Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{ STYLING NOTES } MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ESSENTIALS...

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

I don't want to jinx it, but as of now, the forecast in the New York area for MDW is looking amazing—temperatures in the high 70s and plenty of sunshine. It's time to rejoice, summer is (basically) here.

In theory, I am not a huge fan of buying a bunch of new clothes just for one particular event or weekend. I prefer to look at what I have, decide what kind of "vibe" I want to present for said occasion, and then narrow down just one or two things that will give me the update I want and have some staying power, too.

So when it comes to this summer kickoff weekend, I have my eye on some pieces that will make me feel excited for the season and prove wearable throughout the months to come. And yes, for me that means acquiring a giant floating swan to make every pool I come across 100% more fun.

TRY A COOL-MEETS-ALL-AMERICAN-LOOK: Nothing says 'merica and 3-day-weekend quite like denim, but why not break from your usual jorts look and try a seriously cool kimono-style denim jacket? I can see this looking amazing over anything from your swimsuit by the pool to party dresses and, you know, jorts. Top off everything to wear this weekend with classic Clubmaster shades and a layer-able fish hook cuff from Miansai. And whether you use it as your weekend bag or beach tote—this rafia carryall from Madewell is the perfect way to transport all your essentials.

BREAK IN YOUR SUMMER SANDALS: Last summer I waited too long, and had a hell of a time breaking in my stiff leather Birkenstocks in time to actually enjoy how cool they looked at the beach. Best to start now by wearing yours as often as possible. Or, try their sandals with Birko-Flor uppers (mine just arrived from Zappos) that are already incredibly soft and ready to be worn all day the second they come out of the box.

LATHER ON THE SPF & PROTECT YOUR BOD: On this first weekend of summer, it's really tempting to try and get as tan as possible. But when your skin hasn't seen rays for months on end, you're most likely bound for a burn. Take it from me and start the habit now: wear a minimum of SPF 30 no matter what and shield your face with a chic straw hat or baseball cap. And on that note, I haven't quite reached the ultimate 'beach bod' status just yet, so a playful one-piece is looking like the ideal early-summer swimsuit.

PACK A POOL-SIDE NOVEL & FODDER FOR YOUR 'GRAM FAM: Whatever, you know you want to snap some envy-inducing 'grams in a pool with this giant floating swan. But when you're not debating filters and emoji-filled captions, make sure you've got an engrossing novel to help you while away the hours by the water. (I'm dying to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins next.)

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