If you saw my IG post earlier this week then you had a chance to hear that Paragon Sports chose me as their May pick for their on going NYC Fit Series. I spent an afternoon shopping around their Flatiron store here in NYC selecting my summer essentials from their plethora of merchandise. I typically head to Paragon for all of my running and ski gear but their selection of summertime pieces is impressive including very cute swimwear from a few of my favorite brands (how cute are these L’Space and O’Neill suits?!?!) not to mention great beach blankets and fun gadgets like this little Sunnylife radio! Make sure you scroll down for more of my favorite shots from the day and snippets of my interview too!
A special thanks to Paragon for the feature, not to mention ensuring that I’m dressed for the big holiday weekend! I also have to let you guys know that I could not have been ready for this shoot or MDW without the help of Spruce & Bond who made sure I was primped and ready for a swimsuit thanks to their super quick laser hair removal – more on my experience soon. And a special shout out to Dream Dry for giving me perfect beach waves and Pucker for being glamming me up quickly with their makeup and eyelash extensions! Hallelujah for their team of miracle workers!
PS: What are some of your top Summer getaway spots?
AN: That’s a hard one, there are too many! If you have a little bit of time consider heading to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, it’s a tried and true favorite of mine! For my longer summer trip, I am attempting to get to Croatia later this summer and cannot wait!
If you are looking for something a little different and off the beaten path I highly, highly suggest checking out the magical island of Mustique. It’s a breathtaking island in the Grenadines just off of St. Lucia where you can rent a private home complete with a full staff that as you will quickly learn will welcome you with their rum punch (this is a competition among the houses!) The real selling point for me as a New Yorker though is that no one is in a rush, no one cares who is who, you can do whatever you want. Your house staff will happily put together a beautiful beachside picnic lunch, you can go out paddle boarding, snorkeling or even give horseback riding lessons a whirl! Just trust me on this one!
Want a quick weekend getaway (or even a mid-week escape!) from NYC? I have to say I still love a relaxing stay at Gurney’s Montauk. They recently renovated the property and it is stunning! You cannot go wrong with a spa and beach day followed by a dinner at Scarpetta!
Running on very limited time? Do a staycation at the William Vale in Williamsburg. It’s brand new, has amazing views of NYC, has a chic pool and a great restaurant. You don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to!
PS: Any tips on packing smart for a weekend trip?
AN: Keep in mind that it is a weekend getaway, not a month so lay out your outfits, plan ahead and pack it in a weekender bag! I also cannot stress enough to just take two pairs of shoes, one that you’re wearing and a second pair, maybe a dressier option if you need but for a weekend away you don’t need more than two pairs of shoes. If you’re going to a warm weather destination summer dresses can double as a swimsuit coverup. Lastly, roll your pieces vs. folding them. This helps create space but also minimizes the amount of ironing (or steaming!) that you’ll need to do.
PS: Can you tell u some must-have essentials for a day at the beach?
AN: Being the beach lover that I am I’ve finally realized that my essentials are pretty simple, I have five things that absolutely must go with me on any beach trip.
- A great bathing suit – this sets the tone if you will for the day! This season I am all about a great neutral bikini because it pairs well with any other color! Though a bright sunshine yellow one like this one from Ola Vida will compliment a great tan!
- Regardless of what beach you’re going to you snag a skirt, romper or cover-up that can take you from the beach to a casual sunset dinner with ease.
- A fun beach blanket is an absolute must! Make sure it’s big enough for you and some friends!
- Don’t leave home without a pair of chic shades. My ray-bans go everywhere with me during the summer!
- And last but not least, Fun! That’s the easiest one of course but you can always take it up a notch with some jams and I’m actually obsessed with this cute little radio that I can hook my phone up to and stream my own playlists!