Halt Sun Damage

The damage is done.  Wrinkles, sun spots, broken capillaries, freckles, moles, dark circles under the eyes….all caused by the sun.  Stop further damage and mask the signs of beach houses past…

Protect by using an SPF, daily.  Even in the wintertime.  Keep it simple and dust on a layer of Eminence Sun Defense Minerals, translucent or bronzing.

Uber moisturize in the evening. I like a thick natural coverage like Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil.  “The liquid gold of Morocco is extracted from the nut of the Argan tree, which grows only in the Moroccan desert. Argan Oil is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, so it has amazing healing, conditioning and repairing properties.”

Hydrate from within.  Are you drinking enough water?

Use a skin brightener.  Brighteners help to reduce skin discoloration and inhibit melanin production which is the cause of dark spots. I like to rotate Jurlique’s Purely Bright Night Moisturizer into my evening regimen which helps heal and brighten with vitamin C, African birch extract and other antioxidants. I also use Jurlique’s Purely Bright Radiance Serum during the day as a booster under moisturizer.

Cover up.  Buy a trendy hat and an oversized pair of shades.  Find similar hats at Calypso, Eugenia Kim or Hat Attack. (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley via Harper’s Bazaar).

Don’t forget to exfoliate.  Nutrients and moisture can’t penetrate a layer of dead, dry skin cells.  There are two different kinds of exfoliants: chemical (acid) exfoliants which more or less dissolve dead skin sells and physical exfoliants that are coarse and slough off dead skin. I’m slightly more partial to the physical as I can feel more of a difference – softer, smoother skin.  My new fave: Glam Glow.  It’s a must try, get a sample at Sephora!

Eat your veggies.  Antioxidants heal the skin from the inside out.

What’s in your arsenal?

Fall/Winter Hats

Hot on the heels of our designer Fall Fashion piece, here are our street-style picks for the must have accessory of the season…

J.Crew has partnered with British Milliner Patricia Underwood to create this Wide-Brimmed Fedora in Navy.  Part of the J.Crew Collection, this classic sells for $335.


Calypso has curated a great selection of hats this season. This Colorado/Bohemian Long Brim Hat provides some nice protection, $125.


Love the contrast and statement of the Georgina Feather Hat by Eugenia Kim, also at Calypso, $325.


Go a little glam with Eugenia Kim’s Dree Relaxed Bucket Fedora with sequined band, $297.


Madewell’s collaboration with Canadian “Haberdashery” Biltmore, produced another, more affordable version of the felt fedora, $68.


The Gap’s Wide Brimmed Hat in Navy ($30) is a great budget friendly alternative…


…as is Mossimo’s Wool Cowboy, at Target for $20.


Lids, Part Deux

We’ve received lots of interest and questions about hats this season.  If you missed our spring hat picks, check ’em out.

There is no doubt the fedora is all the rage this summer, seen on the street and on celebrities alike.  Here are a some classic and not so classic fedoras as well as some wider-brimmed beach faves:

The Rag and Bone Wide Brim Beach Hat offers great protection for not only your face but also your neck. $175

The Brixon Scout Hat is a cool fedora style but with a wider brim than most, $55.

J. Crew has a nice basic beach hat.  The Two Tone Straw Hat comes in both brown and black for $38.

We like Michael Stars Tailor Made Fedora as it’s an interesting take on the classic, with its cross weave pattern, $34.

Splurge on this Eugenia Kim Fedora in Natural. It’s a light, more feminine version of the fedora, $187.

For those with a wild side (you know the cowboy hat type), this Melissa Odabash Stetson Straw Hat is perfect. $110.

For the little one, we LOVE this Crew Cuts Girls Straw Hat with a super cute star print. It comes in an XL, if you have a smaller head, it just might work for you too! $30 (Do see cute boys styles as well.)

Many of the above retailers offer free shipping and free returns so you can make sure you love the hat with no commitment.




According to Dr. Paul E. Juan, Pediatrician, sunscreen can not effectively be applied to the scalp.  This means it is essential for us all to wear a hat when spending extended periods in the sun.  You should select a hat that is comfortable, breathable and offers enough of a brim to shade your face and ears.  Here are some of my favorites this season, in an array of styles and price points.

Go hipster and splurge on one of these two Eugenia Kim styles, only the biggest name in millinery these days. The Kurt Fedora in Fuchsia, $297.

Or try a larger fedora for more coverage, Eugenia Kim’s Courtney Large Brim Fedora in Navy, $297.

If you like something more bohemian and feminine, try this floppy style from surf wear brand Roxy.  I love the way this hat looks from above, like a peppermint swirl.  Swim in Straw Hat in Safari, $34.

pretty woman in straw hat

Kate Spade’s sophisticated and on trend Color Block Sun Hat in Green makes a statement (also comes in a more neutral Navy), $78.

This cute and affordable fedora meets bucket hat from Steve Madden is fun and playful.  The Wide Brim Fedora in Yellow, $28.

If you’re into the flirty cowboy hat, these from Tarnish are bright and beachy and come in 5 colors.  The Striped Cowboy hat in Pink, $48.

striped, straw cowboy hat

Nothing wrong with the boyfriend hat.  A trucker always looks good, especially with a pair of aviators.  This one is from Air and Speed Surf Shop in Montauk.  The Surfer Trucker Hat, $19.