For many of us, Memorial Day weekend marks the most momentous of summer events: the opening of the pool. Just like that, Cleveland life takes on a sunny, beachy, social bend, as days stretch out into long hours in the summer sun, splashing with the kids and enjoying sunset cocktails poolside with your pals. Country club summer days require a different style and beauty arsenal than the beach days that beauty editors usually focus on, though. There is definitely a uniform–and whether you’re a member or a guest, here are a few items to inspire your summer style.
Lilly Pulitzer Beach Pant
Be the first of your friends to adopt this summer’s hottest beach inspired silhouette, the beach pant. First a trend among surfers, leave it to Lilly to tame the look and make it country club appropriate! Any poolside coverup piece that can transition with a tank or tee and a pair of Jack Rogers for dinner on the patio–like these–is a perfect find.
Shop for the Lilly Pulitzer Beach Pant here.
The Zoe Embellished Linen Dress by Asha Plage
If you prefer to cover up your top half, consider a crisp linen tunic top. Chic with mules and some great earrings for dinner, but easy enough to take shelter in poolside when the sun gets to be too much.
Shop for the Zoe Embellished Linen Dress by Asha Plage at Vivre.com
CHANEL L’Ete Papillon 2013 Makeup Collection
CHANEL makes wearing color tasteful and chic with an easy collection of shimmery brights for eyes. Inspired by the butterfly’s wing, these waterproof cream shadows and liners look smashing when smudged along under the lower lashline for a mesmerizing gaze that glimmers in the sun. Keep in mind, though, that the collections blue nail lacquers are a bit much for the club–you don’t want your beau’s grandmother to think that you’re a woman of ill repute. Stick to the collection’s coral shade, instead!
Shop the Ete Papillon collection at CHANEL.com, or in Cleveland at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom Beachwood Place.
Another look of the CHANEL L’Ete Papillon collection
Think of this look as your beauty inspiration for evening cocktails–subdued, fresh elegance from the CHANEL L’Ete Papillon collection.
Shop it now at CHANEL.com, or go see my favorite CHANEL Cleveland makeup artist: Art, at Saks Beachwood Place. He’s amazing, and as much of a cult classic as a person could be. Everybody loves him!
Heather Moore Necklace
Summer easy means jewelry that is as at home on the tennis court and golf course as it is in the pool or on the patio. A personalized piece by Cleveland native Heather Moore is a keepsake that you can wear every day, and it looks as cute with your swimsuit as it will with a cocktail dress. I am completely in love with Heather’s latest creation, charms that feature your own child’s artwork on them.
Shop the collection at HeatherMooreJewelry.com
Jack Rogers Nantucket Sandal
Clevelanders are nothing if not loyal, and Jack Rogers are a classic compliment to your summer wardrobe that have been popular since Jackie O was first seen sporting them on Capri. Though the most classic style sports white stitching, this summer’s monotone Nantucket style is a fresh, understated take on the traditional look.
Shop Jack Rogers Nantucket Sandals here.
Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Windswept pool hair isn’t quite beach hair; help encourage your natural wave and an evening-appropriate style apres dip with a shot of Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray. The natural essential oils in the product add shine to hair dulled by chlorine and minerals, and the fresh, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue -esque scent is great for masking that pool smell.
Pick up a mini bottle for your tote at Blue Mercury Eton in Woodmere.
Last summer’s wave of wet-skin-friendly sunscreen mists really disappointed me; they had a lot of alcohol and left my daughter’s sensitive skin looking dry and even ashy. The Dermatologist cult favorite brand CeraVe’s new suncare line seeks to solve the problem with an infusion of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to plump skin cells with moisture and strengthen the skin’s defensive barrier. Bonus: both chemical and mineral sunscreen formulas are available in various levels of protection. Be aware, though, that as these products were designed to be rigorously skin friendly, they are truly fragrance-free; with no masking fragrance present, the scent of the sunscreen chemicals is a bit plasticky upon application, although it does dissipate almost immediately.
Shop CeraVe suncare here.
Supergoop CC Cream
We all know that visiting the country club pool can often feel like a high school reunion. You can’t really go there looking totally scrubby because you never know who you might run into; the day you show up with unshaven legs will be the day that your high school prom date shows up with his grandparents for Family Night. Keep your skin protected but also looking camera ready with a vitamin C infused CC cream with SPF 35 and a bronzy tint by Supergoop.
Shop Supergoop suncare here.
Kerastase Spray A Porter
Protect colored hair with the new nurturing Spray A Porter Beach Texture Spray by Kerastase. Delightfully scented and deeply conditioning like all Kerastase products, this one packs the added punch of sun protection and gorgeous wavy texture enhancers. Do reapply after swimming, though, as this one isn’t water resistant!
Shop Spray A Porter on Kerastase-Usa.com
O&M Mini Minerals
Make post-swim, pre-cocktail locker room cleanups swift and effective with this nurturing collection of beachy scented shampoos and conditioners by Aussie brand Original Mineral. With two shampoos–one nurturing, one clarifying–and three conditioners–two deep, one everyday–this set has enough little bottles for you to take two into the shower with you and send one with the hubby and the kids into the locker room for their own shower time. Beach bag bonus: these uniquely designed bottles are leak resistant to keep from coming unscrewed in your bag, so they’re less likely to leak all over your stuff.
Shop O&M Mini Minerals here.
Mark Marrakesh Collection
For the teen and college aged women, there are some fun and affordable trends to play with this summer that highlight your youthful spirit. Marrakesh fragrance by Mark, a brand favored by Lauren Conrad, is a fresh blend of jasmine and mint that is playful and young. Bonus for the vanity-friendly bottle, which is nothing short of drop dead gorgeous!
Shop the Mark Marrakesh collection here.
Mark Exotic Hues Eye Shadow Trio
The younger gals will also appreciate the Mark Exotic Hues Eye Shadow Trio, with a glimmery bronze, warm coral, and glittery gold that can be applied dry or wet, helping to create eye makeup looks that are both fun and age appropriate.
Shop the Mark Exotic Hues Eye Shadow Trio, part of the Marrakesh collection, here.
Cartier Yellow Gold Wedding Band
Everybody knows that your engagement ring is gorgeous, but it’s not going to look that way at the cocktail party if you’ve spent the day wearing it while you slather sunscreen all over the kids. Keep it simple with a gorgeously plain gold wedding band. While attempting to blast one’s diamond solitaire’s perceived size into stratosphere status with a trendy halo style engagement ring setting has become de rigueur, it feels refreshing, classic, cool, and confident to buck the trend and sport a classic gold band.