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Polished Picks : Poolside Edition

Every good tan starts with a good bikini! This Target bandeau two-piece has removable straps to avoid unwanted tan lines when basking in the sun, and to provide support when frolicking in the water (Baywatch-style, of course). It’s the perfect print for the season, and totals at about $45 combined for the top and bottom. Need more support? It also comes in a halter! Hallelujah!

Dry off and lay out on this Turkish towel beauty from Serena & Lily. I normally would laugh at a towel costing $48, but a Turkish towel is versatile and will last. It will look classic, and most-likely brand new years down the line, and can be used as a light throw blanket indoors or outdoors. It can be worth the cost. Still laughing? There are lots of cute, inexpensive options linked here at Target and Macy’s.

Rihanna can pull off hoop earrings and a belly chain in the water, but let’s be real – it’s not the most practical. Keep your accessories light and easy with this $7 neutral hat from Forever21, timeless eye-wear, and simple gold studs. For added style, go tropical with the pineapple studs above from Bing Bang NYC because…well, why the heck not?

Reading material is must for long tanning sessions. I’m magazine-obsessed and eagerly await each issue of Domino magazine. Naturally, the color issue out now will be with me poolside for many weekends to come (even after I read it, I will read it again). It’s perfect to get you in the spring/summer mood and out of the dark winter vibes.

Skip the oil (always) and tan gradually with sunscreen in high numbers. Relax – it’s March – you have plenty of sunny days ahead. Don’t tan too quickly when your skin is at its lightest and most sensitive. Neutrogena provides great coverage, but the scent of Hawaiian Tropic just sings summer, pool, and beach weather. I love them both.

Speaking of the beach: If you don’t live near one, bring the beach to you by swapping out some framed photos with one or two calming, tropical prints like the one above by Murray Mitchell. Look for prints that coordinate or complement the colors in your home, and you’ll feel a little closer to the beach every time you see it.

Last, but never least – serve yourself a cocktail, a make it pretty! Recipe for the pink babe in the photo is below.

T H E  U L T I M A T E  L E M O N A D E

– 2 parts Burnett’s Pink Lemonade

– 2 parts lemonade

– Splash of sparkling water

– Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

– Drink up and refill!

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