Ladies – as you can probably tell by now, I await the summer invitation season with baited breath. Until I hit the proverbial jackpot (come on, Closet Couture!!) I rely on summer fun on friend’s turf. And I make it a priority to be invited back again. So, herewith, are some of my favorite gifts for fashionable hosts and hostesses who so graciously have me over for summer weekends filled with that cocktail of humidity, beer, beach, bbq and bug-spray – which to a girl living in SoCal is just magical.
1. Monogrammed beach towel. This one is a crowd pleaser, especially considering how towels, like socks, often just go missing over the course of a summer. So whether you take your dips in a lake, ocean, pond, stream or tub, hosts usually flip for these. And it makes you look like you really tried. Available at Preppymonogrammedgifts.com, for $20.00 (!)
2. Bucket of Havaianas. Not quite Indian giving (isn’t there a less offensive way to say this yet, ye gads) but it does pay to do this gift early in the season and then dip into the bucket when you need flops. I prefer a silver galvanized bucket that is small-ish and then I arrange a bunch of pairs of flops in different colors and sizes artfully (as best I can) in it. The look is art-installation floral, but much more fun by a back door or dock.
3. The Well-Lived Life. One of my favorite fashionable lifestyle books – I love what people are wearing in the photos. Here is the link for the book, and below is an outfit I think screams well-lived life. (and should you find yourself in a less-than-as-advertised situation, you can use it to indicate how you would prefer to weekend (you know who you are “cabin on the lake” weekend – cabins have 4 walls, not 3, that was a lean-to)