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Memorial Day Essentials

5 22 2012

Oscar De La Renta Crochet Jacket, Pencil Skirt, and Floral Lace Blouse, 212 872 2656

Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend is here.

And while this week’s weather may not seem perfectly pitched for barbecues, beach bathing and such, we are determined to be ready when the sun finally decides to shine this Saturday.  So, with our Jitney and LIRR tickets at the ready, this is what we’re planning to pack this Memorial Day Weekend.




Hostess Gift


If your plans are to visit a friend, it’s always best to bring them a hostess gift.  This season, we’re wrapping up William Yeoward‘s American Bar (212 872 8960), hand-made ceramic coconut bowls from Nicole Fichot (212 872 8872) and larger-than-life bottles of olive oil (212 872 2866).

William Yeoward American Bar, 212 872 8960  Coconut Bowls, 212 872 8872 Chateau Estoublon Olive Oil, 212 872 2866

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Dive in


Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off summer poolside fashion — so we’re packing the latest styles from just-arrived We Are Handsome (we’re particularly keen for their photo-print bikinis and short-sleeve one-piece) as well as classic Vilebrequin prints for the boys (212 339 3313).  Swimwear is a tricky thing to navigate at the beginning of each season, so do review our swim fit guide or pop by our Swim Event this Wednesday, May 23.

We Are Handsome Bikini, 212 872 2876 Vilebrequin Swim Trunks, 212 872 3313

Beach Reads


Part of what makes Memorial Day weekend so deliciously relaxing is that it’s our first taste of Summer Fridays — long, lingering afternoons spent nose-diving into the latest or most-beloved books.  If you want your fashion fix, we must recommend Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel or Ines des la Fressange’s Parisian Chic (212 872 8960).  If getting lost in Fashion City’s streets is more your pace, try out Peter Hedges’ The Heights.

 The Allure of Chanel, 212 872 8960Parisian Chic by Ines de la Pressange, 212 872 8960The Heights by Peter Hedges, 212 872 8960

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Safe Sun


Sadly, it’s true: the sun is stronger these days than ever.  So it’s more important than ever to put your safe sun skills to the test.  We’ve got our eyes on the latest shades from Sospiri and Celine (212 872 2544), over-sized scarves from Erdem (212 872 2601) and floppy hats from Patricia Underwood (212 872 2601), gallons of SPF from Shiseido and Chantecaille, as well as Kate Somerville’s bronzing towlettes (212 872 8824) because the ego still needs evidence of a tan. Get more Safe Sun tips on Facebook.


Sospiri Nora, 212 872 2544Patricia Underwood Hat, 212 872 2604CELINE Sunglasses, 212 872 2544

Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF 42 PA+++, 212 872 2541   Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++, 212 872 2725


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Summer Nights


Summer days oft lead to hot summer nights (or, for this matter, cool summer nights), and we always like to dress for the occasion.  So this Memorial Day we’re packing maxi dresses from Kelly Wearstler (212 872 2887), long-sleeve tees from Vince (212 872 2843) and Proenza Schouler (212 872 2592), and printed pants from Burberry Prorsum (212 872 3327) and Thom Browne (212 872 3329). Memorial Day Weekend is about living it up as casually as possible, so try to keep your look in pace.

Vince Striped Slub Tee, 212 872 2840 Proenza Schouler Long Sleeve Tie-Dye Tee, 212 872 2592

Burberry Prorsum Pants, 212 872 3327 Kelly Wearstler Cadenza Georgette Maxi Dress, 212 872 2887 Thom Browne Sailboat Trousers, 212 872 3329

Looking for Nighttime Dresses? See our 5F Picks

We do hope you enjoy the long weekend!