Because in our eyes, nothing goes better with sand and surf than a little Valentino.
Nothing defines the summer season quite like the weekend (and occasionally week-long) getaway. You know, that minute of (hopefully) balmy days that bookend the work week and keep you going Monday through to, if you're lucky, a half-Friday grind? That, and the paraphernalia that goes hand-in-hand with our laundry list of activities: supple leather sandals, sunscreen-streaked noses, sangria in hand. And so with visions of Pamela Love's handy-dandy guide to Montauk (and royal blue ponyhair Céline espadrilles) dancing in our heads; we've thrown together a little guide covering a few key getaway essentials to last you all summer long, whether you find yourself at the beach, in a park or on a patio.
First things first? Your weekender wardrobe. We like to portray with our inner Hanneli Mustapartas (er, at least attempt to) and trot out a pail of short overalls—or, in the sage words of Lena Dunham, shorteralls. Something in chambray denim, an all-over print or even corduroy will do just fine. Pair with a well-worn tee and alternate between low-top sneakers for day and strappy sandals for night. Throw in a solid rotation of bathing suits from Lisa Marie Fernandez, Wildfox or good ol' J.Crew et voilà: your requisite bumming on the beach (or lakeside) look.
But wait—did you actually think we'd leave you sans accoutrements? First and foremost: sunglasses. Because, like, what better way to disguise both dark circles (courtesy of the aforementioned sangria, usually sipped on over at The Drake Hotel) as well as avoid awkward run-ins (again: thank you, sangria). We're partial to this tortoiseshell pair of Miu Mius, the new Maison Martin Margiela x Mykita collab and those J.Lo-in-Saint-Tropez mirrored cat-eye lenses from Tom Ford. Otherwise, an all-over eye-print pouch, Dannijo choker a wide-brim hat or a pavé Eddie Borgo bracelet will do just the trick when you find yourself between a rock and strained small talk.
And for good measure? We like having the following on hand, too: a cozy Hudson's Bay blanket (hashtag home-and-native-land), GlamGlow's latest and greatest face masque (essential for girl talk, while transforming from mud to cleansing oil as part of our never-ending quest to turn our bathroom into a beauty science lab), an engraved flask and a bottle or two of kombucha (we're advocates of balance, you guys). Oh, and a retro-feel Diana camera, highly-hydrating Bobbi Brown lipsticks for when all other cosmetics will melt off the moment they make contact with your face and a Peter Thomas Roth cucumber gel masque to cool and heal skin when someone (not naming names) fails to load on the SPF. Throw it all inside an azure-hued Valentino tote—after all, it probably beats those freebie canvas ones, right?