Summer Starts Here!

Shops May 28th, 2013


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The official start to summer may be three weeks away, but we all know Memorial Day is the real kick-off. We have everything you need to start your summer in style.

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We love the beaded coral embroidery around the neckline of  CJ Laing’s tie-dyed linen “Cora” tunic at least as much as we love its versatility. Wear it on the beach as a cover-up, as a mini-dress with sandals, or as a top over the same designer’s flattering white cigarette pants.


The Nantucket Wine Carrier from Hancock Baskets is the chicest summer wine tote ever. Perfect for picnics, it’s also a very swell host or hostess gift—especially when packed with a pair of Bastianich Rosatos from Eli Hardof’s A Wine for All.


Every summer house needs stacks of Turkish T’s Basic Breeze lightweight towels. Dry off with them at the pool, stretch out on them at the beach, or wear them as festive shawls or sarongs in the day or night.


When warm weather hits, everyone screams for ice cream. You’ll scream especially loudly for Nye’s yummy handmade ice cream sandwiches in fun summer flavors like Strawberry Shortcake and Key Lime Pie.


Get your grill on with Blackberry Farm’s delicious trio of house-made barbecue sauces and rubs. While you’re at it, order up some of BF’s addictive bread and butter pickles to zip up dogs and burgers.


Beipeatti’s charming Fat Fish platter is a perennial favorite for summer entertaining. Fill it up with loads of boiled shellfish, a briny spaghetti alla vongole, or a gorgeous Nicoise salad from Julia Reed’s latest book, “But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria.”


Sun lovers rejoice! Chantecaille’s  lightweight Ultra Sun Protection Primer keeps you extra safe with a with a hefty 50 SPF, plus lemon balm and white tea extracts that deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory punch.


Loeffler-Randall’s  color-block tote is the only one you’ll need all summer. Measuring 12 by 13 inches, it will take you from beach to town in high style.  Added bonus: there’s a clutch inside.



About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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