I’m a new graduate and my one objective over the summer is to get some sun. My goal is to take lots of photos, catch up on my reading, and accomplish both at the lakeside all summer! The weather is just warming up here in Chicago and the lake isn’t too far- I’m already unpacking my sandals and getting ready for sunshine.
I’ve also done some shopping…I’ve been in desperate need of brand new beach apparel and accessories since it’s been several summers since I’ve actually had time off. Oh, the life of a graduate!
Getting Ready For The Sun:
I have been using my favorite sunless tanner on my legs for several weeks now- I use the Subtle Tanning Lotion from MK because the smell doesn’t annoy me and it’s never given me orange streaks, I love this stuff! As I get more sun exposure, I use SPF 30 sunblock on my body, and MK’s Day Solution SPF 25 for my face, back of my hands, and chest area.
The Swimsuit That Stole My Heart:
Swimsuit: Betsey Johnson c/o The Orchid Boutique
As a diehard Betsey Johnson fan, I was in love with this State Fair One Piece and had to have it! What’s great about this piece is that it comes in both a one piece or as a bikini and it has a removable strap. The suit gives full coverage without frumpiness, I adore the flirty frills and fanciful print.
I was planning on hitting the beach with this on, but we’re expecting rain in Chicago throughout the weekend and I could not wait to share it with you…seriously, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve been this obsessed over a swimsuit (I think the last time I loved a suit this much was a Sesame Street one piece I wore when I was 4.) I usually am pretty darn self conscious, especially in swimsuits, but I am stocked to hit the beach in this one piece!
My Tips For Finding A Swimsuit That Suits You
- If you’re not comfortable in a particular cut, don’t wear it!
- You may not be able to find the right fit at a local discount store- if you have a hard time finding bra/undies, you may encounter the same sizing issues with a swimsuit, invest in a piece that fits.
- Play up your assets, play down what makes you feel unsexy. This is why I’m proud to wear a one piece that does exactly that! Patterns w/ a structured top are great for curvy girls, embellishments & metallics are great for slender types. See more tips here.
- Find a classy coordinating cover-up that can make transition from lounging to partying a seamless step. The shop I got my suit at also offer some great cover-ups.
Do you do anything to prep for swimsuit season?
What are your fave summer accessories or swim fashion tips?