The weekend’s finally here! And in the summer time, that can only mean one thing, it’s time to put on your bathing suit and hit the beach, pool, backyard, hood of a car…whatevs, you’re getting into a swatch of spandex and it’s time to show off! How to look your best in a bikini may seem like an existential crisis, forcing you to question everything from your food intake to how deep you need to go into the water. But we’ve distilled down the strutting your stuff essentials into a few easy steps so you can step out and confidently show some skin!
1. Ooze with Attitude Be confident and casual — that’s always sexy. If you know you look good, so does everyone else.
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Summer is all about showing some skin while you’re having fun in the sun and tanning goes with the territory. Sadly, as well know, getting that bronze glow can also be life threatening. While fat roll tan lines, raccoon eyes from your sunglasses, or even the dreaded Oompa Loompa-like burn are cause for concern in the short term, there are health risks on the horizon. The rate of melanoma among white women between the ages of 15 and 39 has doubled over the past 30 years. There are almost 14 cases out of every 100,000 young women. Yikes! [Indeed. I got a sunburn this weekend. -- Editor] The medical establishment says the tanning trend is to blame for the tally. So, if you’re still inspired to look like your tanorexic celeb heroines, try a cocktail of self tanner and sunscreen or beware! Have you ever seen the old ladies that look like lobsters lying around the retirement community pools in Florida? They will make you turn white as a ghost! [Truemors] Keep reading »
Summer blockbusters like Hancock (gag!) and The Dark Knight (okay, I’ll see that one) have left little room for my beloved chick flicks, with nary a Dermot Mulroney film or Nora Ephron script in sight. But if you’re really jonesing for some schmaltz and chivalry, these DVD releases should get you through the lonely summer months until the sure to be joyously corny My Best Friend’s Girl comes out in September. Keep reading »
Friday marked the sweet 16th Anniversary of my first kiss — conveniently also on Independence Day. I thought it was going to go down just like DJ Tanner and Steve on Full House. In my case, the poor kid licked my face and then ran back to the boy’s side of my sleep away camp. I’d never seen a fat kid run so fast. But I also found out two key things over the summer make-out session: 1. Practice makes perfect. 2. Spring may have its flings, but in summer, things really heat up. We all want to be naked, we’re already warmed up, and everyone is out and about, strutting their stuff and bumping into strangers. It’s a booty buffet and this summer is already looking pretty steamy! Have you ladies been putting the ho in hot too? Confess in the comments…
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I love going sleeveless during the summer because then I know I won’t get an ugly t-shirt tan. How do guys deal with that anyway? Obviously, we’re against tank tops on dudes, but I realize how unfair that is, given the whole farmer tan business. Well whatever. After the jump we’ve picked out nine sleeveless shirts that we think are cute. Some of them are dirt cheap, others are so expensive only Mariah Carey could afford them. Keep reading »
I burn easily and absolutely must wear a hat when I go to the beach. While I usually don the baseball cap I’ve had for about eight years (perfectly broken in and also a little smelly), I think a straw hat would look a lot more sophisticated. And who knew they came in so many flavors!? Here are 10 of my favorites. Keep reading »
For whatever reason, we find that we wear heels more during winter than in any other season. When summer finally arrives, it’s like a breath of fresh air…for our hooves. Ahh, summer. Finally, a few months where we give our feet a break, put away the high-heeled pumps, and break out the flat sandals. Our toes are free to wiggle, are heels and arches are able to stretch out, and the dogs finally stop barking. While we totally love a traditional pair of flip-flops, from the dressed-down version (Havianas) to the dressed-up (bejeweled metallics from J. Crew), we’re psyched about all the other available flat sandals on the market. Ten of our favorites, after the jump! [Click the images for more information.] Keep reading »
The temperature may or may not be warming up in your neck of the woods, but you’ve probably thought about — maybe even dreamed about — what shoes you’re going to wear this summer. (One of my favorite things about summer is that I don’t have to wear socks.) But before you start wearing flip-flops every day, know this: You need to ease your feet into whatever shoes you want to wear. Your feet get used to wearing heels, or boots, or whatever your footwear of choice happens to be, so they need a little time to adjust to something new. And, even if you have a favorite pair of shoes, try to alternate what you wear, and don’t forget to stretch your calves after wearing a pair of flat shoes for a while, as they can “strain the achilles tendon that runs from the back of the heel, and also the calf muscles in the back of the leg,” said Mike O’Neill, a spokesperson for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the U.K. Or just go barefoot. [The Guardian, U.K. and New York Magazine] Keep reading »
Catherine and I wear dresses about four out of five work days, and not because we’re trying to dress up, be fancy pants, and impress anyone. We just like them. A lot. After the jump, some summer dresses we really like. Now if only our office building would turn the damned air-conditioning down. We’re freezing.
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We picked a few things from Ikea’s new summer collection to help you with your first warm-weather party. Just add mojitos. Keep reading »