By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Photo: LaRue Caillet

Pride for me is a lot of fun and celebration, which translates into long days in the park connecting with readers, handing out thousands of magazines, and attending events and parties from start to finish. I can’t wait, but I also need all the help I can get to look and feel refreshed after those long days and nights – and these things will help me do just that.

Hat Head

If last night got a little late, and you want to sleep in just minutes more, don’t worry about your hair and wear a hat. These fun and stylish and totally upcycled hats made from coffee burlap sacks are an excellent alternative to caps too.

Re-Hats Berlin Café Olé Hat, $65 (Available at Boy Next Door Menswear)

Pride Buzz

Every year ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods creates a unique Pride design for a limited-edition Pride collection. I love Buzz Busbee’s graphic flair, and I’ll be wearing this year’s retro-styled GAYTL T-shirt too.

ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods Pride 2019 T-Shirt, $30 (available at abetterbuzzbrandgoods.com)

Transitional Fragrance           

I am in love with the fragrance brand Byredo, and this year I discovered their Bal d’Afrique – it’s subtly spicy, but balmy scent notes are perfect to transition from Summer to Fall.

Byredo Bal d’Afrique eau de parfum, $175

Patch It Up

With long nights on the dancefloor and early days in the park at our booth, I will need a little extra to look refreshed. These eye gel patches will cool, moisturize, and firm up the eye area where signs of being tired will manifest themselves first. I may need more than one pack!

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, $32

Be True to You Feet

These limited edition Nike Air Max ‘Be True’ sneakers are practically nowhere to be found, but I wish I had them to cushion my feet for either working in the park or going out at night!

Nike Air Max ‘Be True’ Sneakers, $105

Rehydrate and replenish

I love coconut water, and if you’re dealing with a little hangover, it will rehydrate you really well. And once you’re done replenishing, it tastes so good with a shot tequila as well!

Naked Coconut Water, $21 (12-pack on Amazon)