Weekend at the Beach

This weekend, Matt and I have been lucky enough to have been invited to our friends lovely home in the Hamptons. I am looking forward to relaxing around their pool, soaking up a little sun (emphasis on the little) at the beach and getting in some quality time with their adorable 4 month old son. It is certainly going to be a different Hamptons experience than the one Kinsella showed us but that doesn’t mean that I am not SUPER excited!

Tonight Matt and I are packing for the weekend. Here are my top 5 things you should bring when you go to the Hamptons for a weekend of summer fun.

1. Sunscreen

After years of burning, I’ve come to realize that I am not someone who tans. It is the harsh truth. Took me 29 years to realize it, but I have finally accepted it. As a result, I’ve become somewhat of an expert on sunscreen. I’ve tested multiple brands and Neutrogena is far and away my favorite – particularly the Ultra Sheer, Dry-Touch style. This is a must have for everyone who wants to prevent skin cancer and wrinkles!

2. Sunglasses

Almost as important as protecting you skin, is protecting your eyes. Ideally you should look for a pair of sunnies that block 100 percent of UV rays and that also absorb most HEV rays. Unfortunately if you are like me and notorious for loosing your sunglasses it might be hard to justify the expensive price of Ray Bans. Thankfully, you can buy knock offs on the streets of NYC (and in most Target stores) for $5 a pair. Sadly, they probably don’t have the UV ray protection you need. Another place worth checking out is newcomer Warby Parker, who are quickly becoming known for the on trend frames and philanthropic model.

3. Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a great option for dinners out when the temperature might drop, the AC might be blasting or to cover a sunburned leg! Dress them up with heels or go casual with a fun summer flat or classic style like Jack Rogers. Plus with the right material, this is a piece that can be added to your weekend tote without the worry of wrinkles.

4. Beach Tote

Make sure you bring a purse or tote that is big enough to carry everything you need to the beach and is water/sand friendly. I’ve made the mistake of just bringing a regular purse on beach trips and then not having anyway to bring my towel, sunscreen, book, etc to the beach. A nautical themed tote is a nice touch for a seaside town.

5. A Gift for the Hostess

If you are lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s home like we are, make sure you don’t show up empty-handed. Gifts don’t have to be expensive but gifts that take either your, or the host’s interests into consideration go a long way. Bring your favorite game, a jar of homemade cookies or the makings of their favorite brunch cocktail.

A Resurrection

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Easter is a Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead following his death on Good Friday. This is a rebirth that is commemorated around the vernal equinox, historically a time of pagan celebration that coincides with the arrival of spring and symbolizes the arrival of light and the awakening of life around us.

While neither Matt nor I are very religious we do celebrated Easter. Typically this comes in the form of dying eggs, eating jelly beans and receiving baskets full of delicious candies and chocolates. This year our celebration took another form.

After three hours  and 5 garbage bags filled with donations, Matt and I celebrated the resurrection of our closet.

It was the first time since college that Matt weeded through his clothing. Our closet was jam packed with ratty polos,  pleat front pants and dress shirts that were 2 sizes too big for Matt. Simply put, the disorganization was nearly killing me and I’ve been sacrificing for a lot longer than the traditional 40 days of Lent.

It was truly a holy day for the Englehauer household.

Stitch Fix

I recently learned about a new online site called Stitch Fix from my friend during my recent D.C. visit. Immediately, I was intrigued and gave it a try.

Stitch Fix is a personalized shopping service – all of which can be done from the comfort of your own keyboard. How’s how it works:

1. Request an account here – they are still in their Beta phase, so please be patient. They will reach out to you when they are ready for you.

2. After you receive your log in, fill out your style survey – indicating what style you are currently rocking, what style you really want to capture but don’t know how to pull off,  your pricing comfort zone for various articles of clothing and prefered color schemes.

3. Schedule your fix (i.e. monthly, 4 times a year, etc)

4. Receive your fix in the mail (Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of membership!)

5. Be giddy as you open it and try on all the lovely designer brand clothing.

6. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to return.

7. Place any “I didn’t love it” items in the pre-paid USPS envelope and drop it off at the nearest mailbox.

8. Continue to build your style profile by providing feedback about the items online.

9. Wear your newest fashions around town and rave about your new personal styling service.

10. Repeat as often as possible.

The cost of this service in $20 dollars per fix; however, that fee is applied as a credit toward the purchase of anything in your Fix. So if you buy at least once thing over $20, you are essentially getting the styling service for free.

I am happy to report that I received my first fix last week and it was awesome. I tore open the package and tried on everything at once. While I only kept one of the five items I received, I was impressed with their selections. The stylist definitely got it right and if I had been more accurate with my sizing information, I probably would have kept a lot more! The top that I decided to keep was something I would NEVER buy myself, but something that I absolutely loved. I can’t wait to wear it. I honestly feel like I had Rachel Zoe right here in my apartment with me- only without the attitude and judgement at the fact that I am not a size 00 like her post-baby self.

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So jump on the Stitch Fix bandwagon. I promise you – you won’t regret it.