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Packing List: Cape Cod

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I love New York City. But once the oppressive summer heat descends upon the city I’m more than happy to get the heck out of dodge. This weekend, I’m freeing my Boston Red Sox hat from its hiding place, proudly repping it on the bus (in your face Yankee’s fans!), and heading to my favorite place: Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

I plan on spending as much time on the beach as possible (with a backlog of trashy tabloid magazines by my side, of course) and spending some quality time with family. 

Here’s what I’m packing for a week of carefree beach vacationing:

1. FRAIS Towelettes Twin

Unlike NYC, where an ex-boyfriend is potentially lurking around every corner, I don’t plan on running into anyone I need to impress—whoo hoo! In celebration of this rare occasion, I’m leaving my bulky makeup products and multi-step skincare routine at home, and packing these towelettes. The dermatologist approved wipes use vitamin E to help bolster skin’s vitality and natural extracts of ginkgo biloba to revitalize tired skin. 

2. WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask

Guess who’s gonna have some free time to finally try this buzzed-about face mask? Ding, ding, ding! This girl. A favorite of Birchbox editorial director Mollie Chen, this gentle mask removes dead skin cells and clarifies without causing dryness. I can’t wait to put it to the test (and totally freak out my parents in the process). Bonus: I love that the nourishing formula comes in travel-friendly, single-use pods.

3. Echo Design Status Ropes Silk Scarf

No hair products for me, thankyouverymuch! I usually straighten my hair, but I’m going to let it do its thing while I’m on vacation. To avoid looking like a total frizz ball, I’m relying on this gorgeous silk scarf to hide any flyways and look instantly pulled together.  

4. Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot

From sundresses in elegant prints to Nantucket red pants, the preppy Cape Cod crowd is all about the classics—but I’ve never been one to stick with stuffy traditions. Instead of bringing along the quintessential floral scent, I’m packing this unexpectedly tropical option. It’s made with top notes of fresh, ripe jackfruit that give way to juicy apricot, papaya pulp, and rich vanilla. It pairs perfectly with a floppy hat and some strappy sandals. 

5. BENTA BERRY G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream

Even if I’m on vacation, my oily skin never goes on hiatus. To keep shine in check I’m stashing this moisturizer in my overnight bag. Developed in Paris, this unisex cream uses an all-natural blend of botanicals to leave skin soft and matte. I feel extra hip and cultured whenever I dab it on—even if I know I’m just going to spend the evening with my Dad playing checkers.

6. Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

I have a confession to make: I absolutely detest Hemingway novels. I know he’s supposed to be one of the greatest writers of our time, but I just can’t take his frequent use of run-on sentences! There. I said it. But at the urging of my Uncle Frank, I’ve decided to give the well-loved wordsmith another try. I picked up a used copy of his classic war novel Farewell to Arms and I’m ready to dig in. 

—Ally

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