Can you virtually tour Ireland? I am — and here’s how it’s going

In southwest Ireland, there’s a circular scenic drive that contours the Iveragh Peninsula, weaving through lush coastal landscapes and itty bitty rural seaside villages. It’s called the Ring of Kerry, and it’s an iconic trek in Ireland — an open secret boasting some incredible vistas and glimpses of diverse wildlife. Tourists from around the world…

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Pasadena, CA: University or park? Caltech’s campus offers a much-needed escape

The desire to come to America ran river-deep into my soul. My sight was fixated on it like Neil Armstrong’s on the moon, and just like space, it was alien territory. Marvelous, but alien, harboring some familiarity but equal strangeness. The United States was something I saw all the time — in movies, music and…

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Roundup: 7 ways to play with the asymmetry trend this spring

Just a few weeks ago, I was prowling the vegetable bins at a local grocery, carrying an assortment of products with one arm and trying to pry open a plastic produce bag with two dry fingers. (If you have ever tried to do this while wearing a mask and without licking your thumb first, you…

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Roundup: How to wear opera gloves

A few weeks ago, I hunkered down on the couch, with a plate of washed and destemmed grapes and the remote control within reach. By my feet, my fluffball of a poodle sighed, perched like a cute little cherry on top of a swirl of blanket. In other words, it was an evening of endless…

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Bakersfield, CA: Breaking pie on Galentine’s Day

I remember the first time we met. It was the second day of fashion week in Los Angeles, and we’d been called over to stand in line and wait for our turn to interview one of the designers post-show. The hall of the automotive museum was buzzing with people discussing the looks they’d just seen…

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Las Vegas, Nevada: What it was like saddling up for the first time

“I’m fine,” I tell Anton, but there’s a watery vulnerability in my voice which I’m sure he’s picked up on. Still, he asks me over and over. My response stays the same. It’s about as generic of an answer anyone could give, and at its core, when it’s not used passive-aggressively, it just means: I’m…

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Roundup: How to wear art prints

If you’ve ever read any of my blog posts or thumbed through my Instagram feed, you probably already know this: I love art. That’s partially because I grew up fully immersed in the works of the old masters (but that’s another topic for another post), but also because art — if you don’t let it…

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Mentryville, CA: Healing through hiking

The sun floods the sky with a deep, almost artificial mauve. The color seeps into the crevices of low-hanging, lumpy clouds — slowly, almost deliberately. If this sunset has an end time, it’s clearly in no hurry to reach it. We’re enjoying this, of course. What a better time for nature to threaten to dazzle…

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Roundup: 10 inspiring fashion Instagram accounts to keep on your radar in 2021

  I’ll be honest. I went into 2021 with a lot of enthusiasm — the possibilities of a vaccine, a change in government, a chance at a normal life. Though all of these things are still well underway, it seems like the sight of still-climbing COVID-19 cases are enough to yo-yo me back down to…

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48 hours in a pandemic-era Las Vegas

*Writer’s note: My trip to Vegas happened back in November of 2020, before the recent travel restrictions and dramatic surges in COVID-19 cases. We don’t run into anyone. No hapless tourists in baggy cargo shorts leaving their rooms to test their luck with the slot machines. No boisterous laughter echoing off the walls. Just the…

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