Yolanda Edwards likes to shop the old-fashioned way: not with her smartphone but her passport. As a travel and lifestyle editor, and the former creative director of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Edwards has spent decades combing the world for exquisite destinations full of stunning views—and unique treasures. Think: handmade espadrilles, delicate silk scarves, beautiful bed linens and polished leather goods that instantly transport you to another time and place. “Travel has been my obsession my whole life,” Edwards says. “I’ve gotten the best advice from people who travel a lot and have planned trips just from seeing a photo of a place and falling in love with it.”
Edwards’s passion inspired her to launch Yolo Journal, a travel magazine focusing on personal travel experiences. The publication, released in print three times a year, features breathtaking photography along with stories and “recommendations from people with great taste, who were willing to share their finds from around the world,” she says. There’s also Yolo Intel, a Substack newsletter, focusing on longer-format storytelling from her trips and those taken by globetrotter contributors because, as she says, “I can’t get everywhere in the world to write about it!”
While zipping to locales near and far, Edwards has honed her work and fashion uniform, leaning toward classics that pack well and can be mixed and matched to create endless looks. Granted, shopping along cobblestone streets and in bustling markets is always preferable, but Edwards has also collected favorites online that can be accessed from anywhere. Here, she reveals what’s on the top of her must-have list.
For Striking Travel Photography: Sonic Editions
Her Go-To Fashion Uniform: Vintage Levi’s
Shoes She Loves: Slipper Flats That Combine Comfort And Style
The Bag She Obsesses Over: A Crossbody By Mark Cross