If warmer weather has you feeling wistful about sunny Summer memories, why not channel that nostalgia into your seasonal reading list with a few YA books? Since "Blumesday" — a holiday dedicated to Judy Blume — is this week, we're taking a look at the celebrated author's most famous work, plus more of the best YA books on the market. With a mix of timeless coming-of-age novels, must-read sci-fi books, and contemporary classics, here is a range of sweet, funny, and inspiring reads you can bring to the beach and beyond. Take a look at these must-read YA books, old and new!
Bonnaroo kicks off this weekend, and if that's getting you excited for Summer music, we have a guide to the biggest concert tours to see in the upcoming months. With megastars like Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z teaming up, Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter Show world tour, and lots of rock legends on the road, trust us when we say these are musical performances you don't want to miss. Click through to get the scoop on dates, opening acts, and more.
With the Summer finally here, there are a few newly launched products you won't want to miss out on. First, are the amazing new room sprays from Italian design company Fornasetti that will blow your knickers right off. Then there's the stunning, nuetral, sexy-bronze Safari Nights Palette from Wild About Beauty, a high powered, shine-enhancing blow dryer from ghd that will cut down your drying time during the hottest season of the year, and a couple of other items that you can learn about by reading on. Enjoy and please let me know which goodies you think are the greatest by voting at the end of the gallery!
Although it is still technically Spring, it sure feels like Summer, which means we're already looking forward to our favorite trends of the season. But if you're still scratching your head on what's hot and what's not in terms of hair, nails, and makeup, never fear. We've rounded up all the trends you need to know about in handy list form, broken down by category. Ready to get schooled? Your guide is right after the jump.
With festival season, outdoor wedding season and yes, of course, beach season upon us, it's important to learn how to take care of your hair colour that you've just spent so much time and money to acheive. Shop these eight, SPF-enhanced haircare products that are sure to get the job done right without weighing down or greasing up your lovely locks. I especially love this product from Philip Kinglsley called Swim Cap (£18.40) which specifially fights any oxidisation from weather, chlorine and salt water. Which of these will you be buying for beach season?
Don't let bruises, blisters, blue veins, and stretch marks keep you from baring your legs this Summer. You can don the shortest shorts, high-cut bikinis, and miniskirts with just a little bit of extra coverage (that is, if you choose, of course.) Read on to discover three ways to hide your tiny imperfections during the warmer months.
Zara's May 2013 lookbook goes a little something like this: statement denim, fresh hues (both bright and light), and pops of fun prints. Starting with denim, we're smitten with two circle skirts that are perfectly retro. And when it comes to colour palette, shades of cobalt, orange, crisp white, and baby pink should cover all the style-setter bases. Floral prints and stripes can be found on suits, skirts, and trousers, while another batch of sleek oversize clutches maintain their status as the perfect day-to-night accessory. For all this — plus a closer look at the Zara's signature cool-girl styling in action — click on for the complete lookbook now.
America's favourite pasttime is baseballs, so it's no wonder why baseball caps are so popular for both men and women across the globe. They used to be relegated to sports games and bad hair days, but now they're one of the coolest, easiest ways to accessorise for Summer. It was a look we spotted around the Fashion Week tents on style insiders, not to mention on the runways at Alexander Wang and DKNY — and it has quickly become one of our favourite trends. We've picked five baseball caps that are perfect for your Summer adventures, whether you're headed to the beach or kicking it at an outdoor music festival. Watch on to see how you can protect your face from the sun in the chicest way possible.
On Allie: Club Monaco blouse and jacket. On Britt: Rag & Bone Jean tee, BCBG Max Azria jacket and necklace.
If you're tired of side plaits or even wraparound milkmaid braids, here's something you'll want to try instead: the cascading plait. It's part French plait, part regular plait, and part waterfall, but 100 percent impressive. And best of all, it's rather easy to do. Just start by spritzing the hair with a working spray to add texture and hold; Kristy White of Festoon Salon in San Francisco (the hairstylist responsible for creating this gorgeous plait) recommends Oribe Superfine (£16.50). To see close-up pictures, along with step-by-step instructions on getting the look, just keep reading for more.
YSL has topped themselves the industry this season, literally, by introducing a new top coat called Tie & Dye (£21). Perfect for Summer, it comes in four shades of purple, blue, orange and Pop pink. What makes this topcoat so unique is that it is comprised of three different layers in one bottle that allows you to create different effects on your nail.
The bottom layer is a glittery frost, the centre layer is a sheer colour (to coordinate with each of the opaque nail varnishes in the Summer range) and the top layer is your average translucent topcoat. Worn over any old lacquer, it will jazz up your everyday colour, or you can shake the bottle for extra shimmer. For more fun ideas on how to wear Tie & Dye, watch our beautiful editors on our sister site in American talk about a multitude of options.
What's your take on Tie & Dye? Is it to die for, or is it essentially a shimmer topcoat?