‘Tis the season for summer Fridays.

With a few extra hours of weekend on your side, we do hope you’re headed somewhere extra blissful—be it an enchanting island idyll or quiet country retreat upstate. Just promise us not to skimp on style when it comes to the contents of your getaway bag.

Athena Calderone, interior designer and voice of EyeSwoon, certainly doesn’t. Below, you’ll find her enviably chic packing list, the first of our ongoing “Carried Away” series.

Enjoy—and don’t forget to check back in for more summer Friday style in the weeks to come.


“Sicily and the surrounding Aeolian Islands. It’s going to an extra long weekend.”

The Bag
Zagliani Snakeskin Tote
“This Zagliani tote is just large enough to hold all of my beach and travel accessories”

Mikoh Monaco Striped Bandeau
“I am a big fan of the bandeau bikini top.”

Jennifer Ouelette Large-Brim ‘Ann’ Hat
“I have a collection of sun hats as I try to keep my face sun-free. I never head to the beach without one. I love this woven black and white one!”

Dolce & Gabbana Leopard-Print Silk Scarf
“In the heat, my hair tends to get fussy and frizzy—plus, I have my bangs to contend with. A top knot and a head scarf is always a chic look. Leopard print somehow feels very Italian coastline to me!”

athena accessories

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer in Stoked Coral
“I swoon over a bold red lip and this orange-y red from Lipstick Queen is the perfect hue for summer with a golden tan.”

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Couture – 22: Beige Leger
Nude nails are essential for travel – super chic and more forgiving with chips.”

Shiseido Sun UV Protection Translucent Stick
“I am a huge fan of the sunscreen stick—so easy to apply and throw in your bag.”

Nars Matte Multiple in Anguilla
“A rosy sun kissed cheek is my go-to summer essential. I always use a cream blush for cheeks—it feels most natural on my skin.”

Sunday Riley Juno Body Serum
Juno body oil: Silky, luminous, and well-hydrated legs are very necessary, especially when your legs are exposed all summer.”

Kai Fragrance Oil
Kai oil is super swoon-worthy in my book. It’s incredibly feminine and summery and ridiculously easy to apply with the roll-on. It’s also teeny enough to keep in your bag at all times.”

Thierry Lasry “Nudity” Sunglasses
“I am so loving these Thierry Lasry sunnies. The transparent teal adds just the right pop of color!”

Spanish Architectural Digest
“Spanish AD is, hands down, my absolute favorite design and decor mag—full of inspiration.”