June 3, 2011

Summer Must Haves

I do believe it is safe to say summer has arrived here in Memphis(and pretty much everywhere else). What this screen grab doesn't reflect is that it currently feels like 102 right now. blah.

So in honor of summer, here's my list of summer must haves:

1)Cute swimsuit
I'm a girl who will buy a swimsuit and wear it for years. My favorite places to get them are Target and Old Navy because they are cute and affordable. One thing that annoys me about those places though is that the fit of the suits changes each year! When I was shopping for the honeymoon, I bought two new suits and they were the only ones I wore all week:

I bought this one from Old Navy, with the matching bottoms(image via Oldnavy.com):

I am a Delta Gamma, so I have a soft spot for anchors! Then I splurged and bought a Ralph Lauren suit at Macys that I liked, because you only go on your honeymoon once! I can't find a picture of the exact suit on the website, but it is a halter top in this paisley print with matching bottoms.

2) Sunglasses- I love my aviators.
They aren't real Raybans. I lose/break sunglasses all the time, so I refuse to pay more than $10-15 for a pair. I like shopping the little kiosks in the mall that say "You like Rayban?" or TJMaxx!

3) Floppy Hat- To keep my face from getting burned,I like wearing a big floppy straw hat. If I wear a baseball cap, my head gets even hotter! I just bought this one at Target last week and it has just the right amount of floppiness! Although I'm ticked it is now on sale!

4)Sunblock. Duh. I love laying by the pool, drinking a beer and reading, but I don't want to get cancer! I use Aveeno for my face(because it is sensitive) and usually Banana Boat or something like that for my body. Always at least SPF 30. I'm interested in trying the new Neutrogena Wet Skin line--has anyone tried that?

5) iPod + Reading materials- I'll do another post one day on a good summer playlist, but my iPod is a must by the pool. I also read a lot more during the summer. I use GoodReads to keep track of the books I want to read. The iPhone app is really handy when I am in the library looking for books to check out! I just pull up my "to-read" list and look for them!

Those are my must-haves for summer! My parents are on their way to town for a weekend visit. I'm excited to show them our wedding pictures since they haven't seen them all. Then I'm pretty sure we're staying by the pool, because it is way too hot to do anything else(and they've already been to Graceland!)

What are your must-haves for summer?


Ally Garner said...

Ooh i love that bikini. Halter tops are my fave style for my body shape.

I haven't heard about the Neutrogena line, but i'm definitely going to investigate. I typically buy their sunscreens every season. Love especially their Ultimate Sports sunscreen line.

Another must have for the summer (esp in the South) is insect repellent. Avon Skin So Soft is the best i've ever used. Bonus: it combines the repellent with a sunscreen.

The Southern Lady said...

Good afternoon from Tokyo!!

Good-ness...if there is one thing I don't miss about the South it's those God awful sweltering summers. Of course, we traded them for even *more* sweltering summers in Tokyo, so who am I to talk? Ha!

Your summer must-haves are all simple and fantastic! I love the hat, as the floppy ones do have the best coverage for the right amount of weight. I may have to grab one for the summer days ahead...along with an SPF 1000.

Take care and thank you for stopping by to say hello! It was so good to hear from you.

My best to you this weekend!



Barbecued Peaches said...

Ally--I bought the Neutrogena sunscreen this weekend. So far, I like it a lot! Although, it feels very....concentrated? when it sprays out and I'm worried about random streaks. I don't buy repellent, but I probably should with the crazy mosquitoes we have here.

Elizabeth--I can't imagine living somewhere with hotter summers than the 901. The hat has the perfect amount of floppiness; I highly recommend it!