I wish I could claim to be the girl who re-reads philosophical novels saved from my college literature classes for summer fun. But I'm just not.
So if you, too, want the beach to be a break from all things serious, I've compiled my own recommended summer reading list.
These, ladies, are five whimsy, easy, indulgent books on style (four on fashion and one on beauty products, just for good measure). They're not going to stimulate deep thinking. And you can finish them before you even reapply your sunscreen.
But they're enjoyable to look through, and might inspire or advise you in even the smallest of ways.
Here, my list, with a highlighted excerpt from each: "Style Clinic" by Paula Reed: "A fabulous coat, bag, and shoes are the most direct route to looking great. There's a tribe of extremely stylish women out there who put their faith in the power of this simple formula. These items are what people see first. Get them right, and what's underneath can be as simple and basic as you like." "That Extra Half An Inch" by Victoria Beckham: "I do love designer swimsuits, but you have to be careful not to get one cut in odd shapes or with funny cut-outs on the side, which will just give you comedy tan marks. It takes a very special kind of woman to carry off brown diamond-shaped marks down the left side of her ribcage." "The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style" by Kim France and Andrea Linett: "If you can't afford a fur (or fake fur) collared coat, or you can't find one you love, fabric stores are great resources for understated, not-to-expensive strips of fur that you can add on to a coat you already have." "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making it Work" by Tim Gunn: "At the Council of Fashion Designers of America dinners, it's a big huggy, kissy meet and greet, but make no mistake: these people are cutthroat." "Ultimate Beauty Secrets" by InStyle magazine: "For the most authentic sun-kissed look, apply bronzer where sunlight naturally hits—the center of your forehead, your cheekbones, and chin." --Kristy Eckert