Men’s style made easy with Sean Santiago

Sean Santiago lives the kind of creative life in Brooklyn where Tumblr dreams are made. The Senior Home Editor at Refinery29 has a beautiful style blog, a new magazine called Cakeboy, a perfectly curated Instagram feed, and the kind of effortless style even a girl can envy. Whether high fashion or emerging trends, normcore or dandy, Sean dabbles with a little bit of everything. With the men’s shows in London, Milan and Paris in full force and the first annual Men’s Fashion Week in New York City kicking off next month, we’re turning our focus to men’s wear. If there ever was a time for guys to get serious about fashion, the industry is offering way more tools than ever to help. So we asked Sean for his top tips to help men step up their style game.

How Street Dreams magazine is winning Instagram

Eric Veloso is a hard man to pin down. Based both in Vancouver and New York City to run his collaborative photography quarterly, Street Dreams Magazine, he is constantly travelling for the next project and the next city street. Flip through the pages of the mag and you’ll get the picture. He might email you from Portland one day, Chicago the next, then two days later in New York. We caught up with him in Vancouver to get the inside story on Street Dreams. With just over a year under their belts, his team has created a massive following on Instagram and collaborate with some of the biggest brands. If you’re not a subscriber, get on the list ASAP. They sell out fast. Their MO? To create a community based on collective inspiration and a platform to represent the best photographers of our time.

Beauty tips from Refinery29 editor Phillip Picardi

As the Senior Beauty Editor at Refinery29, Phillip Picardi has one of those dream jobs. He works in New York City with a cool crew and gets to try basically every beauty product on the planet. We’ve been loving his smart, funny approach to makeup and skin care ever since we stumbled upon his byline, and shortly after discovered he has the best eyebrows in the biz. (Sorry Cara! We’re on Team Phillip for that one.) So obviously we had to find out more. We chatted with him about career moves, writing for women and his favorite products of the moment.

WAS BEAUTY EDITING ALWAYS YOUR DREAM CAREER? HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? It’s hard to say that editing was my dream career. When I was young, I’d accompany my mother to her favorite department store counters — Trish McEvoy, Sisley, Chanel, and Guerlain. I became obsessed with the thought of perfecting your face with product, so much so that I started stealing her foundations and concealers at age 11 just to hide my dark circles. In high school, I worked at a salon for two years planning events, doing the front desk, and helping with photo shoots and hair shows. Then, I helped my good friend, who’s an aesthetician, open up her own spa. All of this happened right before I went to college! I sort of ended up falling into the beauty department at Teen Vogue under Eva Chen, where I learned very quickly that being an “editor” meant being nimble — television appearances, events, desksides, shoots, extracurricular projects for the company… and, oh yeah, editing. That’s when I fell in love and decided I wanted that for myself.

WE ARE AMONG THE MANY WHEN WE SAY WE LOOOVE REFINERY29. WHAT’S THE SECRET SAUCE? I just started at Refinery29 four months ago, which is crazy! I feel like I’ve been here for quite some time. I was so lucky to come into a company that already has a very dynamic vision and a totally exciting aesthetic — Christene Barberich, our editor in chief, was instrumental in helping me move away from the more preachy, didactic magazine voice I was used to, and Piera Gelardi, our executive creative director, is really looking to challenge the norms of beauty and do things that are more outside-the-box. I think that they, combined with the entrepreneurial energy that runs through this place like electricity, and the incredibly fast pace of our work, really makes this a special operation.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART ABOUT BEING A GUY IN THE INDUSTRY, WRITING FOR WOMEN? I don’t look at it as a challenge to write for women… I look at it as an honor. The most influential people in my life — my mother, my grandmother, my sister — have all shaped me and helped me be confident in myself, despite the fact that I grew up constantly feeling marginalized and different. I’m privileged to be starting or furthering our conversations around beauty, and I strive to do so in a way that feels knowledgeable, sure, but also approachable.

YOU BASICALLY TRY ALL THE BEAUTY PRODUCTS OUT THERE. CAN YOU NAME YOUR PERSONAL TOP 5?It’s impossible to name my top five so soon in my career, but here are my current favorites:

  1. RMS Living Luminizer, which I talk about just about every chance I get. Other fans are Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr, apparently, so take that as you will — it’s like instant dew and luminosity for your face.
  2. Surratt Eyelash Curler, which I also talk about just about every chance I get. I stepped off an elevator at an event the other day and a colleague literally came forward to touch my lashes. Someone even complimented them at a funeral once. Trust me, I was so not born with it. It’s all this bad boy.
  3. Bite Beauty Lip Mask is the easiest remedy for chapped winter lips. I apply it every morning.
  4. Sarah Chapman Morning Facial is the best hangover cure around — instantly glowing skin with two pumps and a quick massage.
  5. Purely Perfect Leave-In Conditioner, which somehow doubles as a styling agent and an all-day hydrator. It’s absolutely lovely.

WHAT BEAUTY TREND ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW? WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? There were a lot of fun and wild rave elements at all sorts of shows this past season, which I totally loved — technicolor roots, neon in the inner corners of the eyes, graffiti nails, star appliqués… it was very fun. I’m into that “more is more” thing at the moment, for sure. I’m definitely growing weary of all the contouring we see on YouTube and Instagram and such. A makeup artist I love once told me it should always be about “shading, not sculpting” — enhancing, not creating. I think we could use that gentle reminder on a more daily basis.

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Photo credits: (left to right) Leslie Kirchhoff and Evaan Kheraj.

Tiny Atlas Quarterly is our new favorite travel magazine

We always get a little wanderlust at the start of a new year, whether it’s dreaming of our next big trip or just plotting an escape from gray winter days. Thank god for the internet. Lately we’ve been clicking over to Tiny Atlas Quarterly, a must read for anyone planning out their vacation days. The magazine blends stunning photography with illustration and narrative for a totally unique take on travel journalism. It began as a personal project in 2012 by photographer Emily Nathan, alongside a few colleagues, friends and her husband to tell the untold, personal stories of all the travel they did for work. “Think of it as the after party, once the commercial shoot wraps and, handily, the little black book of where to go and what to do if you find yourself there one day, too.” We caught up with Emily to find out more.

HOW DID TINY ATLAS GET STARTED? The magazine started online as a collaborative personal project of mine with a major dose of help from our design director, Liz Mullally and our UX designer (and my husband) Jake Huffman. We have all been working professionally in our fields for over 15 years and did this a bit on a whim. But, as soon as the first issue launched I started receiving emails from others who wanted to collaborate. I then realized that a lot of creatives would love to share work, and actually be assigned personal work and a larger project was born.

HOW IS YOUR APPROACH DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TRAVEL MAGAZINES? I think that the personal approach we take to travel and narrative is what is different about Tiny Atlas. We do this through series of lifestyle photos, which is also a newer approach in the traditional travel magazine space.

As a photographer who had worked for many years in both editorial and advertising, I felt that the best work I created, the work I put in my portfolio, was never the work that got out into the world. In travel editorial shoots, the expected images that I wasn’t interested in would be the ones that would get published. When you do advertising work, there is a lot of production talent behind a project, but the consumer viewer will never find out about the great places ad productions go to create their magic. Tiny Atlas was a way to put this all together.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE TRIPS? One of my early memorable trips was after my junior year of college, when I traveled around South America solo after a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile. Although I’d traveled prior to that with my family, hitchhiking and taking trains and buses across South America by myself was a totally different experience. Much more empowering.

Another early experience that was pretty amazing: When I was first starting out as a photographer and started going to NYC to cold call and get myself into meetings at places like Condé Nast headquarters I landed my first meeting with Gourmet magazine. The photo editor looked at my book I had been creating with her in mind for the past year, and then hired me during the meeting – which is pretty rare and amazing! – to do a food and travel story in Costa Rica. So for a week an assistant and I wandered around and created this travelogue about place and food (based on a loose brief).

The Sea of Cortez on a shoot with Apple was another very memorable trip. It was a big and very produced shoot, but I had worked with Apple so many times at that point that it played out in this really fun way that felt more like a personal work than a big job with a lot of people on set (which is what it was).

ARE THERE ANY CITIES OR COUNTRIES THAT YOU THINK WILL BE TRAVEL HOT SPOTS THIS YEAR? Our ethos at Tiny Atlas is that travel is a personal thing, and therefore the best travel spots will always be different for each person.

For me, a few spots that have been on my mind lately are: the far east of coastal Russia, Zanzibar, and the west coast of Sweden.

Photos (clockwise from top left): Emily Nathan, photographer; Helena Price, photographer, Julianna Goodman, illustration; Shelly Strazis, photographer; Wynn Myers, photographer. All appeared in Tiny Atlas Quarterly.

NUVO editor Katie Nanton on travel and coming home to Vancouver

When we asked Katie Nanton what she loved most about her hometown of Vancouver, she couldn’t narrow it down. “I literally can’t think of what I don’t love about Vancouver,” she said. This coming from a woman whose job as the Managing Editor at NUVO, a luxury lifestyle magazine, takes her around the world on the regular to write about travel, arts and culture. Just some of her highlights include trekking through Peru, exploring the tiny Inner Hebrides islands of Scotland, diving with sharks in Bora Bora and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and looking for George Clooney while visiting Lake Como, Italy (she didn’t find him). But still, Katie counts landing on the tarmac at YVR airport, or hiking somewhere without cellphone reception in beautiful British Columbia, as some of her very favourite places to be. We caught up with the globetrotting editor to quiz her on top places to visit in Vancouver and her wish list for Santa this year.

WHERE DO YOU TELL PEOPLE TO GO WHEN THEY’RE VISITING VANCOUVER? First, I tell them to try and come during the summer months, when Vancouver really shines. Then, I send them to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, or New Brighton Park, nearby where I live. I’m a big advocate of ocean swimming, so I’d make sure they take a dip with me. For those who love a challenge, I’d take them on a nine-hour hike to the Lions, which are two mountains high up on the North Shore with incredible views. For food, I’d recommend a table at the Pink Pearl for dim sum, then Pronto Caffe for fresh pasta, Nuba for Lebanese food, Dunlevy Snackbar for cocktails and snacks, and Le Marché St. George or Bel Café for caffeine and croissants. It’s a tourist trap, but I’ve also got a real soft spot for the Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant, which gives you a 360-degree view of the city. If you go in the late afternoon they usually let you just order a beer and enjoy the ride (go for dinner elsewhere).

YOU TRAVEL ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR NUVO. ANY TRAVEL PLANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS? Not this year, because I actually have to move apartments by December 31st. But I’m still considering a New Year’s Eve trip to Chicago, though haven’t quite committed to that plan yet. The rest of my family is going to Kenya for the holidays, where my uncle lives and they usually spend Christmas, so that’s hopefully the plan for 2015.

Some sturdy moving boxes; a nice bottle of whisky to ease the pain of moving; and from my friends overseas, anything from the clothing shops & Other Stories and COS. They’re H&M off-shoots that we don’t have in Canada yet. I can’t get enough of their simple, architectural cuts and wedge shoes.

30 days of jumpsuits with Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy

As the longtime Beauty Director for W Magazine, Jane Larkworthy is a bonafide beauty guru. We love her smart and witty commentary on the beauty industry and she’s our go-to source for the real-deal on skin care and makeup trends. Jane’s Twitter and Insta feeds are also dead giveaways of just how cool and down-to-earth she is. Find her at @wmagjane and scroll for a shot of her standard poodle Remy wearing vintage Chanel, you’ll see what we mean. So when we saw her feed flood with jumpsuits, we had to get the story behind it. We caught up with the natural knockout and veteran beauty editor to learn more about 30 days of jumpsuits and, of course, some of her beauty secrets.

TELL US ABOUT 30 DAYS OF JUMPSUITS. IS LIFE BETTER IN A ONESIE? Last Summer, W Magazine decided to cover my clothes for 30 straight days on Instagram. It was not only flattering, but a fun challenge and I really enjoyed both explaining the history of the clothes as well as setting up some crazy shoots every day. Anyway, a few more editors did it after me, then it kind of fizzled out. This summer, I kept thinking about it and decided to do it again, but with a theme. I already own about ten jumpsuits, but once it gained momentum, people and designers started loaning them to me, so it was extra fun. I will be sad when it’s done. I’ve probably got more than 30 days worth, so I might extend. That said, my daughter gave me the next 30 days idea: 30 days of kale. I bet we can totally do it. Okay, fine. Ten days of kale. Then it’s back to fashion!

WHAT BEAUTY TRENDS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW? The platinum blondes are cool (literally!), but it’s just about peaked, so maybe the pendulum will shift to super dark! I still like an interesting nail – maybe with an ombre glimmer of glitter near the tip – but only if it’s done in chic and subtle ways. I can’t deal with geometric shapes or negative space.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY MUST-HAVES? Burt’s Bees lip balm, House of Soveral Angel Balm, and Cellcosmet ampoules and serums.

IT’S ALMOST FASHION WEEK. HOW DO YOU GET READY FOR THE SHOW SEASON? Since it’s still going to be warm, I’ll get a pedicure, but not a manicure. I’ll just ruin it. Maybe give myself a moisturizing mask one or two nights during the week. Then a quick visit to my colorist Gina Gilbert to cover my gray and update the highlights! But, with facials, I’m very Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes – meaning: I know I could get one and should get one, but I’ll be too busy hiking up in the mountains until the very last minute before fashion week! Fresh air is MY facial!

Candids and Instagram with photographer Jonathan Nafarrete

Named one of the “Top Instagram Users that Advertisers are Dying to Work With” by Business Insider, Jonathan Nafarrete has seriously mastered the art of the candid. Follow him now. Based in Los Angeles, he works in digital advertising by day and takes to the streets with a camera during his down time. His photojournalistic style was honed shooting for publications like The Guardian, Daily Mail and LA Times newspapers. But we had to know how he manages to find all of these incredible moments off the job. So we asked, and he answered.


I walk the beaches and streets of Los Angeles almost on a daily basis and always choose to shoot film. Never with any real intent, only just to see what may appear during these walks. I pace slowly with my headphones on, music blaring. The headphones keep people from bothering me, asking me for change, inquiring about directions. It is then that I can focus visually and also helps push me through the often monotonous times of seeing very little and capturing even less.

For me, shooting on the street has always fed my perpetual need to collect things. I have collected furniture, art, vintage clothing, domain names, cameras… you name it. I am in a constant state of searching and finding the items that are discarded or thrown out. In the case of street photography, these are the moments that are overlooked and happen in the blink of an eye.

Every photographer needs to do it for themselves. Discover what the world looks like to them and disregard all the emphasis placed on celebrity, sex and violence by the media on a daily basis. I have shot some very violent situations as a photojournalist in the past but what I love about shooting on the street is the order I can make of my reality. It often feels like I am directing a movie and I can visually see street actors in my mind moving into their places. I slowly watch as the scene unfolds, “Places everyone.” And at that moment – instead of yelling “Action!” – I press the shutter and freeze the scene.

Normcore and jewelry designer with stylist Deanna Palkowski

Here’s a riddle. What’s a stylist that’s a Fashion Editor and designs a jewelry line? The answer? Deanna Palkowski. And let us tell ya, she is one talented lady. We fall in love with all her editorials and her style is just so effortless and easy. We grilled her on what she does and what she likes… so that we can do and like the same as she does too. Hashtag GIRLCRUSH.


I’m the Fashion Editor for ION MAGAZINE and a Fashion Stylist represented by Lizbell Agency.


I tend to draw my inspiration from various tumblrs, books, articles, past or present. I’m
consistently collecting inspiration on a daily basis. I do this because I never know when I will need to implement it.


This question! I can tell you one of them and it would have to be a creative I styled with Kin Chan and model Megan Jones from Lizbell Agency. It was a spur of the moment photo shoot. It was just a bunch of silly artistic kids hanging out and shooting beautiful photos. We never even thought to approach a magazine to publish them because the photos were just for us.


I have a real fixation with any type of coat.


MINTING DIE is my brand. Our first in-house designs are the MINTING DIE RINGS. Ideally, these rings were made to wear on every single inch of your fingers. We will be releasing our 01|Collection in the fall where you’ll be able to see the collaborations we did with various designers.


It’s going to be all about the normcore.