Head to Narrowsburg—the Catskills Destination Bridie Picot Loves

Get out of town (or at least pretend to).

How does Bridie Picot clear her head? The whiz behind the way-cool home line Thing Industries ditches NYC on the weekends for a teensy town in the Catskills called Narrowsburg. “It is set on the Delaware River with a great metal bridge that connects New York to Pennsylvania and looks totally Stand By Me-ish,” she says. “You see lots of people floating down the river on rafts and tubes in summer. They’re usually a little sunburnt and hung-over the next day.” This is what to do when you’re not out on the water. —alex ronan

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The Heron
“This is one of the few places to eat in Narrowsburg, but it just happens to be one of my favorite places to eat in all of New York state! Marla and her husband started it about two years ago, and we usually end up there at least once a weekend. Their crispy eggs at brunch are to die for. Even when my car was stuck in snow in my driveway, I was ready to walk four miles for those eggs.”
(40 Main St.)

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The Big Eddy Toy Co.
“Possibly the cutest toy store ever. It has a very well-curated selection of kids’ toys that you’ll probably want for yourself. I bought my niece a fart book from here that she and the rest of the family thoroughly enjoy.”
(60 Main St.)

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Nest
“Opposite The Heron is a really great interiors store owned by an ex-Vogue design director. It’s filled and with amazing vintage finds and new things. She also carries some gorgeous swim cover-ups and floaty summer dresses—it’s perfect for a quick shop before you throw yourself in the nearby Delaware River for a summer swim.”
(15 Main St.)

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Kristal Bowl
“Five bowling lanes, a jukebox, lots of neon, and cheap cocktails make for a good night whenever we have friends up—actually, even if we don’t. Great fries!”
(9202 New York 97, Callicoon)

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Maison Bergogne
“Housed in a beautiful old bus garage is an antiques store with some amazing taxidermy and vintage furniture. During the summer, it’s home to the Big Eddy Farm Stand, a super-cute mini farmers’ market run by local teenagers. They do a great Fourth of July float, too.”
(226 Bridge St.)

Bridie made a carpet that’s so stinkin’ cute you’ve gotta have it.

 

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Weather Vain: Baton Rouge, Louisiana - 76 With Thunderstorms

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Like Garth Brooks, I’ve gotta send my love down to Baton Rouge. Here’s an outfit made for a day like today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Ready for dancing at Teddy’s Juke Joint? Cause this cotton Ulla Johnson dress is.

+ To protect that head of yours in case of a downpour: a white leather Etudes cap.

+ A K/LLER necklace fit for deviled eggs and crayfish at IPO.

+  A slick Louise Goods clutch, the color of a pint of Abita Purple Haze.

+ Dream Collective earrings—to hold you over until the April showers bring May flowers?

+ The most grown-up take on a jelly sandal ever, c/o Madison Harding.

Whoa, when it rains, it pours: Check out all of our “Weather Vain” posts.

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Take 5: Get to Know Shoreditch, the London ‘Hood Everyone’s Talking About

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!
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Shoreditch is home to some of the best nightlife in London. But guess what? The super-cool neighborhood is worth exploring before sundown as well. These five spots are at the top of my daytime hit list. —mattie kahn  

The Queen of Hoxton
Since declaring it spring in London, I’ve officially voted The Queen of Hoxton my watering hole. Snag a seat at its rooftop bar (pictured!), sip Slush Puppy cider, and embrace the warmness. Ahh.
(1-5 Curtain Rd.)

Ally Capellino
The brand best known for its so-pared-down bags opened its doors in Shoreditch in 2005, and Londoners have lusted after the high-functioning backpacks and bright totes ever since.
(9 Calvert Ave.)

Blondie
If you’re in the market for some top-notch vintage, this is your spot. Dive into Blondie’s collection of flapper dresses, seriously enviable handbags, and old-school YSL suiting. And dig for fifties-era separates—they’re worth it.
(114-118 Commercial St.)

Albion
Picture your high-school cafeteria. Now substitute mystery meat and lunchroom jocks for delicious roast chicken sandwiches and the neighborhood’s cool kids. If you want to avoid 9th grade dining flashbacks entirely, you can grab some bakery goodness to-go.
(2-4 Boundary St.)

Start
It’s window-shopping heaven over here. With its selection of Lily Kamper, Acne, and local favorite Sophie Hulme, Start is better equipped than any boutique in this town to fuel brand-new-wardrobe fantasies.
(42-44 Rivington St.)

 Spend more time hanging in London with Mattie.

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Weather Vain: Chicago, Illinois - 44 With a Chance of Rain

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+ An Each x Other trench as white as the tablecloths at Pearl Tavern.

+ Ah, these Dieppa Restrepo loafers! The color of some GT Fish & Oyster king crab legs.

+ The perfect, easy-fitting black silk pants c/o Raquel Allegra.

+ A Carven shirt just crisp and business-y enough for the West Loop.

+ What do you know: a two-finger ring, from K/LLER, that’s actually a breeze to wear.

+ A Jenni Kayne blazer in Cubs colors—cause it’s officially that time of year, guys.

+ Shoulder bags—not great for layers. A backpack like this Jerome Dreyfuss one—a whole lot better.

+ This Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer bracelet = just weird enough for the out-there cocktails from Aviary

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Take 5: Here’s How to Make the Most of a Weekend in Dublin

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

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Just over an hour from London by plane, Dublin makes for a pretty magical weekend getaway. But the city famous for its literature and liquor has killer boutiques and amazing ice cream (you know, on top of all that beer and Bailey’s). Here, the so-good spots I fell for. —mattie kahn

Murphy’s
The ice cream for sale at this establishment is the flat-out best I’ve ever tasted. My only complaint? That I was forced to choose but two of its sixteen flavors. (Kerry Cream Vanilla and Irish Brown Bread, FTW!) 
(27 Wicklow St.)

Meet & Meat
The fish and chips at Leo Burdock are as good as Dubliners say. But once you’ve had your fill of fried food, head to this corner café for a lunchtime sandwich or a heaping cheese board. Be sure to savor every bite of the Guinness-infused gouda. It’s only right.
(1-3 S. William St.)

Costume
A veteran of Dublin’s Castle Market Street, this boutique stocks designers like Johnstons of Elgin and Thakoon Addition. Be sure to solicit the advice of its super-chic saleswomen while you browse—they’re brimming with top-notch local recommendations. (Thanks, guys!) 
(10-11 Castle Market St.)

Blazing Salads
First off, the name! This brilliantly christened deli—with its endless array of salads, samosas, and baked goods—is the kind I’d frequent daily if I lived in Dublin. Since I don’t, I’ll have to settle for the cookbook filled with at-home takes on the recipes.
(42 Drury St.)

Project 51
Equal parts gallery and cooperative, this spot in the heart of the city celebrates local designers, and its supply of cozy knitwear could make even the harshest Irish winters seem at least a little more bearable.
(51 S. William St.)

To dig into Mattie’s London picks, click, click!

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Weather Vain: Santa Barbara, California - 71 and Partly Cloudy

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Now’s the time of year when we’re especially desperado to live in California—to have dependable weather that almost always qualifies as lovely. Here’s looking at you, Santa Barbara. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ An Ace & Jig top that you could totally throw on over a swimsuit when things heat up.

+ Perfect tortoise sunglasses—c/o The Row—to have on-hand at all times.

+ Boy by Band of Outsiders chinos—cuffed and ready to stroll throw the AVA Santa Barbara vineyards. 

+ A ring by A Peace Treaty that, with its triangle motif, pays tribute to the pizza slices (prosciutto and burrata, white anchovy and ricotta!) at Blue Tavern.

+ Walking shoes by Marais USA, down to hit Mission Historical Park.

+ An Acne jacket for when there’s a (sigh, perfect) chill in the air at night.

On the hunt for better weather? Start here.

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Take 5: How to Spend a Fancy-Pants Day in London’s Mayfair

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

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London takes a lot of pride in its historic grit, but the city has a softer side as well—as evidenced in Mayfair’s cozy brasseries, dreamy cobblestone streets, and posh-enough-for-Posh shops. Here’s how to spend an indulgent afternoon. And plenty of quid. —mattie kahn

Sketch
Were Alice in Wonderland to build a mansion of her own design on Conduit Street, the result would probably look a whole lot like Sketch. The space houses five distinct eateries, but afternoon tea at its Gallery Restaurant is my personal favorite.
(9 Conduit St.)

Dover Street Market
Rei Kawakubo’s six-story emporium basically inaugurated high-concept shopping. And it’s not just about the exclusive finds: You also need to snag a seat and a snack at the Rose Bakery on the top floor—I’d go with the carrot cake.
(17-18 Dover St.)

No6 London
Curated by Adidas, No6 sells limited-edition footwear to Londoners in-the-know. Translation: Go here to get your hands on that pair of extra-cool Stan Smith sneakers that your friends at home can only dream about.
(6 Newburgh St.)

Pollen Street Social
Committed to definitively unstuffy fine dining, this restaurant is bright, lively, and just plain worth it. For a more low-key experience, sit at the bar for tapas and a drink.
(8-10 Pollen St.)

KJ’s Laundry
A few (walkable!) minutes from the heart of Mayfair, you’ll find this super-thoughtful boutique. It carries very cool, hard-to-find labels like Samantha Sung, Rodebjer, and Sessun, and just try not to salivate over the leather goods—I dare you.
(74 Marylebone Ln.)

More London! Right here!

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Weather Vain: Dallas, Texas - 73 and Clear

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This time last year, Claire and I were exploring Dallas, and we’re kind of itching to do it all over again—especially on a straight-up gorgeous day like this one. What we’d wanna wear! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A denim moto jacket by Theyskens’ Theory—in case your shoulders get cold while eating tostadas de ceviche outside at La Calle Doce.

+ A T by Alexander Wang dress in a blush-y hue, inspired by Grange Hall's flower arrangements.

+ So slick, this Kelly Wearstler ring! It’ll fit right in at dinner at Tei-An.

+ A raffia bag, from Loeffler Randall, that’s totally ready for a happening summer.

+ The perfect Sicky shades for taking in the Nasher Sculpture Garden.

+ Shoes for showing off a Hiatus pedicure, c/o Opening Ceremony.

+ Collette Ishiyama earrings that would make all the fancy ladies shopping at Forty Five Ten swoon.

Got the travel bug? Us too.

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City Haul: Where We Eat and Shop in Austin *and* L.A.

This week, Claire and I are headed west. Our itinerary: Austin, L.A., and Vegas. And though we can’t really comment on the latter—you know, what happens in Vegas…—we did want to share the places we’ll be visiting in destinations #1 and #2. In fact! We told Conde Nast Traveler alllll about our go-tos, and so for the full run-down, you best click on through. —erica

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AUSTIN! From tacos at La Condesa (pictured!) to warm-weather-appropriate sweaters from Kick Pleat to oysters as often as we can get them—more here.

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LOS ANGELES! We’re westside girls, and the are the Venice/West Hollywood/Santa Monica/Brentwood—like Tenoversix, shown up there!—that we’re hitting, for surez. This way for the scoop.

For more city-guide madness, click!

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Weather Vain: Anchorage, Alaska - 34 and Clear

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I’m going to save my first adventure to the City of Lights and Flowers for a time of year when there are, you know, flowers, but if you happen to be in AK today, here’s what I think you should wear—and what you should do! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Carven turtleneck, for cozying up to some seafood at Marx Bros. Cafe.

+ Frame Denim jeans that aren’t too fancy for some reindeer sausage.

+ Floral Kenzo gloves—because it’s too frosty to really experience any of the stunning natural scenery.

+ A Baggu bucket bag as caramel-y as a Bavarian Hefeweizen from Glacier Brewhouse.

+ An Isabel Marant coat, with a hood! In case your ears get chilly.

+ A K/LLER bracelet that would look fiiiiine resting on the bar at Hotel Captain Cook.

+ Velvet slip-ons c/o Rag & Bone that are cozy enough to watch the Alaska Aces play some ice hockey.

There’s a whole lot of “Weather Vain” to be had if you’re looking…

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