March 2023

Must-Haves for Your Next Beach Day


One of my favorite things about summer is going to the beach.  I love to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and ocean.  Here are all the essentials you need to soak up some rays safely, and in style!

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 50, $10.99
Before you head out the door, make sure to slather on some SPF so it has time to soak in and protect you from harmful UV rays.  I love Hawaiian Tropic’s new Silk Hydration sunscreen.  It is available in SPF 12, 30 and 50 for whatever level of protection you need, and it smells incredible!  It also contains nourishing antioxidants and moisturizing shea butter so it feels amazing on skin and not greasy at all.

Hat Attack Raffia Crochet Cowboy Hat, $96
A fab hat helps protect your hair and face from the sun.  I’m a huge fan of Hat Attack’s straw hats.  Rihanna was recently spotted in this beaded cowboy style.  It’s perfect for a boho chic beach look.

Ray-Ban Folding Icons Wayfarer Sunglasses, $155
Keep the sun out of your eyes with a chic pair of classic sunnies.  This pair from Ray-ban folds up, so it’s perfect for carrying with you.  Plus, a wayfarer is flattering on almost every face shape.

Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss Moisturizing Lip Gloss with SPF 20 in Island Berry, $8.48
Don’t forget to protect your lips, too!  Hawaiian Tropic’s lip gloss has a sheer wash of color and shine to look your best while you’re at the beach.

Anthropologie Reseda Beach Towel, $150
A luxe beach towel to lay out on is a must.  Tribal print is huge for summer, so stand out in this bright Anthropologie towel.

Privet House at Target Canvas Tote in Coral, $19
Throw everything in a chic tote like this one from Le Privet’s line for Target.  I love that the neutral bag has a pop of color.  It comes in green, too!

Lavender Brown Baby Doll Dress, $110
A great beach to street dress is a staple, too.  Lavender Brown makes amazing on-trend frocks that double as a cover-up.  This python print babydoll is a great way to try the animal print trend.

You’ll also need a great sandals. Check out our 7 faves!

Stay tuned for our picks for the perfect swimsuit!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hawaiian Tropic® Sun Care via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hawaiian Tropic.

Hawaiian Tropic is a trademark of Tanning Research Laboratories, LLC.

Rachel Roy: What Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe PLUS Travel, Style and Beauty Must-haves

Rachel Roy is a dynamic fashion designer whose pieces have been seen on every leading lady from Michelle Obama, Diane Sawyer, Jennifer Garner, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson. I met Rachel at a recent event and was blown away by her support of entrepreneurial women and charity. The gorgeous native Californian, whose personal beauty shines through every one of her designs has worked in the fashion industry since her teenage years as a sales girl– which she calls her early market research! Before designing her own line, she styled magazine shoots, music videos and was creative director for Rocawear. Since the launch of her Rachel Roy line in Spring 2005, Rachel has had a whirlwind of success including being inducted into the CFDA, appearing on Oprah, and launching RACHEL Rachel Roy, a diffusion line sold exclusively at Macy’s. Rachel shared with me what she has been up to lately and offered some of her best tips and products picks!

MM: You have a very interesting background. How has that influenced you as a designer?
RR: I’ve always loved fashion and taking risks in both what I wear and what I design as this has been a guiding principle for me. I’ve never let fear paralyze me but rather let my passion drive me. One of my goals is to help other women realize this as well.

MM: We are so excited about your new collection, what was your inspiration for FW 2012?
RR: My fall 2012 collection is inspired by the documentary Women in the Dirt which highlights the works of seven award- winning women who have made their mark in the field of landscape architecture and are changing our world. From this, the idea of modern landscape architecture and the influence of nature was really interesting to me– balancing the clean lines of landscapes and natural colors and interesting material combinations and details.

MM: What are 3 items you always have on hand during fashion week?
RR: Yoga mat- I practice yoga two to three times a week. The meditation helps me stay centered. Music- it’s one of the quickest routes to dream and always inspires me. Candles- the comforting and continuous glow of a Jo Malone candle while I work is a must.

MM: How do you unwind after such a whirlwind week?
RR: Take a breath, thank my staff and then off for some R & R. First I sleep and then I have a proper meal since I have been living off coffee and sugar for the past two weeks preparing for the show. I’ll spend some quality time with my daughters, visit the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel for one of my favorite facial treatments, and lounge at home and watch re-runs of The Office or Modern Family. Then it’s right back into designing the next collection!

Buy Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF30, $8.99

Buy Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF30, $8.99

  • Waterproof, sweatproof, resists running into eyes
  • One touch continuous spray works at any angle

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Buy Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit, $38


Buy Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit, $38

  • Shows off just-enough skin to stand-out in sophistication
  • Cut-outs give the illusion of a slimmer waist

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece, $109


Buy LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece, $109

  • Perfect for any occasion
  • Perfect choice if you want to be a little more covered-up and still accentuate your curves

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy Zebra Twisty Bikini, $176

Buy Zebra Twisty Bikini, $176

  • Super flattering bikini
  • Beaded details on the bottom

Shop the Full Story: Suit-up For Summer

Buy American Apparel Denim Carry-All, $58

Buy American Apparel Denim Carry-All, $58

  • Features a large easy to carry weekend bag
  • Made with leather accents and double shoulder straps

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Buy Shiva Versatile Top, $159

Buy Shiva Versatile Top, $159

  • Sexy V-Neck cut heats up your summer nights
  • Flowing sleeves that come past your elbow

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Beach Bag Essentials

Every girl likes to be prepared and have everything she could possibly need in her bag at all times. This holds especially true in the summer when sun and sand are involved. A day at the beach requires a different but equally stocked bag. Here are this summer’s best products to stash in your beach bag:

The first thing you can’t forget to put in your beach bag is of course, sunscreen. Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch is an affordable and reliable choice as it’s lightweight but still offers significant protection. Plus, it isn’t greasy so you can use it on your body and face. But those aren’t the only places that need a little SPF. The delicate skin on your lips should always be protected. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is a favorite of ours because it is available in various glossy colors. The sun can also damage hair if it isn’t properly protected. Rene Furterer’s Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray helps protect color-treated hair from fading while nourishing with Vitamin E.

A great hat, like this Hat Attack Raffia Medium Brim Floppy, is another way to protect your skin and hair from the sun. But just because you aren’t getting those sun-kissed cheeks the natural way doesn’t mean you can’t fake the rosy look with tarte’s natural cheek stain, which stays put better than a powder blush.

Cover-up in style with Calypso St. Barth’s Samantha Embroidered Tunic. It’s available in array of lovely colors, but it does run a tad small so order one size up.

It’s just as important to keep your skin and body hydrated as it is to protect it. Drinking a lot of water is great for your health but can be harmful to the environment if you use disposable plastic bottles. Take care of yourself and the planet with recycled and refillable EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottles in stylish designs. And when your face needs a cooling refresher, give yourself a spritz 2 Note Perfumery’s light face mist.

You can throw all these great products in this tote from Jonathan Adler. We love how you can choose your favorite print or your favorite destination!

Buy Now, Johnathan Adler Well-Traveled Beach Tote, $198
Buy Now, Rene Furterer Okara Protect Color Radiance Enhancing Spray, $26
Buy Now, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF55, $9.49
Buy Now, EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $13.99
Buy Now, Kiehls Lip Balm SPF15, $8.50
Buy Now, Tarte Cheek Stain, $30

Win a Trina Turk Beach Towel!


From the runway to real life, it’s time to kiss those winter blues goodbye and start to rock spring’s hottest trend—safari! Think sun, sand, and surf. What’s missing? A chic, Trina Turk Beach Towel, of course! In the comments section below, tell us your favorite beach or pool and why.

To Enter for a Chance to Win:
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2. In the comments section below, tell us your favorite beach or pool and why.

Contest Details:
• Trina Turk Tiger Leaf Beach Towel
• Made of 100% cotton
• 65″ x 37″
• Machine Wash
• One winner will be chosen
• Value: $68
• Contest ends February 25, 2011

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