Ahh! Finally, some warm weather! With such a chilly spring, I’m hesitant to say it, but I do believe summer is upon us. We had an extra few weeks to get beach-ready, so there’s no holding back now—this weekend I’m hitting the sand. With a couple days to prep, I’ve narrowed down the essentials to maximize sun-soaking hours.
Umbrella. If you’re like me, you’re spending all day at the beach. Fair skinned or not, it’s wise to bring an umbrella for reprieve. Miankoma has some really cute cotton parasols in floral prints, small and lightweight enough to carry on the beach without cramping your style. Available in adult and children’s sizes, these ladylike umbrellas are also perfect for special occasions. Miankoma, Amagansett Square. 631-267-3455.
Bicycle. Twin Forks Bicycles in Riverhead has a new “Fat Sand” bike—equip with extra thick tires that can cruise right through the sand. You’ll look, rightly so, like you mean business. Twin Forks Bicycles is located at 121 East Main St., Riverhead. 631-591-3082 twinforksbicycles.com
Jorts. That’s right, cut-off jean shorts. Show some leg with Cult of Individuality, which come in various unique distressing and vintage washes, and is available at the new boutique in Westhampton Beach, T.O.D.U. “A Touch Of Down Under.” 7 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach.
A Tan. Legs in aforementioned short-shorts do look a little slimmer when tan. But since we’re all so sun-savvy these days, no one wants to lounge out on their deck slathered in baby oil anymore. Luckily, there’s Karin Herzog’s Oxygen Sun. This fuss-free tan-perfecting cream is the perfect compliment to your SPF. Bonus: The 1% active oxygen will strengthen and protect the skin. Check out the chemical-free line, imported from Lake Geneva, Switzerland, at karinherzog.com.
A Party Kit. You’ll be needing this for your dusk beach picnic. Prince of Scots has something glorious called the W&P Cocktail Kit. It features everything you need for shaking up drinks on-the-go and includes a custom W&P Canvas and Leather Mason Bag to carry it all in. Inside this kit, you’ll find a shaker, muddler, jigger, linen cocktail napkins and four glass tumblers. Prince of Scots is located at 700 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-604-1392 princeofscots.com
Post-beach Detox. After a full day of sunscreen, you’re pores will thank you for taking the time to do a French Clay Mask. Clairvoyant Beauty has a French Clay Cleanser and Mask, both with DMAE, the powerful anti-aging nutrient that extends the life of cells and protects against collagen breakage. The cleanser softens and soothes the skin, and the mask further detoxifies and tones while providing ample nourishment with the neem and jojoba oils. Check out their whole collection of eco-friendly products at clairvoyantbeauty.com.
Just for fun. It’s Wharf Shop’s 45th Anniversary! Thank you, Wharf Shop, for my childhood Briar Horse collection, dollhouse furniture and for supplying Ravensburg puzzles for those rainy days. Parents, you need to know about the Wharf Shop. 69A Main Street, Sag Harbor. 631-725-0420 wharfshop.com
New Kid. Celebrity event planner, florist and decorating guru Mark Masone has your special events covered with Flowers by Topaz. Masone and his team manage events, offering clients with an array of packages to fit specific needs and budgets. Some of the many specialties provided include contemporary, traditional and custom fresh or dried floral arrangements, gourmet gift baskets, greeting cards, linens and even furniture rentals—a dream come true for anyone about to plan an elegant celebration. For further information, visit flowersbytopaz.com
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