Whether you’re going on vacay or anxiously awaiting spring break, here’s how to prepare for the ocean waves in seven days flat.
Monday: Get Pumped
Excite yourself by making a playlist of some of the greatest beach tunes along with your personal favorites. (Think Weezer’s “Island In The Sun” and “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna.)
Tuesday: Snag the Perfect Swimwear
Spend Tuesday hunting down a swimsuit that will be a head-turner. This year it’s all about ruffles, (like Victoria’s Secret Carmen Ruffle One-piece, $158) which is a sexy, yet subtle way to show off your beach body.
Now that you’ve got your hands on a fabulous swimsuit, it’s time to find some accessories that won’t overpower it. Try dainty earrings and sunglasses with a fun, vibrant frame.
Thursday: Lose Your Hair
Avoid those unsightly razor bumps by applying Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel ($5.19). If you want to skip shaving all together, opt for a bikini wax from a reputable salon.
Friday: Tan Before You Hit the Beach
Look as if you’ve been soaking up the sun before you even make it to the shore. Grab some self-tanner (like Neutrogena MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tan, $10.99) for a natural looking glow that will transform you into a golden goddess.
Treat yourself to a mani and pedi that’s just right for the coast. Go for deep blue colors to mimic the ocean (try Essie Aruba Blue, $8.00) or flirty peach lacquers. Don’t forget your tresses. After shampooing, apply a palm-sized amount of mousse to each side of your towel-dried hair and scrunch from ends to roots to achieve waves of envy. Place a flower behind your ear for some added tropical flavor.
Sunday: Fill Your Bag
Find the perfect-sized tote for all of your seaside needs. Be sure to pack essentials like sunscreen, a large towel, plenty of bottled water, chapstick with SPF, tasty snacks and a great beach read. (Pick up a page-turner like Mary Kay Andrews’ “Savannah Breeze”.)
Now you’re ready to enjoy the beach!
Photo Courtesy: Moyan Brenn