Monday, September 1, 2014

Plan the Perfect Labor Day Weekend

Are you grilling out this weekend with friends and family? I know I'll be by the pool with a drink in hand most of the day! Before you spend a long day by the pool, make sure you prepare with some Labor Day essentials.

Whether you're hosting the party or you're a guest, nailing the perfect attire is the first step! Chances are you'll either be hanging by the pool or relaxing with friends, so you want your attire to reflect the casual atmosphere.

1. Free People 'Myna' Print Split Back Tank paired with Free People Sharkbite Denim Cutoff Shorts

This causal + fun top pairs effortlessly with a looser denim short, making it the perfect BBQ attire. The red and denim color scheme is also perfect for the Labor Day theme!

2. Ray-Ban Original Aviator

Sunglasses are an absolute must if you're going to be out in the sun or in the pool all day! I love a good pair of aviators, but right now I am loving the shades of blue and green that they are using in the lens. 

3. J. Crew Panama Hat

The sun is definitely a killer, especially here in Phoenix where it's still above 100 each day, so it's good to have a little extra protection! The perfect solution is this chic and casual Panama Hat via J.Crew. 

4. Diane's Beachwear Boho Babe Paneled Scooter

A day of filled with fun activities in the sun requires a cute swimsuit! I love Diane's Beachwear swimsuits because they last longer, they are well-made and there are plenty of designs to choose from. I love the look of this chevron striped suit, as well as its functionality. I hate when bikini's have lots of ties and strings because it's easier to have a malfunction. I also love that this suit is simple but also has a unique design. 

Before you start your day, it is important that you grab the right items before you head out the door! You don't want to end up damaging your skin after one day of fun!

1. Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Spray in SPF 100 + Sport Face Oil in SPF 70

I am fair skinned, I tend to burn more then I do tan, so it is important for me to be protected with a high SPF. I love outdoor activities, but I don't exactly like when my skin looks like a lobster and peels the next day! Choose the SPF you think is best for your skin, but don't go unprotected! It is also best to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before you are actually exposed to the sun. I always use two separate sunscreens, one for my face and one for my body, because the facial sunscreens won't clog your pores and cause you to breakout. 

2. Pottery Barn Greta Medallion Jacquard Beach Towel in jade green

Every time I forget to bring a beach towel, I instantly regret my decision! I love the look of this blue and green pattered towel; it's fun, colorful and you have the option of monograming it to add that extra special touch.

3. Kiehl's Lip Balm

Sunscreen isn't the only protectant you need for a day in the sun! It is important that you give your lips some attention too. I love Kiehls products and this one is no different! The sun can be drying, so every now and then apply a dab of this rich lip balm!

4. Rene Rouleau Mineral Power SPF

After spending all day at the beach, I came home with a very sore scalp. I applied sunscreen that day but I had completely forgotten about my part, which was directly exposed to the sun! Every time I brushed my hair or held my hairdryer too close to my head, it hurt. When I discovered Rene Rouleau's mineral SPF powder, I was thrilled! It is a lightweight, water-resistant mineral powder with a self dispensing powder brush. A must for your Labor Day activities!

Once you're dressed and sun protected, you can focus on the fun!

You can't have a great pool party/BBQ without music! I'm not a techy person, but this speaker dock comes highly reviewed on Amazon. Anything similar should be adequate for your activities!

2. Amazon Port-O-Pong

Last, but certainly not least, is the portable beer pong float! Get a tan, enjoy a drink and play a game all at the same time. My friends purchased one exactly like this and it was so much fun!

I hope you all have a great Labor Day and enjoy your day off from work! 

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