“Every August my family and I spend a few weeks on the island of Martha’s Vineyard (aka my happy place). The New England getaway boasts lovely beaches, amazing restaurants and charming little shops. But by far my favorite activity is hanging on the beach with my family and friends. Here are a few of the items I’ll definitely have in tow this summer.” –Julee Wilson, ESSENCE Digital Fashion & Beauty Director
“Covering myself in these shiny tats is one of my favorite beach bum activities. #GlitzyGoddess”
“The sun, water and sand wreak havoc on my natural hair, therefore I always have a super nourishing hair mask on hand. This one is packed with Shea butter and vitamin C.”
“Flip flops are a must at the beach. I’m particularly loving these since they are a chic remix on the classic thong sandals.”
“I love a scarf that works as a head wrap and a sarong. Versatility is key!”
“A New England vacation is never complete without an iconic LL Bean tote. But monogrammed, of course.”
“I’m a sucker for a tropical getaway and Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places to go. Having traveled there before, I learned what necessities I need the hard way. From the beaches to the rainforest, there’s so much to see and do on this beautiful island. Here are a few items I bring along to really flourish.” –Dominique Hobdy, Essence.com Assistant Fashion Editor
“My face is extremely oily and tropical weather doesn’t help. This spray handles quite a few of my issues by setting makeup, fighting oil and protecting me against the sun!”
“Not only are espadrilles super cute and perfect for summer, they’re comfortable. Basically they allow you to look great sans foot pain.”
“Nobody has time for a dying phone. Plus, If you don’t have pictures — it didn’t happen.”
“Hands free is the only way to go! A cute backpack is not only perfect for the plane but for adventures around the island.”
“Rompers make getting dressed almost too easy. A cute, lightweight option is perfect for saving time, staying cool, and continuously slaying.”
I love a good foreign escape, and Thailand has been on my list for a while. From lazy days on Thailand’s gorgeous shores to the hustle and bustle of street markets, I’m excited to explore this new land, eat great food, make memories and uncover hidden treasures. Here are a few must-have items I’m packing on my trip. -Virginia Lowman, ESSENCE Assistant Digital Beauty Editor
Thailand definitely is not a place that’s short on sunlight. To make sure my skin is protected, I’m packing this illuminating sunscreen. With an SPF of 36, I’ll have all of the coverage I need and because it’s an illuminating formula, my skin will have a little bit of a glow so I can skip foundation.
($34, at sephora.com)
A girl should always have a good red dress on hand — at least that’s my personal philosophy. I love the lace and embroidery details on this dress. It’s awesome for perusing Thai street markets or a romantic beachside dinner with my boyfriend.
($316.00, at revolve.com)
For extra protection from the sun, you can’t go wrong with an oversized sun hat. The “Where’s My Beaches At” tagline adds a little sass to a classic staple—not to mention it’s totally Instagram-worthy.
($32.35, at asos.com)
Because it’s so hot, I’m really forgoing heavy makeup. Glowing skin and gorgeous lashes will be my go-to look. This drugstore favorite helps me easily transition my look from flirty for day, to dramatic for night.
($7.77, at drugstores)
I’m somewhat modest, but I like to show a little skin every now and then. This billowy dress is lightweight to keep me cool under the Thai sun, and shows just the right amount of skin.
($106, at revolve.com)