The Beach Necklace

A bathing suit is just not complete without a necklace, one that falls just so and ads that extra bit of glam to your ensemble.  With spring/summer collections dropping now, here are some great new styles to get you spring break ready…


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Melene Kent Guardian Angel


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Melene Kent Cyhroprase Daggar Necklace – Cyhroprase, “the stone of youth,” said to help one to grow, forgive, connect with nature and balance emotions.  Get 20% off site-wide at Melene Kent Jewels with code spflove, now thru the end of the month!


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Ariel Gordon Spike Pendant


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Heather Gardner Crystal Antler


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Jennifer Zeuner Arrow Necklace


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Ace Commune Indigo Tassel

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Chan Luu Neon Skull


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Chan Luu Cotton Fringe


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Heather Gardner Golden Sunset


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House of Harlow Tribal Pendant

The Crop Rash

Not ready for the real deal?  Take the first step with the cropped rashguard. If you got, flaunt it!


Mara Hoffman Supernova


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Zoe Karssen Stars


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Suboo Palm as seen is SI Swimsuit



Andrea Iyamah Tara


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Splendid Untamed



Red Carter Sun Goddess


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Zinke Tie Back

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