spring/summer beauty

With summer near (and welcoming east coast humidity and long days spent at the beach), I'm starting to think about what I want to do with my hair again — chop it off again, grow it out, get a keratin treatment? I go back and forth between a 90s Christy Turlington coiffed bob or easy, lived-in waves. The later requires much less maintenance but I do love a sleek blow out. 

Ever since cutting my hair into a chin-length bob, I have discovered a love for hair accessories. Clips, barrettes, bobby pins, hair ties. It's fun way to play with hair (especially on uncooperative hair days), and I love that they sort of act as jewelry, like my new pearl barrette that can dress up any look. 

As for hair care, I've recently gone back to this shampoo and conditioner ('LOVE' for wavy hair) and this hair mask ('NOUNOU'). I'm not sure why I ever departed from this sustainable brand in the first place because not only does it smell amazing, but it's incredibly gentle on my hair, leaving it soft and nourished, even in the driest of months. Also, how chic is the packaging?

— BK

Images from Lou Schoof, Reese Blutstein via W Magazine, Sophie Buhai, CELINE FW17, sentient_meat_

what to pack: Miami edition

I love a quick weekend trip to South Beach, Miami. Only a 2 hour and something flight from JFK, and guaranteed sun and fun (i.e., long dinners, early morning walks on the beach, poolside margaritas and guacamole, and for me, minimal makeup and hair care). 

When traveling to Miami, or any other nearby beach destination, I always pack light. I like to know exactly what I will wear each night so the entire process is very formulaic. The daytime is spent laying out at the pool, beach or boat, so cover-ups (one or two options) and swimsuits (two, max) can be re-worn throughout the trip, making packing and getting dressed a lot easier.  

Shown below is my upcoming packing list, give or take a few other miscellaneous items like off-white jeans, denim jacket and a straw tote

— BK 

Totême

I plan on wearing this shirt with the matching shorts on night one. An easy vacation look when paired with these silk slides, Celine pendant necklace and a slicked back bun. 

Hunza G

This one-size-fits-all seersucker swimsuit is in one word: everything. Chic, practical (just enough coverage) and comfortable. I have an abnormally long torso, and even I am a fan. 

Simone Rocha

This little flower pearl barrette is the best answer to humidity and post-beach hair — I plan on wearing it poolside to tame my unruly hair, and at night with a little black dress. 

Acne Studios

I never leave home without an oversized white shirt. It works as an easy travel look, and it's my cover-up of choice. This one is my favorite, but if you're looking for something a little more travel-friendly, this shirt is a great option, too. 

The Row

My plan is to wear these slides both nights and to breakfast in the morning, too. I always prefer an evening slide to a heel (because, comfort) and they take up a lot less space in your luggage. 

Céline

 

These sunglasses are my new signature style, and I love wearing them both indoors and outdoors (obnoxious? Maybe). 

Totême

This knit polo dress is one of my favorite dresses in my closet. It's the perfect cover-up, throw-on dress (who doesn't want to look nice on vacation, even at the breakfast table?) or nighttime look that can be dressed up or down. 

The Row

I've had this leather ascot bag for a few months now, but I am continually amazed how functional and versatile it really is. If you like to travel light, I can't recommend this bag enough. 

on my mind: the 70s

I've always been a 90s girl (minimalism, Manolos and CBK) but as I dream about summer days and upcoming travels, I am really feeling the late 70s with a Phoebe Philo touch.

Something about that era feels fresh and feminine, and I'm into it. 

I recently bought a pair of See by Chloe high-waisted flares (they fit like a dream!) that sort of inspired my this vibe — I can't wait to wear them with shrunken white tees and fitted polos. 

Random thought: I've always loved a polo shirt, perhaps inspired by my early days of golfing as a child. But not just any polo — no logos, a perfect fit, delicate buttons (Toteme uses mother of pearl buttons — love), and only in black or white. 

Lastly, because the 70s isn't the 70s without throwback shades, I have been ogling Celine's summer 2018 sunglass collection. Call me crazy but I just bought this pair for my trip to LA and I plan on wearing them all summer long. 

The advertisements of the late ’70s and early ’80s—this woman on the Avenue Foch in Paris. They had pleated skirts and big hairdos. And the other thing was that they were quite a lot older and proud in their feeling about clothes.
— Phoebe Philo