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Ali Pew is new to goop, and her post as fashion director sends her packing. A lot. There are now more fashion weeks than we can count, and photo shoots won’t style themselves. This is our chance to live vicariously.
Before fashion month chaos breaks loose, squeezing in one last trip has become a nonnegotiable for me and my husband, Clark. We moved from New York nearly a year ago—accumulating more outdoor hobbies and gear (boards, bikes, the works) along the way. And this stretch of late summer was particularly ripe for getting away. So when the office shut down for goop-cation, we headed up the coast, swapping the Hamptons for Santa Barbara. (Trading in the Jitney for a two-hour drive along the Pacific was a nice perk.)
The Belmond El Encanto’s sweeping ocean views are exactly why this chunk of coastline is called the American Riviera. Clark had to drag me out of our freestanding Spanish hacienda nestled between lush olive groves so we could also enjoy the serene hillside pool and quiet patio (perfect for lazy breakfasts). Pro tip: Order the worth-every-single-bite “It” burger from room service and eat it in your robe, like I did.
THE PACKING LIST
As a rule, my vacation looks never stray from my personal style. And no matter what, I always aim to pack as little as possible. If it means a few repeat appearances, then it’s a job well done.
- LOEWE basket bag Bergdorf Goodman, $490
- MARYSIA Jumpsuit goop, $473
- MONREAL LONDON tank top goop, $130
- NAELIE one-piece goop, $281
- TORY SPORT leggings goop, $138
- K JACQUES sandals goop, $328
- RAEY dress MatchesFashion, $463
- ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY
sneakers goop, $230
- ASCENO pajama top goop, $280
- ASCENO pajama pants goop, $350
- NILI LOTAN sweater goop, $625
- PERFECT MOMENT rash guard goop, $165
- STAUD bag goop, $350
Photo courtesy of @bdearth
PEAK PIT STOP
Moderately sloped, Inspiration Point doesn’t get a ton of shade, so prepare to get sun-blasted. The silver lining is that you’re taking in really amazing views pretty much the whole climb. It’s all worth it one you reach the top.
A NOT-SO-DEEP-WATER EXCURSION
If I could paddleboard as my sole form of exercise, I would. On top of being a decent way to boost your heart rate, I’m a fan of a stand-up surf because you can enjoy the water without actually getting in. Santa Barbara makes schlepping your boards particularly rewarding: The harbor is a prime launching point, and you don’t have to paddle out far to reach good waves.
BEST FACE FORWARD
After a summer outdoors, I’ve been religious about slathering my face with creamy moisturizers and crossing my fingers that they pick up where my sunscreen may have left off. To supercharge this routine, I booked the El Encanto Signature Facial at the Spa and pregamed with a solo spin in the newly refurbished gym. I don’t know if it was the skin-quenching Linda Ross products (they’re made in microbatches in Beverly Hills) or the aesthetician’s skilled exfoliation, but I strolled out with a radiant glow.
THE DESIGN-Y DETOUR
For me, a trip up the coast is not complete without a stop in Summerland. I like to visit one of my all-time favorite interiors shops, the countryside outpost of Garde, which is tucked inside a chic, white, lofted barn. I ended up with more than I could fit in my car—I’m a sucker for anything matte black!
MiH DENIM SKIRT goop, $285
We don’t know who came up with the concept of a denim midi skirt, but we’re willing to wager that she a great job, an engaging social life, and an affinity for bouncing between the two with ease. There is no other piece of clothing that is as easy or versatile as this shin-skimming closet chameleon that swings both ways—practical for day and flirty enough to slip into night.
Don’t let its causal leanings sway you. This skirt is perfectly office-appropriate when it’s paired with a practical button-down and confident Mary Janes. As for the finishing touch: a vintage timepiece.
- Bob’s Watches watch goop, $10,395
- JOSEPH bag goop, $925
- G. LABEL O’Neill Slim Tuxedo Shirt goop, $295
- KIM DUNHAM ring goop, $2,900
- (M)ANASI 7 mascara goop, $49
- TABITHA SIMMONS flats goop, $745
About Last Night
While a midi can anchor virtually anything up top, it’s a slinky slip tank that ups the sexy quotient when you’re ready for a night out. Slip on a pair of statement hoops to seal the deal.
- Floral Beach Neck Sleeve Mini Plunge Print Style Summer Dress Hot Cap Belted wxfAqvIUSW
- DRIES VAN NOTEN clutch Barneys New York, $855
- GALVAN camisole Moda Operandi, $295
- ERINESS bracelet goop, $320
- LOREN STEWART hoops goop, $596
- Down Pattern Allover Sleeves Tunic Long Point Cartoon Cute Shirt Collar Bear Button F7gz6wwq
On days off, the denim skirt’s MO can be summed up as: casual, comfortable, and minimal effort. Team it with a hardworking tee, souped-up sneakers, and…nothing. You’re done.