You guys, the sun is shining, the warm weather clothes are out of hiding, summer is rapidly approaching, and this born and raised beach baby couldn’t be happier! Although I no longer live super close to the ocean (it’s about a 45 min drive from our place here in the Bay), I grew up in a sleepy little Southern California beach town just south of Santa Barbara and because of that, I will always love summer.
As a kid, it meant beach picnics with my parents while my brother surfed, as a teenager it meant beach parties with my friends followed by long lines at the In n Out drive through down the street, and now as an adult, it means something different—but a good kind of different. It means shopping for the perfect pieces to fit the season (which is something I SO love to do), it means pool days with the hubby followed by a quick stroll downtown for lunch and ice cream, and it means an excuse to make a trip home to visit my parents because like I said, I’m a beach baby at heart and can’t bear to stay away for too terribly long (and my parents are pretty great too, so thats a bonus). It’s honestly just the simple little things that make me love this beautiful season with all my heart and despite how things have changed over the years, it will always be my absolute favorite.
Okay, okay, I’m done being sappy and nostalgic now but in honor of my favorite time of year, I wanted to share with y’all all of the warm-weather essentials I’m absolutely loving for this upcoming summer season! Scroll down to see my must-haves!
A Comfy Matching Two-Piece Set
In first place is a comfy two-piece set like the one I’m wearing here. I’ve never considered myself the type to confidently rock something like this because I’m honestly really self conscious in anything that even slightly resembles a crop top, but the more I saw them all over IG and Pinterest, the more I loved them and HAD to have one! The verdict: Obsessed! They’re so flattering and easy to throw on and I love how they basically just look like a romper, but with a little extra skin exposure. I love how bright the one I’m wearing here is and the fact that I can pair it with some nude heels for a dressier look, or strappy sandals for a more casual look, making that day to night transition on those festive, long summer days super smooth and easy. Bonus: the two pieces can also be rocked separately—the shorts with a solid tank or the top with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts! The possibilities are endless!
My second summer must-have is fairly predictable but nonetheless a necessity: a trendy pair of sunnies. Classic and refined, boho chic, totally hipster—Let’s be honest, no matter what your style is you can’t go wrong with summers favorite accessory. While lately I’ve been rocking the cat eye shape, I have to say, I am absolutely loving the round ray-bans these days—I never thought I’d say that but they are every where, and I am LOVING them! Def at the top of my summer wish list y’all.
A Good Sunscreen
Okay so, this is another fairly predictable item but SO many people overlook the value of a really good bottle of sunscreen. I’m part African American and definitely do not burn easily and because of this, I used to skip sunscreen pretty often. I hated the way the cheap stuff my mom would buy at the drugstore would feel on my skin and I absolutely hated the way it smelled—Gooey, gloppy, hard to rub in: no thanks! As I got older however, I realized how necessary sunscreen really was, regardless of your complexion and after copious amounts of trial and error; I also realized that not all sunscreens are created equal. While a tad bit pricey for sunscreen, one of my favorite brands is COOLA. Their formula is so light yet moisturizing, doesn’t smell like all the fake crap they put in the drugstore brands, and is great for sensitive skin like mine! This brand also carries a butt load of other products that cater to all skin types and needs—Score!
Honestly, there’s nothing like an easy pair of sandals that you can slip into on your way out of the house on a warm summer day. For me, those were always my cheap Old Navy flip-flops, or a pair of old Rainbow’s but let’s face it, neither of those things are particularly fashionable. Well ladies, in walks the oh-so trendy slides. They are literally everywhere this season, come in a million different colors and styles, and are SO easy to wear and pair with pretty much any look. Need something to slip into for a beach day? No problem. Looking for an easy sandal to wear to a pool party that wont leave you looking like a total bum? You got it. Looking for a comfy laid-back but totally chic shoe to pair with that sundress you’ve been dying to rock? Look no more. Versatile, comfy, and totally cute—they’re a must I’m tellin’ ya!
A Wear-Anywhere One Piece Swimmie
Last but not least (and possibly the most predictable of them all): every girl needs a good suit. BUT I’m not just talking any suit, I’m talking THE suite of summer 2017: The one piece. Okay so, I’m going to be totally real with you guys, this trend gave me compelete social anxiety. I loved it so much when I saw it on models but felt so weird about committing to it myself. I figured it would either make me look like a swimmer, a lifeguard, or a middle aged mom but nonetheless, I gave it a try. I’ll be honest, I tried on A LOT that I absolutely hated and a few that I actually loved—turns out, it’s all about personal preference and finding what works for your body type/comfort zone. What worked for me: I realized what I didn’t like about one pieces was how full coverage a lot of them were so I went for the ones that were a little extra cheeky with either a cut-out detail or a strappy low-back and that’s when I started to fall in love! While I’m not tossing my two-piece kini’s all together, I’m still so happy to have found a few one-pieces to throw into the mix this summer and I encourage y’all to do the same—After all, how many bathing suits completely double as an acceptable outfit with a pair or shorts thrown on over?
What’s everyone else loving for summer? I’d love to hear some of your go-to’s! Hope everyone’s having an awesome Wednesday and thanks for reading!
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