Investments: Spring/Summer Essentials

Hello one and all. Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far.

I recently just did a Autumn/Winter post, so in the spirit of fairness, this is going to be a Spring/Summer edition version.

First up is the classic and ever so practical maxi-dress. They are super light, stylish, and can be worn either night or day. I have to admit the first time I saw maxi-dresses I wasn’t too impressed by them and took them for “old lady” type dresses, BUT…but but but…after receiving one from my cousin one year for Christmas a couple of years ago, I wore it out one day and pretty much fell in love with it. Also, the price ranges for maxi dresses are of a quite large variety, from cheap and cheerful to pretty darn expensive. I bought one of my maxi-dresses from SES Clothing Store for about $13 (it was on sale I couldn’t resist ^^) which is great if you are on a tight budget. Either way, they are a great item to have in your closet. Plus they’re also great for hiding any evidence from eating too much during those long summer lunches ^^.

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Ideal places to find Maxi Dresses (just to name a few):

Affordable:

Supre

Valleygirl

SES

Forever 21

ASOS.com

Reasonable:

Country Road

Portmans

Witchery

Forever New

Expensive:

Cooper St

Pilgrim

Wayne Cooper

Zimmerman

 

Secondly is a good pair of quality sunglasses. Of course you can get plenty of cheaper alternative sunglasses, however, these are your eyes we’re talking about here and considering you only get one pair in your life, it’s good practice to take the best care of them possible. When choosing sunglasses, look for ones that are of a decently dark tint (not pitch black though :p) along with quality UV protection.

Good peripheral vision on both sides is also essential (meaning you can still look out both side of your eyes, kind of like a blind spot) especially if you drive with your sunglasses on, as I do…mainly during the early afternoon when the sun pretty much invades my vision and blinds me =.=.

As for style, this is completely up to you, as everyone has different tastes, just don’t compromise on quality.

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Great Places to buy sunglasses:

Affordable:

Cotton On

Valleygirl

Reasonable:

Sunglass Hut (most recommended as they have the best variety)

Expensive:

Oroton

Coach

Rayban

 

Thirdly is a good decent bikini (or one-piece if you prefer). And I mean decent as in a pair that won’t do the following after one use: shrink/colour fade/rip easy/lose elasticity. As I keep mentioning, everyone has different styles and patterns that they prefer, hence why I’m just emphasizing this section on quality. If something is too good to be true, it probably is and will most likely fall apart after one use. And as with most swimwear, do remember to go down one size lower than what you are, as Lycra does stretch over a period of time. The longer it takes to stretch/wear out, the better the quality.

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Great bikini stores:

Affordable:

Cotton On

Valleygirl

Reasonable:

Sandy Bay

City Beach (they have a factory outlet in Birkenhead Point, Sydney if you’re on a budget)

Roxy

Quiksilver

Expensive:

Sea Folly

Zimmerman

Tiger Lily

Sunburn

 

Next Up is an absolute essential for summer. A Hat. Which, aside from protecting you from the sun, whilst making you look super fabulous at the same time, Hats are also incredibly affordable, (just depends on your personal style) and you can get them pretty much anywhere.

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Great Hat Places:

Affordable:

Cotton On

Valleygirl

Reasonable:

Portmans

Forever New

Expensive:

Zimmerman

David Jones

Tiger Lily

 

And lastly and most certainly not least is some trusty sunscreen. An absolutely vital item in anyone’s beach bag. When choosing a good sunscreen, I recommend anything that is 30+ or over, and also gives protection from both UVB and UV Rays, as both types are just as harsh as each other. If you live in Australia, the Cancer Council stores are the best place to go, however the Chemist also sell great quality sunscreens as well.

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Great Sunscreen Brands:

Cancer Council

Banana Boat

Kiehls

Nivea

 

For those who are about to experience summer in the next few weeks, (lucky you >.<) whether you’re preparing for the Summer holidays or looking to replace a few well loved summer essentials, I hope you all found this post informative in someway or another. If you have any other suggestions (or if I’ve missed anything out) feel free to leave them in the comments box below. In the meantime, I shall see you all in the next post ^^.

Have a wonderful week everyone ^^

 

**meibeautydiaries**

 

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