Team Picks: Nina's Summer Essentials

We all have our wardrobe staples and secret weapons that help us achieve our best personal styles. Creative Director Nina lists the items that keep her looking good all hot New York City summer long. 

Button front shirts by steven alan  $135.00 and up

A lightweight button front shirt is essential to my summer uniform. I can tuck one into silk shorts for work, or tie it at the waist with a sarong for the beach. Steven Alan's are the perfect slim fit, made out of durable yet lightweight cottons so I can throw them in the washing machine after a hot day, and best of all, are made in the U.S.

Pins by Wm. Spear $5.00 - $20.00

I found Bill Spear's studio while I was in Juneau Alaska, and had to stop myself from buying his entire collection, which could fill a whole room. A classic Alaska eccentric, Spear has been creating his almost entirely hand-made enamel pins backed in copper and electroplated in gold, for 25 years. Clippings from various high fashion magazines featuring his work festoon his one room store, including a 1980s Ralph Lauren catalog, though it's almost impossible to find much about his work online, and his website doesn't help. These pins are a hidden treasure, and add distinct style to my aforementioned button front uniform. I've been stockpiling them, as Spears has hinted that, as it's becoming harder for him to find enamelers to work with, these might not be around much longer. 

Elmar One Piece Black bathing suit by Araks $350.00

Lately I've been feeling the one pieces; they look more sophisticated than a two piece. I like this U.S. made Araks one, as it's classic black, and, with the cutout, feels sexy. I can always rely on Araks for a perfect cut and fit in the swim and lingerie department.

Straw Boater Hat from J. Crew $45.00

No tanning for me, please. A straw hat is the perfect summer accessory: it keeps my face out of the sun, it hides my 80 degree summer frizz, and it completes the most casual of looks. A sarong and bathing suit look polished when you put a hat on it.

Natural Hair Powder by Alder New York in Eucalyptus $30.00

Summer in New York means sweat and humidity, so I take my ANY hair powder with me everywhere for hair refreshing. It's perfect after a day spent wearing my sun hat; a quick rub through the roots and I'm restored back to the beachy casual waves I want to sport for dinner, sans hat-hair.

Beach Tote by India Hicks $138.00

If anyone gets summer style, it's former fashion model and current Bahama dweller, India Hicks. David and I admire her perfectly curated lifestyle, a savvy blend of English country home and Caribbean Tiki hut. This beetle tote is a great example of her aforementioned style, and the waxed cotton canvas allows it to be wiped down after a day at the beach or I when I spill something in it, which is inevitable.

Dansko Madisen Clog $140.00 

I don't like wearing sandals in New York City where the streets get grimey in even the fanciest neighborhoods, but I still want some shoe breathability. I love the look of wooden-soled clogs, but they've always hurt my sensitive feet. Thanks to Dansko's updated look, l feel like I'm walking on a stylish arch-supported cloud.