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

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Palisades Chair, Serena & Lily ($298)
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You’d never guess that this wicker-rattan seat was foldable, making it optimal for storage in the off-season.

Fill Up My Cup

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Bamboo Cup Set, Urban Outfitters ($16)
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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. 


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Pretty in Print

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Vetrate Print Shirt Dress, Emilo Pucci ($905)
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I’d style this Pucci linen dress with a book in one hand and a drink in the other.

Safety Net

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Age-Defying SPF 50 Mineral Crème, Hampton Sun ($52)
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Tanning is actually good for you when your sunscreen includes antiaging vitamins.

Cocktail Carrier

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Confetti Pitcher, Williams Sonoma ($50)
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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

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Stripe Seagrass Utensil Holder, Anthropologie ($28)
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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?


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Ride or Dry

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Zebra Palm Beach Towel, Matouk ($85)
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I can’t plant palm trees on my patio, so a patterned beach towel helps set the vibe.

Throw Some Shade

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

Glow-Getter

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PC Portable Lamp, HAY ($95)
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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)
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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.


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DJ Status

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Roam Portable Speaker, Sonos ($169)
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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

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The Outdoor Table, Floyd ($795, was $845)
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Teak chairs around a sunny yellow powder-coated table makes for the perfect dining setup, along with an heirloom tomato salad, of course.