The Summer Getaway: Athena Calderone
Athena Calderone, Interior Designer, Visual and Culinary Storyteller.
What is your go-to summer look?
At night, usually a long flowy dress, often white, striped, or floral. Daytime is reserved for a swimsuit, a wetsuit, or cut-off jean shorts.
How do you dress for easy packing and travel?
I am admittedly an over-packer but I try to learn from my mistakes each time - ha! Lightweight cottons, patterns, and tiered dresses tend to be more forgiving — I am not an ironer so I find I need to choose dresses or jumpsuits that mask the wrinkles. I only wear flats when I travel. Maybe one pair of wedges but they rarely get worn.
What are your getaway essentials?
Red lipstick, a pink cream blush, SPF 50 sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide brim hat, a head scarf for a top knot look, 2 easy day dresses or jumpers, 3-4 evening looks (including one that’s sexier), 1 pair of jeans and jean shorts, and, finally, a simple white button down.
What is your favorite getaway spot?
It will always be the Aeolian Islands in Italy, a series of volcanic islands off the coast of Sicily.
What’s the best way to spend a vacation?
With family, experiencing a little culture, a bit of adventure, and a lotta sea.
What is your go-to spot in The Hamptons?
My backyard — hehe. Crow’s Nest at sundown always makes me swoon. I’m also newly obsessed with Morty’s — their frozen mezcal drink, the Sombrosa, is like an instant happy pill.
What is your go-to style for summer entertaining?
Unfussy, beachy, a little wild, and undone. Chill, just like summer should be.