Top 5 Summer Essentials

With May officially here, all I can think about is plopping myself down in a lounge chair by the pool. But, now that I'm an adult (lame) and I don't have a summer break, the only way to make the most of this season is by packing every weekend with outdoor activities, denim shorts, and messy buns.

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In order to maximize my woefully limited days and minimize my indoor preparation, I've found the five essentials every girl needs this summer. Bronzed skin and cherry-red lips? Sign me up.

No. 1: A Beachy Braid

Summer = laziness (at least for me), so I'm all about a low-maintenance hairstyle. When it's too warm to wear your hair down, a braid is the perfect solution for keeping cool and looking stylish. If you want to stay on trend with this season's best braids, try an unstructured braid like Nicole Richie's with lots of loose pieces. Click here to steal her style.

No. 2: Oversized Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses can immediately turn you into a trendy and laid back beach-goer. Not only do these awesome accessories act as protection from the harsh sun, but the right pair will have you paparazzo-ready, just in case they confuse you with someone famous. Click here to find the best frames for your face shape.

No. 3: A Beach-Worthy Body

At a certain age, the idea of going out in public wearing a swimsuit sounds about as fun as a colonoscopy. Fortunately, nobody has a perfect body and there are some easy things you can do to prepare for summer and look the healthiest you can (sometimes you can even fake it 'til you make it). Just remember: rapid and dramatic weight loss should not be your goal. Instead, just focus on toning your body for summer and eating right. For helpful tips and tricks from real body experts, click here.

No. 4: Bronzy Makeup and Bright Lips

This summer, ditch the time-consuming smoky eye and go for sun-kissed cheeks and a pop of color on your lips. Apply a shimmery bronzer on your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, to give you that beach-worthy glow. Try a red or bright pink lip and one coat of mascara to complete your surfer look. Click here to see how Zoe Saldana nailed this style.

No. 5: A Swimsuit Cover Up

While a swimsuit is a summer essential, a fashionable cover up is almost more important. A great cover up will transition your look from day to night, and beach to beachside bar, so you want it to make a bold statement. One way to do this is by bringing a romper -- a light, loose one-piece suit that's meant to be worn in public. Maxi dresses and jeweled tunics are also an easy way to maintain coverage while still looking chic. To see more stylists approved tips on what to wear over swimsuits, click here.

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