Troy and I spent a week at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix this month for a little R&R. It had been a while since we spent any time in a warm climate by a pool, and as I packed for the trip, I realized I wasn't crazy about a good deal of my "resort" wear. So, I picked up a few things while we were there, and here are three of my favorites.
Troy: shirt by Ted Baker, shades by Salt
Zeke: shirt by GANT, shades by Ray-Ban
The K-Swiss/Billy Reid Collaboration
I fell in love with these at the Billy Reid store in Georgetown last summer but walked out without them. I've regretted it ever since, so I was pretty excited to find these on a sale rack at Nordstrom. The combine the classic look of K-Swiss tennis shoes with an updated, yet ironically retro look that brings the look and feel of Billy Reid - worn in tan canvas and a blue and white ticking for the lining. It's unlikely you'll find this exact pair, but you can shop their entire collaboration for this season here. I love every one of them, and I can tell you that they're even half as comfortable as the ones I bought, you simply can't go wrong.
The James Perse T-Shirt
If you're like me, there's nothing better than throwing on a t-shirt with a pair of shorts or jeans for an afternoon of lounging or even a summer night at a great restaurant. The trick is to get the comfort you're looking for without looking like you just rolled out of bed. Enter the t-shirt from James Perse. It's made of an incredibly soft cotton, fitted for your body so you don't look like you're swimming in it, and holds up great in the wash. I recommend it in every color. Once you put this one on, you won't go looking elsewhere. Shop the entire collection here.
Swimwear by Michael Bastian for GANT
Designer Michael Bastian has joined forces with GANT and the result is a great lineup that includes this swimsuit I picked up at Nordstrom Rack. It's from last season, but I love the way it combines a classic preppy look with a modern, fitted cut that doesn't leave you looking like you're wearing something two sizes too big. You can get the one I bought here or shop the entire GANT collection here. They are a great go-to for shorts, shirts, blazers, and pants.