Portugal the Destination

From swimwear designers Lisa Marie Fernandez and Thaddeus O'Neil to accessories label Lizzie Fortunato, the fashion set is flocking to Portugal. Whether it's to the cultural epicenters Porto (known for its art and music scenes, stores such as Rosa et al and beautiful landmarks) and Lisbon or its coastal regions such as Comporta, the European outpost is fast becoming the new It-destination. 

Amidst the influx of fashion folk is a wave of new, five star hotels opening across the country. 

La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Come summer, all of New York seems to flock to the rooftops, spending their evenings sipping cocktails whilst admiring the skylines. Naturally, a plethora of new places pop up each season, beckoning the fashionable crowds.

This summer, Hotel Americano has opened their new rooftop and pool, aptly named La Piscine. The space includes a bar, restaurant (Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek salad, grilled lobster and falafel are on the menu), and for the daring, a plunge pool. The mood is chilled, the food delicious—they even have an ice cream cone for dessert—and the location perfectly suited for the West Side. Add it to your summer drinks list.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St, New York.


Monse Travel Guide

Living in New York is akin to living in a dream—anything can happen, and quite frequently does. There's also one thing that almost everyone in New York agrees upon: sometimes you have to leave the city in order to best enjoy it.

As such, there are plenty of places to go and plenty of people with wonderful suggestions. Two of those are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse, a two-season year old label with a penchant for creating clothes that can easily transition from wandering a market to an evening out. Here, they share their summer guides to jet setting the globe.

Favorite travel destination?

Laura: I love to go to Canada, because it's a bit cooler during the summer months.

Fernando: London because it's not so hot. And there's beautiful countryside to explore! 

Packing essentials:

Laura: All my beauty and hair products are La Mer, SKII, and Kerastase. I also always take a denim jumpsuit with tennis shoes. and one pair of heels.

Fernando: Two t-shirts and a pair of jeans.... 

Reading material? 

Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine

Fernando: System Magazine

Must-Visit Places:

Laura: I love to stay in the Lake Louise Chateau and order room-service and go to the spa. 

Fernando: Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant in London. It's like a little world inside. It reminds me of Greenwich Hotel, which is also a favorite of mine in NYC.  It's very good for people watching.

Favorite thing to do on vacation?

Laura: Sleep

Fernando: Explore

Newest destination you'd like to visit and why?

Laura: Dubai to understand the market. 

Fernando: The new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios - I am dying to go!

What do you always pack in your plane bag?

Laura: An SKII mask and my laptop. 

Fernando: Toothpaste

Soundtrack?

Laura: k-pop

Fernando: M83

Must-do:

LK: Walk around and explore!

Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.

Travel candle/scent? 

Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower

Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle


11 Howard

THERE'S A NEW hotspot in town. Recently opened 11 Howard, situated on the same block as Opening Ceremony and The Smile, is the city's newest boutique hotel. Opened in early April, the space was designed by interior decorators Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, the team behind the Danish architecture and design studio SPACE Copenhagen, with objects chosen as meticulously as a gallery. Each room contains special touches, like a single art object by ceramicist Katie Yang and beauty products by Grown Alchemist and Glossier.

The hotel also boasts a bar, The Blond, which is filled with navy, velvet sofas, low-lighting and waiters in chic, lace uniforms. A French restaurant, Le CouCou, is slated to open in May. 

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