While we love talking about what we need to pack for our kids, we also need to remember the essentials for ourself. From bathing suits to shoes to the perfect beach bag, we have you covered in our vacation round-up. Check out some of our picks, and be sure to add your essentials in the comments section.
Summer is all about relaxed fashions that are still stylish. Some of our favorite new brands are Rich and Skinny with their fun collection shorts and pants in fun colors like Juniper, Elf and Emotional. We also love Chaser and their summer tees and tanks and their fun dresses like the Lace Maxi Dress. We also love the collection of cool and stylish jeans from Lee - especially their Cropped Skinny Jean that comes in amazing colors like Tango, Poolside and Snow Leopard. I have been wearing these jeans, and I love comfortable they are for when I am with the kids as well as how stylish they are for my work appointments. I am also a huge fan of the cool rockstar features like the exposed zipper detailing and chic pockets.
Accessories for Summer:
ChicPeek.com has some great jewelry to accessorize any outfit. We love their affordable collection with some favorites being the Tori Necklace and the Mojave Necklace. We also love the chic personalized options from Bespoke Custom Gifts and one of our favorites is the chic Constellation Cuff Bracelet. I love that the brushed brass has a subtle personalization in the form of the stars in the constellation. Patterned after a Swiss calendar from the 1900s, the bracelet is great for a subtle look for a fun date night or for a relaxed vacation.
For summer comfort we love Paxton 1345 and their line of 100% Egyptian cotton boxer shorts all proudly made (by a mom) in the USA. The women's boxers feature a contrasting fold-over waistband, and the tailored cut eliminates the "bubble butt" often seen when wearing traditional, less fitted boxer styles. Available in a selection of colors and patterns, each pair has contrast stitching as well as a whimsical quote sewn into each pair. Women's Paxton Boxers retail for $39.50 and for an additional $8 they can be monogrammed with names, initials, sayings.
Sandals for Summer:
For summer, we love the collection of shoes from Umberto Raffini Signature. We love these hand-mades shoes that are made of fine leather, the sandals are also super flexibility, supportive, and stylish with some of our favorite looks for summer being the Waverly, Honor and the Kassia. We also love Aersoles and their fun variety of styles like the Abracadabra, Cargo Wip and the Headliner for some fun options for day-to-night fashions.
Summer is about no-fuss beauty, but that doesn't mean neglecting your skin. For summer, I love using Freshends, a luxurious line of individually packaged towelettes that allow you to wipe off your make-up, dirt or debris with ease. Alcohol-free and made with only the highest-quality ingredients, including aloe, vitamin E, cucumber extract and chamomile, Freshends are also made from recycled materials and renewable wind energy. They are also 100% flushable and biodegradable, they are a great portable beauty item where you can wipe away dirt and makeup to keep your skin fresh and clean all summer long.
Sun protection is key when you are enjoying the gorgeous weather, and this year I am going to be slathering my skin in the CeraVe Sun Care line. I really like the CeraVe® Sunscreen SPF 50. This lightweight, purely physical sunscreen that provides powerful zinc oxide protection against UVA and UVB rays. With trademark INVISIBLE ZINCTM the lotion applies clear on the body while protecting it from the suns damaging rays. CeraVe® Sunscreen SPF 50 for Body also contains ceramides to help repair and restore the skin barrier. It is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and oil-free for all skin types and daily usage.
Bags for Summer:
While I love carrying around my fashionable totes, I also love using backpacks when I travel - especially since they allow me to be hands-free when I am with my kids. One of my favorites is the bright and vibrant Campus Bags from Vera Bradley. My favorite feature is the incredible storage options featuring front, side and interior pockets, and padded straps. This allows me to fit everything from snacks to towels to my bed read all in one secure and safe place.
Another fun bag for summer is the Annie Crossbody, a petite purse that will keep your essentials close at hand without weighing you down. In durable, lightweight nylon with quilted detailing and sturdy gunmetal hardware. I love how the strap adjusts to the shoulder bag and it features two exterior zip pockets to hold your phone, wallet or keys.
We recently discovered SwimSpot.com, and I love their combination of fashionable suits from lines such as LUXE by Lisa Vogel, Athena, and NEXT by Athena. These lines offer chic styling detail while also giving shape and fit. SwimSpot also offers the Fit Specialist, which helps women of all ages find the suit that fits their personal style and unique body shape. Some of my favorite styles are the Resortist Tankini Top, Solid Tunic Cover Up and the chic Heavenly One Piece Swimsuit.
We love the diverse styles from Lands' End, and even better they offer suits for every body type. Some of our favorite styles for summer include the Women's Tunic One Piece Slender Suit, Women's Squareneck Slender Suit Swimdress, Women's Paisley Sweetheart One Piece Slender Suit and the Women's Plus Size All-over-control Scoopneck Tankini Slendersuit Top. They also have a great swim resource guide where you can fit the perfect suit based on your body type and style preference.
Snacks for Summer:
Summer is all about snacking smart, and some of our favorites are the new Planters NUTrition Sustaining Energy Mix. This mix features a delicious blend of honey roasted peanuts, almonds and soy clusters. I have been enjoying this tasty mix and I love how it provides 10 grams of protein, a good source of fiber and a good source of 4 vitamins and minerals. I also love the options with some flavors like Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Nut and Honey Nut.
Summer is also about being hydrated and while water is my go-to drink, I also love Neuro Drinks a line of great tasting drinks with a purposeto enhance your daily life. Personally, I love NeuroBLISS a drink that is designed to reduce stress and relax the mind. It contains L-theanine (the finest green tea leaves imported from the northwest region of China) that can provide stress-reducing benefits. It is also the only relaxation drink to include a clinically relevant dose of L-theanine.
What are some of your summer essentials?
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