Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Summer Essentials

I have been experiencing summer since the first part of April.  That is the great part about living in Florida.  But since Memorial Weekend is upon us, I think it is safe to say summer is officially started.  Since summer is here I thought I would share some of my summer must haves. 

A Seersucker Item

I live in the South and I love seersucker.  I think the look is great for summer.  It is light and airy but still gives you that classy look.  I have a skirt that I love and I am sure you will be seeing pictures of it this summer.  But I would love to add a pair of shorts to closet. 

For other seersucker items click here, here, here, and here.

A Big Floppy Hat 

I have a fair complexion - fair is actually an understatement, I am almost an albino.  I am seriously one of the palest people I know, except for my husband J.  He is possibly paler than me.  We could blind you, so watch out!  Since I am pale, I try to use a big hat to cover my face while being out at the beach.  I love these hats because they remind me of being on a fabulous resort lying out by the pool.

 For other hat options click here, here, and here


Sunscreen is a complete must for the summer.  I lather my body up 24/7 so that I do not get burnt.  Do you wear sunscreen?  According to Robert J. Freidman New York City dermatologists, thirty-five percent of women say they aren’t wearing sunscreen at all and that is not good enough.

Freidman states that with sunscreen it is not just about the SPF level.  “Once you go higher than SPF 50 there’s not much difference.”  He recommends that for the best protection use SPF 30 sunscreens that contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone or mexoryl.  I personally use SPF 50.  I have tried a lot of sunblock and I feel like I must use an SPF higher than 30 or I will get burnt.  I use Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50.  I think if the sunscreen is good enough for babies it should be good enough for my skin. 


The only problem with this sunscreen is that it is really thick.  I always feel like after I shower the sunscreen is still on my skin.  So I have started exfoliating after using it to make sure I get it off all my skin.  Even though the sunscreen is thick, the coverage and avoiding sunburn is what I am looking for so I love the Water Babies SPF 50.  

A Summer Read

I love reading, but especially during the summertime.  I love selecting fun chic lit books.  The books are always fun and carefree.  I just finished reading Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.  I have read all of Kinsella’s books and particularly love the Shopaholic series.  I get the thrill of reading about the different brands and see what sort of mess Becky Bloomwood is going to get in.  So when I saw that a new Shopaholic book was published I was so excited.  Mini Shopaholic is the perfect summer read.


 I hope you enjoyed my summer essentials.  What are your summer must haves?  Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to learn about summer musts. 


Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

floppy hats are where it's at, I need to get get a new one asap!

Fashion By Alicia said...

Floppy hats are definitely a must. I think I have two already, but I think a new one may be necessary for this summer :)

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