Photo courtesy of Stephanie Trotta
Making the Most of a Long Weekend
What’s the secret to making a long weekend feel loooooong? Do something different each day. It may seem counterintuitive, but having activities to reminisce about at the end can help stave off the Monday scaries. No need to go overboard, though (it’s still a weekend, after all): Turns out doing simple, soul-filling things—like swimming in the ocean, enjoying a languorous meal with loved ones, or roasting marshmallows in the backyard to the flicker of fireflies—is an effective way to slow down time.
SATURDAY: ALL ABOARD
Start the weekend on a high note by packing up the cooler—a few helpful tips on how to best do that here—and hightailing it to the nearest sailable body of water with boat rentals. You’ll probably be there a while, so it’s best to bring anything you might need: snacks, skin care, an ample supply of sparkling wine…
Eye eye, captain.
Don’t forget to reapply.
Less is more.
goop, $55 for 60/$30 for 30
Because there’s no barista in the bay.
A stripe-happy closet staple that moonlights as a cover-up.
Just-right summer whites.
A fits-everything basket to bring aboard.
Handheld food FTW.
Wind-tossed hair, don’t care.
This skin-plumping mist is made with aloe vera, blue daisy, microalgae, and sea water.
goop, $12.99 for a 4-pack
Our drink of choice, made with fresh juice and zero added sugar.
Not your dad’s boat shoes.
For ice-cold cans and crudités.
SUNDAY: BRUNCH CHEZ YOU
Truth: Sharing a meal with people you love is how some of the best, most cherished memories are made. If that meal happens to take place at your place, atop a gorgeously appointed table—complete with linen tablecloth, Italian porcelain, and floral arrangements that last forever—even better.
Play up that rosy standing-over-the-stove glow.
Elliott Assorted-Link Bracelet
Catch the light every time you raise your glass.
Fill with water, iced coffee, fresh-squeezed OJ…
Made in Italy and made to last.
Kai Tiered Minidress
Perfect for floating between the kitchen and the backyard.
For the not-so-barefoot contessa.
These handwoven wonders bring a lot to the table.
These gorgeous hand-dyed paper roses look just like the real thing.
A guaranteed crowd-pleaser—and great for big groups.
A beautiful vessel for the brew-gooder.
These, plus your favorite napkin rings.
MONDAY: THE LAST SOIRÉE OF THE SEASON
Your final dinner party calls for an easygoing ensemble (no need to be the hostess who does the mostest), table settings delivered to your doorstep (if you haven’t checked out the goop x Social Studies collaboration, now’s the time), and delicious after-dinner activities that’ll make the evening that much more enjoyable.
Emily Yellow Gold and Pavé Split Earrings
So you don’t have to run inside every time you need a touch-up.
Pairs well with anything from the grill.
portable fire pit and grill
The s’more, the merrier.
This knotted-strap knit tank sleeves nothing to be desired.
Carpenter Paper-Bag-Waist Shorts
Give your denim shorts the night off.
For the woman who (b)rings people together.
Set them up on the lawn in pairs.
This gorgeous gel highlighter gives a lit-from-within glow.
Sensible shoes for the down-to-earth hostess.
Scoop, there it is.
Wind down with this delicious nonalcoholic spirit.