A huge thanks to Lulus for sponsoring today’s post.
The Hamptons is such a special summer place for us and we love to try to get out there to spend a weekend at least once a summer! When we had the opportunity to travel to Montauk for a project for a long weekend, we jumped on it — we had actually never made our way all the way down to “The End” of The Hamptons (aka, the end of Long Island and New York). Being as far out as it gets and a little separated, Montauk is known to be a little more casual than the rest of The Hamptons and more of a beachy town. I partnered with Lulus to style all of these summer looks — it’s always my favorite spot to pick up some pieces for a getaway (they have the best summer shop) and I ended up remixing a lot of these dresses and accessories over the weekend! We loved the authentic vibe of Montauk — it seriously felt like a time warp, and got a lot of great recommendations from some locals and some of YOU! I’ll be sharing more of what we did below, and I wanted to share some of the looks I wore over the few days we were there.
PRINTED MAXI DRESS
I had my eye on this printed dress for months and was so excited it was still in stock when it came time to pack for this trip! If you haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been adding red into my wardrobe a lot more over the last four months (since darkening my hair), and I loved every single detail of this maxi — the print, the open back, the plunging neckline, and wrap detailing — it had it all. These pearl slides are everywhere this season and I loved that I was able to dress down this look a bit with them. Plus, they matched perfectly with this adorable little pom pom tote!
EMBROIDERED MINI DRESS
You all know how much I love embroidery, so this little mini dress was calling my name! I love the open sleeve detailing on the side and the flare skirt. Montauk is definitely more of a casual destination and heels are probably not needed, but we were there with a brand and had a few events I wanted to dress up a bit more for. These lucite heels are probably my favorite pair of the summer — this trend isn’t going anywhere and is going to be huge! I got so many compliments on them and I have to say — they’re pretty comfortable! The stacked heel makes them more sturdy and they’re easy to slide into!
I’m always such a sucker for stripes in the summer — pretty basic, I know. This adorable tie sleeve romper kicked those classic stripes up a notch and was a perfect day AND night piece. I’m such an advocate of packing light (I only packed a weekender duffle for this trip), and love pieces that can be worn both during the day and a night — or dressed up or down. I went with a size SMALL in this romper (I usually like my rompers a bit on the looser side), but this was a little too loose on me (especially for a strapless). If you want a more fitted look, I would recommend sizing down. These cork heels were actually the perfect shoes for Montauk in my opinion. I always like to add a little height and feel so much more fancy when I’m in heels, even if it’s just a low block like this pair. I ended up wearing these the most out of everything else — both during the day to help dress up some of my outfits and to be comfortable at night walking on the sand to most restaurants.
FAVORITE SPOTS IN MONTAUK
I had a lot of you asking me to do a post on where to stay and what to do in Montauk! We stayed at Montauk Beach Hotel — a very retro-feel hotel (that used to be a motel) with a fun party vibe. The rooms were comfortable and had a really cool, swanky feel to them. The outside had a bunch of couches and firepits, two pools with a lot of loungers, and a few outdoor bars! For never having been to Montauk, the location was perfect (very walkable to a lot of the fun little coffee and ice-cream spots, restaurants, and shops). They also offered free parking (a huge deal), and free bike rentals — which we put to good use.
For restaurants, we tried and loved the following:
Navy Beach — we had a really fun brand dinner right on the beach with a gorgeous view of the sunset. The food was amazing, wine was on point, and I’m always such a sucker for eating with my toes in the sand. The place also turned into a fun night-out after dinner and was packed on Saturday night!
Tacombi Montauk — seriously gave us Bar Taco vibes (a local spot we love). We ate here for a quick lunch — this was right around the corner from our hotel. After a weekend of indulging, this was a great spot to get my plant-based diet back on track — I ate a few vegan tacos that were delish!
Inlet Seafood Restaurant — I’ll be honest guys, I can only eat fried stuff in small doses. After a huge dinner the night before, my hubby and I were looking for something a bit lighter. We had heard amazing things about Harvest (but it was family style portions not great for two people), and were debating Duryea’s Lobster Deck. A local recommended Inlet Seafood (which was a bit of a drive from our hotel), but the view from dinner was INSANE. We had sushi on the roof deck and it was amazing!
Surf Lodge — we stopped here for a drink (or two) before dinner. We actually were there on a Sunday and I couldn’t believe how busy it was — like what the actual heck is a Friday/Saturday like?! Such a fun spot, very Instagrammable, and definitely “the scene.”
Deep Hollow Ranch — If you guys watch “The Affair” — Montauk is like a playground. We’re obsessed with that show and I love that it’s filmed on location and most places are real. We had to stop by this ranch — it’s the oldest working cattle ranch in the US. Once we pulled up, you can one thousand percent remember all the scenes they filmed there, which was so fun. If we hadn’t done a crazy intense bike ride that morning, we totally would have done a trail ride!
Montauk Lighthouse — we always love getting some history in when we’re visiting new places. This lighthouse is on the eastern most point of Montauk and was built in 1796. We wanted to walk to the top but there was an hour in a half wait, so we ended up just visiting the museum inside and taking in the view of the bluffs below.
The Lobster Roll — another spot from The Affair! Technically in Amagansett, but on the way into Montauk. Great little spot to stop at either on your way in or out of Montauk!
If you’re heading out East this summer — or to any warm-weather destination, make sure to check out Lulus selection of summer style! I have my eye on this denim romper and this gorgeous embroidered midi dress for some upcoming trips! And, if you like my little tote above, there’s a really similar style here!