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Getaway: Gala Gonzalez’s Maldives

The birthday getaway has become an annual tradition for Amlul blogger and DJ Gala Gonzalez. In past years, she’s left her London home behind for warm destinations like Brazil and Thailand. This year, she took us along for the celebratory ride — to the island nation of the Maldives.

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In need of a primer on Brazil while you watch the World Cup finals tomorrow, down a Caipri-Coco and root for your favorite team? Be in the know with this excerpt from Armand Limnander’s Brazilian Style book, an encyclopedic look at the country, from A (açaí) to Z (zé carioca).

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Recipe: Uxua’s World Cup Cocktail

With the World Cup finals this weekend, it’s hard to keep tropical breezes and Brazilian rhythms off our minds. Personally, we’re dreaming of hopping on a plane to the tiny seaside village of Trancoso — close enough to the games, like our Brazilian Insider Fernanda Abdalla noted, but far enough for some leisurely R&R. However, if you’re watching Germany vs. Argentina from home, may we suggest an alternative? Whip up the refreshing Caipri-Coco cocktail here, courtesy of UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, blast a little Bebel Gilberto or Seu Jorge… and you’re practically there.

Rachel Antonoff On: Scents & Silliness

Meet Rachel Antonoff — fashion designer, print lover and sister of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff. We talk to her about all things style and beauty, and why “fun” is an integral part of the day-to-day.

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Word of Mouth: Sugarfina Sweets

The story behind Beverly Hills candy shop Sugarfina is like something out of a rom-com movie. Founders Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick met online and, on their third date, went to see a screening of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Something clicked. Why shouldn’t there be gourmet candy… for adults? They talked. They brainstormed. They left their jobs, traveled the world researching confections and, in 2012, after nearly three years of dating, launched Sugarfina, which just opened a second outpost in L.A. It’s a tale as sweet as, well, their ice cream sundae malt balls, gummy piglets, honey-infused jelly beans (above) and champagne marshmallows dipped in 24K gold.

Tastemaker: Eric Wilson’s Summer Getaway

“I go away to the Catskills. I love the peaceful quiet of the woods.” — Eric Wilson, InStyle Fashion News Director

Kate Gilman is looking to shake up the floral industry, one bouquet at a time. The New York native was on track to become a lawyer before she opted for a 180 and became a florist. And key to her new concern, which launched this spring: sourcing locally and being environmentally conscious. So all her blooms come straight from New York farms (no mileage racked up in coolers on planes) and are delivered straight to the client by bikes (further lessening the carbon footprint). Here, Kate talks to us about her business, Petal by Pedal, and shares a few insider tips on floral care.

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Tastemaker: Giovanna Battaglia’s Italian Escape

“Stromboli and its volcanic islands in Italy — that’s my summer getaway.” — Giovanna Battaglia, W Magazine Contributing Fashion Editor and Creative Director of Queen of the Night

Insider’s Guide: Fernanda Abdalla’s Brazil

This week the World Cup reaches a fever pitch as we countdown to the finals on Sunday. And whether you’re in Brazil taking in the games first-hand or watching from the comfort of your couch, here’s some insider intel on everything you need to know about the host country — from the best places to celebrate a win to packing essentials for the would-be visitor — all courtesy of Vogue Brasil contributor Fernanda Abdalla.

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“You could say that I am a student of photography, and I am,” photographer Garry Winogrand once said. “But really, I’m a student of America.” And, indeed, walking through his new retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is like time traveling back, getting a glimpse at Postmodern America from New York City to San Francisco and all points in between. Winogrand captured that era like no other — from the streets, cataloguing the every day, decades before street-style photography would be de rigueur. And the Bronx native was incredibly prolific, shooting some 26,000 rolls of film in his lifetime and an extra 6,600 rolls he himself had never seen, many of which are being printed for the first time for the exhibit. Garry Winogrand is on view till September 21.

Tastemaker: Cindi Leive’s Upstate Getaway

“My summer getaway is definitely my place upstate. We have an old farmhouse that’s about two hours from here, and there’s nothing to do, which is perfect. It’s just about food and drink and swimming and more food and more drink.” — Cindi Leive, Editor in Chief of Glamour

Double Take: Pamela Skaist-Levy & Gela Nash-Taylor

For Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, Founders of Pam & Gela and Juicy Couture, the July 4th weekend is all about beaches, clam bakes, tennis tournaments, fireworks and friends. “The day unfolds with everyone going from house to house in the Malibu sunshine eating, drinking and hanging out,” says Pamela, “like a small town block party.” But that’s just the beginning of the summer season for these two, who share more than just a business (and authorship of their book The Glitter Plan). Here, discover all their summer loves.

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