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Perfect Vacation Pieces

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July 4th usually feels like the official start to summer, so happy official summer!

It’s also around the time that I begin to shed my usual “uniform” of all black like most folks in the fashion industry tend to wear, and opt for lighter, easy breezy pieces. When I vacationed on the Cape with friends this past weekend, I definitely would have stood out in black, so instead of the local preppy style, I went for my summer go-to flowy, free-spirited pieces.

It makes it easier to travel when you can throw in all the pieces you love together in a suitcase and they all go together, like these sandals that go with just about any of my summer looks.

A fun pouch like this one or this one can also double as a makeup case or live inside of your beach tote to be taken out at night for an instant evening clutch.

I recently discovered these Mala Prayer necklaces that are the perfect way to throw on an accessory for your travel look—plus it makes you feel good wearing it, especially when you know that proceeds go to MS Society.

Speaking of jewelry, did you enter the Chloe + Isabel GIVEAWAY here? Only one more day left to win a fabulous FREE necklace!

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Kate Moss x Topshop dress // House of Harlow sandals // Nila Anthony clutch // Hathamade mala necklace // Chloe & Isabel beaded bracelet // Stella & Dot spike bracelet // Gorjana rings // all other jewelry, vintage


My Perfect Summer Travel Outfit + My Favorite EASY Summer Recipe

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As we’re gearing up for summer, I’ve been trying to dish my packing advice for your summer activities as you saw here and here. It was time to take my own advice this past weekend when I took a trip to the Poconos at a lake house with a group of friends.

It was actually pretty chilly there in the mountains, so I had to pack wisely for the sun, heat, and cold in the evenings. I don’t want to brag, but I think I may have found the perfect summer travel outfit:

This top and short combo can look great from day to night and even double as a cover-up over my swimsuit.

This hat makes me feel like a movie-star traveling to somewhere fabulous like St. Tropez but it’s flexible so it travels well and gets right back into shape. Plus it blocks out nearly all of the sun off of my face (no wrinkles for me!).

This beach tote is perfect for carrying all of my summer essentials as you saw, but I can take it to shop for groceries for all of the cooking I did for everyone, including an EASY summer side dish that was a surprisingly major hit this weekend. Jump to the bottom for the recipe.

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ABOVE | J.Crew top // Splendid shorts (similar online) // Dolce Vita sandals // Helen Kaminski hat (c/o) // Jonathan Adler tote (c/o) // Maison Antonym ring (c/o) // Rebecca Minkoff necklace (c/o) // etc… watchband bracelet //  Stella & Dot bracelet // Hathamade wrap bracelet (c/o)

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WATERMELON SALAD

-1 watermelon

-1 block of fresh feta

-a few sprigs of mint

-balsamic vinegar (to taste)

Cut up the watermelon into small cubes and place into a large bowl. Then cut the feta into cubes and mix into the bowl. Separate the mint leaves from the stems and wash. Then chiffonade the leaves by placing a few leaves on top of each other and roll like a cigar. Cut into strips.) and add to the bowl. Last, drizzle the balsamic over the mixture. Let chill for at least an hour so the vinegar can get absorbed into the mixture. Enjoy and marvel at the compliments you will receive.


How To Pack For A Weekend Getaway With These 10 Essentials

How To Pack For A Summer Weekend Getaway

DEAR ANDI,

I’m traveling a lot this summer and need quick go-to ideas for packing minimally and efficiently. Any ideas??

-Kate, NY

Dear Kate,

I’m in the same boat (no pun intended) and always feel like I need to pack everything…just in case! That’s why I always try to travel with items that play double duty.

1. This one piece swimsuit is not only adorable and totally on trend (yes, one pieces are in!), but it can double as a top if you throw a skirt or shorts over it.

2. A bag you can take from day to night is a must like this clutch.

3. I rarely travel on vacation without a hat because you can block the sun and can give you instantly a good hair day. This classic panama hat is both stylish and affordable.

4. Obviously you will need a weekend bag to carry everything, but it’s always a bonus when it can also be used as a beach tote, carry-on or even for a major shopping trip.

5. Sunglasses are an obvious thing to pack, but a classic aviator style pair of sunglasses  goes with everything and when you have a fun twist like colored lenses, it looks updated.

6. A jumpsuit can be worn from day to night with the change of shoes and a bag, but most importantly, it’s one piece to pack and you don’t have to think about matching it.

7. You’ll probably need to pack a beach towel and this one doubles as a beach blanket and scarf.

8. This hair styling product isn’t a double duty as much as it’s an effortless way to get great summery beach hair!

9. Like it’s grown up relative the jumpsuit, the romper is a great way to pack a day-time outfit without a thought, plus it also works as a beach coverup.

10. Sandals like these can be worn from day to night so it will save quite a bit of room in your bag.


Hello Brooklyn!

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It’s funny when you try to get someone that lives uptown down to Brooklyn from the day. They may reluctantly trek down to the borough—often kicking and screaming—as though you were dragging them out of the country for a quick trip.

It wasn’t far off from that when I suggested for a cool photoshoot location my graffiti wall backyard, as seen here, to the Upper East Side based photographer, Damon Hall-Booth. He never comes down to my neck of the woods, which happens to be one of the trendiest spots in the world at the moment. (#Humblebrag). Now, after this shoot, he found himself shooting down here a couple of weeks later.

Brooklyn has gotten a bad rep lately for just being full of hipsters and strollers, but there’s really a big fashion scene here, as evident by designers like Alexander Wang and Dior showing their collections here. My ‘hood even now has a Barney’s, Intermix, Rag & Bone and soon to have a J.Crew.

Speaking of mixing hi and lo fashion, it was important to me to feature both local indie designers, big designer names and of course more affordable pieces, as that’s what Brooklyn fashion is all about.

ABOVE | Zara hat, top and skirt, E.Kammeyer bracelet

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ABOVE | Deivie top // Marc Jacobs // Vans sunglasses // stylist’s own ribbon

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ABOVE | Topshop top // Zara skirt // Urban Ears headphones

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ABOVE LEFT | Deivie dress // Zara bag | RIGHT | Deivie top and skirt

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ABOVE | Topshop top and jacket // Rosin hat

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ABOVE | See By Chloe dress // White Chocolate jacket // stylist’s own necklace

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ABOVE | T by Alexander Wang dress // Topshop sweater // ASOS socks // E.Kammeyer earcuff

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ABOVE LEFT | Adidas x Topshop jacket // K.Belo swimsuit // Brian Lichtenberg hat |
ABOVE RIGHT | vintage Prada jacket // K.Belo swimsuit // Adidas x Topshop pants // ASOS backpack

PHOTOGRAPHY |  Damon Hall-Booth
STYLING | Liz Teich
HAIR/MAKEUP |  Ashley Rike
PHOTO ASSISTANT |  Soraya Kim
STYLIST ASSISTANT | Nick Adedokun
MODELS | Maria & Nathalie of Frame


The #SummerSentials

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Jonathan Adler sent me this sunny and fun beach tote and asked me what my summer essentials are that I’ll be filling it with.

Here they are:

1 – Obviously a stylish beach towel is necessary. Of course it’s got to look good, but it also has to be big enough to lay out on, as well as soft! I found this one at TJMaxx for way less than most beach towels I’ve seen and it checks off all of my beach towel criteria.

2 – An over-sized floppy hat like this one that Helen Kaminski gave me to rock all summer. I love the dramatic size of it and bold colors that will be sure to get noticed. Bonus: it adds extra sun protection that I need for both my fair hair and skin!

3 – A great mix-and-match two piece courtesy of the vintage Brazilian inspired swimsuit line, K.Belo, will be heavy on rotation this summer. The vibrant colors will match my tote perfectly and the optional straps can be taken off to make it a bandeau, so I don’t get awkward tan lines (not that I get much darker than my usual pale color!).

4 – Every girl needs a pair of inexpensive but stylish sunnies for the beach. I’m not risking my expensive ones to the elements of the sun, sand and travel, so these sunglasses from Vans will protect my eyes and still look cool.

5 – I don’t wear flip-flops anywhere other than the beach or pool, so these are actually my only pair currently and I do live in them in the summer. Havaianas are like the standard of flip-flops and they make ones that don’t make you feel like you’re on spring break.

6 – I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I don’t smell totally fresh after a few hours at the beach, so I discreetly carry around deodorant in my bag just in case. This deodorant by LaVanila was given to me to try out and I’ve been using this brand ever since. It gives you a pretty vanilla fresh scent and it’s all natural, so you won’t feel bad about reapplying every time you run to the bathroom (as long as your bathroom isn’t the ocean!).

7 – Sugar by Fresh is one of my go-to lip colors for summer because it’s a light lip color, one step beyond chapstick, it’s natural so you won’t be eating chemicals all summer, and it also has SPF15 in it so you won’t come back from the beach with burnt lips…trust me…it’s the WORST!

8 – I avoid using sunblock on my face, as my skin’s extremely sensitive, but I burn quite easily. I love this tinted moisturizer from Jane Iridale for summer because it’s SPF15 and water resistant for 40 minutes! Not to mention, it makes me look flawless at the beach.

9 – For the rest of my body I use Neutroegena Ultra Sheer sunblock. Sunscreen is something I don’t mess around with because of my fair skin and family history of skin cancer. I may not be out tanning all summer, but I’ll have amazing skin (no wrinkles!) thanks to this strong stuff. It also doesn’t make me feel greasy or like Casper, the way some sunscreens do.

10 – Lastly, I never forget to pack a quick snack in case my friends and I are too hungry to wait, like Justin’s Almond Butter packets to nosh on.

Want to come to the beach now? What’s in your #SummerSentials? Leave a comment below or show me and Jonathan Adler on Instagram!

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