What do you Need for Memorial Day Weekend?

What are you planning for Memorial Day Weekend? Does it include a family or friend weekend filled with sun, fun and lots of frozen drinks with paper umbrellas? I’ll be graduating from university on Saturday so a fun-filled weekend is necessary. Whether you are just escaping to read in the sun  (the French translation for a summer read is a “read for the beach”) or to party with your friends, there are tons of new accessories to help you get by.

There are a few books that have been on my reading list, such as Diane Von Furstenberg’s book, “The Woman I Wanted to be” and, a classic, “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I honestly bring at least one book and a few magazines whenever I travel. I like options and it’s always good to have them by the beach, pool or just cozy weekend in.

Now on to the fun stuff… This article (although a little old) from Vogue will help everyone find the perfect bikini style for every body type while feeling envy of the Kardashian vacations… I have been trying one-pieces lately and try to wear mostly black with prints! I am always obsessed with new beach cover-ups also such as these from Wildfox– they could be worn by the sea or for out at night! If you guys also need swimwear advice, check out Revolve Clothing’s new partnerships with some bloggers and A Bikini A Day experts, Tash and Dev. Don’t forget they have a work out series with Self Magazine that is great, along with  Karenna & Katrina’s bikini series. Check out their new BTS video of the bikini series in Turks and Caicos. I don’t know about you guys, but I always start a routine and then fall off of it right before the holiday weekend, so I am happy with any exercise that I get by with.

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Jost Van Dyke, BVI

I haven’t been forgetting a hat now that I’m trying to take better care of my skin, especially since I get a mere three new freckles each time I step outside. I would choose a cute baseball hat or a woven or straw floppy hat. I love Henri Bendel’s new accessories for the summer. And, don’t forget your beach bag! I usually carry around a cute tote (from shopping excursions and goodie bags from old internships) or I reuse the Free People shopping bags. Don’t forget all of your ingredients for your favorite mixed drink, floaties

and sunblock!

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Check my Insta @madisonsudano for more fun in the sun!

Packing Struggles and Solutions for the Season

The weather is getting warmer and weekend getaways are seeming more necessary. If you’re trying to fly to Miami for the weekend or just driving an hour to your closest shore, these packing tips can save you. I’ve learned a few tricks from traveling the last couple years which can help you get to that frozen beverage and the sun quicker! I only could bring one suitcase and two carry-ons for my summer abroad in Paris which sounded so scary, but I mixed around my signature items in order to create a wide array of outfits. When I took a yacht trip in the British Virgin Islands, I had to bring only duffel bags because of the low amount of storage (thankfully I wore a bikini every day!). For my spring break trip to Miami I only brought two carry-ons to save on expense costs. This included those small travel bottles of all my products, and, unfortunately, only one pair of heels. Usually boutique hotels will carry hair care products that are more high-end, if you also can’t bring many liquids in your carry-on.

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The view was worth the packing struggle

I love planning my outfits before a trip, and I usually like to buy a new item before or during the trip to better remember it by. I’ve also learned, not just to buy something just because it’s in the moment. When I was in Paris, I was obsessed with purchasing my first Louis Vuitton, but I am happy I saved that money because I went to London for a weekend excursion instead.

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I’ve created a system to pack my delicate items on top, roll my clothes instead of folding them and to wear my heaviest shoes and outerwear on the plane or car ride. I usually try to stuff one gym outfit and a comfy, over-sized tee shirt, but there are always outfit cuts the night before I leave because I’m trying to stuff my bags full! Before spring break, I decided it was time for a new, handbag that I can use most of the year for work and play. Thankfully, the West 57th satchels are pretty big so my cosmetics, tablet, magazines and snacks all fit in it. Some other key pieces include a great carry-on (21”-9”-14” is usually the limit on most planes), and there are many roomy weekend bags from rag&bone that I love also. Don’t forget your travel-sized sunscreen for your next trip!