Chance Co. Summer Essentials

Chance really gets summer staples right. 

The predominantly red, white and blue hues also hit an appropriate note.

Known for their striped shirts, Chance’s triple stripe version is so, so up my alley:


Pixie tee, a patterned peasant blouse and a beach cover up would round out a vacation packing list:


If you can bear to actually use it, here’s a cute picnic or beach blanket to bring along:


Sundry Clothing

I recently discovered the super cool, casual clothing brand Sundry. 

Since I wear suits to work every day I tend to wear relaxed pieces when I’m off duty, but I like them to have a certain aesthetic.

I loved these three pieces so much I had to make them mine:

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The 3/4 sleeve sweatshirt is the prettiest, most vibrant orange color and it’s also one of the softest I own.

Here are a few other Sundry looks that caught my eye:

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Check out the cool dress! It even has pockets.



Hawaii Recap: Forgotten Beach Vacation Essentials

I thought I’d packed well for my trip to Hawaii last week, but it turns out I’d missed a few essentials. 

  1. A beach bag. I own approximately one zillion totes, and to forget to bring one for a beach vacation is practically inexcusable. The first day I found myself deciding between an oversized Vuitton duffel or a plastic bag meant for dry cleaning at the hotel to use at the beach. I had to go with Option B, and of course the bag immediately ripped and spilled all my sunscreen bottles into the sand. Tres chic.
  2. An insulated water bottle. I’d forgotten how cold drinks quickly become lukewarm drinks in a tropical environment. Ice cubes are fleeting. I longed for my S’well bottle. _9130571
  3. Non-leather flip flops. I brought two pairs of sandals: Birkenstock Gizehs and red leather flip flops from Abejas (the best flip flops ever). Except… neither of those performed well during the two days of torrential downpours and urban puddles that we experienced. A traditional pair of rubber flip flops would have held up better.
  4. A folding umbrella. See “torrential rains” above. This would have avoided the $10 drugstore version ($8 too much for what it was worth) that got left in the hotel.
  5. Spray sunscreen. I thought I was being clever by bringing a handful of high-end sunscreen samples that I received from various skin care gifts-with-purchase, but I forgot that spouse likes spray sunscreen. Even the cheapest spray bottle was $16 at the hotel. Bring your own!
  6. Face cleanser. This was really just an oversight. I have a ton of small cleanser samples (all those gifts-with-purchase that I dearly love), but somehow I forgot to pack one. Fortunately there was a Sephora right by my hotel and I picked up a Josie Maran Argan Oil  set for only $16.  I’ve been curious about this brand but this was the first time I tried it. I really liked the three products that came in it: cleanser, face oil, and moisturizing sunscreen. s1610294-main-grid

These aren’t forgotten items, but here are two other travel tips for Hawaii:

  • I didn’t want my wet leather flips flops to bleed onto other items in my (overstuffed) suitcase, but I was out of plastic bags as I packed up to head home. Solution: use the plastic liner bag from the hotel ice bucket. Perfect size for a pair of slim shoes. photo-79
  • Many flights leave Hawaii at night. My first leg was a red-eye to LAX that left at 9:30 PM. Most hotels are also not generous with late checkouts in Hawaii, which leaves you with the dilemma of how to spend the hours between checkout and airport time. The last day was gorgeous and I still wanted to hit the beach, but let’s face it, I didn’t want to be sunburned, sticky and possibly stinky when I boarded seat 2A. The solution I decided upon was to book a spa appointment at 4 PM, approximately 2 1/2 hours before I was due to be picked up for a ride to the airport. With a fresh pair of clothes in my purse, I stashed my stuff in the spa locker, got a massage, and used the (really nice) spa showers and facilities to get ready before I left. Later I found out that the hotel actually had a courtesy suite for this very purpose, but I thought my spa solution also worked out just fine.

Channeling Mrs. Roper

Back in the day, I loved “Three’s Company.”

Watching re-runs now requires a massive suspension of disbelief, as the plots are pretty transparent and the double entendres are entirely cringe-worthy.

One thing that does hold up: the fashions of caftan-loving Mrs. Roper, played in the series by actress Audra Lindley.

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This swimsuit cover-up from Tommy Bahama (a brand I am not usually crazy about) caught my eye for its overall Mrs. Roper-ish vibe, which I dig a lot.



This Lilly Pulitzer one would also do just fine in this category:



And couldn’t you just see Janet or Chrissy wearing this number?




Golden Girls Luxe

Last week I traveled to Palm Beach, FL, for a work trip and stayed here for six nights.

Besides torrential rains for the first three days and almost being run down by a woman driving a convertible Rolls Royce when I went out for a run, it was a pretty good trip.

The hotel was decorated in what I dubbed “Golden Girls Luxe” style. Think lots and lots of wicker sofas with overstuffed pillows and tchotchkes everywhere. Oh, the tchotchkes! 

At first the style made me recoil, but as the week went on I found myself wistfully longing for beachy decor like this:


And the hotel came through like a champ in the amenity department. The bathroom was generously stocked with organic red flower products in the awesome “Ocean” scent. A few came home with me.

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This is a DIY spin on beach decor:


Even I could probably handle this. Sigh. Summer, come quickly!