Summer Essentials | Your Chic Curated Guide

A woman sitting comfortably in an adult inflatable pool, wearing a bathing suit and sunglasses, with a drink in hand, surrounded by a modern and contemporary backyard oasis

Summer is officially around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited!

We think about all the traditional activities that we have missed out on in the last few years during the pandemic, like sitting on your best friends patio with a sweaty Mimosa or Pink Whitney, catching some rays - slathered in SPF of-course. Close your eyes. Imagine in your head that you are already there… listening to Harry Styles’, Watermelon Sugar in the background when you think… “am I prepared….?” Chances are you’re not. The first heat wave usually comes out of nowhere. If you’re anything like us, all of last years summer gear has disappeared into the dark corners of your bathroom,  closet or even worse, the basement. Where is my sunhat… where is my sunscreen…? Don’t fret, we have you covered with our “OMG summer is here, and I’m not prepared” essential shopping guide. We’ll lay out everything summer chic you’ll need to get you through the best season of all.

Let us be your personal shopper to make sure you’re geared up for all the “joie de vivre” this summer has to bring. Starting with your most important PIC (partner in crime), your SPF.

1. SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer

ORIGINS - GinZing™ SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

First off, this SPF is a winner for us as it is clean and it has a nice tint to it (which, let’s be serious, we need because we’re coming out of winter and are a touch ghostly). Wake up with an energizing instant skin finisher that’s powered by coffee—so no one will know you hit snooze 15 times this morning. The multitasking master hydrates, energizes, and protects to maintain skin’s momentum all day. It combines nourishing moisture and a sheer tint to let skin shine through while boosting the appearance of radiance, combating dullness, and providing high SPF protection.

2. Polarized Sunglasses

Quay – After Hours Polarized Sunglasses

If you haven’t invested in polarized sunglasses yet, now is the time. Polarized glasses reduce glare from horizontal surfaces. Though usually more expensive, these lenses are an optimal choice for those who drive often or spend a lot of time by the water.
No matter how big your sunnies collection is, everyone needs their go to staple sunnies. We’re loving, Quay’s After Hours cat eye’s for this season —the perfect balance between timeless and edgy, these slightly winged square frames are the fabulous everyday sunnies you’ll never want to lose.

3. Chic Summer Visor

LYKKE – Raffia Visor with PVC Brim

We’ve covered protecting your face and eyes. Now let’s talk about protecting your head in a super chic way. Straw sunhats are typically all the rage but if you’re looking for something unique to wear poolside or to the beach and don’t want to have hat head – opt for a visor. Save the coif!
We’re vibing the LYKKE Raffia visor with PVC brim for this season. Made of light-weight, tightly knit raffia with PVC brim for optimal sun protection, this visor is ideal for pool day lounging, long walks on the beach, afternoon picnics and everything in-between. This visor comes in 3 gorgeous colours: blue, brunette and lavender.

4. Hair Wave Spray

Ouai – Wave Spray

This brings us to a product that is near and dear to our hearts. WAVE SPRAY. We love it so much we’ll say it again -  WAVE SPRAY. We love the OAUI Wave Spray because it’s a clean weightless texture hair mist infused with rice protein to add hold for effortlessly chic, undone hair. It’s the most effortless way to get out the door quickly. A quick spritz and tousle and BAM – you’ve got yourself some beautiful beachy hair that holds.

5. Insulated Water Bottle

Lulu Lemon – Stay Hot Keep Cold Bottle 19oz

Our summers are getting hotter and this means that staying hydrated is exceptionally important. Invest in a double-walled insulated water bottle which will keep your water cold for up to 24 hours (or hot for up to 9 hours for the colder months). We love Lulu Lemons Stay Hot Keep Cold 19oz water bottle for its ability to keep our drink cool for a long time and for its minimal and sleek design.  

6. The chicest inflatable pool you’ve ever seen

LYKKE Designer Inflatable Pool – The Arches

LYKKE has reinvented the inflatable pool! They’re not just made for kids anymore and with good reason. The pandemic brought people back into their backyards and urning to create a backyard oasis. The must have piece of garden furniture became the inflatable pool for adults. Something that brings the “joie de vivre” back to a stale backyard and perfect for bringing poolside chic to your back garden in an instant. LYKKE pools are crafted from heavyweight, luxe-touch PVC and have a reinforced structure to support the relaxation of two adults comfortably. LYKKE pools come in a variety of modern and on trend styles. You can check out the entire collection here.
Time to invite a friend over for that mimosa or Pink Whitney and do some serious pool day lounging!

We hope you’ll find our summer essentials list useful. We are not paid for any of these recommendations. We simply want to share functional, chic and stylish summer ideas with our community.