How to Survive the Holidays In Good Health and With Killer Style

For being deemed the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays can actually be quite the gongshow. It’s not uncommon to feel an overwhelming amount of stress for the whole month of December as your calendar fills to the brim with work deadlines, family gatherings, gift shopping and more. Expectations seem higher than ever – *cough cough* when your mother in-law comes to stay at your house for a full week – but you’ve got to keep your cool. Because the holidays, in fact, are pretty darn special and should be savored. With the right tips and tricks, they totally can be.

We reached out to a group of experts on varying subjects, from skincare to women’s health to fancy dressing, to help you get through this season like the bad-ass boss woman you are. Grab a glass of wine and read on.



As part of the editorial team at Glossier, Anna Stevenett’s job is to know a lot about skin. Here, she suggests three simple but impactful holiday season changes to your beauty routine.  

  • Keep a hand cream handy. Holidays mean colder weather and, thus, drier skin. I find myself in varying levels of discomfort if the skin on my hands is dry, so I like to keep a hand cream nearby, with which I moisturize with gusto, and often. My favorites are Susanne Kaufmann (smells like bananas!), Weleda (it’s $12 and I can use it on my face in emergencies), and Chanel La Crème Main. As it happens, hand creams also make for excellent gifts.
  • Add oil. In the same dryness vein, oils are a kind of a necessary luxury during the holidays. To prevent“hangover face,” I use an oil at night—Pai’s rosehip oil is pretty good. When I’m out of the shower, Imoisturize my body with a dry oil like the classic Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse or Leonor Greyl’s Huile de Magnolia.I like to switch to using an oil version of my perfume around the holidays, too, because it feels fancier andcozier than eau de parfum. Mine is Vanille 44 by Le Labo. Maison Louise Marie makes some great scents, too.
  • Mask often. And drink more water! I’m typically stressed, traveling, or drinking too much this time of year, so masking helps combat the consequences. If I’m flying I like Charlotte Tilbury’s Dry Mask because it’s easy no mess. At home I like Sisley’s Black Rose Mask, and for extra moisture and plumpness, I use Glossier’s Moon Mask to help me wake up in the morning.




New York-based fashion writer Lauren Caruso is our go-to for minimalist fashion inspiration. Whether she’s working on set, running to appointments, or even on a late night grocery run, Lauren knows how to look put together without sacrificing comfort. Take note on how below:

  • I know this might sound silly considering December is the only month where crushed red velvet and glitter accessories are the norm, but my best tip for surviving holiday travel is to be comfortable. I refuse to travel in or wear anything that might be too tight, short, or otherwise uncomfortable, especially to a holiday party. For me, that usually means packing a ton of high-waisted, wide-leg pants, cropped, oversized sweaters, and the comfiest pair of boots I own. I stick to cozy, natural-fiber separates in neutrals that pair well together and don’t require a ton of steaming to look expensive.



Jessica Murnane is kind of like our health superwoman. She is the author of One Part Plant cookbook, which encourages people to eat one plant-based meal a day with 100 allergy-free recipes to choose from, and hosts One Part Podcast, where she facilitates conversations with some of the most interesting and inspiring minds in wellness, music, food, fashion and design. She also happens to be hilarious and has kick-ass style, of course. Peep her tips on how to keep things healthy during the season of gluttony.

  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish). If you want to make sure there is a healthy option for you at the holiday party, bring it yourself. Call or e-mail your host ahead of time and ask if you can bring a dish to share. Don’t make a big announcement about how gluten-free and dairy-free it is… just bring something really delicious.
  • Be smart about booze. Before you accept that third or fourth cocktail at your next holiday party, pause and ask yourself these two questions: 1) How will this make me feel in the morning? and then 2) Is it worth it? If the answer is no, grab a glass of club soda with lime or stash a bottle of Kombucha in your bag and pour it into a cocktail glass on the sly. With a drink in hand, you won’t have to field the “Why aren’t you drinking?” questions and will, no doubt, wake up feeling way better the next day.
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. If your grandma only makes her famous Christmas cookies once a year and you want one… have one. Constantly asking yourself “Should I or shouldn’t I?” during the holidays can create some serious stress in your head and stop you from being present for all the fun. Be mindful, listen when your belly is full, and remember nobody’s perfect.



Interior designer and photographer Courtney Molyneaux strives to create unique and memorable spaces that simply feel good. Her blend of Scandinavian and mid-century design aesthetics has that undeniably home-y feel. With the increased time spent indoors over the holiday season, we thought it would be fun to ask Courtney how to keep your home from feeling like a winter prison cell. Not to mention, she lives in Calgary where the cold is fierce and the winter is no joke. Below she lists her at home essentials during the holiday season:

  • A woodsy scented candle (or three)
  • A wool blanket or throw
  • Fresh flowers or greenery
  • Hot chocolate in the pantry at all times
  • A good pair of cute, warm socks



Refinery 29 fashion market editor Alyssa Coscarelli has an undeniably bold style that inspires us daily. With the holidays comes holiday events, which means the need for fancy dressing. Alyssa has some hot tips on how to approach party attire when in that constant holiday season rush, from making what you’ve worn all day at work cocktail-attire appropriate to what to do when you find yourself in jeans at fancy-ish place.

  • Keep a pair of just-in-case earrings in your bag. One night, I took a pair of hoops out of my ears and threw them in my bag. Now, they just stay there. It’s actually one of the best things I’ve ever accidentally done. Now, I have a pair of statement earrings that just stay in my bag — and they’re the easiest way to dress up a sweater and jeans.
  • Glossier Generation G in ‘Zip’ is a lifesaver. It gives lips a pop of color without being too in-your-face. And, it’s super easy to swipe on in a moving cab without worrying that you don’t have lipliner or a mirror.
  • Accept that mini bags aren’t always a reality. Mini bags are one of the biggest trends we’ve seen in handbags as of late, but, to be honest, they’re not always a reality for me. I’m often going to holiday parties or events with my laptop and a tote bag full of gym clothes. Luckily, I’ve found a sleek tote that holds a ton and doesn’t look too disheveled: It’s black leather and always gets compliments wherever I go. But since bumping people with your tote at parties isn’t cute, I either stick it all in a safe corner once I arrive, or take advantage of coat check if it’s offered. Sorry, mini bags, maybe next year…
  • It may feel awkward at first, but you’ll be surprised how much you have in common with a stranger. Fancy parties are intimidating, but the good news is that most people in the room feel that way. It may be awkward to break the ice, but once you step out of your comfort zone and talk to people, you’ll be surprised how much you can find in common with someone random at a party — and you may even leave with a new friend or two.

The Insider’s Guide To Seattle

As the largest metropolis of the Pacific Northwest, there is no shortage of things to do, sites to see, and people to know in Seattle, WA. The city has something for everyone, from picturesque mountains to diverse neighborhoods, all sandwiched between the epic Pacific ocean and the second largest freshwater lake in Washington. Seattle is famously known for its iconic Space Needle, rainy reputation, and being home to the first Starbucks — but we wanted to dig a little deeper and uncover the city’s lesser-known gems. Plus, it also happens to be the home of Garmentory’s stateside HQ. This is where our network of local boutiques and designers comes in. Not to brag, but we happen to work with some of the city’s coolest creatives, so instead of relying on dusty tourist books or travel apps, we asked them to reveal the best places to eat, drink, and people watch. Start planning your west coast adventure now.


“Food is high on the list of reasons why I love this city,” boasts Alisa Furoyama, co-owner of design shop Glasswing. She suggests heading to “Single Shot, especially for weekend brunch, Harry’s Fine Foods for breakfast or lunch, Juicebox for a wellness shot, Plum for vegetarian, and Agua Verde for summer tacos.”

Single Shot, 611 Summit Ave E

Harry’s Fine Foods, 601 Bellevue Ave E

Juicebox, 1517 12th Ave #100

Plum Bistro, 1429 12th Ave

Agua Verde, 1303 NE Boat St

Julia Briggs, founder of New Jersey boutique Mothers + Daughters, recently made the move to Seattle and like Alisa, she loves Harry’s Fine Food for brunch!” She also notes “Suika (below) and Japanese food in general. The sushi here is amazing.”

Suika, 611 Pine St

Image c/o Suika

Suk Chai, designer of womenswear label SCHAI, has a few must-eat recommendations: “Sitka and Spruce, Oddfellows, Whale Wins, Walrus and Carpenter,” she suggests.”You can’t go wrong dining at restaurants who create food inspired by locally sourced and foraged ingredients,” she adds.

Sitka and Spruce, 1531 Melrose Ave

Oddfellows, 1525 10th Ave

The Whale Wins, 3506 Stone Way N

The Walrus and the Carpenter, 4743 Ballard Ave NW

Deborah Roberts, co-owner of Belltown boutique RIZOM and the designer behind ready-to-wear line Silvae, reveals that Cascina Spinasse is her go to for a special meal. “They focus on recipes and techniques from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, while incorporating products of artisans and small farmers from the Pacific Northwest.” Her inside tip: “Sit at the bar where you have a great view of the open kitchen and can watch the pasta being made by hand.”

Cascina Spinasse, 1531 14th Ave


Images c/o Sun Liquor

Forget Starbucks, Seattle has what feels like a limitless amount of places to grab a cup of Jo. The two best according to our Alisa and Suk: Analog and Caffe Vita.

Analog, 235 Summit Ave E

Caffe Vita, multiple locations

Now let’s talk happy hour. “If it’s a weeknight, Foreign National for interesting flavors,” says Alisa, “or Sun Liquor (above) for cocktails and something cozy.” Deborah is also an advocate for both Foreign National and Sun Liquor.

Foreign National, 300 E Pike St

Sun Liquor, 607 Summit Ave E

“Nothing beats the Fremont Brewery,” Julia argues. “We have kids so it’s hard for us to go out a lot and this place is so wonderfully family friendly! Not to mention the view! Swoon. If you’re looking for a good mixed drink, Oddfellows in Cap-Hill makes my favorite bourbon cocktail.”

Fremont Brewery, 1050 N 34th St


Image c/o Molly Moons

Deborah has a whole day planned where you can sneak in some ideal people watching. “In the heart of Capitol Hill, Oddfellows cafe/bar is a great place for people watching. Afterwards, grab ice cream at Molly Moons (above) on east Pine Street  and head to Cal Anderson park, or go down the block to Elliott Bay Books for some travel reading.” Okay, that’s three times Oddfellows has been suggested. As the ideal place to grab a bite, drinks and people watch, it’s officially at the top of our list.

Molly Moons, multiple locations

Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave

Elliott Bay Books1521 10th Ave

“I’d have to say the Ballard farmers market (below)!” says Julia. “We love strolling through all the farmers markets in Seattle and we’re so lucky to have them in different neighborhoods year round. We spend all day Sunday between Fremont and Ballard checking out local makers, vintage sellers and farmers. It’s a dream.”

Ballard Farmers Market, 5300 Ballard Ave NW

Image c/o Ballards Farmers Market

Suk heads to The Olympic Sculpture Park (below). “You get the locals and you get the tourists. You get the earth and art-conscious, and you get selfie addicts. All are worth watching,” she confesses. That sounds like the ultimate people watching day.

Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave

Images by Benjamin Benschneider

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Lead image by Benjamin Benschneider

The Insider’s Guide to Helsinki With Samuji’s Suvi-Elina Enqvist

Not to be trite, but the best word to describe Finland is magical.  Both the natural wonders and cultural heritage that make up this country are certifiably mind-blowing: You can spot the neon wash of the Aurora Borealis up to 200 nights a year; take in the mind-rattling, reality-bending Midnight Sun throughout June and July; enjoy a remarkable 188,000 clean lakes, relax in over two million saunas (hell yeah!); and — of course — bask in the serene simplicity and playful color use that characterizes Finnish design.

From Jackie O’s trademark Marimekko dresses to Alvar Aalto’s architectural creations around the world, Finland has been setting design trends for decades. Let’s just say they know what’s up when it comes to creating beautiful pieces. Among our favorite contemporary design authorities in the country is Samuji, based in the country’s capital, Helsinki. Samuji is a creative studio specializing in women’s ready-to-wear and home interior products. Its work focuses on a love of necessary things designed with simple functionality and kindness.

Below we chat with Suvi-Elina Enqvist, head of sales and marketing at Samuji. With over 15 years experience in fashion PR and communications, Enqvist has built a global network of sales across more than 25 countries for Samuji. And while she’s worked in both France and the U.S., Helsinki is home for Enqvist, so we got her to spill on the city’s best places to eat, drink, shop, and more. Forget Tripadvisor and read on.

Suvi-Elina wears a coat by Samuji. 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN HELSINKI? Helsinki has a distinct and charming atmosphere where minimalistic architecture meets Slavic influence. The city’s pallet of seasonal colors — fluctuating between vivid summer green, intense Baltic blue and the crystal white of Nordic winter — makes Helsinki a truly special place year-round. It’s a metropolis with finesse, especially in the summer with the “nightless” nights.

IS THERE SOMETHING NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE CITY, BUT SHOULD? The solitude. Even if you are in the center of the nation’s capital, you can still be the only passenger on the train.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HELSINKI STYLE? Colorful and diverse. Clothes reflect one’s personality and values. Individuality is important.

BEST PLACE TO EAT? There are restaurants all around the city that are really great, presenting pure and innovative dishes using local ingredients that you can only experience in the Nordic countries. I recommend Grön (Punavuori district), Ask (Kruununhaka district), Kom Theater (Ullanlinna district), as well as the old time classic Savoy (downtown).

Top by Samuji, skirt by Apiece Apart, earrings by Melissa Joy Manning.

BEST PLACE TO DRINK? For the best bartenders and drinks you should head out to Helsinki’s meatpacking district Teurastamo and to a place called Tislaamo Distillery Bar.

BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH? Sompasaari Sauna — a place to meet interesting locals, bathe and relax while enjoying the views towards the old parts of Helsinki, Katajanokka and Kruununhaka districts.

BEST PLACE TO SHOP? Hakaniemi Market Hall for an authentic grocery shopping experience. Artek and Lokal for contemporary Finnish furniture and homeware, and Samuji House, our store that combines elements of a gallery, boutique and home. I also love R/H and Arela, Finnish designer clothing and accessories brands.

Coat, shirt and trousers by Samuji; shoes by Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

TELL US ABOUT THE SUMMER HOUSE CULTURE IN FINLAND. WHERE DO YOU ESCAPE TO ON THE WEEKENDS? The Helsinki archipelago is an endless source of inspiration and accessible for everyone. Just a fifteen minute boat ride from the city and it feels like a true getaway. You don’t have to leave the capital area to find peaceful scenery.

Summer cottage (mökki) is a must for a true Finnish lifestyle experience. The cottages are everywhere and they are not just close geographically, but also philosophically and socially too.

Photography by Lari Heikkilä

Locations, top to bottom: Lokal, Cafe Fleuriste and Samuji.

The Insider’s Guide To San Francisco

It’s hard to not love San Francisco. Sitting on it’s very own peninsula up the northern coast of California surrounded by three bodies of water, it’s pretty much a landscape dream. Not to mention, it’s just a drive away from Silicon Valley, a quick flight (or fun road trip) to San Diego, Los Angeles and Arizona. And, in spite of its 40 rolling hills, you can walk or bike everywhere making exploring all its unique neighborhoods easy peasy. It’s really no surprise this cool city is filled with so much creativity and talent. We happen to know some of the best: the boutique owners and designers. Just look at the six rad ladies above, showing off the gorgeous city. These San Francisco designers make the most beautiful clothing and accessories that we obviously love to wear on the daily. We wanted to find out more about the city and the hidden gems no Trip Advisor would know, so we asked all our SF pals for the best places to eat, drink and people watch. You may as well check your Air Miles now.

Lead image by Robby Durler

From left to right: Danielle Colen designer of Waltz, Sharareh Koehler designer of Lotfi, Anna Chiu designer of Kamperett, Nikki Garcia designer of First Rite, Valerie Santillo designer of Kamperett, and Karen Potesta designer of Micaela Greg



From drool-worthy seafood to the most comforting Italian dishes, San Francisco has absolutely no shortage of good eats. “I have so many favorites! At this very moment it is Cotogna (above). Such delicious Italian food and a really beautiful space. Plus, their cocktails and wine selection are fantastic,” reveals Sydney Pfaff owner of Legion.

Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave

Tiffany Tam from Refined also admits that the city is filled with endless gems. “There is so many… it’s hard to pick just one.” But she was able to narrow it down to her top four: Tartine Manufactory, Liholiho Yacht Club, Bellota and Ju-ni. Sharareh Koehler, designer of one of our favorite bag lines Lotfi, also has a soft spot for Tartine. More specifically, “a loaf of Tartine bread.”

Tartine Manufactory, 595 Alabama St

Liholiho Yacht Club, 871 Sutter St

Bellota, 888 Brannan St #110

Ju-ni, 1335 Fulton St

For more Italian treats, designer Danielle Cohn of Waltz suggests “Tosca Cafe for modern Italian food in a bar that’s been around since the 20s.” Sounds like a fun night to us.

Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave

Mira Pickett, boutique owner of Mira Mira, has two must-go places. “Traditional Dim Sum is always a good idea, I love Ton Kiang on Geary, and Bar Crudo (above) is probably my favorite spot on earth. Can’t come to SF without having seafood.” Okay, that platter looks amaze.

Ton Kiang, 5821 Geary St

Bar Crudo, 655 Divisadero St

Daniel Lee and and Natasha Wong from Seldom Seen also have two top choices: Taqueria and Cala. Both places serve amazing Mexican cuisine so you better prep yourself to eat endless tacos and burritos.

Taqueria, 2889 Mission St

Cala, 149 Fell St

“If I am going to go out to dinner, I love to go out for sushi, and one of my all time favorite places I discovered when I first moved to San Francisco years ago is a tiny place called Sushi Zone. It is a bit of a hidden gem off of Market Street in the lower part of the Mission. With only two tables and a few seats at the bar, you really have to get there right when they open or be prepared to wait, but everything is so fresh and delicious it is totally worth it,” reveals Valerie Santillo, part one of two of the womenswear label Kamperett. The second design half, Anna Chiu, has more than one favorite spot. “Seed + Salt for clean, organic and locally sourced food that’s quick and easy, Plow for brunch, Rich Table for dinner, Taqueria Cancun for the best burritos.”

Sushi Zone, 1815 Market St

Seed + Salt, 2240 Chestnut St

Plow, 1299 18th St

Rich Table, 199 Gough St

Taqueria Cancun, 2288 Mission St


“15 Romolo (above), hands down,” reports Sydney. “They make the best drinks around. I’ve lost a lot of hours (maybe more like days) to that bar.” Just by looking at that drink we know that would totally happen to us, too.

15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Pl

Tomra Palmer from Gravel & Gold recommends one of our all time favorite places: “In the park on a blanket on a warm day.” She then added, “But since heat waves are rare here I’ll take a bloody mary at the classic Zuni Cafe or a wildly strong margarita at the dingy but charming Latin American Club. Also, (local tip!) the Local Cellar wine shop has free tastings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. They sell and serve lots of groovy small batch CA wines.” Meet us there.

“Our street is a danger zone. There are two fun bars within crawling distance of the shop. Latin American is a real old school, legit Mission bar. Their margaritas are lethal weapons,” says Mira. Okay, this bar is definitely on our list now.

Zuni Cafe, 1658 Market St

Latin American Club, 3286 22nd St

Local Cellar, 2801 22nd St

Nikki Garcia the talented designer behind First Rite has two suggestions. “Holy Mountain in the Mission to avoid the crowds or Vesuvio in North Beach is always a classic.” Noted.

Holy Mountain, 680 Valencia St

Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Ave

Photo by Kassie Borreson

When looking to grab a drink, Valerie likes to stick close to home. “If I am going to go out for a drink, I usually like to stay in my neighborhood in Bernal Heights. One of my favorite local bars is The Royal Cuckoo. I like the dim, loungey vibe, down to earth atmosphere and their greyhounds are on point. They have a live band (including an organ!) on the weekends and otherwise they only play vintage records which keeps in line with the low-key ambiance.”

The Royal Cuckoo, 3202 Mission St

Tiffany is all about “The Riddler (above) for bubblies and caviar.” Seriously though, who doesn’t love a good glass (or bottle) of champers?

The Riddler, 528 Laguna St

Heading over to the Mission district we have two favorite drink spots. Marie Potesta, co-designer of Micaela Greg, choose the ABV. A trendy bar with all your favorite cocktails, beer, wine, plus a beautiful large-scale mural to admire while you sip on your drinks. Danielle went for the Lone Palm. A nice and cozy bar with the best selection of vodka. Sign us up.

ABV, 3174 16th St

Lone Palm, 3394 22nd St


Photo via @mrbrandonmiguel

“Dolores Park (above) definitely is the place to be on any sunny day. Kooks from every walk of life, all on the same grass. There is an actual map of the park itself, each area is represented by a different SF crew. It’s kind of funny (and sad) how accurate it is,” explains Mira. Daniel, Valerie and Anna also all noted Dolores as their favorite place to people watch. Must be a gem.

Dolores Park, Dolores St & 19th St

Tiffany heads to Hayes Valley: “the weather is always nice there so grab an outdoor seating at a local cafe.”

Sydney suggests, “Washington Square Park in North Beach. I live nearby and it’s always a pretty entertaining people-watching spot. Such an eclectic neighborhood with a lot of characters.” Tomra also loves this neighborhood. “At first glance you might assume it’s overrun with tourists but it’s full of family run, legacy businesses and old timer residents that have been there for many many years, holding down the alternative/outsider vibe of this city.” She has three spots in North Beach to hit up: Washington Square Park, Specs and Caffe Trieste.

Washington Square Park, Filbert St & Stockton St

Specs, 12 Williams Place

Cafe Trieste, 601 Vallejo St

Photo by @bradystarkpenn

Marie is also a fan of North Beach. “Mario’s Cigar bar in my hood in North Beach (above) is a nice outdoor corner spot by the park to sit and watch the summer tourists.” Sharaeh loves to go to Four Barrel on Valencia street. A sleek and rustic coffee shop that specializes in drop coffee. Nothing better than a cup of Jo and some good ol’ people watching.

Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, 566 Columbus Ave

Four Barrel, 375 Valencia St

And last but not least, Nikki’s favorite spot is the iconic Golden Gate Park. You definitely can’t go to San Francisco without stopping by there.

Golden Gate Park

Bonus tip: the West Coast Craft Fair is happening this weekend! Don’t miss this fun exhibition of artists and designers including some of our pals like First Rite, Ace & Jig, and Gravel & Gold. It’s free and totally worth going by!

The Insider’s Guide to Portland

It’s time to put aside the Portlandia references and actually get down to what this rad city is all about. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Portland is filled with fresh air and a community of welcoming, open-minded, genuine people. Seriously, it’s no shocker when people go out of there way to help others here. The creative energy is high, the support system is strong, and “the food, it’s really f**cking delicious,” according to local Marisa Howard, designer behind Seaworthy. And that’s no exaggeration. We knew finding Portland’s treasure spots was a must so we asked Marisa along with our favorite Portland designers, boutiques and style bloggers on the best places to eat, drink and people watch. You might want to ask for vacation time now.


Photo by AJ Meeker

Choosing where to grab a bite to eat might be a little difficult and not because of a lack of options. It’s the exact opposite. “There are so many good places to eat in Portland,” says 100 Year Party‘s Noel Weisenbacher. “If you’re craving a classic like pizza, Handsome Pizza is delish. If you want authentic, fresh Mexican, Taqueria y Panaderia Santa Cruz in St. Johns is a must—I’m dreaming of their tacos right now. If you want killer rotisserie chicken Pollo Norte is the place,” she adds.

Handsome Pizza, 1603 NE Killingsworth St

Taqueria y Panaderia Santa Cruz, 8630 N Lombard St

Pollo Norte, 5427 NE 42nd Ave

Shea Christner from Open Air Museum is currently crushing on Tusk (above): “A modern take on Mediterranean food. I think about their hummus and flatbread everyday. Oh, and the Eastern Maid cocktail. I die. It has the perfect Palm Springs vibes that I crave living in a damp and overcast city. It is an escape!” Lindsay Reif, designer of REIF, chimes in. “The food is delicious, and the decor is beautiful.” The praise didn’t stop there. Kristen Robinson, founder of Minoux, also loves it there and swears that their “vegetables that will change your life.”

Tusk, 2448 E Burnside St

In the mood for Mexican? Then Tonya Smith, the Portland style blogger behind @themoptop, swears by Porque No. “The margaritas and chips are great!”

Porque No, 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Photo via @localhaven

Sarah Donofrio from One Imaginary Girl divulged that La Moule (above) is one of the best places to eat in the Clinton neighborhood. “A restaurant based around mussels and fries?? Sign me up.”  Us too, please.

La Moule, 2500 SE Clinton St

Laura Housgard, owner of Johan, let’s us in on Portland’s best ramen. “Afuri! The truffle miso is vegetarian and will 100% blow your mind.” For some more vegetarian options we looked to designer Laurs Kemp: “I’m vegan/vegetarian, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new restaurants! Here’s my perfect food day. Brunch (and the city’s best Bloody Mary) at A.N.D. Cafe. Lunch at Van Hanh, a Vietnamese restaurant run by Buddhist nuns! And I’d cap the night off at Revelry, a fantastic new late-night spot.” Sounds like a (yummy) plan to us.

Afuri, 923 SE 7th Ave

A.N.D. Cafe, 5420 E Burnside St

Van Hanh, 8446 SE Division St

Revelry, 210 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Sweedeedee’s will forever have my heart,” reveals Jen Vitale, owner of Association Shop. “It has the best breakfast/brunch in town hands down. The honey cake and breakfast rice bowl are favorites.”

Sweedeedee, 5202 N Albina Ave

Photo via @ttothen

“I love Milk Glass Market (above), it’s a tiny cafe close to my house in North Portland that is never too busy (at least on the weekdays). They serve farm-to-table style dishes that are insanely delicious. The Veggie Sandwich comes highly recommended,” says Lizzie Falkenstein designer of Primecut. They also have an endless array of sweets that change up on the daily.

Milk Glass Market, 2150 N Killingsworth St

Diana Kim, owner of Stand Up Comedy, favors Rose VL for the best Vietnamese. It also happens to be the most colorful space with purple and yellow hues to brighten up those gloomy gray Portland days.

Rose VL, 6424 SE Powell Blvd

In August we took a virtual trip to Portland with Jen Szeto, the style blogger behind @windowofimagination, and she revealed some of her go-to spots. Firstly there is Nong’s Khao Man Gai (which also happens to be on our top three things we love in Portland list): “their famous thai-style chicken and rice is so simple, yet delicious.” For dessert she recommended the soft serve at Cheese & Crack.

Nong’s Khao Man Gai, 1003 SW Alder St

Cheese & Crack, 22 SE 28th Ave


Photo via @circa33

It’s happy hour in Portland so, where do you go? “I love the cocktail selection at Circa 33 (above), and their neighbor, Aalto lounge, has $2 happy hour cocktails. You can’t go wrong on Belmont S.,” Sarah reveals.

Circa 33, 3348 SE Belmont St

Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont St

Britt Hawkes (@seaandpattern), another Portland style crush of ours, heads to the Sandy Hut to get her drink on. “Make sure to order their Chi Chi cocktail which is similar to a piña colada and will make you feel like you’re sitting by the ocean.”

Sandy Hut, 1430 NE Sandy Blvd

When Brookes Boswell, milliner of the best hats and owner of Shop Boswell, is sticking close to her studio she likes to head to “a brewery called Commons which also has a cheesemonger inside and brews unique saison and not-so-hoppy beers. For a fancy cocktail I go to Holdfast, which is a tasting menu restaurant, except on Monday nights they have an a la carte and cocktail menu that is exceptional.”

Commons, 630 SE Belmont St

Holdfast, 537 SE Ash St #102

“If you like a good dive bar then head to Sloan’s Tavern,” says accessory designer Sara Barner. With a semi-truck built into the wall and the best jukebox in town, this place is truly one of a kind.

Sloan’s Tavern, 36 N Russell St

Photo via @byeandbyeportland

“The summer is coming and it’s all about patios and sunshine and day drinking. That means the Bye & Bye,” Seaworthy‘s Marisa Howard tells us. “I might be biased, because my husband is one of the owners and my brother bartends there (he’s the one with the huge beard and the tattoos…haha!) but it really is my favorite bar in the summer.” The drink pictured above is the infamous Bye & Bye (peach vodka & bourbon, lemon, cranberry juice and soda). It is promised to cure just about anything.

Bye & Bye, 1011 NE Alberta St

Owner of WM Goods, Whitney Goodman admits, “I’m the biggest homebody of all time and suck at drinking, so on the rare occasion that I go out, it’s usually to the Multnomah Whiskey Library. The food is awesome, they are super knowledgable about their booze. Also, the place is gorgeous.”

Multnomah Whiskey Library, 1124 SW Alder St

Dame is our favorite and fanciest female-owned establishment that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside while sipping a tall glass of their best French cider,” explains Alicia and James Buford, owners of Infashuated.

Dame, 2930 NE Killingsworth St

Erik Prowell from Portland’s Bridge & Burn has three go-to spots: “Sweet Hereafter, Bazi and Reel M Inn.”

Sweet Hereafter, 3326 SE Belmont St

Bazi Bierbrasserie, 1522 SE 32nd Ave

Reel M Inn, 2430 SE Division St

Well I have two small children, so I don’t get out drinking much these days,” explains Shana Beth, the designer behind womenswear line Beth. “I did recently have day drinks at Victoria Bar and that was dope. I also like this super low-key place called My Couch. They always have exactly want I want and you can wear your PJ’s and watch movies.”

Victoria Bar, 4835 N Albina Ave

Photo via @ktewoji

Taking our minds off happy hour and onto our other favorite beverage: coffee. There are countless cozy cafes in Portland. Never Coffee (above) is Kristen’s favorite. “Who knew coffee could be even more perfect? The Oregon latte with Cascade hops, dulce de leche and Jacobsen Sea Salt” is a must-try.

Never Coffee, 4243 SE Belmont St

For coffee Britt hits up Commissary. “A laid back coffee shop tucked away in the alphabet district serving Water Ave. coffee and fresh baked snacks.”

Commissary, 915 NW 19th Ave

Self-taught designer Kate Towers loves “Coquine for coffee, pastries, and a walk on Mt. Tabor,” which is also one of Sara’s favorite places to people watch “if it’s nice out.”

Coquine, 6839 SE Belmont St

Mt. Tabor

Laurs speaks on coffee’s frenemy: “if you’re looking for a hot drink, Tea Bar has marvelous non-coffee options. And it’s also woman-owned! Woohoo!” This spot has the world’s best selection of teas sourced from family farms from around the world.

Tea Bar, 1615 NE Killingsworth St (+ 2 other locations)

“It’s been so long since I’ve really enjoyed a meal out or a cocktail, so I don’t think I’m much help here. Currently all I want are Blizzards from Dairy Queen,” reveals Amber Arambul from ARA. This is because she is seven months pregnant! So, big congratulations and blizzards for everyone!


Photo via @downtownpdx

“There are so many unique personalities in this city, that it’s hard to narrow down one inspiring spot,” explains Sarah. But we managed to get our experts to confess the best of the best. Lizzie makes clear that Portland’s Pioneer Square (above) in the heart of downtown is “the most condensed people watching.”

Pioneer Square, 701 SW 6th Ave

The next spot, The Ace Hotel, was a fan favorite of many. Kate goes straight to the lobby while Whitney likes to “pull up to a stool in the Stumptown Coffee at the Ace Hotel for some pretty prime people watching.” And then there is the Sundaze Collective: “A curated monthly fashion pop-up featuring Portland’s favorite designers and makers located in The Ace Hotel event space,” explains Kristen. Laura adds on that “Sarah from The Yo! Store puts it on, we (Johan) participates every other month. It ends up drawing a huge crowd and is always a blast—like one big party in the heart of Portland.”

It’s a fact: “Anywhere around the Ace Hotel is great people watching. It’s a mixture of tourists and locals, and you’re sure to catch some amazing street style,” expresses Lindsey.

The Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark St

Stumptown Coffee, 1026 SW Stark St

Learn more about the Sundaze Collective here.

Photo via @downtownpdx

“There’s always lots of people out and about, so taking a stroll through the Japanese Gardens, Laurelhurst park or farmer’s markets (above) can give you a great peek into local culture,” explains Brookes.

Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave

Laurelhurst Park, SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd & Stark St

Laurs Kemp has her people watching day mapped out to a T. “For daytime people-watching, I’d start with a coffee at Courier Coffee and then go to PICA (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art) and get a bird’s-eye view from their rooftop—which is open to the public during their weekday business hours! You can also peruse their art book library while you’re there! For some nighttime people-watching, I’d suggest The Lovecraft Bar, a goth-themed dance bar!”

Courier Coffee, 923 SW Oak St

PICA, 415 SW 10th Ave #300

The Lovecraft, 421 SE Grand Ave

“I absolutely fell in love with this landmark (Ira Keller Fountain Park). The fountain is located in the heart of downtown, and is an architectural sight for sore eyes,” explains Jen. This beautiful fountain brings a lot of people to one space so it often doubles as a pretty awesome people watching spot.

Ira Keller Fountain, SW 3rd Ave & Clay St

Tonya says that “pretty much any of the main streets of Portland such as Hawthorne, Division, Alberta or Mississippi” are great. “There’s always people walking around!”

So, when it comes down to it the answer is clear: “in Portland, anywhere,” admits Noel.

The Insider’s Guide To Palm Springs

Long before the crowds of hipsters, models and Kardashians descended upon the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs was the OG Hollywood hangout. We’re pretty sure we’re not alone in being tired of those long Coachella days, so we thought you might need some alternative inspiration this April for your upcoming trip to the desert.


Palm Springs is full of hidden treasures, so we went straight to the experts to get the lowdown on the best of the city. Lauren Coleman (a PS native), Tiff Horn and Sarah Kissell are the brains behind a gorgeous new magazine celebrating the arts, aesthetic and unique woman power behind Palm Springs, DUNES. (Photos from the first issue above and below.) Here, they dish on their faves.


“We love El Marisol Mexican Restaurant at Los Arboles Hotel. It’s been around forever, the food is spicy and the margaritas are strong. In addition to this, we love Palm Greens Cafe. They have a lot of healthy vegan options and smoothies. In the summer crushed ice with watermelon juice is so refreshing.” (Editor’s note: the vegan date shake is a must!)


“I have always been a huge fan of Melvyn’s Piano Bar. It’s still living in the old Palm Springs tucked away behind Palm Canyon. Also the Avalon Hotel a few doors down is very reliable and Mr. Lyons in the bar if you want some good snacks with your drinks.”


“There are tons of natural desert hot spring spas. Two Bunch Palms is the most reputable, and it’s good for observing the locals interacting with the out-of-towners. The Parker Hotel (above) was just updated and has many observation areas, the bar and the pool being prime. [At the Ace Hotel], the Amigo Room offers good acoustic sets in the bar during the week and DUNES‘ own showgirl Shirley Claire, puts on quite a show calling out bingo on Monday nights at King’s Highway (below).”


“There are a few shops together tucked away on Perez Road, very Palm Springs-style home furnishings and books. For clothing, our favorite designer vintage shop The Fine Art of Design in Palm Desert. Nicholas and Luisa are extremely helpful and the selection there is incredible!”


“We love a hike in the Indian Canyons (above). It is super beautiful this year with all the water. And, we always love to stop into Moorten Botanical Garden to say hello to Clark and his doves.” (Editor’s note: You’ve definitely seen the latter on Instagram.)


Now that DUNES has given you the tour, here are our personal favorite swaps for the Coachella experience.


Ditch the massive crowds in Indio and head to Pioneer Town instead. Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneer Town Palace (above) is a hidden host to some major bands with a more intimate setting. The indoor/outdoor bar has Western vibes in the best way and they’re also renowned for their chilli.


From Modernism Week to the film festival, you are guaranteed to find something celebrating the arts in Palm Springs. The city and its supporters are truly dedicated to a thriving arts and culture scene. Desert X, an area-wide exhibition that first opened last year, is still open with a few installations and has announced the second edition to open February 2019. Get excited.

Photo by Lance Gerber



Head to the colorful doors of The Saguaro (pronounced Sa-wah-ro, and pictured above) on the weekend for amazing tacos and watermelon margaritas first. Then wander over for one of their much-loved pool parties. Who needs the Sahara Tent when you have DJs poolside?

This story has been updated and revised. 

The Insiders’ Guide To Montreal

Montreal is renowned for its energy, creativity and eccentricity. As the longstanding home of a tight-knit community of talented artists and designers, the city is cultured, diverse and boasts travel-friendly regulations, like enjoying wine in the park as long as you have a food pairing. Plus, as one of the only French speaking cities in North America, it offers up something truly special. It’s easy to feel like you’ve jumped the ocean over to Europe when strolling Old Montreal on the winding cobblestone streets. Whether you decide to visit during a blistering-hot summer or below-freezing winter, this city will not leave you hanging with things to do. But before you pack your bags, we asked some of our local fashion friends for the lowdown on where to find the best eats, drinks and live music, plus their personal seasonal survival tactics. 



Photo by @labanquise_resto

There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Montreal, but what we really do right is diners, greasy spoons and lunch counters,” says Davis Guay designer of Cartel Footwear. “Nothing feels more Montreal than having a poutine and Pepsi sitting at the counter of a greasy joint.”

Boutique Unicorn‘s Zola Martin-Lim also swears by the city’s poutine. She recommends La Banquise (above) which is open 24/7, bonus! 

La Banquise, 994 Rue Rachel E

Montreal musician Ryan Playground hits up Rotisserie St-Hubert for hands-down the best chicken. With locations in almost every part of the city, it’s a Montreal classic.

Rotisserie St-Hubert, 6355 rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC

The Stowe’s designer Molly Spittal feels most at home with casual-fine-dining. “I like to be able to show up in jeans and a t-shirt but be able to expect a meal you’ll talk about later. I highly recommend Agrikol, which is a Haitian restaurant with an unbelievable menu and cocktails.”

Agrikol, 1844 Rue Amherst

Photo by Satay Brothers

It’s easy to find food from a variety of cultures in Montreal. Caroline Pham, designer of Ora-C, swears by one of her favorite restaurants Satay Brothers (above). “It serves South East Asian cuisine, owned by two brothers from Singapore. Beautiful, cheap food, always packed.”

Satay Brothers, 3721 Notre Dame Ouest

“I love Dinette Triple Crown (southern style food like fried chicken, ribs etc., comfort food) for dinners and Chez Buvette for the best Greek salad,” reveals designer Eliza Faulkner. She is also really into Dépanneur Le Pick-Up (below) for lunch. “Their Halloumi sandwich is the best.” 

Chez Buvette, 4869 Av du Parc

Dépanneaur Le Pick-Up, 7032 Rue Waverly

Photo by Dépanneur Le Pick Up

“I don’t eat meat so my choices in Montreal are a little limiting,”explains Mérida Anderson the multidisciplinary artist behind jewelry line YYY. “But there are some standbys like Jardin du Cari on St. Laurent run by a couple that makes the best roti I have EVER eaten.”  

Jardin du Cari, 5554, boul Saint-Laurent

The ladies at The Sleep Shirt gave us their go-to brunch spots. “As sleepwear enthusiasts, we love a good brunch. Le Vieux Vélo and Sparrow serve some of our favorites.” Find delicious buckwheat pancakes and any kind of fresh pressed juice imaginable at Sparrow.

Le Vieux Vélo, 59 Rue Beaubien E

Sparrow, 5322 Boul St-Laurent

“We see so many tourists doing foodie trips to Montreal and just spend the whole time eating. Montreal has the second most restaurants per capita after New York.” Well said, Alex Danio, owner of the rad shop Rooney.


Photo by Mariel Rosenbluth

“For fun drinks I’d recommend this speakeasy Tiki bar in Chinatown called Le Mal Nécessaire (above),” Caroline says. You can spot the place by its famous neon pineapple sign and once you’re inside you’ll be sipping on delicious drinks served in a pineapple. Need more? Caroline continues: “Kazu, Loic, Tacos Frida, Junior, Big in Japan, and Harricana.”

Le Mal Nécessaire, 1106 B Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Kazu, 1862 Rue Sainte-Catherine O

Loïc, 5001 Rue Notre-Dame O

Tacos Frida, 4412 Rue Notre-Dame O

Junior, 1964 Rue Notre-Dame O

Big in Japan, 4175 Boul St-Laurent

Brasserie Harricana, 95 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest

Eliza has faith in two bars: “Best drinks are at No Name bar on Avenue du Parc, or Bar Henrietta on Laurier.” Known for amazing cocktails and delicious eats, Bar Henrietta (below) is the perfect spot for post work relaxation on the lovely terrace. 

Bar Henrietta, 115 Avenue Laurier O

bar henrietta
Photo by @barhenriettamtl

Molly doesn’t have to go far when happy hour hits. “I’m a sucker for a dive bar. My favorite neighborhood pub is Idee Fixe, a local hangout in the Mile End. I guess it doesn’t hurt that it’s right around the corner from my apartment.”

Le Petite Idée Fixe, 4857 Av du Parc

Ryan gives us insight on where to go for both the best alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks: “For non-alcoholic I love L2 Lounge and for alcoholic Suwu is the place to go.”

L2 Lounge, 71 Rue de la Gauchetière O

Suwu, 3581 Boul St-Laurent


Photo by Yanick Grandmont

“On any given day, you can pop into Casa Del Popolo, check out their monthly calendar and see a handful of bands you’d likely recognize,” Molly recommends. “They’re a great little venue that’s always got a show going on. There’s also these tiny little venues that feel more like someone’s living room. These venues fill up their calendar with local talent and it’s always really fun and really intimate.” Caroline also loves Casa Del Popolo and adds Vitrola and La Sala Rossa to her list of classics. 

Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boul St-Laurent

La Vitrola, 4602 Boul St-Laurent

La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boul St-Laurent

Photo by Yanick Grandmont

Intimate venue Divan Orange (above) is Alex’s go-to when in need for some live music. The small space is a great way to discover under-the-radar bands and experimental DJs. It is one of those places that turns from a chill hangout pub to a hardcore dance party in a matter of minutes.

Divan Orange, 4234 Boul St-Laurent

Davis loves the venue Turbo Haüs in Saint Henri which hosts all kinds of events, from spoken seminars for alternative businesses to punk rock shows. “Coupled with a great bar downstairs and perfect decor, this is an easy win.”

Turbo Haüs, 5011 Rue Notre-Dame O


Photo by Lauren B

“Summer in Montreal is a special thing, tons of street festivals, lots of music, comedy, and excuses to get out of the house. To experience a real Montreal summer day just walk out your door without expectations and you’ll find what you’re looking for,” says Davis.

The summer can bring seriously hot temperatures… like stick to your seat hot, but according to Molly there is a simple solution: “Head to one of the local pools (my favorite is Piscine Laurier (above) at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park) to cool off from the extreme heat we get here in the summer months.” Afterwards hitting up any local park for a BBQ is ideal. FYI: “Drinking in public is allowed here as long as you have something to eat. It’s called the picnic law,” explains Caroline. 

Piscine Laurier, 5200 Rue de Brébeuf

Photo by Benoit Rousseau, Montreal International Jazz Festival

The summer is really the best time to visit because Montreal has so many of the best festivals like the International Jazz Festival or Just for Laughs to name a few,” says Alex. Osheaga, the Mural festival and the Beer Festival are Zola’s musts. 

International Jazz Festival, Quartier des spectacles

Osheaga, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Mural FestivalBoul St-Laurent

Beer Festival, 2236 Rue Beaubien E

Photo by @inayali

In winter, Montreal has many exterior skating rinks with great views like Lac aux Castors on Mont Royal (above), Parc Lafontaine and in the Old Montreal where they all rent ice skates,” says Zola. However, others prefer using the cold winters to stay inside. Caroline loves to “catch up on old movies at various movie nights hosted by small local venues.”

Lac aux Castors, Mont Royal

Photo by Marie-Reine Mattera

A spa day is another way to spend a cold winter day. “I like driving to the eastern townships and visiting one the many nordic spas,” Eliza recommends. “There’s also Bota Bota (above) in Montreal which is an old boat converted into a spa.” Hot tubs, massages, manicures and pedicures? Sign us up.

Bota Bota, Entrée McGill Coin De la Commune et McGill, Promenade du Vieux-Port

Ryan has one simply advice in order to survive winter, “Get to know Kanuk”:  a Quebec clothing brand that is known for their signature winter coats that are guaranteed to keep you warm in the crazy cold weather.

Kanuk, 485 Rue Rachel E


Photo by @boutiqueunicorn

Montrealers do it right. Layers, accessories and footwear are always very well considered,” says Davis. The ladies at The Sleep Shirt admit that Montreal “is a city that values comfort, ease, and classic vintage inspiration.”

“There is also a lot of support of local brands here, which has benefitted us in so many ways. Quebecois like to support their designers,” they continue. Merida adds, “It’s a mix of old and new, and this city loves to support its local designers.” 


st ambroise
Photo by @loriechater

“Perfect days in Montreal are definitely during summer! A little sunbathing on a terrace drinking a glass of tequila on ice and lime with good friends, sounds pretty dreamy right now,” Caroline says. These sunny vibes continue with Molly’s dream day: “Definitely summertime! Riding my bike with a group of friends along the canal up to Atwater Market and then carrying on to the St Ambroise Brewery (above) for some afternoon pints on their giant dog-friendly terrasse”. 

St Ambroise Brewery, 5080 Rue Saint-Ambroise

Alex agrees. “Walking around the city in the spring or summer then having an amazing dinner and good wine with friends at a restaurant with a terrasse to just soak up as much outdoor time as possible!”

Ryan explains to us that the “top of Mont-Royal when the sun comes up.” is the must see visitor spot and going up there right at that time can make any day in Montreal perfect.

Photo by @cafeolimpico

Eliza has her perfect day down to a tee. “I’d start with coffee at Olimpico (above) in Mile End, then a walk down St. Laurent to check out the shops and stop by Eva B (amazing three-story vintage shop), lunch would be at Le Pick Up in Mile Ex where I’d have a Halloumi sandwich and then find a park to walk through. In the evening, I’d grab a picnic box from Triple Crown and have drinks and food with friends in the park… a lot revolves around food as you can see!”

Olimpico, 124 Rue Saint Viateur O

Eva B, 2015 Boul St-Laurent

Dépanneaur Le Pick-Up, 7032 Rue Waverly

Triple Crown, 6704 Rue Clark

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Travel Style 101

Whether you are jetting off to somewhere exciting or heading to visit family and friends for the holidays, you are likely going to be facing the airport. That crazy place filled with the hectic masses and lost baggage queues that stretch across terminals. Waiting for your inevitably delayed flight is stressful for sure, so getting dressed for the event shouldn’t be. We’ve rounded up a few things that could help. Think slip-on mules for getting through security quickly, a scarf that doubles as a blanket (flights can be long, really long), and a hands-free bag that fits all of your important goods. This might be your airplane outfit, but it’s also your destination outfit. You never know who you might run into at baggage claim.

Upstate New York with Gamma Folk designer Lily Piyathaisere

Sometimes, you just need a change of scenery. That’s exactly what happened for Lily Piyathaisere, designer of the handmade statement jewelry line Gamma Folk, who traded the concrete jungle for fresh air and trees when she packed up her life in Brooklyn and moved to upstate New York. We caught up with Lily and asked her to show us around her new hometown, as well as provide some inside scoop on where to go and what to do on a weekend trip upstate.

Summer Soundtrack: Beach Getaway

It’s travel month! So we’re swapping moodboards for playlists to inspire your next getaway.

Summertime and the livin’s easy, especially when you’re at the beach. The sun, the salty surf (and some sneaky beers, of course) — is there any better way to spend the last of the dog days? Nope. So grab your towel, suit up and hit the sand. And don’t forget to pack this playlist in your straw bag alongside your sunscreen and hat for good vibes all day long.