Venice stylist and founder of View from the Topp, Kate Brien, recently traveled to Maderas Village, Nicaragua with her photographer husband, David Kitz, for a yoga retreat with friends from Love Yoga, a studio located in their Venice neighborhood. When asked about her trip highlights, Kate mentioned, she spent most of her time relaxing on the beach, reading on the many hammocks at Maderas and doing yoga while her husband surfed. “My favorite thing we did was walk down to the beach late at night during the new moon to look at the stars and check out the bioluminescence in the sand. It was pretty magical.” She favors the Palm Springs Maillot which is “simple and classic yet feels fresh with the scallop detail.” When prepping for a warm weather getaway she chooses to “carry on when I travel, so this means packing items that can be re-worn in different ways. Swimsuits, sunscreen, moisturizer (I love Goe Oil or Everyday Oil which are both small enough to pack in your carry on) sunglasses and a great book.” We admire Kate’s simplistic approach to styling, and she always manages to look effortlessly cool.