Unless you’ve been living under a rock on this rock, you know the blACKbook is a HUGE fan of Julie Biondi of The Lovely. This stylish island retailer has curated one of our most treasured boutiques on island and always has the brands and styles that make the gamut of ladies feel lusciously lovely. Here, with September on the horizon, and Nantucket moving from endless summer days to weekend warriors and wedding season, Julie fills us in on how to pACK just right, regardless whether you’re on ACK, NYC, LA or beyond!

Tell us about your favorite weekender bag…

I am headed to New York next week for our spring buy, and I am excited to carry my southwestern inspired tote with a little bit of bling. The colors are so rich… and even though its got a lot going on, it weirdly pairs well with everything!

What are your top 3 Nantucket weekend travel pACKing essentials?

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A good hat (no matter what the season), an oversized scarf (and nothing says September to me more than plaid) and a stylish pair of slim pants or leggings (in an unusual color.) At The Lovely right now, we are stocked up on bordeaux faux suede leggings, wool and cashmere fringed scarves and these gorgeous wool felt hats that have a UV protection of 50!

What’s your best pACKing tip for clothes that might wrinkle?

unnamed-1 I put each piece flat in a plastic bag from the dry cleaner and then fold it! TAKE NOTE: Friction causes wrinkles, plastic reduces wrinkles!

Give us your top 3 Lovely brands that travel well…


Onjenu dresses and separates. Perfect for travel! Absolutely wrinklefree and indestructible. Frame jeans are super chic and denim doesn’t wrinkle. The cropped flare is my fall fave. Zynni cashmere is a new line for us and they have a killer reversible cashmere coat. Perfect for travel since you get two different looks with one piece.

What are your must haves for a girls night out?


Well, a clutch of course! I love this woven convertible bag from my shop that has two different detachable strap options: a short chunky crystal one and a shoulder length brass one, and you can carry it as a clutch. A girl loves her options!
For a GNO you definitely need an LBD. I am loving this simple chic black dress from Paris Gordon that has built in shapewear! I think this concept is so great that I stocked it in knee length, mid calf AND in a maxi! Such a secret weapon. And I don’t think I could go out with out a great lippy! Tata Harper’s volumizing lip tint from Beauty by the Sea is my new go-to. So creamy.

What’s in your day bag right now?

The question is, what’s NOT in my day bag?! I always carry some sort of scarf or sweater. Right now, my slim “grandpa” cardi from Quinn Cashmere is my go-to. I always have a piece of statement jewelry,  to change up my look in case I go out straight from work. My date book from Parchment keeps me (somewhat) organized, as it’s a perfect size and it has a weekly and monthly view. My chic new ACK EYE glasses are always within arms reach.  And full confession, I am addicted to the champagne bears from Milly & Grace. They are infused with Dom Perignon. A sweet affordable luxury!

What’s your secret to keeping your day bag organized?

Bags within bags! My friends laugh that I have a series of pouches in my tote tag like little Russian Nesting Dolls… But it works! I always know exactly where my various chargers, ear buds, makeup, keys and other essentials are! I love all the different patterns and textures. In rotation now is the vintage inspired N. TUC  fabric zip totes found at Skinny Dip and my gold leather pouch from SPACE.

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