With Opening Day of Boating 2015 and its week-long celebrations starting on Sunday, April 25 through Sunday May 3, parties, regattas and crew races have kicked off the summer season. This year the Opening Day Parade, sponsored each year by Seattle Yacht Club, started with the blast of a cannon and the raising of the Montlake Bridge. It is a fun Seattle tradition, with participating yachts decorated to illustrate this year’s theme for Opening Day, Myths & Monsters. Whether you are landlocked or at the helm of a great party, the right pieces will keep you afloat now and all summer long.
Headed out on a classic Chris Craft or big, old yacht this summer? This is one time where size doesn’t really matter, because both the fun factor and the attire remain the same. Remember not to wear black sole shoes when you are going out on a boat: They can leave marks on the decks that could put you in danger of being tossed overboard, or at least not invited back. The Louise et Cie Frida Ankle Strap Espadrille have a little French Rivera flair to them, and would be super cute with the Graham and Spencer Narvan Jumpsuit. Jumpsuits, in shorts or pants styles, should definitely be in your closet or on your list for summer, by the way.
The San Diego Straw Company Hat will keep you from getting too much sun once you are out on the water. And why do I love this Nali Large Straw Tote? It fits your Tory Burch Issy Bikini, your sunglasses in this cute cork case (cork floats just in case they get dropped in the water), and any other stylish essentials. Don’t forget to grab some bubbly for the Captain. This Veuve Clicquot is one of my favorite flavors and is meant for enjoying, not smashing on the side of the boat. Cheers!
Whether you are part of the Seattle Yacht Club soirees or a summer pool party, dressing up just got a lot more fun with this beautiful Kenzo Torn Paper Printed Satin Dress paired with glam Prada Patent Leather Espadrille Sandals in White. Espadrilles are the perfect summer shoe because they can be perfectly on point as an alternative to a dressy heel, or they can be a fabulous flat with personality. Because the pattern of the dress is a party on its own, I like the accent of simple gold jewelry, like this Edge of Ember Aleia Ring and Juliet Roger’s Seafoam Chalcedony Bezel Earrings.
The hottest sunglasses to sport this summer aren’t Ray Bans, but sunnies from Etnia Barcelona. I am smitten with this pair that have zebra frames and blue lenses. Topshop’s Textured White Scuba Jacket is a cool way to get warm once the summer sun begins to set. And last but not least, this fabulous Kate Spade New York “Splash Out Melly” handbag. From its PVC hologram water exterior, to the shark fin clasp and “beware of sharks” inside pocket message, this handbag is kitschy cool.
I love the water so much, and we are lucky here in Seattle and beyond to have not only pretty lakes but also great beaches to visit along the Puget Sound. A trip to Golden Gardens with the family makes me feel like I am away on vacation, even though its only 15 minutes from the house.
Wherever your favorite sandy spot may be, it is essential to have your things easy to pack in and out. This chic Maslin & Co. zebra hide-shaped beach towel is wrapped in a leather holster for stylish transport and it’s reversible. Love! Wear Zara’s printed bikini bottom with its matching bandeau top underneath this on trend shoulder revealing Alexis Clemintine Peacock Feather Dress and a pair of Adidas by Stella McCartney Slides you can kick off easily. These Salvatore Ferragamo round sunglasses are a little nod to the 70s, along with the Eugenia Kim Cecily Straw Sunhat that has a sweet little anchor charm on the band. Don’t forget your favorite book—I have already pre-ordered Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, which will be released on July 14, 2015.
Whether you are looking forward to festivities by the sea, shopping for a gift for Mom, or just want to do some seasonal updates, these pieces have just the right amount of nautical flare to get you in the mood for some summer fun.