As if you needed another reason to hit the pool or beach this season, we're giving you one: One Kings Lane just launched a collection of limited-time-only designer beach towels guaranteed to get more head turns than the designer swimsuit you saved up for. The new series offers frame-worthy designs from fashion and home heavyweights like Celerie Kemble, Nanette Lepore, and Steven Alan, all for just $29. Plus, the proceeds from this exclusive collection will benefit each participating designer's charity of choice — winning you style and philanthropic points. While Tracy Reese is the first designer to kick off the series, we've landed you a sneak peek of the rest of the collections launching from now through August. Be sure to pin the towel you'll be waiting for, and pounce on them before they sell out!
One of the best things about tea towels is the fact that you can switch them up often and show off your personality with their fun designs. Now that Spring is here, it's the perfect time to shop some of the best and brightest ones out there and give your space that warm-weather feel. Use them as decor, for drying dishes, to bundle up muffins — whatever the way, bring the season's florals and colors to your counters with these pretty (and practical) picks.
Note: I've updated this review to reflect Fresco's most current line of towels. Please click through to read my thoughts on the new line!
I've been admiring the colorful designs from Fresco Towels for a while now. The towels are available for purchase through the company's website and major retailers like Anthropologie. The designs are so fresh and unusual — I'm hard-pressed to think of anything on the market that has a similar look.
Fresco Towels is based in Los Angeles and produces bath, beach, and hand towels, as well as terry bags, pillows, and other products that are all created by a family of artisans. Made with long-staple, Turkish cotton, all the products are prewashed, preshrunk, and feature designs inspired by fashion, architecture, and nature.
Fresco sent over some products for review, and two editors excitedly snapped up the pretty towels to try out. See what they thought of the towels and terry bag.
Is it bad that I get more motivated to workout when I have all the "required gear" for a specific fitness classes? I'll go to one class and then convince myself that I need just the right headband, shoes, socks and sports bra to really step in up in class number two. What I truly love about yoga is the fact that it's a minimalists dream — heck, just show up and you can take part in what you're already wearing (OK, I take that back, you might need some lycra).
Aside from my yoga mat, the only other investment I've made to my yoga routine is getting a proper non-slip towel for Bikram yoga classes. Hot yoga is great for sweating out toxins, but your mat can turn into one dangerous Slip 'N Slide if you don't use a towel that is specially designed to grip to your mat. Trust me, I learned the hard way!
Here are some of my favorites that not only soak up the sweat, but keep you in one place during your practice. Namaste.
After taking a hiatus, textile designer Yuko Uemura has reopened her PataPri Etsy shop. I'm a big fan of her whimsical tablecloths, towels, and bedding, so I'm glad she's back in time for holiday shopping season! First up on the site are her hand-printed Imabari towels, made from 100 percent cotton and suitable for the bathroom or the kitchen. Next on the horizon are baby blankets and bedding. While I have many favorite patterns, I'm particularly smitten with the circular maru print on these small towels ($30 for set of three). From hedgehogs to raindrops, see my other picks below!
If there's a man in your life who has the dapper dress going on, but whose bachelor pad still qualifies as cringe-worthy, now he can shop for his throw pillows and cuff links in one fell swoop: Brooks Brothers has launched a home décor collection! The masculine new line, available exclusively online, includes decorative pillows and bedding and bath items.
Most noteworthy are the Tie Stripe Silk Twill Pillows ($248-$288), which are made from the English silk used to craft the brand's classic, dashing neckties — though I must say they're a bit overpriced. For the bedroom, Brooks Brothers Home offers two collections; the Blue Yarn-Dye line is inspired by men's dress shirts, while the Herringbone line features classic white linens with a three-row embroidered border. I'm just hoping one day they'll offer monogramming. Meanwhile, simple terrycloth towels, robes, and slippers make up the bath collection. The brand is expected to debut some more home accessories like lampshades this Fall, too, so stay tuned! Check out my favorite picks from the line below.
Spreading a giant beach towel onto the sand is like staking out your design territory. This Summer, pack a beach towel that packs design punch. With labels like Missoni, Tracy Reese, and Lacoste getting in on the action — plus cute designs from retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and PBTeen — you'll find plenty of fashionable beach towels for design fiends.
I love the preppy look of this Lacoste Tournois Mer Beach Towel ($30, reduced from $40), but I've found something for every style. Consider incorporating a beach towel into your decor or using it as a tablecloth for a casual Summer party. Check out 15 choice finds below.
When heading to the beach or pool this Summer, don't forget to take a fashionable towel along for the fun. But Fab, who's going to pay attention to my towel? Everyone! A beach towel is just as much a part of your ensemble as your sassy swimsuit. Would you leave the house without a chic coat in the Winter? So then why leave your bikini hanging alone, or worse, with a dowdy towel in the Summer? Both Rachel Zoe and I prefer Missoni, but there are many other affordable and smashing options.
A very hip and creative couple was recently married at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, who also happen to be good friends of the hotel. From incredible tie pins for the groomsmen to a graffiti-inspired cake boldly bearing the word "YES," every element of the wedding décor seems fresh, fun, and one-of-a-kind. I absolutely love the custom bamboo pool towels they had made as favors for guests by Luxurious Organics. Not only is it a must for a poolside wedding, but it's something guests can keep and use again and again. The couple hired Amsterdam-based designers Parra to create the look and the feeling; the typography they created for this towel is beyond brilliant. Of course, if your tastes are more traditional, a more formal and classic serif font printed or embroidered on a pool towel would also be wonderful!
Working out in sunny weather is a whole other beast than what we're accustomed to during the Winter months. Spring equals lighter layers, stronger sun protection, and creative ways to keep the sweat off of us. No worries; here are my five essentials for meeting the challenge that Spring weather provides — did I miss anything?