Before you start seeing visions of Snooki and the Situation fist-pumping in your head, let me make something very clear: I have spent nearly every summer of my life at the Jersey Shore, and I can assure you that if your idea of the Shore is based on the show, you need to turn off the TV and decide for yourself. I personally have never seen a parade of promiscuous, spray-tanned guidos on the boardwalk, or anywhere (okay, maybe Tiki Bar or Jenks- but only a handful, and they were from the Bronx, and they were fun to look at). This new image that MTV and the media have decided to bestow upon the Shore makes me sad, because it only represents a fraction of what is real. Yes, I have most certainly gone out at night at the Shore among orange-skinned people; I’ve seen guys who are definitely on steroids in small tank tops, and girls too. Was there techno music? Hell yes. However, I have also experienced these things in Queens. And loved it.
Summer wouldn’t be complete for me without reading a book on the beach and sitting at the water’s edge in Point Pleasant or having drinks with my cousins at the bars in Seaside. Riding bikes to the shops, past beautiful multi-million dollar beach houses, shingles and all. Don’t knock it til you try it. This is what you wear when you go.
Lisa Marie Bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez, $250
LMF's swimsuits bring me back to the days where Pam Anderson was a bombshell and Baywatch was all the rage. Love everything about this look!
Frock! By Tracy Reese Laurisa Dress in Lightening Tropic, $228
Hot summer nights call for a flirty one-shoulder dress. Ramp it up even more with some 70's inspired flatforms.
Sanuk Kiss and Tell Sandal, $30.00
Your inner surfer girl is calling. Flat sandals are a must for walking through the dunes to find that perfect spot in the sand. Appropriate for a transition into night.
Carrera Champion/A sunglasses, $109
Bring a little bling to the beach in a subtle way. These shades mean business- no makeup required.
Frederic Fekkai Beach Waves, $24
Nothing is sexier than beach hair! This spray enhances natural waves or creates texture in straight hair like mine. Spritz while reading magazines from the atop the lifeguard tower.
Hermès un Jardin en Mediterranee EDT, $125
Smells like (pricey) Teen Spirit. This fragrances makes me feel youthful, energized and beautiful, all in one spritz. Perfect for daytime at the beach.