2014 Holiday Wish List

It’s been one of my favorite pastimes since I was a kid: making a Christmas Wish List. Back in the day it usually included things like Lamborghinis and the boy who sat next to me in homeroom.  This year’s list is no less long or extravagant.  I’ve scouted high and low, from boutiques to the interwebs, to bring you holiday picks for all those beach-crazy, SPF-Lovers in your life – happy shopping!

FOR YOU, I MEAN HER: She’ll love the MACKIE Dress! These hand-embroidered, one-of-a-kind dresses come in two different styles (long and short) and in 12 different colors.



For apres-surf or cozying up in front of the fire this season, she’ll melt for Surf Bazaar’s Harem Pants.



She can stash her stash in this Samudra Pouch.

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Every girl needs a pair of large sunnies.  Sometimes more coverage is just what the doctor ordered and the Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh is the one.



Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up Highlighter will keep her glowing all year long.

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These trippy Kaleidoscope Smoking Slippers from Soludos make good house slippers too!

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FOR THE LITTLER ONES:  Did we mention the MACKIE also comes in girls, toddler and infant sizes!



AC, baby! This tee is from Rowdy Sprout, a perennial fave.

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For the beach baby, love these shiny Choudou Booties from Serena & Lily.



What little one doesn’t love sparkle? This gold sequined Rafia Basket will take her from holiday trough summer.

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FOR HIM: He’ll love you forever for this dope cruiser, handcrafted in PDX.



His fireside attire? The Harpoon Through the Heart Hoodie

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…and a Vince Dip-Dye Beanie.

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FOR HOME:  Add a beachy, laid-back vibe to anyone’s pad with these fun pillows. The dip dye throw pillow cover…

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…or this Mexican Cotton Embroidered Otami Pillow Cover.

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Jonathan Adler’s lucite Tic Tac Toe board is a playful, mod addition to any living room.

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FOR POOCH: This Bobby Sweater from Ware of the Dog almost makes me want to get a dog. Almost.

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FOR THE HOST: Laduree macarons are always a crowd pleaser, the box is so beautiful and gift enough.  But these treats are amazing, my favorite is vanilla (really!). Laduree macarons are gluten free to boot!




And last but not least Jonathan Adler’s newest scents in the Pop Candles line: Champagne, Bourbon (“Feels like: William Faulkner, a Secret Society at Yale, buckskin breeches, a date with your ex.”) and Vodka (“Feels like: An igloo hotel, Elaine Stritch, a chic after party, a Brezhnev-era high-rise.”). Hilarious.

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Valdez Panama Hats


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While hats are a leisure necessity, they’re not the accessory that I get most excited about, until now.  While searching for a lid for my upcoming trip to St. Barths, I came across Valdez. Their designs are fresh and playful and take the traditional Panama style hat to the next level.  

Founder Gabriela Goldbaum aims to preserve the culture of the original Panama, an Ecuadorian tradition for centuries, while providing work for local artisans in Ecuador. Valdez uses only indigenous materials such as toquilla straw, tagua beads and felt from the Andes to create their handmade hats.  

Just a few of my faves, which one should I take with me??


Valdez Eva Hat


Valdez Orange Adan Panama Hat


Valdez Fiesta Panama Hat

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Valdez Classic Panama Hat with Otavalo Band


Valdez Worry Doll Panama Hat

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Valdez Double Band Hat




Nothing says summer like “Soludos.”  Translation: “Cheers to the Sun.”  This California company is bringing back the classic espadrille just in time for board-walking.  What I love about Soludos are their sun-bleached fabrics, design tweaks and prints.

These beachy slips-ons are part of a limited edition collaboration with Australian “print masters” We Are Handsome.  The Tropical is currently on sale – get ‘em before they are gone!


The We Are Handsome in Paradise, also on sale!


Soludos’ new take on the espadrille, the menswear inspired Smoking Slipper, is a slight deviation from the classic.

Soludos’ selection goes beyond shoes, to bagswraps, lace-up espadrilles and kids styles…check out their summer shop and Cheers to the Sun!



Last Call!

Our exclusive Cabana Life Coupon code expires on 5/31.  Use SPF14LOVE at checkout to receive 15% off your purchase!

And, last chance for the 2014 SPF Love Sunscreen Drive.  To donate sunscreen to a Lower Eastside Girls Club camper, bring a few bottles to any Letarte location, nationwide. Make it easy, order from Blue Lizard and send directly to: The Lower Eastside Girls Club, 101 Avenue D, New York, NY 10009 (Attn: Kate Sease).  Use coupon code SPFLOVE to receive 10% off your purchase.


#TBT: How to Wear a Rashguard

In honor of TBT, thought it would be appropriate to bring back an oldie but a goodie – one that still gets comments and clicks – “How to Wear a Rashguard” This post first appeared on SPF Love a year ago to rave reviews! Click on the link above and become an expert.

If the rain will go away, this is the combo I’d like to wear this weekend:

Basta Surf Bells Rashguard Top $195 at shopbop and lemlem’s Gola Hoodie for $245. Happy Summer!


Rashguards under $50

Saving your money for a sweet summer getaway?  We’ve got the best styles for you, all under $50!

This basic Woman’s Striped Rashguard Swim Top from Old Navy is only $25.  Pair it with a bright bikini bottom to really make a statement.


Lands’ End?  Yes!  They have a huge selection that also includes petite and plus sizes and are priced from $35 to $49.

My fave of the Lands’ End bunch is the Woman’s Colorblock Crew Neck “Swim Tee” for $35.


Running into Target for a few things, head to the ladies section and grab the oh so preppy Merona Half Zip Rashguard for $25.


Totally dig this playful ’80s throwback from Roxy, the Sunset Remix Rashguard for $46.

Stop into your favorite discount store and check out their swim section, I’m willing to bet almost all have added a few rashguards to their line – just make sure it’s UPF 50.

School’s Out for Summer!

…well, almost.  The countdown is on!  And if you’re like me you’re getting all your summer plans and gear in order, which include staples for the rascals (see discount code below!). We at SPF Love are stoked that rashguards are now the norm for all kidos.  It just makes sense to preserve that flawless skin (that we all wish we could get back!).

I discovered Cabana Life when I bought a rashguard set as a 1-year birthday gift.  Their playful designs have become my go-to gift for kids and mothers-to-be. So when Cabana Life agreed to let us shoot some favorites from their summer 2014 collection, we jumped.

And what better complement to the ensembles than Babiators. These rad shades for kids aged 6 months to 7+ years are 100% UVA/UVB protective and are made of durable rubber, guaranteed to bounce back into shape.  If not, Babiators will replace them!  Yes, Really.

Cabana Life + Babiators:  Here’s to a safe and stylish summer, my friends…


Featured items: Cabana Life teal and yellow Punch Rashguard Set, Boys Habiscus Rashguard Set and blue and green Seaglass Rashguard Set, all $46.  Hopefully you noticed the hot orange number on “mom” above.  There were so many oohs and aahs at our anniversary party over this garment, we had to sneak it into a shot – The Clementine Tunic Top, $80.  Babiators featured in Wicked White, Black Ops Black, Popstar Pink and Violet Pilot, all only $20.

Photo Credit:  Linda S. Napier Photography

Vogue on “How to Stay Stylishly Safe This Season”

There is no denying the power and the influence of Vogue. When Vogue talks style, people listen.  The following piece appeared in the controversial Kim and Kanye, April 2014 issue.


You can hide from the sun – or you can play.  Laura Regensdorf on how to stay stylishly safe in the sun this season.

After a brush with basal-cell carcinoma last fall, Hugh Jackman Instagrammed a photo of his bandaged nose (27,900 likes), followed by a shout-out to his dermatologist and his wife, Deb, who insisted he “get the mark on my nose checked.  Boy, was she right!”  Who needs public-service announcements – or thank-you notes – when you have social media?

More than two million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, and that rate is climbing.  (Dermatologist Lisa Airan, M.D., says it’s “not necessarily a rise in incidence; it’s more a rise in detection.  Sometimes people don’t realize the old sun exposure is leading to new skin cancer.”)  Sunscreen – applied liberally and frequently – is our best defense, but Manhattan dermatologist Dennis Gross, M.D., warns it’s “not a coat of armor.” So, this season, we suggest expanding your arsenal beyond SPF, to include, say, a caftan-and-wide-brim-hat ensemble (see The Row’s spring runway); a chic face-shielding visor (Marni); or any one of J.Crew’s or Pret-a-Surf’s graphic surf-to-street rash guards. We even found a long-sleeved swimsuit.

HERE’S TO A HEALTHY GLOW  While fair skin has had a major fashion moment (and will continue to, if Cate Blanchett, Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain have anything to do with it), there’s no denying the pull of an outdoorsy golden glow come summer. Clarins’ new self-tanning concentrate lets you customize your color: Simply add a few drops to your daily moisturizer or sunscreen.  Brand new out of London, James Read’s CoQ10-powered sleep mask is a night cream/self tanner in one (he promises it won’t ruin your pillowcase). Kanebo’s Sensai sunless tanners rely on sugar-like erythrulose instead of DHA to impart a subtle, post-vacation warmth that lasts mere days, no commitment required.

Or simply consider a few well-placed highlights, like a chicly burnished cheek.  Sisley’s bronzing powder contains micronized particles for a featherweight finish.


ADD A SLEEVE  Surf-girl rash guards have become a de facto summer fashion statement from Malibu to Montauk.  Not only do they provide an extra (waterproof) buffer against the sun, but the very best among them are made from UPF fabric – the textile equivalent to SPF.  Mott 50 and J.Crew offer a winsomely sportif mix of stripes, florals, and solids (no matter if you prefer page-turning to paddle-boarding).  Lisa Moore, designer of Dallas-based start-up Cover, was inspired to create a long-sleeved UPF 50+ maillot after her 23-year-old sister was diagnosed with a melanoma on her arm.  Even those who seek refuge under an umbrella might want to stock up: According to a recent paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 50 percent of UVA exposure occurs in the shade.  (Cover long-sleeve maillot, followed by Mott 50 Charlize Swim T’shirt).

To see more, pick up the April 2014 issue of Vogue, on newsstands now.


Spring Preview: A Teen’s Perspective

Today’s picks are edited by Hannah C, a fashion forward high school senior who is wise beyond her years.  Over the summer Hannah is a beach lifeguard, so protecting herself and her beautiful 18-year-old skin is a priority.  Not always the case with teenagers (see some interesting research below*).

Hannah’s picks are from Anthropologie, who this season debuted a collection of rashguards from various high-profile designers.  Hannah told SPF Love: “Here are just a few of the rashguards that I personally fell in love with from Anthropologie:”

1) Nanette Lapore Etienne Rashguard and bikini, $90 and $144  2) Mara Hoffman Lotus Rashguard, $186  3) Mara Hoffman Rays Rashguard, $140  4) Mix and Match Rashguard in green motif, $68

*In a recent study, researchers with the University of California, Davis, and University of Colorado, Denver, conducted a randomized, controlled study of 50 high school students from February to March 2012.  Using educational videos focused on premature aging caused by sun exposure was more likely to improve teens’ sunscreen use than videos focused on skin cancer risk.  This is some really important info for you moms out there – try taking the “Magda” approach when speaking to your kids about sun exposure.



The Swim Dress

SPF Love lives for innovation in the “smart beaching” category.  Therefore we are thrilled that Cabana Life has taken the rashguard to the next level – with the swim dress!

Cabana Life was founded by two Vanity Fair veterans, Melissa Papock and Alyssa Adams, who both have experience with melanoma.  The brand’s preppy, clean designs and modern prints are said to be faves of Madonna and Gwyneth.  They were a huge hit at the SPF Love Anniversary party on Monday, as two lucky ladies walked off with Cabana Life gifts.

Not only do we love the design, at $80 a pop, you can buy several. Shop Cabana Life’s collection of tunics and swim dresses here.