What to Pack For: A Weekend in Upstate New York

when photographer Matt Hranek isn’t documenting his travels on his blog, The William Brown Project, he can be found at his house in upstate New York escaping for low-key weekends fishing and cooking with his family. here’s what’s always in his bag…
Last-minute packer or plan-ahead packer?
I always pack one day ahead for a trip (I hate the anxiety of not having what I need or being under-geared), but I’m less stressed when I’m just going to my house in the country.

Anything you won’t travel without?
I don’t travel without some camera (right now it’s the Sony RX100, an amazing point-and-shoot) or a sturdy tote.

Favorite travel companion?
My favorite travel companion is, without a doubt, my wife, Yolanda. We’re a great team and generally love the same things (she doesn’t fish or hunt but humors my pursuits).

How do you keep busy?
Activities upstate are pretty mellow and spontaneous. There is always some fishing, foraging and swimming. But the main activity is eating and drinking; we have great products in upstate New York to cook with and generally spend the whole day talking about what we’ll prepare for dinner.

Any local spots you could suggest to us?
The Catskills are one of the most magical spots in the Northeast—I just love driving there. One of my favorite places to go is the Alpine Wurst & Meat House not too far away in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. It’s like you just drove to Bavaria; they smoke and cure all their own meats, make the most amazing German sausages and have great old-school butchers on site. They also have a killer little German restaurant, which is terrific for lunch.

Where are you hoping to go next?
I am really lucky that my job takes me all over the place but I am really ready for an extensive trip to Japan. I need to tick that one off the list big time.
1. His own Orvis® tote
2. His own copy of The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
3. His own Barbour® Bedale jacket
4. His own vintage pocket knife
5. J. Crew Nautical Stripe Sweater
6. J.Crew Chambray and Seersucker shirts
7. M. Nii® Waxer Swim Trunk
8. Quoddy® for J.Crew suede canoe moccasins
9. His own Sony Cybershot camera
10. Ludlow Suit Jacket in microstripe cotton
11. Bowery Slim Short in cotton twill
12. His own Il Bisconte notebook

To shop our entire men’s assortment, click here.

Swim Fan
we’re pretty excited about the start of summer—long weekends, beach BBQs and, yes, new swimsuits. to help you get vacation-ready, enter our Beach, Please sweepstakes on Pinterest. in partnership with our friends at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’re offering the winner a five-night stay for two at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Saint Lucia. so get pinning, and don’t forget to send us a postcard.

Head over here and pin one of your favorite swim looks or a beach inspiration to your own board by May 23rd for your chance to win a five-night stay for two at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat and a $1,500 J.Crew shopping spree (that’s a lot of bikinis and cover-ups). Then, think sunny thoughts.

A Moment (in Capri) with…Laura Fantacci

we’ve got a pretty big style crush on Laura Fantacci, the magazine editor who also runs the daily style blog Wearing It Today, so we couldn’t pass up a chance to get a glimpse of her most recent (and totally enviable) trip to Capri and, of course, a look at what she wore…
Hometown and current home
I was born and raised in Florence, Italy, but moved to Kent when I was 16 to go to boarding school in the UK. I moved to London to attend university and have been living here ever since.

Shopping editor and freelance stylist by day and the blogger for Wearing It Today by night. I think of the blog as my own personal magazine with daily inspiration from inside a fashion editor’s wardrobe.

How did the idea for the blog come about?
I had been working in the magazine industry for 10 years, and while I loved it, I had reached a point where I wanted to have my own voice. The blog began as a way to share my daily outfits with my friends and let them know where to get my trusted buys. But it was also born out of a need to share my passion for fashion and connect with like-minded women who too want wearable, affordable shopping inspiration. Every single item featured on WIT is something I truly love, and I always ask myself the same question: “Would I buy it?”

What’s your style mantra?
Classic but always with a twist. (And a bit of sparkle on top!)

You just returned from holiday in Capri. Have you been before?
My beloved stylish grandmother, Ermenegilda, has been going since the early ’60s, when Jackie O was a regular, and the word “Capri trouser” was first invented. She introduced me to the island when I was a little girl, and I’ve been sharing her love for this beautiful place since. I ended up going to Capri for my honeymoon, so it’s even more special to me now.
A few must-see, must-dos in Capri…
1. Lunch with spaghetti sciué sciué [a fresh tomato sauce] at Lido il Faro. 2. Sunbathe at La Fontelina.
3. Grab an aperitivo (and people watch) with a spritz in the Piazzetta.
4. I’m not one for swankiness, so stay at Hotel Luna. (Ask for a seafront room.) It’s one of the few hotels that have remained truly authentic.
5. My whole family has been buying sandals from Schettino for generations. You should go for the simplest, chicest shape in tan or black leather with two straps. You’ll love them forever.
6. A friend of mine has a great travel site called An Affair with Italy—I rely on her tips wherever I go.

Anything you can’t travel without?
So many things! I love clothes too much to ever be a light packer! My top five must-pack items would be: a great one-piece swimsuit, a fabulous pair of flats, a stripe top, a day-to-night dress and a carryall.

Where are you off to next?
I’m going to the island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany. It will be a very relaxed holiday with my sister and our children.
Photography by Julie Adams.

Laura’s Wishlist
1. Perfect-fit ballet button tee
2. Crystal feather necklace (similar)
3. Panama hat
4. Stripe linen tunic
5. Twist bandeau tank
6. Viv metallic flats
7. Nine Space™ for J.Crew beach towel

To shop all of Laura’s vacation must-haves, click here.

Labels We Like: Authier®

a few years ago on a trip to Aspen, Jenna and our team discovered superslick
Italian ski line Authier. we fell for the high-tech details, like military-standard
insulation and heavy-duty zippers, as well as the more charming ones,
like the nostalgic label sewn onto the inside of each jacket.

Authier, the 100-year-old ski brand that was recently revived by Aspen local
Lee Keating and brand creative director Gustavo Sangiorgi, is designed with
smart details in mind. Case in point: Hand sewn into each one of the jackets,
puffers and vests is a label featuring an iconic Italian ski destination, like
Cervinia, Sestriere and Asiago, along with whimsical
illustrations that capture the jet-set glamour of the sport’s heyday.

Learn more about Authier (pronounced “O-T-A”) here, and
explore our entire collection of outerwear.

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