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Weekend travel kit: Cottage Country Style Essentials

TGIF!  Cottage Country is calling and my favorite weekend vacation spot is in Ontario, Canada, surrounded by beautiful lakes, cottages, and nature.  I pack only the essentials for easy, laid back style that can take me from the boat to bar-be-que,  cottage to village.  I take a colorful swimsuit, shorts and t-shirt, cashmere sweater and jeans for chilly evenings, and accessorize with sporty sandals, hat, sunglasses, and camera-ready iPhone cover and carrying case like these from Gizmon, for all the moments I will want to remember come Monday morning when I am back in the city.  I tuck them all away in this faux python knapsack in bright turquoise.  All the pieces work together so that I can mix and match, and don’t over-pack.  Citrus pops of color, mixed with blues, and accented with silver touches, give classic pieces a style update.  It’s the weekend and I just want to swim, eat the most amazing ice cream from the local dairy, relax on the dock, read, and unwind.  It’s time to hit the road – be there in two hours.  Bliss!



Nautique Classique: Stripes are here to stay


I admit I am completely addicted to breton stripes and am afraid to count just how many striped items I have in my wardrobe.  I have tops, sweaters, button-down shirts, espadrilles, bikinis, shorts, and even pajamas.  Red and white, aquamarine and white, navy and white, black and white, enough to make me dizzy as if staring at a test pattern for too long.   They are my  go-to “uniform” and I always seem to find something new to add to the mix.  Stripes can be worn with florals, checks, solids, color-blocking, to work or play.  Young and old, regardless of sex, there are stripes for everyone in a multitude of styles and at all price points.   From the very french unisex fisherman’s sweater to the mod 60’s body-con dresses, this classic favorite is one of the top trends year after year, season after season.   If you are a little timid about actually wearing stripes, play with accessories from belts, to bags, iPad covers, to wallets, to give a graphic pop to your outfit. 

My favorite brands that always have stripes in one form or another are J Crew, Gap and ASOS. These particular striped treats can all be found at J Crew for summer, where you can also find rash guards, passport covers, tank tops, dresses, graphic tees, and new color combinations.  Vive les stripes!

Channel some international flair for your beach look: you might not have gone to the Riviera for vacation, but you can look you did!

Indigo and white t-shirts and straw hat with band at Forever 21

Sandals by Steve Madden

Navy and White bikini bottoms at Asos

Calypso bag by Freepeople

Jewelry at Aldo