Hit the 6 Best (Sunniest!) Spots in Honolulu with Jess Shedlock

Shave-ice amazingness, here we come.

If you are lucky enough to spend some time in Hawaii, you know the slice-of-paradise reputation is no joke. Honolulu native Jess Shedlock may live in Los Angeles these days, but her beach-bombshell clothing line Wonderland Honolulu totally knows its roots. These are the half dozen places she visits when she Pacific-hops home. —jane gauger

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Sandy Beach Park
“A blazing hot beach with pounding shorebreak and a couple fun surf spots off to the side—it’s a great place to see what’s trending in bikinis!”

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Waiola Shave Ice
“Nothing better than a shave ice after a long surf sesh! Plain coconut is my all-time favorite.”
(2135 Waiola St.)

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Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Kuhio Beach Park
The Duke Kahanamoku statue is in the heart of Waikiki, where tourists and locals mix to celebrate the sport of surfing and heritage of Hawai’i. You can walk straight out to the water from behind the statue and paddle to Queen’s Surf Beach, a popular surf break. The spot is otherwise not accessible because of the breakwalls.”

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Peace Cafe
“Amazing vegan café—the food is full of flavor, and it has the nicest staff! I love the BBQ tempeh and the Heart & Seoul, their take on a bibimbap.”
(2239 S. King St.)

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Homecoming Boutique
“This is my go-to for just about everything in my closet that isn’t from my own line, from everyday basics to something really special for the occasional night out. It has the cutest shop dog ever!”
(12 S. King St. #104)

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Kahuku Land Farm Stands
The stands are set up right outside the fence of Kahuku Land Farm on the northeast side of the island. I like the banana lumpia, a pie-type filling wrapped up in a lumpia wrapper, which is like an egg roll, but very thin and a little flakier. They are super-good, but my favorite thing is coconut mochi because I am a coconut fanatic!”
(56-781 Kamehameha Hwy)

Jess’s shorts are perfect for a day of exploring in Hawaii—or just hangin’ out at home.

 

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Weather Vain: Malibu, California - 77 and Clear

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Let’s be honest: There’s no such thing as a bad day in Malibu. But today—well, this Monday is especially lovely. How to take advantage. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Raquel Allegra dress that will disappear right into the furniture at the aptly named Sunset restaurant.

+ Earrings, from Ursa Major, that you don’t have to take off for beach yoga.

+ Totally appropriate for an afternoon at the Getty Villa, this Lizzie Fortunato bracelet.

+ A sweater from Theyskens’ Theory, that, along with a glass of something red c/o Malibu Wine, is ideal for combatting any chilliness come nightfall.

+ Slides by The Palatines that have the same earthy-polished vibe that you’ll get at Malibu Beach Inn

Whoa, there’s a lot more of this. See it all.

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Weather Vain: Lockhart, Texas - 98 and Partly Cloudy

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Summer means barbecue, and barbecue means Lockhart, Texas. Here’s what to wear today in pit country. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The airiest linen dress you can find, from T by Alexander Wang.

+ A necklace by K/LLER that would look equally at-home in Austin, 30 minutes away.

+ A Komono watch—an homage to the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches.

+ A cuff from Dannijo that’s nearly as satisfying as a scoop of Century Sundae ice cream by Blue Bell.

+ A Kara bag with room for a score or two from Sol & Luna Antiques & Art.

+ Kelsi Dagger sandals that will still be comfortable after you gorge on salty, fatty brisket at Smitty’s Market.

Wanna mess with Texas? Head this way.

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The Vacationers: Erica’s Guide to Having, Like, the BEST Time in Portugal

You guys, I just recently got back from a two-week-long honeymoon in Portugal. And while I recommend honeymoons in general, I endorse this one in particular because Portugal, you see, is awesome. It’s got history and good design, beaches and vineyards—and it’s pretty dang affordable, too. You should probably go (and don’t feel like you have to get married to do so). If/when you make the trip: Rent a car and plan some time outside of the bigger cities. My thoughts on where you should head and what you should do, see, eat, and buy there below. —erica

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Impossible to get enough of those tiles.

PORTO

What It Is: The country’s second-largest city is also one of the oldest in Europe.

Where to Stay: One of eight polished apartments at Flattered in Foz, an oceanfront ‘hood that’s a little removed—in a good way—from the more touristy part of town.

What to Eat: Lunch at Mercearia Das Flores, a chill little spot with lots of regional products that resides on a cute stretch of Rua das Flores.

What to Do: Walk up and down all of the windy little streets in  Ribeira and Clérigos.

What to Bring Home: Port—duuuuuh. We fell especially hard for RP10, an aged tawny from Ramos Pinto, and the dry white take from Dow’s.

A Good Planning Resource: The app version of the Wallpaper* City Guide to Porto.

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Pool time at Villa Extramuros.

ARRAIOLOS

What It Is: A teeny town in the up-and-coming wine region Alentejo—super-pretty with all its cork and olive trees.

Where to Stay: Villa Extramuros, which is kind of like a design-oriented B&B…with a sick little pool and some sheep grazing on the property. (I named one of the ewes Stacy—if you meet her, tell her I say hey.)

What to Eat: An outdoor lunch at the couldn’t-be-more-stunning vineyard Herdade do Esporão. You’ll obviously need to do a tasting of their house olive oils.

What to Do: Explore Évora, the medieval town about 20 minutes away—and definitely stop in for a meal at Botequim da Mouraria while you’re around.

What to Bring Home: A rug from Casa dos Tapetes. They’ve been the Arraiolos specialty since the 17th Century.

A Good Planning Resource: This Saveur story about the area’s food traditions, by a writer who’s been visiting since the sixties.

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Downtown Comporta—that’s a juice bar there on the right.

COMPORTA

What It Is: A beach destination amidst rice fields that’s about 75 miles south of Lisbon—in my imagination, it’s like the Hamptons 20 years ago: You can tell it’s headed in a scene-y direction, but it’s not there yet.

Where to Stay: This freaking adorable beach house (comes with a hammock, obviously) or a room at this sleek-looking hotel-spa thing Sublime that just opened.

What to Eat: Some ultra-fresh grilled fish and the fava bean salad at the beachside restaurant Sal.

What to Do: Score a stretch of sand and laze the day away at glorious, crowd-free Praia do Pego.

What to Bring Home: Some ceramics from the appealingly fancy-pants Loja do Museu do Arroz.

A Good Planning Resource: Condé Nast Traveller has the scoop.

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Breakfast at Baixa House! I know: those plates.

LISBON

What It Is: The place you were already planning to visit if you were thinking about heading to Portugal.

Where to Stay: A Baixa House apartment that’s decorated perfectly and situated right in the thick of things.

What to Eat: A blowout, many-course dinner at 100 Maneiras…or a low-key, vinho verde-and-cheese snack at the teeny, totally unassuming Graça do Vinho.

What to Do: Check out the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, the national tile museum, and definitely grab a drink in the courtyard after you do. (Not sure if it’s clear yet, but: There’s a lot of day-drinking to be had.)

What to Bring Home: Canned fish—if you ask me, both Conserveira de Lisboa and Loja das Conservas are worth a visit.

A Good Planning Resource: This tribute to the city c/o Frank Bruni.

Looking for more trip ideas? Welp, here you go.

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Weather Vain: Durham, North Carolina - 92 With a Chance of Thunderstorms

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Ooof, guys, it’s a steamy one in Duke (and Clay Aiken!) country. Here’s how to at least attempt to tackle it. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ This Suno dress + Vietnamese coffee ice cream from The Parlour = a GD dream.

+ A ring, from Macha, that wouldn’t look crazy out-of-place at the Durham Bulls’ ballpark.

+ A Collina Strada pouch that would look just right amidst the tapas at Mateo.

+ The sort of umbrella by Orla Kiely that makes any precipitation feel a whole lot less gloomy.

+ Melissa flats that can handle a downpour.

A whole lot more “Weather Vain” to be had here!

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Weather Vain: Boulder, Colorado - 87 and Clear

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Why does this time of year make us want to head west? Maybe it’s our lungs itching for some mountain air? Here’s what we’d wanna be wearing today in the Berkeley of the Rockies. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Collette Ishiyama bracelet that everyone at the shop Weekends would die over. 

+ A Fleabags clutch that’s polished enough for a stay at St. Julien—but also completely down to hit the farmers’ market.

+ This ring, by Satomi Kawakita, that wouldn’t get in the way of any outdoor activities.

+ Sunglasses from Warby Parker—required if you plan on spending any time exploring Pearl Street.

+ Lace-ups from Soludos that keep your toes protected when you hop on a cruiser rented from Boulder Bikesmith.

+ A Lemlem dress ready to score a seat at Oak's chef's counter.

Whoa, there’s a whole lot more “Weather Vain” to be had.

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Weather Vain: Providence, Rhode Island - 68 With a Chance of Rain

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Hey, now—don’t let the rain in R.I. get you down. Here’s how to keep things cheery (check out that bright white) in the Creative Capital. —erica

+ Native rain shoes that don’t actually look like rain shoes.

+ A VeraMeat necklace—simple but super-considered (not unlike the coolest hotel in town, The Dean?).

+ Rag & Bone white jeans, ready for a late-afternoon oyster-mushroom po’ boy at The Grange.

+ A sweater from Everly, in case you get chilly sitting in one of the 1492 seats at the Columbus Theater.

+ One of those linen tees, from 81 Hours, that you’d wear more than you wish to admit.

+ Mociun earrings that the kids at RISD would die over.

+ A Will Leather Goods wallet with a wristlet strap, to keep your hands free to clutch a White Electric Coffee mocha…and bagel.

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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.

Get all the “Weather Vain” you can handle!

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Recipe for Success: Make the Salad that Gets us Through our Craziest Days

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The stressiest days at Of a Kind HQ tend to be photo shoot ones: We take all of our product pictures at our super-lovely Financial District office—which means there’s all sorts of hubbub (models changing! samples overtaking tables! cameras angling for the best light!). Our most recent coping mechanism has been ordering team lunch from the deliciously healthy Nourish Kitchen + Table via the pretty wonderful service Caviar, and every G.D. time, we all end up competing for the last scoop of the kale salad. I know what you’re thinking: Enough with the kale salad—it can’t possibly be that noteworthy. Well, you’re wrong, so shove it. To prove it to you, we asked Marissa Lippert, the nutritionally minded phenom behind Nourish (more on her here!), to share the tangy, sesame-y, just-hearty recipe, and because she’s the best, she said, “DUH.” —erica

Nourish Kitchen + Table’s Detox Kale Salad 
Ingredients 
SALAD
1 bunch lacinato Tuscan kale, stripped of the stems, leaves roughly chopped 
½ medium-sized watermelon radish, thinly sliced using a mandolin 
1 small apple, thinly sliced as half-moons
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
generous sprinkle of sesame seeds, lightly toasted
DRESSING
2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari soy sauce (gluten-free)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 inch piece of ginger, finely grated
1 clove garlic, finely grated
¼ cup toasted sesame oil
cracked pepper to taste
Directions
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients except last two. Slowly whisk in the sesame oil and season with pepper. Place kale leaves in a large serving bowl and drizzle in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Massage the kale with your hands—yes, get down and dirty with your bare hands. (This is the big secret for a great-tasting salad!) Mix in the remaining salad ingredients and lightly toss. Drizzle with a little extra dressing until evenly coated. Serves 4.
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Weather Vain: New Orleans, Louisiana - 84 and Clear

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Y’all, it’s getting hot in NOLA. Here’s how to spend the day before the steaminess of summer fully sets in. —erica

Illesteva sunglasses as classic as a Pimm’s cup at Napoleon House.

+ A Gryson bag that matches a powdered-sugar-dredged beignet.

+ Cutoffs by Mother ideal for bopping around the Bywater.

+ The sort of Collina Strada tank that can handle the heat (and at least attempt to hide any sweat stains).

Faris earrings—a perf tribute to bananas foster, no?

+ These sandals from Vince = down for dinner on the porch at Boucherie.

It’s “Weather Vain” central! Right here!

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