Memorial Day is upon us, ladies.  That means… it’s time to hit the beach and get some Vitamin D. Before you slip into your itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, let’s pack a bag.  There are a few essentials that every girl needs when lounging in the sun as to look like a mermaid rather than a shriveled old pirate.

I know, I just can’t kick my pirate ways… Chock your beach bag full of glamorous goodies to be the fairest maiden by the sea (Check out last year’s picks).  The first step is finding a great beach bag.  Make sure it’s water repellent (or at least that you won’t care when it’s waterlogged by a rogue tidal wave).  Waterproof mascara and hydrating lip color will also have you looking polished and perky.  I like to use brown rather than black for a day at the beach so I don’t look like B-roll for the Jersey Shore.  Be careful when choosing color for your pucker- some shimmery glosses can actually increase your chances of a sunburn (yes- you can burn your lips and sadly, lip cancer is no day at the beach).  If you don’t dare dip your strands in the water, fake the look by spritzing your hair with a “wave spray” or you can make your own mixture simply by mixing salt and water in a spray bottle.


1. Jonathan Adler Pink Hexagon Duchess Bag, $178, 2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $23, 3. Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint, $24, 4. Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse, $42, 5. Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara, $19, 6. Lauren Home Horizontal Ombre Beach Towel, $13.99, 7.Retrosun Vintage Gucci Sunglasses, $245, 8. J. Crew Summer Sun Hat, $45, 9. Havaianas Fit Sandals, $28

Now go hit the beach, beauty!