It’s summer vacation time! Well, not for us post-grads, but we can still have all the fun that we used to back in school. Though we might not get a few months off from work, June is the official start of the summer season, which means warmer weather, and lots of excuses to travel. Whether you’re doing a weekend away with your man, a girls trip to the beach, or even heading to Europe with your family, everything on our “What We Love” list is geared towards making that vacation as simple and fashionable as possible…
The first step to going away is getting organized! I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time finding my travel sized beauty items, pairing down my list of things to bring and just keeping everything organized once I start packing. So keep it all straight, we love Soho’s desk and dresser top organizers. In clear plastic, bamboo wood, and other designs, they will fit no matter your decor style and are seriously useful. I use the clear versions to keep things easy to see, but we also love their Naturals line made from bamboo.
Then you need a bag to get you there. Kestrel has lots of fun prints and patterns for their weekend bags, which means you’ll have fun packing, and they’ll be easy to spot at baggage claim. A travel win/win.
No matter where you’re headed, most packing gurus recommend throwing a bathing suit into your suitcase just in case. They take up almost no room, and you never know when you’ll need one! Our choice for this summer is Miami’s Montce Swim. They come in lots of fun colors, and though the designs might be a little cheeky in terms of coverage (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), the tops are still very supportive and the bottoms are sexy flattering on most bums.
Every good sun goddess needs a good towel for lounging on the beach. And Coyuchi makes amazing ones, thanks to a long tradition of Turkish craftsmanship. They’re made from organic materials so they’re super soft, and come in colors perfect for a day by the ocean, or pool (or just on a city roof top)
No matter where you go, protecting your skin is key. I used this sun screen on a recent vacation, and my favorite part about it was the smell! Control Corrective is as effective as any of the brands you see in the drugstore, but without the typical smell. It has a fruity vibe that will be perfect for a tropical getaway.
Then after a few days in the sun, you need to make sure your skin is taken care of. glo therapeutics skin care has a whole line of good-for-you options, but we love the Balancing Moisture Remedy most of all. And they also have makeup to help add some oomph to that tan. The new Suede Matte Sticks are the best way to add more color!
Your hair and body will also need nourishment after the stress of travel and the heat from the sun. Nature’s Gate shampoo and conditioner have Aloe Vera built right in, which is great to help repair damage, but the body wash is the real winner. After lots of mango and strawberry scented lotions, we love love their pomegranate scent! It’ll make you feel like you’re on a tropical escape even if you’re really just taking a staycation.
And even after you’re back home (or maybe you never left!), you can use most of these products to remind you of the summer adventures you had…and the ones still to come.