Weather Vain: San Diego, California - 81 and Clear

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TALK ABOUT A LOVELY DAY. If you’re in San Diego right now, well, congrats to you. Here’s how to celebrate in America’s Finest City. —erica

+ One Suno shirt, two personalities! (Which, by the way is totally an excuse to double down on the frozen goodness at Viva Pops.)

+ Perfect day for a pair of sunglasses (from Garrett Leight), no?

+ A skirt, by Raquel Allegra, that’ll hide the evidence of any Underbelly ramen accidents.

+ Awesome Jill Golden earrings—the crystals match the pale ales from Hess Brewing.

+ Rachel Comey shoes that could be slipped off very easily for some feet-in-the-sand time at Mission Beach.

+ A signet-style ring from Kule—as straight-up classic as the Hotel del Coronado.

+ A Clare Vivier wallet as BRIGHT and FUN as Belmont Park.

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Get Harper Poe’s Inside Scoop on Charleston

Where to eat, shop…and surf.

When Harper Poe decamped for Charleston from NYC in 2008, she wasn’t exactly sure what she was getting into. “I don’t think I was quite ready to leave. But looking back, I don’t know if I could have built Proud Mary into what it has become if I had stayed in New York,” explains Harper, whose line includes dresses, totes, pillows, and shoes produced by artisans abroad. Here, she highlights the spots that have made her feel so at-home in her new city. —mattie kahn

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“One of my favorite things to do is take my bike downtown to an area called South of Broad Street where the big mansions are. I love running my bike down there. It’s a good biking town.”

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“My favorite brunch spot is this place called The Gin Joint. They have really good fried chicken and waffles.”
(182 E. Bay St., 843-513-5264)

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“I really like this store called Worthwhile. It’s a little clothing and accessories boutique, and it’s just really well-curated. They carry Isabel Marant and Gary Graham and some interesting Japanese labels, plus some good books and fragrances.”
(268 King St., 843-723-4418)

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“There’s a new kind of Thai/Vietnamese place called Xiao Bao Biscuit. It’s right around the corner from my house. We were seriously lacking in ethnic food around here, so it’s great. They have this scallion pancake that’s really awesome.”
(224 Rutledge Ave.)

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“My favorite beach is Folly Beach. At the moment, I’d say I’m a very bad surfer, but that’s my summer goal—to get better. It’s the hardest thing ever, but when you get it right, it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Come back tomorrow for Harper’s edition, ready for a trip to Charleston or anywhere!

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Sara Gates’s Guide to Having the Best Summer Ever at Rockaway Beach

TripAdvisor, you’ve met your match.

“I live and work in my studio in Brooklyn, so I love having a place that I can escape to,” says Sara Gates, the mastermind behind the badass hand-dyed bag line Cook & Gates. “When I’m in my studio, I’m always working, but in Rockaway, I can actually chill and have time to read and paint.” And Sara’s not letting any hurricane damage dissuade her this season: She’s renting a place and regrouping with the other mega-fans she bonded with last summer—and sharing her list of the best places to chillax if you decide to follow her lead. —alisha prakash

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Veggie Island has great coffee, fresh juices, and vegetarian sandwiches. It’s right around the corner from Rockaway Taco, so skip the lines pick up a sandwich instead.”
(95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd.)

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“My Frenchie, Janice, loves the beach, which is only a 45-minute drive from my place in Greenpoint.”

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“This summer, I rented a place on 95th and Shore Front Parkway. It’s right next to Connolly’s, where you can get an amazing piña colada for $5 served in a styrofoam cup, so you can bring it to the beach!”
(155 Beach 95th St.)

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Goldies has the absolute best natural beauty products. They’re all made in Rockaway Beach by my good friend Sarah Trogdon. I use every one of these products, and you can get them from Veggie Island at the lowest prices.”

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“If you are looking for a place to stay out there, you can stay the night aboard Anyone’s Guest, a houseboat with a rustic-cabin feel in the beautiful Jamaica Bay. It sleeps at least four, and the beach is five short blocks away. And if you are interested in learning to sail, you can cross the dock and take a sailing class with the Rockaway Sailing School!”
(Houseboat contact: ingrid@ingridammann.com; sailing school contact: Tory, 908-902-9429)

Now that Sara has taken you with her on vacation, it is really only fair that you do the same…and this Mini Duffel is perfect for an overnight!

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Don’t just go to the beach. BE the beach. (c/o Mary Meyer!) —erica

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Weather Vain: Maui, Hawaii - 77 With a Chance of Showers

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It’s summer surfin’ season in Maui. Here’s what to wear to make the most of a day at Waihe‘e, Ho‘okipa, or Puamana Beach. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Wax + Cruz hat to take your from water to lunch at Pranee’s Thai Food.

+ The tiniest Bing Bang ring that won’t get in the way of biking Haleakala National Park.

+ The sort of Lisa Marie Fernandez suit that cooperates with surfboards.

+ Baggu's brilliant (and still stylin') wetsuit bag, ready to be tossed in the back of a jeep. 

+ Frame Denim cutoffs—as green (well, nearly) as Julia’s Banana Bread Treehouse.  

+ The BEST way to keep tabs on your iPhone, c/o SFK.

+ A super-cute Nomia crop top that would also look killer with a high-waisted skirt for dinner at Pacific’o.

If you’re looking for more “Weather Vain” action, head this way. 

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Noah Guy Shares the Best Places to Bike to in All of San Fran

The spots you’ve gotta hit on a pair of wheels.

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For Noah Guy, traveling through the streets of San Fransisco on his custom eighties bicycle—American-made, just like his bags for Joshu+Vela—is oh-so-much better than driving his truck. And that’s only partially because of his bike’s rad graphics. For Noah, an ideal trip starts out in the Mission and ends up at the coast—with the stops below on the way. —carrie neill

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Adobe Bookshop
“I’d start out at Adobe Books at the corner of 16th and Valencia. It’s an independent bookstore, a sort of San Fran institution, and it’s struggling to stay alive. It shows a more relaxed side of the city—they have punk concerts, poetry readings, and art shows in the back. It’s kind of a relic of the pre-money age.”
(3166 16th St.)

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The Wiggle to the Conservatory of Flowers
“Then I’d take the Wiggle—SF’s mile-long, zigzagging bike route—into Golden Gate Park, and check out the Conservatory of Flowers. They’ve recently painted bike lines and bike symbols on the roads. It seems like there are more bikers in San Francisco per capita than anywhere else.”
(Conservatory: 100 John F. Kennedy Dr.; conservatoryofflowers.org)

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Happy Bakery to de Young Museum
“At Happy Bakery, just south of the park at 24th and Irving, you can get the best vegetarian steamed rice buns. I’d grab a couple of those and then head to the de Young museum, which is a really interesting building. I saw the Vivienne Westwood exhibit there a few years ago. It was cool to look at the things she was doing right out of art school, when she was just making things with her buddies, and to think that years later, those pieces ended up in a museum.”
(Bakery: 2253 Irving St.; Museum: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.; deyoung.famsf.org)

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Trouble Coffee Company to Ocean Beach
“After that, I’d head out to Ocean Beach, stopping for some cinnamon toast from Trouble Coffee. The surf at the beach is a bit rough, so the surfers there are really good. It’s a very relaxing place—a real stress-reliever.”
(Coffee: 4033 Judah St.; troublecoffee.com)

Score Noah’s adventure-ready edition: A sturdy, so-cool denim weekender.

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Tulum: Thanks to Dezso, you can take it with you. —erica

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Scout & Catalogue Delivers the Ultimate Puerto Vallarta Tour

No, really—just try to top it.

Puerto Vallarta has gone from sleepy fishing town to one of Mexico’s hotspots, and while most guides will tell you to take a walk on the Malecon (you really should) or wander the streets of the picturesque Zona Romantica, Scout & Catalogue’s Breanna Musgrove made PV her home for long enough to learn its secrets. Here, she spills them, along with pics from her time in the country. —jackie varriano

Bonus: Breanna’s edition—a hand-dyed clutch—is perfect for any vacation you might be planning.


Complimentary tequila and a little R&R on the rooftop patio of Hotel Hafa in Sayulita.

SLEEPING 

Hacienda San Angel: “This boutique hotel is situated right behind the main church. Get ready for a fantastic dinner on a rooftop terrace with views of the mountains and the sun setting into the Bay of Banderas.”


A Mexican folk art shop in the beautiful colonial town of San Sebastian.

SHOPPING 

Fabric Stores: “If you are interested in anything DIY, you will be in heaven in Mexico. Check out Parisina, Moda Telas, and Super Telas, as well as the amazing notion stores that sell every type of ribbon, glitter, or button your heart desires.”

Querubines: “One of my favorite stores! They carry a beautiful selection of folk craft, antiques, and other quirky finds from all over Mexico.”

Tlaquepaque: “My other favorite shop in the city is Tlaquepaque. The shop is filled with pottery, wooden toys, and glassware from the Tlaquepaque region of Guadalajara.”


A typical Mexican market, similar to the one located across the street from the local cemetery.

EATING 

Café Oro Verde: “The best coffee in the city comes from Café Oro Verde—the proprietors have been making coffee for the last 19 years from beans harvested in the Sierra Madre.”

Tortillerias: “I always make sure to drop into a tortilleria and grab a half kilo of fresh tortillas to have in the hotel room. A half kilo will set you back about 5 pesos and should be more than enough. If you don’t speak Spanish, just repeat after me, ‘Medio kilo, porfa.”


A beautiful quiet beach found along the road south of PV heading towards Mismaloya.

SUNNING 

Hidden (Public!) Beaches: “A little known fact about Mexico is that no one can lay claim to the beach. Some of the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta lay just south of the city. Check out Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan, or take a water taxi to Yelapa. In order to dissuade the common man from sharing their beautiful beaches, most property owners try to hide the trails down to the water. How do you find them? Just keep an eye out for large collections of cars parked inconveniently along the side of the road. Where there are cars, there is a beach.”

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Tripping: Asia Ragland of Feliks + Adrik Is Right At Home in the Big Sur

If you haven’t planned a summer vacation yet, let our little “Tripping” series be your guide. Just please don’t blame us if you accomplish approximately nothing the rest of the day because Asia Ragland's last great escape (below!) took you down a Big Sur rabbit hole.

Shut. Up.

"To celebrate my 30th, I rallied a group of dear friends to spend the weekend together in Big Sur, California. The theme was Lost Boys-meets-The Goonies. As there were 14 of us, I rented an enormous house, and it, the views, the private hiking trails, and the company were out of this world. Though it was tempting to spend every moment in our cliffside retreat, we ventured to Pfeiffer Beach—an enchanting stretch of land spotted with surreal rock formations and dusted with purple sand—and afterwards, we gathered at the Big Sur Taphouse, a cozy and charming bar located just south of the beach on the highway. Overall, I recommend renting a house or a cabin whether there are 14 of you or just two. Experiencing the luxury of privacy and ideal location is priceless.” —asia

More getaway ideas here! Go! Do it!

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