Rife with social significance, the artful photographs and illustrations in Vanity Fair magazine have been (and continue to be) documenters of American history and culture. And, for this sale, we were lucky enough to spend some time with the magazine’s deputy editor, Punch Hutton, who chose her favorite images from Vanity Fair’s mind-boggling archives. Her picks run toward the glamorously breezy: think Edward Steichen’s photo of Douglas Fairbanks and his wife lounging on the beach in Malibu; Cecil Beaton’s impromptu snap of a suited-up Gary Cooper; and A.H. Fish’s ebullient, colorful illustrations depicting everything from a group of seaside weekenders to a couple walking on a windy day. Shop the sale on Gilt Home starting Sat. June 14, at noon.
When it comes to summer travel, there are as many packing styles as there are personalities. Some folks throw a bikini, sarong, and flip-flops in a tote and call it a weekend. Others are a little more… high-maintenance. No matter where you fall, if you aren’t already a master at the art of packing light, check out the efficiency-boosting tips we scored from four globe-trotters who have lugged many a weekend bag in their time.
Make a list, check it twice. “You’ll pack more quickly and effectively with a list, and you’ll probably pack less than if you just stand in front of your closet and toss things in. Resist the urge to add more stuff if the suitcase isn’t full! You can save even more time by creating a standard packing list online (or on your smartphone) that you can quickly modify for each trip. And, when planning outfits, think about packing fewer bottoms, which are bigger and bulkier than tops. Remember to switch the look with accessories.”— Lisa Zaslow, Founder and CEO of Gotham Organizers (gothamorganizers.com)
Be prepared for beauty. “Don’t ever unpack your toiletries bag – keep it the same for each trip, with travel versions of your favorite products. Mine include Eve Lom cleanser, Jurlique moisturizer and Josie Maran Argan Oil.” — Ruzwana Bashir, CEO and Founder of Peek.com, a one-stop shop for booking activities while traveling
Go away from the light. “Though it looks great, avoid packing white for a destination without laundry. One stain, and that piece of clothing is useless for the rest of the trip.”— Michelle R. Smith, interior designer at Studio MRS
Pick versatile pieces. “If you’re headed to a place like the mountain-chic summer wedding I went to in Telluride, Colorado, it presents a challenge of extremes — especially if you don’t want to check luggage. Here are a few items not to leave home without: 1. A down sweater. They are compact and stuff-able, unlike their more bulky jacket cousins. I have a black one made by The North Face, which is flatteringly fitted and as stylish as a leather jacket. It can cover up wedding attire, and double as summit warmth on an ambitious hike. 2. Wedge sandals: While stilettos might be your shoe of choice for your wedding cocktail dress, consider a cute, comfortable wedge that doubles up with sundresses and might actually help you remain upright during the vows.”— Mary Anne Potts, Editor, National Geographic Adventure online
Looking for new luggage? Look no further than Gilt Home’s Tumi sale, on now.
Literal is overrated… it’s time to blur the lines and get a little abstract. To that end, here at Gilt Home we’re excited about our latest offering from 1000Museums, an online destination that works with museums to make art and culture more accessible (and affordable).
Inspired by the current spate of abstract art retrospectives in museums nationwide (like Princeton University Art Museum’s “Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting” and the St. Louis Art Museum’s “Tragic and Timeless: The Art of Mark Rothko”), the folks at 1000Museums curated this collection of abstract art prints from greats like Rothko, Matisse, and more. They’re colorful, energetic, and will add splashy style and a gallery feel to your home; they’re the quickest possible way to seriously update your space without spending lots of effort (or cash). Shop the sale starting Monday, June 9th at noon.
Here at Gilt Home, we’re major proponents of the elevated bar. After all, life is too short to drink from boring bottles or out of terrible glasses. Thankfully, our friends over at Gilt City agree on this point, and they’re offering access to one of the coolest incarnations of this raise-the-bar mantra we’ve seen in quite awhile: the Hennessy “Very Special” (V.S) Limited Edition by Shepard Fairey Deluxe Set.
The set — designed by Fairey, the activist/artist/DJ extraordinaire — includes one bottle each of Hennessy V.S Limited Edition Gold and Silver Label and V.S Limited Edition Red and Silver Label cognac, as well as commemorative stickers and a keepsake booklet that goes into detail on this artistic collaboration (in which Fairey blended his iconic style with Hennessy’s historic imagery). The result is a pretty stunning balance of old and new. Says the artist: “Whether in Cognac or in art, we both continuously push ourselves to pursue excellence, working years and years to hone and perfect our crafts.”
Head to Gilt City and RSVP to get the set on ReserveBar.com; it costs $150, and includes shipping — plus, you’ll get a $30 credit for merchandise on Gilt! Get clicking, and get that summer cocktail party invite list going.