Summertime and the livin’ is easy! But don’t sweat it if your wallet remains in a deep freeze and won’t allow you to warm up to this one. Take a look at our indulgent obsessions for summer and enjoy a moment of blissful daydreaming.
Carry your sunscreen, book and towel in high style with this beach bag by Lance. Available at Etc. shopetcjewelry.com
Grab a colorful French-made towel by Primrose Bordier and head to the beach or pool. Available at Table Matters. www.table-matters.com
Lemlem was founded by super model/activist Liya Kebede in 2007, and all of the company’s products are handmade in Ethiopia using ancient hand-spinning and weaving techniques to create beautiful garments from natural cotton. The company supports village women, so you can feel good about this splurge! Available at Etc. shopetcjewelry.com
Running Man Silk Scarf
These handcrafted scarves and resort wraps are a true luxury, but they also come with a charitable upside. For every scarf that is purchased, A.BARCLAY buys an item of need from a Tanzanian for a Tanzanian, supplying multiple orphanages in the country with day-to-day necessities and stimulating local markets. The designer, Anna Barclay Sibley, is an Alabama native. Wear it as a shawl to a cocktail party or as a beach wrap, and you can look and feel fabulous! Available at Marella.
If your summer plans include sunbathing on a mega yacht, you might want to pick up this dazzling Sumarie Femme Fatale Pantheon Swimsuit. Available online at www.nancymeyer.com.
All hands on deck! These fabulous fingers may be made of papier-mâché, but the rocks here will have everyone standing still as statues, locked in a lustful gaze. Monique Péan uses fair trade, sustainable, fossilized woolly mammoth and walrus ivory, buffalo horn, precious stones, recycled 18 karat gold and pavé diamonds to create these stunning pieces. Available at Etc. shopetcjewelry.com
Wrapped Horn Bangle
Add to your collection of Monique Péan rings a wrapped horn bangle or two, or keep it simple and just wear the bangle on its own. Available at Etc. shopetcjewelry.com
Revitalizing Body Wrap Spa Treatment
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa at the Tonya Jones Salon in English Village. The Revitalizing Body Wrap promises to renew the body and mind with a seasonal 50-minute hydrating wrap. Your body is exfoliated, smoothed and softened, then wrapped in warm layers. A restorative scalp and foot massage balances the whole body. Available at Tonya Jones Salon and Spa.
Moroccan oil products have long been the gold standard in hair care. A new line of skincare products promises the same luxury for your skin. Try the Body Soufflé for the ultimate in body moisturizing. Available at Gus Mayer.
Even if you’re not royalty, you can at least smell like you are. House of Creed’s Sublime Vanille is the first in a new line called Royal Exclusives. This scent is a fragrant work of art worthy of the investment (unless your card might be declined). Available at Gus Mayer.
Create a coastal retreat in your home with this beautiful white sea coral display. Available at Details. www.lizhandwoods.com
This elegant pine tray is trimmed with gleaming alpaca metal, sure to be the perfect addition to your home! Available at Circa. circainteriors.com
What could be more perfect to display on a fabulous tray or bowl? These beautiful, decorative rings are made of crushed oyster and seashells. Available at Circa. circainteriors.com
Antique Oushak Ottoman
This beautiful antique oushak rug has been given new life as an upholstered ottoman, creating a durable bench, stool or table to add the ultimate style to any space! Available at Paige Albright Orientals.
Symbolic of wealth, power and good fortune, these carved marble grapes are sure to bring joy and abundant happiness to whoever posses them. Available at Circa. circainteriors.com
Bring the beach indoors with a light and airy glass lamp. Available at Stock & Trade. www.ehomewood.com
Birmingham artist Carolyn Goldsmith’s “Flower Suite III” is a bright and beautiful interpretation sure to bring the warmth and happiness invoked by summertimes flowers to the bearer of this beautiful work of art. Available at Gallery 1930.
Kamado Joe Grill
Planning some big picnics and barbecues this summer? The serious outdoor chef needs serious equipment such as this Kamado Joe BigJoe Ceramic Grill, which reportedly gives the Big Green Egg a real showdown. Available at Alabama Gas Light and Grill. www.alabamagaslightandgrill.com
LUXE VACATION GETAWAYS
Richard Branson’s Necker Island is a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands, which is composed of six one-bedroom Bali Houses and an eight-bedroom Great House to accommodate up to 30 people. These Balinese-style abodes are set on 74 acres with a fringing coral reef. Submarines are available for charter, and there is a 32-person Jacuzzi. Exclusive rental rates for the property start from $42,500 per night for up to 16 people. www.neckerisland.virgin.com
Become a member of Exclusive Resorts and enjoy access to a private portfolio of hundreds of stunning luxury villas in the most sought-after destinations, each complete with the services of an attentive exclusive concierge, five-star resort and private club amenities, as well as exceptional extras like private pools, hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, media rooms and more. And if ever you decide you want to venture further afield or behind the scenes, you’ll also find ever-evolving collections of customized “bucket list” journeys and prestigious events right at your fingertips. Membership plans include a lifetime option or an option of joining for three to 10 years. As a member, you can enjoy 20 to 60 days of vacation annually for $1,370 – $1,560 per day of travel over the term. www.exclusiveresorts.com
So what if it was all a magnificent mirage? Hope you enjoyed the shopping sensations. Now float away on a sweet summer dream and picture the luxe life.