Chrissy Teigen takes on Iceland

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Chrissy Teigen travels to some of the most exotic locations in the world for shoots, but the supermodel—whom you’ve probably seen gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue—is definitely more used to tropical climates. For our winter campaign, however, she traded string bikinis and sandy beaches for cozy boots and powdered glaciers in Reykjavik, Iceland to explore a passion that most models won’t dare speak of – her love of food.

Teigen has an insatiable taste for adventure that can only be satisfied by travel and food. The two go hand in hand for this devout foodie. (The way she gushes about ramen, pizza, steak, and her mom’s scalloped potatoes on her blog, So Delushious, is enough to make anyone seriously question her career choice, herself included.) Food is so much more than fuel for Teigen. “It’s how I connect to a city,” she explains. And she made quite the connection with Reykjavik, mostly by the way of food truck fare. “Before I left everyone kept telling me that I ‘had to try the hot dogs. Iceland has amazing hot dogs.’ And they did!”

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Peeking in every restaurant window, talking with local fishermen, and chowing down on an unmentionable number of the city’s famed lamb hot dogs, Teigen could not stop smiling. Despite the bone-chilling temperatures, blistering winds, and snow, she was truly in her element.

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There’s no such thing as unemotional eating for Teigen, who finds happiness not just in savoring food but also in cooking for other people. On the rocky volcanic beaches of Iceland she even got the chance to help Chef Volli prepare seafood soup cooked over a lava rock fire pit using mussels straight from the ocean. “It was so gorgeous and so unexpected, to be able to watch this man create something so beautiful, so simple, by using what was around him. It’s those little experiences that make life so fantastic,” she says. And it’s those little experiences that nourish the soul.

Check out Chef Volli’s lava rock recipes below.

Grilled Bread

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp. dry yeast
  • 6 cups wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. rapeseed oil
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds

Directions
Put the warm water in a bowl. Stir in the yeast. Add wheat, salt, grapeseed oil, and black pepper. Mix ingredients thoroughly until dough is firm and not sticky. Knead the dough into a ball. Put some grapeseed oil in a bowl and roll the ball until it is evenly covered. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover it with a towel. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes. Once it is risen, knead in some pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Drizzle wheat onto the counter and roll the dough until it is as thin as possible. Cut the dough as desired. Place pieces on a plate and cover them with grapeseed oil using a cooking brush. Season with salt and pepper and place them on a hot grill, oiled face down. Oil and season the other side. Grill pieces for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.

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Seafood Soup

  • ½ piece fresh ginger
  • ¼ stalk green chili
  • ½ of a red onion
  • Green curry to taste
  • 6 langoustines
  • 6-8 oz. cod
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 7 oz. butter
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 oz. mussels
  • 1 light beer
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions
Peel the ginger, chop into pieces, and place in large saucepan. Cut the chili into small pieces and add to taste. Peel the onion and cut half into thin slices. Cut tomatoes and bell pepper. Place onion, tomatoes, bell pepper, and smashed garlic in the saucepan. Add butter and thyme. Cook at high heat and stir frequently. Put the mussels in the hot saucepan and cover with a lid. Shake the saucepan to cook the mussels for 30 seconds. Pour in the cream and about half the bottle of beer. Cover with the lid, and bring the contents to a simmer for about 2 ½ minutes. Serve with 1 head fresh watercress.


For the record: Jack Guinness makes tracks in Iceland

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Born and raised in London, Jack Guinness is no stranger to cold weather, but Reykjavik, Iceland is on another level. Literally. As the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik only sees temperatures above 50° F during its “warmest” months. But the British model, DJ, actor, and columnist—who is usually seen sporting only the most dapper of suits—couldn’t wait to don a parka and winter boots to explore the home of musical greats like Björk and Sigur Ros. Jack said it best, “Iceland is a sublime place, where else could Björk come from?”

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Guinness’s love of music started early. Before he was spinning at London’s most sought after soirees, he grew up listening to his dad’s old vinyls, which included classics from The Beatles and The Clash. Now his own collection includes everything from Swim Deep to R Kelly. Looking for the inside track on Iceland, Guinness made his first stop at the local record store (as is custom whenever he visits a new place) to talk to the locals and find some new vinyl. “Every culture and every person has a soundtrack, a playlist. Talking to new people about music they love and discovering new sounds…it’s like discovering a whole new world,” he explains.

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And Iceland really feels like a whole new world. From the music and food to the rugged yet romantic landscape, the country has no equal. “You have to keep telling yourself that what you’re seeing is real. Like ‘Yes, I am standing on top of a piece of ice from ice age.’ You actually pause and think in the moment: ‘Life is pretty crazy, and I’m pretty lucky to be here experiencing this.’”

And in case Guinness ever wants to relive that moment, all he needs are his top tracks from Iceland.

Jack’s Top Tracks
Sigur Ros- Staralfur
Bjork- Venus As A Boy
Broken Bells- The Ghost Inside


Weather or Not, We’re Ready

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Arctic blasts, plummeting mercury levels, snowed-out stadiums – Old Man Winter is officially here, and showing no restraint in whipping his winds about the nation. Here at UGG, we have one thing to say to that: Bring it. From weekend cabin retreats to the daily grind, UGG has you covered on the warm, cozy, and unquestionably cute front.

In the interest of evidentiary support, we enlisted Jacey from Damsel in Dior to put our winter wonders to the test in Aspen with a few of her equally fashionable friends. They started things off with a trek through the breathtaking landscape, keeping things nice and toasty in sleek waterproof boots, chunky knit headbands, and neutral-hued scarves. Back at the lodge, they cozied up to the hearth in our beloved slippers and super-snuggly blankets for fireside chats ‘n’ snacks. Style points: UGG: 1, Winter: 0.

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Corduroy is the New Black

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All of us have had a love affair with the Classic boot. It’s a trusted staple in every gal’s wardrobe. For Creative Council member, Alicia Lund of Cheetah is the New Black, it all started with a trip abroad and a college boyfriend. A few years removed, that boyfriend is now her husband and she’s added a new classic to her arsenal of wardrobe essentials: the Classic Mini Bailey Bow … but this time in fall-perfect Corduroy.

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Cheetah is the New Black

Cheetah is the New Black

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From Crack of Dawn to Late Afternoon

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Creative Council member, blogger and self-proclaimed flower child, Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon, leads a busy life. From 6AM flower market meanderings to sunset sipping, she’s always on the run. When it comes to her time – moments with friends, taking in a beachside cocktail – she takes a much-deserved respite and slips into her favorite UGG boots.

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Late Afternoon

Late Afternoon

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