I love the beach and pool and opt for any chance to spend time there. Recently I decided it was time to replace some of my favorite pieces. After years of constant wear they’d seen better days. That begged the question – what to replace them with? I’m also very conscious of the sun. My father suffered from skin cancer and was my partner in crime when it came to the beach so I opt for sunscreen, hats, and sun shirts when I’m thinking out side. For more on my sunscreen odyssey see my post at Sunscreen plus the hat! As an update I’m going with COOLA!
The swim suit. I love Tory Burch’s suits and have worn the ones I have out. They hold up well even after years of use. I wanted something new though. I tried a new one made by Marysia. I loved it enough to purchase a second. One tip I got from a friend was to purchase the same suit in different colors so the strap lines are in the same place. I’ve taken that tip to heart. I have the same Tory suit in navy and black and now the same Marysia suit in white and black and a two piece with the same top.
After settling on a new swimsuit, I decided I needed a refresh on my coverup. They were also showing signs of wear. I decided that I wanted a sun shirt. I purchased a lovely swing style one from Mott with a 50 spf and I found a men’s long sleeve sun shirt in the tennis pro shop that I’ve co-opted. I wear it with a terry polo mini skirt I’ve had for ages. The mini skirt needs a refresh but I’ve not found a replacement for it – yet! Although not a sun shirt I also found a lovely tunic style shirt to wear for yoga that I’m giving a trial run as a cover up. My favorite new addition, however, is a lovely tunic from Gretchen Scott. It is hand embroidered and simply lovely.
My beach attire would not be complete without a hat, flip flops, and sun glasses. I usually take both a large floppy hat and a baseball cap or visor in my bag. The cap and visor are great when the wind whips up and the floppy hat goes flying. The floppy hat with a wide brim is my preference though to keep the sun off my face. I’ve used a black hat for many years but at the end of last summer I discovered Peter Beaton’s hats. I have a lovely new one with a wide brim, black blow and pink under rim. It is amazing. I opt for Channel sunnies. There is something about the lens they use that makes them perfect for use outside. For flip flops I am addicted to Tory’s basic black. I have the traditional ones and the wedge ones. The wedges are amazing and add a little something to the outfit.
My final mention is to Buckhead Betties for my suit bag. There is nothing worse than carrying a wet suit. I discovered a travel pouch designed for carrying your wet suit at Buckhead Betties. The lining is waterproof and perfect for a wet suit (or your wet hair towel).
I don’t believe that I’ve ever anticipated a summer as much as I anticipated this one. Snow in April was my undoing. I love all four seasons but I was ready for a spring that never quite seemed to arrive. This made me long for summer and it is here!
Hot days, warm nights, long walks on the beach and visits with family and friends are all on my schedule for this summer. The pace seems slower in the summer; time to enjoy life in a way I don’t seem to manage in the rest of the year.
I’m prepping for the summer. Here is my checklist:
- Mani/Pedi in preparation for flip flops and shorts
- A case of new tennis balls as I plan to spend hours on the court.
- 50 sunscreen – I’m serious about sunscreen. I go with 50 for most of the summer and titanium dioxide as an ingredient. I love to spend time in the sun either walking, playing tennis, or spending time on the beach or at the pool but I don’t want to risk skin cancer so it is time to lather on the sun screen.
- Sisley Lavender body scrub for the shower. Nothing like it to make you feel great post outing and make the bath smell wonderful.
- A visit to the bookstore and audible for beach reads. Audio books are a must as it is a drive to the coast.
- Review beach gear – suits, hat, and bag to see if new additions or replacements are required.
- Trip to the farmer’s market for fresh veggies!
What is on your summer prep checklist?
I’ve never been to Southern California, so when selecting a destination for a long weekend, I decided it was time to explore California. This was going to be a quick trip, leave on Friday morning and return Sunday night but a get away for fall break. I love iconic hotels so I explored my options on booking.com and through Amex’s travel concierge. I ended up at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It seemed perfect for my brief trip. Built in 1912 and famous as a hotel of the stars, it had all the qualities I wanted for this vacation. A great pool, spa, yoga, and options for retail therapy. What more could a girl want?
I arrived Friday afternoon and was immediately checked into a gorgeous room. Since I was starved, I dropped my bags and headed to the iconic Polo Lounge for lunch. So many delicious options from which to select. I ended up with a French 75 cocktail and the McCarthy chopped salad. Thoroughly satiated, and tired from getting up at 4:30 AM, I headed up to my beautiful room and my favorite feature, the lounge chair on the private balcony. I happily curled up on the lounge for a bit of sun and the remainder of the book I’d started.
Yoga was one of the reasons I’d chosen the Beverly Hills Hotel. Amy Rose offers yoga classes in the garden on Saturday mornings. You need a reservation so I’d called early and reserved my mat and blocks. It was a wonderful class. The morning was cool, perfect for a workout. Amy was excellent. If I lived close, I’d be there every Saturday morning. Even better, the hotel supplied everything I needed in the line of equipment so no need to pack and carry anything. After yoga, I headed to the spa for a massage. Complete indulgence and a wonderful way to conclude the morning. I rounded out my Saturday with a bit of retail therapy. The hotel has courtesy cars that I was happy to use to drop me off on Rodeo Drive. The weather was beautiful. I strolled in and out of boutique after boutique browsing. I scored a birthday gift for my wonderful cousin and new sunnies for me!
I ended my day with a delicious dinner at the hotel. This time lobster tagliatelli, a glass of red wine, and chocolate soufflé. Delicious!
Sunday was another beautiful day but a bit on the cool and foggy side to start. I opted for a bit of a sleep in, after all it was a mini vacay! I’d marked Sunday as lounge by the pool day. I arrived around 10:30AM and opted for the hot tub as it was still on the cool side. It quickly warmed up and I enjoyed a morning and lunch by the pool before time came to check out and head to LAX.
The hotel was amazing. Everyone there went out of their way to make my stay wonderful. My only regret? I needed another day. I’d planned a tour of homes but ran out of time!
I occasionally get to travel for work and recently I decided to take advantage of a presentation I was making on a Monday and spend the weekend in south Florida at the beach.
The Waldorf Astoria Beach Resort is a beautiful hotel designed by Addison Mizner as part of his plan for Boca Raton. The resort is divided into two by the intercostal waterway. The original hotel is designed in a mediterranean cloister style with a more modern hotel on the beach side. You can take advantage of the beach, multiple pools, golf, tennis and a world class spa. I also recommend walking around the grounds. The grounds are manicured with lush vegetation.
If you elect to stay in the “old” part of the hotel you can take advantage of either Mizner’s Dream, a boat to shuttle you to the beach club, or the resort shuttle. There was something so fun about taking a five minute boat cruise down the ICW to the beach club.
I took advantage of both the pool and the beach spending a lovely weekend day submerged in the Atlantic and the pool. The ocean was so clear that I could see my feet. I was fortunate to have a calm ocean with gentle waves but just enough to make it fun.
Since I’ve not met a resort spa I was willing to pass up, I booked my weekend with the Sip, Sun, and Spa package. This gave me credits for the spa, dining, beach chairs and a free drink at the Monkey Bar. If you are a gin drinker, try the homemade infused gin at the Monkey Bar. I’m not, but a friend is, and they highly recommended the home infused gin. I opted for the Southern Hospitality at Bar Luna.
The spa package included a “ritual bath” that was to die for. My favorite parts of the ritual bath are the sorbet and the plunge pool with the rain shower. I think I could have remained in the plunge pool for ages. The entire spa experience was out of this world. I followed my ritual bath with time in the steam room, the inhalation room, and an artisanal massage. The facility was beautiful and the staff lovely. They also have a private pool and waterfall jacuzzi. I arrived at 9:30 spent the morning in a lounge chair under an umbrella with sporadic dips in the pool. Around noon, I opted for lunch by the pool. If you need to pamper and indulge, I highly recommend a visit to the spa. It was the perfect prelude to a long day of work on Monday in the wonderful conference center!