Forget food, water, and shelter - we're talking essentials of the bikini + t-shirt dress variety.
What sort of summer would this be without a chic new bikini? As a self-confessed neutral addict, I'm always partial to either a black or a white one - and this little number combines the best of both worlds. I'm loving the chevron zigzag pattern, and the boy-brief bottoms ensure a super-cute fit.
Next on our list of must-have items is the perfect white t-shirt dress - which you can easily throw over your swimsuit, and get yourself from the sand to your breezy beachside dinner party in no time. And, of course - what I really love about a good t-shirt dress is the ability to dress it up for nighttime: just add some sky-high platforms and a statement necklace and you're out the door. Still, for your more casual affairs (read: just how I like to keep my summer days) you'll need the perfect pair of flats. I like anything with jewels, beading, or embellishment - and the metallic stones on this lovely pair of gladiators by Diane von Furstenberg definitely fit the bill.
Of course we'll need the perfect summer scent - and that's exactly what Virgin Island Water is. The top notes are coconut and lime, so it's definitely tropical and undeniably fruity, yet it still maintains that level of sophistication that goes hand in hand with anything Creed. Yes, it's expensive - but it stays on so well, and it smells so delicious - it's totally worth it. And you can't beat the fact that every time you wear it, you'll be instantly transported to the island of St. John. Yes, please.
I'd say we'd need a great lip gloss, but experience tells me that all those boating trips are better off without it; the wind + hair + sticky lip gloss thing rarely works out. Instead, let's add a pop of color where it counts - our nails. This color is not for the faint of heart, I know. But, hey - if you can't have fun with your nail polish now, when will you? I love anything that's bold and unexpected - and this shade of chartreuse has been catching my eye all season long.
What do you think, lovelies? Would you happily waste your summer days away with these five items? Or is there something you simply must have that I failed to mention?
Thank you, Sarah! Bright nails are definitely a summer must!
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