We’re only a couple weeks away from the official start of summer and the much-anticipated return of Summer Fridays! With more hours of sunlight to enjoy during the day (and a few less hours to spend in the office at the end of the week), it’s the perfect time of year to make the most of each weekend. Check out these stylish essentials for Summer Fridays – from places to go, to goodies to buy – and gear up for a season of relaxation!
The Happy Hour Spot: Bar Sixty Five at Rainbow Room
For New Yorkers, it doesn’t get much better than clocking out early from work on a sunny Friday afternoon and meeting up with friends for happy hour at the Rainbow Room’s Bar SixtyFive. The bar is open from 4:30 p.m. until midnight, the breezes are a welcome respite from the sweltering humidity of the city, and the sky-high views of NYC are incredible. On occasion, Bar SixtyFive may be booked for special events, so it’s worth calling ahead for reservations.
The Shades: Dior Diostellaire Square Metal Sunglasses
See your Summer Fridays through rose colored glasses with these stylish shades!
The Handbag: Benedetta Bruzziches Brigitte Sleeping Beauty Bag
Picked by our very own Editor, this whimsical leather bag is one of this season’s must-haves and perfect to tote around during brunch, date night, and everything in-between.
The Wine: Cameron Hughes
Of course, a great bottle of wine… or several… is one of the most important essentials for Summer Fridays. Be sure to stock up on Cameron Hughes wine for those date nights at home. From Rieslings to rosé, each glass goes down smooth and tastes like its ultra-pricey counterparts, but at a fraction of the cost.
The Makeup: Jill Stuart Beauty
The new Jill Stuart beauty collection is filled with summery shades and adorable makeup sets that would double as wonderful bridesmaids’ gifts! Our favorite from the collection is the Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color, which offers a glowy, shimmery pop of color in a formula that will withstand the summer heat.
The Jewelry: Gilded Lace by Monika Knutsson
Accessorize your Summer Fridays with a bauble or two from the Monika Knutsson Gilded Lace Collection. Add a statement cuff to your cocktail dress; keep your hair out of your face with a beautiful headband; or complement a chignon with a stylish pair of hoop earrings. Each piece is carefully crafted and shaped from lace that has been dipped in 24-carat gold and sterling silver, and would look gorgeous on any bride as well.
The Getaway Spot: Turks & Caicos
When you need to take more than a Friday afternoon off, treat yourself and your special someone to the ultimate romantic getaway to Turks & Caicos. Fill your itinerary with private villas, white sand beaches, island hopping, the freshest seafood, and local spa treatments, and you’re guaranteed to have an epic summer holiday!