Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vacation Essentials : LoveBrownSugar's Top 10

I recently read a post on one of my favorite blogs FashionBombDaily about vacation essentials. I decided to do my own take on the "Essentials" countdown. As the summer is coming to a close, and many of us will be taking that late summer vacay, here are some classic and a few trendy items to keep in mind. Take it from the girl who's in a different state every weekend and knows how to pack an overnight bag in less than 60 seconds haha...you NEED these!

10. Overnight Bag

Rihanna, fresh off her private jet in NYC

The key to finding the perfect overnight bag is all in the size and material. Make sure to have something large enough to fit all your essential carry-on items, but not so large it's uncomfortable to carry. Also aim for material that exudes style as well as sensibility. H&M has a bag that looks exactly like the one pictured on Rihanna above. It's a Fall item so it can be found in stores now, only $39.99

9. Romper

Eva Marcille, at Essence Music Festival

Although the romper is a tricky trend to conquer, almost everyone's safe in a loose-fitting silhouette and a BASIC color, like black or white. This way you can dress it up or down and you don't have to worry about any crazy prints bringing attention to the wrong areas. If you're daring, feel free to rock it out in a funky printed one.

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Romper

This Karen Zambos romper is color-blocked on the sides so it's funky but still simple enough to accessorize, which I love!

8. Headgear

Whether it's a fedora or a floppy beach hat, don't jump on that yacht in the Caribbean without a stylish piece of headgear to top off your ensemble. I like the one pictured above for its thick brim. And the price is right at only $28!

7. Maxi Dress

These are my favorite summer pieces of ALL time. They're easy, you don't have to iron them, and they can go from day to night depending on how you accessorize. Get them in solid color or in fun prints. Just make sure you have one!

6. Trendy Shades

Beyonce in funky tortoise-shell shades & jumpsuit

So you don't have money to splurge on a brand new vacay wardrobe, spruce up your classic outfits with some funky new shades. They're attention-grabbing, they're fun, there are numerous varieties AND they will be the first thing people notice if they stand out like Bey's pair above.

5. Jean Cutoff Shorts

Rachel Bilson, pictured yesterday in SoCal

Another great staple to any summer wardrobe, jean cutoff shorts can be dressed up or down and should fit loose enough to be super comfortable but snug enough to give you a nice shape (avoid the frumpy mom jeans!). Levi's has a great classic pair for only $48:

Levi's Jean Shorts, at Urban Outfitters

4. Standout Swimsuit

Whether it's a sophisticated one-peice or sexy bikini that tickles your fancy, don't blend into the sand! Get a suit that matches your personality AND suits your body shape. You can usually get great pieces at Victoria's Secret, NewportNews, and if you want something simpler - American Apparel

3. Statement Necklace

What good is a sexy swimsuit without a statement necklace to pile on top of it?? (J/K hehe). My friends and I are famous for this. We don't just go to the beach in a swimsuit, we go with matching jewelry!!

But on a serious note, unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past 2 seasons: it's ALL about the statement necklace these days. Don't leave home without it! Pair it with a cute plain beach dress and some heels, and it's instantly an evening look. Pair it with a plain tank and your jean shorts, and you're ready of your tour of the island. Whatever it is, statement necklaces will bring your look from frumpy to fab in 2 seconds...trust.

2. Patterned Mini-Dress

Caribbean Flower-Print Dress, ASOS, $45.98

The patterned dress is the quintessential peice for a summer vacay. It's fun, its cute, its flirty, and it makes you feel good! Check out the day dresses section of ASOS for some cute options. For those of you more averse to online shops, Zara has really cute patterned dresses as well.

1. Embellished Flats

Beyonce, in Aldo sandals

So my all-time favorite accessory for summer vacay is the embellished sandal. I LOVE how unique you can set yourself apart with a pair of funky sandals that nobody else has their hands on. Steve Madden and Aldo have a pretty great stock of embellished options. If you're in the NYC, hit up the shops in SoHo. They have great stuff you won't find anywhere else. Pictured above is Ms. Bey (again, I know) in Aldo sandals. Below is her full body pic. Her outfit's sick!

Anyway, I hope all my lovelies enjoyed this Summer Vacay Essentials countdown. Comment if you think I missed anything crucial, and happy traveling!!


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  1. For once bey did something right in the wardrobe department. This outfit if fun, youthful, and edgy love it!

  2. The Embellished Flats' picture is of Beyonce's feet. The question I have is why is she wearing nude tights with them. Why? She's crazy. And I agree with the commenter above. She actually looks "nice" in her outfit above.