By: Yasmeen Gharnit

5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook
5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook

From the moment she rolled up to set in her Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and started playing Kendrick Lamar, one thing was clear: Sailor Brinkley-Cook knows to have fun and chill. We stole the model and aspiring photographer away for five minutes to get her summer tips. Take note.

Summer Style Profile

“I’m definitely a tomboy. I really love mixing super-girly things like ruffles or lace with ripped jeans and Nikes.”

Go-to Summer Outfit

“Low-rise boyfriend jeans and a high crop top.”

Favorite Summer ‘17 Trend

“Pairing sneakers with dresses.” Try a classic pair like a Nike Air Force 1 or adidas Superstar, or an embellished style like our Clara Glitter Back Lace Up Trainer or Leah Bee Embroidered Trainer.

#1 Styling Tip

“Don’t overthink it. Wear something that you feel comfortable and yourself in, and that will be your style.”

Secret Summer Beauty Tip

“Don’t wear makeup in the sun. Keep it natural, and don’t clog your pores.”

Best Vacation Ever

“I went to India for a month last year and took portraits of the people there. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.”

Dream Destination

“I really want to go to Iceland and trek around the hills in Reykjavik.”

Dream Summer Roommates

“Diane Keaton and I would share a beautiful home in Colorado, and Kendrick Lamar and I would live in NoLIta or Brooklyn.”

Summer Soundtrack

“Kendrick Lamar—I’m in love with him. I also always have The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill playing for days on end. My sister’s a musician, so she taught me about all of the greats. When she first showed me Lauryn Hill, I was 11 and I was obsessed with the album.”

Perfect Summer Day

“My best memories are of the days when I’ve just spent the entire day at the beach. I love when I get home and feel like I haven’t slept for days and feel so burnt-out from the sun.”

Perfect Summer Night

“All of my friends would gather around a fire, listen to great, old music and drink peppermint tea. We’d play songs that make you feel dreamy like Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer,’ The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ and The Beatles’ ‘Across the Universe.’”

Bring the Beach With You All Year Round

“My first screenname was caicosbeach03. My family has a house in Turks and Caicos so I was obsessed with it (and still am). I actually still have that email connected to some of my stuff…”

Life Motto

“If you can’t change it, don’t worry. And if you can change it, don’t worry.”

5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook
5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook
5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook
5 Minutes with Sailor Brinkley-Cook