Here’s a fashion riddle for you. What keeps tabs on your day-to-day activities (the number of steps you take, the calories you burn) and helps you sleep by tracking your snooze cycle? What wakes you up… with a silent alarm? And offers you personalized stats — plus connects you with a social circle of friends? Meet the Fitbit Flex — and the new Tory Burch for Fitbit collection, which does all this in the guise of a super-chic accessory, like the above gold fretwork bracelet. Get fit, in style.
Drape it, twist it, tie it — our Halland scarf is a shape-shifter and a look-maker. A vibrant accessory, full of bold color and graphic appeal, this smooth stretch of silk moves seamlessly through a variety of styles. Knot it around the neck, tie it at the waist, use it to pull back your hair — it’s an easy step to well-dressed. Simply slip on and go.
Think Sixties. Now think of the music stylings of the era. Chances are your mind zeroes in on London’s Youthquake and the British invasion — hello, Beatles. But did you know France had a Swinging Sixties moment of its own, complete with its own Pop icons in Françoise Hardy (right), Sylvie Vartan and France Gall? Here, more on the music movement known as Yé-Yé.Read More
This Bastille Day party like it’s… the 1970s and you’re at an Eddie Barclay bash in St. Tropez. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the famous French music producer who popularized American jazz in France and the chanson Française in the age of rock and roll. But his legacy remains as much in the decadent “White Night” parties he threw on that Cote d’Azur getaway as his musical exploits. There were dazzling fireworks, elaborate dinners on the terrace (where course after course was delivered on electric golf carts) and an all-star guest list that included Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Ringo Starr, Monica Vitti, Jack Nicholson and Alain Delon. His parties rarely ended before sunrise, sometimes continued for days and, in one instance, even city-hopped straight to Rio. Barclay was a consummate entertainer — and serial groom, with nine marriages under his belt — who truly lived according to an oft-quoted saying of his: “Pleasure is a profession, to be learned.”
Alain Delon, Brigitte Bardot and Eddie Barclay in St. Tropez, by Jean-Pierre Bonnotte/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
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.
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.
“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.Read More