4 Camping-Ready Food & Drink Pairings For Your Next Trip

We’ve teamed up with Eddie Bauer to make your fall as adventurous as possible. Whether you’re suiting up for a trek in the woods or planning a weekend in the backcountry, the outdoor innovators at Eddie Bauer have everything you need. And don’t worry—w…

We’ve teamed up with Eddie Bauer to make your fall as adventurous as possible. Whether you’re suiting up for a trek in the woods or planning a weekend in the backcountry, the outdoor innovators at Eddie Bauer have everything you need. And don’t worry—we’ve got the menu covered.


Do you smell that? It smells like campfires and warm nights are just around the corner. It’s time to get back outside and stay there for as long as the weather allows, and as a bartender and nature lover, I believe no adventure is complete without snacks and sips. When I pack for a camping trip, I focus on convenience first and foremost. Instead of bringing my entire back bar and all the tools in my kitchen, I choose a few drinks to complement whatever I’m planning to cook. Most of the time, I end up batching a lot of my cocktails to bring with me for the sake of ease—fewer things to remember means fewer things to forget. With the right gear from a trusted outdoor outfitter like Eddie Bauer (think: packable seating solutions, ultra-light clothes for layering, and multitasking coolers) and foolproof food and bev combos, you'll be able to soak up all the wilderness has to offer, plus a few creature comforts.

Read More >>

How Plant Stylist Vionna Wai Designed a Serene, Oh-So Green Rooftop Space

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.

Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of…

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.


Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of a green thumb. For her, tending to our backyard garden and caring for countless house plants comes naturally; for me, keeping an unfussy philodendron alive is quite the accomplishment.

Read More >>

How to Host a Stellar Dinner in the Great Outdoors

We’ve teamed up with Eddie Bauer to help you get in gear for your summer adventures. Whether you’re suiting up for a trek in the woods or planning a family camping trip, the outdoor innovators at Eddie Bauer have you covered.

As the weather warms up…

We’ve teamed up with Eddie Bauer to help you get in gear for your summer adventures. Whether you’re suiting up for a trek in the woods or planning a family camping trip, the outdoor innovators at Eddie Bauer have you covered.


As the weather warms up, it’s time to dust off my camping gear and head into the great outdoors. From local getaways to multi-day treks, there’s a whole world to explore. But just because I'm trading in the comforts of home doesn’t mean I need to sacrifice memorable meals—some of my favorite dining experiences have been under the stars, miles away from any sort of civilization. Whether you’re a novice nature enthusiast or a certified explorer, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have the best time possible. From must-have gear to camp-ready recipes, I’ll break down how to cover all your outdoor cooking bases.

Read More >>

17 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials To Keep You Warm and Cozy

As a long-time Alaska resident, I’m used to busting out the chunky blankets shortly after Labor Day. The summers are magical but short, and we usually see our first snowfall by early October. But that doesn’t mean that I or my statesmen are ready to re…

As a long-time Alaska resident, I’m used to busting out the chunky blankets shortly after Labor Day. The summers are magical but short, and we usually see our first snowfall by early October. But that doesn’t mean that I or my statesmen are ready to retreat inside—especially during a pandemic that’s prevented us from socializing indoors. That’s why I’ve made it my personal mission to find ways to entertain outdoors well into the fall and winter.

Whether it’s a gathering in a garden or backyard, on a porch or patio, or maybe even in the driveway, the key is to make the space warm, cozy, and inviting for guests. Here are all the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning to entertain outdoors when the temps drop—even if you’re not living in Alaska.

Read More >>

Ready to Host a Gathering Again? These Tips Will Help Ease You In.

Over the last year, daydreams about the big things put on hold because of the pandemic—weddings, graduations, baby showers—have shared space with all the little things just out of reach. We’ve missed strolling through museums, watching live music, and …

Over the last year, daydreams about the big things put on hold because of the pandemic—weddings, graduations, baby showers—have shared space with all the little things just out of reach. We’ve missed strolling through museums, watching live music, and sitting in the stands of a baseball game—not to mention hugging loved ones and hearing their voices in person. Now that things have taken a turn for the better, it’s possible to go out and admire art, dance in a crowd, and cheer for a home run. And many of us simply want to relish the return of hosting a dinner party. Just ask the home and decor DIYers.

“Company! Conversation! Human contact! In all seriousness, I’m really just looking forward to finally being able to socialize in person again—without this cloud of fear and skepticism hanging over us,” Trisha Sprouse, founder of lifestyle site Vignette, said to me. “Being able to host people in my home again feels a bit exhilarating in a familiar but also foreign kind of way. Just picturing a meal where there’s laughter and candlelight and intimate conversation gives me all the feels.”

Read More >>

11 Outdoor Rugs to Instantly Transform Your Space

Outdoor rugs might sound like nice-to-have decor when compared to a table set-up for all your meals or mosquito repellent for all their meals. But we’d argue that they’re an essential part of any outdoor space.

They can make your space feel infinitely…

Outdoor rugs might sound like nice-to-have decor when compared to a table set-up for all your meals or mosquito repellent for all their meals. But we’d argue that they’re an essential part of any outdoor space.

They can make your space feel infinitely cozier and more like an extension of your home—which is what we’d want our decks and patios to feel like anyway. If your outdoor space has seen better days, a good rug can hide a worn-out stain, paint chips, or mysterious food remnants. It’s also much more comfy for bare feet—my wooden deck is beautiful, but comfortable it is not.

Read More >>

16 Fun Swimming Pool Accessories for Your First Summer Dip

When it comes to swimming pool accessories, we say more is more. Even though our bags can’t zip because they’re overflowing with sunscreen, snacks, and sunnies , we’ll always find space for a fun pool float or game.

In fact, we bet you’ll want to pack…

When it comes to swimming pool accessories, we say more is more. Even though our bags can’t zip because they’re overflowing with sunscreen, snacks, and sunnies , we’ll always find space for a fun pool float or game.

In fact, we bet you’ll want to pack these 16 swimming pool accessories even before the essentials. From a yacht-shaped lounger for yourself and a floating paradise for your furry BFF to waterproof playing cards and cute beach balls, these are the 16 best swimming pool accessories for hours of fun in the sun. And if you need a pool to begin with? Yeah, we've got that, too.

Read More >>

Picnic Dinners Are the One Thing I’m Keeping From Last Year

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am del…

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am delighted to be patronizing our favourite taco spot and dosa shop again, I’m definitely not giving up the casual outdoor meal tradition my family came to discover—and love.

Last spring, when the weather turned warm enough to eat outside (or to be honest, while it was still a tad too cool), my husband, my son, and I started packing up meals to eat outdoors. It was a way to escape the confines of our relatively small home and also a necessity on days when we’d planned a hike or beach trip and we couldn’t pop into a restaurant. Al fresco lunches had always been a part of our routine—and frankly, expected—but picnic dinners were new—and they were a revelation.

Read More >>

The Year That Changed Outdoor Living Forever

For the past year-plus, the outdoors has been our saving grace. It’s where we went to find peace in the uncertainty of our “new normal”; where restaurants turned to survive, ushering patrons around heat lamps and into personal igloos; where weary front…

For the past year-plus, the outdoors has been our saving grace. It’s where we went to find peace in the uncertainty of our “new normal”; where restaurants turned to survive, ushering patrons around heat lamps and into personal igloos; where weary frontline workers found respite from overwhelmed schools and hospitals. With that embracing of it as a safe haven has come a newfound respect for it, a reinvigorated valuing of the five yards or five acres we call our backyards.

“The pandemic undoubtedly surfaced an appreciation for our yards like we’ve never seen before,” says Allison Messner, CEO and co-founder of Yardzen, an online landscape design service that provides clients with virtual renderings of their dream outdoor space, then connects them with the local pros that can make it happen. “Our yards have become the space to do essentially everything we also do inside—dine, cook, entertain, work, play, and relax.”

Read More >>

23 Memorial Day Home Sales You’ll Want To Shop All Weekend

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and with it, one of the biggest shopping holidays with major sales on… just about everything. And while there are plenty of sales to shop during the actual weekend, many brands have started their sale…

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and with it, one of the biggest shopping holidays with major sales on... just about everything. And while there are plenty of sales to shop during the actual weekend, many brands have started their sales early so you don't have to wait while others have released details of their best deals so you can plan out your cart. Some of the best ones we’re seeing are on big-ticket home items like furniture, decor, and bedding, aka everything you’ve been wanting for your space.

In case you need a breather between making salt and pepper ice cream and backyard DIY projects, here are the best sales from our favorite shops that your space—and wallet—will love.

Read More >>