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When shopping for summer staples, Maria Dueñas Jacobs asks herself three questions before checking out: “Is it easy? Is it comfortable? Is it chic?” Her process and criteria were mastered during a career as a magazine fashion editor, most recently serving as Elle’s accessories director. But those questions have become even more valuable these days as founder of the children’s brand Super Smalls, which specializes in—and, quite frankly, nails—sparkly, joyful gifts and accessories. Dueñas Jacobs, who likes to combine her love for all things “fun and kid-centric” with refined, ornate objects, says she derives the greatest inspiration from her three young daughters. Herewith, the entrepreneur shines a light on “my list as I gear up for the season!”

Khaite

$840

The Annika Dress

“Everything I’ve ever bought from Khaite has been amortized by wears quite nicely, and becomes a staple in my wardrobe. I think this dress will be super wearable and versatile this summer!”

Glasvin

$84

The Expression Bordeaux Glass, Two Pack

“I’m not a total wine pro, but I know enough to know that wine tastes better in these glasses.”

Maison Me

$37

Malia One-Piece Swimsuit

“I look for shortcuts whenever possible, and dressing my three daughters the same saves me time and anxiety—easier to spot them in crowds! Maisonette is my go-to for kid shopping! I’ll be buying them these retro suits and little dresses for summer for sure.”

Super Smalls

$29

Mermaid in Training Goggles

“These goggles are straight-up magic! They have an airtight seal and may or may not turn your kid into a mermaid!”

Polaroid

$109

i-Type Instant Camera

“I’m a sucker for all things nostalgic, and who doesn’t love a Polaroid? I bought these for my girls and keep them at home to document summer fun. We put the photos in a box, and it’s always a treat to look back on the silly things we’ve snapped.”

Kule

$188

The All-Over Striped Tote

“The beach bag dreams are made of and also a go-to gift from me!”

Marni

$490

Knit Printed Buckle Slides

“I’m basically a grown-up kid and a sucker for any shoe that resembles a Birk’. These Marni sandals make me laugh out loud so, naturally, I love them!”

Foundrae

$2,390

Reflection 18-Karat-Gold-Enamel Bracelet

“My sister and I both wear this bracelet as our version of a Best Friend necklace—only much chicer.”

Super Smalls

$33

Lucky Streak Real 4-Leaf Clover Necklace

“I designed and made this for kids, but I wear it every day. I’m still blown away by the fact that it has a real four-leaf clover in it! Apparently, Leprechauns love Super Smalls, so I was able to broker a deal.”

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