Karla M. Martinez de SalasKarla M. Martinez de SalasTo swing into summer, we’ve again asked several accomplished women we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet season. This week we hear from Karla M. Martinez de Salas, who has spent the last two and a half years as the Fashion Market and Accessories Director at W magazine. —Ed.










Favorite Summer Destination: A friend’s country house in Rowayton, Connecticut, and Capri.

CapriA Villa in Capri, Italy. Image from Flickr via


Current Summer Reading: The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson, and Shocked,  by Patricia Volk.


What to Wear to a Summer Party: A Piamita Silk Jumpsuit.


.Gail Sandal in Gold $140

Favorite Summer Fragrance: Tiare perfume by Chantecaille.


Necessary Summer Indulgence: Gucci oversize carry-on tote with my new initials.


Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: A facial by Tracie Martyn to get all the city dirt off of the face and a pedicure by Lydmila.


Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: A gold object from Aerin Lauder’s Aerin line for the home.

Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Geranium Leaf Body Cleanserindulgence with a dose of reality)

green agate coasters

Green Agate Coasters, Brazilian green agate painted with a gold trim.


Favorite Summer Entertaining TipI always add cucumber slices to water—it makes it so refreshing; serve rosé on ice; and make Mexican style corn on the cob with hot spices and Cotija cheese.



Preferred Summer Accessories: Prada crisscross sandals; H. Stern Iris Collection stud earrings; Anya Hindmarch straw tote; and Stella McCartney sunglasses.


Pictured: CrissCross Saffiano Sandals by Prada and Beige Capability Nevis Straw with Raffia Tote by Anya Hindmarch


Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: “Kon-Tiki, a film by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, is about the legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who goes on an intense journey, lasting 101 days, crossing the Pacific Ocean on a raft to prove what he believes in.”


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  • quintessence August 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I was so jealous when I saw that Karla attended her friend’s wedding on Capri! Dying to try a Tracie Martyn facial and I also eyed those stylish coasters at AERIN’s charming store in Southampton.

  • Roz Warren July 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

    There isn’t a thing on this list that I’d enjoy (except for maybe that weekend at her pal’s country house, and I doubt they’d be thrilled if I suddenly turned up uninvited) which is probably why I so enjoyed reading it. I love reading W too, although as a suburban librarian who mostly wears jeans to work these days, I’m probably not their target audience.