THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER DRESSES

It's a silhouette more or less synonymous with the season, and makes getting dressed so easy you should invest in an arsenal. Here are the ones to buy.

THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER DRESSES

It's a silhouette more or less synonymous with the season, and makes getting dressed so easy you should invest in an arsenal. Here are the ones to buy.

WHAT DO YOUR SUNGLASSES SAY ABOUT YOU?

WHAT DO YOUR SUNGLASSES SAY ABOUT YOU?

THE READING LIST

THE READING LIST

THE BEST SWIM FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

As we all know, the high-cut leg is the look right now. But just because it looks good on Bella doesn't mean it will on you. Cue our guide to the most flattering styles for every shape.

THE BEST SWIM FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

As we all know, the high-cut leg is the look right now. But just because it looks good on Bella doesn't mean it will on you. Cue our guide to the most flattering styles for every shape.

THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER

THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER






From the dresses to own to the books to read, here's everything you need to know for a fabulous summer.






From the dresses to own to the books to read, here's everything you need to know for a fabulous summer.

HOW TO GET PERFECT “SUMMER HAIR”

HOW TO GET PERFECT “SUMMER HAIR”

Petite

You're one of the lucky few who can pull off low coverage styles (think open back, no underwire or multiple cutouts). Speaking of underwire, if you're looking for curves, it'll help; high cuts lengthen your legs.

Petite

You're one of the lucky few who can pull off low coverage styles (think open back, no underwire or multiple cutouts). Speaking of underwire, if you're looking for curves, it'll help; high cuts lengthen your legs.

Hourglass

What works best for you are suits that define your waist. A self-belt ensures you don't get lost in a one-piece and is also trending. A retro bikini works, too.

Hourglass

What works best for you are suits that define your waist. A self-belt ensures you don't get lost in a one-piece and is also trending. A retro bikini works, too.

A Bit of a Butt

The formula here is full coverage on the bottom and something fun on top. And by fun we mean crisscross halters, plunge necklines and a good dose of print.

A Bit of a Butt

The formula here is full coverage on the bottom and something fun on top. And by fun we mean crisscross halters, plunge necklines and a good dose of print.

Athletic

We all love the newly-popular scoop-back maillot, but you're going to look like a swimmer in it (fine if that's what you're going for). If you'd like a more feminine look, cutouts and ruffles help you fake a few curves.

Athletic

We all love the newly-popular scoop-back maillot, but you're going to look like a swimmer in it (fine if that's what you're going for). If you'd like a more feminine look, cutouts and ruffles help you fake a few curves.

Blessed on Top

Proper support here is key! Thicker straps and underwire are your friends, ditto for side coverage. Note: low-rise bottoms lengthen your torso.

Blessed on Top

Proper support here is key! Thicker straps and underwire are your friends, ditto for side coverage. Note: low-rise bottoms lengthen your torso.

Here are the titles everyone will be talking about—whether you're in a book club or not.

Here are the titles everyone will be talking about—whether you're in a book club or not.

If you liked             Then you'll love

Devil Wears Prada…When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (Out June 5)
The Flamethrowers….The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
The Song of Achilles….Circe by Madeline Miller
One Plus One....Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
The Handmaid’s Tale…Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger
The Girl on the Train...The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

If you liked             Then you'll love

Devil Wears Prada…When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (Out June 5)
The Flamethrowers….The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
The Song of Achilles….Circe by Madeline Miller
One Plus One....Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
The Handmaid’s Tale…Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger
The Girl on the Train...The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

THE ECLECTIC FRAME

      Quirky
     Dances like no one’s watching 
      Self-identifies as a “creative”   

THE ECLECTIC FRAME

      Quirky
     Dances like no one’s watching 
      Self-identifies as a “creative”   


THE MATRIX MOMENT 

      Confident
      Addicted to Instagram  
      Huge fan of the Hadid sisters


THE MATRIX MOMENT 

      Confident
      Addicted to Instagram  
      Huge fan of the Hadid sisters

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And we say the same applies to shades.

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And we say the same applies to shades.

THE ROUND LENS 
    Free spirit
    Loves a music festival
     Blessed with impeccable bone structure

THE ROUND LENS 
    Free spirit
    Loves a music festival
     Blessed with impeccable bone structure

THE OVERSIZED 

      … had a big night.

THE OVERSIZED 

      … had a big night.

SUMMER JEWELRY THREE WAYS

As with your sandals and lightweight dresses, there are certain pieces of jewelry with a summer-season shelf life—making them all the more special to wear. Meet the three looks to savor.

The Destination Look: Not that you can't wear turquoise in the winter (a chic choice), but stones such as that, coral and mother of pearl feel more "escape" than they do urban Tuesday (not to mention they look great with a tan). Ditto for shell jewelry.

Bohemian Layering: There's a subtle allure to the woman who wears a well-merchandised collection of personal pendants and tiny earrings when she hits the beach. It's just the sort of bohemian ease to expect from cool girls hailing from Los Angeles to the South of France.

Super-Fun Earrings: Cyndi Lauper was right when she said girls just want to have fun, especially in the summer when serious jewelry is for those who need to loosen up. Cue pom poms, polka dots and a rainbow of color.

SUMMER JEWELRY THREE WAYS

As with your sandals and lightweight dresses, there are certain pieces of jewelry with a summer-season shelf life—making them all the more special to wear. Meet the three looks to savor.

The Destination Look: Not that you can't wear turquoise in the winter (a chic choice), but stones such as that, coral and mother of pearl feel more "escape" than they do urban Tuesday (not to mention they look great with a tan). Ditto for shell jewelry.

Bohemian Layering: There's a subtle allure to the woman who wears a well-merchandised collection of personal pendants and tiny earrings when she hits the beach. It's just the sort of bohemian ease to expect from cool girls hailing from Los Angeles to the South of France.

Super-Fun Earrings: Cyndi Lauper was right when she said girls just want to have fun, especially in the summer when serious jewelry is for those who need to loosen up. Cue pom poms, polka dots and a rainbow of color.

 THE COCKTAIL LIST  

We asked Salvatore Tafuri, Head Bar Director at John Fraser’s The Loyal  for his list of what’s currently cool in the cocktail world. Spoiler alert: no cosmos here. 

1. It’s all about the Sbagliato. (Don’t worry, we hadn’t heard of it either.) Tafuri describes it as a lighter version of the classic Negroni, made with with prosecco instead of gin. 
 
2. As with white dresses, a daiquiri is always in style for summer—it’s a classic and you really can’t go wrong. 
 
3. Heading to a dinner party? A bottle of cold rosé from Provence makes for a chic, crowd-pleasing gift. 
 
4.According to Tafuri, "tequila is still hot". However, in the spirit of the less obvious choice, we suggest you ask for Sotol or Raicilla. Like tequila, both are made from agave.
 
5. The summer DIY cocktail to try at home is a Pink Lady, made with grapefruit and tequila. Shake and serve on the rocks with spicy salt (Tajín) and garnish with a slice of watermelon.
Ingredients: 
2 oz Tequila Reposado
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
3/4 oz Pamplemousse Liqueur 

 THE COCKTAIL LIST  

We asked Salvatore Tafuri, Head Bar Director at John Fraser’s The Loyal  for his list of what’s currently cool in the cocktail world. Spoiler alert: no cosmos here. 

1. It’s all about the Sbagliato. (Don’t worry, we hadn’t heard of it either.) Tafuri describes it as a lighter version of the classic Negroni, made with with prosecco instead of gin. 
 
2. As with white dresses, a daiquiri is always in style for summer—it’s a classic and you really can’t go wrong. 
 
3. Heading to a dinner party? A bottle of cold rosé from Provence makes for a chic, crowd-pleasing gift. 
 
4.According to Tafuri, "tequila is still hot". However, in the spirit of the less obvious choice, we suggest you ask for Sotol or Raicilla. Like tequila, both are made from agave.
 
5. The summer DIY cocktail to try at home is a Pink Lady, made with grapefruit and tequila. Shake and serve on the rocks with spicy salt (Tajín) and garnish with a slice of watermelon.
Ingredients: 
2 oz Tequila Reposado
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
3/4 oz Pamplemousse Liqueur 

THE EXPERT'S GUIDE TO FITNESS

If you don't know Joe Holder, you're likely familiar with (or already following) his Instagram handle @ochosystem. Ivy league-educated and with a background in meditation, his philosophy is far more holistic than that of your average "trainer". If he sounds exactly like the guy you'd choose to get you into shape, you're in good company: his female clients include a long list of It girls and supermodels. So in the spirit of good health and great abs, we asked him for some guidance. (And if you don't understand his lingo—we had to look up "bus drivers"—you might just need to book an appointment with the expert himself.)

THE EXPERT'S GUIDE TO FITNESS

If you don't know Joe Holder, you're likely familiar with (or already following) his Instagram handle @ochosystem. Ivy league-educated and with a background in meditation, his philosophy is far more holistic than that of your average "trainer". If he sounds exactly like the guy you'd choose to get you into shape, you're in good company: his female clients include a long list of It girls and supermodels. So in the spirit of good health and great abs, we asked him for some guidance. (And if you don't understand his lingo—we had to look up "bus drivers"—you might just need to book an appointment with the expert himself.)

He coifs the locks of everyone from the Hadid sisters to Margot Robbie (and has pretty enviable waves himself). Here, Moroccanoil’s Bryce Scarlett shows you how to master summer hair.  


NAIL EFFORTLESS BEACH WAVES
“I always use Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse. Squeeze a golf ball size into palms, emulsify and apply evenly using your fingertips throughout wet hair from mid-lengths to ends.”

CONSIDER THE BRAID 
“Braids are great for the summer as they are low maintenance and they keep the hair up and out of the face. Use a texture spray to create volume and prevent slippage.”

MASTER THE SCRUNCHIE  
“Scrunchies are best when worn casually—and they add volume to the crown of the head which flatters the face.” 

IF IN DOUBT, PUT IT IN A PONY 
“A proper ponytail at the crown of the head is universally flattering. Plus, it’s the easiest look to take from day to night. Start with a clean, sleek ponytail that is tidy and polished. As the day progresses, use a dry texture spray to add fun and flirty volume for a night out.”

CARE FOR YOUR HAIR 
“I always tell people to treat their hair as they do their skin: it’s just as fragile. To help prevent damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors like salt water, be sure to use a protectant before hitting the beach!”

He coifs the locks of everyone from the Hadid sisters to Margot Robbie (and has pretty enviable waves himself). Here, Moroccanoil’s Bryce Scarlett shows you how to master summer hair.  


NAIL EFFORTLESS BEACH WAVES
“I always use Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse. Squeeze a golf ball size into palms, emulsify and apply evenly using your fingertips throughout wet hair from mid-lengths to ends.”

CONSIDER THE BRAID 
“Braids are great for the summer as they are low maintenance and they keep the hair up and out of the face. Use a texture spray to create volume and prevent slippage.”

MASTER THE SCRUNCHIE  
“Scrunchies are best when worn casually—and they add volume to the crown of the head which flatters the face.” 

IF IN DOUBT, PUT IT IN A PONY 
“A proper ponytail at the crown of the head is universally flattering. Plus, it’s the easiest look to take from day to night. Start with a clean, sleek ponytail that is tidy and polished. As the day progresses, use a dry texture spray to add fun and flirty volume for a night out.”

CARE FOR YOUR HAIR 
“I always tell people to treat their hair as they do their skin: it’s just as fragile. To help prevent damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors like salt water, be sure to use a protectant before hitting the beach!”

NAILS: DOS & DON’TS

Attention, please. As a contributor to Vogue and W, editorial manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon doesn’t just know the trends, she sets them. Lest you want to be caught with the wrong shade or shape this summer, we suggest you heed her advice as follows.

DO wear bright Pop Art colors (pink and turquoise are currently trending) on both your toes and fingers.
DON’T wear mauve. It’s out. 
DO try fun nail art on an accent nail.
DON’T try 3D nail art.
DO use red nail polish on short nails. 
DON’T over cut your cuticles.
DO file your nails to a medium length. It conveys a more natural, modern appearance.
DON’T do pointy nails. Or fake nails.

NAILS: DOS & DON’TS

Attention, please. As a contributor to Vogue and W, editorial manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon doesn’t just know the trends, she sets them. Lest you want to be caught with the wrong shade or shape this summer, we suggest you heed her advice as follows.

DO wear bright Pop Art colors (pink and turquoise are currently trending) on both your toes and fingers.
DON’T wear mauve. It’s out. 
DO try fun nail art on an accent nail.
DON’T try 3D nail art.
DO use red nail polish on short nails. 
DON’T over cut your cuticles.
DO file your nails to a medium length. It conveys a more natural, modern appearance.
DON’T do pointy nails. Or fake nails.

Here's the new music to look out for. (Hello, Dave Matthews.)


The 1975, “Music for Cars” , June 1
Jorja Smith, “Lost & Found”, June 8
Drake, “Scorpion”, June 28
Florence + the Machine “TBD”, June 29
Years  & Years, “Palo Santo”, July 6
Vampire Weekend, “Mitsubishi Macchiato”, Summer 2018
Dave Matthews Band, “TBD”, Summer 2018

Here's the new music to look out for. (Hello, Dave Matthews.)


The 1975, “Music for Cars” , June 1
Jorja Smith, “Lost & Found”, June 8
Drake, “Scorpion”, June 28
Florence + the Machine “TBD”, June 29
Years  & Years, “Palo Santo”, July 6
Vampire Weekend, “Mitsubishi Macchiato”, Summer 2018
Dave Matthews Band, “TBD”, Summer 2018

The Focus: Shoulders
The look of shoulders has more to do with improving overall posture than anything else. That means hitting posture drills that deal with the rear deltoid (behind the shoulders) and the mid back. 

Joe suggests: scarecrows (look it up), rear raises and face pulls

The Focus: Arms 
I'm not super big on hitting arms because these will naturally thin up once you get the body working correctly. But if you do want to hit them, think more about controlled movement + isometric work so you improve overall tone and don't compensate through shoulders. Basics are more than enough for these. 

Joe suggests: tricep extensions, chin-ups, bicep curls and plank to tricep "get-ups"



The Focus: Shoulders
The look of shoulders has more to do with improving overall posture than anything else. That means hitting posture drills that deal with the rear deltoid (behind the shoulders) and the mid back. 

Joe suggests: scarecrows (look it up), rear raises and face pulls

The Focus: Arms 
I'm not super big on hitting arms because these will naturally thin up once you get the body working correctly. But if you do want to hit them, think more about controlled movement + isometric work so you improve overall tone and don't compensate through shoulders. Basics are more than enough for these. 

Joe suggests: tricep extensions, chin-ups, bicep curls and plank to tricep "get-ups"




The Focus: Butt + Legs 
Many women can't target the butt efficiently because they are hamstring or quad dominant or are often sitting with their hips in constant flexed position. Here's an easy circuit below to fix that. 

Joe suggests: alf-kneeling hip opener, prone leg lift, fire hydrant, hip circles, bird dogs, clamshells, glute bridge, pulse lunges (with slight forward lean in torso)

The Focus: The Stomach 

Believe it or not, figuring out proper breathing is one of the best things you can do to tighten your abs. In addition, proper eating is key. Lastly, make sure when you do core work it's actually your abs working and not back + hips.  Most women don't want bulging six packs so aggressive targeting outside of exercises that already utilize the core really aren't needed. Here are some exercises that always seem to work though. 

Joe suggests: press to ab extension, landmine bus driver, renegade row, hanging ab raiders, side plank to hip drop to knee drive


The Focus: Butt + Legs 
Many women can't target the butt efficiently because they are hamstring or quad dominant or are often sitting with their hips in constant flexed position. Here's an easy circuit below to fix that. 

Joe suggests: alf-kneeling hip opener, prone leg lift, fire hydrant, hip circles, bird dogs, clamshells, glute bridge, pulse lunges (with slight forward lean in torso)

The Focus: The Stomach 

Believe it or not, figuring out proper breathing is one of the best things you can do to tighten your abs. In addition, proper eating is key. Lastly, make sure when you do core work it's actually your abs working and not back + hips.  Most women don't want bulging six packs so aggressive targeting outside of exercises that already utilize the core really aren't needed. Here are some exercises that always seem to work though. 

Joe suggests: press to ab extension, landmine bus driver, renegade row, hanging ab raiders, side plank to hip drop to knee drive

The Top Four Workout Myths According to Joe

1. "Areas that aren't toning up need to be exercised more." Often, especially on legs, it has to do with you moving improperly so the extra work does more harm than good. Instead of targeting the area you desire it goes to another. 

2. "Weights will make you 'bulky'." There's a big difference between lifting for strength and lifting for muscle mass. 

3. "I need to work out every day." You really don't. Understand the difference between "activity" vs "working out/training". Many women would do well by increasing general "NEAT" or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This is basically movement outside of the "standard" gym that is closely linked to satisfactory weight maintenance. 

4. "A calorie is a calorie." It's not. The composition of your food matters, especially how it affects and relates to you. We all know that two people could have the same exact diet and totally different results. It's how your hormones and underlying mechanisms respond to the food you're consuming. 

The Top Four Workout Myths According to Joe

1. "Areas that aren't toning up need to be exercised more." Often, especially on legs, it has to do with you moving improperly so the extra work does more harm than good. Instead of targeting the area you desire it goes to another. 

2. "Weights will make you 'bulky'." There's a big difference between lifting for strength and lifting for muscle mass. 

3. "I need to work out every day." You really don't. Understand the difference between "activity" vs "working out/training". Many women would do well by increasing general "NEAT" or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This is basically movement outside of the "standard" gym that is closely linked to satisfactory weight maintenance. 

4. "A calorie is a calorie." It's not. The composition of your food matters, especially how it affects and relates to you. We all know that two people could have the same exact diet and totally different results. It's how your hormones and underlying mechanisms respond to the food you're consuming. 

The Destination Look


THE HAT EDIT
 
In the summer months, it’s not simply a question of style: it’s a matter of safety. Far more fabulous than sunscreen (though please don’t skip that step), it’s once again unacceptable to leave the house sans hat. 


THE HAT EDIT
 
In the summer months, it’s not simply a question of style: it’s a matter of safety. Far more fabulous than sunscreen (though please don’t skip that step), it’s once again unacceptable to leave the house sans hat. 

Bohemian Layering

THE URBAN OASIS
 
Can’t get out of the city? Don’t despair; a little slice of paradise is closer than you might expect.

THE URBAN OASIS
 
Can’t get out of the city? Don’t despair; a little slice of paradise is closer than you might expect.

THE MUST-HAVE: THE TINY “BEACH” BAG
 
If you're carrying a beach bag this season, you're not actually going to the beach (or so the trend goes). And when it comes to those chic enough for city life, smaller is actually better.

THE MUST-HAVE: THE TINY “BEACH” BAG
 
If you're carrying a beach bag this season, you're not actually going to the beach (or so the trend goes). And when it comes to those chic enough for city life, smaller is actually better.

Super-Fun Earrings

Al Fresco Hot Spots

Al Fresco Hot Spots

The Vacation Store

The Vacation Store

How The Europeans Do Summer

How The Europeans Do Summer

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