By Kira Heinrichs
Sactown’s infamous 100+ degree days are so close I can feel the cool relief of the American River and smell the sunblock already! There’s no doubt that this summer you will have to dawn your swimsuit in public or semi-public. No woman ever looked her best with a frown on her face, so quit the mumbling and grumbling and let’s get to work!
Get Glowing Skin.
It doesn’t have to be bronze to be sexy, but get your shimmer on. It’s slimming and works wonders for optical illusions of long, lean legs. Important note: Don’t go overboard. I said shimmer not glitter. Try Lorac’s TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer; it’s awesome and looks good whether you choose to use a little dab in the daytime or a little more at night.
Don’t forget your face! Protect your money maker with SPF at all times. You only get one face and you want it stay baby soft and wrinkle-free for as long as humanly possible. Bronze it up with a matte powder bronzer for a sun-kissed glow. Bare Essential’s in Faux Tan and Warmth are great go-tos for most skin tones.
Find the right swimsuit for your body type.
I’m looking forward to seeing a sea of bright colors on the sands of the river this year, and I love that the monokini survived its trial run and is officially back in style, it means you can cover up comfortably without looking like a prude. My favorite 2012 swimsuit trends: neons, cool cutouts, and good ol’ patriotism (click on picture to buy!).
Sport Cool Shades.
The right sunglasses make all the difference in your summer wardrobe. This year, designers like Ray-Ban, Kate Spade and Toms are mixing up the classic versions of our favorite styles with fun colors, check ‘em out (click on picture to buy!).
Last but not least, dress up those tootsies!
In the summer especially, footwear DEFINES your outfit – maybe it’s because the clothing to footwear ratio tilts dramatically this time of year. Don’t get lazy with those rubber flip flops; make your sandal choices count! For summer 2012, I’m loving espadrilles, toe ring sandals, and braided gladiator-inspired leather flats like these beauties (click on picture to buy!).
EDITOR’s NOTE: You tell us – what are you doing to get ready for bikini season? Favorite summer trends?