With Memorial Day upon us (also known as the unofficial start of summer), it is a time when many plan summer vacations with the intent of relaxing poolside or laying on the beach. Part of planning a vacation retreat is selecting and coordinating the wardrobe, accessories and essential items to pack with the goal of looking and feeling fabulous while having fun in the sun.
I have come to appreciate some great products that would be perfect mates for summer travel; and I am certain that you will like them too. Below are items that have made it on my personal favorites and travel lists:
To save face…
• With summer fun comes summer sun, which can be intense and damaging if you’re in it all day and not careful to take necessary precautions to protect your skin. Your face is especially fragile and can benefit from Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 110. This product offers anti-aging protection and combats sun damage that can accelerate the signs of aging. It is lightweight on your face and has skin conditioners that hydrate, protect and replenish your skin. Product can be found in drugstores and online.
• Curly-hair products purveyor Miss Jessie’s has created Pillow Soft Curls. This styling product is nectar for the hair and smells incredible! Sniff in the scent as you squeeze it out of its tube. It smells like the best fabric softener ever. In fact, the company indicates that the product’s design “borrows fabric care technology and marries it to haircare”. It is a lightweight and smooth styling solution with light hold that defines curls and allows them to reach their full, soft, and bouncy potential. This is the perfect product for wash-and-wear hair, especially if you go swimming daily and aren’t looking to blow dry or straighten your hair every day. http://www.missjessies.com/shop
• All-American cinda b’s specializes in travel bags, totes, handbags, purses, and accessories. This cosmopolitan line is constructed of durable, stain-resistant, water-resistant and machine-washable poly/nylon fabrics. They come in 50 different styles of unique patterns and designs and range in size from small purse accessories to larger bags such as weekenders and garment bags. Cinda b’s lightweight bags are efficiently designed and accessorized with plenty of pockets, compartments, clasps, zippers, snaps and straps, making them perfect for organizing your “kitchen sink”. They also have a spa-inspired line of items that are not only functional, but darned pretty. http://cindab.com/
One step ahead of the rest…
• OKA b., “Shoes that love you”, has created a fashionable and comfortable shoe line that carries well outside of the spa. According to OKA b., their collection of shoes, sandals, thongs, slides, heels, and flats was born out of the idea that everyone should have the spa experience and be able to take it home with them. What sets OKA b. apart is that the products are handcrafted in America, anti-microbial, waterproof, non-slip, and, if the time ever comes for them to be tossed, they’re recyclable! I fell for these sandals a couple years ago when I found them in a hotel’s gift shop. The attractive designs and great construction make these shoes real gems. They are easy to pack, great to slip on while traveling, and comfortable when strolling for hours. Final analysis: you’re okay with me, OKA b. http://www.oka-b.com/