Fashion & Beauty

Victoria’s Secret model Kelsey Merritt on her favorite watch, rosé and bikini

She may have just bought a house in LA, but as an in-demand model (she’s the first Filipino American to walk in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the first to appear in the pages of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue), Kelsey Merritt’s toes are often sinking into Miami sand.

So much so that she recently landed on the cover of Ocean Drive magazine and keeps a running list of her favorite Magic City hotels (The Setai Miami Beach and 1 Hotel South Beach) and restaurants (including steakhouse Prime 112 and Italian eatery Carbone).

“I love Miami’s unique blend of cultures, lively atmosphere and the incredible weather and beaches,” Merritt, 27, tells Alexa. “The opportunity for both work and play adds to its charm.”

And the stunner — who boasts 2 million Instagram followers — takes full advantage of its perks, like checking out street art and graffiti while in town for a Tiffany & Co. pop-up during Miami Art Week last year.

Whenever Merritt alights on South Florida, here are the things she never forgets to pack.

“I like investing in classic pieces, like this watch, that will never go out of style.”

Tank Louis Cartier watch in 18-k rose gold with sapphire, $13,000 at Cartier

“This is an elevated beach bag that’s stylish enough to take into town.”

Basket bag, $690 at Loewe

“I never take this bracelet off. I personally think it looks better in a stack, so I’ve been slowly building my collection.”

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Lock bangle in 18-k yellow gold, $7,300

“Rosé is my top hot-weather drink, and this is one of my absolute favorites.”

Domaines Ott By.Ott C?tes de Provence rosé, $32 at NYC Wine And Spirits

“I love wearing nautical stripes at the beach. The cut and feel of this swimwear is both fashionable and functional for enjoying the sun and the waves.”

90s “Nautical Stripe” swim bottoms, $105, and bandeau top, $140, both at Same Los Angeles

“I like carrying a camera to capture spontaneous moments. It adds a sense of nostalgia.”

Kodak M35 35 mm camera, $39 at Amazon

“These sandals give me an effortless, put-together look. They are not only fashionable but also comfortable.”

“Oran” sandals, $700 at Hermes

“I like that this moisturizer hydrates my skin without feeling too thick, which is a must in a hot climate.”

The Cream, $290 at Augustinus Bader

“This fragrance is light and fresh, ideal for daytime.”

“Chance Eau Tendre” eau de parfum, $165 (100 ml) at Chanel

“These are my favorite sunglasses ever. I just bought a backup pair because I’m afraid YSL will stop making them!”

Saint Laurent Sulpice sunglasses, $460 at YSL

“Rüfüs Du Sol’s music sets the ultimate beach atmosphere, especially during sunset.”

Rüfüs Du Sol “Solace Remixed” vinyl record, $41 at Merchbar

“This is my new obsession. It instantly hydrates my lips while enhancing them with a touch of color.”

Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil in “Mahogany,” $40

“This cap shields you from the sun and adds a pop of color to any daytime look.”

Polo Ralph Lauren ball cap, $50

“The white crinkle design gives a relaxed vibe, and transitions you from the water to the shore, keeping you comfortable and chic.”

“Belize” pants, $140 at Monday Swimwear

“I always bring this dry shampoo when I travel.”

Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo, $30 at Living Proof
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