Summer Tips, Tricks and Treats From Women We Love

Even on scorching hot days, summer is pure bliss. Free time is spent outside, coupling nature with relaxation, socializing, and plenty of al fresco dining and drinking —  what more could you want from a season? In celebration of the peak of summer, we caught up with some of our favorite cool women to hear what they’ve been indulging in this season (and find out how they manage to keep a fresh face when you feel like a human ice cream cone, melting by the minute).

 

BEAUTY REAL TALK WITH NEW YORK FASHION JOURNALIST MARJON CARLOS

 

WHAT’S YOUR MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE? My feet hit the floor and I’m ready to create good vibes in the morning. I immediately light a Palo Santo stick and turn on some inspiring music, and go to wash my face. I use Urban Skin Rx’s Cleansing Bar, which is amazing for WOC. I went for a micro needling session a few months back with them and it changed my skin.I have used their products ever since.

Next, I vacillate between a serum or a moisturizer. I don’t want to feel weighed down in the summer or like my face is melting off, so I’ll either go with Urban Skin Rx’s Brightening Serum or Dr. Sturm + Angela Basset’s Hyaluronic Serum.

Depending on whether I am headed to the gym or a meeting or my work space, I take a shower and use Marley Natural’s Hemp Seed Oil Wash. I love the smell and the hemp brings even more vibes. Afterward, I usually slather aloe vera gel on to help preserve my tan and then Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil: I feel like butter and it’s weightless compared to a creamy lotion. For makeup, I just use Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in “tan” and a dusting of MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in “dark golden.” If I have an important meeting, I’ll use Dior Airflash Foundation Spray first for more coverage — it’s like Photoshop and I love it. MAKE has a great cream blush — Blot Pot — andI line my eyes with Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner, fill in my eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills’s Brow Powder Duo in “medium brown,” and add a coat of Dior Show Pump’n’Volume on my lashes. I use Lucas Pawpaw on my lips or MAC’s Verve for a bit more color if I have a meeting.

I’ve been taking my Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist with me everywhere, too — it’s great for when you’re sweating and you need to feel refreshed. The bottle is pint-sized and adorable, so you can take it wherever. I’ll spritz water on my hair to activate the curl and then add Shea Moisture’s Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Styling Mousse for a wet and wavy look, and let it air dry. I didn’t know I was going for Rihanna “Wild Thoughts” this summer but here we are! I also use a combination of Jamaican castor oil and shea oil on my scalp and edges. Oh, and I’ll take a Biotin vitamin to help with hair and nail growth.

WHAT ARE THE PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS? Aloe vera gel to help your tan last longer; Elta MD is the best sunscreen for WOC because it doesn’t leave that gray, ashy film on your skin that most sunscreens do; Lucas Pawpaw for lip gloss; WATER for hair/skin/nails/body; and Herbivore Body Oil to make your skin shine after you’ve been in the sun all day!

ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREVENT YOUR MAKEUP FROM MELTING IN THE HEAT? Avoid using moisturizers in the summer and instead add serums into the mix. Tatcha Dewy Skin is a lifesaver when I’m about to head into a party — it preserves your look and gives you a little glow. Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist spray is great when you’re outside and sweltering. It saved me at Afropunk last year!

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ALL THE EATS WITH NEW YORK FOODIE FASHION EDITOR ALYSSA COSCARELLI

WHAT ARE YOU EATING ALL SUMMER LONG?

1. The entire menu at The Standard East Village garden: Olives, Japanese fried chicken, flatbread… I order one of everything on the menu with friends and it’s always the perfect summer meal (accompanied by frozé, of course).

2. For coffee, eggs, and acai bowls, I love Hole In The Wall, an unexpected little joint in Financial District near my office. Equally delicious and photogenic.

3. Guacamole to start, and churros to finish at Jajaja.

4. Matcha soft serve at Soft Swerve. Hits the spot on a hot afternoon, every time.

5. A latte and egg sandwich at L’estudioA chic, minimal (& yummy!) way to start the day.

6. Avocado toast at De Mariathe most Instagram-y spot of the summer.

7. A must try if you’re in NYC: The pancakes at Sunday In Brooklyn. There are no words… You just have to experience them.

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NON-STOP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITH VANCOUVERITE NICOLE WONG

Bottom image by Flory Huang

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES? I’m a summer baby and something I love doing in and around Vancouver in the summertime is a late afternoon picnic with friends at either Crab Park or Jonathan Rogers Park. There’s a point during the day when the sun is still out but it’s not as harsh, and that’s the perfect time to round up your best pals for a selection of fresh fruits, charcuterie and cold drinks. Great friends and great conversations in a chill environment is the perfect combination for me. Another thing I love doing is finding great outdoor concerts to attend. I’m a bit of a concert fiend and live music set against the setting sun is nothing short of perfection. This year, Malkin Bowl has some really great end-of-summer concerts and I will definitely be checking out HAIM there.

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YOUR READING LIST WITH SAN FRANCISCO’S BOOK EXPERT EMMA LOUGHRIDGE

WHAT’S ON YOUR SUMMER READING LIST?

The Changeling by Victor LaValle: I just finished this book a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. There’s a huge plot twist, so I think it’s best going into this not knowing much. Just know it’s a great blend of fiction and fantasy and is written really well. A perfect book to sink into!

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong: This was the last book I finished this summer and it was a delight to read. It’s quick, Rachel’s writing style is so great and she’s a local San Francisco resident!

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: One of my all time favorite books. I really like reading darker books in the summer time, it’s a fun contrast to the sunny (if you don’t live in San Francisco) weather and this one is perfect. It’s quite the creepy adventure based on the “real” Dracula and if you’re into historical fiction, please pick this up.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: Another one of my favorite books. Barbara Kingsolver is a classic and I’m bummed I waited this long to read her. This story is about an Evangelical family that moves to the Congo in 1959, and how everything completely unravels for them as soon as they get there. This book made me cry and laugh and cry again and everyone should read it. Another good lengthy book to submerge yourself into!

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EDITOR’S NOTE: HAVE A DRINK… WITH US.

Images from top to bottom: @hennitravels, @colonienyc, and @tapestersgrill

THREE COCTAILS WE CAN’T STOP SIPPIN’ THIS SUMMER.

1. Watermelon Margaritas. Just three simple ingredients to make these delicious drinks.

  • 5 Tbsp of tequila
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 1/4 cups blended watermelon

2. Aperol Spritz. Another easy peasy recipe.

  • 3 parts of Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 part or splash of soda
  • Ice and a slice of orange

3. Frozé. Let’s be honest, this is everyone’s favorite this summer.

  • 1 bottle of rose (tip: pour the rose into ice trays and freeze hours before making the drinks)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh lemon juice

Summer Soundtrack: Beach Getaway

It’s travel month! So we’re swapping moodboards for playlists to inspire your next getaway.

Summertime and the livin’s easy, especially when you’re at the beach. The sun, the salty surf (and some sneaky beers, of course) — is there any better way to spend the last of the dog days? Nope. So grab your towel, suit up and hit the sand. And don’t forget to pack this playlist in your straw bag alongside your sunscreen and hat for good vibes all day long.

 

What To Pack: Beach Getaway

Listen up: summer’s not over yet. This means that you still have time to hit the beach, sip on a slushy drink and even out your tan. Or even better — take advantage of these fleeting sunny days and spend a lazy weekend away at your closest sandy destination. And since lounging at the beach is all about relaxation, we already packed for you. That’s right — no effort required, guaranteed-to-look-good-while-sweating-by-the-sea outfits. You’re welcome. Now, put on those shades and get outta here!

A day at Manhattan Beach with Clyde founder Dani Griffiths

These are the final days of the summer. Hard to believe, but it’s true. And in New York, that means it’s hot, it’s sweaty, and the AC just ain’t cutting it anymore. Dani Griffiths, the founder of rad accessories brand Clyde, knows the secret to staying cool in the city — her amazing line of NY-made hats keep faces shaded from the sun and makes anyone who wears them look good while beating the burn (double win). For Dani, a breezy escape to the beach is a must to get the most of out the dog days. Here, she tells us all of the sweet and sandy details about her end-of-summer affair with Manhattan Beach.

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Summer Soundtrack: Country Retreat

It’s travel month! So we’re swapping moodboards for playlists to inspire your next getaway.

How do starry night skies, lakeside bakes under the sun and ice cold beers sound? Pretty good, right? There is nothing like running away to the country to recharge your batteries, where you can sit back, breathe in the fresh air (while picking up a whiff of barbecue) and appreciate the little things. Don’t have a ticket? This playlist will take you there.

What To Pack: Country Retreat

In a time where Instagram feeds us more sustenance than a good old hamburger does, it’s more important than ever to unplug. Honestly, there’s arguably no better way to do that than to run away to the country to connect (see what we did there?) with nature and feel grounded again. Just think: fresh air, trees, hidden watering holes, comfort food galore. But what to wear? Don’t worry, we picked out some super comfortable and versatile silhouettes, along with a few essential accessories to send you on your stylish way. You’ll look your best, whether you’re baking under the sun by the lake or star gazing with your main squeeze.

The Fashion Girl’s Guide to Austin

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but in Austin, it’s the small-town feel that really sets this bustling city apart. A laid back place that celebrates community, encourages individuality and boasts gorgeous scenery to boot, it’s also a haven for creatives — that’s why we asked a few of our favorite locals to give us the lowdown on their hometown. Here, the top places to eat, drink, play and people watch.

WHERE TO EAT

Launderette
Photo via @brandypham

“The list of places to eat and drink can go on and on in a town like this,” says Jill Bradshaw, owner of Friends & Neighbors. “There’s something amazing in every category of cuisine.” She recommends Launderette (above) for their fun atmosphere and diverse menu. 

Launderette, 2115 Holly St

ARO boutique’s Leslie Hernandez agrees and adds Elizabeth Street Cafe to her list. “They both have incredible food, drinks and beautiful interiors.”

Elizabeth Street Cafe, 1501 S 1st St

For lunch, designer Miranda Bennett is all about the deli counter at Wheatsville, a grocer that sells thoughtfully sourced products. If it’s a special occasion, she has a couple favorites — Justine’s, a French brasserie, or Josephine House (below), the more casual sister of fine dining restaurant Jefferey’s.

Josephine House
Photo via @mmhaustin

Wheatsville Food Co-op, 3101 Guadalupe St.; 4001 S. Lamar Blvd.

Justine’s, 4710 E 5th St

Josephine House, 1601 Waterston Ave

“It’s rare that a week passes without several trips to Taco Deli for tacos,” admits Olive boutique owner Laura Uhlir, adding that she swears there’s not a bad one on the menu. She’s also been really into Unit-D (below) for Neapolitan pizza lately. “It doesn’t hurt that it’s a few blocks from my house too.”  

Tacodeli, various locations

Unit-D, 2406 Manor Road

Unit-d
Photo via @laurel_kinney

“You can spot us having a breakfast or lunch meeting at Café No Sé — a fresh and delicious restaurant in the new South Congress Hotel,” adds Stephanie Beard, designer of Esby Apparel. “We also love a great bottle of wine, house made mozzarella and handcrafted neapolitan pies at Bufalina for dinner.”

Café No Sé, 1603 S Congress Ave

Bufalina, 519 E Cesar Chavez St #200

WHERE TO DRINK

Weather Up 2
Photo via @miachelphotography

For drinks, sitting outside with pizza and a glass of wine at King Bee,” Miranda says, referring to the vintage detailed pub. Both Stephanie and Laura name Weather Up (above), an offshoot of the NYC bar, as one of their go-to’s — Jill agrees and adds drink.well., a gastropub known for its innovative drink menu, to her list. “Both make excellent cocktails and they change them up all the time,” she says. 

King Bee, 1906 E 12th St

Weather Up, 1808 E Cesar Chavez St

drink.well., 207 E 53rd St

Longbranch
Photo via @cardboardsea

Laura doesn’t need to go very far for a nightcap, though. She also recommends her “favorite dive bar across the street from the shop, Longbranch Inn, for cocktails.”

Longbranch Inn (above), 1133 E 11th St

“For drinks, I hit up San Jose Hotel and hang out at the pool area,” Leslie says. “It’s relaxing and I love that it’s hidden from the busy street of shoppers and feels like you’re walking into a secret garden with a pool.”

Hotel San Jose (below), 1316 S Congress Ave

Hotel San Jose
Photo via @bkosta

WHERE TO WATCH LIVE MUSIC 

Austin is nicknamed the “Live Music Capital of the World” for a reason and, as such, there are more than plenty of places to catch a show. 

Continental
Photo via @chelsea_vaughan

“The Gallery, which is above the Continental Club, is one of my favorite spots because it feels like you’re sitting in your cool friend’s living room,” Leslie says. “Hotel Las Vegas is good too for emerging artists, we recently saw a Brazilian band with our friends, the venue is a mix of indoor and outside.”

The Continental Club (above), 1315 S Congress Ave

Hotel Vegas, 1502 E 6th St

“On a nice night, I love going to Cheer Up Charlie’s or Mohawk to see a band because they have shows outside,” Jill says. Laura agrees completely. At either of those Red River spots, “You’re bound to catch something good.” 

Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St

The Mohawk, 912 Red River St

“It’s also fun to take your chances on winning tickets to a live taping at ACL Live,” Stephanie adds. “They announce their upcoming shows here and you might be lucky enough to snag a pair of free tickets if you enter the drawing.”

ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 W. 2nd Street, Willie Nelson Blvd.

Sahara
Photo via @desertflowerdesigners

As for Miranda, her jam is Sahara Lounge (above), which has a Texas juke bar vibe with an African twist. “Bring your dancing shoes.” 

Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd

Barton Springs
Photo via @candida

BEST WAY TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
 

It’s a general consensus: when in Austin, go to the water. “No matter where you are, as long as you are in or near water you’re having the best day ever,” Jill says. “There are so many places to explore, there’s no way you can know all of them even after living here 10+ years. Explore Texas, get in some water.” 

“Swim. Swim. Swim,” Laura insists. “Texas summers are rough. When I’m not at the shop I’m most likely in a pool or hunting down a swimming hole.” 

Miranda continues, “There are a ton of options, but I like to keep it simple with Barton Springs and/or the boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake.” 

Barton Springs Pool (above), 2201 Barton Springs Rd

Lady Bird Lake, Sandra Muraida Way and W. Cesar Chavez St.

Stephanie also recommends Barton Springs (“where the water is always a cool 68-degrees,”) along with the Greenbelt for shaded trails and refreshing swimming holes. “If natural bodies of water isn’t your thing,” she continues, “head over [to] the Deep Eddy Pool — a man-made pool that happens to be the oldest swimming pool in Texas.”

Eddy Pool
Photo via @deepeddypool

The Greenbelt, 3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy.

Deep Eddy Pool (above), 401 Deep Eddy Drive

“Sometimes just sitting outside on the patio at one of my favorite spots and having a drink with friends and family is the best way for me to enjoy the outdoors,” Leslie says. “It’s nice in the evening because it’s not so hot and Austin has so many unique places to go… It’s kind of our thing to go try new patio spots all over the city.”

WHAT TO WEAR 

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Photo via @jessicapages for Esby Apparel

“As Austin itself changes, I think it’s style changes as well,” Jill says. “Austin remains a very casual town, not putting a lot of emphasis on dressing up, but that’s slowly changing.  People are embracing their own unique styles.  As a shop owner who sells a lot of vintage clothing, I carry a pretty wide variety of styles from bohemian to modern, casual to dressy and there’s a customer here for all of it.  Everyone has a different style here and that’s part of why it’s so great.” 

Miranda agrees, describing the city’s style as “laid back and personal.” 

“Austin is growing fast, there [are] tons of people moving in from New York, California and from all over but I think this makes Austin an eclectic city when it comes to style,” Leslie says. 

“Austin style is pretty casual but the main rule here is anything goes,” Stephanie continues. “Because of the hot hot summers, we stay relaxed and cool in flowing dresses and comfortable slides. We love to accessorize with fun sunglasses and summer hats.”

And, of course, “Denim is always appropriate,” Laura adds. 

 

HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT DAY IN AUSTIN

Boggy Creek
Photo via @megtaft

According to Miranda, a perfect Austin day starts off with a bit of nature and ends on Congress Avenue at a music venue. “Walking my dog along Boggy Creek, meeting up for a swim at the Springs, frozen rosé in the courtyard of Hotel San Jose, dinner at Café No Sé and music and a night cap at the Continental Club,” she says. 

Froze
Photo via @thethriftypineapple

Stephanie also recommends frozen rosé (“frozé”) at Hotel San Jose (above), after spending time outside and tucking into some tacos. “Once awake, if it’s still cool outside, a stroll around the boardwalk with the dogs is ideal,” she says. “Afterwards, we love to grab a couple of breakfast tacos and an iced latte at one of the many local coffee shops. Afterwards, suit up and find some water.”

For Laura, it’s a no brainer. “Sleep in, the one-two punch that is coffee-tacos at Houndstooth and Tacodeli (brilliantly right next door to one another), pack up a picnic, head out to the Greenbelt or another swimming spot, spend the afternoon in the sun, grab a juice on the way home from JuiceLand, rinse off, drinks – while my hair’s still wet – somewhere with a great patio, gorge myself on sushi at Uchiko, wrap it up with a late movie at the Alamo and a salted caramel milkshake.”

Houndstooth Coffee, various locations 

JuiceLand, various locations 

Uchiko, 4200 North Lamar

Alamo, various locations

Uchiko
Photo via @uchikoaustin

Jill also cites Uchiko as an essential place to stuff your face, alongside homestyle eatery Mi Madre’s and Philly-style sandwich and soda joint, the Republic of Sandwich. First, though, “Sleep in,” and then “get brunch at Mi Madre’s, grab a sandwich to go from The Republic of Sandwich, drive to Krause Springs, hit up some antique stores on the way back, grab a happy hour cocktail (this town is filled with insane happy hour deals), then finish it off with a gourmet meal at Uchiko. Perfection.” 

Mi Madres, 2201 Manor Rd

The Republic of Sandwich, 2320 Hancock Dr

Krouse Springs, 404 Krause Spring Rd

“I’ve been antique and vintage shopping in Austin for years, when I lived in the East Coast, I could never miss hitting up my favorite stores when I came back into town,” Leslie says. “Finding some hidden gems and meeting friends for drinks would be the perfect ending to my day in Austin.” 

Summer Soundtrack: City Escape

It’s travel month! So we’re swapping moodboards for playlists to inspire your next getaway.

Sometimes, you’ve gotta let it all go and get lost in the bright lights of the big city. And there’s nothing more fun than getting dressed up for a hot night on the town — trying on a million outfits, swiping some color across your lips and then wandering the streets to get to whatever restaurant or show you’re just late enough not to be really late for. This little track list will add an extra finesse in your Rachel Comey-clad step, as it takes you from the cab to the hotel closet and straight to the dance floor.

Photo by Daniela Spector for our feature with Brooklyn babe Jessi Frederick.

What To Pack: City Escape

We get it. You’ve been at that grind all week, hunched over in front of your computer, overly caffeinated (is five a day too much?) and about ready to lose it on the next poor soul who crosses your path the wrong way. Our advice? Get out. Take a precious few days, or just a weekend, and run away to the bright lights of an inspiring city. Get all dressed up, go eat at a fancy restaurant, go see a show and bask in the excitement of it all. But what to wear? Something effortless that’ll make you look good without having to think too much about it, of course. And don’t worry — since we’re talking about giving your brain a break here, we’ve already packed for you and picked pieces that are comfortable enough to gallivant around town in, but still maintain the sophisticated edge that we know you love.