Bar Cart Beauty

Today we asked Interior and Fashion Stylist Nina Draddy to tell us what her bar cart “must haves” are for entertaining!  She also recently styled some carts which she was happy to share with us!!  

As far as bar-cart Must Haves go:
-vintage glassware
-fresh flowers, even if just a bud vase or full bouquet 
-a very fabulous unique bowl or two for lemons, limes, nuts
-gorgeous wine stoppers like AERIN’S new ones
-lit votives, matches in pretty boxes 
-an unexpected decorative object like a sputnik or hunk of agate rock
-a cocktail recipe book
-fun napkins
-a gorgeous framed photograph 
-mix in some fantastic attractive bottles of premium/small batch, handcrafted artisanal liquors – check out the selection at Wine at Five (if you are in the Westchester, NY area) or you local liquor store, the bottles themselves are works of art with great looking labels that have artsy fonts, logos and colors.

Book Club Monday

Who would have thought that the Beach Bag Week would have been so informative.  The fashionistas gave us a list of books that should keep us happy all summer long:

I’ll Drink To That

Widows Guide to Sex and Dating

Killing Monica
The Knock Off
The Primates of Park Ave


All titles can be purchased in the Amazon link to the right of this post!  Happy Reading!

Last But Not least

Our last Beach Bag post is by fellow blogger Call Me Ang.  I have had Ang contribue to the blog before.  I love her style and her story.  You should definitely check her out..onto our last beach bag haul!  Enjoy!

Aren’t you sweet to think of me! I carry a pink and green (LARGE) pottery barn kids bag (because I’m a mommy) and it has my oldest daughter’s monogram on it. I always take a LOT of water….And of course sunscreen. I use Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids (it’s a spray) and find it easier to use a sunblock stick for all of our faces. I also have ball caps for all of us. Traditional sun hats won’t work on our windy beaches..they blow away. I also have a little coin pouch with my ID and money for parking…and finally Lacoste beach towels. All of which our monogrammed…Pretty simple.

We Always wear Vineyard Vines hats and drink water from Tervis Tumblers.

I swear backpack chairs are lifesavers for the beach. Can’t fit in my beach bag….but it’s an essential. wink emoticon

Beach Bag Sunday

As we wrap up this week long feature about what is in our fashionista’s beach bags we are going to hear from Personal Shopper/Stylist Cynthia Hudson of Cynthia Hudson Style (website to launch soon) on her beach must haves:

Chanel sunglasses
Color science sun and lip protection 
Neutrogena sunscreen
Supergoop city sunscreen serum for face
Fresh Sugar lip protection in honey 
Mix no. 9 straw fedora 
Canvas beach bag

Clutch’s Beach Bag

Today we are looking inside the beach bag of Abbie Durkin, the fashionable face behind the stores Pink on Palmer and Clutch with locations in Larchmont, and Rye NY.  Lets see what Abbie’s must have are:

My beach bag is The Big Sur by Flora Bella, I really think it’s a steady eddy. I love it since it has that traditional raffia base and leather shimmer straps (a little gold shimmer never hurt anyone). So here is what I have always have in my bag no matter what: Coola Sunscreens since my 2 little boys are extremely sensitive to products. Is as organic as it can be, unscented and they make a sport spray. Lily Pulitzer beach towels from target. (no, I did not stand in line, I’m not that crazy and yes they are amazing and I have about a half dozen) . Oh, how could I forget my Kaplin MD lip balm. People are always so obsessed with SPF for the face and body what about lips? This stuff is the best… it has an SPF, great color and super moisturizing. Speaking of sun protection, I away carry baseball caps for the boys and I have this white sun hat for me. Just some random besides diapers, wipes… we love this new game, Tensi. Its perfect to keep the kids occupied. Obviously, its sad but I cant leave anywhere without my iphone.
Tenzi @ Learning Express
White Sun Hat (Mott 50) @ CLUTCH
Kaplin MD Berry Lip Stick @ PINK on Palmer
Towels @Target
Coola @Pink on Palmer
Beach Bag @ CLUTCH
Lola Beach Cosmetic Bag @ CLUTCH

Dovecote’s Ideal Beach Bag

As we continue our beach bag week, one of my favorite stores, Dovecote in Westport, was generous enough to share with us their ideal beach bag and it contents gift items all available in this gorgeous shop.   

Beach Bag Gifts for Her

Turquoise Earrings $75
Brass Cuff Bracelet $20
JA Zebra Dish $24
Love and Salt Spray $24
Blue Readers $80
On The Beach Candle $46
I’ll Drink To That Book $27.95
Aqua Beach Blanket $125
Navy Ikat Cosmetic Bag $65
Hot Pink Clutch $125
Small Woven Tote $30
Navy & White Ikat Tunic $30