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I Sea You

The week after Christmas, I automatically start thinking about planning a beach vacation. It's as if I am programmed to crave salty sea air as soon as the gifts are unwrapped. At first, I start scheming to pack up everything I own and drive south, never to return, but then I discover my practical side again and quickly find ways to surround myself with the luxury of a beachside resort without making any rash relocation decisions. Employing beauty and fashion finds made specifically to make any woman feel like a land-dwelling mermaid helps me cope with bitterly cold mornings and grey afternoons.


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Beauty selections with a beach theme are the perfect place to start. I personally can't have enough ocean-scented perfume. Even though I have several different types, I still spend a fair amount of time coveting formulations like this Ocean Dream Eau de Toilette. A salt scrub like this Dead Sea Salt Scrub with a sharp sea scent gives me the sensation of a fresh ocean bath and sand-scrubbed skin.


A resort-style wardrobe also does wonders for lifting a dark, wintry mood. Stripes are always fun and can bring a nautical theme to any outfit, any day of the week. Try this blue-and-white striped Michael Kors tunic with a pair of white trousers or jeans for a style that is fresh and new. Beach-themed jewelry is also a must for my sea-siren style. Selections like this iridescent shell necklace are reminiscent of the jewelry you make from shells you find on vacation or purchase at shops on the pier.


Smelling like ocean breezes and looking like I just got back from vacation helps me feel sexy until spring's candy-colored sandals and trouser shorts come along. Though next year, I swear I'm packing up and heading for the Southern Border.


Where are you hastily heading this winter? How do you infuse the beach into your wardrobe?



Posted by Maegan Crandall

Maegan Crandall



Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I like mother-of-pearl jewelry and buttons; they remind me of looking for shells on the beach.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

My family hit the beach last summer in California and almost got hypothermia because the water was so cold and WE LOVED IT!!!!! I love beach rooms with light blue walls and white trim and bedding.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Yeah nautical stripes! Although I am down for anything that makes winter seem less bleak, I can't handle beach smells because it makes me miss the sun too much. I have this hair product that smells like coconut and every time catch a whiff of it I get really depressed. I also feel like I'm back in middle school wearing Roxy and bleaching my hair like a total phony.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I start pulling out my nautical stuff after Christmas, too, including stripes, navy blue and cherry red. I love wearing earthy jewelry made of seeds and shells, too. They make me feel like I'm at the beach even when I'm miles away from any ocean.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 2:04 PM

In the winter, I like to go with more of an East Coast beach look. Like I'm vacationing in a wintery Cape Cod. I'd pair a beachy nautical top with tall boots and a knit cap. Maybe a rope bracelet to top it off. And then there's always that coconut lotion I can never get enough of either.

Jan. 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Ohh, I really like that Michael Kors top. I may need that. I have an addiction to striped shirts that can not be cured.

Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I just got a new swimsuit last week (one-piece, black and white, like I stepped out of the 1920s) - and I'm itching to take it to San Diego and show it off. It's not quite the stripes and South Beach look, but I'm digging it. Needless to say, I'm eagerly waiting for summer!

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