Shopping For Him: Bathing Suit Edition

As we ring in summer, you’ll probably have plans to hit the beach with your S/O which presents a fashion opportunity. It’s funny to me when I go on vacation and see men in ill-fitting swim trunks down to their knees like it’s the late nineties. So, we’ve rounded up the hottest swim trunk brands in the best cuts to help guide you and your significant other.
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Frescobal Carioca is the newest “it” brand of swim shorts on the market. The cut of their swim trunks hit at just the right part of the thigh, and their prints are bold and fun. The Rio De Janeiro-based brand’s prints are inspired by the colorful scenes on the beaches in Ipanema. Their swim trunks run at around $190.
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Vilebrequin has been the reigning swim short on the scene for the last five years, and the French-based brand remains hugely popular. Vilebrequin is known for its wild prints, from turtles to dolphins and crabs. Their almost like the Hermes-tie equivalent to a swim short.
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Orlebar Brown is known for its frescoes of scenes that take over the entire swim trunk. I love the poolside scene pictured on the trunks above and many of the other designs from this British brand take on a similar aesthetic.

Summer Wedding Guest Dress Guide

It’s that time of year where the wedding invites pile up and we inevitably go to our closets only to realize there’s nothing to wear. We have you covered with a range of fun, colorful and floral dresses that are perfect for the occasion.
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I just ordered this frilly, floral-printed dress from Asosand really love the cut and pattern. It’s on sale for just $28.
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I love this French Connection sequined dress for a summer black tie wedding. The cut is super sexy and sleek and the beading and sequins elevates it to black tie status. It’s on sale for $129.
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I love that this Allegro Poppy dress from French Connection has a vintage vibe. The fabric and print feels slightly seventies. For those looking for more vintage style dresses, check out Wardrobeshop.com.

This Erdem dress is a splurge at $895, but it’s super versatile and very flattering.
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I live in Privacy Please come the summer because their dresses can literally be worn for any occasion, summer weddings included.

Fashionably Fit with Namastetics

I’ve noticed that increasingly, my girlfriends and I will opt for a fun workout class such as SoulCycle or Barry’s Bootcamp followed by brunch or dinner rather than going out for drinks. In a way, our generation has made working out our social activity of choice, but it also means the bar is raised on fitness fashion.

I recently came across Namastetics, a lifestyle brand that fully embraces this concept, and there’s been no turning back from it on days I have my workout “dates” of sorts.
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The Canadian brand is highly functional and technical in terms of its design and fabrics, which is what we first and foremost look for in our gear. But, the designs are super edgy and sexy – think mesh cutouts, “ripped” leggings, and ballerina straps. These “Fearless” leggings pictured above are so on trend with mesh cutouts and retail for $42.95.
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I own three pairs of Namastetics and I pretty much can’t go a workout class without three or four girls unprompted gushing over my leggings and asking me where I bought them. And, their price point is much more palatable than Lululemon and other competitors. Some of their leggings start at just $25. The “Midnight Ballet” leggings pictured above with fun tie detailing are also just $42.95.
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We also adore these “Breathe Easy” leggings, with fun mesh paneling, $42.95.

Oh, there’s also a feel good component to buying Namastetics. They donate an hour of yoga to someone in need with every purchase!

See more of our fitness coverage here:
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Beauty: Foundation That Outlasts a Workout
Fitness Obsession: Foam Rolling
Our Favorites: Running Shoes

Decorating With This Season’s Hottest Trend: Succulents

I don’t think it would be too bold to coin 2017 the year of the succulent. From their presence in high-end boutiques to restaurants and even prints on designer clothing, succulents and cactuses are everywhere this year. I first became obsessed with succulents on a trip out to Palm Springs last year when I noticed how prominently all the places I visited used them in their décor. They really brighten up a room, have serious fashion credit and so many styling opportunities in terms of chic vases and other carriers. It was at that point that I decided to incorporate the trend on the East coast in my Manhattan apartment. It started with a few small cacti from Moorten’s cactus museum in Palm Springs on my ledge. Then, a friend turned me on to UrbanStems.com, which has been a game changer in terms of succulent décor.
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For those unfamiliar with UrbanStems, it is an online flower delivery service with the most gorgeous blooms. You can find everything from your traditional rose bouquet to wedding flowers and… succulents in a dinosaur vase. Yes, you read that correctly. UrbanStems has a set of four different golden planters such as a T-Rex and Triceratops each with their own pretty succulent inside. When I discovered these planters I nearly lost it. They were exactly what my apartment needed and have since become one of the most admired pieces in my apartment and a true conversation starter when I have guests over. My friends have since copied me and bought dinos of their own. They also make a great gift, especially for a housewarming, and are priced at just $45.
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For those looking for more traditional succulents, they also have other gorgeous planters, such as the Gibson ($55) which has a variety of succulents of all different textures and colors in a beautiful cement planter with a gold lip. The Huxley is also a great option and is packed with succulents in a wooden box.

Everything about UrbanStems is a luxury experience and seamless. The packaging the items comes in is beautiful and all of the plants arrived undamaged. The pricepoints make them perfect for gifting or for pretty inexpensively getting in on the succulent trend in your own home.

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Travel Guide: The Best Beach Clubs in Mykonos

For those who haven’t been, Mykonos is considered the party island of Greece. And it is home to some of the most amazing beach clubs. Think gorgeous people, DJs playing beachy tunes and cabanas to take the sun and drink champagne in. The morning hours are very chill, then comes 4 p.m. and the music turns up, people start dancing and champagne corks sound all the way until 9 p.m. when the sun finally sets.

There are so many beach clubs in Mykonos that picking the right ones is key. You don’t want to end up at one of the fratty, college ones. Check out our must-visit guide to beach clubs in Mykonos below.

Scorpios:

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Scorpios is one of the newest beach club additions in Mykonos and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s got a distinctly Burning Man on the Mediterranean vibe. Think monochromatic shades of tan and sand, wooden cabanas, body painting, hammocks, fire circles and other-worldly slow beats with live drummers, etc.

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Scorpios attracts the “it” crowd. Models, athletes, leggy Europeans, etc. During the day, you can rent a cabana by the beach. It is also the most spectacular place to watch the sun set. We wound up at Scorpios three of our four days in Mykonos, if that’s any indication of what it’s like. At sundown, the percussions pick up, but the vibe is still very mellow as people dance to tribal beats while watching the sun set under strung edison lights.

The dress code: hot bikinis and lacy coverups. Tie-up sandals also encouraged. Feather headbands? Do it.

Nammos:

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Where do I start with Nammos? It was hands down our favorite day in Mykonos and the best party we went to (from what we remember). It may be because our early lunch at Nammos consisted of two glasses each of vodka on the rocks with Greek Salads. We then went shopping at Luisa, Nammos’s store which is stocked with amazing Missoni bathing suits, Eugenia Kim hats and Karen Walker sunglasses. The day got even better when we decided to order a bottle of vodka just for the two of us. So, by the time the party kicked off at 4, you can probably imagine the state we were in.

Nammos attracts a really affluent crowd. There’s a 120,000 pound bottle of Armand De Brigand Brut Gold on their menu, after all. It is also a celebrity hot spot. Once the beats picked up, out came a surprise bottle of Veueve Cliquot for us. That went down quickly as we danced to club music and swam in the ocean. We then wound up at a table that had approximately 16 bottles of rosé for us to drink while we danced and smoked turkish cigarettes and cigars. Next thing we knew, the sun was setting over the ocean.

Parts of Nammos are a blur, but a really, really fabulous one. We’re already talking about going back to Mykonos next summer and recreating this day. I may have lost a really expensive pair of sunglasses, and my friend may have lost her feather headband, but those are small prices to pay for the amount of fun we had. I’d put it high on the list of beach clubs to visit.

Panormos:

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Panormos is a beautiful beach club overlooking Panoramas Bay. The decor is impeccable: Wooden beach loungers, a gorgeous restaurant (pictured above) with views of the turquoise bay, a great shop. and good vibes.

Visually, we thought Panormos was the prettiest of the beach clubs we visited and we liked the chill vibe during the day. There are lots of people in their late twenties and thirties ordering bottles of  rosé and champagne. We loved that it had a very Grecian feel to it — the champagne, for instance, was served in a brass boat surrounded by bunches of grapes and strawberries. There is a DJ and a saxophonist playing to the beats.

Like Nammos, the energy picks up around 4 p.m., unless it is one of the days that they have a night party. In that case it will close around 6 so that they can set up. The restaurant requires reservations, so keep that in mind, as do the beach loungers. Don’t try just rocking up and getting a chair — it’s a bit of a process, so reserve in advance.

Planning A Trip to Greece? Check out our Travel Guides:

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Travel Guide: Where to Eat in Mykonos

Let me upgrade you: running shoe edition

I’ve upped my running game in the last few months and as a result, I developed a nasty case of runner’s knee, which I’ve chronicled here on the blog. The pain was super intense and sidelined my running for a while. After visiting one of Manhattan’s top sports surgeons, I learned that my footwear plus a lack of stretching was the likely culprit.

My sneakers were Nike cross trainers and about a year old, which didn’t seem unfit for me. But, once I upgraded to actual running shoes, I saw a world a difference. After doing extensive research (like REALLY extensive research where I interviewed all my friends who run marathons, read every article on the internet, etc.) I decided to order two pairs of running shoes to wear during my workouts. Below is my write up of each, and let me just say they have been God sends. Can’t recommend them both enough (Sorry, Nike!).

Brooks Glycerin 14: First off, Brooks came highly recommended by all my runner friends and the brand specializes in running, which meant it was a natural place for me to start on my expedition for the perfect and most supportive running shoe. When the Glycerins arrived, I was super impressed by how pretty they are. I opted for the pattern shown above, but this shoe comes in an array of color combinations, meaning there is something for everyone. I liked that fashion wasn’t an afterthought for the brand, even though they are known for being so technical.

When I put the shoe on, there was an immediate difference in how they felt on my foot compared to my old Nikes. The padding and buoyancy under my toes was so noticeable that I couldn’t believe I had deigned to put my foot in a cross trainer when this had been an option the whole time. Once I got on the treadmill, my gait had completely changed and it felt like the shoe was absorbing the impact of my running rather than my ankles and knees. The effect is that you feel like you are running on air, not a hard treadmill. I’ve been using this pair when I take breaks at work, so I keep them at my office, and running in them is such a treat. I haven’t had any flare ups of runner’s knee, which is a testament to the build of the shoe. Total keepers that I would highly recommend. They cost $120 and can be purchased here.
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Newton Gravity 6: Newton was not a brand I was familiar with, but it’s very well known in the running world I soon learned after setting out on my research. The company is called Newton Running, and I learned through this experiment that if you’re going to run, you should stick with a sneaker maker who makes running its sole purpose (no pun intended). Like the Brooks, this shoe had uber cushioning that made you feel like you are walking and running on air. I’ve come to learn that this is extremely important in preventing the range of ailments you can get from running without proper support. There’s a reason that this shoe became the company’s top-selling model since it launched.

When I put the shoe on and started my runs, both on the treadmill and outside, I almost felt like I was bouncing off of the floor because of the “POP1” platform built into the sole. Seriously, it’s a game changer. I found myself running longer runs and having no discomfort in either knee. I also love that the sneaker is made of a breathable mesh that keeps your feet from sweating. Overall, the sneaker is majorly supportive, comfortable and fashionable. Would also highly recommend to friends and readers. Newton Gravity 6’s retail for $175.

Travel Guide: Where to Stay in Santorini

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Nestled in the post-card perfect hills of Santorini’s Caldera in Oia, is the Andronis Boutique Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel that we had the pleasure of staying in for three nights this July.

Andronis Boutique Hotel is in the most prime of locations In Santorini. It’s smack in the middle of the caldera: those white-washed homes in the hills and blue domes that you conjure up when you think of Santorini, and so many of the island’s other hotels aren’t located in this area so they don’t have the idyllic views you come to expect when you imagine Santorini.

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Andronis is one of three hotels run by this boutique hotel group. It is built into the side of the mountain in all white with giant suites carved into the side of the cave, making the hotel part of the beautiful scenery in Santorini. It’s on Oia’s main stretch, meaning walking outside of the hotel puts you in the middle of Santorini’s best restaurants, bars and shopping. And yes, even the famed donkey trail.

We were greeted upon arrival at Andronis with glasses of chilled champagne and the most unbelievable views. This set the tone for the rest of our stay, where the staff went above and beyond to make our trip perfect.
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The hotel itself is beautiful. Think white washed buildings and bright pink bougainvillea flowers growing throughout the archways and walls. Our room blew us away. It had arched ceilings because of the cave and a zen-like atmosphere. An example of the type of luxury service provided at Andronis: there is a pillow menu so that you can specify which type of firmness you prefer best while sleeping.
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The bathroom was a showstopper. Gray stone and a giant shower with a rain drop faucet as well as a swim in-swim out jacuzzi that overlooked the Mediterranean ocean. We pretty much spent the end of each night in the jacuzzi sipping on Greek white wine and Ouzo. The bathroom has luxury, organic bath products and a killer blow dryer by hotel standards. Our room had an amazing outdoor deck with two sun loungers that fit the aesthetic of the hotel: they were light wood and really eclectic-looking. What we loved and missed once we left was that the views from literally any place you stand at Andronis are just breathtaking. This included the views from our terrace.

The pool area is spectacular. There is an infinity pool and a separate pool overlooking the Mediterranean and lots of beach loungers and umbrellas to take the sun on. In another sign of how Andronis knows its clientele and caters to it: Vogue and other fashion and travel magazines are in a basket at the pool for guests to enjoy. The views from the pool are breathtaking and when the sun starts to set, the whole area is awash in a pink/red glow reflecting off of the mountains that is truly beautiful.
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The pool staff is super attentive. From the second you sit down, they are over with chilled bottles of water on ice with lemons and lime. They also treated us to a bottle of their very own white wine. (Andronis also produces its own olive oil!) our first day after we arrived we laid out at the pool and took in the scenery while eating Greek salads from the hotel’s restaurant, and they were the most fresh Greek salads we’d had on our trip. The chef later sent over a Greek yogurt mousse with fresh berries that we are still talking about.

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While we’re on the topic of food, Andronis had the most delicious breakfast buffet, which is included in the charge of your room. The breakfast area has every local delicacy available from spinache and cheese pies to local cheeses and cured meats, to our favorite: The Greek Yogurt bar featuring what they call the “Breakfast of the Gods.” Side note: Andronis has ruined Greek yogurt in America for me. the yogurt at Andronis was a million times better than what we get at home, and I made sure to have the breakfast of the gods each morning alongside delicious fruit and pastry. The breakfast of the gods is a toppings bar for the yogurt featuring everything from pistachios to coconut flakes to raisins and currants. Legend has it that the Greek gods ate this mixture each day to give them their energy. Whether the legend is true or not, it’s delicious.

Fresh-squeezed juices and a bottle of chilled champagne also are in the breakfast room for those who wanted to start the party early (Hint: we did). There is also an amazing omelette and egg menu that is made to order for those wanting eggs. We had every intention of ordering omelette but the Greek yogurt was too good for us to pass up!

The concierge and all of the hotel’s staff were super friendly and eager to help. They made us a reservation at their sister property’s restaurant, Lycabettus (a separate post on dinner there here), and arranged our transportation and activities for us. Aside from the two other hotels, Andronis has a few high-end boutiques in Oia with labels such as Pitusa, and those staying at an Andronis property get a 15% discount on shopping.

What we also loved was that Andronis is the perfect backdrop for any sort of vacation you would like. It has wonderful private areas, such as your own private sundeck (pictured above) and jacuzzis/private pools. Or, you can go to the main pools and strike up conversations with other travelers. It’s in the middle of the beautiful town, giving you access to everything you could want to do when in Santorini.

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The Andronis is the definition of luxury and exclusivity. We would gladly recommend Andronis to readers, and have already recommended it to friends!

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What We’re Loving: Corseted Belts

We like big belts and we cannot lie. These waist-cinching accessories are becoming a focal point of outfits across the globe, starting with fashion week. On a recent trip to Barney’s, they were all over the department store, and I’ve been slowly incorporating them into my warndrobe. Here are some of our favorites.
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I saw this Alaia laser-cut belt on display at Barney’s and literally have not been able ot get it out of my head. It’s equal parts dainty and feminine and I need it on my waist. It’s $1,640, but fab. Also comes in black.
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This bow belt from Zara creates the perfect hourglass and is easy on the wallet at $25.90
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This Roxy waist belt comes in black and tan and has a bit of an equestrian feel. $114
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No need to splurge to get a taste of this trend. This number from Asos runs less than $50.

Our Newest Obsession: Face Masks

I can’t pinpoint exactly when face masks became a “thing” but for the past year or so, my friends and I have become obsessed with the beauty trend. From Korean sheet masks to hydrating and repair masks and eye patches, my beauty cabinet has become overrun by face masks and it’s one of my favorite go-to beauty pick-me-ups. My girlfriends and I have even reserved one night a month where we bring over facemasks, order in sushi, drink wine and catch up on chic flix. (And maybe this is a sign of our age, but we look forward to this night of rejuvenating more than our fancy dinners and nights out)

Given that we’ve become connoisseurs of sorts, I wanted to share the face masks that I use that are in heavy rotation as part of my beauty routine.

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MaskerAide: What initially appealed to me about MaskerAide was the fun and vibrant packaging, which is colorful and has cartoons of girls who look like us indulging in their products. Then I tried their range of sheet masks and hydrating eye gels and am super impressed. Not only are they extremely affordable – their sheet masks are less than $7 – they smell great, leave you hydrated and refreshed. I’ve started taking MaskerAide with me on trips and as strange as this sounds (my gfs were appalled when I told them I do this, but they all have since copied me) I wear a sheet mask during flights because airplanes really dry my skin out. I bring one for the flight there and one for the flight back, which is even worse because I’m usually dehydrated from a weekend of rose, and this seems to do the trick. Their eye ges are also great for brightening and firming up the sensitive under-eye area.
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Starskin: What immediately attracted me to cult beauty brand Starskin were their sculpting and plumping face masks, which have the appearance of being a lace mask. Honestly, I’d wear it to a costume party if I could. Their range is expansive, and also addresses concerns such as anti-aging, smoothing, illumination, detoxifying and a whole cast of issues we worry about after a certain age. I love the packaging and the silky feel of the masks and it truly feels like a luxury product. Masks start at $10 and go up to around $28.50.
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Decorte Slim & Firm Concentrate: Decorte face masks are a splurge – a set of six masks runs $180 – but they are my go-to before a big event such as a wedding, speaking gig, etc. The masks are two parts – an upper mask and lower mask and I feel automatically rejuvenated after wearing it. It’s my favorite mask during the holiday season when I may have been overserved or had too much processed foods and sugars because I feel like it plumps up my face and gets me back to a presentable form of myself. Also, Kate Moss is their spokesmodel, so that’s good in our book.

The Best Shampoo & Conditioner For Color-Treated Hair

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It’s that time of year where we get into the warmer months and look to lighten our hair for the summer. Having just gotten balayage to my nearly-black hair for the first time in ages, I’ve been on the hunt for the best products to make sure that my color lasts and is protected from turning brassy. My stylist coached me on ditching my store-bought shampoos and conditioners and giving them a serious upgrade to make my color last. The key was to look for products that are Sulfate-free. I wound up trying Nexxus’s Color Assure line following my balayage and have been so pleased with the results. The range has shampoos, conditioners, primer and a glossing tonic, and it’s the perfect system of sorts to protect my newly lighter locks.

I absolutely adore the consistency of the shampoo and conditioner and was impressed by how much of a lather I was able to build. One of the common knocks against sulfate-free products is that they don’t bubble up as well as regular shampoos, but this wasn’t the case at all with this range. I also like that it is infused with white orchid extract.

The range is also much more affordable than many competing products I looked at. The 13.5 ounce shampoo and conditioner is just $17.99. The primers and tonics are less than $20. This has become part of my weekly routine to keep my hair glossy and hydrated and looking true to the color my stylist intended for me and would whole-heartedly recommend it to readers!