This week we found ourselves unpacking some of the cozy winter sweaters we thought we'd banished for at least another season. Tomorrow though, if the weather guys are correct, Mother Nature is getting us in the summer mood with a promised high of 87. If you're slumming it in the city, might we recommend a picnic? Forget bologna sandwiches and plastic tablecloths, we're amping up this traditional past-time a couple of notches with some super-sick products that will get you to the nearest park pronto.
Above, clockwise from bottom left:
1. Pendleton San Miguel Blanket ($225): You don't want to be the one sunning on your bathroom towels.This reversible Navajo number will look as good on the grass as it does your bed, plus the leather straps make it a cinch ON THE GO.
Available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Crosby Street and Broadway); 212-219-2688.
2. A.P.C. Madras Shoulder Strap Top ($150): Channel Lady Liberty in this Americana-inspired strap top in a rocking retro silhouette. If you want to tan some skin, you can always unbutton one strap—or both.
Available at APC, 110 Greene Street (between Spring and Prince streets); 212-966-5851.
3. Avène Lotion Very High Protection($21): Don't be the one who tries to jump the tanning gun and end up looking like a lobster. Protect your skin and prevent wrinkles with this ultra-powerful, sweat-proof SPF 30 that's crazy easy to apply.
Available at Rite Aid, 495 Broadway (between Broome and Spring streets); 212-334-0431.
4. Bed Bath & Beyond Bamboo 21-Piece Insulated Picnic Basket ($39.99): Instead of carrying your food around like a bag lady, why not go back in time with this vintage-looking basket that has just about everything besides the kitchen sink.
Available at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, 270 Greenwich Street (at Warren Street); 212-233-8450.
5. Super Francis Basic Wayfarers ($184): While the price is a little high, these sunnies will ensure you're the princess of the picnic scene, and will inject a lil' edge into your pastoral goings-on. We're all about the gold-metal sides that have got us thinking Midas meets Madonna.
Available at Blue & Cream, 1 East 1st Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue); 212-533-3088.
6. Isms: Understanding Fashion ($16.95): We got this book when it came out in March, and we literally can't put it down. Not too taxing for a lazy day, it's chock-full of facts, anecdotes (and pics!) on fashion, designers, and trends that'll have you running to the nearest fabric store.
Available at Rizzoli, 31 West 57th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-759-2424.
7. Butterfield Market (not pictured): Steps away from Central Park, this UES institution of perfect provisions looks like it'd be right at home in a period piece. With more types of cheeses than we can count, fresh produce, and over 100 sandwich and salad options, you'll never want to eat indoors again.
Butterfield Market, 1114 Lexington Avenue, (at East 78th Street); 212-288-7800.