’s not an unfair stigma though, because when I was working with natural makeup in the field the formulas were chalky, didn’t blend well and the colors and textures were stuck in the '80s — they just weren’t up to speed. The magic that had happened with conventional makeup a few years back was that textures became very glowy. François

KIRSTEN KJÆR WEIS

You are definitely a pioneer in the luxury natural beauty world from both a formula and packaging perspective. How long did it take from the first spark of the idea to the actual launch of your beauty brand, Kjær Weis? I had always dreamt of having my own business ever since I was a little child — I just didn’t know what that looked like. I thought it would be something in the design field, like interiors, but I ended up landing in a makeup school in Paris, a little by accident. I grew up on a farm in Denmark and I didn’t wear makeup or know much about it, but this ultimately became my path and led me to work as a makeup artist for over twenty years. My “aha!” moment came when I saw the reaction on the models’ skin after a long day of shooting. On a typical shoot you change the makeup two to three times — by the end of the day their skin was wrecked. I decided to develop my line when I came to the realization that natural products couldn’t match the performance of what was currently on the market.

Before landing on the current package, I kept going back and forth through all of the prototypes submitted — they were nice, but they didn’t feel right. I always envisioned my brand to be super luxurious, sustainable, reusable and to stay away from incorporating plastic. For a very long time I had admired the design work of Marc Atlan, especially the Comme des Garçons perfume bottles he created. I knew I had to contact him. I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I didn’t. I ended up cold-emailing him and telling him what it was I was trying to achieve. He emailed me back, said the project sounded interesting and wanted to meet. We did and the rest is history. Working with him has been phenomenal. He designed the branding, the logo and I credit him for finding the metal we use in our packaging; although it isn’t

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products top to bottom LIPSTICK IN K W RED, EYE SHADOW IN MAGNETIC, CREAM BLUSH IN BLOSSOMING, MASCAR A IN BL ACK

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Nars was at the forefront of this and it served as a massive turning point for me and how I applied makeup on models. Personally speaking, Nars transformed a full-coverage industry to one where you could start to actually see the skin. Unfortunately, many of the glow-enhancing products on the market today are pumped with silicones, making them not too oily, or too dry, but perfect because they have a “slip” to them. We have worked very hard and overcome hurdles to replicate that same consistency with natural materials like oils, waxes, and butters. Your makeup style always has a dreamy quality. How do you stay inspired for both your brand and your creativity as a makeup artist? It’s important to get out and about and away from your computer. I’ll go up to McNally Jackson Bookstore and flip through magazines or get out into nature. I love seeing what’s happening at MoMA. I love art like Matisse, Jenny Saville and Marlene Dumas. I am especially drawn to watercolor and texture. I also head to the Garment District. I love how it is so oldschool and dusty. I get to travel to Europe quite a bit, about every two to three months, because we have a warehouse in Denmark and everything is produced in Northern Italy. Tell us more about your newest launch, The Beautiful Oil . Do you see the brand expanding into additional skincare products as a natural progression from color? It felt like it was a natural progression, since I have always been a massive lover of oils. The most important thing in any makeup look is the skin, and it is the perfect partner to our buildable foundations. It’s formulated with jojoba oil, almond oil, rosehip oil, and olive oil — all are certified organic. It works on a phenomenal number of skin conditions, especially with the addition of the Dioscorea Batatas Root Extract, an ancient root from the yam family that has been used in Chinese culture for many years. Rudolf Steiner, the 20th-century philosopher, believed that if you planted

the potato during the new moon, the potency was much higher than if you planted it at another time. He discovered that this particular yam had an enormous amount of healing properties and holds an etheric light, which speaks to energy vibrations and frequency. We have been able to find a way to harvest it and infuse it into our oil. Compared to most on the market, it is a big bottle, but you only need to apply 5 to 6 generous drops to your face and neck. It also has an incredible fragrance. What are three makeup tips that everyone can benefit from? If you only have five minutes, you easily can get a glowy look. It is best to have the skin be as prepped as possible. I think starting with an oil is great. Add a minimal amount of foundation; you don’t have to cover the entire face, just apply where needed. Next, add blush to the apples of the cheeks — it is a great way to make you look more awake. Then curl your eye lashes, add a coat of mascara, a dab of lip tint, and you are good to go. If you have a little more time, groom the brows. This frames the face and makes you look even more polished. How do you define beauty? Over the years I have gotten to work with many beautiful girls. Some were lovely, others were not as pleasant, so I think beauty is defined by a kind heart. With kindness, you can’t help but be drawn to someone like that. For example, take someone like Christy Turlington Burns, who is so beautiful on the outside and the inside. Being kind immediately makes you a beautiful person.

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TR ANSPORTIVE NOTES A new wave of up-and-coming fragrance brands showcase unexpected notes that will transport you to faraway places.

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VILHELM PARFUMERIE SCENT TO KNOW

Purple Fig

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The shade of a fig tree growing wild in Paris.

What starts out as a subtly smoky impression unfolds to reveal a rich but never cloying dry down of fig and cedarwood. Available at barneys.com

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Moab

WHERE IT TR ANSPORTS US The narrow streets of Marrakesh, where earthen-hued spices spill from oaken barrels and the aromas of the distant past linger in the warm dry air.

A blend that is slightly mysterious and utterly addictive. Vibrant notes of spicy black pepper and clove are softened by a touch of exotic jasmine, the subtle sweetness of vanilla and the warmth of sustainably sourced resins from Honduras. Available at phlur.com

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MARIA CHRISTOFILIS SCENT TO KNOW

Mykonos12

WHERE IT TR ANSPORTS US The sublime white-washed island of Mykonos, where window boxes overflow with vibrant red geraniums and the hot Greek sun radiates overhead.

Inspired by the blossoming plants that grow wild on the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea, this floral scent will instantly spark visions of an idyllic seaside holiday. Notes of Florentine iris and flowering wild thyme commingle with the textured richness of Adriatic oak moss. Available at barneys.com

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NASOMAT TO SCENT TO KNOW

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Baraonda

A gilded boudoir from a bygone age.

A nostalgic and slightly powdery scent with an elusive floral note that lingers on the skin. All Nasomatto fragrances are topped with a statement-making cap — the Baraonda cap features natural cork sourced from Portugal and Italy. Available at barneys.com

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MCMC FR AGR ANCES SCENT TO KNOW

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Garden

A luxuriant garden of herbs and flowers surrounded by

sun-dappled fields. A mĂŠlange of herbs like red thyme and lavender melds with hints of zesty lemon and bitter orange in this uplifting scent that will have you dreaming of summer all year long. A portion of all proceeds goes to support the efforts of Ananda Harvest, an agricultural initiative in upstate New York that empowers local farmers and gives back to the community through a variety of educational programs and events. Available at mcmcfragrances.com

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ELLIS BROOKLYN SCENT TO KNOW

Fable

A hillside town in southern Italy, where lemon trees grow in profusion and wildflowers blanket the landscape.

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A sparkling fragrance that blends invigorating neroli with a floral heart of honeysuckle and violet. The scent dries down to a warm, textured base of golden amber and cedarwood. Available at sephora.com

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IN SPIRED LIVING

Where to Eat in Paris Clover Grill 62 On Our Shelf 64 Fleuropean 66 Putnam & Putnam 67

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INSPIRED LIVING WHERE TO E AT IN PARIS

CLOVER GRILL 6, rue Bailleul, 75001 Visit clover-grill.com

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ean-François Piège, the Paris-based chef who rose to Michelin-starred fame thanks to his work at Le Grand Restaurant and Brasserie Thoumieux, has ventured into new territory with the opening of his latest restaurant, Clover Grill. From the inspiring decor to the innovative menu, it is an absolute must for lunch or dinner when visiting Paris.

THE DESIGN

Tucked away in the 1st Arrondissement, close to the recently revamped Les Halles and soon to re-open La Samaritaine, the space was conceived and designed by Jean-François himself, along with his wife Elodie. They fashioned the interiors to include chestnut-colored leather banquettes, distinctive green marble tables from Italy and botanical-patterned wallpaper. The duo scoured antique markets for items like the deeply-worn butcher block tables where the bread is sliced and the hammered copper pots that hang decoratively on the walls. Also on display is an impressive range of dry-aged meats, some from the Aquitaine region in southern France, others from as far away as Kansas, which are stored in a gold-rimmed refrigerator and overseen by butcher Olivier Metzger.

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THE MENU

The seasonal menu is centered around an open-flame grill situated in the center of the expansive kitchen — everything from the meats and vegetables to the desserts are touched by the white-hot coals. Begin with the Clover Salad, a vibrant dish that includes grilled romaine, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella garnished with micro basil leaves, or opt for the chef’s specialty, the Pizza Soufflé, an airy pocket of dough, similar to a pita, filled with spicy chorizo and olives and topped with peppery arugula and mouth-watering slices of tuna. The meats steal the show here, so for a main, consider the filet de bœuf served with decadent, butter-laden mashed potatoes whipped to creamy perfection. When in France, you’ll naturally want to sample dishes that are authentically French,

especially when it comes to desserts. A soufflé is always a safe bet, but at Clover Grill, Piège is a true magician when it comes to transforming fruit. Order the beautifully presented grilled pineapple coated with aromatic vanilla bean, Piment d’Espelette and served with a scoop of their house-made lemongrass ice cream, a luscious ending to an unforgettable meal.

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INSPIRED LIVING ON OUR SHELF

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crop of inspirational new books on cooking, entertaining and organizing will remind you that sometimes, there’s no place like home.

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Cozy Cooking in the English Countryside by Marte Marie Forsberg Available at amazon.com

Marte Marie Forsberg’s debut cookbook transports you to her home in the glorious English countryside. An offshoot of her popular blog, The Cottage Kitchen, the book pays homage to the place she terms “her first love”, a picturesque cottage nestled between Dorset and Wiltshire in the southwest of England. Her recipes are collected from and inspired by all the places she has lived and traveled, especially England and its changing seasons. For winter, there’s an easy No-Knead Country Loaf and a hearty Butter Baked Cod with Saffron and Parsley Sauce. Kale and Almond Soup or Zucchini Pasta with Pancetta and Wild Garlic will awaken your taste buds to the delights of spring. For summer, Forsberg celebrates the season with her Mother’s Garden Soup, which incorporates warm weather produce at the peak of ripeness. Come autumn, the offerings include indulgent comfort foods like savory Leek and Cheese Gratin.

into categories by ingredient, and each section is filled with mouth-watering recipes that are often simple in nature, allowing the flavors of the produce to shine through. Personally, we can’t wait to try the Fennel Frond and Spinach Fritters, Velvety Green Leek Soup and Celery Salad with Pistachios, among other tempting dishes. This book will surely become a go-to resource when it comes to eating whole and local foods. WABI - SABI WELCOME

Learning to Embrace the Imperfect and Entertain with Thoughtfulness and Ease by Julie Pointer Adams Available at amazon.com

Here at ROSE & IVY, we have always admired what we like to call the “perfectly imperfect,” whether it comes in the form of a weathered façade or a rambling rose vine. So it should come as no surprise that we are fans of Wabi-Sabi Welcome: Learning to Embrace the Imperfect and Entertain with Thoughtfulness and Ease. In this timely book, author Julie Pointer Adams explores this Japanese notion of recognizing the beauty that exists all around us. What is most intriguing about the THE HOME COOK book is the way that Adams approaches this idea of Recipes to Know by Heart “wabi-sabi” from a cultural standpoint, profiling Japan, by Alex Guarnaschelli Denmark, France and Italy. While these countries are Available at amazon.com obviously very different, one thing they all share is an Flip through the pages of famed New York chef Alex appreciation for beauty in all its forms, from the sunset Guarnaschelli’s latest cookbook, The Home Cook: Rec- glow of an after-dinner stroll (also known as a passegipes to Know By Heart and you’ll discover a wealth of giata in Italy) to a freshly picked garden vegetable with recipes to help you plan delicious meals, from tempt- remnants of soil still entangled in its roots. ing appetizers to classic desserts and everything in between. This comprehensive book even covers rec- REMODELISTA ipes for homemade jams and other fruit condiments. The Organized Home by Remodelista Want to explore new ways to use onions? Well, Guar- by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick naschelli devotes an entire chapter to the allium fam- Available at amazon.com ily, from simple favorites like Grilled Onion Rings to Here’s a special PSA for everyone out there who needs more elaborate dishes like Spicy White Onion Gratin. a little help when it comes to organization. Remodelista’s latest book is the answer we’ve been looking for DAVID TANIS MARKE T COOKING when it comes to creating and maintaining an orgaRecipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient nized home and office. They begin by outlining their by David Tanis “Universal Tactics” simple tricks that can make a real Available at amazon.com difference, like transferring everything from dishMeet the ultimate farmer’s market companion, cour- washing liquid to dry pasta into more visually pleastesy of chef and New York Times columnist David Tanis. ing containers. Each subsequent section tackles a difWith his latest book, he’ll not only fuel your appetite ferent area of the home. In the kitchen, for instance, with delicious, nourishing recipes, he’ll also inspire they show you how to organize all those pesky pot lids you to buy fresh and eat seasonally (something we’re and offer advice on which essentials to keep on hand very passionate about at R&I). The book is organized as well as what to toss.

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INSPIRED LIVING FROM FARM TO FLOWER

FLEUROPE AN Step into Emily’s world by following her on Instagram

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Photographed by Emily Avenson Written by Ina Michel

If you share our fascination with the beauty and romance of flowers, then get to know Emily Avenson of Fleuropean. Based in Belgium (by way of California), Avenson is a farmer, florist and the creative mastermind behind some of the most breathtaking floral creations we've ever seen. She first caught our eye on Instagram and we've been completely smitten ever since. In addition to her extraordinary floral arrangements, she also incorporates her love of flowers into special recipes (violet pancakes, anyone?) and projects, such as custom dyeing silk ribbon using pigments she extracts from some of the plants she grows. If you'd like to get a firsthand look at just how she does it, you can book a space in one of her workshops, where she shares her expertise in the art of arranging.

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PUTNAM & PUTNAM

Photographed by Alison Engstrom Written by Ina Michel

Renowned floral designers Darroch and Michael Putnam, known for their lavish flower arrangements and installations, have branched out into candles. Scented with artful blends of flowers, fruits and herbs, each candle is custom-made and hand-poured in their New York studio. The clear glass vessels are beautifully embellished with Art Deco-inspired copper foil labels and packaged in pale mauve cartons—an elegant gift for any occasion. We especially love the subtly floral, woody fragrance of the Early Grey candle, featuring notes of amber, fig leaf, Virginia cedarwood and patchouli. Available at putnamflowers.com

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Runaway Beauty Ginny Gardner 70 Dipped in Blue 76 Earthen Wear 90 Hide & Seek 98 The Art of Traveling Solo 102 Around the World in New York City 110 The Thrill of the Hunt 120 A Lightness of Being 136 A Painter's Retreat Helen Dealtry 144 A New Way to Travel Pathport 150 The Impatient Foodie Elettra Wiedemann 156 Clean Beauty 160 The Final Note 170

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inny Gardner breezed into the sunny Brooklyn studio for her ROSE & IVY cover shoot, her tousled blonde hair tucked under a fedora and a disarming smile stretched across her face. She warmly greeted our crew, and everyone was immediately struck by her youthful energy and enthusiasm as she stepped in front of the camera, something that comes naturally thanks to the years she spent as a model. Originally from Sacramento, California, Ginny has called Los Angeles home since moving there at the age of 16 to pursue a career in acting, something she had dreamed of since she was a young child. Already a veteran of films and television shows like Project Almanac, GOAT and The Goldbergs, this fall Ginny will be starring in Hulu’s much anticipated television series Runaways, produced by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz of Gossip Girl fame and based on the Marvel comic of the same name. She plays Karolina Dean, one of a group of six teens who are shocked to learn that their parents are actually supervillains and members of an evil cult. The teens band together to defeat them, discovering their own superpowers in the process. We chatted with this talented actor (and self-proclaimed foodie) about her early life, her Broadway aspirations and the cause that is so dear to her heart.

Photographed by Sharon Radisch Interview by Alison Engstrom

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Beauty Let’s begin by talking about dreams. When you were young, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up? I always wanted to be an actress. When I was younger, I remember watching I Am Sam starring Dakota Fanning. In the movie, her dad, played by Sean Penn, has autism, which was something that I could really relate to since my brother is autistic. I watched it when I was very young and I didn’t know exactly what I was feeling, but it was really the first time I was affected by a movie. It was that movie that made me want to be an actor. I knew that I wanted to impact people in the same way that movie had done to me. I felt like for the first time, somebody else actually understood me, which was a really cool feeling. Before you became an actress, you had a successful stint as a model. Was there a certain moment that sparked your transition into acting? I started modeling at 13; I liked modeling, but I always knew that I wanted to be an actress and it was a way to save money and move to Los Angeles. It was also a good way to get my foot in the door and get a feel for whether the entertainment industry was something that I wanted to be involved in. I did a lot of theater in school and when I moved to Los Angeles at 16, I got my first guest star roles; when I was 18, I got my first film and after that I began to work consistently. Could you see yourself appearing on Broadway? Oh, that is my ultimate dream, I would love to do theater!

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Are you musically inclined? I might be the worst singer on the planet (laughs). I actually took voice lessons with a renowned teacher in Los Angeles. After the second session with him, he turned to me and said, “Ginny, I’ve got to be honest with you, you aren’t a singer. I don’t feel good taking your money when I don’t think you have it in you to be a singer.” I am the world’s worst singer because I am completely tone deaf (laughs). In the Runaways pilot, six teenagers learn that their parents are actually part of an evil cult. Did you ever go through that phase, like most teenagers, when you rebelled against your parents? I think that all teenagers go through it. I think that it is so relevant because everyone can relate to thinking their parents are evil, at one time or another while growing up. Tell us more about your character, Karolina Dean, in Runaways. What drew you to this particular role? The initial thing I liked about the role was that it was Marvel and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were producing it for Hulu. The combination of all of these things made it sound like it was going to be a cool project. The more I learned about Karolina, the more I got excited about the complexity of her. There aren’t a lot of teenage roles out there that go beyond the surface. She looks like she is going to be one thing and then she becomes something else. The more you get to know her character, the more you learn that she is incredibly

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“The more I learned about Karolina, the more I got excited about the complexity of her.”

conflicted and not at all what she appears on the surface. There is a lot of humanity in her even though she is a superhero. What are her superpowers? She flies and she lights things up with rainbow colors. Do you think that the characters in Runaways are a reflection of a younger generation who proudly speak their minds, especially given the current political climate? Absolutely. I think that one of the cool things that our show is doing is that it brings up the notion of teenagers really questioning authority, including their parents, who they always thought had the right intentions and were always good people. It is a wake-up call to these teenagers when they realize their parents aren’t who they thought they were. It brings up this idea that a younger generation can raise their voices and do something about it. The cast is really hoping that the characters on the show inspire young people to start questioning what they have been told.

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What’s it like working with executive producers Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.), who are always spot-on when it comes to creating relatable teenage characters? It is really fun — they are so smart and have such a great vision for their projects. Runaways is pretty different from their other shows and will appeal to a broader audience. The more we work with them, the more they try to learn our specific voices and it gets easier for them to write us into our characters. I feel like I am collaborating with them, and we have this feeling like, ‘we’re all in this together,’ which is awesome. Do you have any aspirations outside of acting, like producing, writing or directing? In other words, where do you see yourself in 20 years? There are definitely other avenues that I would love to explore. I would eventually like to start producing and putting my name on projects — I’m really interested in things like documentaries and writing. I’d also love to return to the theater.

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You have now worked in both television and film. Which do you gravitate towards more? This is my first time starring in a TV show, which I am really liking since you get to spend so much more time with one character. Plus, you don’t know where the season is going to end, so ultimately, you are on the same journey as your character. Autism Speaks is a cause that is dear to your heart. Can you share more about your involvement in the organization with us? My whole family has been very involved in the whole Autism Speaks community. My parents, along with other families, founded the UC Davis MIND Institute, one of the leading research facilities in the U.S. for autism. In Sacramento, we have a really great event called The Evening of Dreams, which is a prom for people with special needs, including autism, who wouldn’t normally get to attend their prom. Students from local high schools volunteer to be their dates. I am trying to bring this to other areas around the country, including Los Angeles.

Tell us more about the special bond you share with your brother, Chas. Growing up with someone like my brother gives you a greater sense of compassion and humanity for other people. Just because they cannot speak doesn’t mean that they can’t do other wonderful things. It is a blessing to grow up with someone like that in so many special ways. What’s next for you and your career? I have two movies coming out that I am really excited about, including Little Bitches, which is a comedy launching in January—it’s like a female Superbad. I have another called Monster Party, which is a crazy thriller. TELL US!

Home is…cozy. If I had one superpower it would be…flying. My role model is…my brother. My ultimate meal is…anything with truffles. I cannot live without…my dog, Levi. Happiness is…being with my friends and family.

“Growing up with someone like my brother gives you a greater sense of compassion and humanity for other people.”

'RUNAWAYS' DEBUT S ON HULU ON NOVEMBER 21ST HENSELY DROP NECK JUMPSUIT, available at hensely.com Styled by Alison Engstrom Hair by Andre Rodman Makeup by James Milligan Photography Assistant Mélanie Duaul

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Dipped in Blue

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Lounge chairs by the pool at Lithos Luxury Rooms in Milos

Dipped in

BLUE A Poetic Voyage to the Greek Cycladic Islands

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ailing across the azure waters of the Aegean, the Greek Cycladic Islands of Milos, Sifnos and Folegandros rise up from the sea like a dazzling mirage. The islands are an oasis of beauty, flavor and tranquility, a place where the varied hues of sky and sea blend into a perfect blue horizon. As soon as your eyes catch a glimpse of the shore, your passage into paradise begins. Time seems to slow, as you are set adrift from the world and your cares are left behind. You’ll find yourself enveloped by the utter serenity of this captivating landscape and the warm and welcoming hospitality of its people.

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A white-washed church in Plaka

“Milos is a contrast of old and new, rich in culture and natural beauty.”

Barefoot in MILOS

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ilos is a contrast of old and new, rich in culture and natural beauty. The island is a visual delight, graced with peaceful harbors, white-washed houses, jagged mountains, valleys dotted with ancient ruins, miles of hidden catacombs and some of the most beautiful beaches in all the Greek Islands, all waiting to be explored. Most beaches are accessible from the mainland, and no two look exactly alike. Some glisten white with the softest sand, while others are more rocky and rugged, and the waters here are translucent. The more isolated swimming spots are perhaps best enjoyed by diving from the side of a catamaran, beneath the glow of the afternoon sun. When the light begins to fade, sun-soaked days transform into candlelit evenings. Small cafés, bars and tavernas line the harbor, luring you in with the warmth of their hospitality. The nights are filled with good food and strong drink, and the star-filled sky seems to stretch on forever. Inhibitions are left behind as ouzo, the legendary anise-flavored aperitif, fills your cup, and the hours slip pleasantly away. Slowly the world brightens again, and the tranquil rhythms of life on Milos repeat.

MILOS IS KNOWN FOR

MAKE SURE TO VISIT

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Beaches and Greek ruins

Sarakiniko Beach The ancient Greek amphitheater

Milos Sailing Experience

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The small fishing village of Firopotamos

above LITHOS

HAVE A GL ASS OF WINE AT

Kostantakis Winery in Pollonia HAVE A TR ADITIONAL MEAL AT

Hamos in the port of Adamas

LUXURY ROOMS, MILOS

Lithos Luxury Rooms is a hidden gem with both a modern flair and a romantic sensibility. This boutique hotel, situated off the main road at the end of a graveled path, offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding ocean, hills and harbor. The suites are a collection of brilliantly white villas that stand out vividly against the bright blue sky. The rooms are intimate and serene, with their own private balconies where you can take in the peaceful beauty of the island. Breakfast is homemade and served outside on the stone terrace beside the pool. The hilltop location ensures that there is always a gentle breeze, even on the hottest of summer days, that brings with it the scent of the sea. If the heat becomes unbearable during the afternoon, the pool is ideal for a refreshing dip or a starlit nighttime swim. lithosluxurymilos.gr 80


left to right Stairway leading to a home in Plaka The white stone beach of Sarakiniko Adamas harbor at dusk

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Boats docked at Sifnos harbor

“This island is famous for its mouthwatering cuisine. The landscape reflects the endless bounty of delicious fare it has to offer.”

Feasting in SIFNOS

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n Sifnos, you eat. You eat, and then you eat some more. You can enjoy dishes like caper salad, soft goat cheese atop crusty bread, grilled octopus seasoned with sea salt and sun-ripened tomatoes plucked directly from the vine and drenched in local olive oil. This island is famous for its mouth-watering cuisine. The landscape reflects the endless bounty of delicious fare it has to offer. Restaurants are scattered along the shoreline, and in this place of easygoing hospitality, shoes aren’t even necessary to enter. You can savor freshly caught fish as you bury your feet in the warm sand. The rocky hills rise up behind you like a great wall, in contrast to the smooth, endless blue of the surrounding sea. You can drink in the island’s beauty as you indulge in course after course of delectable locally-sourced food. If you venture out beyond the harbor area, you’ll find more restaurants up in the hilltop villages that offer spectacular elevated views of the ocean. The towns here are filled with small cafés that are charming, unpretentious and ideal for either a quick bite or as a place to encamp well into the evening. Sifnos offers the perfect combination of relaxation and sheer culinary bliss.

SIFNOS IS KNOWN FOR

LOCAL FARE TO TRY

A RESTAUR ANT WITH A VIEW

Food and pottery

Caper Salad, a traditional Sifnos dish Xinomizithra, a creamy, soft cheese with a slight crumble

Omega3 is located on the beach at Platis Gialos

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A pastel sunset at Vathi beach

above K AMAROTÍ

FOR SOMETHING SWEET GO TO

Theodorou's Sweet Shop in Artemonas

SUITES, SIFNOS

Kamarotí Suites, located in an olive grove high above the Aegean Sea, feels like a world of its own, and in some ways, it is. Many of the dishes served at the hotel’s restaurant are prepared with ingredients that come straight from their own gardens. During the summer months, guests can enjoy a farm-to-table tapas-style dinner, ideal for when your plans call for a leisurely day spent close to home. When lounging poolside, the buzzing of bumblebees and the aroma of fresh herbs are relaxing distractions, and indulgent handcrafted cocktails are the perfect complement to a lazy afternoon. kamaroti.com

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Panagia Poulati, an old monastry on the beach

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A sweeping view of Folegrandros

“The world is quiet here, touched sparingly by modernity and comforting in its simplicity.”

Castaway in FOLEGANDROS

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n Folegandros, you’ll feel like a castaway washed up on the shores of a lost world of rugged natural beauty. As you set out to explore in the early morning, clouds roll over the undulating landscape, casting shadows over the imposing hills and expanses of golden grass. Donkeys graze lazily along the side of the road, and the locals you pass seem in no hurry to reach their destinations. The world is quiet here, touched sparingly by modernity and comforting in its simplicity. The beaches here are hidden and harder to get to, requiring either a bumpy ride on a rented quad (a type of motorbike) or a long hike down to the sea, but it’s well worth the effort. These secluded hideaways offer unparalleled views of the ocean and a dose of pure solitude. The few small towns that dot the main road are old and intimate. Cats dart in and out of alleyways, beckoning you to follow and explore what’s just around the next corner. It’s easy to lose yourself in the maze of restaurants and houses. In Folegandros, the lure of the past is strong, and you only emerge back into the present when you leave its shores.

FOLEGANDROS IS KNOWN FOR

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Secluded beaches

Chora, a bustling hilltop town Ano Meria, ancient village

Pitarakia, little cheese pies Tomatokeftedes, fried tomato balls

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The town of Chora as seen from a distance

above ANEMI

DRINK COFFE FROM A BRIKI

Nicolas' Place in Chora FOR THE BEST LOCAL DISHES TRY

Mimis in Ano Meria TAKE A HIKE

Kartego Beach is a 45 minute walk and offers a secluded swimming spot

HOTEL, FOLEGANDROS

Just steps away from the harbor in Folegandros, you’ll find the Anemi Hotel. This airy, tranquil sanctuary offers a variety of modern villas with balconies that overlook the sea or the small vineyard just beyond its grounds. A sparkling pool reflects the calm beauty of the surrounding landscape, but if total relaxation is the order of the day, book one of Anemi’s larger suites for exclusive access to an even more luxurious private pool, where you can spend the day in peaceful solitude. At the hotel’s outdoor bar, experience glorious rose-colored sunsets while sipping cocktails, or enjoy exquisitely crafted meals from Lure, Anemi’s own in-house seafood restaurant. anemihotel.gr

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Take on the season in earthy hues of mocha, copper and moss.

EARTHEN WEAR left LIZZIE FORTUNATO ARP HAIR PIN,

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EYE M BY ILEANA MAKRI NECKL ACE, MILLY BLOUSE,

available at milly.com

Creative Direction and Photography by Sharon Radisch Styled by Ana Tess

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left TIBI TRIACETATE OPEN SHOULDER SHIRRED SLEEVE DRESS,

available at tibi.com

JENNIFER FISHER LONG PIPE EARRINGS

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right TIBI CASHMERE OVERSIZED PULLOVER

available at tibi.com AK A JEWELLERY EARRINGS

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CUSHNIE ET OCHS ODESSA SUEDE PENCIL SKIRT,

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available at trade-mark.com available at lzl.com.au LIZZIE FORTUNATO PETITE T-BAR CUFF IN PEARL , available at lizziefortunato.com LIZZIE FORTUNATO RING (right hand), available at lizziefortunato.com ALEXIS BIT TAR RING (left hand), available at Neiman Marcus

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CL AUDIA LI CORDUROY SUIT,

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AK A JEWELLERY BR ACELET, NECKL ACE & RING,

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right JOHNA STONE LEATHER JACKET & PANTS

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available at tibi.com LIZZIE FORTUNATO FULL MOON BELT

available at lizziefortunato.com left TIBI ALEXIS LEATHER BOOT IN NAV Y

available at tibi.com TIBI TRIACETATE OPEN SHOULDER SHIRRED SLEEVE DRESS,

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Model: Taylor Greene @ New York Models Hair by Hiro Furukawa Makeup by Meg Kashimura Lighting Director Joel Burton Assistants Payton Moore and Ina Michel

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HIDE & SEEK Written by Jesse Bratter Photographed by Alison Engstrom

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very morning, Brit Kleinman wakes up and reads the news while her architect husband exercises his first-rights-to-shower privileges. She eats breakfast, enjoying a cup of homemade cold-brewed coffee on the most sweltering of Brooklyn summer days. When the weather turns cool, she’ll instead take a walk with her other half to grab a cup of joe on the way to work, all the while looking for inspiration along the tree-lined streets of Fort Greene, where generals and ship captains of the past once lived. She makes her way down the hill to her studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a storied piece of real estate on the water’s edge stretching from Dumbo to Williamsburg, the Manhattan skyline rising majestically from just across the river. It’s a place where they used to build and anchor ships and where they are still repaired today. Downstairs in the industrial building that houses her studio, there’s a metal fabricator, a nod to the property’s previous life as a blacksmithing shop in the early 1900s. Inside, it’s immediately clear that this is an artist’s lair. Beneath the sloped ceiling and giant white rafters, the shelves are lined with dyes and cutting tools, and rolling carts overflow with piles of leathers. Natural light floods the space, and one wall serves as as an enormous inspiration board, covered from top to bottom with leather swatches. Kleinman is, after all, the creative force behind Avo, a bespoke hand-dyed leather atelier where time-honored techniques meet modern-day aesthetics in the form of rugs, pillows and, as of late, floor and wallcoverings, all informed by the material itself. With mind-stimulating podcasts streaming in the background—Freakonomics, Clever, All Songs Considered — Kleinman allows the leather to guide her brushstrokes, rarely feeling the need to sketch out her patterns before making the first mark. “Each hide is different in size and shape,” she says. “Especially with geometric patterns, we tweak the proportions each time and use different line qualities so that it looks just right.”

A look inside the painterly studio of Avo’s Brit Kleinman, the leather maven bringing the world together one textile at a time.

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Working mainly with tanneries in Mexico, Brazil, Italy and Spain, the full-grain leathers Kleinman uses as a canvas include a mix of vegetable-tanned, aniline and chrome-tanned hides, rendered in rich shades of blue, gray and warm pink, with pearl and metallic finishes that shift depending on the light and evolve over time. Struck by the fact that leather can be either a basic commodity or a luxury, according to how it’s used—on your shoes, in your car, on an upholstered seat in a restaurant or office, or in the home—she saw an opportunity to explore the material and think of new ways to interpret it. “In the home, leather is typically stuck in a man cave as part of a cowboy scene. I personally find my aesthetic in the middle of those things, having worked in men’s fashion,” says the artist, who studied industrial design at RISD and then cut her teeth in the fashion world working at Jack Spade. Kleinman traces her fascination with leather to some of its early historical uses. To the 16th century, when leather tiles were used in chapels to dampen the sound and warm the space, and to the Plains Indians, who used pattern to communicate messages denoting marriage status or to depict their villages. “The Plains Indians had rawhide envelope bags painted with bold graphic motifs of mountains and riverscapes that were representative of their surroundings,” she says. While she was in college, a trip to Guatemala allowed her to collaborate with local artisans there, and her fascination grew for looking at different cultures through the lens of one particular element—art, cooking, even something as simple as a wallet. It inspired her to start a blog called The Way We Carry, an image database reflecting street markets she’d come across during her travels. “Just being in Guatemala, looking at how color was used in clothing or how people there would carry things on their heads, there was that moment when it clicked for me,” she says. “We’re all the same humans but the way we express that throughout time has evolved in different places.”

This sort of anthropological way of thinking drives her current leather work, and she’s even translated her designs into a smaller scale by partnering on a limited edition series with Sabah, artisanal shoemakers who craft hand-stitched leather slippers using traditional Turkish techniques. But as much as her designs are informed by world travel, she says it’s important to find inspiration in everyday life as well. Where past creations have referenced her research into other cultures, her 2017 collection In Context takes its cues from that morning walk to her studio. Scaffolding, paint-peeling brick walls and weathered water towers have been transformed into batiks and block prints, all rendered on leather textiles using curable dyes hand-applied with sponges or good old-fashioned paintbrushes. Kleinman’s latest obsession is a category she was surprised by: leather tiles, or rather, interior cladding and surface design in general, having debuted wall tiles and flooring this past spring at ICFF in New York City. “I’m especially excited by the smaller parts that make a whole, the little tiles of pattern that create a larger landscape,” she says. Like in those churches from the 16th century, “they dampen sound really well and have an inherent warmth.” With successful collaborations under her belt—the aforementioned Sabah, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and recent furniture pieces with Asher Israelow, for instance—she’s excited to launch a series of concrete tiles this fall as part of a capsule collection along with various other artists and designers. For now, it’s lunchtime, so Kleinman and her team grab their Home Depot buckets, head down to the water and take a seat on the pails. They’ll eat while looking out over the river, like all those generals and ship captains who came before them. And then they’ll return to the studio to paint another hide.

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THE ART OF TRAVELING Solo

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aris is different things to different people. It is the city of amour, a mecca for art and architecture, a food lover’s paradise and a monument to a glorious past. It is a city where delightful clichés abound, from the man sitting on the Pont Neuf playing a melancholy tune to the small group playing pétanque near the Palais Royal. For me, it represents a life-long love affair that started in my teenage years when I participated in a cultural exchange program. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with Paris, but once you experience even a whisper of its fabled enchantment, you will be mesmerized for life. This first taste of French culture evolved into a college semester spent abroad taking classes at the Sorbonne and the American University of Paris and, years later, a stopover stay on my honeymoon. This past June, I decided to spend a few days solo in the City of Lights to absorb the culture once again, but this time I went with my camera in tow. This would allow me the opportunity to finally capture its beauty the way that I’ve always seen it. My itinerary was open; I wanted to see what each day would bring. Perhaps it would find me lingering in a café sipping une noisette, then wandering the halls of the

Louvre. Maybe I would while away an afternoon window-shopping along the Rue du Bac, or spend an exorbitant amount of time in the Jardin du Luxembourg marveling at its expertly carved hedges and reflecting pools. I am quickly reminded that traveling solo is freeing and adventurous; it is something I highly recommend, especially if you have never tried it before. Not only does it reignite your sense of wonder about the world around you, but it is also an opportunity for self-discovery. It makes you slow down and really appreciate a world that is moving too fast. This would be my second time jetting off to a foreign country without a companion. A few years back, I had decided to venture off to Florence after I parted ways with a friend in Rome. Once I mastered the art of dining alone, it left room for an abundance of observations and discoveries that I might never have noticed otherwise, like the details of the dining room décor, or the pleasures of truly savoring every bite of a meal spent in your own company. When traveling alone in Paris, each day is yours for the taking, and at the end of the day it is your city, and that is a wonderful feeling. Here then is a solo traveler's guide to Paris.

Written and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

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The sun casting its glow on the exquisite faรงade of the Louvre

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below The romantic lobby of Hôtel Paris Marais Caron de Beaumarchais

HOTELS where to stay

opposite page, left to right A room with a view at Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline A patterned room at Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte

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STAY AT A ROMANTICALLY FEMININE HOTEL

STAY AT A HOTEL FIT FOR AN EMPRESS

Hôtel Paris Marais Caron de Beaumarchais is a charming hotel in the heart of the Marais. The walls are covered in beautiful floral wallpaper, and each of the rooms is furnished with exquisite antiques. Staying here is like stepping back into the past.

If you’ve ever dreamt of living like royalty, then consider a stay at Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte (also referred to as Hôtel de JOBO). Designed by Paris-based interior designer Bambi Sloan, the concept was inspired by Empress Joséphine Bonaparte, one of Napoleon's many wives. Joséphine had a penchant for garden roses and leopard prints, motifs that are employed throughout the hotel, from the wallpaper right down to the rose-shaped sugar cubes served with your espresso at breakfast. Each room is different, so be sure to check out the options online before booking, since the décor ranges from a room outfitted with romantic black and white toile wallcoverings to one draped entirely in leopard print.

carondebeaumarchais.com STAY ON TOP OF PARIS

Located in the heart of Paris on the Right Bank, just off the Rue de Rivoli, Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline offers a more modern alternative. This five-star hotel boasts cozy rooms are stocked with Lalique amenities, a luxurious Céline Spa by Cinq Mondes and Odette, a restaurant that serves contemporary dishes like roasted avocado with lovage butter. For a truly unforgettable stay, book the airy, lightfilled 1923 Room. The ceiling of this twotiered room features a large skylight, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout provide guests with a panoramic view of the city, including the Eiffel Tower.

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IDEAS for the solo traveler above, lef to right A quiet corner at Boot Café Perfect symmetry inside the Palais Royal The ethereal Versailles Gardens Tarte citron for one at Sébastien Gaudard Pâtisserie

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Revel in the beauty of a secret garden in the Marais at or the SQUARE GEORGES CAIN.

THE MUSEÉ COGNACQ-JAY

Sip a cappuccino at a modern coffee shop like CAFÉ, OB-LA-DI or LA FONTAINE DE BELLEVILLE.

BOOT

Instead of ice cream at Berthillon, head to UNE GLACE À PARIS and sample one of their inventive flavors, like salted hazelnut, or try a pastry that resembles a work of art. Enjoy a tangy tarte citron at

SÉBASTIEN GAUDARD PÂTIS-

SERIE-SALON DE THÉ DES TUILERIES on Rue des Pyramides.

Eat extra-healthy in Paris at WILD & MOON or NATIVES —both serve nourishing vegan and vegetarian dishes. Take a sunset walk through the JARDIN DES TUILERIES and watch the sun disappear behind the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe in the distance. For a quiet start to the day, enjoy a stroll through the PALAIS ROYAL when it opens first thing in the morning. Stop by FROMAGERIE 38 SAINT LOUIS for an individual sized chèvre and purchase a baguette at the boulangerie next door. Make the short walk to the quiet treelined street, PLACE DAUPHINE, on Île de la Cité to enjoy your delicious provisions. Slip away from the bustle of the city and get lost in the charm of the PETIT TRIANON at VERSAILLES . Since Versailles is so large (it is just shy of 2,000 acres), chances are you will find many moments of complete solitude in a place brimming with beauty and history.

above A secret garden at Museé Cognacq-Jay The idyllic Place Dauphine

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below Design inspiration is everywhere including at Scaria, a restaurant and cantine

RESTAURANTS & SHOPS worth visiting

opposite page, top to bottom A memorable sandwich enjoyed at La Fontaine de Belleville Design shops in Paris are some of the best, including Madeleine & Gustave

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L'ÊTREANGE

8, rue d'Ormesson, 75004

A boutique and restaurant hybrid in the heart of the Marais that serves a delicious brunch. SENS UNIQUE

13, rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004

Purchase a rare fragrance at this elegant boutique that specializes in hard-to-find brands like Iconofly and Majda Bekkali. It will remind you of Paris every time you spritz it. MADELEINE & GUSTAVE

9, rue Yves Toudic, 75010

A multi-tiered shop stocked with reasonably priced garden and home goods. CAFÉ INEKO

13, rue des Gravilliers, 75003

A sunny café started by Ines de Villeneuve, a former director of merchandising at Louis Vuitton, who swapped luxury fashion for pastries made with ancient grains. The shop also sells a wide selection of regional wines and French ceramics. FOU DE PÂTISSERIE BOUTIQUE

45, rue Montorgueil, 75002

A pastry shop from the creators of the bi-monthly food publication of the same name. Located on the bustling Rue Montorgueil, this concept shop sells creative sweets made by chefs from around the city. FLEUX’

39, rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004

Peruse this eclectic shop, especially if you are looking to fill your home with interesting pieces from pastel lamps to Normann Copenhagen chairs. SCARIA

88, Avenue Parmentier, 75011

A hybrid restaurant, épicerie and cantine that serves a robust espresso in artful ceramic cups alongside artisanal goods like sardines packed in olive oil and Sicilian pesto. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy a meal under the oversized basket lamps that hang overhead.

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Around the World in New York City Produced and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

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ew York City is truly a culinary wonderland of nearly limitless food options. Whatever you’re craving, you can find a restaurant serving it, from handmade dumplings stuffed with local vegetables and spice-laden curry dishes to ribbons of pasta bathed in perfectly aged parmesan. For this feature, we tapped some of our favorite chefs and restaurants and were delighted when they agreed to share the recipes for some of their signature dishes. Here is your global passport to some of the very best cuisine the city has to offer, only now you can enjoy it anytime, from the comfort of your own home.

NORDIC

TØRST

615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY torstnyc.com

THE DISH Arctic Char with Ginger Aquachile and Avocado Chef Jesus Cervantes’ inventive cuisine at Tørst pushes classic Nordic dishes into brave new territory. One of the highlights on the menu is this spicy appetizer, which gets its heat from a habanero-infused dressing drizzled over raw Arctic char, creamy avocado and husk cherries. The contrast of sweet and hot flavors will awaken your palette to the pleasures of Scandinavian cooking.

FISH

6 slices raw Arctic char (thinly sliced) 5 slices avocado (thinly sliced) 8 slices red onion (thinly sliced) ½ serrano pepper (thinly sliced) ½ cup husk cherries, or cherry tomatoes Fresh cilantro for garnish TO PREPARE AQUACHILE

In a blender, combine ginger, vinegars, fish sauce and palm sugar. Pulse for no more than 10 seconds. Mix lime juice, sea buckthorn juice and habanero in a bowl. Add ginger-vinegar mixture and allow to steep for 15 minutes until desired level of spice is achieved. Refrigerate immediately until ready to serve.

AQUACHILE

TO ASSEMBLE

5 tablespoons peeled ginger 3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar ½ tablespoons fish sauce ½ teaspoon palm sugar 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 ½ teaspoons sea buckthorn juice* 2½ teaspoons smashed habanero

Arrange fish and all other raw ingredients on plate. Drizzle desired amount of aquachile sauce over the top. Garnish with cilantro and serve. Serves 2 *Available at natural food stores

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FRENCH

LE COQ RICO

blended. If not using immediately, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

30 East 20th Street, New York, NY

TO PREPARE THE CHICKEN MEATBALLS

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Mince the chicken. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolk with sour cream, salt, and white pepper. Slowly incorporate the minced chicken. When all of the ingredients hold together in a ball, divide and form into individual meatballs. Roll each meatball in breadcrumbs. Heat about ¼-inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add meatballs. Fry until they are crispy and cooked through, about 15 minutes.

THE DISH Antoine’s Caesar Salad An iconic salad deconstructed. Michelin-starred chef Antoine Westermann reimagines the Caesar Salad at Le Coq Rico’s New York outpost, topping buttery romaine lettuce with crispy chicken-filled croquettes. You’ll never think of salad as a side dish again. SAL AD

TO ASSEMBLE THE SAL AD

1 head of romaine lettuce, torn into pieces 10 to 12 thin slices of parmesan 10 to 12 thin slices of baguette, toasted

Arrange lettuce on plate and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken meatballs and toasted baguette slices. Arrange parmesan slices on top and dress. Serves 4

DRESSING

1 egg yolk at room temperature 4 anchovy filets ½ garlic clove, grated Juice of 1 Meyer lemon (or about 5 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 4 tablespoons grated parmesan 1 tablespoon salt ½ teaspoon white pepper 1 ¼ cups olive oil CHICKEN MEATBALLS

1 cup leftover chicken (a rotisserie chicken works best) 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons sour cream Breadcrumbs for coating Salt and white pepper to taste

INDIAN

PONDICHERI

15 West 27th Street, New York, NY pondichericafe.com

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped Heat the coconut oil in a skillet until it is simmering. Add the mustard seeds, kari leaves and asafetida. Almost immediately, add the minced white onions, serrano and ginger. Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the carrots and cauliflower and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, covered, over medium heat until they are cooked through. Add the zucchini and cook over high heat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil; immediately lower the heat and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and drizzle with cumin chili oil (see recipe below) just before serving. CUMIN CHILI OIL

¼ cup sesame oil 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 2 tablespoons chili powder ½ teaspoon salt Heat sesame oil in a sauté pan until simmering. Add the cumin seeds. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly; add the chili powder and salt. The oil should turn a rich red color. (Please note: if the oil is too hot, adding the chili powder will make the mixture turn black.)

Aviyal Pondicheri is a restaurant and bakery in the Flatiron district that serves regional Indian dishes from throughout the country. One of their specialties is Aviyal, a delicious coconut-based curry from the Kerala *Available at amazon.com region, which is typically prepared using seasonal vegetables, like zucchini and cauliflower. A drizzle of cumin chili oil on top adds the perfect degree of spiciness.

THE DISH

AVIYAL TO PREPARE THE DRESSING

Dice the anchovies and blend them with the grated garlic until it becomes a paste, with a texture similar to sticky mustard. Place the egg yolk in a bowl and mix it very gently with the garlic-anchovy paste until an emulsion forms. Slowly add 5 tablespoons of olive oil, one spoonful at a time, whisking to combine. Add half of the lemon juice and 5 tablespoons of olive oil, one spoonful at a time. Stir in the remaining lemon juice and remaining olive oil, one spoonful at a time. Add the vinegar and grated parmesan and whisk until fully

4 tablespoons coconut oil 1 teaspoon mustard seeds Pinch of asafetida* 8 -10 kari leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons grated ginger 1 serrano pepper, minced 2 cups white onions, minced 2 cups peeled carrots, cut into ½-inch cubes 2 cups cauliflower florets 3 cups zucchini, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 teaspoon salt 1 14 oz. can coconut milk

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SOUTHERN

ROOT & BONE

200 East 3rd Street New York, NY

tender when pierced with a fork. Allow the roasted beet to cool to room temperature, then peel off the skin. Place the peeled beet in a large bowl; set aside.

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Drunken Deviled Eggs with Pickled Beets and Root Chips Tucked away in New York’s East Village is Root & Bone, the brainchild of chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth. These Top Chef alumni serve up the ultimate in southern fare, from buttermilk biscuits pulled straight from the oven and drizzled with salted honey butter to devilishly flavorful deviled eggs. Their twist on this comfort food classic? They poach the eggs in beet pickling vinegar, which turns them a pretty shade of pink, and lace the whipped filling with turmeric and salty capers. It all adds up to a delicious way to kick off a meal. THE DISH

PICKLED BEETS

(Must be made a day in advance) 1 medium beet 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 ½ teaspoons salt

chives and fold gently until incorporated. Spoon this mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe into the hollowed-out egg white shells. Garnish each egg with the diced pickled beets, root chips, dill and sea salt.

In a saucepan, add the red wine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Place over a medium flame and heat until the salt and sugar have dis- Yields 12 eggs solved. Pour this liquid over the cooked beet. Allow this to cool to room tempera- *If you are short on time, you can garnish the filled ture, then cover and place in the refrig- eggs with store-bought sweet potato chips (we like erator for at least 24 hours. The next day, Terra Chips). remove the beet, reserving the pickling liquid. Cut the pickled beet into small pieces and set aside. TO PREPARE THE ROOT CHIPS

In a large pot, heat the canola oil to 300°F, measuring the temperature with a candy or deep-fry thermometer. Rinse the slices of sweet potato under cold water for 2 minutes to release excess starch. Dry very thoroughly and fry the slices in batches for 2 to 5 minutes or until the chips are just beginning to brown and curl at the edges. Remove the chips and check for crispiness. If the chips are not crisp, return to the oil for another 20 to 30 seconds. Remove and season with salt; set aside.

ROOT CHIPS*

1 small sweet potato (about 4 oz), peeled and thinly sliced Canola oil for frying Salt to taste DEVILED EGGS

6 eggs, preferably free-range Reserved beet pickle juice, see recipe above ¼ cup mayonnaise ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon rice wine vinegar ½ teaspoon ground turmeric Pinch of salt Pinch black pepper Dash of Tabasco 1 tablespoon capers, chopped 1 tablespoon chives, chopped 1 tablespoon dill, chopped Fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt for garnish TO PREPARE THE PICKLED BEETS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place beet on a small baking sheet and roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the beet is

TO PREPARE THE DEVILED EGGS

Fill a pot or large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the eggs and boil for 10 minutes. Drain the eggs and immediately plunge into a bowl of cold water. Allow the eggs to sit in the cold water for 5 to 10 minutes to allow for easy peeling. Peel the eggs under lightly running water from the faucet (this will also help in peeling). Place the eggs in the reserved beet pickling liquid and let them sit for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs, rinse under cold water and dry very thoroughly. Cut each egg in half lengthwise; remove the yolks and place them in the bowl of a stand mixer. Shave off a piece about 1/8 -inch thick from the rounded side of each egg half, so that the egg will lay flat when served. Set the hollowed-out whites aside while you make the filling. In the bowl with the yolks, add the mayonnaise, mustard, rice vinegar, turmeric, salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Mix on low speed until well combined. Add the capers and

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CHINESE

PICKLED RED ONIONS

LITTLE TONG NOODLE SHOP

1 large red onion 6 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons salt 3 cups rice vinegar 1 teaspoon dried tarragon 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 cinnamon stick, broken into smaller pieces

177 1st Avenue New York, NY littletong.com

Ghost Chicken One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants in New York, but when a new one as good as Little Tong opens, it’s definitely worth celebrating. Chef Simone Tong, a veteran of two New York Michelin-starred restaurants, has stepped into the spotlight with her new East Village venture. The standout menu, inspired by the cuisine of the Yunnan province of China, includes Ghost Chicken, a beautifully plated dish that features humanely raised chicken brined for at least 6 hours, to be especially tender and flavorful. Try it and trust us when we say your taste buds will thank you. THE DISH

CHICKEN

TO PREPARE MUSTARD SEEDS

Place all ingredients into a small pot and heat over low heat until the mixture becomes syrupy. Cool and store. TO PREPARE PICKLED ONIONS

Peel the red onion and slice into rings ½ inch thick. Mix sugar and salt in a bowl and add onions, stirring to coat evenly. Cover and let onions rest and sweat for 1 hour. Then add in rice vinegar, dried herbs and cinnamon pieces and stir. TO PREPARE CHICKEN

Brine the breasts for 6 to 8 hours in a solution of 2 tablespoons kosher salt to 4 cups of cold water. Make sure to stir and dissolve the salt before adding the chicken breasts. Bring a pot of water to boil; add Shaoxing wine or sake, scallion and ginger. Add the  brined chicken  breasts to the boiling water; when the water returns to a simmer, remove pot from heat and set a timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, remove the chicken breasts and place in a bowl of ice water to cool. Once cool, shred the  chicken  breasts into bite-sized pieces using your fingers.  Mix the chicken with all of the remaining ingredients except the lime and lemon juice. Allow mixture to marinate for 15-30 minutes; add the citrus juice and serve.

(Must be brined 6 to 8 hours in advance) 4 chicken breasts, medium size 4 inch knob of ginger root, cut into 3 slices 4 scallions, only the white parts, leave whole 3 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine* 2 tablespoons fish sauce, preferably Red Boat brand 3 tablespoons pickled red onions, chopped, see recipe below 2 tablespoons pickled mustard seeds, see recipe below 2 tablespoons fermented chili sauce or store-bought red chili sauce 1 tablespoon micro shiso leaves 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 1 teaspoon Thai basil, chopped Serves 4 1 teaspoon mint leaves, chopped *Available at amazon.com Juice of ½ lime Juice of ½ lemon Zest of 1 lime and 1 lemon PICKLED MUSTARD SEEDS

2 cups mustard seeds 2 cups water 1 ½ cups rice vinegar 10 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon kosher salt

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ITALIAN

LA SIRENA 88 9th Avenue, New York, NY

lasirena-nyc.com THE DISH

Agnolotti Cacio e Pepe Located just steps away from the bustling Chelsea Market in The Maritime Hotel is La Sirena, the latest eatery from chef Mario Batali and business partner Joe Bastianich. The restaurant serves tapas in the barroom and a traditionally-inspired Italian menu in the main dining room. Chef Josh Laurano’s Agnolotti is one of their specialities, an irresistible dish, available on both the brunch and dinner menu, which consists of pillows of handmade pasta stuffed with three different cheeses and enveloped in a decadent cacio e pepe sauce. Try this at home and it will no doubt become one of your new Italian favorites. PASTA DOUGH

4 cups all-purpose flour, or 2 cups 00 flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 large eggs

(don’t worry if it looks messy). When half of the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. Start kneading the dough, using primarily the palms of your hands. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, set the dough aside and scrape up and discard any dried bits of dough remaining on the wooden board. Continue kneading for 10 minutes, dusting the board with additional flour as necessary. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before using. TO MAKE THE FILLING

Combine flour and butter and heat in a sauté pan until butter is melted and has turned a light golden brown. Add milk and whisk until incorporated, then cook until the mixture thickens. Gradually add the grated cheese and whisk until smooth; remove from heat. Whisk in mascarpone; once smooth, incorporate black pepper into mixture. Allow to cool for twenty minutes and then transfer to a piping bag. This can be made a day in advance, since it will need at least four hours in the refrigerator to cool completely.

between each spoonful of filling to form the agnolotti. The finished pasta should resemble closed envelopes with scalloped edges on three sides. If not serving the same day, place agnolotti on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, place in a sealed plastic bag and store. Pasta will keep for up to three weeks in the freezer. TO FINISH

In a sauce pot, bring well-salted water (should taste like seawater) to a rapid boil. Gently place envelopes of pasta in the water (we like to allow about 14 to 15 pieces per person) and cook for about 4 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, place two tablespoons of freshly ground pepper into a sauté pan. Add the pasta water and the butter. Slowly incorporate the butter into the pepper water until it is emulsified. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the butter mixture. Allow to cook for another 30 seconds so that the agnolotti are evenly covered in sauce. Transfer to a platter or individual plates and enjoy.

FILLING

(Can be prepared a day in advance) 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 cup mascarpone 1 cup freshly ground coarse black pepper SAUCE

2 tablespoons freshly ground cracked black pepper 2 ounces pasta water 4 ounces butter, cubed TO MAKE THE PASTA DOUGH

Place the flour in a mound in the center of a large wooden board. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs. Using a fork, beat the eggs together and then begin to incorporate the flour; starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up the sides to retain the well’s shape

TO MAKE THE AGNOLOT TI

Roll out pasta dough using a pasta machine. Make sure to start on a higher setting and progressively work your way down to a lower setting. Generally, the higher the setting number, the thicker the dough will be. The dough should be thin enough that you can see the outline of your hand through the other side but not so thin that it tears easily. Once rolled out, cut dough into strips, one foot long by three inches wide. Using the piping bag, place filling by tablespoonfuls along the length of each strip of pasta, leaving a one-inch gap between each spoonful of filling (keep in mind that it’s better to under-fill than overfill). Spritz edges of dough with a bit of water, then fold dough over from left side of strip to right, covering filling to form a long tube. Gently press between the one-inch gaps to seal around the filling. With a scallop-edged pasta cutter, trim along the right edge of pasta tube lengthwise, then using the same cutter, cut perpendicularly along the gaps

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The Thrill of the Hunt

An Antiquing Tour of Paris and Provence

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PART ONE

It All Began in Paris

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or as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by anything with a history. The stories that lurk behind a vintage object or an old building's façade provide a tantalizing glimpse into the past. When it comes to antiques, France has a history brimming with both gilded glory and Provençal charm, one that has always had the ability to tug at my heartstrings (not to mention my wallet). To get a better understanding of what the country has to offer, I teamed up with antiques expert Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antiques Diva & Co. Originally from Oklahoma, Toma moved abroad to live the European life, at one point residing in Paris for several years. But after being denied a work visa in France, she found herself with a lot of free time on her hands. She occupied her days with various hobbies, including combing the many flea markets around the city. Her friends noticed that

she had a real knack for unearthing one- Written and Photographed of-a-kind treasures and nabbing them for by Alison Engstrom a great price. It wasn’t long before Toma stumbled upon an opportunity to turn her love of antiques into a full-fledged business — creating bespoke, private antiquing tours to some of the world’s most famous antiques markets — and in 2008, she did just that. Today she is based in Berlin, but her thriving company operates in 15 countries throughout Europe and Asia and now includes the United States, catering to a clientele that ranges from antique lovers to the design trade. I met up with Toma in Paris, where we began a five day antiquing trip which would culminate in Provence. Our adventure kicked off on a Friday evening. Danielle, one of Toma's Paris-based guides, and her husband, Jean-Pierre, hosted an intimate dinner party for her colleagues, in their spacious apartment, located on

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previous page A treasure trove of antiques at the Paris flea market left The wisteria covered awnings at Paul Bert Serpette, Paris below, right Toma in her elaement making discoveries

ANTIQUING 101: THE BASICS ONE In order for an object to be classified as an antique, it must be over 100 years old.Â

According to Toma, a good rule of thumb when trying to decide whether or not to make a purchase is: if you see something you absolutely love, assume you will never see anything like it again. This should help you determine if you should pull the trigger and buy it.Â

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a tree-lined street in the 16th arrondissement. Upon entering their home, my eyes were immediately drawn to an assortment of vintage perfume bottles perched on a shelf, and I questioned Danielle about them. She proudly showed me the pieces and after expressing my utter admiration, she took me to see her "secret" trove, which she kept in her salle de bain. She opened a cabinet to reveal a collection of gilded glass bottles from the 1920s, some with trailing atomizers in black and gold from Marcel Franck, as well as some vintage apothecary bottles from Roger & Gallet. She explained that she had found many of them in Paris and elsewhere in France for quite the bargain. If this was any indication of what I'd be encountering on this trip, I couldn't wait to get started. The next morning, we began at the Clingancort market, also known as the Marché aux Puces de SaintOuen, for which The Antiques Diva & Co. serves as the official guide. This impressive market, which draws both locals and tourists, is the largest in the world. It boasts an astounding seven miles of alleyways divided into 15 districts and packed with over 2,000 vendors. The history of the Paris flea markets is a fascinating one dating back to the 1860s, when Baron Haussmann re-zoned the city, forcing the street merchants out of the city center. Undeterred, they quickly set up shop on the outskirts of Paris, where the present-day markets are based. Word spread and soon enough, amused Parisians followed, making a Sunday afternoon's entertainment out of wandering among the wares in search of treasures. The phrase "we are going to the fleas" was coined around this time, since the probability of purchasing something with an infestation was unfortunately rather high. Today, the market is so popular that more visitors go there each year than to the Eiffel Tower, and to this day it remains very much a part of French culture. In fact, many Parisians can routinely be found discussing their weekend finds while sipping their espressos at the office on a Monday morning.

We started off in a lesser-known area of the Clingancourt market, Marché de L’Entrepot, located in a long, narrow warehouse where rows of ornate gold-framed mirrors leaned against one another and dozens of crystal chandeliers were suspended overhead. I immediately spotted a stunning furniture set: a chocolate brown velvet settee with matching chairs, accented with braided fringe — all three pieces for the equivalent of a mere $175. My elation quickly turned to resignation, however, as I realized they wouldn't be coming home with me since they couldn’t fit into my suitcase. Navigating the Clingancourt market is best done with the help of a guide like Toma or Danielle, since they can steer you in the right direction, especially if you are organized and have a wish list. A skilled guide will save you not just time but also money. As we meandered though the different alleys, I noticed that both Toma and Danielle were very friendly toward the vendors and on a first-name basis with most. However, if you are going it alone, a trip to to the market can be quite daunting. Toma recommends that if you only have time to visit one district, head to Paul Bert Serpette. Not only is it the most picturesque district, with pastel façades and wisteria vines tumbling from its awnings, it also offers a well-rounded assortment of furniture, smaller items (also referred to as "smalls") and vintage fashion. Toma, who can be found criss-crossing the globe at any given moment, has an infectious enthusiasm for antiques, and her humorous commentary kept me in stitches much of the time. Her goal is simple — to make antiques fun, modern, sexy and relevant. After you've spent a little time with her, you soon come to understand that her ambitions for her brand stretch far beyond merely finding unique pieces.  She wants her clients to  not only find the perfect item, but also to "buy the story" and become a part of it, adding their own histories to those of the previous owners. Toma believes that when you buy an antique, you purchase

THREE In order to familiarize yourself with a certain type of piece or period, take a close look at the most expensive items in that category. This will help to train your eye so that you learn to differentiate between authentic and inauthentic pieces.

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Interior inspiration at Marché Jules Vallés

"Her goal is simple — to make antiques fun, modern, sexy and relevant." the memories attached to it and bring a piece of the past back home with you. You can also expect to get a thorough schooling in the finer points of antique hunting as you wander through the stalls chatting with vendors, especially with a guide by your side. Michel Ruis of MDRS Antiquités, who stocks exquisitely gilded Louis XV and XVI pieces in the Marché Dauphine, walked me through the two periods of furniture and how to differentiate between them. He taught me how to identify the basic design details of Louis XV furniture — most notably, curved legs — and those of Louis XVI, which has straight legs. Toma then instructed me to feel the wood grain under the seat of one of the chairs. She explained that if the wood feels smooth, it means the piece was machine-made, but if it has texture, that means it was cut by hand, which adds more value. Many vendors make a pledge to sell only authentic antiques — they post signs in their stalls that read, "No Fakes." But inevitably, there are some who misrepresent the age or authenticity of the objects they sell, so sometimes it's wise to remember that old adage, "Buyer beware" (for more tips, see "Antiquing 101" on the following pages). Another highlight of the Clingancourt market is the Marché Jules Vallés, a grouping of stalls off the beaten path from the main market. It has a spray-painted façade which makes an interesting, modern juxtaposition to the old-world treasures inside.

DETAILS

There are only two districts in the flea market that are reserved for professionals, L'Usine and Lecuyer. All others are open to the public. marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com WHERE TO STAY

Considering the market receives so much foot traffic, it's surprising that there is only one hotel located within its parameters. Luckily, that lone hotel is a style-forward option created in collaboration with designer Philippe Stark. The Mob Hotel is a hip space with retro-inspired common areas and a rooftop garden that provides the vegetables for their in-house restaurant. VINTAGE SHOPPING

The Paris flea market features many stalls that sell a range of collectible fashion pieces from the 1920s to the 1970s, some from even earlier periods. If you are looking for that special vintage clothing find, remember that sizing can be tricky. It might be wiser to stick with accessories like bags, hats, jewelry or shoes, according to a staffer at Les Merveilles de Babellou, a popular destination at the market that stocks an extensive collection of French designer brands like Nina Ricci, Chanel and Christian Dior. Currently, the most in-demand items are Chanel costume jewelry, Yves Saint Laurent pieces from the 70s and anything from Christian Dior. WHAT YOU CAN DISCOVER

A GUIDE TO

LE MARCHÉ AUX PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS OPEN Saturday, Sunday and Monday

1950s couture dresses, Chanel costume jewelry, designer bags from the 1920s and a range of hat styles from different eras.

STARTING TIMES

On paper, they say 9 a.m., but in reality the show begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. On Sundays, it opens slightly later, around 10:30 or 11 a.m. HIGHLIGHTS

Paul Bert Serpette, Marché de L’Entrepot, Vernaison, Marché Jules Vallés; the shops on Rue des Rosiers.

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The sleepy Sorgue river meandering through town

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L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

A Provençal Dream

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fter a day spent at the Paris flea market, we hopped on the highspeed train from Paris to Avignon, arriving just as the sun was beginning to dip behind the hills, its rays painting vivid swaths of pink and amethyst across the sky. A refreshing southern wind blew around us, laced with a hint of salt from the nearby sea. I remembered reading about the fabled mistral winds that swirl through this region in books by author Peter Mayle. Toma had arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the train station and take us to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the quintessential Provençal town, which is nestled between Avignon and the languid valley of the Luberon. Less than 18 square miles in size, this small town is made even more charming by the sleepy Sorgue river that meanders through it. The moss-covered windmills that grace its shores slowly churn the water before spilling it back into this shallow river that was once used for crawfish farming. We set out to do more antiquing on Sunday morning, before the late June temperatures rose. We were quickly seduced by the temptations of the food market that filled the narrow streets surrounding the town’s main church and stretched to the river. We saw tables piled high with braids of pungent garlic and stalks of artichokes tied in bundles, the scent of perfectly ripe Cavaillon melons filling the air with an

intoxicating sweetness, while succulent chickens spun on the rotisserie, making us hungry for lunch before we'd even had our petit déjeuner. A man sat in the doorway of his house playing a guitar, a tune that made us feel as though we had taken a wrong but delightful turn and stumbled onto the set of a movie. Local boulangeries had set up stands along the street, displaying breads of every variety in rustic wicker baskets alongside viennoiseries offering luscious tarts and pastries. I treated myself to a heavenly pain au chocolat that was still warm, the flaky, buttery pastry practically dissolving in my mouth. Provence is beautiful and its flavors divine! After filling our baskets with heirloom tomatoes, fuzzy green almonds, handmade chèvre adorned with sprigs of dried lavender — local, of course — and other delectable specialties, we dropped off our dinner fixings at our rental apartment and set off to explore our original destination, the town’s antique center. That's just one of the great things about booking a tour with Toma and her team — they welcome little detours like the one we took to the food market, since they sincerely want each client to have a truly immersive, one-of-akind experience in the region they visit. We started in Village des Antiquaires de la Gare and made our first stop at Du Cote du Design Shop, a stall stocked with an assortment of vintage lighting fixtures (some

FOUR Be cognizant of paint quality. A piece with too perfect a finish indicates that it has been refinished. When it comes to authenticity, look for irregularity. A general guideline is that the newer the paint, the less expensive the item should be. FIVE If you plan to shop, it's best to have cash on hand, as some vendors do not accept credit cards.

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SIX You found the piece of your dreams — now what? The Antiques Diva team also has a shipping company, AD&CO Logistics that will arrange for your items to be shipped to you via a container; there are 20-and 40-foot options available. Remember, you pay by volume, not weight. Exporting items automatically qualifies you for a 21% discount off the list price. From door to door, it should take about two months to receive your items. Shipping by air is another option; this can take anywhere from a few days to a week. SEVEN Curious to know what the antiques of the future will look like? Toma predicts they will be objects that are handmade using the highest quality materials and innovative in the way they are designed.Â

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from old Russian auto garages) and old tin water buckets with the perfect degree of tarnish. I realized at once that one too many American retailers had undoubtedly studied every detail of this shop so that they could recreate its perfect time-worn aesthetic. The shop also stocked lots of intriguing small items like miniature chalkboards, folding wooden yardsticks, old poker decks and flower seed packets, their labels yellowed with age, as well as several well-worn workbenches that could be transformed into wonderful dining tables. Another highlight of the town is Antiquities Xavier Nicod, a shop whose exterior is hidden behind towering bamboo that creates makeshift rooms where old wrought iron garden furniture is on display. Inside, we found an array of modern and more traditional pieces artfully arranged on top of each another. One lesson learned is that antiquing can be quite a sensory overload, making it easy to overlook great finds, so it's a good idea to take your time and really pay attention to the nooks and crannies where special gems might be hidden. While the Provence region is a virtual treasure trove of items for the home, one of the most popular requests for Toma and her team is actually architectural salvage. In fact, 1 in 3 people who book her tours are looking for large-scale items like original 18th-century limestone door frames, wall panels, flooring and even staircases.

their finishes worn in all the right places; and several immense mirrors, their silvery surfaces so spotted with age, they looked like mercury glass.

A BU YERS GUIDE

TIPS ON GET TING THE BEST DE AL Don't be afraid to try to negotiate a better price than the one you see on the tag. Chances are that the vendor bought the item at a great price and will be willing to make a deal. Paris guide Danielle suggests that when you are negotiating on your own, ask the vendor, "Is this the best price?" And remember, the typical price range for a given item can vary from country to country.

A GUIDE TO

L'ISLE-SUR-L A-SORGUE, PROVENCE OPEN

Saturday, Sunday and Monday STARTING TIMES

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Serious antiquing requires quite a bit of walking, so to sustain your energy levels and satisfy your taste buds, head to Café Fleurs, a riverfront establishment in the Hotel du Poète. There you can enjoy local Provençal specialities at outdoor tables set beneath picturesque flower-covered terraces. And if you're planning to stock up on regional delicacies for those back home, try Olive Et Raisin, an épicerie that sells honey laced with local truffles, pastel-colored meringues, olive oil and an assortment of fine cheeses. A BU YER'S GUIDE

I saw so many memorable objects at all three markets we visited, but only a handful of true standouts; if I had been following Toma’s advice (see "Antiquing 101"), I really should have purchased them. I adore antique perfume bottles, so I was absolutely blown away by some exquisite golden Noirot bottles I saw at the Paris flea market. Created exclusively for Guerlain, these pink-trimmed flacons came with a price tag of over $2,000 and are considered quite rare, so not surprisingly, they were kept under lock and key. There were also quite a few collections of rose-tinted Baccarat perfume bottles that would look gorgeous displayed on a vanity. I also found some divineLine Vautrin gold compacts from the early 1900s, which can be spotted on sites like 1st Dibs for $10,000 and up. In addition to all those lovely perfume bottles, I found myself drawn to the oil paintings. There were an enormous number to choose from, portraits and still lifes in elaborate gold frames that would make interesting conversation pieces in any home. Among the larger objects, it would have to be any of the gold settées and matching chairs covered in romantic floral fabrics from the late 18th century. The best deal I found was a three-piece set for about $800. Also spotted were some ornate upholstered chairs covered in Napoleon’s favored shade of blue and his signature bee motif. Some additional larger items included gilt-edged headboards with pastel fabrics; charming painted armoires,

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PART THREE

De Bellage and Avignon, France

We Run for Antiques!

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hen we had finished our time in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, we piled into a taxi and made the short trip to the Avignon Convention Center, located just outside the city limits. We made our way alongside a slew of traffic that included moving trucks to De Bellage, the famed antiques market. Open to the trade only, Toma explained that this particular market is one of three that those in the industry visit on consecutive days, starting with Beziers on Sunday, Avignon on Monday and Montpellier on Tuesday. When we arrived a little past opening time, I was surprised to see throngs of people literally running towards the entrance gates. This was the first time on our antiquing adventure that leisurely strolling was replaced by a determined hustle. Just like the other markets we'd visited, there were a few main buildings and then some grouping of vendors who had set up outside on the pavement. The interesting, almost comical part of the De Bellage

market is that both the vendors and the shoppers, whose ranks include designers, landscapers, dealers and architects, all converge at the same time, creating quite a frenzy. People are looking to buy before the trucks can even finish unloading their wares, so it's wise to circle the market at least twice or you'll risk missing out on items that are last to be unpacked. Toma advises that although this market is filled with many inexpensive finds, they will typically need some refinishing once you get them home. So many objects caught my eye here, including a 14-foot gilded mirror and a sturdy wooden chest, both from the 18th century, that were in great condition. The vendor offered to sell me the pair for about $450, but again my heart sank as I knew I'd have to leave them behind. One vendor well worth perusing is The Persuaders’ Barn, which stocks an elegant assortment of loose sterling silver, patinaed hotel trays and ornate cake stands, among other kitchen goods, all at a great bargain.

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The winding stone road in Avignon that leads to the Papal Palace

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Colorful antique plates illuminated by the sun

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One caveat: if you intend to buy at this market, you must have a shipper on site who will pack and ship all your items on the day of purchase (unless they are small enough to carry). Your shipper will provide you with a book of purchase orders that you give to the vendors you make a purchase from (note that purchase orders are considered legally binding). Once the clock strikes noon and the market begins to close, shipper kiosks are set up outside. Workers scramble to scribble down purchase orders while rows of items marked ‘sold’ are prepped for shipping to their new homes. After five fantastic days spent in the company of the Diva herself, we parted ways in Avignon. Toma headed off to Texas to give a lecture on Swedish antiques (another in-demand market), I returned to Paris before flying home. I left France having gained an incredible wealth of knowledge about antiquing, but I know that I really only scratched the surface. Antiquing is truly a feast for the senses, a remarkable walk through history, and this experience left me hungry for more. I hope to visit France again sometime very soon. My ultimate dream? To buy a small country home in Provence and fill it with fabulous antiques. Until then, I can console myself with the small treasures I managed to tuck into my suitcase: a Florentine mirror and brush set, a few gold-finished compacts, some delicate floral plates and a bouquet of fragrant lavender from a trip to the countryside. All are objects I know I will cherish forever and someday pass along to future generations.

A GUIDE TO

DE BELL AGE, AVIGNON OPEN

The market is open at different times throughout the year, but the exact dates can vary slightly from year to year. For a full schedule, visit their website. avignon-antiquites.com STARTING TIMES

8 a.m. to 12 p.m. DETAILS

Since this market only happens three times a year, tickets must be booked in advance and buying is for wholesale-only; however, if you book a tour with AD&CO., you'll get exclusive trade access. But the De Bellage is cash only, so be sure to stop at an ATM before you go. EAT & DRINK

Refreshments such as coffee, water and sandwiches are available to purchase, including vegetarian options like brie sandwiches with salade tucked inside a fresh baguette. avignon-antiquites.com

A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO TOMA CL ARK HAINES AND TEAM.

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BOOK A TOUR

Want to book an antiquing trip of your own? Here are some of the best global destinations where Toma and her team can take you: in addition to France, of course, England is a paradise for antiques hunters. Not only do the shops merchandise their stock in interesting ways, they also have lower profit margins than in France, so it's possible to find some truly amazing deals. And as Toma says, the English have been "plundering the planet for centuries" for French antiques, so expect to find plenty of those in addition to English pieces. In southeast Asia, head to northernThailand to the Chiang Mai region; Bali is another fantastic destination to discover antique gems. Closer to home, in the United States, there's the famed Round Top in Texas, which spans an incredible 11 miles; Magazine Street in New Orleans is another worthwhile destination for the antiques lover; and if you head outside New York City to Connecticut, you'll find warehouses stuffed to the rafters with antiques.

above Fields of lavender in the Luberon Valley left The vantage point from the Papal Palace

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Photographed by Adrian Nina Styled by Ana Tess Starring Allison Lancaster

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MEE T ALLY

Horses are practically in Allison Lancaster’s DNA. At a time when most children are developing motor skills, Ally was propped up in the saddle and taught to ride ponies. As a teen, she was discovered by a scout while bussing tables at a local restaurant but soon abandoned the modeling world for college, where she studied English literature and business. She has since returned to modeling, living and working in places like Paris and Mexico City. These days when she returns home to Lancaster Equestrian Farm, she spends as much time with her horses as possible, riding four or five times a week. According to Ally, “There is a very strong connection that comes when you have your own personal horse; you learn as much from them as they do from you.” - Payton Moore

Creative Direction by Alison Engstrom, Makeup by Robert Reyes using Chanel, Hair by Andy Tseng, Assisted by Hallie Saculla A very special thanks to Lancaster Equestrian Farm

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A Painter’s Retreat Step into the Dreamy World of Helen Dealtry Written and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

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ainter Helen Dealtry has a special way with flowers; her interpretations of fluffy peonies and regal purple irises are dreamy, delicate and refined. Chances are you may already be familiar with her work, even if you didn’t know it — she has been commissioned by the likes of Aerin Lauder and Loeffler Randall to add her signature floral prints to everything from fragrance packaging to fashion. Born in Surrey, England, Helen moved to New York to pursue a career in textile design, where she worked with a range of clients before deciding to strike out on her own. Today, she divides her time between Brooklyn and Hudson, New York, in addition to traveling across the country with floral designer Nicolette Camille, known for her ethereal arrangements, to teach

their techniques to eager students. I was fortunate to be able to visit Helen’s new home in idyllic Hudson (about a two-hour train ride from New York City) at the height of summer when her garden was in full bloom. Hydrangeas, dahlias and other greenery proliferate there, the legacy of a previous owner who was a designer, and this profusion of blossoms serves as inspiration for her work. Her particular way with color and texture are two of the things you immediately notice about Helen’s style. It was fascinating to observe her process and to watch her dab, sweep and swirl the paintbrush across the paper to form an abstract flower. When teaching, she urges her students to relax and to adopt a gentle hand to help achieve the dreamy watercolor patterns

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Watercolors that mirror the tones of freshly picked dahlias

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Helen Dealtry's inspiration comes in many forms including books and local foliage

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“When painting, I love the speed ink moves through water; it forces me to relinquish a certain amount of control.�

left A large scale floral canvas hangs in her studio

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that she describes as “fluid, floral and alive.” While she is beginning to step outside her comfort zone with oils, she still feels most at home using watercolors. “Water soothes and inspires me. Perhaps it was inevitable that I'd become a watercolor artist. When painting, I love the speed ink moves through water; it forces me to relinquish a certain amount of control. I never fully know what the outcome will be until the water and ink have settled and dried. I love that challenge, to make something balanced and to allow it to be at the same time.” When asked where she gets her ideas, she explains, “Often inspiration is something that comes from a tiny moment, like a scrap of color or the way that light hits an object. I’ve found the key is to try to just keep painting and drawing on all the surfaces. You never know where your next lead or journey will come from. The worst thing to do is to wait for the ‘perfect’ idea. There are a few things I do if I’m feeling stuck. I try a new medium, get outside in nature, travel, visit museums or other artists.” Listening to Helen talk, I found myself seeing even something as familiar and adored as a flower through fresh eyes — which, of course, is the real power of art. To learn more about Helen Dealtry, or to purchase a painting or scarf or attend a workshop, visit helendealtry.com

above, left Helen and her rescue dog, Dudley in her dining room

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FOLLOW ALONG ON INSTAGR AM

@pathport

Portrait by Evgenia Sizanyuk

A New Way to Travel As told to Alison Engstrom

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raveling is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons, but mapping out your journey can sometimes be daunting. If you’ve ever found yourself vacillating between an endless selection of guidebooks or flagging dozens of webpages hoping to pin down the perfect itinerary, then meet Laurence Foucher. A few years back, Laurence, an avid travele, was living and working in France, had a glorious five weeks of vacation to enjoy and didn’t want to waste a moment of them. When she began planning a trip, she noticed a void when it came to finding compelling visual travel guides and set out to change that. The result was Pathport, a collection of online guides in which she partners with her favorite Instagrammers around the world to highlight the very best of a particular destination. Each edition provides an intimate insider’s look at a city, like where to find the most heavenly Parisian patisseries, the coolest vintage stores in Edinburgh or the most photo-worthy Brooklyn coffee spots. In our conversation with Laurence, she shares her thoughts on why travel is so important for the mind, body and spirit and her yetto-be-covered dream destinations.

What inspired you to start your company? Whenever and wherever I travel, I have always wanted to know where the good spots are to visit; it’s almost like an obsession. It is probably because I’m very selective regarding design, food quality and light. I’m not the kind of traveler who’s going to sit at the first restaurant overflowing with tourists, so it’s no surprise

that I was always the travel planner. Every time we would travel, it was always the same investigation process: I’d navigate between city guides, lifestyle magazines, travel blogs, friends and colleagues at the coffee machine. I was always searching for some sort of consensus to make a selection on where to travel. Then Instagram happened; it became one of my main sources of inspiration and information. A beautiful picture is worth a thousand words and in short, it is time-saving. Pathport was born out of the idea that travel should be a pleasant, not to mention a picturesque experience from the very beginning, even when you are still at home planning. When you begin work on a new guide, what do you look for when choosing an influencer to partner with? Personality and talent. There are a lot of wonderful accounts out there, but not all of them make you feel something special. I am looking for emotion. Are there any destinations that you would still like to cover? Greece is such a beautiful and authentic summer destination, I can’t wait to offer guides there. Also, Bali and South Africa are both at the top of my list. Why is travel so important to you? It’s one of the most beautiful and important things in life — to discover the world. I want people to enjoy every minute of it. Pathport in three words… Photography, inspiration, beauty. Start your Pathport journey by visiting pathport.store and purchase a guide for $4.99.

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CA FÉS IN LI S BO N, PORTUG A L PATHPORT

SANDA VUCKOVIC PAGAIMO @littleupsidedowncake

Chef Nino R. Rodrigues de Faria 103 Lisbon, Portugal

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tep back into the 1950s at Chef Nino, a Lisbon favorite known for its delicious ice cream, crêpes and homemade cakes. The café also serves a full brunch on weekends in addition to a daily menu of simple dishes. The seating includes colorful wooden stools and benches lined with pillows for extra-comfy indoor dining, or you can enjoy your meal outside on the beautiful terrace.

Yugoslavian-born Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo is a stylist and photographer who has lived in Lisbon, Portugal for the last 16 years. Her writing, styling and photography have appeared in numerous magazines in addition to her acclaimed blog, Little Upside Down Cake, where she highlights the use of local, seasonal and organic ingredients in everyday cooking.

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PATHPORT POSTCAR DS FRO M BATH, ENGL A N D

ALIXE L AY @alixelay

The Royal Crescent Bath, England

Originally from Malaysia, Alixe Lay is a travel photographer now based in Bath, England. Her specialty is photographs of architecture and interiors with green and floral elements (think: ivy-covered façades)—all in her distinctive atmospheric style.

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et to know Bath like a true local. Alixe Lay leads you on a tour of 19 of her favorite spots in the city she calls home, including some memorable walks that are a little off the beaten (read: tourist) path. As any Jane Austen fan knows, one of the most spectacular sights you’ll encounter in Bath is The Royal Crescent, a curved row of exquisite Georgian townhouses. Weather permitting, pack a picnic and drink in the view from the beautiful lawn directly across the cobblestoned street.

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A SU M MER GE TAWAY TO MÉR IDA A N D TU LU M, ME XICO PATHPORT

ANDRE A NUNEZ @andreannu

Paseo de Montejo

480, Zona Paseo Montejo Mérida, Mexico

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érida, the largest city in the Yucatan region of Mexico, is a feast for the senses with its festive colors, grand colonial architecture and delicious cuisine. There are many design-forward hotels in the area, but one of the most distinctive is the very pink Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel. The luxurious pool is perfect for lounging, and the in-house spa features chocolate-based treatments. Even if you decide to stay elsewhere, be sure to stop by the hotel bar and enjoy one of their signature margarita cocktails on the terrace overlooking the water garden.

Born in Ecuador, Andrea Nunez is a graphic designer and content creator currently living in NYC. She has a talent for capturing spontaneous moments in each city she visits, and her Instagram is filled with photos of places she’s traveled and mouth-watering dishes from her favorite restaurants.

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PATHPORT PH OTOGEN IC CO FFEE S H OPS IN BROOKLY N, NE W YOR K

DAVINA TAN @heydavina

Maman 80 Kent Street, Brooklyn, New York

Davina Tan is a graphic designer by trade. Prior to relocating to the United States from her native Malaysia, she worked in design and advertising for over 10 years. When she moved to New York, she immediately fell in love with her new city, which she began documenting using her phone, promptly amassing a large Instagram following. Davina currently works as a content creator and photographer.

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rooklyn is a place that is filled to the brim with great coffee shops — a good thing, since New Yorkers tend to be very picky about their coffee. Case in point: Maman’s Greenpoint outpost, a charming café that serves French-inspired favorites like quiche, tartines and a selection of far-from-standard brioche and croissants. Every detail inside is carefully curated, from their signature blue and white floral paper cups to the rustic Provençal-inspired décor—so pretty you’ll want to hang out all day.

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ANNA SALVADOR @annararo

El Golfo Beach

Lanzarote, Spain

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l Golfo is one of the most magical places in Lanzarote. This spectacular black sand beach is streaked with washes of red and brown from the jagged rock formations that surround it. The locale is even more remarkable for its proximity to Charcos de los Clico, a lake that gets its vivid green color from the wealth of plant organisms that inhabit it.

Anna Salvador is a photographer and graphic designer based in Barcelona. Her photos document different aspects of her daily life, including the places that inspire her. Last summer, she traveled solo for the first time to Lanzarote, known for its picturesque villages and otherworldly landscapes filled with volcanoes, black sand beaches and other natural wonders.

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A Conversation with

ELET TR A WIEDEMANN

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THE IMPATIENT FOODIE Written and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

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lettra Wiedemann is a model, writer and passionate foodie. We sat down with the newly-minted cookbook author to talk about her first food memories, tips on how to whip up a delicious meal in a pinch and her favorite places to dine in New York. Let’s begin by chatting about your early food memories. Are there any particular moments that you can recall with complete happiness? I was raised on pasta as many kids are, but the first time I stepped out of that comfort zone was when I was about ten years old and my granddad, to whom I dedicated my cookbook, made me salmon for the first time. I am not sure why, but I avoided salmon because it was fish and kids are supposed to hate fish! My grandfather had this knack for getting everyone to eat and try new things, and he’d make it feel fun. He got me to try this piece of salmon; he just broiled it in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and lemon. It was just so good. I remember thinking, what else am I missing? He was really great about opening my horizons. Was there a particular turning point in your modeling career that inspired you to explore a new passion, like cooking and writing? I never really felt at home in the modeling world. I started when I was 19, when I was recruited for a job. I thought it would be my first and only, but it kept going. I loved the experience of meeting

cool people, traveling the world and being financially independent as a 19-year-old. Would you say that food and writing are your calling? Once I went to school and learned what I learned, I knew I had a particular set of experiences and knowledge that not a lot of people had. When I graduated in 2010, there was this new movement happening around food, and I felt in my bones that I was positioned to be a part of it. I had the knowledge and also a point of view. It wasn’t a calling, but I knew I just had to do it. I also didn’t know what was going to come of it. There were times I was doing The Impatient Foodie when I wanted to quit, but whenever I searched online for what I was doing and the way I was talking about these particular things, there wasn’t anybody else doing it. In your debut book, The Impatient Foodie, you have a great method of separating the chapters by ingredients. What inspired this approach? I was going to the farmers market and grocery store after a long day at the office. I realized that when I was shopping, I was just going around willy-nilly. When you go to the farmers market, you just buy what looks pretty; it’s almost like going to a jewelry store! I would come home with literally 15 heirloom tomatoes and I didn’t know what to do with them. When I was putting my book together, I decided to write it from the vantage point of people who

are going shopping and then looking at the cookbook, not looking at the cookbook and then going shopping. What tips can you offer the home cook who is pressed for time but still wants to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal? I am a huge fan of doing half-and-half shopping, meaning I use half raw and half prepared foods, like rotisserie chicken and different salads. Then I’ll add ramps or scallions, and I can turn someone else’s lo mein noodle salad into something substantial and fancy. I think that is a way that you can have a hands-on approach to what you’re eating. What ingredients do you always have on hand to make a delicious meal? I always have really good olive oil, Maldon sea salt, eggs, good bread and a few different types of cheese. Also, since I am Italian, I always have canned tomatoes and anchovy paste. At ROSE & IVY, we are passionate about traveling far and wide in search of delicious food. Where have you visited that left a permanent impression on your taste buds? Traveling to places like France and Italy is a truly wonderful experience, but when I was visiting Cambodia, I got to eat some of the most memorable dishes that I could never recreate at home. I enjoyed this incredible sticky rice that was cooked in coconut oil — it tasted like it literally fell out of a coconut tree. There were also

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delicious thick curries with yogurt and golden raisins that were so sweet. You are expecting your first child later this year, congratulations! What are some of the things that you’d like to teach him or her about food and where it comes from? I think so much around food is becoming automated, so I’d like to teach my child to be as independent as possible in every sense of the word. It is important to be able to cook and take care of oneself; it is a very overlooked form of independence. Food touches so many things: economics, politics, culture. It’s also a way to get them involved, which is important to me. You are incredibly passionate about good food, not only for yourself but for the world, so much so that you enrolled in the London School of Economics, which led you to take classes in environmental politics and write your dissertation on vertical farming. Tell us more! When I was writing my dissertation, vertical farms didn’t exist yet. They were just a biotech proposal for a climate change adaptation strategy. Basically, the biotechnology creates huge skyscraper farms in cities. Imagine being at the Empire State Building, and on one floor there is an avocado grove and on another there is a peach grove. It is all grown hydroponically, so it uses 95% less water; you don’t need to use pesticides or GMOs and it’s completely human-controlled. A lot of our carbon footprint is shipping food into cities, so if you can bring food production and distribution back into cities, it will reduce the carbon footprint. The farmers who are producing food now would be paid to plant forests, and those forests would reduce carbon. As I mentioned, it’s also a climate change adaptation strategy, because as the climate changes and patterns grow more and more unpredictable, it will be more important to have human-controlled food options. Today, there are eight vertical farms in Newark, New Jersey, like Dream Greens and Aerofarms. They are growing things like arugula, microgreens and kale under artificial light. They are selling their greens to grocery stores, and not only do they taste great, the growers have also learned how to “speak plant.” They interact with their crops using their phones, so

if a plant is stressed it will ping their phone and they will be alerted if it needs more light or water. It is amazing because the plant goes from seed to store in 16 days, so they are pumping out food a lot faster. Of course, there are certain things that will always have to be grown in fields, like rice and wheat, but there are a lot of things that can be transferred to vertical farms. We can then use that land to start replanting forests. What’s your advice to people who want to get involved in the food movement? A lot of the food movement comes down to personal values. For me, I’ve always been passionate about environmental issues, so my food philosophy is shaped around that. I would say that when it comes to food, do some soul-searching and think about why you’re making certain decisions — is it because you’re concerned about the environment, animal rights, the rights of farmers — and then shape your choices around that. Personally, I think, if an avocado is grown conventionally in upstate New York, is it better for me to buy it than an organically grown version from Mexico? For me, the answer is yes, because that avocado’s carbon footprint is less. You live in Brooklyn where the food scene is on fire. What are some of your favorite spots? My neighborhood, Fort Greene, is wonderful, with many food options. Dino’s is a cute brunch place and they serve good pasta. Roman’s is another favorite for Italian and Olea for Mediterranean-inspired fare. What’s next for you and The Impatient Foodie? I’m sure that having a baby will turn The Impatient Foodie into something different, but I have to see what that is when it gets here. I love my site and I am so excited for everything that’s happening. ELE T TR A'S NYC FOOD PICKS

meal at… Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu's Kitchen. Recently, I have been craving a lot of Chinese food. I’ve been thinking of signing up for an 8 -week cooking program where you learn how to cook Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese in two week intervals. My favorite New York restaurant of all time is… Shopsin's. It has a 50-page menu. You could order pancakes with chocolate chips and blueberries and they’d do it. I used to drink milkshakes there with my dad with crazy straws. ELE T TR A'S LEEK TARTLE TS

1 (14-ounce) box puff pastry (we like Dufour’s Classic), thawed 12 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned, halved lengthwise, and sliced into half-moons 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 15x10inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the pastry dough into 6 rectangles and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the goat cheese onto each piece, leaving a ½-inch border all around. In a bowl, combine the leeks, olive oil, thyme, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Top each rectangle with a small handful (about¼cup) of the leek mixture. Bake until the dough is golden brown and puffed up, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Add some more pepper, if desired, and enjoy! For more recipes from Elettra Wiedemann, purchase your copy of her new book, Impatient Foodie: 100 Delicious Recipes for a Hectic, Time-Starved World, available at amazon.com

For the ultimate brunch, I head to… Dino’s in Brooklyn and Balthazar in Manhattan. When I am craving comfort food… I cook for myself and it’s usually pasta. For a caffeine fix, my favorite coffee shop is… Café Baba Cool. One underrated restaurant that you should visit is…Mamoun’s Falafel (mamouns.com), which is a food stand with a few locations. You can get a $6 falafel sandwich that is not only cheap, it’s healthy. When I am looking for inspiration for my own cooking, I enjoy a

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Written and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

A Special Section

CLEAN BEAUTY

When it comes to “clean” beauty, it can be difficult to navigate the sometimes confusing sea of products currently on the market. ROSE & IVY takes the guesswork out of understanding what is clean and what isn’t by applying three simple criteria (see chart below) to everything from serums, creams, makeup and even fragrance. In this extensive review, we’ve compiled a list of products that not only deliver results but are experiences unto themselves — some will make you feel like you’ve just spent a day at the spa, others will transport you to the soothing tranquility of nature.

EYES

The most delicate area of your body is the skin underneath your eyes, so give it some extra TLC with these gentle and soothing products. K AHINA GIVING BEAUT Y EYE CREAM

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

This ultra-light lotion, which creates a refreshing sensation when applied under the eyes, combats dark circles and fine lines with healthy ingredients like green and white tea, plus essential fatty acids from argan oil. Why We Love It Some under eye creams can be too rich for everyday use, but this one is ideal for applying under your concealer since it quickly penetrates into the skin. ELIZ ABETH DEHN FOR ONE LOVE ORGANICS VITAMIN E EYE BALM

Available at birchbox.com

Rose & Ivy CLE AN BE AUT Y ETHOS ABSOLUTELY ZERO

Animal Testing Sulfates, Phthalates, Silicone, Parabens, Petrolatum, BHA/BHT, Propylene Glycol or Butylene Glycol Synthetic Fragrances Artificial Dyes

This super-luxe balm virtually melts into the skin. Vitamin E and shea butter provide lasting hydration while simultaneously smoothing and firming the area. Why We Love It Unlike most balm formulas, this one doesn’t just sit on top of the skin, and we love how moisturizing it is, so don’t waste a drop — apply any leftover balm on your fingertips to your cuticles to soften and condition.

WHERE POSSIBLE

TRUE BOTANICALS DEEP REPAIR EYE SERUM

Sustainably Harvested Ingredients Wild-crafted Ingredients Organic Ingredients Non-GMO Vegan Ecocert

Available at barneys

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Philanthropic

Applying an oil under the eyes is a relatively new idea in skincare, but we are already madly in love with this luxurious formula infused with a potent cocktail of skin-renewing ingredients like blackberry seed oil, which contains a mega-dose of vitamin C, and tuberose stem cells to promote radiance and firming. Why We Love It After a few days of use, the skin around our eyes looked less tired and more refreshed. IMMUNICOLOGIE INTENSE EYE CREAM

Available at immunocologie.com

If stubborn dark circles under the eyes are your main grievance, then try this thick cream formulated with Lannea Microcarpa Fruit Extract. It aids in reducing the size of enlarged capillaries, fading dark circles. Why We Love It After a week of solid use, our dark circles were much less noticeable — and we were on deadline during testing, so these results speak volumes.

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OILS/SERUMS

The purest form of skincare possible. Oils have the wonderful ability to work miracles on any skin type, from very dry to even oily complexions. These oils are like a spa in a bottle.

MASKS

Pamper your skin with a variety of masks that detoxify, moisturize and promote a healthy complexion. Masks have been around forever, but there is a new trend in this category—“mix it yourself” formulas. Some masks now come in powder form; just add water for a fresh application every time.

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OILS / SERUMS

OLIO E OSSO FINISHING OIL

VINTNER’S DAUGHTER ACTIVE BOTANICAL

Available at anthropologie.com This lightweight elixir contains a blend of minimally processed oils including marula, borage, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. A few drops are all you need to give your skin an instant glow. Why We Love It After just one application, our skin felt incredibly soft to the touch.

SERUM FOR FACE

Available at netaporter.com

Brand founder April Gargiulo set out to create a “desert island” products that would work for all skin types and ages. Two years later, she introduced her Active Botanical Serum, an oil that has inspired a well-deserved cult following. This 22-ingredient formula contains bergamot oil to brighten the complexion, carrot seed oil to generate new cell turnover and nettle leaf, which combats environmental issues like sun damage. Why We Love It Gargiulo created the “Push/Press” method of application, which allows this elixir to penetrate the skin more easily. Plus, it smells simply divine. MŪN AKNARI BRIGHTENING YOUTH SERUM

Available at munskin.com

Apply this oil all over the face, including the under eye area, to reveal a brighter looking complexion. Why We Love It We are clearly partial to roses at R&I, so we are head-over-heels for this serum infused with Bulgarian rose oil.

Why We Love It

Honey boasts many antimicrobial properties, which can benefit any skin type. After applying a layer of this thick mask and leaving it on for ten minutes, our skin was nothing short of petal-soft. AFRICAN BOTANICALS MINER AL CLEANSING

MASKS

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K YPRIS DEEP FOREST CL AY

Available at spacenk.com

Available at nordstrom.com

This nutritious mask alleviates redness and invigorates the skin with an infusion of minerals like zinc and magnesium. Why We Love It We love a skincare product that multitasks. Not only does this mask work as a gentle everyday cleanser, it also deep-cleans and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores.

Commune with nature in the comfort of your own bathroom by slathering on this granular clay mask that perks up tired skin. This mineral-rich mask, which smells like patchouli, includes a host of detoxifying ingredients like sea algae, plus botanical exfoliants that slough off dead skin cells to make way for new. Why We Love It Kypris is a brand that employs some of the highest ethical standards in beauty. Each product contains organic, sustainable and wild-crafted ingredients that are locally sourced from small farms, many of which are women-owned and operated. CAPTAIN BL AKENSHIP MERMAID DETOX FACE MASK

OSMIA BAL ANCE FACIAL SERUM

Available at freepeople.com

Available at osmiaorganics.com

Tap into your inner mermaid by applying this mask laced with kelp powder, which works to remove toxins, while ingredients, like matcha tea combat inflammation. Just add water and let this potent formula work its magic. Why We Love It Whether applied all over the face or as a spot corrector on blemishes, your skin will positively glow.

For those with oilier skin types who are hesitant to incorporate an oil into their skincare routine, this product is for you. Formulated with black cumin seed oil, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, this serum calms redness and helps keep pimples at bay by reducing the amount of sebum produced. Why We Love It We applied this oil in the mornings during a sweltering New York summer and our skin never felt weighed down or greasy, so if you live in a warmer climate this could be the perfect solution for you.

contains honey, raw royal jelly and essential oils like blueberry that help to prevent breakouts while keeping skin hydrated.

L AUREL WHOLE PL ANT ORGANICS FACIAL MASK HONEY BERRY ENZYME

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

PALERMO BODY VITAMIN C FACIAL MASK

Available at neimanmarcus.com

Detox the skin with a blend of French and Australian clays infused with vitamin C-rich rosehips and strawberry extract. Why We Love It The aroma alone soothes the senses, but after a ten minute treatment, our skin felt unbelievably soft and smooth since it gently exfoliates too. LILFOX JUNGLE GLOW R AINFOREST HONEY ENZYME CLEANSER & MASK

Available at lilfox.miami

This hybrid cleanser and mask removes impurities and other pore-clogging culprits. An added bonus? The honey used in this formula is sourced from a bee keeper in Hawaii who promotes apiary education for generations to come. Why We Love It After one use, our skin immediately looked brighter and more even-toned. Plus, the delicious scent will leave you in a zen-like state.

If a facial treatment could truly be described as decadent, this mask would qualify. This completely organic formula

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FRAGRANCE

When it comes to perfume, there are those who swear by traditional commercial fragrances, made largely from synthetic ingredients, and those who sing the praises of naturals. But the latter camp is definitely gaining converts, thanks to some of these options, from cinnamon-laced scents to pretty white florals.

DASEIN AUTUMN

Available at birchbox.com

Enticing notes of cinnamon and incense combine beautifully with soft woods in this fall-inspired fragrance. Why We Love It The warm aroma of cinnamon reminds us of cozy afternoons spent curled up in front of the fireplace wrapped in thick woolen blankets. GOOP EDITION NO. 02 SHISO

Available at netaporter.com

If Mother Nature herself were to create a signature scent and bottle it, we imagine it would smell something like Goop’s No. 02 Shiso. This intriguing fragrance is a complex blend of earthy notes including palo santo and spicy green shiso. Why We Love It Inhaling this fragrance will transport you to a place of blue skies and towering trees, the air fresh with the scent of earth and moss. K AHINA GIVING BEAUT Y ESSAOUIR A PERFUME OIL

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

An invigorating blend of petitgrain and green aromatic notes mingles with hints of rose and lavender in this fragrance inspired by the seaside resort town of Essaouira in Morocco. Why We Love It This oil comes in a roll-on applicator, making it ideal for travel and on-the-go application. OLO DAFNE

Available at olofragrance.com

Notes of zesty orange, rich ylang-ylang and sweet jasmine conjure visions of Portland in the spring. Why We Love It Subtle and sensual, this blend of aromatic and floral notes is never cloying or over-powering. FLORESCENT BOTANICAL PERFUME SUNDAYS

Available at florescent.co

This sparkling white floral scent features addictive notes of fragrant orange blossom. Why We Love It Each Florescent fragrance is made from organic and wild-crafted essentials oils swirled into a base of organic grape alcohol. We especially love the brand’s motto, “Wear Real Flowers".

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COLOR

Long gone are the days of natural makeup that is chalky and doesn’t perform. Today, the majority of clean makeup gets its pigments from natural sources like plants and flowers. Need proof? Then try some of these stellar products that will have you primped and primed in no time. Bonus points: they are actually good for your skin.

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PRIMER JUICE BEAUT Y PHY TO-PIGMENTS ILUMINATING PRIMER

Available at juicebeauty.com

This ultra-light primer goes on like a serum and imparts the softest all-over glow. Why We Love It This antioxidant-rich primer, formulated with coconut alkanes, allows your foundation to glide on seamlessly.

Why We Love It On those days when we want a more natural look, this mascara does the trick. It provides just enough definition to make us look bright-eyed and awake without looking overly made up. LOOSE POWDER JUICE BEAUT Y PHY TO-PIGMENTS LIGHT-DIFFUSING DUST

Available at juicebeauty.com

LIP BALM HERBIVORE COCO ROSE COCONUT OIL LIP TINT IN COR AL ROSE

Available at shopspring.com

Give your lips a welcome dose of pampering with this virgin coconut oil-infused lip color. Why We Love It This oil makes your lips incredibly soft and plumped, thanks to ingredients like Moroccan rose oil absolute.

Set your foundation and concealer with this silky rice powder that leaves the skin incredibly soft. Why We Love It This light-diffusing powder doesn’t look dry or cakey on the skin, thanks to the presence of moisturizing omega fatty acids. Kaolin clay works to absorb excess oil, too. HIGHLIGHTER VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUT Y HALO ILLUMINATOR

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

CONCE ALER W3LL PEOPLE BIO CORRECT MULTI-ACTION CONCEALER

Available at birchbox.com

Ultra-creamy and blendable, this mousse-like concealer disappears into the skin, covering dark circles and other imperfections. Why We Love It Makeup with skincare properties is always a bonus in our book. This hardworking concealer also gives the skin a boost, thanks to the addition of coffee and organic algae. BLUSH JUICE BEAUT Y PHY TO-PIGMENTS L AST LOOKS CREAM BLUSH IN PEONY

Swipe this illuminator over the cheeks or brow bone for an added glow. Why We Love It This product beautifully highlights the complexion, but it also makes a great eye brightener when applied just on the lids. LIPSTICK ILIA LIPSTICK IN STRIKE IT UP

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

A classic shade that varies from sheer to intense, depending on how liberally you apply it. Why We Love It A classic red lipstick is a must-have in any lip color collection, but this is one red we can really feel good about wearing — it’s made from 85% organic ingredients.

Available at juicebeauty.com

Dab this creamy blush, made with natural plant pigments, on the apples of the cheeks to add a healthy glow. Why We Love It This complexion-enhancing blush can also be used on the lips and is ideal when you want to freshen up on the go. MASCAR A W3LL PEOPLE EXPRESSIONIST MASCAR A

Available at thedetoxmarket.com

This lash-conditioning formula comes with a tapered wand that helps you reach right to the lashline and enhance each individual lash.

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CLEANSERS

Harsh face cleansers are a thing of the past, especially with this round-up of gentle cleansers that lift the day away. From pre-cleansing oils to concentrates with pudding-like textures, your skin will be squeaky clean.

BODY

Lather, buff and moisturize your body in a variety of ways with a light-as-air mousse to a dry oil that leaves skin soft and supple.

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Available at yuliskincare.com

Why We Love It The comforting scent, which includes hints of ginger, evokes a sense of calm and well-being.

This gel emulsion glides effortlessly over the skin when activated by water. A blend of herbs like sweet olive flower and chickweed helps to tone and nourish.

Available at osmiaorganics.com

CLE ANSERS YÜLI HALCYON FACIAL CLEANSER

Why We Love It

This gentle cleanser leaves skin feeling refreshed without stripping the complexion of its natural oils. K YPRIS CLEANSER CONCENTR ATE

Available at detoxmarket.com

Apply a thin layer of this custard-like cleanser to your skin to dissolve the day’s makeup. This non-foaming formula boasts more than 30 natural active ingredients including wildcrafted prickly pear, which delivers a dose of essential fatty acids. Why We Love It This cleanser is not only effective, its compact size is perfect for travel. S.W. BASICS CLEANSER

Available at dermstore.com

This completely organic formula contains just three ingredients and performs like a micellar water, removing an entire face of makeup. Why We Love It We soaked a cotton pad with this cleanser and applied it all over the face. Our makeup came right off — no muss, no fuss. TRUE BOTANICALS PRE CLEANSE OIL

Available at truebotanicals.com

Before applying your cleanser, try this four-ingredient organic formula to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup. It contains a nutrient-rich blend of oils like jojoba, which helps regulate the skin’s oil production, and sesame oil keeps skin balanced. Why We Love It With some cleansing oils, you have to really work to remove makeup. This product dissolved the day’s makeup away in a few swipes. BODY

OSMIA ROSEMARY BODY MOUSSE

The ultimate body treat. Decadent shea butter infused with rosemary essential oil is whipped to perfection in this rich yet light mousse that absorbs easily into the skin. Why We Love It The delicious rosemary aroma alone will have you addicted, but we also loved the way it made our skin feel ultra silky. MŪN AYOUR BODY TONING SERUM

Available at munskin.com

Improve skin tone and help reverse the signs of aging with this body serum infused with luxurious Moroccan olive oil. Why We Love It Sometimes body oils can take their time to sink into the skin, but this one quickly penetrates the surface, leaving behind a soothing lavender scent. S.W. BASICS CREAM SCRUB

Available at ulta.com

A sugar-based scrub for face and body that gently buffs away dead skin. Why We Love It This invigorating scrub brings new life to the skin, thanks to ingredients like organic shea butter and organic demerara sugar. To say that this scrub left our skin feeling incredibly soft would be a huge understatement. NOTO AGENDER OIL

Available at notobotanicals.com

This all-purpse oil combines organic hemp seed oil and earthy vetiver oil, which leaves skin very hydrated. Why We Love It All profits of this oil are donated towards organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Women's Center in Losa Angeles.

DAUGHTER OF THE L AND HYDR ATING OIL

Available at anthropologie.com

This fast-absorbing oil is rich in organic coconut oil and is incredibly moisturizing.

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THE FINAL NOTE Written and Photographed by Alison Engstrom

MEMORIES COLLECTED

OBJECTS COLLECTED

ouvenirs come in many forms. They can be something ordinary, like a magnet to hang on your refrigerator. Or they can be something with a bit more meaning, something that is precious not because of what it cost, but because it captures a little of the magic of the place where you bought it. While antiquing in France, I made many inexpensive discoveries in my favorite collecting category, beauty, including an antique vanity set and some lovely vintage perfume labels.

Antique Venetian Comb & Mirror Set, Paris Savon de Marseilles Olive Oil Soap, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Vintage Seed Packets, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Vintage Pastille Tin, Paris Vintage Playing Cards, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Vintage Perfume Labels, Paris Antique Gold Makeup Compact, Avignon Savon de Marseille Honey Soap, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

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