Gail Simmons: 10 Things I Can’t Live Without This Summer


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Come summer there are a few things I can’t live without. Here’s what’s on the top of my must-have list.

  1. Sunblock: I wear 30 or above because I have super sensitive skin. I love Neutrogena.

  2. Popsicles: I like making my own at home with a classic old school popsicle maker. One of my favorites is made with puréed watermelon, lime juice and a little sugar.

  3. A nice big floppy sun hat: A must when I go to the beach.

  4. A good pair of sunglasses: I recently lost a pair of Jason Wu sunglasses and I’m not over it! So recently I’ve been wearing a pair of Carolina Herrera ones, which I also like a lot.

  5. A good mindless beach read: I love books that don’t make you think too much come summer. My Name is Memory is a beautiful love story with a little bit of time travel. It’s great for the beach.

  6. Sundresses: I love Splendid’s easy, comfortable sun dresses when it gets warm.

  7. Cover-ups: Lemlem, which was started by model Liya Kebede, has great scarves and cover-ups.

  8. Outdoor entertaining: I love getting those striped, tapered old fashion disposable straws for outdoor cocktail parties with friends.

  9. Beach bag: I always look for something with a lot of pockets when I’m shopping for a beach bag and it has to fit over my arm, be lightweight and easy to wash.

  10. Kai: I love this scent for summer  – it’s nice and flowery. I put it on my pressure points (neck and inside of my wrists).