Summer Starts Now: 5 Cheap Thrills Under $100 to Mark the Season
Plus, the Memorial Day sale edit and a snarky rant on "Old Money" style!
- recently wrote about this in a recent newsletter — a red sandal is a great foil to an otherwise simple outfit. (She first noted these Hoy sandals which give The Row, for only 60 American doll hairs. Very good for the city.) I echo her sentiment, I too have been reaching for a red sandal a lot more this spring. I broke out an old Khaite pair for a recent trip to LA and was like, why haven’t I been wearing these more? But for summer vacations, a great flip-flop is paramount, and Havaianas are unbeatable in their simplicity and form. I personally like the square-toe options (but more modern), and for thirty-five bucks, you can’t beat ‘em. I saw Courtney Grow predict that white Havaianas will be the sandal of the season if you need more social proof — and her radar is generally pitch-perfect. But I can’t help but flash back to the white Old Navy flip flops of my youth, which looked perfect with my Abercrombie denim skirts for approximately one day before becoming absolute scuzz balls, even on the white sandy South Florida beaches. Maybe Courtney just has cleaner feet than I do! (I wonder if you could Scotchgard the soles.) So for me, red it is. Oh! And if you like to cover your toes, these Italian-bred canvas numbers are also pretty great.
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A good book: I’ve already declared my love for Rick Rubin’s book The Creative Act, but I’d also recommend The Body Keeps the Score if you’re in the headspace for it. For fiction, Demon Copperhead is the best book I’ve read all year. For the paperback version of bingeing the Kardashians, Deux Moi’s fictionalized account Anon Plz is a gossipy, quick read. And after readingSundberg’s newsletter on the subject, I’m looking forward to reading Sofia Coppola’s new book, Archive, which you can pre-order a signed copy of from at MACK books. Good timing on this one, which is a collection of ephemera from her personal archives — reminds me not to thin out my years and years of journals, scrapbooks, and thingamabobs in tubs when we move to New York this summer.
A way to air-dry your hair: a handy newsletter from goop on the subject put me onto Rahua Hydration Shampoo, which is not cheap for a shampoo, but is high on the value chart for me given its ability to let me air-dry my locks successfully. (To be clear, I define a successful air-dry as a notable reduction of frizz.) Also: a little goes a long way with this stuff, so one bottle really lasts.
Sunglasses with personality: it’s summer, let’s see some color! When you’re looking for inexpensive, fashionable sunnies, look no further than Le Specs. I particularly love these in the color “rosewater”.
A netted bag: I think vacation is the perfect excuse to buy yourself something a little impractical, and Longchamp’s Le Pliage Filet knit shoulder bag is nothing if not impractical — 10/10 would not toss my car keys in here. But if you have a little pouch to throw in, it’s a great everyday resort/pool/beach bag, and can double as a farmer’s market tote for all of summer’s fresh bounty.
The summer sales are coming in, well, hot.