Black & White Beach Style

To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach, under a huge umbrella, reading the latest fashion magazines while sipping on a frosty beverage.  Keep your look simple this swim suit season and rock a classic black and white combination…
Black and white beach look
1. L Space black fringe swim suit, $135.95, dogfunk.com
2. Merona sheer black cover up, $19.99, target.com
3. MinLee straw fedora, $20.99, e4hats.com
4. NGIL damask print beach tote, $9.50, ebay.com
5. Havaianas t-strap flip flops, $32, havaianas.com 

How To Step-Up Your Style at the Pool

Lounging poolside with a cocktail, thoroughly reading my favorite fashion rags… this is my vision of heaven.  There’s something  so luxurious and relaxing about the act of just absorbing the environment on a beautiful summer day.  Sometimes I like to blend into the scene and go unnoticed.  Other times I picture myself as the mysterious lady of leisure (yes, despite the husband and two kids in tow!) who does this sort of thing on a daily basis.  I like to be the gal at the hotel pool who looks like she actually put a little thought into her effortlessly chic poolside ensemble… or did she?

Let’s start with the swimsuit.  Right now I am rockin’ a pre-kid string bikini that somehow still fits nicely (Amen), but I am on the hunt for the perfect black single-shoulder one-piece.  Um, okay, so let’s move on to the cover-up, a crucial piece in my summer repertoire.  I prefer a classic black, but it almost doesn’t matter what the cover-up looks like.  Just the act of wearing one trumps the shorts and tank top norm!
Cover-up
During the writing of this post I am wearing my black and white floral 3/4-sleeve tunic.  It has a hint of gold thread woven throughout.  It’s perfect!

Now on to the shoes.  You could go the functional route and opt for a pair of flip-flops.  I’d recommend a gold or silver pair… they go with everything!  But if you really want to step it up, slip into a nicely detailed pair of flat sandals with just the right amount of bling… not too adorned.
Gold Braided Sandals
I love my gold braided leather Bandolino T-straps.  I ordered them online last year during the gladiator sandal craze, but I’d definitely put them in the “classic” category.

Now let’s up the glamor factor with a great pair of shades.  I know the Aviator style is what it’s all about right now, but I am totally faithful to my Bolle sunglasses!
Bolle Sunglasses
These simple wrap arounds are not only tight looking, they actually do a great job of protecting my eyes!  That’s a two-fer!

Hat or no hat?  If I’m fully committed to the poolside Diva look, I’ll go for a big, round, black sunhat.  Otherwise, I’ll go without, which is daring considering my hair, when pool-wet and air-dried looks like a poofy auburn Q-tip!!

Finish the look off with a great beach bag.  Two words: Go Big!
Beach Bag
Even if you only have a magazine and sunscreen to transport, carry a nice big bag in the crook of your arm and your Fashionista ensemble will be complete!

So remember:

Poolside Chic = Cover-up + Fashion Sandal + Great Shades + Sunhat + Big Bag

Easy Breezy!