Alexander Wang Bags + 8 Hot Beauty Must-Haves: Your Saving Summer Grace

A high of 100. Staggering humidity. Blaring sun. Summer’s coming, alright; it’ll be full tilt before you can organize a week’s work of breezy, floaty things.

But before you allow your spirits (and general surroundings) to dampen, take a proactive step and secure a few vital products to make the hot, sticky, summer months more bearable and beautiful. It’s these eight products (plus one amazing bag) that’ll save your summer, whatever sunburns, oil slicks, and other shiny situations come your way.

FOR SOOTHING OVERHEATED SKIN:
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Smart Spray
Spritz this two or three times over a parched and overheated face for some cooling relief and free radical protection, thanks to peppermint oil and other skin savers.

FOR HAIR THAT DRIES FASTER:
AG Hair Cosmetics Deflect Fast-Dry Heat Protection
The less time spent under a hot hair dryer in the summer months the better. Use this to decrease drying time and smooth hair in the process. It’s the work of an AG complex including abyssinian oil.

FOR GEISHA-PERFECT SKIN:
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers
Flecks of gold leaf in these Geisha-approved papers turn blotting excess oil into a glamorous endeavor.

FOR PERFECTED SKIN:
MAKE Custom Finish Effects Matte/Dew
Skip foundation and reach for a lighter dose of skin perfecting makeup with this duo. The peachy, matte side is perfect for your T zone, while the pink side adds moisture to sun-parched cheeks.

FOR LIGHT, SUMMER HYDRATION:
Koh Gen Do Refresh Spa Aloe Gel
Sunburned and sensitive, or just looking for lighter summer hydration? This light weight, refreshing aloe treatment soothes and moisturizes.

FOR NON-CHALKY SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Get glowing and protect against sun damage with this universally tinted broad spectrum SPF. It’s adaptable to every skin tone, so you can reapply every few hours (like you should) without worrying about streaks or a mismatch.

FOR EYE-AREA SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen
Does for your sensitive eye area what the above does for your whole face. What crows feet?

FOR A PUNCH OF COLOR (AND A LAST RESORT):
NARS Satin Lip Pencil (pick a bright color, like Yu)

If all else fails, distract ’em from frizzy hair and ultra *dewy* skin with an ultra bright lip. It’s a game changer.

Oh, and about that bag, Alexander Wang sent thermo-reactive (aka heat sensitive color changing) materials down the fall runway — the leather bag pictured in transition above goes from near navy to bright blue. Like a suntan without the burn.

Alexander Wang thermo-reactive accessories available mid-August at Alexander Wang, New York and alexanderwang.com 

Mother’s Day Picks: 10 Luxe Candy Combos for the Woman in Your Life

Dean & Deluca’s Tattoo-esque Mother’s Day Cookies (Edible, and Less Permanent)

Mother’s Day is Sunday, have you picked out a gift for mom yet? If you’re drawing a blank, we’ve got you covered. Moms everywhere will be thrilled to get anything in our Mother’s Day guide. From beautiful jewels to sumptuous skincare and beauty goodies to the ultimate sweet treats, you’re good. Click through our picks below.

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Photography by Daniel Huskey; Creative direction by Vince Patti

4 Out of 5: Sophie Pachella on New York

Sophie Pachella is a nutrition and fitness consultant based in New York City. She has written for numerous publications and appeared on several TV programs regarding nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and health. She is the co-CEO and founder of EatStrong and the creator Sophie Yogurt (thick Greek-style yogurt without the heavy sugaring). This is her take on four places she likes, and one place she doesn’t.

RECOMMENDED

Little Brown Chocolate Bakery & Coffee – "A chocolate-themed coffee shop launched by the same wizard (Max Brenner) who brought us Max Brenner’s in Union Square. Nutella hot cocoa, pretzels dipped in melted chocolate, and a killer egg and bacon sandwich, with excellent coffee too. This relative newcomer to the Upper East Side is a welcome burst of fresh air into the world of stale, same-old coffee shops. Free wifi, great music, giant windows, and open late for those who wish to dine on decadent treats (salads are available too, but why?!). Free samples are handed out regularly. This is my favorite go-to spot for snacks and meals, and my daughter loves it too. If you’ve been searching for a new spot to fuel up before heading into work…or decompress after a long day, make a point to stop by Little Brown.

Christian Louboutin Boutique – "Four-inch heels so comfortable you can jog in them, they’re addictive and ought to be illegal. Sexy, pricey, but worth the splurge, their attention to detail is so perfect as to make it impossible to find a reason not to go back for more. I’ve walked 20 blocks in my Louboutins, with ease. The heels even doubled as life-saving brakes when those on my Vespa failed me — remaining intact. Oh, Louboutin, must you make a shoe so perfect that no other will do? I was perfectly happy in my Asics until I fell in love with you."

Make – "Grab your little one, borrow someone else’s, or bring a bottle of wine and a date to this fun ‘make your own anything’ on the Upper East Side. From candles to dishes to cakes, you can decorate whatever your mood desires. At night, there’s a BYOB policy which futher enhances the creative process. You can waste hours in here. As luck would have it, each item takes a while to complete, keeping little ones engaged and happy. It’s a playdate locale for both kids and adults. You might end up with a few too many bars of soap with superheroes and/or mermaids trapped within, or scented candles topped with ducks/Spongebob/mistletow, but you’ll have a great deal of fun in the process."

Mediterraneo – "I visit this delicious, cosy, Midtown Italian restaurant on a regular basis … it’s just one of those places you keep wanting to go back to, with the added bonus of outdoor dining when the weather permits. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive, and the food is fresh and consistently exceeds expectations. Each time I go with a friend, they seem to gravitate back on their own. Their carpaccio dishes are all excellent, but the very best dish is the linguine nere all’arrabiata: black linguine with shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce. Simple, but perfect. I tend not to favor pizza when I’m out but am told those are equally divine. Most importantly, you can go with a date …or with your little one(s) in tow … and receive equally respectful attention. As a single mother of one, this alone awards them the golden star."

NOT SO MUCH

Sushi Yasuda – "Often hyped as ‘the best sushi in Manhattan’ — I remain perplexed and underwhelmed as to why. Not that’s it’s terrible … it’s just tantamount to naming Switzerland the most exciting country to visit in Europe. On the two occasions I’ve eaten there, I left hungry having spent a small fortune. Perhaps the elegance of miniature portions is lost on me … and without a doubt my Phelps-like appetite is hard to satiate, but I’ll be eating a pizza beforehand if I ever go there again.