Hard to believe but here in the Northeast it could be a mere 3 more months before we see the sun.
So maybe that's a little sarcastic but in all honesty the truth is you have two choices. Get caught like a deer in headlights on that first sunny, 80 degree beach day, or gently ease into summer starting now. I like to take an organized approach, and think ahead. Some things to start thinking about:
-Bikini waxing and/or hair removal. Not fun. Must be done. Repeat after me..Must.Be.Done.
-Exfoliation. Oh winter dryness, you have not been kind.
-Selftanning. I do not sun tan. At all. Period.
There are no words.
However, I am a huge fan of the Mystic tan. A well bronzed friend introduced me to this genius invention and I've been a huge fan ever since. Let's face it, stretch marks/cellulite/5 extra lbs. look a gazillion times better tan. Skin cancer never makes anything look better so please stick to a bottle or a spray. hint:Start self tanning now. Don't beleive me? Think it's easier to hide mistakes/streaky legs in a swimsuit or under pants? Not that I'd know.
-Pedicures. Here in Boston there's always a surprise 80 degree day in April where everyone whips off their Uggs + SURPRISE! no one's been tending to their toes..It's a sad day.
-Bathing suits! The fun part. No, really. It's not pretty, all the time, but once you get the right fit and color, you CAN and WILL feel good. (PLEASE read Kim's post about embracing your curves!)
-A rockin pair of sunglasses. Go large and in charge. Who wears makeup to the beach and/or pool especially if you're schelpping 3 kids, and 47 lbs of kid beach gear.
-the part no one wants to hear..stop picking from your children's plates. cut back on the wine. walk more. trade that latte for water. do not keep m and m's in your house under any circumstances. they are NOT for the children no matter what you tell yourself. eat lots of vegetables. then eat more. and on the first day of summer when you are rocking the big glasses, fake tan, well fit bathing suit, and svelte bod, you can toast your friends at 3 haute mamas for your beach prep boot camp!
Kate is right on Haute Mamas!! It is time once again!!
However, If you are a Haute Mama in our hometown of Mattapoisett we have just hit a temporary detour to Swimsuit Bootcamp. A much anticipated Chinese Food Restaurant just opened up...... DAMN YOU!!!! YING DYNASTY!!! Okay, I will make one stop and order all my favorites and then..... I will drop... give myself 20 and then move on!!! hahaha!!!
I wanted to touch on swimsuits once again. If you have read my blog before you now know my size swimsuit and have learned that I am curvy!! What I have learned through the years is that it helps a lot to invest in a really good swimsuit. Big names like Gottex, Anne Cole, La Blanca to name a few... they are sold in department stores and I always have good luck finding these names at TJMAX and Marshall's. They use the best fabric and they fit you like a glove. No saggy bum's or saggy boobs!!! YUK!!!! I know I feel a bit more confident when I am in a well made swimsuit. If well cared for you can also get a few summers out of them as well!!
Below is the Mystic One Shoulder by Gottex. Very flattering on a lot of bodies!!!
Pair your swimsuit with a great coverup, Loreal Sublime Glow Self Tanner, shades and BOOM BOOM POW!!!! You are one Haute Mama!!!! One great tip to take a quick inch or so off your waist always remember good posture!!
I have to admit Kate..... I still apply the makeup for the beach with all bazillion of my kids!!! Always and Forever!!! :-) Life is short!! GLAM it up!!!!!!! So remember this.... when you are well put together and ready for the warm weather no one will notice any of your flaws they will be impressed by your sense of style!!! You can breathe that collective sigh of relief and smile!!!!
Haute Mamas Check this out!!!
Sephora Sun Safety Kit ($95 Value)