Summer for me is as much about surviving NYC in the heat (no A/C for this girl!) as it is about getting out of the city for beach weekends with friends. During the week, I’m working from home and taxi hopping from one meeting to the next, trying not to melt into a literal puddle. When the weekend hits, suddenly a hot day means pool time, frozen treats, early morning beach walks with the dogs and pretty much everything I love!
Whether I’m in work or play mode, I like to think I’ve perfected the art of Summering. And I definitely couldn’t do it without my warm weather go-to’s!
For SPF protection (a constant both during the week and on the weekends) I always keep Super Goop Mist on hand. It’s an easy way to make sure you are covered throughout the day!
I keep my summer beauty routine pretty simple — a clean, nude nail goes a long way. This tenoverten set includes three perfect neutrals and I love that it’s all non-toxic.
I wear a lot of skirts and dresses (this Embroidered Maxi Dress with Lace Inserts and this Printed Fit and Flare Dress are current favs), so thigh chafe — aka when your thighs rub together and ignite in flames on a hot day — is my summer nemesis. Now I apply Megababe Thigh Rescue every morning and carry it around in my bag, especially on days when I’m walking a lot, to stay chafe-free!
On days when working from home feels more like working from a sauna, you will find a Dyson desk fan aimed directly at my face. Always. You might also find me cooling down mid-day with a scoop or two of my favorite ice cream 🙂
When I’m headed to a friend’s house for the weekend, I make sure to never show up empty handed (not ok!). This Jonathan Adler bottle stopper set is a great hostess gift, as is my favorite coffee table book, TOASTHAMPTON (yes, I’m biased!).
As a houseguest, you have to remember to keep it decent, so proper pajamas are a must! I’m into men’s pjs and am obsessed with this tropical Sant and Able pair. For going out or dinner parties, I love a pajama-inspired set like this Printed Pajama Top with matching Wide Leg Pajama Pant in birds of paradise print. I love the chic, relaxed vibe!
Continuing with the tropical theme, this parrot print Romper Cover Up is perfect for a beach or pool day (but to be honest, I love cover-ups so much I wear them as clothing on the city streets too!). As for a beach bag, Parker Thatch’s Big Bag is essential because it’s huge yet easy to manage and you can have fun personalizing it.
I take my swimsuits pretty seriously, and like to rotate between one-pieces and bikinis. This Color Blocked One-Piece Swimsuit has the sporty vibes I like. Pro tip: wear it with shorts instead of a bodysuit or tank on a hot city day and you will feel smarter than everyone else! This Off The Shoulder Ruffle Bikini is a perfect mix of sexy and fun, done in my favorite color palette.
I also travel a lot in the summer, and nothing used to get me down more than a black roller bag to ruin my plane look, but now I use my AWAY Bigger Carry-On and it’s amazing!
That’s a wrap on my summer must-haves. Hope you found something here you can’t live without! Happy Summering xx
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