Take a good book along and go for healthy sun exposure. 

  1. The reading lists for this summer have started pouring, and choosing only a few books to add to one’s collection is not an easy game to play. For starters, Oprah’s 28 recommendations are sure to fill the day with fun and emotion. If we can add one book to that list, we’re going with Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford. Afros and dashikis, go-go boots and hot pants, baggy jeans and #BlackLivesMatter-inspired hoodies are intertwined with Ford’s story as a black girl coming of age in a Midwestern rust belt city. This is a story of wanting, of access and conformity that reminds us how amazing style can emerge from a life of scarcity.
  2. White sand and turquoise water? Here we come. You must know by now how fond we are of hotels, so you will understand our fascination for Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. This new Maldive pearl occupies three islands in the South Male Atoll. With 122 beach, reef and overwater villas featuring their own infinity pools and private outdoor space, and with a treetop restaurant to complete the stunning traveling experience, this is one place where you can dive deep into the MURMUR fantasy.
  3. Balenciaga and Spanish Painting. The wonderful Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid is hosting an exhibition that connects the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga with the tradition of 16th– to 20th-century Spanish painting. Balenciaga constantly studied the history of art and made use of these influences in what he designed, reviving historic garments and reinterpreting them in a strikingly modern manner. Exquisite paintings can be enjoyed next to some of his most celebrated creations until September.
  4. It’s hard to stay inside when there’s so much beauty in the evening air, but if you’re in the mood for movies, don’t miss Peter Strickland’s In Fabric. From the director of The Duke of Burgundy comes a horror comedy of sorts about a haunted “Artery Red”- colored dress with a history of violently murdering its owners. Because this is Strickland, expect plenty of visual treats, eroticism, and finely packed irony.

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