We're in the heart of beach season, and it's time to replenish our stock of essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen, books to laptops and everything in between. Here's where I go to refill my beach bag:
Warby Parker - 121 Greene Street - 1209 Lexington Avenue - 819 Washington Street
If you're the type that loses sunglasses, this is your place -- stylish frames at affordable prices. You'll be able to pick up more than one pair!
Robert Marc - Multiple locations
On the other hand, if you're looking for serious craftsmanship, luxurious materials and Robert Marc's distinctive hinge, there's no better store for the ultimate style that's good for your image and your eyes.
Anne et Valentin - 2 Prince Street
Bring a bit of St. Tropez to the Hamptons or Coney Island with fine sunglasses in a variety of colors.
McNally Jackson - 52 Prince Street
No weekend is complete without a trip here to pick up a book or three -- and magazines from around the world.
Barneys New York - 660 Madison Avenue
One of my favorite places to buy a hat -- so why wouldn't I check out the best wide-brims to stay cool and avoid sunburn?
Apple - Multiple locations
We have to be honest -- we're never going to unplug completely. My bag has my iPad and iPhone so that I can always be in touch. Get the latest updated models before you go. Just keep them away from the pool!
Walgreens - Multiple locations
Let's face it (pun intended), when it comes to sunscreen, more is more (and possibly lifesaving), so it makes sense to buy affordable brands so you won't hesitate to slather it on. With its increased focus on health and beauty, Walgreens has an exceptional selection of sunblocks with various levels of SPF -- at prices that allow you to buy in bulk.
Picnics with Panache
Williams-Sonoma - Multiple locations
Pick up a fully stocked picnic basket (cutlery and all), an empty one if you already have your own plates, wine caddies, fold-up tables, blankets and more.
Sur La Table - 75 Spring Street - 306 West 57th Street - 1320 Third Avenue
I just adore the acrylic glasses, melamine dishes and portable bottles that will make a picnic a breeze to carry, and easy to clean up. And they're on sale right now!
Just About Everything
Target - 517 East 117th Street
Do you need sunblock, a magazine, a cup, a shirt? They're all here and more.
Happy summer and Happy Shopping!