Weather Vain: Wilmington, Delaware - 87 and Partly Cloudy

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Over the weekend, the whole Of a Kind team headed just a smidge south for Claire’s wedding (!!!!!). Here’s what we’d want to be working if we were still there today—but we’re kind of glad we didn’t have to try to pack for this heat, if we’re being honest. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Dream Collective necklace totally ready to dive into dinner at La Fia.

+ A Polly Wales ring with stones that pay tribute to all of the flowers blooming at Longwood Gardens.

+ An Equipment top—about a polished (and clothed) as anyone can be expected to be in this heat.

Coclico wedges sturdy enough for some serious tax-free shopping.

+ Ann Yee shorts with an elastic band—in case you overdo at on cherry-vanilla ice cream at Woodside Farm Creamery.

+ A pouch from Rennes that won’t weigh you down as you explore Bellevue State Park.

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Weather Vain: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 25 and Partly Cloudy

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WELCOME TO WINTER, Y’ALL. Here’s how to survive embrace it in the City of Champions today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A steel-colored MHL by Margaret Howell sweater. Cause, you know, Steel City.

+ Mittens from Saturday focused on keeping your paws as toasty as possible.

+ A Sophie Hulme purse that makes up for the lack of foliage at The Point.

+ The sort of Band of Outsiders coat you won’t take off ‘til the Penguins wrap up their season.

+ This Eugenia Kim headband = as cozy as the short rib flatbread at Meat & Potatoes

+ Mociun earrings—chill enough for a few beers c/o The Brew Gentlemen.

+ Maison Scotch cords that make it easy to try on clothes at the shops on Indigo Square.

+ Warby Parker glasses, to pore over the massive selection of second-hand scores at Book Tree.

More “Weather Vain!” Go!

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Weather Vain: Des Moines, Iowa - 50 and Partly Cloudy

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It’s a nice, crisp day in DSM. Here’s how to take advantage of the harvest-season weather. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Lover sweater that screams “FALL” as loudly as the chili at Gateway Market.

+ An Erin Considine necklace—elegant and polished like La Mie's pastries.

+ A slim Ben Minkoff cardholder, shoved into the deep pockets of your jacket.

+ N.D.C. boots, ready to explore the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

+ Corduroys! In dusty pink, c/o MiH.

+ This Steven Alan jacket: perfect for trolling the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Elk jerky, anyone?

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Weather Vain: Kansas City, Missouri - 81 and Clear

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Go for the barbecue…or, on a day like today, the weather. Here’s how to take advantage of K.C. on this gorge Monday. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ So sunny that you’ll need this Rag & Bone straw number all damn day.

+ A dress—from Black Crane—ready to hit any of the 70-odd galleries in the Crossroads Arts District

+ Collette Ishiyama's stingray necklace—it adds some unfussy cool to just about anything.

+ Matthew Williamson shades as rosy as the flora around the Laura Conyers Smith Fountain.

+ A Tila March clutch that’s toootally ready for a date-night outing to Justus Drugstore

+ Senso sandals as fresh as the crazy-good salads at The Mixx

Way more “Weather Vain” right this way!

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Monica Ruzansky’s Rockin’ Guide to Mexico City

A half dozen places you just gotta hit.

For the jewelry designer Monica Ruzansky, there’s no place like home. And though she finds New York plenty appealing, the exuberance of her native Mexico City has no rival. “The energy, the food, the nightlife—it’s addictive,” explains the mastermind behind AILI’s pared-down gems. So book a trip, visit six of Monica’s fave spots, and don’t be surprised if you never want to leave. —mattie kahn

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Contramar
“This delicious place is on the fancy side but still casual. Every time I go back to Mexico, I have to visit it. Make sure to get the soft-shell crab taquitos, tuna sashimi, and the zihuatanejo tiritas—fish cured in lime. They also make their own fluffy and tasty tortillas. And all of this is best when you accompany it with a clamato-michelada.” (Durango 200, Roma, Cuauhtémoc)

La Ostra
“This is a more casual restaurant. I love this place for the aguachile de camarón, which is raw shrimp cured in lime and chili powder. I could easily eat an order for myself and not share.” (Nuvo Leon 109, Cuauhtémoc)

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La Lagunilla Market
“La Lagunilla is a really great flea market, where you’ll find all kinds of Mexican vintage objects, old movie props, furniture, toys, clothing… I also go there to visit one of the regulars who sells stones and has an amazing selection of minerals.” (Rayón and Allende)

Mercado de Sonora
“This market is fascinating! It’s divided into different sections. On one side, there are traditional Mexican toys and piñatas. And on the other, there are all sorts things for white and black magic. You can find anything from soaps to attract love, amulets or herbs for any kind of medical condition…I highly recommend it.” (Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 419, Merced Balbuena)

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Parque de Chapultepec
“The one place not to be missed is the Parque de Chapultepec. It is the biggest national park in Mexico. Have some flour chicharrones with valentine—a spicy sauce—as a snack while you go for a stroll around the lake, and then go up the hill to the castle for a magnificent view of the city. The castle is now a museum that was once the home of Maximiliano, the ill-fated emperor of Mexico.” (Periodista, Miguel Hidalgo)

Covadonga
“One place where I like to hang out with my friends is an old Spanish restaurant and cantina called Covadonga. You can still find men playing dominos. It is a simple but authentic bar—there is no music, but between the conversations of the crowd, you can hear the domino pieces falling, like a soundtrack to the night.” (Puebla 115, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc)

Monica’s edition travels well. Get her ruby triangle necklace while you can.

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Louisa Plays Favorites in London and San Francisco

The designer is equally loyal to both locales.

Although Louisa Parris’s family hopped around a bit when she was a kid (oh, hi, Dubai), London is her home: She studied fashion at Central Saint Martins, where she won the womenswear collection award upon graduation. Right about then, she also fell in love, and, in 2005, moved out to San Francisco with her now husband Chris, who had landed a sweet gig at Apple. Now the sophisticated Brit has fully embraced the SF scene…but she also gets back to London as much as she can manage. These are her must-hits in both cities.


BAR
London / The Nightingale: “This is five doors down from my family home, and I think I’ve been going there before I was legal! At Christmas, it’s amazing—filled with friends, locals, and dogs.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Lone Palm: “It’s small with a great atmosphere—white tablecloths with black-and-white movies always playing in the corner. This little place gets packed, but I love it—and, again, it’s a short walk from my apartment.”


MUSIC VENUE
London / Wilton’s Music Hall: “I got married here this time last year for a second time. My husband and I always promised we would do it again for friends and family—the first time, Chris and I went to San Francisco City Hall in 2006. This is the oldest music hall in London, and it’s right in the heart of the city. I’ve yet to see a gig here, but I will one day I’m sure. You can even go on a guided tour—there is so much history to the place.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Bimbo’s 365 Club: “Seeing live shows in San Francisco is a huge part of going out here. Bimbo’s 365 is a stunning venue—I’ll never forget seeing Feist three or so years ago. The whole sound system went out, and Feist did this amazing gig with only a few lights on and very little sound support. It gave you shivers down your arms it was so atmospheric.”


PARK
London / Clapham Common: “This is where I go for a lazy afternoon of reading the papers, sitting with friends, and watching the world go by. Recently, they restored the grandstand, it looks very beautiful even without a band.”
San Francisco / Crissy Field: “If I could go down there every weekend, I would. Going right up under the Golden Gate Bridge on a cold, sunny day with the water right next to you is amazing and just so different from everything I grew up around in London.” [pictured]


PLACE TO SEE ART
London / Victoria and Albert Museum: “I’ve been going there since I was little and even showed my gowns in a fashion show in the Raphael Galleries. You can easily spend hours lost in the rooms and corridors of such an old museum.”
San Francisco / Legion of Honor: “I do love all our galleries in SF, and we have some really big ones. But lately I prefer the Legion of Honor. It’s much smaller, and I like to go when it’s quiet.” [pictured]


TEA
London / Fortnum & Mason: “Whenever I’m home, I have to do a tea run to Fortnum & Mason—not only to buy tea but also to see the window displays, which are amazing visual feats.” [pictured]
San Francisco / Martha & Brothers Coffee: “When my husband and I arrived in Noe Valley six years ago, this was the first place we went for tea and coffee, and we still go every day. I even send Martha’s coffee back to family in London and Paris—they are all addicted!”

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