Our Favorite Summer Finds For Beach (Or Just Your Balcony)

So about your summer plans…

What the summer has in store is anyone’s guess when it comes to traveling, beaching, and socializing. But if one thing is certain, it’s that the sun is going to shine regardless. So here are a few things we’re loving for the season and planning to bust out—whether it’s a full-blown beach day, or just some sunbathing from our apartment balcony.

Whether your style muse is Kim K or you want to channel Audrey or Marilyn, Anne Cole has a suit for you. We loved two from opposite ends of the spectrum: The Maillot, a classic white one-piece (what better to show off a golden glow?) and the Flounce V-Neck, a flirty and vivacious yellow suit with a bold plunge at both front and back. Both are designed with a fab fit and comfortable, stretchy swim fabric. If the beaches and pools aren’t in the cards, we’ll be ready to rock these in our bathtub if we have to. We might even try them as bodysuits.

From $78 at www.annecole.com

Think makeup meets skincare meets sun protection. This BB cream boasts so many features it’s hard to be concise: you get broad spectrum mineral SPF 30, a skin-evening tint, and Rose Stem Cell actives that pack a nourishing antioxidant punch. Plus it’s made with 70% certified organic ingredients, is totally vegan, and is reef friendly. (Here’s hoping we make it anywhere near a reef this year.) The rose scent is surprisingly herbally, light, and delicious, and the tint — although the light/medium appeared too dark for a fair complexion — blends in seamlessly and gives a glowy boost.

$52 at www.coola.com

Squishy is not a word we normally associate with things we love, but this sandal is an exception. The footbed is just that, crafted from actual impact-absorbing yoga mat material. The strappy upper is silky, comfy, and stylish enough to wear far beyond the beach. Upgrade from your current flip flop situation with their summer-ready shades— we’re really feeling the sunshine-y yellow and coral-y pink.

$35 at www.sanuk.com

Not only do you get the mineral sun protection from zinc oxide, but you also get a helping of Vitamin E, jojoba oil, aloe, and oat extract to soften, soothe, and moisturize skin. This sunscreen has a light, fresh scent and spreads easily considering it’s a mineral-based block. You can expect a bit of the white residue typical of zinc oxide – not a problem for the fair skinned, but more noticeable the darker your tone.

$13.99 at www.sheamoisture.com

We’ve long been a fan of Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear line (the mascara’s a fave), so were excited to hear about the new Natural Defense line, which includes triple the protection for your skin with a mineral SPF, pollution defense, and RPF—yes, that’s blue light and radiation (from your phone and other screens…eek, right?). The smooth, blend-able color can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips for the perfect rosy glow. We love the convenience of the twist up stick, which will easily fit in a small bag for on-the-go touch ups once we’re actually on-the-go again.

$11.49 at physiciansformula.com