Between running her media empire and finishing a new cookbook, Martha Stewart took time to reveal what she packs when she indulges in a well-deserved break at the coast.
Her bag: “Big straw beach totes are the best!”
New Project: Martha Stewart’s Dinner at Home, (Random House, October 2009) by Martha Stewart, $35; barnesandnoble.com
Martha Stewart beach towel, $30–$40; available spring 2010, macys.com
Kindle DX, $489; amazon.com
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+, $10.50; drugstore.com
Martha Stewart Fresh Portion 2-cup Chill Containers, $12 for a set of four; macys.com
Lemon Verbena Lemonade
Bring 1¼ cups sugar and 1¼ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and add ¼ cup lemon verbena leaves. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, and let cool completely. Combine 5 cups fresh lemon juice, strained, and lemon verbena syrup in a pitcher. Fill glasses with Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes (see below), and divide lemonade among glasses, or cover and chill up to 3 days. Makes 7 cups. Lemon Verbena Ice Cubes: Fill 2 ice-cube trays halfway with water, and freeze. Top each cube with a lemon verbena leaf, cover with water, and freeze up to 1 week.
From Martha Stewart Living, June 2008
Martha Stewart Straw Tote with Island Surf Stripe lining, $44; available spring 2010, macys.com
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, $7, mariobadescu.com
Sandal in violet lizard, $990, Hermès; usa.hermes.com