If you follow fashion, you probably know Kelly Talamas de Rilliet. Kelly is most known for her role as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico, a post she held from 2012-2016. During her tenure, Business of Fashion named her one of the 500 people who were shaping the global fashion landscape. While Kelly has bounced from her hometown of Miami, to Mexico, to Bogota, Miami is the place she will always call home. Since growing up there, she finds it exciting to return and explore the city with fresh eyes. As Miami has experienced a sort of creative renaissance over the last decade, the city extends itself beyond the South Beach party scene for which it was once known. Below, Kelly shares her favorite local spots to visit when she returns home.
Emily Levine is the ultimate cool girl. After leaving her home in New York at 18 to study in Florence and Hong Kong, she finally settled in Milan in 2014 for a designing job at Etro. It was in Milan where she met her husband Marco, and launched her charming collection of bags and accessories inspired by her travels. While she’s a New Yorker by nature, she’s a Milanese at heart. Below, she takes us with her through a day in her city.
Brooklyn-based jewelry designer, Becky Zeijdel-Paz of Beck Jewels has become a fashion favorite for her whimsy line of tropical pearl jewelry. Her collection is inspired by both her life in New York City, and her upbringing in the laid back, dutch caribbean island of Curaçao which you can see glimmers of in her wanderlust-induced instagram feed. Below, she shares her favorite local haunts and secret spots.
Juliana Affonso Ferreira (known to most as Juju) is the Creative Director of beloved, Brazilian brand, Isolda. Originally from Horto Florestal, a neighborhood in Salvador, Bahia, she moved to Saõ Paulo from London six years ago to continue her career in fashion. Since then, she’s fallen in love with the city whose energy she describes as a “concrete jungle.” Below, she takes us through a day at our favorite spots.
Far away from the crowds of tourists on the other side of the river, Santo Spirito, the boho-chic neighbourhood in the Oltrarno area is nothing but fascinating. The traditional narrow streets and tiny sidewalks are home to new & contemporary hot spots, making Santo Spirito cool without losing the Florentine essence. Photographer Marina Denisova took us on a whirlwind tour of the neighbourhood to discover the best places to eat, drink, shop and sleep.
Ballen Pellettiere was founded by Ricardo Ballen back in 2013 straight after he graduated from the IED in Milan. His muse and inspiration is his wife, Carina Ospina, whom he met while they were both studying in Italy. Although their Instagram overflows with pictures from various trips around the world, it’s Bogotá the place they call home. We asked Carina & Ricardo about their favourite places and secret spots.
The way in which hotels are advertising their ethical ethos is rooted in luxury travel. Yes, they are ticking all of the right boxes for recycling, sustainable cuisine, eco energy and sourcing everything from furniture to food locally – but they are using imagery and words usually associated with the higher end of the market. Fresh linen sheets, colourful vegetarian brunches, solar-powered outdoor rain showers and complementary morning yoga classes can now be found in a range of boutique hotels, for a variety of budgets.
It’s all too easy to get sucked into a bucket-list mentality when you’re travelling. If you’re visiting a place for the first time, everything from the guidebooks you read to your friend’s recommendations tells you to tick off a list of all the things you ‘have’ to see and do. Even if you’re trying to see an alternative side to your destination, you will still have a list of things you want to see and places where you want to eat. My suggestion: forget it all. – Cover photo by Andrea Swarz
One of the biggest obstacles to embracing a slower pace of travel is technology. How can you slow down and enjoy the moment when you are glued to your phone? Our smartphones have reinvented the way that we travel, making it easier to get around and research the places that we visit, but they are also hindering us, preventing us from truly letting go and unwinding.
The Scandinavian and Nordic countries are the perfect destinations for anyone with a slow travel mentality. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the various smaller islands that make up the region are all ingrained with a slower pace of life. If you are used to visiting hectic destinations such as London and New York, your first trip to Scandinavia could be just what you need to learn how to slow down your travels.
Relaxing on a beach or enjoying a quiet getaway in a secluded cottage may seem like the only options for a slow holiday – but it’s possible to slow down your travels even if you are visiting a fast-paced location. Busy cities may not seem like the best choice for anyone looking for a tranquil getaway, but there are many ways that you can discover a different side to these hectic locations.
Travelling has become a race. Who can visit the most places, take the best photos and hop around the world in as little time as possible. It’s time that we stepped back a pace and remembered why we loved to travel in the first place. Cover photo: Andrea Swarz
There’s something so liberating about packing your holiday essentials into the back of a car, grabbing a map and setting off on a road trip. Whether you’re planning an epic journey or a weekend getaway, the freedom of a flexible itinerary completely slows down your trip. There are no flights to rush for, no frantic journeys on public transport. There’s just you and the open road.
Walk a mile in another man shoes, said Steve Martin. It is amazing what we can understand by watching the world from someone else's eyes, or walking in someone else's shoes. We walked one mile in La Havana, Cuba, with photographers Andrea Swarz and Javi García. This time on Postcards from, you will discover the city with two different set of eyes.
One of Colombia's most cherished secrets, the Pacific remains mystical and marvelous, like a hidden gem. The region is home to more than 400 especies of birds, 114 of reptiles, 150 of fishes and 400 of trees.
As an Australian, your first time in Asia, should be a special one. Out of all the destinations I could have chosen, such as Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Hong Kong - Vietnam was the place that really pulled me in.
We are the kind of couple that loves to savour each moment together in nature. We tend to run away from tourist circuits and crowds. Attracted by the promise that we would find crystalline beaches, white sand and infinite peace, we booked our flight to the smallest of the Pitiless islands: Formentera. We had never been there before but we were eager to escape Barcelona.
These beautiful postcards from Tuscany by film photographer Madelyn Hannah (@habitualfilm) feel warm & sunny, inviting us to take a weekend off - or two - to escape to Italy, swim, eat, stroll around the pink & yellow streets & relax.
A small weekend in Lake Como is always a good idea. There are beautiful villages all around the lake. On the road we were stopping here and there to take pictures of the breathtaking views and the Italian scenery.
Colombian fashion photographer Andrea Swarz travels around the world making beautiful pictures. Born & raised in Cali, Colombia, Andrea has lived in Paris & Buenos Aires while studying art & photography....