James Kaliardos Talks Summer Staples
Friday’s pummeling rain aside, summer is here, which means fewer layers, more time spent outside, and a host of beach weekends to come, if we’re lucky. But the season isn’t all about tanning opportunities and the tropical-themed cocktails that often come with them. Summer is often best spent reenergizing to help feel fully rejuvenated for Fall, and this year, we’ve asked some of our favorite fashion and beauty insiders to dish on how they unwind in the warm weather. For James Kaliardos, makeup artist and cofounder of Visionaire, V, and VMan, the next few months are best spent in New York. “The city begins to spark again, and the electricity of the melting pot always makes me smile as the temperature rises,” explains Kaliardos. And besides, he isn’t the kind of person to “laze about on vacation” anyway. “Life is too short to be not doing anything, and I can’t help but be constantly working away in my head—art ideas, makeup concepts.” There are a few places the backstage regular reserves for relaxation, though. Read on below for his picks, and click here for forty-plus other tips for soaking up the sun in style.
“To stimulate my mind, I love visiting the archaeological sites of Greece—the Oracle at Delphi, the museums of Athens. In terms of the body, for total relaxation and rejuvenation in a setting that always inspires me, my go-to is The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. Nestled above the clouds of the geologically youngest place on Earth, this is the most perfect, romantic, and holistically beautiful place to get away from it all. I always book a long daily massage in the tree-house spa that looks out over the forest.”
The Post Ranch Inn, 47900 California 1, Big Sur, CA, (831) 667-2200.
Day at the Museum
“If I can’t get away—and, thankfully, I love New York!—my summer ritual is a bike ride up to the Met to discover another treasure. As I ride, I always notice something I hadn’t seen before—good for the body and the mind! My tip: the incredible (and ahead-of-its-time) painting of a bat in the recently opened Art of the Arab Lands wing. Just brilliant!”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028;
Intelligent Nutrients. I love their spray elixirs [http://www.intelligentnutrients.com/shop-by-collection/multi-functional-aromas/certified-organic-intelligent-nutrients-nurturetm-take-comfort], which invigorate the spirit and smell delicious. I mix them, spraying different scents in different areas of my body or clothes.”
Intelligent Nutrients Aromatics, $68, www.intelligentnutrients.com.
Photo: Clockwise from top left, courtesy of Intelligent Nutrients; Courtesy of The Post Ranch Inn; Matthu Placek; © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York