My All-Important Packing Musts for a Tropical Vacay

Sometimes you’re given the glorious opportunity to play harder than you work—such is the case as I was invited on a press trip to the British Virgin Islands. Obviously, I squealed, “yes!” and was beside myself, especially since it had been years since my last vacation and not to mention, I had never been to the Caribbean. I immediately started thinking, “what am I going to pack?” because, yes, I’m a planner, but more so, a shopper, so here are my ten things I’m bring to the BVI.

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The Luggage

As tough as it can be to par down on my packing list, it’s all about traveling light (at least that’s what they say…). I want to guarantee my luggage doesn’t get lost or crushed, so I’m bringing it on board and this carry-on is the chicest route since it looks like a tiny steamer trunk from the days when flying was actually stylish.

SHOP NOW: Bellagio 21” Carry-On Spinner Trunk, $525, Bricstore.com

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The Parker Palm Springs

Look no further than a Palm Springs, California, favorite for a sexy hideaway for two. This perfectly self-contained resort is a paradise in the desert with little nooks and crannies that have snuggle-worthy hammocks.

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8.1: Smash Hit

Break out the rackets and birdie for a weekend game of badminton at your next barbecue. We’re sure you and your guests will love making feathers fly.

SHOP NOW: Field Day Badminton Set, $68, J. Franklin, ShopTerrain.com

Step Inside the Sleek Brooklyn Loft That’s Just Too Exposed for Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway loves to step outside in big movie star sunglasses for a little anonymity, but her shades were no match for her former Brooklyn, New York, loft with husband Adam Shulman.

Anne recently sold her pad in the swank Dumbo Clocktower building for $4.25 million because the NY Post reported that the apartment was too big and she felt “too visible” in it, according to a source. Well, with the stunning panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, we’d have to agree — but very, very, very reluctantly so.

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Living Room

We love the zen-like vibe in her living room (and can't stop obsessing over the view).

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It’s time to make the most of that long weekend coming ’round the bend, and whether you’re hitting the road with your babe for a beachside retreat, going to your best friend’s backyard bash or just lounging around at home, we have six outfits to make you can look and feel your best.

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Festive backyard barbeques are the social equivalent of a casual Friday. Try an easy-wearing romper with laid-back accessories because, after all, comfort is key.

SHOP NOW: 1. Fanny pack, $230, ClareVivier.com 2. Small Signet Pinky Ring, $850, GarlandCollection.com 3. Chambray Romper, $258, Splendid, IntermixOnline.com 4. Crystal mobile necklace, $148, JCrew.com 5. Block Heel Sandal, $350, Studio Pollini, Shopbop.com

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