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LESSONS:

THE ART OF
THEWEEKEND

Master the art of being the perfect host and the perfect guest.
 

Written by ZOE RUFFNER

Photography by GUY AROCH

Creative Direction by VICEN AKINA

Makeup by LAURE DANSOU

Hair by HOLLY MILLS

Styling by COCO CASSIBBA

Nails by HOLLY FALCONE

Edited by JACLYN LITTLE

In the age of demanding work days which extend into all hours of the weeknight, the weekend escape has become sacrosanct––a time to decompress and make memories with family and friends. This is why mastering the art of being the perfect host and guest has become more important than ever. Both roles come with their own responsibilities, but both share a common theme–making the lives of those you host, or those who are hosting, easier and more pleasurable. 

With that in mind, when opening your home, we recommend stocking guest bedrooms and baths with unexpected delights and items that your visitors may not have thought to pack (or simply forgot) for themselves, like a sustainably-made beechwood toothbrush or an ultra-luxe bubble bath by way of Paris. 

And for those arriving for the weekend, we cannot underscore the importance of a thoughtful  and indulgent gift for your host(s) such as chic, low-smoke incense, an invigorating body-care set, or a tin of Brazilian bath salts housed in a keepsake tin.

Here, 16 VIOLET CODE APPROVED suggestions to firmly establish yourself as the consummate host and guest.

FOR BEING THE PERFECT HOST

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Oh-so much-more than just a gorgeous white towel, this super-soft, next-gen body cloth incorporates bacteria-fighting technology to keep breakouts at bay. Best of all? A cleaner towel, designed to stay fresh throughout the weekend means less laundry for you.

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A shower essential your guests won’t know they need, T3’s high-tech showerhead filters out unwanted elements healthier, smoother, glossier strands. Your guests will thank you and likely inuire where to purchase. 

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Arriving in sleek, deep-green bottles made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic this all-natural dish soap, hand wash, and counter spray trio completely rethink what cleaning products should look and smell like. 

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To leave a lasting impression, put this supersized pairing of Oribe’s Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower and let guests literally bathe in luxury all weekend long.

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A long soak is de rigueur for a weekend getaway. Make your guest’s extra special with Frédéric Malle’s rose-, raspberry-, and sandalwood-laced, liquid-to-mousse bubble bath.

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Who hasn’t unpacked their toiletry kit only to realize that they’ve forgotten the most necessary item of all––a toothbrush? Crafted in Switzerland from sustainably-sourced alpine beechwood, let guests take this vVardis toothebrush with them when they leave. 

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Silk pillowcases are a bedtime decadence that will have guests waking rested and with smooth hair and crease-free skin.

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Allow your visitors to choose the fragrance of their room with Vitruvi’s handcrafted diffuser and essential oils in scents like soothing lavender and energizing eucalyptus.

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Transform the routine act of hand washing into something extraordinary with Byredo’s Handsoap in Suede. Perfect for the guest or hall bathroom, this thoughtful upgrade lightly scents the hands and home.

FOR BEING THE PERFECT GUEST

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Arriving with a gorgeous, mininmal jar of Costa Brazil’s Sal de Bahno Bath Salts will all but guarantee your invitation for next year. Trust us.

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This rich, rose-scented balm-to-oil body treatment melts into the skin for a perfectly-fragranced summertime glow.

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If your host starts each morning with yoga, meditation, or sun salutations, delight them with Vyrao’s eye-catching, low-smoke bamboo incense sticks.

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Encourage the generous party-giver to take a moment for themselves with Nécessaire’s wash and lotion set; the earthy eucalyptus aroma will ensure they re-join the festivities both rested and renewed.

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Take your host to the shore with Maison Margiela’s ocean breeze-inspired citrus, coconut milk, and cedar wood eau de toilette.

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A gift of Crème De La Mer will promise your host wakes with baby-fresh skin, no matter how many bottles of wine were consumed the night before.

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Inspired by Japanese architect Takashi Kobayashi’s treehouse designs, this candle’s singular scent profile, black wax, cotton wick, and smoky, mouth-blown glass that elegantly elevates home fragrance.