In the summer it’s all about keeping things light and carefree, so there’s nothing more annoying than lugging around a huge bag. Of course, a tiny clutch is equally annoying, if not more so — if something is not physically bound to me with a strap or handle, I will lose it. I promise. There’s also the question of what you need to fit into it: my list is pretty minimal, but it’s still more than I can squeeze into a tiny shoulder bag. The right bag must have enough room for my phone, my keys, sunglasses, a pack of Wet Wipes (yep), a compact, the obligatory 3-5 beauty products and, well, anything else I might want to throw in it. It’s a bit of a conundrum — small enough to not be annoying, yet big enough for all of my necessities. I know I’m not alone; this is a plight that all women must face come summertime. Fortunately for the rest of you, I’ve done all the dirty work and found 10 petite, perfectly-sized purses at a range of prices.
When the weather takes a turn for the hot, hot, hot (fingers crossed it actually happens, I mean, does anybody remember winter?), societal requirements mandate you should be wearing clothes, but I’d rather be… not, not, not. Seriously, I love the warm weather, but the idea of sticky shorts and tank tops has me sweating already. It may not be so bad when you’re lounging poolside, but think New York City in the summer time, and by New York City I mean the subway. Ah, public transportation — for the low price of $2.25, you, too can have your perspiring thighs stuck to a metal bench or, even better, an equally swampy stranger. Fun! (No, terrible.) I don’t consider myself over-the-top girly, but dresses suddenly become a whole lot more attractive when the thought of putting my legs through pants makes me want to hop into the Hudson. I’m foreseeing loose, easy (/lazy), short, diaphanous, versatile, and white as the characteristics I’ll be desperately seeking in frocks this summer, and now’s the time to stock up before everyone beats you to it. After the jump, ten white dresses I can’t wait to get my (train-hopping, A/C-craving) hands on.
I’m convinced that I am one of melting makeup’s worst victims. I have serious issues keeping my face on the other nine months of the year, let alone summer, when it’s prime time for super sexy sweaty skin. As such, I’ve been forced to develop some pretty hardcore techniques for keeping my makeup on as long as possible. The best strategy I can stand behind is to keep it minimal, especially as far as foundation goes — and by that, I mean no foundation at all. It may sound scary, but a little bit of tinted moisturizer and a whole lot of a good concealer can carry you through the day (and oh, those summer nights) without the spotty disintegrating effect a thicker formula tends to cause when things get heated. Thankfully, I’m not alone in this fight — some of my favorite brands have stepped up to give me a hand in my battle against the heat. Here are ten of my product picks for makeup that stays fresh, even when you feel anything but.
Every year I look forward to summer’s vivid, unabashed nail polish shades, but this season’s selections are especially blazing — eye-searing, in fact. We’ve been seeing a major upswing in all things neon since winter, and colors just keep getting brighter and brighter. Where fashion goes, nails follow suit, and isn’t it wonderful? Nothing yanks me out of my summer up-all-night stupor in the morning like a huge iced coffee and a flash of neon. I’m actually a religious wearer of flesh-toned fingernails, but my toes are all about the flashiest of pinks and oranges come mid-May. Here are my top ten must-wear shades for the summertime (and beyond, if you’re brave). For best results and maximum impact, pair with all-white and a contrasting neon lip color. The sun will thank you for taking some of the heat off.
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I’m having an unimaginably difficult time believing that spring is upon us, let alone the fact that summer is a little more than a month away, but the weather forecast says it’s true: it’s getting Hot in Herre. Yeah, just a little 2002 throwback right there. Anyway, I’m not really an outdoors person, so with the change of seasons I’m mostly concerned with what I’m going to wear. Like, really concerned — I live in constant fear of being too hot or too cold. When the temperatures start hitting the top of the chart, it comes time to keep things cool with cutoffs and tank tops. Thing is, I have an irrational neuroses about my armpits: I want them safely hidden in a sleeve of sorts. This gets a little weird, especially in the context of pounding the boiling pavement of a New York City summer, so I’ve taken to investing in a certain type of top. I like them short-sleeved (but not capped!), loose-fitting, and diaphanous in easy, breezy fabrics, but not too sheer or gauzy lest they be too easily destroyed. Is that too much to ask? Whether you share my armpit-phobia or are just in search of a more work-friendly alternative to casual tanks, look no further.
Come summer, there are only two places you’ll find me on the weekend — laying on the beach in Long Island or laying on my rooftop. Basking in the sun, soaking up that Vitamin D — always with a high SPF! — is something I’ve very serious about and comfort is key. That’s why I basically lost my mind when I came across the Ostrich 3-in-1 beach chair, which offers three possible reclining positions. Most importantly, it has a frickin’ hole for your face so you can lay on your stomach and read. And! It’s actually comfortable and easy to tote around. I’m in love. This is going to be the best summer ever. [$88.99, BeachChairs.com]
We have been having some beautifully, apocalyptically warm weather in New York the past few days, and I am feeling it. I’m like a completely different person from winter to summer — seriously though, aren’t we all? — and the sunshine feels so good. In fact, it makes me want to buy things.
I may be unique, though, in that the first thing that crosses my mind as something I must get in anticipation of the season is not sundresses or even sandals. It’s highlights. My extremely dark, cool-toned hair in its natural state serves me just fine in the fall and winter, but man, does spring call for some lightening up. I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year since a near-catastrophic incident involving a box of bleach and a blowdryer held too close (shout out to my dad for being there to shove my head under the faucet!), so I’m going to have to get reacquainted with hanging out in a stylist’s chair with foils on my head, but I think I’m ready.
The best kind of highlights, the kind I covet, are glossy, healthy, and expensive-looking, regardless of how much they actually cost. I like to enter the salon with photographic reference, perhaps even annotated, so who better to field hair color inspiration from than these famous brunette beauties? The real question is: will I go the traditional route or opt for ombre? Decisions, decisions…
Summer dating can be really romantic. Get a beer outdoors! Wear that sexy sundress! Show off your tan! It’s all fun and games until someone starts to sweat. And it will probably be you. At least in winter the worst you can do is shiver uncontrollably or slip on a patch of ice. I have done both and they have only served to make me more adorable to my dates. Sweating is not adorable in any way, shape, form. No man has ever complimented me on my shiny face, where my sweat tends to concentrate its attention. It’s gross. It’s the thing I dread happening most on a date. But when temperatures and humidity sky rocket, it’s inevitable. After the jump, some ways to combat your sweatiness on summer dates. Keep reading »
What to do when it’s hotter than a witch’s tit but running the air has already caused your electricity bill to skyrocket? Allow us to suggest investing in a chic fan that won’t kill your abode’s ambiance. This sweet retro style electric fan comes in a dozen colors and won’t break the bank like that pesky air conditioning. Hot, er, cool!
Usually I find The New York Times Style section to be embarrassingly behind the times. Recent articles include trend pieces on people playing Big Buck Hunter at bars and the popularity of Twitter hashtags. “What’s next? An article about this new TV show called ‘Jersey Shore’?” I am prone to joking.
However, for the first time in a while, this week’s Style section features an article that is relevant to my immediate interests. Sort of. “Powder Surge: It’s A Guy Thing” is about men using talc, baby powder, and fancier branded powders to keep their nether-regions dry during the hot summer months. Basically, the NY Times printed an article about ball sweat and how men deal with it. Keep reading »