I wish I could have a do-over for the summer of 2020. I couldn’t have envisioned a summer without travel or work or enjoying a nice meal at a restaurant. Forgive the toddler-like wining but I really want these months stricken from my life and granted a do-over. But since that is not going to happen, the next best thing is to make myself and what I wear and enjoy, as cheerful, comfy and fun as possible. With that in mind, here is my list of pick me up’s for 2020’s pandemic summer. For ladies and men who won’t be traveling except in their dreams.
I love Tory Sport because it reminds me of growing up in the 70’s especially this chevron striped pullover in optimistic orange. It’s a great summer staple for cool nights at the beach or rainy overcast days when you need a bit of sunshine in your pandemic life. This French terry hoodie is roomy and boasts 100% soft cozy cotton. https://www.toryburch.com/french-terry-chevron-hoodie/52355.html?color=877
Trestique’s founder worked in the beauty industry, which she found promoted too many products with complicated beauty routines. Contours, primers, bronzers, illuminators, just don’t have a place in working women’s lives—except if you’re a You Tuber. Trestique’s Essential 8, has all the makeup you need in a cylindrical case. Each pencil applicator has a dual-use—the brow pencil has a tinted brow-gel the eye shadow has a smudger, and the mascara’s alter-ego is an eyelash curler. The case comes with a mirror housed in the flap so it’s really one and done. The products on the Trestique’s site are currently on sale for 20% off.
This one-shoulder maillot from Hermoza swim makes me smile with it’s whimsical La Rumba print. The interior tummy shaper will keep your quarantine flab smooth and contained so no worries there. Grab this happy suit while you can because it’s a limited edition to celebrate the brand’s 1 year anniversary.
This newbie brand on the swim scene makes matching trunks for father and son in fun Caribbean prints using sustainable packing and use of recycled fabrics. They also donate 3% of each sale to a Puerto Rician charity while also offering face masks for $10 in the same vacation-inspired prints
Not only does Serena Williams rule the tennis courts, but she’s set to ace the jewelry market with her collection of 18K gold, sterling silver, and conflict-free diamond jewelry. Serena’s pieces serve up positive messages and illicit spiritual vibes like this ID necklace which makes a bold statement of fortune which we can all use more of. Wear it loud and proud. https://serenawilliamsjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/lucky-id-necklace
This Love Binetti cotton textile tote has 4 roomy exterior pockets, fringy edges and convertible shoulder straps. I imagine this packed with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a Hermes towel, and hand-sanitizer, all toted to Rockaway Beach, and ready for the sun gods.
Give yourself a well-deserved treat with Chanel’s dark tortoise and green sunny frames. The off-kilter pattern is fun but remains sophisticated. You will not regret a Chanel purchase but beware of leaving them for the beach treasure hunters. Best to think of them as a chic hair accessory when not used for shade.
I love this clutch because it reminds me of far-flung travel—Bali or Tahiti anyone? This fold-over fabric envelope with tassel and botanical print is great to throw in your beach bag and can be your best friend with solid fashion looks.
I suppose I missed the memo because in my mind, flip-flips had to be Havana’s. Little did I know that improvements were made while I wasn’t paying attention. These Tory Burch thin flippers are the only thing you need on your feet all summer long. The patterns are super fun, Tory’s insignia is just the right size and they are on sale for $29— can’t get much better.
The brand that infuses H2O with true essences of fruit, Hint Water, has expanded into sunscreens which are also infused with deliciously fruity scents. Hint sunscreen boasts a clear continuous mist with SPF 30, water-resistance, hydrating to the skin, and paraben-free. And for the lucky few swimming in tropical waters, this formula will not hurt the precious coral reefs. It’s safe for the environment and for all skin types.