ROSE & IVY Journal No.12 Starring Ashley Tisdale

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Pritika Swarup Jordan Weiss Gothenburg

ASHLEY TISDALE Journal No.12 1

Vienna Salzburg Aspen

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




bout a year ago, I stumbled upon a statistic that found most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. This made me feel very perplexed but also slightly unsettled. Are we really spending that much time indoors working, binging a new series or glued to our devices? It’s without a doubt that our earth is in a fragile state—climate change, rampant wildfires, plastic in the oceans, excessive waste—but how are we to really appreciate nature and want to preserve it if we aren’t actually out enjoying it? That question framed this new issue, which I am excited to introduce to you here. I want to inspire you to get out into nature, to take a walk in the woods, breathe in clean air, go on a hike, walk through a meadow, smell a beautiful flower or stare at the clouds. Personally, being outside and getting into nature is something that I need more and more, especially as I have gotten older and have years of city living under my belt. So for this edition, we got out as much as possible, to explore the natural beauty that abounds on Mother Earth. In these pages you’ll uncover the beauty of Aspen; this Colorado ski destination is also a delightful spot in the summer and fall when wildflowers carpet fields or Aspen trees turn golden on the mountain top. Read our guide on how to experience the best of the outdoors in Into the Woods. We also ventured to the Low Country to Bluffton, South Carolina for a stay at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, located on a nature conservancy. There, alligators lounge on docks, graceful egrets stand tall in the still lagoon and chances of spotting a bald eagle keep you on alert. While I was at the property, I was literally ensconced in a migration of hundreds upon hundreds of swallow-tail kites, who swooshed into the area to feed before making their way to South American. It was an incredible moment, awe-inspiring really, and something that you can only experience in the stillness of the great outdoors.

Vienna. I spent five glorious days exploring palaces, magnificent gardens and taking in the culture. Now to our cover star, Ashley Tisdale. I talked to the multi-hyphenate singer, actress and producer about her beginnings, facing perfectionism head-on and her newest projects, of which there are many. I also connected with Jordan Weiss, the creator, writer and producer of Dollface, who has accomplished so much at the age of 26. She shares how her new Hulu series came to be and what’s next. And with that, we are ending a decade. I’m ending this one on a note that I could have only dreamed. I’ve changed, grown, evolved, reflected and I feel like I’m finally coming into my own. I wish you all a rewarding and joyous new decade. Get outside and enjoy this divine planet!

Today, talking about nature goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. When it comes to this topic, Gothenburg, Sweden is doing its part on how to reduce waste and become a city that has the environment embedded into the forefront. We spent a few days exploring this Scandinavian town in Western Sweden and fell in love. We created a city guide, where we explore Haga, a charming district filled with cobblestone streets and cafés. Speaking of travel, I also ventured to Austria, a place long on my bucket list, to visit Salzburg and



Principal Photographer, Stylist & Writer

CONTRIBUTORS Janie Dulaney (copy) Daniel G. Castrillon Evgenia Sizanyuk Sharon Radisch Mariana Marki

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Ashley Tisdale was photographed by Daniel G. Castrillon at Go Studios in New York; she was styled by Tara Nichols. Makeup by AndrĂŠa Tiller; Hair by JosuĂŠ Perez.


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What is your favorite natural landmark? La piedra del peñol, which is outside of my home city in Colombia. It’s a massive meteor that’s sticking out of the ground with a fossilized dinosaur egg in the middle which you can see as you climb to the top. What is your spirit animal? A panda because they are super playful. They get to sit around, eat and just enjoy themselves in the wilderness, on top of that they are so relaxed and calm. Being in nature makes me feel… clear. I can’t remember a single thought that goes through my head when I am in nature. The ability to be able to breathe clean air and admire the beauty nature creates when it works together in an ecosystem is just astonishing.

What is your favorite natural landmark? Phi Phi Island in Thailand. What is your spirit animal? An elephant because they possess characteristics such as power, loyalty, companionship and unity, plus they symbolize luck!

Evie Ry

Makeup Artist

Being in nature makes me feel... powerful.

What is your favorite natural landmark? I’ve got a chance to go to the Yosemite National Park this summer and it was absolutely astonishing!

Daria Kruchinina Makeup Artist

What is your favorite natural landmark? My favorite natural landmark is the Black Sea, as I have a lot of childhood memories from there.

What is your spirit animal? I feel like my spirit animal changes depending on what’s happening in my life; now I think it might be a corgi.

What is your spirit animal? A butterfly, according to spiritual tests, but if we are talking about the animal I do associate myself with most, it would definitely be a cat.

Being in nature makes me feel… very calm and connected to my past, present and future. I really believe that being by yourself in nature it’s easier to realize what you want in life, it bring clarity and a peace of mind.

Being in nature makes me feel... inspired and creative, not only in the professional field, but in everyday life.


Julia Marzovilla

Jean Paul Dia


Photographer & Cinematographer

What is your favorite natural landmark? The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. I took a nine-hour bus to see them once in college, and they didn’t disappoint.

What is your favorite natural landmark? Yosemite. What is your spirit animal? A cheetah, it’s always on the chase. Being in nature makes me feel... calm, relaxed, creative and happy. It reminds me of the romantic period where William Blake, John Keats and Percy Shelley would pen lyrical descriptions of nature and how much we should cherish it, rather than destroy it with our cities.

What is your spirit animal? Probably a horse. I used to ride them a lot when I was younger, and I’ve always loved them.

Lauren Damaskinos Photographer

What is your favorite natural landmark? If I had to pick just one I’d it’s Monument Valley in Arizona. It’s an iconic landscape that has always felt so wild and rugged and uniquely Arizonan to me. Driving through during a sunset is nothing short of cinematic.

Being in nature makes me feel... really relaxed. I feel a lot calmer when I’m out in nature, I think because it gives me more room to think and to breathe.

Courtney Firth

Writer What is your favorite natural landmark? Being from England, I have the fondest memories of growing up visiting the countryside in the UK. I marveled at Stonehenge and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. What is your spirit animal? I think of myself as a very free and social person, so I naturally gravitate toward the dolphin. I love that they’re intelligent, communicative and always on the go.

What is your spirit animal? I took a “Spirit Animal Quiz” to answer this one and it said my spirit animal was a wolf, so we can go with that!

Being in nature makes me feel… small, in the best way. Sometimes in life we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives, and forget how much world is out there waiting to be experienced. I value being

Being in nature makes me feel... grounded and often times small, which I think is a good reminder to have every once in a while.

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Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom



Oversized and utilitarian, this season we are reaching for Tibi’s woven wool jacket in a windowpane pattern. It can be worn on its own or layered with a turtleneck and cinched at the waist for a more polished effect.

Tibi Oversized Jacket, available at Earrings by Castlecliff, available at Ring by Jane D’Arensbourg, available at Model: Chanel de Leon Gonzalez at Marilyn Agency Makeup by Daria Kruchinina ; Hair by Evie Ry


MOODY FLORALS Lia Cohen Blouse available at Earrings by Ruth Leslie, available at 14



LIA COHEN Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom

The Dark Forest print is derived straight from our collection manifesto, which is always our starting point when drawing ideas for the design process. It’s about a moment in time that best captures the meaning of ‘serenity’ through the richness of nature in the way we wanted to highlight it and portray it within the pieces of this collection. We are constantly inspired by artists who focus their efforts in other fine and visual arts outside of fashion. We’ve managed to create a relationship with photographer Jamie Beck, founder of Anne Street Studio and co-creator of the Cinemagraph. We find that her work aligns with our brand ethos and utopian lifestyle. The inspiration for most of our fall and winter 2019 prints comes from her still life work. The Dark Forest print, specifically, is an abstraction of her still life work done entirely with a composition of winter flora. I could easily refer to this print as the anchor point of what this collection actually represents. It’s not necessarily the loudest or boldest print but conceptually, it is the main interpretation of where we wanted to go with the whimsicality of dawn and the beauty of nature.

Model: Chanel de Leon Gonzalez at Marilyn Agency; Makeup by Daria Kruchinina ; Hair by Evie Ry 15


Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom

Making beautiful shoes is Lauren Bucquet’s ethos for her direct to consumer brand Labucq. The LA-based company crafts their shoes in Italy with an approach that combines wearable silhouettes—we love their blocked heels in ultra-cool styles. Meet Jil, a lace up boot that offers an evolved design when it comes to ankle grazing boots.





Labuq Jil Patent Boot, available at



ARIAS Photographed by Alison Engstrom; Written by Julia Marzovilla


hen it comes to womenswear, it often seems like the more extravagant an item is, the more keen a woman will be to buy it. There’s a reason why so many of us lust after shimmery bags and statement heels. But, when it comes to your everyday dressing, there seems to be a gap. Until recently, adding more luxurious items to your everyday collection might have been seen as a sort of taboo. Enter, ARIAS designer Nina Sarin Arias. With three degrees under her belt—one in design from The New School, a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the London Business School—she has made it her mission to create pieces for women with “multifaceted and busy lifestyles.” We spoke to her to get a sense of where her inspiration comes from, her background in public relations, and who the real ARIAS woman is.



ARIAS Off-Shoulder Dress, available at Heels by Reike Nene, available at Earrings by Castlecliff, available at


“The craftsmanship is as important as the design idea.” ̶ Nina Sarin Arias

WHY SHE FOUNDED HER BRAND I always wanted to be a designer. I think one knows from an early age if fashion is an inherent passion. I worked in other areas of the fashion industry first, such as marketing and PR, and also went to business school and design school before I felt ready to start my own label and business. THE ARIAS WOMEN ARIAS is created out of love for women with multifaceted and busy lifestyles. I design with the life of the wearer in mind and am thrilled to create pieces that make women feel confident in and supported throughout their day. I embrace agelessness and dress women who are looking for polished staples that transcend trends. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION For the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, I was inspired by Donald Judd’s 100 Mill Aluminum Boxes at the Chinati Foundation, which I viewed on a recent trip to Marfa, Texas. Judd’s geometric forms that play with light particularly spoke to me and I explore combinations of formal and rectilinear shapes with femininity within the collection. For this collection, I was influenced by the renowned geometry and minimalist nature of Judd’s work as well as the setting of Marfa, Texas. Repetitive plaids are mixed in with gentle florals in streamlined silhouettes. I saw the work at sunrise, which inspired the warm lambent color story in harmony with an array of sky blues. Proportions grow and soften, evoking the gently expansive setting of Marfa. SEEING ART AS FASHION I view the work of designers who have been in the business for years as art. Those like Coco Chanel, Mugler, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Schiaparelli, who’s pieces have been collected and worn for momentous occasions in history. I see newer fashion brands, like ARIAS, as a sister to art. The pieces are beautifully crafted but wearable for today’s woman and her dynamic lifestyle. CREATING IN NEW YORK ARIAS supports local high-end manufacturing. The craftsmanship is as important as the design idea. I am very involved in the creation of every piece. I stand for teamwork, close working relationships and quality. There is so much talent here in New York and it is important to support one another so we can all thrive in this business.




Dinosaur Designs Riverstone Swirl Handbag, available at




OF RESIN & STONE Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


ustralian-based brand Dinosaur Designs has a penchant for creating tactile accessories and home goods from resin that call to mind textures in nature. This season, Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, the duo behind the company, introduce an exquisite line of handbags called the Riverstone collection. Each is reminiscent of a brilliant polished rock with streaks and swirls of rich greens and burgundies. Olsen says, “I was inspired to create a bag that was like an enlarged piece of jewelery.” She adds, “The design process was about balancing weight and form but still keeping the DNA. The moulds are created, resin is mixed by hand and followed by hand-sanding, ensuring that each piece is one of a kind.”



Officina del Poggio Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


rafted by a family-run business in the hills of Tuscany, Officina del Poggio is an accessories line that takes inspiration from vintage binocular cases and motorcycle bags and turns them into modern, covetable bags.

Officina Del Poggio Mini Safari Bag, available at




Laura wears the Elisa Dress from her Resort 2020 collection. To learn more visit




LAURA GARCIA Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


ew York-based fashion designer Laura Garcia draws inspiration for her ready-to-wear line from modern day women who are drawn to versatile clothing with a feminine flare. Born in Paris and raised between Rio de Janeiro and New York, Laura attended Rhode Island School of Design and held stints at various fashion companies, in addition to launching her first brand Abaeté, before branching out with her sophomore eponymous collection in 2017. We caught up with the designer to find out more. How did your career in fashion begin? My career started as a concept designer at Ralph Lauren. It taught me the importance of a brand and sticking to your true self. What does the world of Laura Garcia, the brand, encompass? Laura Garcia is about beauty, sensuality and strength. It plays on the multifaceted life of our girl, who holds many roles. Our pieces will take her from day to night with ease. What is your design process? We start with the silhouettes that are working best for us. We will put some patterns into work that provide enough newness, but also just try to evolve some of our best styles. At the same time, we work on fabric. Since we design all of our prints, that is a process of its own of getting the right colors and print layouts, then they have to go to the mill.

What era inspires your designs the most? I’m very inspired by Victorian and turn of the century fashion. I love the covered up sexiness.

How would you say your background and culture influence your work? I would say that my French side influences the classic aspect of my clothing, and the Brazilian side influences the sensual side. Why is it important for you to create all of your clothing in NYC? We make everything in NYC, because we love our factories, the quality of their work, and we also like the fact we can see the process of the clothing being manufactured—we have more control over the end product. It is also a more sustainable way to produce our pieces. What’s the most valuable advice you have been given on running your business? I was recently told ‘grow slowly.’ I think in a time of fast growth and fast fail, it’s important to stick around. I look at brands that I admire like Isabel Marant. She has been around for 20 plus years. It takes that loyal customer and a pure brand vision to eventually grow into a more mass brand. What hobbies or creative endeavors do you have that help to fuel your fashion business? I would say travel is my biggest endeavor. It’s so important to come out of the ordinary sometimes, and change up the day-to-day, to get a fresh outlook. How do you define beauty? Beauty is confidence. I found the most beautiful thing in a woman is her self-confidence and ability to be herself.


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An ode to classic and modern rose fragrances.




rosa damascena & rosa centifolia

Cultus Artem Rosa

Holly Tupper, perfumer and owner of Cultus Artem was inspired by the Queen of Flowers for her rendition, Rosa. In it, she melds rosa damascena from Turkey and rosa centifolia with Indonesian patchouli and clove extract, which gives way to a fragrance that is warm, subtly spicy and utterly feminine. Available at



rosa damascena & rosa centifolia

diptyque Eau Rose Built around the heady and layered beauty of the damask and centifolia rose, Eau Rose is a classic scent that opens with splashy notes of bergamot and lychee and finishes with white musk and honey. Available at


rose centifolia petals Ellis Brooklyn Rrose An elegant blend of Sicilan lemon, layered with watery lotus blossoms and centifolia rose petals. Available at


bulgarian rose L’Artisan Parfumeur Arcana Rosa An homage to the Bulgarian rose. A sumptuous scent that blends earthy vetiver, cedar and dries down with creamy sandalwood. Available at 37




Photographed by Alison Engstrom; Written by Courtney Firth


hirly Pinkson is the co-founder of W3LL PEOPLE, a beauty brand that is fantastically and ethically green. Shirley began her journey towards her success from her beginnings as a makeup artist, where she experienced the many questions her clients had on makeup ingredients and safety. From there, she began her research into the cosmetic industry and didn’t like what she saw. She asked herself, “What is really in our makeup?” So, she partnered with her best friend and co-founder James Walker to create the cult-favorite, sustainable and ethical beauty brand we love today. Not only is the product line 100% quantifiably natural and clean, but it’s beautiful, subtle and of the highest quality.


What I love most about that brand is that it’s eco-friendly and sustainable. Where did you find your passion for eco-friendly beauty? In the early 2000s James Walker, my BFF and W3LL PEOPLE partner in crime, led landmark consumer research with Whole Foods regarding their Whole Body division, in his previous marketing career. He learned that the ingredients used in most conventional beauty products are a real personal and environmental health problem and that no brands were delivering elegant, natural, non-toxic solutions that worked. It was clear that the same sweeping changes regarding transparency, social responsibility and health occurring in the food category would inevitably happen to beauty. He reached out to me right at a time when I happened to be getting more and more questions from my clientele regarding cosmetic ingredients. Together, we set out to create a bright, bold, beauty brand based on simplicity, sustainability, performance and long-term skin health. I understand that you became more aware of ingredients and the makeup of products through your clients at NARS, as well as your parents’ illnesses. Can you dive deeper into the inspirational aspect of that? My clients were a big part of my transition. Think back over a decade, when customers had alarms set off by obvious culprits such as parabens and mineral oil. I develop real relationships with the people I work with, so many of my clients looked to me for answers and advice. And would you believe that after all of my years in beauty, I did not have the answers. At that time, ingredients were not key, the performance piece was. I did my homework and didn’t like what I found. I started making changes in my personal life and my kit. The problem was that I couldn’t find anything that looked as sexy as my NARS product, or that worked. Out of this, an opportunity was born. Months after starting the brand, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. They were the first in our family history, Two things hit me like a ton of bricks, first, this is environmental, and second, things are changing fast. Both of my parents are survivors, and because of them, my mission was confirmed. We exists to provide our families and loved ones with better, healthier choices without sacrifice. In a sea of so many mainstream beauty brands making very forward and eco-friendly changes, how does the brand continue to stand out? First, our beauty dream team is crucial to ensuring W3LL PEOPLE continues to stand out. Our triple threat that introduced clean makeup to market includes a wellness visionary, professional makeup artist, and dermatologist. It is our unique, holistic approach to beauty that gives us our winning edge. Second, we’ve challenged conventional beauty norms for over a decade by creating non-toxic, plant-based

cosmetics made with purposeful, innovative clean ingredients that deliver. We do not believe expensive equals efficacy. We do not believe clean beauty should be an exclusive club. We do believe clean beauty should be accessible for all. Why do you think society has so recently started waking up to the idea of a healthier, more sustainable way of living? Consumers have more access to information than ever before. They are not liking what they are learning, and they are demanding change. Currently, the future does not look bright, and unless we start to make powerful shifts, future generations will suffer for it. It’s not just about us. It’s about our planet and the world we dream of for our children. Let’s protect that. Where do you see the beauty space moving in five years? If it were entirely up to you, what would your mission be? Good for you beauty is the only beauty. Subsequently, what do you think the biggest problem is with the beauty industry? Green-washing and clean-washing. If a brand doesn’t have the backbone to get real about their business practices, that’s fine, just don’t pretend. And legislation, without clear parameters on ingredients and claims, it’s been a free for all, which is making it increasingly harder for brands who truly ‘walk the wellness walk’ to survive. The wellness and beauty space can improve only by the implementation of legislation. Currently the wellness space is grossly unmonitored and regulated in the US. As the sector grows, this legislation has to tighten up, otherwise the over saturation of the market may result in further confusion over what is truly deemed natural and good for you from a toxicity perspective. Tell me about your new Expressionist Volumizing Mascara! What is the hero ingredient, and how does it differ from previous products? Our Expressionist Pro Mascara has been the gateway into W3LL PEOPLE since it launched. Its voluminous sister sports a curvy, bristled, hourglass wand that creates the fullest, feathery lashes. The secret sauce is plant fiber. She has double the volume of her Pro counterpart. Both are absolutely beautiful and built to satisfy all of your lash goals. Do you have any advice for consumers looking to be more environmentally friendly? Educate yourself. Through education and mindfulness you will be able to make choices for yourself and your family that make a difference. Even the smallest steps count. ‘Use less’ is the mantra in my household, and that simple statement has helped us make better choices everyday.

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hat makes a lip color earn a prominent place in your lipstick rotation? For most, it's one that has staying power and doesn't feather after hours of wear. Rouje, the chic French fashion brand started by Jeanne Damas, has branched out into beauty with a collectible range of products that are worthy of being displayed on a vanity. The newest ofering, Le Rouje Velours is a long-lasting, matte liquid lipstick featured in eight super pigmented shades from a classic red to a muted nude, housed in a vintage-inspired package. Le Rouje Velours in Louise

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Multi-Purpose Oil Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


ils are a luxurious way to pamper the skin, especially when they are chock-full of restorative nutrients and laced with a heavenly fragrance like Senteurs d’Orient Multi-Purpose Oil. Infused with eight different plant oils, including grape seed and olive oil, in combination with red thyme and cananga essential oils, it leaves the skin feeling incredibly supple leaving behind a delicate scent of jasmine and musk. We also adore the simple, yet elegant packaging, which is very worthy of displaying. Available at




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A TOAST to TOAST How to Build the Perfect Toast According to Florets’s Executive Chef Andrew Whitcomb Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


ver the past few years, toast has become a go-to source for those looking for a vehicle to pile a range of ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacktime. Sweet or savory, toasted bread can be transformed and elevated with a smear of ricotta drizzled with honey, chopped tomatoes with basil or creamy white beans strewn with herbs. At Floret, a new restaurant tucked inside of Sister City, a boutique hotel in New York City, Executive Chef Andrew Whitcomb offers a variety of seasonal toasts on the menu. He says, "Although toast is overplayed, ahem avocado toast, it is a great vehicle to celebrate the bounty of seasonal ingredients. I am a big fan of the tartine or smørrebrød, as lunch or a snack time fix. When you have less, but higher quality bread with really simple ingredients on top, it doesn’t take much to make something extraordinary." Here he shares the essentials for building the perfect toast, plus a recipe for a sweet and salty option that incorporates ricotta and fruit.



Bread Quality is Key “One of the most overlooked ingredients is the actual bread, without high-quality bread, the toppings don’t really matter. We get all of our bread from Balthazar Bakery and Sullivan Street Bakery in New York. Depending on what the desired outcome is really depends on the level that you toast the bread. Traditionally smørrebrød is made on thick-cut Danish rye bread, toasted or not, topped with literally anything from shrimp salad, raw or fried fish, to something as simple as a smear of beautifully salted butter and a slice of cheese. The bread is not only a vehicle to carry the toppings, but can add rich complexity to the overall open-faced sandwich. I typically like using rye bread of a sourdough country loaf for the acidity and softness of the bread, drizzled with olive oil and grilled, not toasted. Grilling the bread adds a light crunch to the outside while keeping the inside of the bread soft and fluffy. ”

The Perfect Toppings “I like to keep it simple and straightforward. The fresher, higher quality ingredients, the less you have to do to make them tasty. In our ricotta toast, we lightly season fresh stone fruit with Kosher salt, sugar, black pepper and a touch of olive oil. The acidity from the fruit is enough to cut the richness of the whipped ricotta underneath, without being an acid bomb. A little trick I like using is finishing with citrus zest. You get a lot of fragrant, floral acidity without a lot on the palette, so it really lets the flavor of the fruit shine.”

Recipe: Ricotta & Sesonal Fruit Toast The Bread: Toasted Sourdough The Base: Whipped ricotta with olive oil, salt and pepper The Toppings: Fresh fruit sliced thin (plums or figs will work) with sugar to taste, salt, lemon zest, and olive oil. Drizzle with honey and black pepper to finish.



All of Fabrique's bread offerings are worthy of a still life painting.




Tasting our way into the world of Swedish bakery Fabrique.

Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom



harlotta and David ZetterstrĂśm started Fabrique Bakery in 2008 and began what could only be described as an artisanal bread movement in Sweden. They have carved out a niche for themselves by offering exquisite loaves that are worthy of a still life painting and cardamom-inflected sweet buns that have become one of their signature creations. This past summer, they opened their first outpost in the United States delighting New Yorkers and bread-lovers the world over. At any given time of day, the mouthwatering aroma of cinnamon, and a mĂŠlange of other spices drifts out onto 14th Street seducing the noses and tempting the tastebuds of all those who walk by. Throughout the day, the team of bakers, including Johanna Svensson (pictured at work here) stock the large glass case with decadent, sugar-encrusted knotted sweets, including kardemummabuller (cardamom) and kanelbullar (cinnamon) buns and a few seasonal offerings which recently included blueberry rolls during the summer months and a golden saffron bun for fall. All of these buttery treats give visitors an opportunity to delight in a fika, that special time of day when Swedes traditionally break for coffee and something sweet.

left to right Charlotta and David ZetterstrĂśm outside their New York bakery; Baker Johanna Svensson preparing the kardemummabuller buns.



left to right Svensson adding the final touch, pearl sugar; flouring the loaves before baking; cardamom buns ready to go into the oven.

The couple have come a long way since opening their first bakery in the Kungsholmen neighborhood of Stockholm eleven years ago. “People were so happy to have artisan bread back then because the industry had been so overlooked for so many years, especially when it came to using real flour. I think it was demand back then and it’s why we were successful from the start,” notes Charlotta. While they incorporate the same offerings as they do at their other locations—they also have twenty bakeries in Stockholm and five in London—including their holy grail, their bread starter, which they brought from Sweden, they were mindful of sourcing the majority of ingredients in the United States. Charlotta mentions how it took them about a month to find the right flour supplier. One notion that she doesn’t subscribe to is the idea that bread is somehow bad for you. “I think that people have been reacting to bad flour and bad bread. We often see how here in New York they don’t want to eat gluten, but I think it comes down to quality. In Sweden, when we were young, the government would recommend you to have bread each day because it’s really good for you.” So what makes the Fabrique

bread so wholesome? First, they don’t use genetically modified ingredients and the bread undergoes a fermentation process, resulting in a sourdough loaf that is easier to digest. When asked why they had their sights on New York, Charlotta muses, “We were always dreaming of opening a location here, it’s the best city in the world.” Visit Fabrique Bakery 348 West 14th Street NYC





ver the past few years, cooks have transitioned from seeing salt as a fundamental seasoning in a shaker to culinary star in a variety of forms like sel gris, Himalayan pink and fleur de sel. But it’s about time for pepper to get it’s time in the spotlight. Compared to salt, there are many varieties that are sourced from around the globe, each has its own unique flavor profile. Atef Boulaabi, the founder of SOS Chefs, a culinary shop in New York, which stocks a panoply of spices and seasonings shares some options that will add dimension and zest to any savory or sweet dish. Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom


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Origin: Cameroon Notes: Fruity, herbal, citrus and vegetal. Uses: Delicious when used on grilled chicken or cakes.



Origin: India Notes: Brighter flavor than black pepper. Uses: A classic pepper; it can be ground or pickled.

Origin: Chile Notes: Slightly sour berry with hints of dry fruits. Uses: A great option to pair with fish and shellfish.



Origin: Ethiopia Notes: Fruity and tropical. Uses: The dominant ingredient in Berbere spice mix; infuse in tea or ground with other spices for a braised meat dish.


Origin: Indonesia Notes: Slightly sweet notes with hints of licorice. Uses: Ideal for marinating; needs grinding or grating before using.

Origin: Tasmania Notes: Bright flavors of berry and citrus. Uses: Delicious with fish, raw or cooked.


Origin: Indonesia Notes: Long tail pepper with hints of clove, spice and fruit. Uses: Perfect for chutney and a great pepper for general seasoning.






rooklyn-based ceramicist Jane D’Haene has had a dynamic creative career. After studying architecture at Cooper Union, she went on to work as an interior designer at a renowned firm in New York. She eventually stepped away from that career, after she gave birth to her daughter, and being the creative that she is, she began designing clothes for her. It wasn’t long until others took notice and she started getting requests that led her to launch her brand Anais & I. Four years ago, something shifted when she first experimented with clay, it prompted her to sell the company and focus on her new passion full time. Completely self-taught, D’Haene’s vessels are imbued with an original tactile element, some have a sun-baked earth quality, while others are finished with a slick glaze. “I often don’t like pinpointing exactly where my inspiration comes from, but I think it comes from everywhere, like nature and daily life. A lot of my pieces are inf luenced by Korean ceramics due to my background.” Her newest project is d’studio, in collaboration with D’Apostrophe Design, which offers objects and furniture designed to complement a range of interiors. The first collection is Moyang, which translates to ‘shape’ in Korean and harnesses her signature porcelain coil technique, which is an interpretation of the feminine form.




t’s not very often that you can incorporate a botanical into your home that has been in existence for millions of years. The protea, a f lowering plant, has proliferated for such a time period with fossil evidence that it thrived from the Neoproterozoic through the Jurassic era. It was officially entered into the record when Carl Linnaeus, the Father of Taxidermy, coined it after the Greek god Proteus in the 1700s. This unique bloom, which comes in approximately 1,500 varieties has a prehistoric quality and makes a statement, whether it be a single stem or a multitude loosely tucked into a vase—they even are impactful when dried.

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Go-to cookbooks for breadmakers at any level. Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom



FOR BEGINNGERS T he Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook: Artisanal Baking From Around the World by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez

THE AWARD-WINNER Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, And More by Sarah Owens

THE CULT FAVORITE Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson

THE CLASSIC BOOK The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart

The famed New York bakery teaches the basics of bread making, namely unleavened and leavened flatbreads, crusty loafs and rolls, but unlike the majority of approaches, the recipes don’t call for a starter or levain, rather, they rely on a pâte fermentée. This technique incorporates dough made from a previous recipe and doesn’t impart a signature sour flavor. Recipes also include dishes from around the world, inspired by their global kitchen staff including Albanian Cheese Triangles, Tibetan Momos and Mexican holiday bread, Rosca de Reyes.

If you make pilgrimages for bread, then Tartine Bakery in San Francisco should be high up on your list. Chad Robertson, and his many bakeries, has amassed a cult following since he started turning out loaves in 2002. This edition, the bakery has four books total, explores naturally leavened breads, but also includes recipes for olive oil brioche, croissants, in addition to their signature basic country loaf. Chances are if you are making bread you will have leftovers, but waste not, chapter four shines a spotlight on day-old breads with mouth-watering recipes like eggplant involtini and baked French toast. THE FUNDAMENTALS Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish

Ken Forkish’s life changed when he came across an article by famed Parisian baker Lionel Poilâne. At the time, he was working a corporate job, but decided to leave that career behind and take a leap of faith and delve headfirst into his new passion, bread. He would go on to open Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Portland, Oregon. When it comes to baking bread, the majority of bakers rely on an electric scale and measurements in grams, but this book is friendlier to the average baker in that it includes cup conversions. Further, he also outlines working with pre-ferments, biga and poolish.

Baker Sarah Owens will open your eyes to just how versatile a sourdough starter can be—for starters, pun intended, it isn’t just for bread. This James Beard award-winning book outlines the basics including terminology, techniques and how to stock your pantry, with heritage grains of course. Part two delves into seasonal baking with a Seeded Turmeric and Leek Levain loaf and a Nettle and Ale Bread. Readers will be delighted to discover that they can incorporate their levain into everything from buttermilk biscuits to strawberry coffee cake.

When this award-winning and best-selling book was first released in 2002, it became an instant hit. In this revised edition, Reinhart demonstrates through step-by-step imagery how to shape various breads including a bâtard, baguette and impressive scissor cuts along with the twelve essential stages of making bread. Readers can rely on one of the leaders in artisanal bread making in the US to guide them through a host of recipes including classic French breads like pain à l’ancienne, Pugliese, fluffy foccacia and even New York style bagels. FOR ADVANCED BAKERS Bien Cuit: The Art of Bread by Zachary Golper and Peter Kaminsky

As informative as it is beautiful, Bien Cuit, from the beloved Brooklyn bakery, will make you want to become an expert on the subject. Zachary Golper’s loaves have a deep brown exterior, which the French call bien cuit, that the home cook can also achieve in their kitchen with the help of a Dutch oven. Time is of the essence in the majority of the recipes including the 30 or 360-hour sourdough loaf—the former is his signature loaf, the miche—but you can delve into quicker options like the sunflower rye bread or the toasted oatmeal rolls.





n a sunny corner in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Le Jardinier may sit below sky-high, glistening skyscrapers, but inside the verdant, plant-filled interior, you get transported somewhere else. The modern, vegetable-forward restaurant, overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Alain Verzeroli, who worked for the late iconic French Chef Joël Robuchon, has one goal and it’s to make sure that visitors “experience the real taste of in-season ingredients, in a comfortable and stylish setting, and to feel light, yet satisfied when they leave.” Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom

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earned them a Michelin star—draws primarily from Chef Alain’s 18 years spent working in Japan. He notes his observations from living there, “They’re focused on creating a link between individuals and nature not only through food but aesthetics as well.” He adds, “Seasonal eating is so ingrained in their way of life; that was a big inspiration. The menu also reflects how I like to cook and eat these days—not vegetarian, but vegetable-focused—making sure they’re a big part of the plate, and prepared with the same level of care as proteins.” His vision is matched with his team which includes Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone and and Head Baker Tetsuya Yamaguchi. While the dishes rotate, recent highlights included pearled barley risotto with crispy kale and sea urchin and Montauk fluke enlivened with grapefruit, celery root and bay leaf. Convene at the equally design-forward bar to sip on beautifully presented cocktails, with or without alcohol, to soak in the sublime setting.

The light-filled interiors, designed by renowned Paris-based design firm Joseph Dirand, were imagined to look like a modern greenhouse. Chef Alain says, “The feeling of being surrounded by natural materials—such as the wall-to-wall green marble—complements the overall experience. Even though it’s marble, all of the rounded edges in the space create a real warmth.” Modern, yet sumptuous elements like seating swathed in deep green suede, floor-toceiling windows and a grand marble staircase that leads up to Shun—the second restaurant concept on the property also overseen by Verzeroli—creates an environment that is both transportive and calming.

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The Final Note


ASHLEY Photographed by Daniel G. Castrillon Interview by Alison Engstrom

TISDALE The multi-talented actress, singer and entrepreneur talks about her beginnings, overcoming perfectionism and inspiring others to be their authentic selves.



You started in show business at the age of three. What made you decide to continue pursuing the field when you got older? I think that I was just really lucky that I fell into the business at such a young age. I never went through a pattern of not knowing what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be because I did have a very normal childhood. I put my work first, but I always had the option to quit if I wanted to. My parents always said, do what you want to do—you don’t have to do this business. I always knew that this was something I loved and I was really good at; I was willing to make sacrifices and work hard for it. Were you more interested in singing or acting? Acting. I performed on the national tour of Les Misérables when I was eight-years-old and that’s where my musical experience came from. I also was in Annie, but I got to a point where I was like, okay, do I want to go more into acting or more into music? It was always acting and so it was cool that, since I did have to choose a lane, later in life I was able to do both. You said that while you were growing up, your parents used to make you work retail even when you were busy acting. Did that instill in you your present-day work ethic? I think it was mainly more because my parents wanted me to learn how hard it is to make a dollar, because I have made money since I was three-years-old. I think they were like, well, we need to make sure she knows how hard it is in the real world. My parents said that until you’re on a series, you’re going to have a job. It was really hard because obviously I was exhausted—I’m going to school, I’m doing homework, I’m working pilot season, this is crazy! I do have to say having those experiences makes me feel super grateful for what I do. You have been very open about your struggles with perfectionism and fear of failure, which go hand in hand. Do you think that the entertainment industry perpetuates that mindset since it’s volatile? I’ve never really been affected by rejection, because growing up in this business, I just knew not to take anything personally. To be honest, this business is 90% rejection so you’re going to have to love rejection to do what I do. You have to embrace it. As I became a producer, I think I realized how “not personal” it is. When you’re auditioning, there are some girls that I would see for one of the roles in the show I was producing, they could be the best actor in the room—it doesn’t mean it’s their job. It’s not a personal thing, it’s honestly about if the role is meant

to be for you. I always feel if something’s meant to be, it’ll be. I think that’s why I’ve been able to have such great relationships in this business because I’m not competitive in that way. I think my perfectionism came from a lot of anxiety and that can be all-encompassing. I don’t think the business had anything to do with it. I had a tendency since I was young to want everything to be perfect. It wasn’t until I started letting go—I’ve been doing that for the last two years—that I’m so much happier and also, I think creatively, in a better space. If you can let it go, things naturally happen the way they’re supposed to happen. When you embrace yourself and love yourself fully, I think the best things come out of that. You’ve talked about being your own light, I love that. How have you cultivated ways to be that for yourself ? I read a lot of self-help books. The biggest one that changed my life, I would say would be Attacking Anxiety and Depression which was from Lucinda Bassett. I’m an extremist; if I read a book and it has homework, I’ll do the homework, I will be on top of it. This program put things into perspective, it made me feel like I was not alone and that other people were going through what I was going through. It’s great on addressing reactionary behaviors; I used to react a lot to things and now I don’t react. I’m chill about stuff, so I love that. When I went through my hardest and most difficult time, I went through this journey of learning so much about me. I realized the only person to get you through something is yourself. No one can tell you do this, you just have to do it for yourself. We, as a society and because of social media think that everything looks perfect from the outside. Just know that no one’s life is perfect and everyone is struggling with something. I think that idea makes you feel less alone—just be the light for yourself. With all of the projects that you do, how do you balance your time? It is hard to manage and it’s been more difficult this year because I am on two different series. Besides acting, I also have my singing career, brand, social platforms, my makeup line Illuminate and my production company, Blondie Girl Productions. Things are starting to change right now for me. I think what I’ve started to realize is that I am doing the things that I dreamed about in my acting career now. When I was younger, I used to have my hand in everything, but as I get older, I want more quality versus quantity. In the past, if I was doing a lot more on the production side, I wasn’t doing a lot of acting. I let the universe guide me in that way. Right now, I want to do more things that I’m really passionate about.

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“When I went through my hardest and most difficult time, I went through this journey of learning so much about myself. I realized the only person to get you through something is yourself. No one can tell you do something, you just have to do it for yourself.�

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“I want to make people feel good. I want to make people feel beautiful and love themselves.” You recently released your first music album, Symptoms, your first in nine years. What inspired you to delve back in? For a long time, I wasn’t inspired; because of the journey that I’d gone through, I just felt a big need for Symptoms. I look at music as being a creative force for who I am as a person, versus acting in something or producing someone else’s idea. I used to hate all the politics and the way labels made you do certain albums, but what’s so great about the music business now, and with streaming, is that you can do whatever you want to do—look at Billie Eilish. I think it’s just more about authenticity than it used to be. I think the audience can tell when something is more manufactured—some of the best content comes from unique ideas, instead of having to redo the same show or movie constantly. People are craving unique things and I think that’s cool to watch. What was it about the role in Merry Happy Whatever that pulled you in? I didn’t get to know much about the role, the creator, Tucker Cawley kept everything pretty secret, so we only got to read the first episode. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of my character, Kayla—I actually I auditioned for another role, Emmy, but they said, we love her and we still want her as Kayla. My character goes through a divorce in the first episode—she is emotional and kind of pouty and she came off the page as a little annoying. I sat with the character to see if I can do something else with it and I figured out a way where I’d be more fun. The best part was that I had no idea of the arc that she had in the show. I always say, she’s the middle child and she’s got the middle child syndrome, which is why she’s so dramatic and everything has to be about her. Then, in the episode when my character comes out, it was something that you didn’t think would happen, there is so much more depth, which is what I love about it, it’s funny, smart and has emotional depth to it. I’m a big fan of Tucker’s writing. I was completely fulfilled as an actor playing that role. I’ve always played these characters that I always know who they are and know what they want-they’re very strong and sometimes bossy. I liked sharing someone’s journey that I had no idea what that journey was, but I really respected Kayla and what she was going through and I really cared. I was excited to step into someone else’s shoes and kind of go through that with her. While filming, I kept thinking, I think this is going to be really good, but I had no idea the response I would get

from people feeling more comfortable with themselves. You could say it’s my mission in a way with Symptoms and with this character, I want to make people feel good. I want to make people feel beautiful and love themselves. When I was younger I wanted to fit in more and I wanted to look like other people, but now, I fully embrace myself, I let my natural hair go—I think it’s awesome when you arrive in that feeling. You have to embrace the good and the bad. I think when you are someone who is a complex person that’s what makes you beautiful as well, it’s not about being surface pretty. Can you share more about your role in Carol’s Second Act? I have had such a great time, playing Patricia Heaton’s daughter, it is so much fun. When I first read the part and when they asked me to meet with Patty, it was such a no brainer—she’s such a TV legend. I learned so much from her. I love being on a CBS series with a live audience. I feel like I’m finally playing the roles that are around my age— three years ago, I could not even get a job as a 30-year-old. What is a career dream for you? It changes all the time, but maybe to do a dramatic role. I don’t look too far ahead, more like, what do I want to do now? Right now, I just want to get out of my comfort zone and keep challenging myself and keep growing as an actor. The better that I get, the more that I want to do all different types of roles. I think either doing something super dramatic or even starring on my own show one day would be awesome. It’s cool to see Patty because she’s been on a lot of shows where she’s been one of the stars, but she’s usually the second to the male. This is her first role where she’s the star. It’s cool to see how someone’s worked so hard and now they’re getting the recognition. they’re getting the recognition. How do you practice intention in your life? I meditate every morning, something that has helped me tremendously. I’ll do ten minutes or if I’m running late, six minutes. I’ll do 20 minutes during the day if I have a break. I practice a lot of gratitude during those sessions and set my intention for the day. I also practice yoga because it really centers me. What are you grateful for? I’m grateful for my family and my husband. I’m also grateful that I get to do what I love.


Ashley was shot on location at Go Studios Styled by Tara Nichols; Makeup by Andréa Tiller; Hair by Josué Perez


INTO Retreating into Aspen’s Nature Realm Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom





uring the winter months, the town of Aspen is a magnet for visitors far and wide, who are eager to hit the powdered slopes, enjoy the après ski culture and shop at one of the many top-notch boutiques from Olivela and Forty Five Ten to Dior and Louis Vuitton. But there is another side of this Colorado destination, nestled in the Roaring Fork Valley between the Elk Mountains, one that offers pure, unadulterated nature. During the spring, summer and fall months, visitors will be greeted with sweeping mountain vistas, many are anchored with blankets of wildflowers draped below, and an endless array of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including hiking, mountain biking and paddle boarding. The region basks in around 300 days of sun, so planning your visit during the spring and summer months will almost always guarantee perfect weather.

opening spread The sun bursting through the clouds at Maroon Bells mountain range. above and opposite Views over Aspen; a wooded area of Aspen trees.




A jagged mountain range perched high above a grassy field at Maroon Bells.


left to right A deer spotted on a local hiking path; a historic building in downtown; the Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum’s wooden facade. opposite The breathtaking landscape on the drive to Independence Pass.


EXPERIENCE PRISTINE NATURE Heralded as one of the most photogenic mountain ranges in North America, Maroon Bells is a must when visiting the region. The road leading up to the mountain restricts cars during the day, so it’s best to either take the free RAFTA bus that leaves from town or to rent an e-bike from Maroon Bells Base Camp; the latter is much more fun and provides incredible vistas as you wind your way up. The eight-mile incline reveals one breathing turn after the other, as the sound of rambling creeks and the wind whistles through the hills, until Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak comes into view with their snow-capped summits. Park your bikes and walk the path to the clearing where a sparkling lake sits beneath a radiant display

of craggy peaks dotted with pine and alpine trees. The area offers many trails, from easy to more challenging and wildlife spotting can include red foxes, black bears, moose and elk. The proximity to nature in Aspen is unparalleled, so there isn’t a need to rent a car, as you can easily get around by foot. There are many trailheads that can be accessed from downtown, including Hunter Creek, Smugglers Mountain and Rio Grande loops. If you are looking to learn more about what you are seeing, hire a knowledgeable guide at Aspen Center for Ecological Studies, also known as ACES. A member of their friendly staff will lead you on a variety of hikes depending your level and desire.


A narrow, serpentine road from Aspen leads to Independence Pass, a vista at 12,000 feet above sea level, which marks the Continental Divide. 82

WHERE TO DINE Enjoying the great outdoors has a way of really stirring up your appetite, luckily the Aspen food scene is dynamic and flourishing with over 100 different restaurants to choose from. For a cozy alpine atmosphere, dine at La Creperie Du Village-French Alpine Bistro, where highlights include comforting dishes like fondue, baked local goat cheese and coq au vin. Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop stocks provisions like olive oil, cheese and seasonal produce and if you decide to dine in, seasonal dishes recently included beans and greens, shrimp ceviche and a variety of boards, like mezze and pâté. Another notable option is Clark’s Aspen, the second outpost from Austin-based chefs Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman, which offers a seafood-centric menu with entrees like Chargrilled Louisiana Gulf Oysters smothered in Creole butter and Crispy Gulf Snapper served with a side of cheesy stone-ground grits. Ajax Tavern is a New American restaurant situated by the gondola in The Little Nell, another luxury lodging option, that serves both lunch and dinner. Their truffle fries, which have been hailed as some of the best in town, gets delivered in a large funnel and is strewn with Parmesan and a shower of herbs. Many restaurants are doing their part when it comes to sustainability including Ajax Tavern, where all front of house items are compostable, plus, all of the waitstaff’s shirts are made from recycled plastic bottles. There are a few notable cafés in town including Local Coffee House and Ink Coffee. If you have a hankering for something sweet, stop into Paradise Bakery & Café and get a scoop of ice cream or one of their homemade treats—the chocolate brownie with chocolate ganache frosting is a decadent option.

WHERE TO STAY The downtown area boasts many hotels including the Limelight Hotel. Situated across from Wagner Park, this 4-star hotel in the heart of the action includes amenities like a pool, spa and a complimentary car service that can tow you around town. The rooms are spacious and many offer a private balcony with views and each is outfitted with a mini-fridge and microwave. The sunlit lobby, which is ensconced in windows, offers a clear shot of Aspen Mountain and has plenty of comfortable lounge seating in addition to a large fireplace. It’s also the location of the onsite restaurant and where the buffet breakfast is served daily. The hotel has a partnership with Audi and guests have the option to take advantage and test-drive one of the cars for two hour increments.


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MEET PRITIKA The model, activist and student shares her inspiring mission and the power of kindness.

How did you get discovered as a model? I was discovered by one of my current managers while I was on a family vacation at Disney World. Growing up, I never saw Indian women being represented in magazines or in entertainment, so I never thought of modeling as an option. Next thing I knew, I was in NYC signing with the number one modeling agency at the time. You are currently studying at Columbia University, what are you studying? I’m studying Financial Economics and Psychology at Columbia. I had planned to graduate this coming spring, but I made the decision to enroll part-time this year because the intensity of my work schedule has increased significantly. Now I’m on track for next fall. I’m grateful to attend a school that has been so supportive of my career and flexible with my schedule. What would you eventually like to do once you receive your degree? I’ve been exploring various options, but long-term I definitely want to have a career in which I can bring all of my experience in the fashion industry and incorporate that into finance. I don’t want to limit myself. In addition to modeling, I am working as an analyst on the direct investments team at New Legacy Group, while managing a secondary market investment fund run by Columbia students called Praetorian Management. I hope that all of these experiences will prepare me for what’s to come. You are very involved in many charitable organizations, including Operation Smile. Can you share more about that? I first got involved with Operation Smile while in middle school as a teen volunteer. Their mission resonated with me from the start, as I saw the need for treatment of individuals with cleft palate and cleft lip conditions. Fast-forward a few years during a trip to India for various shoots, I came across many orphans with cleft lips. In that moment, I knew I had to become involved in a greater capacity, and as an ambassador for Operation Smile I’m able to make more of an impact in providing support for these children while witnessing the work that our volunteers are doing across the world.

What does your role with them involve? My role as an Operation Smile ambassador is all encompassing. I represent the nonprofit organization and it’s mission through various outlets such as press conferences, leading fundraising initiatives globally, meetings to facilitate strategic partnerships, and participating in the organization’s medical mission trips— trips that involve providing necessary support to patients and their families through the surgery process, while acclimating the patients to life post-surgery. We have over 60 foundations globally, so I work directly with our foundations from India to South Africa. For the most recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa and Nampula, Mozambique, Operation Smile and I joined efforts to raise awareness through multiple platforms; I spoke at schools and universities about our mission and the importance of advocacy, as well as held interviews and led conferences for groups such as Operation Smile South Africa’s regional ambassadors. I also had the opportunity to be on the ground on our mission site, which I love the most. Why is it so important to use your platform to give back? I feel blessed to have a platform to which others look to for inspiration, and believe that as an individual in the media and entertainment space, there is a great deal of responsibility that comes with my role. I choose to use my platform to highlight important causes because I believe that together we can increase awareness and make a greater impact on this world. My goal is to keep building my platform to set a strong example for others. Can you share a few words about the power of kindness? Kindness can be contagious. When others see a person being kind, it becomes easier for them to act in a similar manner.



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Five magical days spent discovering the best of Salzburg and Vienna.



Noteworthy Walks Start one of your days, by wandering

alzburg typically attracts a certain type of traveler, some are more apparent than others at first glance. The city is a hub for devoted fans of The Sound of Music, who pilgrimage to the town tucked into the foothills of the Alps, to retrace the steps from the beloved Roger & Hammerstein movie. Visitors will not come up short when it comes to cinematic infused experiences including bus tours, a museum, walking tours and Fräulein Maria’s bike tour. Another draw is for the musically inclined, or curious, who are looking to uncover where Mozart, the musical prodigy, was born, baptized and lived until he was 12. The holiday season is another time of year where the town comes alive with festive markets, while the summer season sees an influx of out-of-towners attending the Salzburg Festival, which celebrates its centennial celebration in 2020.

both the old and new town, you’ll come upon a handful of charming walks—there are many narrow stone lanes nestled in, some leading to panoramic points. In Aldstadt, the Nonnberg Stairs leads you up to the Abbey; on the descent, trace back down on Brunnhausgasse to Hans-Sedlmayr-Weg, a forested path that leads you halfway up to the fortress. In the new town, Steingasse, which translates to ‘stone street’, runs parallel to the river past quaint pastel-colored homes. The town is infiltrated with remnants of the past, some moments darker than others. To better get acquainted with the city, book a two-hour walking tour with Sabine Rath. She’ll take you by foot around the historical quarter detailing how history unfolded, including the detail how the city has only been part of Austria for 200 years, prior it belonged to Germany. Many of the preserved buildings have been turned into museums like the DomQuartier—where visitors can walk through the regal Residenz with ornate ceilings detailed with gilded molding and swathed in paintings, and is connected to the Cathedral. Since the town was once run by popes, it’s not surprising you’ll come across 40 different churches, many are a portrait of Baroque and Gothic architecture. On any given day, a chorus of church bells delivers their chimes, an almost thunderous roar that reverberates through the streets and valley, especially on a Sunday morning.

Fortress Hohensalzburg The imposing Fortress Hohensalzburg looks down upon the city like a guardian, cradling, observing and protecting, majestically from above. Built in 1060, it was designed to protect from outside threats and today, visitors can go back in time by exploring the Hoher Stock, the oldest section from 1077, where the bishops lived; the royal apartments, built in 1501 and the Golden Hall marked with Gothic pillars and a coffered ceiling. The fortress offers renowned views onto the town on one side, while on the other, sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps and Austrian countryside. There are two ways to reach the monument, for a more active approach, climb one of the paths up to the top, or if your feet have already done a lot of walking—it’s Europe after all—take the funicular from Altstadt and you will cascade up in approximately 54 seconds.

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left to right The Fortress Hohensalzburg stands majestically over the city; flowers on display at Mirabell Garden.


Schloss Hellbrunn Located a short bus or bike ride from the city center, Schloss

Hellbrunn was designed to be a pleasure palace in 1615 and today offers the same jovial intrigue including manicured gardens and a palace. The leafy park is home to sprawling lawns, wooded trails, various flower gardens, a splendid dahlia collection in late summer, and still reflecting pools anchored with statues. Beyond the park, you’ll find Hellbrunner Allée, a glorious 400-year-old footpath canopied with old moss-covered chestnut trees that run through flower fields and palatial homes like Schloss Frohnburg, which served as the Von Trapp‘s home facade in The Sound of Music, it’s now home to the Salzburger Universität Mozarteum. If the weather allows, rent a bike and make your way from Salzburg to Hellbrunn along the allée. From the city center, take the bus line 25—hop on at Mirabellplatz, which is in front of the palace—towards Untersbergbahn. Stay on the bus until you arrive at the stop, Schloss Hellbrunn, about 17 minutes later.


left to right The rose garden at Mirabell Gardens; Steingasse, a charming street to explore; the exterior of the fortress; Hellbrunner AllĂŠe.


Schloss Mirabell and Gardens

The Mirabell Gardens are an immaculate display of Baroque design, which was first laid out along with the palace, by Archbishop Johann Ernst von Thun in 1690. Trickling fountains, expertly trimmed hedges and a romantic rose garden are on display with the view of Fortress Hohensalzburg in the distance. Each year, their team of gardeners tends to over 100,000 flowers, which they turn over two to three times depending on the season. The Mirabell Palace is a vision in pink, and while it currently is home to municipal offices, you can peer inside the gloriously gilded Marble Hall, which frequently hosts concerts and weddings.

Sweets and Coffee, Both Old & New

Salzburg also has a venerable café and dessert scene, serving tempting treats like layered cakes cloaked in a decadent chocolate shell and warm apple strudel served with a dollop of whipped cream. There are many long-standing establishments that offer history, atmosphere and taste including Café Tomaselli the twotired spot that dates back to 1700 located in the Old Market Square, while Café Konditorei Fürst was started in 1890 and today still sells their chocolate bon bons with a pistachio cream center wrapped in their signature silver and blue foil, alongside a variety of pastries. The oldest bakery, Stiftsbäckerei St. Peter hails from the 12th century and churns out bread and brioche—you can get a whiff of the sweet aroma wafting in the air as you exit the St. Peter’s Cemetery. Since Salzburg also happens to be a university town, their are some cool third-wave coffee shops, which could rival any big city, scattered about including 220 Non Grad and We Love Coffee, a kiosk right off the Mozartsteg Bridge.

Where to Stay

Hotel & Villa Auersperg, is a family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of the newer section of Salzburg with close proximity to the main attractions. Guests can choose to stay in the main hotel or in the villa next door, both offer rooms and suites that are cozy, yet modern. The hotel offers a primarily organic daily breakfast, incorporating local provisions including a range of delicious Austrian cheeses and pastries alongside seasonal produce.




t’s nearly impossible for first-time visitors to not fall head over heels for Vienna. The city, which sits along the Danube River, plays host to a vibrant cultural scene including noteworthy museums—there are over 100 in total—a venerable and historical coffee scene, manicured gardens, royal palaces, in addition to up-and-coming neighborhoods that are ripe for exploration. Divided into 23 districts that branch out beyond the grand boulevard, known as the Ringstrasse, it caters to all types of travelers, especially those seeking beauty. 110

Gardens, Parks and Palaces Verdant landscapes abound

throughout the city center and beyond. Once the private garden of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Volksgarten, located off the Ringstrasse, greets visitors with grassy lawns, shaded benches and an incredible display of 3,000 roses in 400 varieties that bloom during the warmer months. The park is anchored with a replica of the Theseus Temple from Athens, which hosts a rotating roster of artist exhibits. Burggarten stands out with its Art Nouveau Butterfly House, where 400 tropical butterflies flutter about. Further afoot in the 2nd district, Leopoldstadt, Augarten, the city’s oldest baroque garden, is a sprawling greenspace—129 acres in total—adorned with old chestnut and elm trees that form a canopy over walkways and manicured spaces. A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without exploring Belvedere Palace and grounds. Once the former summer home of Prince Eugene of Savoy, it’s divided into the Upper and Lower Belvedere, in addition to the formal gardens that envelop it. Today, it houses the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings—in addition to his most famous work, The Kiss—alongside paintings from Monet and Van Gogh.

left to right The rose garden at Mirabell Gardens; Steingasse, a charming street to explore; the exterior of the fortress; Hellbrunner Allée.


Explore Vienna’s Grand Boulevard

Emperor Franz Joseph had a vision for Vienna in 1857 and with it, he laid out the Ringstrasse, a grand boulevard that stretches over three miles in the city center. Within its confines, you’ll find imperial historical buildings, palaces and many museums of note. The Kunsthistorisches Museum showcases the work of master artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer and the largest collection of Bruegel in the world. The Hofburg Imperial Palace, dating back to the 13th century, is an expansive complex that houses the gilded Imperial Apartments—a must—and the Silver Collection.

left to right Schönbrunn coming into view; Café Sperl, an iconic coffee spot; apple strudel at Demel; espresso at Landtmann, which was frequented by Freud.


Viennese Coffee Culture Viennese coffee culture

is steeped in history, so much so that it’s part of UNESCO. While newer spots have popped up across the city, there is something extra special about visiting a historic café. To experience how the royals once indulged their sweet tooth, visit Demel, the former Imperial and Royal confectionary, by the Hofburg Palace, started in 1786. Grab a seat at the bar, or a table in the salon and enjoy something sweet or savory. The boutique on the ground floor is stocked with tempting treats and makes for a great gift. Café Landtmann, founded in 1833, boasts a stately interior enveloped in wooden inlay. Over the past hundred years, it has hosted famous thinkers such as Freud, who have enjoyed the menu which includes everything from coffee to lunch and drinks. Plush velvet seating, a plethora of newspapers and pool tables create a cozy atmosphere at Café Sperl, which began in 1880. Tuck in here to try the Sperl torte, a chocolatey confection inflected with cinnamon and vanilla that’s been enjoyed since 1880.



SchĂśnbrunn Palace Park Carve out half of a day, preferably the latter por-

tion, and head out of the city, via the metro to SchĂśnbrunn, the summer home of the Habsburgs. While it might be deemed the most popular tourist attraction in Austria, one way to avoid the crowds is to skip the palace all together and wander the immaculate grounds instead. Stretching just under a mile in all directions, garden lovers will delight in meandering its green allĂŠes that intersect with reflecting pools, parterres filled with flowers, manicured rooms proliferating with seasonal blooms and wisteria-covered tunnels. A large rose garden also sits to the right of the palace and is an idyllic spot to rest on a bench under the shade of a tree or to inhale the fragrant flowers. There are a handful of notable monuments that stand on the property including the Palm House and Gloriette, a striking belvedere set on top of the hill, that provides a stunning vista over the property and out onto the palace. Entry to the grounds is free, except a few areas like the Orangerie, Privy Garden or Maze, which charge an entrance fee. A Tip: Depending on the time of the year and weather, time your visit towards the end of the day when the sun illuminates the palace.


Places of Note Indulge the senses at Supersense, a concept

store that pairs memorable bites with the tactile world of going analog. One part shop and another part cafe—visitors can expect a seasonal menu—which recently included their signature porridge or vegetarian quiche, and after peruse the boutique that has a letterpress, fragrance studio and a variety of camera gear. For a more fine dining experience, book a table at Meierei, located inside Stadtpark, with a menu that takes cues from Austrian cuisine. Serving breakfast through dinner, Meierei, which means dairy in German, so expect cheese to be one of the starting points to many of the dishes. We recommend starting your day here and ordering the Meierei Breakfast that comes served in a three-tiered server. For more low-key and casual dining options, head to Naschmarkt, which is both an open-air market and a restaurant destination, including Neni a celebrated restaurant offering Middle Eastern food.

Where to Stay

Situated off the Ringstrasse, Grand Ferdinand offers fivestar accommodations inside of a design-forward environment that includes statement chandeliers, tufted leather seating and rooms painted in steel grey. Guests get access to the Grand Etage, on the top floor—it’s also available to members—where the elaborate Viennese breakfast is served daily, as well as the rooftop pool that looks out onto the city. There are two restaurants on the premises including Gulasch & Söhne that serves a range of small plates all-day; Meissl & Schadn celebrates wiener schnitzel, one of Austria’s most popular dishes.

Connecting Salzburg and Vienna

Vienna is a about two and a half hours by train from Salzburg, with departures multiple times a day from Vienna’s Hauptbahnhof station.


left to right The sunny rooftop at the Grand Ferdinand; a glimpse into the rose garden at SchÜnbrunn; the Belvedere’s extraordinary facade; statues near the Ringstrasse



Volksgaten plays host to more than 3,000 roses during the warmer months in 400 varieties.




MEETS THE FOREST Retreating into Nature at Palmetto Bluff Conservancy

Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom



almetto Bluff is an idyllic place where maritime forests, convene with glassy lagoons and marshes and a plethora of wildlife roam it’s pristine 20,000 acres. Located twenty miles from the Savannah airport and roughly eleven miles from Bluffton S.C., the property is a haven for those who are looking to reconnect with nature in an intimate way. Nestled into the landscape is Montage Palmetto Bluff, an impeccable five-star resort that offers an inn, cottages and residences, enveloped by three rivers May, Cooper and New Rivers. Visitors staying at the Montage can choose a more active stay, like kayaking, horseback riding or setting out on a hike to explore the conservancy or discover a more indulgent and relaxing approach by leisurely taking a bike ride, booking a treatment at the spa or idling at one of the three pools. The Inn at the Montage Palmetto Bluff will make a romantic impression at first glance with its picturesque white facade anchored with a large porch outfitted with wooden rocking chairs flanked with flickering street lamps. Built in 2016, the building was designed to resemble the retreat of R.T. Wilson Jr. Mansion originally erected on the site in the early 1900s. Today, the interiors, including a grand entryway, stately library and sunny common areas that are adorned with antiques and paintings. Guests can choose among 200 different accommodation types including staying at the Inn, or choosing a cottage or a guest house scattered about, all grant access to the hotel’s five-star amenities. The Spa Montage is an expansive 13,000 square feet offering guests the


opportunity to relish in a variety of treatments like a facial from Tata Harper, Valmont or a relaxing warm river stone massage. The Montage property has eight different restaurants dotted on the premises, all of which are overseen by Executive Chef Nathan Beriau, giving visitors a reason to never have to leave to experience a memorable meal. Of the eight, only two are reserved for visitors and members—Cole’s boasts southern comfort food like addictive fried pickles, flaky, buttery biscuits and mains like fried chicken; Canoe Club, bedecked with handsome interiors and designed to mimic a boat, includes a menu of river to table fare like crab beignets and local snapper. Elsewhere, and open to the public, Fore & Aft serves Mexican cuisine by the lagoon with a variety of mouthwatering tacos and quesadillas. Buffalo’s recently revamped its menu to be more Italian-centric and on the weekends, they play host to a Biscuit Bar, which is as decadent as it sounds. Another option is Octagon, which is tucked inside the Inn, and offers local plates from the Low Country for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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top to bottom The exterior of Montage Palmetto Bluff; a proliferating flock of swallow-tailed kites stopping over on their way to South America; one of the pools situated on the property; rocking chairs perfect for porching.


left to right Seven Oaks, an example of Antebellum architecture in nearby Bluffton; ceviche served in a coconut at Fore & Aft. opposite A still lagoon in the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy.

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy’s mission is to maximize and utilize the land to benefit all of the inhabitants, as well as to be the voice of reason when it comes to any development in the surrounding area—for scale, it’s one and a half times the size of Manhattan. The team, led by head conservationist Jay Walea, works to ensure that the landscape dominates and all else, including buildings, residences and the golf course, recedes. They proactively provide all of the wildlife, who either live there year-round or are simply passing through, with a sufficient food supply by carefully manipulating

the landscape so that all can benefit from American alligators, bobcats, and bald eagles to more than 600 species of birds that migrate through annually. While the conservancy is open to the public, staying at the Montage allows visitors to take full advantage at any time of day, which could include kayaking on the 32-miles of waterfront on the May River at sunrise, setting out on a bike to explore trails canopied with live oaks or horseback riding at Longfield Stables’ 173-acre farm.






Just Begun Photographed by Lauren Damaskinos Interview by Alison Engstrom

Jordan Weiss, the creator, writer and producer of Hulu’s Dollface shares how it all started.


clients in-house. I essentially became a production assistant. I was holding a mic, putting makeup on people and running and getting lunches for people. I fell in love with this environment of working at a production company.” She then decided to apply to film schools in California that had a focus on screenwriting. “I fell in love with the idea of moving out here and going to USC and being part of the screenwriting film school. It was a very long shot because they let only 30 kids in a year and thousands of students apply. I got in and it gave me a lot of confidence by just being accepted into the program. It continued to drive me through college and my post-college years.” Upon graduating, Weiss was hired at a talent management firm working for Molly Mandell. “She became such a mentor and a big sister to me. I worked for her for a year and now she is my manager. When I stopped working for her, I showed her what used to be the sample of Dollface. She signed me based on that script,” reflects Weiss. From that assistant job, she went on to work with Greg Daniels, known for his work on hit shows like Parks and Recreation and the American version of The Office. “He is a comedy legend and is a complete hero of mine. It was a surreal job to get.” On the side, she continued to develop the script for Dollface, which took a total of four years from when the idea first sparked to airing. Her big break came when she began sharing her work with some close friends, one of which was Scott Morgan, who would eventually become an executive producer on the show. Morgan, who worked for Clubhouse Productions, was working in partnership with Luckychap Entertainment, Margot Robbie’s production company, for I, Tonya in 2017. He showed her the script and you could say the rest is history.


f my phone is beeping, it’s because all of the people who are related to me are trying to call me,” laughs Jordan Weiss from over the phone in Los Angeles. Afterall, this particular November afternoon was not like any other, it marked the premiere of her Hulu series Dollface. At the age of 26, Weiss is the creator, writer and producer of the show, but what makes it even more profound is that it’s her first and the story of how it happened is an inspiring one. Raised in South Florida, Weiss says she was always passionate about writing, but didn’t know that television writing was actually a job. She thought she would go to a liberal arts college on the East Coast, major in English or writing, and ultimately work at a magazine or become a speech writer. However, it was an unexpected internship at a political consulting firm before her final year of high school, where a lightbulb went off. “I didn’t realize the opportunity would involve shooting political commercials for their


“When you are single, in a dating sense, it’s totally acceptable to be out in the world and say you are looking for someone to date. People accept that premise, but to put yourself out in the world and say that you are friend single, I think that is more difficult. It’s less socially acceptable because it’s assumed that you already have friends.”

The plot follows Jules, played by Kat Dennings—who is also an executive producer on the show—who is looking to reconnect with her friends, which includes a cast of Shay Mitchell, Brenda Song and Esther Povitsky, after leaving them behind, once she entered into a serious relationship. Dennings was always the lead in Weiss’ mind. “She was the first and only person who the producers and I ever talked about. We were such huge fans of her work; she captured Jules’ spirit perfectly. She came on the project at day zero and was in the room with Margot and I when we pitched the show to Hulu.” While Weiss says the original script was inspired by her own life—she notes how she can see herself in each of the characters—it has blossomed to also include the life experiences of the crew. One of the main themes the show addresses is making female friends as an adult and having the courage to be vulnerable and put yourself out there. She likens making friends to romantic courtship. “When you are single, in a dating sense, it’s totally acceptable to be out in the world and say you are looking for someone to date. People accept that premise, but to put yourself out in the world and say that you are friend

single, I think that is more difficult. It’s less socially acceptable because it’s assumed that you already have friends.” She adds, “It was important for me to show that friendships can be difficult because being vulnerable is difficult. It’s not necessarily because women are catty.” Since Dollface is her first endeavor, she admits that she had to be put on the fast track to learning the ropes. “I am really lucky to have the opportunity to work with our showrunner, Ira Ungerleider, who has been writing and producing comedy for 25 years. Working with Ira, I got to take a master class in learning how to be at the helm of a show. It really forced me to rise to the occasion and be in a leadership role.” She also notes how she has been able to lean on her craft to propel herself forward. “I feel confident in my voice as a writer and in my creative vision for the show. I know I have those two things to fall back on when I was learning the actual mechanics of the job.” With all of the excitement abounding, she confesses,“I am in absolute shock and no one is more surprised than me,” she pauses then laughs, “And maybe my parents.” We cannot wait to see what she does next.

Jordan was photographed on location at Bar Shun in New York Makeup by Janice Kinjo; Hair by Marco Santini




GOTHENBURG The best of the Haga District and beyond in Gothenburg, Sweden

Photographed and Written by Alison Engstrom



ocated on the western side of Sweden, surrounded by archipelago, Gothenburg is a city that appeals to all of the senses. Not only is the design, food, architecture and cultural scene noteworthy, this coastal town is putting sustainable practices at the forefront. According to the Global Destination Sustainability Index, it’s been deemed the world’s most sustainable city from 2016 to 2019 based on a number of factors. The second largest city in Sweden adopts a holistic approach, by looking at the ecological, social and economic factors and focusing on solutions in education, urban planning, energy, transports and consumption. Further, nearly all of the hotels have environmental diplomas and 65% of public transportation runs on renewable energy. We explored the best of this Scandinavian destination with a shortlist of where to eat, shop and wander.

left to right The facade of Fåfängan Antik; a street artist at work; Café Kringlan, one of the cozy spots to eats in Haga.



Cobblestone streets lined with intricate wooden homes, cafés and shops are just a few of the charming factors that make one of the oldest quarters in Gothenburg a must for any visitor. After exploring the neighborhood, be sure to climb the stairs to the Skansen Kronan, a stone fortress built in 1700 that provides a wonderful vantage point over the city. SHOPPING Rum för Inspiration,which translates to ‘room for inspiration’, is a great boutique to discover indie beauty brands, handmade pottery, a variety of paper products, like botanical posters and design-forward spiral notebooks, which all make great gifts. For those shoppers looking to scoop up Scandinavian accents for their home, look no further than Tell Me More. This concept store sells everything from linen table textiles and hemp rugs to ceramic candle holders, perfect for creating a hygge ambiance. Fåfängan Antik is an antique shop filled to the brim with curiosities like stacks of old photographs, costume jewelry from the 50s to 70s, tea cups and silver platters. Bring yourself up to speed with some of the best sustainable

brands at this storefront which puts the environment first at Thrive Conscious Fashion. It’s stocked with style-forward sustainable brands including Jane N’ June, wunder[werk], HoodLamb and shoes by Bydney Brown and B Boheme.


For the ultimate fika experience, head to Café Husaren to taste their giant cinnamon bun, which has become their claim to fame. Grab a table, either indoors or out, and savor this sweet treat alongside a coffee. They also serve an ample menu including sandwiches with vegan and vegetarian options. Le Petit Café is a whimsical, yet cozy restaurant, with walls clad in oversized floral wallpaper serves up nutritious food that rotates on a daily basis. Diners have the option to order from the menu or try a bit of everything with their sampler buffet. Be sure to leave room for their tempting pastry offerings, some which are vegan and gluten-free. Kafé Magasinet is a bright and leafy all-day spot situated on Långgatorna, a bustling street dotted with bars and restaurants. Here you can sip on fair trade, organic coffee or order from their menu which includes salads, hearty bowls and pizza, all under a cool, worn industrial interior.


GETTING AROUND Gothenburg is a very walkable city, but if you are looking to fit in as many sights as possible, hop on a local tram, bus (both are 30 SEK for a single ticket) or rent a bike with Styr & Ställ, the citywide system.


Flower and plant lovers will delight at the Garden Society of GothenGOTHENBURG burg, Trädgårdsföreningen, a peaceful, green oasis situated in the city center. Amid grassy lawns dotted with statues, the park boasts two spectacular rose gardens, one with modern breeds and another with old garden blooms, with 1,200 flowers blossoming each season. The Palm House, built in 1878, proliferates with a variety of tropical botanicals encased inside its glass and cast iron structure. Admission to the park and greenhouse is free.

There are many thrift stores throughout the city, including Myrorna. This multi-leveled shop, which is part of the Salvation Army, is teaming with treasures waiting to be discovered. Pop Boutique is another option—there are also locations in England—selling a highly curated selection of vintage wears, plus some home pieces. Krut & Krusiduller stocks everything from plants and garden accessories to glazed ceramic dishes and coffee table books. Dining options abound at Zamenhof, an all-day spot that includes three different restaurants including Café Gazette, which serves a dynamite fish and chips; MayDay’s menu is focused around poke bowls and The Silver Lining serves barbecue alongside beer. Break for a fika and head to one of da Matteo’s locations and savor a treat from homemade bread to a cinnamon roll, in addition to their coffee roasted on the premises. For dinner, head to Koka, a Michelin starred restaurant devoted to modern Swedish cuisine blended with inspiration from around the globe. All of the dishes call for local and organic ingredients and a recent menu—diners can choose from three, five or seven course meal—included a consommé of celeriac and lovage followed by an unsweetened waffle dolloped with cream of seaweed and showered in chives. The meal ended with iced fermented plum shaved atop coffee ice cream and garnished with hazelnuts.

Embrace Swedish culture by taking a trip to the Frihamnen Sauna, located across the river in Jubileumsparken Park, an up-and-coming section of town. Designed by Raumblabor Berlin, the structure is assembled mostly from recycled materials—the changing facilities are comprised of 12,000 glass bottles—while one of the plunge pools looks out onto the harbor. During the winter months, slots must be booked in advance, but during the summer, it’s on a first come first serve basis. Spend a few hours tracing back design history at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, a newly renovated museum that showcases a vast array of relics, some dating back centuries—the oldest object being 4,500 years old 136

opposite The tropical plants in the Palm House; above The Rose Garden at Trädgårdsföreningen


clockwise The local tram; the industrial exterior of the Frihamnen Sauna; Swedish homegoods at The Kitchen; the dreamy interior at Heaven 23.



For stellar views over Gothenburg paired with luxe accommodations, book a stay at Upper House. This TO STAY five-star hotel is home to a pantheon of design elements like a Jean Nouvel designed lobby, an on-site florist and furniture from Waller Knoll and Edra throughout. There is also original artwork from Klara Kristalova. There are a few restaurant concepts on the premise, including Upper House Casual Dining and Heaven 23—where they serve their famous shrimp sandwich— both incorporating locally grown ingredients, including dishes that includes their own honey from bees they keep on the roof. The rooms and suites are outfitted with custom Carpe Diem mattresses and dressed with Egyptian cotton sheets, while the Spa offers treatments, yoga and pools for the ultimate relaxation.


left to right The plunge pool outside the sauna; a quiet street in Haga; the exterior of The Palm House.



On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist (Artisan) by Amy Merrick is a thoughtful, nostalgic and a love story to her admiration of flowers. Each artfully designed page whisks you away into her magical world, combined with impeccable storytelling of her travels both near and far. One of the very first designers to depict flower arrangements like a still life painting and to practice a farm-to-table approach when working with the medium, she leads the reader through the basics of composing a bouquet from choosing a vessel, utilizing holders, like a frog, to caring for ‘fussy’ flowers. The book also indulges her insider knowledge of her favorite museums that pay homage to flora, in addition to her top gardens around the world, while diving into country and city blooms all paired alongside her work. This book is one of the best we’ve seen when sparking the imagination and making us fall even more for nature’s gift, flowers. Photographed and Writen by Alison Engstrom


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




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