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The long weekend’s (almost) here, and after turning my entire bathroom upside down, I’ve narrowed down my hefty packing to my favourite beach-side products that will actually fit inside of my overnighter bag. I love the dewey, fresh look (perfected by J.Crew photoshoots and doe-eyed models) that comes with summer, so I’ve put together some of my favourite natural, lightweight and sun-tested things. weekend_post

(Above: Korres Classical Charm of Athens blush in Peach, Kiehl’s Lip Treatment with SPF 15, Avène Hydrance Light Moisturizer, stila stay-all-day 10 in 1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm, Clinique Lightweight Sunscreen, Korres Under the Sun of Santorini Cooling Gel, Mara Hoffman bikini, stila two-in-one Blush and Lip Balm, bumble & bumble Surf Spray.)

My top picks:

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Under the Sun of Santorini – KORRES®
After Sun Yoghurt Cooling Gel with Real Yoghurt 
I used to not believe in sunscreen, after sun lotion, and aloe. Now, with just about every beauty blog and mag drilling the importance of prevention, fine, I’ve given in. And it’s not so bad. The second I brought this one home, I knew it was a keeper. The insanely yummy-smelling soothing gel has a rich, cooling texture and it’s just a bonus that it’s rich in lactose, proteins, minerals and vitamins. In my family – blame the European roots – it’s unusual to go without my parents avidly suggesting sour cream as an age-old tried-and-tested sunburn remedy (I kid you not, as unfortunate as that may be). Imagine my relief when I found this: it works with Greek yoghurt, which has the same properties as my family’s favourite old school sun relief methods, but with a fragrant smell and a chic tube you can proudly throw in your beach bag.

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bumble & bumble Surf Spray

As a runway staple for at least 8 years now, there’s a reason why this tiny bottle has stayed on my bathroom shelf since high school. Did you know your hair structure tends to change every 7 years? This spray boasts lightweight, salty texture and has been thoroughly tested (over and over and over and over) by just about every beauty insider. It lives up to the hype, and lasts forever.

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Classical Charm of Athens- KORRES®
Zea Mays Blush 
Just because you’re on the beach, doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a little bit of make-up into your all natural look, right? I’m a firm believer in the “I just threw this on and rolled out of bed” look – but that doesn’t mean that you can’t perfect it with a little bit of help. This apricot shade is perfect for a hint of colour that looks as if you got a perfect swipe of colour (from the sun, right?) in all the right places. (Don’t overdo it – it really does last all day.)

No. 164 Small Carry-All – Billykirk
Canvas Overnighter

I know, I know – it’s not practical to get a white travel bag. But even with some ‘travel bruises’, this bag just gets more character. It’s kind of like a pair of well worn in Keds – who wants a brand new looking weekender? Your bag should say: I travel often, and I do it looking chic as Jane Birkin.

There are so many things about an outfit that strike you. The fold of cascading fabric, the way a leather-embossed accessory catches the light, the manner in which the individual encased within it moves. Then there’s the colours, the details, the finishing touches. There are so many people (the most hopeless pragmatist, my dad, amongst them) that don’t quite catch these nuances, who see design as a means to an end–but it’s much more than that, isn’t it? The Sartorialist had just released his new tribute to that world (The Satorialist: Closer), and it most definitely warrants a closer look.

I've long been crushing on the dreamy style of Bey's dj-slash-style icon-slash-insanely cool sister, Solange. With a wardrobe consisting of bold colours, eclectic prints and a red shade of mystery lipstick I've been trying to enulate (so far the Armani comes pretty close), this girl is definitely giving the under-30 crowd a run for their money. She chats with Grance Dore, gets the coveted 30-under-30 spot from Refinery29, and chills with Hova on a regular basis. Is there more? Probably. But there's no need to continue. Pictures from Refinery29, Garance Dore, and C&D

I’ve long been a fan of the Korres label. My crush on the Greek cosmetic brand started with their minimalist aesthetic and eye-catching designs–and continued when I got a hold of their mascara and accidentally bought the blue instead of the black. Surprisingly, the blue didn’t channel my younger Crayloa-as-makeup days and created instead a discreet and pleasant blue tint that’s only subtly detected in the light. I also have this awful and unfounded fear that all my lashes will fall out if I use too much mascara–something that my grandma was sure to instill in me in my early makeup wearing days. So this formula has been working well for me: it has conditioning (and natural!) ingredients that make me feel like I am doing good for my lashes (a rarity), and it doubles as a discreet pigment I can wear to the gym while still looking pretty natural (but definitely a few notches more put together). Then I suckered my friend into buying the lip butter (whoever designs those things needs a serious raise), and slowly began to manically accumulate all Korres everything. I then stopped by their chic boutique in the Athens airport last summer, which made for some good lat-minute souvenirs and an even better use of my last Euros (fine, I also bought some other things. It’s not ethical to have artisan bakeries IN an airport). So, not surprisingly, the Olympus gods must have heard my constant raving (or seen the amount of times I’ve visited their site) and sent me an amazing goody bag of  loot; thanks for maintaining my addiction, Korres. This surely must be among the healthier ones..

Love their interactive videos–which feature the owners and creative individuals behind the brand.

The perfect blend of sheer and colour-rich, and so perfect for summer: Pomegranate lip butter

Definitely my favourite mascara so far: doesn’t do the whole chunky act, no matter how many layers you lay on.

It seems like with the summer weather coming up, every magazine is stepping up and coming out with some dope covers that seriously rival the pristine art direction of their earlier years. It’s back to models gracing the covers of style publications, incredibly artistic editorials that usher the age of meta-fashion and some unreal portraiture. I think that sometimes, with the high fashion and the celebrity and the endorsements, a lot of things essential to editorial integrity get lost in the shuffle. But other times you get something undeniably authentic, something that’s more than just a bind of ads with articles and pictures in between. So here are a few sick shots that I think are worthy of mention.

Kate Moss rocking the Pomp cover

Natalia Vodianova for Vogue Russia

Fallen #7 Tanya by Nick Hudson

Not so new, but still. ‘Neo Chic’ Katie Fogarty by Nicolas Moore for Flair Italy June 2011

Just for good measure, these can’t all be fashion, can they? T Magazine x Edible Selby

It’s the long weekend in two days and despite the fact that I completely forgot/had no idea to begin with, I’m furiously trying to get away in any possible form. Although I haven’t booked anything yet (there’s time, right?), I thought I’d spend some more time not figuring out what to do this weekend and figuring out what to bring; I’m optimistic, still. I always find that packing posts glorify what we tend to bring on vacations. What is it about artisan backpacks and trendy products that seems to make getaways a fashionable endeavor rather than an escape from civilization (where you can sport your cut-offs with a horribly run-down men’s sweatshirt)? I haven’t figured it out, but until I do, I’m going to go ahead and perpetuate this.

not quite a bindle, but great and compact for impromptu (is there any other kind?) getaways

PTR moisturizer and SPF combo that’s light and fresh-smelling

Bumble and bumble is a travelling staple

cozy sweater since warm things are always mysteriously left out of my packing list

fun and easy to follow recipes for rustic cottage staples

easy breezy beer-‘n-sun playlist