Beauty Monday – Beach in the City
-Think beach scents – whether it’s the beach itself (Bobbi Brown’s Beach is great for that) or other beach-y scents like coconuts and tropical drinks. I can’t wear any of these fun scents to work during the week, but I do use various shower washes and scrubs that are beach scented, and I have been known to spray my pillow with BB’s Beach (I did that a LOT when I was studying for the bar a few years ago).
-Think beach makeup – with the sweltering heat, now is a good time to pare back your makeup routine – I still wear makeup to the office in the summer, but I keep it light and stay inspired by the beach – bronzer and sheer lip stains are great yet still look professional. I also wear less eye-makeup, relying more on cream shadows that are quick and easy to apply or sheer eye shadows that I wear as a wash – I still wear liner and mascara as well during the week, but on weekends, I pare back to the bare minimum for more of a fresh-faced look.
– Wear a floppy hat often – this applies especially if you drive or walk to work – first, because it protects your complexion from sun damage, but second, because it does put you in a good mood. It just does. And you want something that has a wide brim for added protection. I have a cream cotton canvas floppy hat I picked up at Target this past weekend, and it made me smile this morning when I put it on for part of my walk to work. I gave up the daily beach hat when I had to commute via subway for several years and had barely a walk (subway within a block of home, with exit right below my office building, yes I was lucky) but now that I am resurrecting it, I am realizing it is good for my skin AND for my mood. Now if only Target had some more of these hats in stock on the web – there were almost none at the store I went to yesterday, and the pickings are pretty slim on their website. And yes, it goes without saying – take the darn hat off before you might run into someone from work who thinks your beach hat with professional clothes is just plain weird. I think it can be pulled off by the way, as long as you don’t have your suit jacket on (and why would you have it on outside, if it’s 90 degrees).