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Even though I live in Brooklyn, I’m determined to transform my new apartment’s rooftop into a tropical paradise for Slim Aarons–inspired all-day hangs. Think: sunny colors, cool drinks, and Palm Springs vibes. And once I’m equipped with each of these vacation-leaning items, from laid-back seating to a pitcher that practically begs for batched margaritas, the only thing that will be missing is a crystalline pool. I’ll follow up with my landlord about that.

Take a Seat

Palisades Chair, Serena & Lily ($298)

You’d never guess that this wicker-rattan seat was foldable, making it optimal for storage in the off-season.

Fill Up My Cup

Bamboo Cup Set, Urban Outfitters ($16)

I’m planning on getting a few sets of these unbreakable bamboo tumblers in various colors, so when it’s time to cheers, my friends and I will create a rainbow. 


Pretty in Print

Vetrate Print Shirt Dress, Emilo Pucci ($905)

I’d style this Pucci linen dress with a book in one hand and a drink in the other.

Safety Net

Age-Defying SPF 50 Mineral Crème, Hampton Sun ($52)

Tanning is actually good for you when your sunscreen includes antiaging vitamins.

Cocktail Carrier

Confetti Pitcher, Williams Sonoma ($50)

I’m always on margarita duty, and when I don’t feel like running downstairs to mix individual drinks, a pitcher is key. Confetti glass and a turquoise rim don’t hurt either. 

Get Served

Stripe Seagrass Utensil Holder, Anthropologie ($28)

I never knew I needed a flatware caddy until this woven wonder popped up on my screen. How else would I carry it from my apartment up to the roof?


Ride or Dry

Zebra Palm Beach Towel, Matouk ($85)

I can’t plant palm trees on my patio, so a patterned beach towel helps set the vibe.

Throw Some Shade

Aqua And White Scalloped 9 Ft Umbrella Canopy, Word Market ($52 was $69)

The one thing that holds me back from truly spending every minute outdoors on a hot day is the possibility of a catastrophic sunburn. World Market has such a fun (and well-priced) selection of canopiesjust be sure to grab one of the corresponding frames and bases.


PC Portable Lamp, HAY ($95)

When moonlight isn’t enough, a wireless lantern is necessary. Not to mention, everyone looks good under a warm glow. 

Can It

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Angeleno Spritz, Amaro Angeleno ($20/6-pack)

Talk about a perfect package; the cans alone are reason enough to fill your cooler with Amaro Spritzes. If you’re feeling extra-fancy, give your friends the option to decant and garnish with an orange slice.


DJ Status

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Roam Portable Speaker, Sonos ($169)

My Sonos is great—when I’m inside my apartment, that is. Its newest speaker has Bluetooth, so you can tote it anywhere. Let the bossa nova jams begin.

Table Service

The Outdoor Table, Floyd ($795 was $845)

Teak chairs around a sunny yellow powder-coated table makes for the perfect dining setup, along with an heirloom tomato salad, of course.