What are your top three summer must-haves? I love polling my chic and in-the-know friends with questions like these; I always find new products to try that I in turn realize I can’t live without. (Like, did you know that there is such a thing as a stroller cooling pad?! My friend had something like this for her baby while we were in the Hamptons and it was genius!) Below, I polled a couple of my good friends (all of them women of substance!) for their top picks for this summer.
Jen Hunter’s Summer Must-Haves.
Remember my chic friend Jen Hunter? Since profiling her, she’s ventured off on her own to build her own interior design practice. (If you’re looking for someone with an incredible eye but appreciation for practicality — i.e., how to make your home look chic with little ones ruining everything at every turn — check her out!) Her top three summer must-haves:
Christina Castle’s Summer Must-Haves.
My ultra-fashion-forward sister (for context, she owns and routinely wears a pair of architectural Jacquemus heels — the kind of label that scares and impresses me with its only-for-the-initiated opulence) had these items to share:
MADE BY DAWN SWIMSUITS (SO CHIC — THIS ONE IS ON SALE)
A GOOD BOOK (JUST FINISHED AND LOVED THIS ONE)
Katelyn Baud’s Summer Must-Haves.
Remember my talented dancer friend!? She came to my final in-person book club before having micro and it was so fun to reconnect with her IRL after keeping in touch digitally for 15 years. (We went to high school together.) At any rate, her summer must-haves:
*FYI, this set, which comes with the applicator and two refills is a crazy good deal in Nordstrom’s sale right now.
Mackenzie Horan’s Summer Must-Haves.
I’m guessing that all of you already follow the lovely and witty Mackenzie on her own incredible blog and are able to keep up with her stylish picks there, but I asked her nonetheless. (She’s closing in on her third trimester!)
My Mom’s Summer Must-Haves.
She is the most asked-about person on this blog and countless number of readers have requested that I profile her as a woman of substance because, well, she is THE REAL DEAL. We’ll get there! (She’s taking her time with her answers to my Proust Questionnaire.) Below, her top three picks for summer:
*My mom is very selective and particular about comfortable shoes. If she gives Rothys a place of such prominence in her summer must-haves, I can assure you these are comfortable, well-made shoes.
Alison Kenworthy’s Summer Must-Haves.
You probably remember my gorgeous friend Alison Kenworthy. Aside from being one of the loveliest women I know, she has also graciously hosted many of our in-person book club convenings! Her summer must-haves:
A LOT OF WHITE — SHE TENDS TO STOCK UP ON FUN, EASY-TO-WEAR PIECES LIKE THIS AT ZARA
My Summer Must-Haves.
My most reached-for items this summer:
NATIVE SHOES (WATER-FRIENDLY)
*Mr. Magpie gave me a pair for my birthday and they are GAMECHANGERS. I have them in while I’m nursing — so much easier than cradling the phone with my shoulder / putting on speaker and having it slip slide around the bed / etc. I also love them for walks with Tilly. I’m obsessed. I am so late to the game with these but — MAMA MIA — technology is a good thing.
Mr. Magpie’s Summer Must-Haves.
I actually didn’t ask him — these are just my observations based on what he’s used the most. I am 100% certain I will receive flack for this in one way or another, but here goes:
DEATH & CO COCKTAIL BOOK (HE’S EITHER BROWSING THIS OR USING IT NIGHTLY, I SWEAR)
P.P.S. Parenting advice I love.
P.P.P.S. Chic Amazon discoveries for little ones.