Summer travel is filled with adventure, excitement, family
bonding and the mind-numbing question of what the heck to pack.
This month I'm sharing a few bits of fabulousness for which
you'll definitely want to make room.
One piece wonders
How many times have your stood over your bed trying to mix and
match outfits to throw into the hungry jaws of your suitcase?
This year, instead of lots of shorts and shirts, opt for a few
good dresses and call it a day. They are way easier to pack and can
be dressed down with flips during the day and worn with cute
espadrilles for evening.
Here are two of my favorites right now:
Chambray Camp Shirt Dress, $79, L.L. Bean
Note: This one also will look fantastic this autumn with high
knee socks, tall boots and a blazer. Just sayin'.
The Webster Scoop Neck Dress in Melon/Navy, $39.99, Target
Hawt summer hair
We may not have the bodies of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
models, but at least we can have their hair! Introducing "A Perfect
Mess Beach Hair." Just spritz this on damp hair and give a little
shake, and you too can look like ya grew up in Malibu. It's also
infused with marine botanicals (which just means it's better for
your hair than Aqua Net), and has something called "light filter
technology" that gives your mane a sun-kissed shine.
A simple way to achieve fabulous hair while on vacation-or at a
staycation at the local pool.
Clean yourself up
Stop buying separate travel sizes of your favorite shampoos and
body washes and grab a bottle of this all-in-one cleaner upper. If
you don't know the Philosophy brand, you should. It is the maker of
the loveliest smelling get-clean goods around. The "Falling In
Love, summer" shampoo, bath and shower gel makes scrubbing-up after
a day at the beach simply delightful.
This is the perfect mom bikini (which I realize sounds like the
If you think you do not need at least one new swimsuit each
season, you're just wrong. I am as guilty as the next girl of
trying to make suits stretch over several seasons. But if you've
had one over several seasons, it's definitely stretched…out.
When I saw this brilliant bikini bottom I started clapping and
jumping up and down. I may have also yelled hallelujah as well.
With its perfect tummy ruching, full coverage, high waist and
retro vibe, it gets my two thumbs up.
Caspian Paisley High Waist Brief, $48, J. Crew
And is its lovely mate: A bandeau, beautifully underwired.
Hidden Under Wire Bandeau Top, $52, J. Crew
Finally, whether you snag the matching swimsuit or not, this
tunic can be thrown in your bag and serve as a stunning beach
cover-up, summer dress or tunic matched with summer's favorite
pant, the white denim. Three in one. Now that's how we pack,
Tunic, $78, J. Crew
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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