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When summer rolls around, and we start spending as much time outside as possible, a seasonal uniform is essential. The past few summers, I’ve enjoyed Carolina K, an ethically-made line created by visionary designer Carolina Kleinman. Inspired by her global travels and Argentinian heritage, the collection includes beautiful floral dresses, crocheted tops and swimwear in feminine silhouettes — perfect for vacations or special occasions. Her homeware collection is a beautifully vibrant way to add color to table tops.

Designed with SPF 50 fabric in a wide variety of colors and patterns, Business & Pleasure’s vintage-inspired umbrellas evoke a 1960’s Amalfi coast vibe. Think stripes with a playful fringe or a playful pink gingham with scalloped edges.

Ethereal and luminous, Noguchi Akari lanterns are my favorite sculptures.These beauties were crafted by the legendary sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi, whose iconic creations have been gracing chic homes since the mid-20th century. Inspired by traditional Japanese paper lanterns, these delicate globes masterfully fuse Eastern aesthetics with modernist principles. The lanterns are light as a feather and can easily be moved to create a beautiful outdoor glow anywhere you need it.

Photography provided by Carolina K, Business & Pleasure, Beauty of Joseon, The Noguchi Museum Shop, 2Modern and Fara Homidi

Beauty of Joseon’s Relief Sun: Rice+Probiotics is my absolute must-have sunscreen. While rooted in modern science, the products in this line are also inspired by centuries-old Korean beauty traditions. The lightweight, yet creamy SPF 50 formula glides onto skin like a moisturizer, never leaving a white cast. I’ve repurchased it consistently and now never leave home without it.

Each summer, I transform our backyard into my personal sanctuary. For a relaxing garden oasis, nothing beats Scandinavian outdoor furniture. I adore Fritz Hansen furnishings for their exquisite craftsmanship. The line epitomizes form and function.

I’ve had my eye on Fara Homidi since she launched her niche brand in May 2023 after a 25-year-long career as a makeup artist. Her experience helped her develop the perfect lip pigment and a revolutionary complexion perfector that catapulted her eponymous brand to success. Her chic blue and red compacts are customizable with a pigment and complexion-enhancing product (matte or luminous), providing everything you need for an easy, low-maintenance summer look.

My very best,

Emma Cutler Velez, Publisher

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