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I’m also so excited that Summer is almost here! It is definitely one of my favorite seasons — it’s all about the sun, fun, and carefree attitudes! In fact, you don’t even really need that much as long as you keep some important essentials around.

Here is a list of my summer style must-haves:

A Great Hair Masque

The sun, chlorine and salt water can have a drying, damaging effect on hair in the summer so I like to keep my hair hydrated with the perfect hair masque. I love HBL’s hair masque because it intensely smoothes, conditions and protects without weighing it down or leaving a greasy feeling. It’s got a pH level of 3.5-4.5, and it can be used with or without heat, depending on the level of conditioning desired. Keratin Amino Acids naturally repair and strengthen hair and add elasticity while cetyl esters work to smooth, repair and seal damaged cuticle. $39.95
A Hot Bikini

Neons are still all the rage, and summer is the perfect time to wear brights! I am in absolute love with my Neon Dream bikini from Beach Bunny. Check out a pic of the bikini here. The design is so simple – just a neon zebra print sliding triangle top with neon lace trim that ties at the neck and back – but it accentuates in all the right places, if you know what I mean! $229.00 full set

A Versatile Sun Hat

It’s important to wear a sun hat to block out all the harmful UVA/UVB rays and this darling Kate Spade Dunes Land Straw & Linen Sun Hat is super cute and functional, too. The oversize brim provides protection from the sun’s rays and an interior sweatband offers cool comfort.  I love the mint colorblock brim (which happens to be one of summer’s hottest colors). Best of all, you can fold it so you can travel with it. $78  I also snapped a pic of one of my favorite new hats from BEBE, it’s a great summer coral color and I like that it has a little gold chain around the rim to dress it up a little!

A Great Nail Polish Color

I love OPI’s “I eat Mainly Lobster” shade – Check out the pic I snapped of it here. It is bold and bright and makes my toenails (and nails) look great with a tan. In fact, regardless of the shade, polish is definitely an essential! I think it’s important to keep a regular pedicure especially since you’ll be exposing your toes barefoot or in sandals most of the summer. $8


Last but not least, SPF is a must. I keep my skin safe and healthy year round by applying SPF daily, but it’s even more important to apply sunscreen during summer. I like to use Clinique’s Sun SPF 50 Body Cream and for extra care, my makeup also contains SPF. The GC Perfect Finish Liquid Foundation w/ SPF 15 gives just the right amount of coverage and makes your skin look absolutely flawless!

Xoxoxo Gretchen Christine