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Curated by Yolanda Edwards

 

Yolanda Edwards, founder, and editor of Yolo Journal.

 

Traveling is about discovering new places but it’s also about sharing experiences and inspirations, at least for Yolanda Edwards, founder, and editor of Yolo Journal, a meticulously curated quarterly travel magazine that brims with insights, tips, and leads as well as captivating photography. A New York City publishing veteran, she was previously creative director of Condé Nast Traveler, Yolanda is a bona fide storyteller as much as a seasoned traveler, whose wanderlust is a constant source of inspiration—now more than ever. We recently caught up with Yolanda to get to know her a little bit better and gauge her state of mind.

News Paragraph: 
The Winter/Spring 2020 cover of YOLO Journal, featuring the Founder & Creative Director of Alicia Swim, Alicia Rountree in Mauritius.  Photo by Dewey Nicks.

 

 

How would you define yourself in three words? 
Sensitive, determined, devoted.

A project/initiative you’re most proud of? 
I like to make connections—and usually, I do that with travel:
connecting people to places that I think will make them happy.
Recently, when the quarantine began, I saw farmers, who normally
would be supplying restaurants with an abundance of food, without
a way to connect to people encountering empty shelves in their
grocery stores. So I started featuring on my IG all farmers who were
selling directly to consumers throughout the country (also some in
Europe), and it was just nice to be able to help connect those dots.
Since then other organizations are doing this in a much more
organized way, which is great.

Where do you draw inspiration from? 
Travel… near or far, I am most inspired when I am out in the world. 

Which colours are you currently enamored of? 
Orange, blue, and the green of spring moss.

 

 

 

What’s an accessory you had for ages?
A vintage gold bangle my husband bought for me.

What item in your closet do you wear the most?
These days it’s a cashmere robe…. but at night I dress up and wear a caftan.

Yolanda Edwards in Z+D's 'Tinos' kaftan
Rose de Mai body oil by Chantecaille. Photo © Chantecaille

 

 

 

 

The beauty product you can’t live without? 
Tatcha lip balm and Chantecaille rose oil.

Three Instagram accounts you check daily? 
@bonappetit for food inspiration @miguelfloresvianna who always
shows the most beautiful places in the world and
@dnice to see if he is spinning at Club Quarantine. 

Left: Shrimp Ramp-y recipe by Andy Baraghani on the April 2020 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine. Photo by Alex Lau., right: A spread from the book "A Wandering Eye: Travels with My Phone"by Miguel Flores-Vianna, published by Vendome Press.

 

 

Favourite destination and hotel? 
Well it’s always a tie between Italy and Greece so in Italy,
it would be the Pellicano, and in Greece, it would be Skinopi in Milos.

What do you miss most when travelling
My dogs! 

Which city would you choose to live in if you had to move? 
Bordeaux.

Favourite gallery/museum? 
Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. 

Yolanda's dogs: Prune & Charlie
photo © Skinopi Lodge Milos.GREECE.
The cover of Bon Appetit Magazine, April 2020.

 

 

What is on your bookshelf? 
Mostly cookbooks and vintage photography books.

What quote do you live by? 
Oυδέν κακόν αμιγές καλού;
Quando si chiude una porta, si apra un portone;
When one door closes, another one opens. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
It’s like, totally, whatever. 

What is your guilty pleasure? 
I like to have a sip of bourbon before I go to sleep.
I know so many people say that it isn’t good to drink
before you go to bed, but it gives me a very sound sleep! 

What is your most treasured possession? 
I would say my photo albums, but now I guess that means my iCloud? 
I have been very delinquent in doing my albums, but maybe
that’s a great thing for me to do now!

A spread from the book "Haute Bohemians" by Miguel Flores-Vianna, published by Vendome Press

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