#WednesdayWishlist: Beach bag essentials for a summer vacation
Bikini-ready in a flash
Cai Mei Khoo, Editor-in-Chief: Handmade sandals from Lane Marinho
My happy place is by the beach, sun on my skin, salt in my hair, sand in between my toes. This summer's must-have is definitely a pair of handmade sandals by São Paolo-based shoemaker, Lane Marinho. Constantly inspired by art (Matisse is a favourite) and nature, Marinho's shoes are chiefly crafted from natural materials such as raw stones and seashells—at least I'll always have a piece of the beach with me, wherever I go.
Loh Wei Yeen, Fashion & Beauty Writer: Printed bikini from Dolce & Gabbana
As much as I love florals for summer (how obvious, I know), I'm more inclined to the idea of it than to actually wear it—I blame this on my love for all things monochromatic and boring. Although, I must agree this Dolce & Gabbana printed bikini checks all the right boxes in my books: Super cute retro silhouette? Check. A flirty yet feminine design that isn't too OTT? Score. All I need now for my beach-ready ensemble is a sleek pair of shades and a luxe travel tote.
Rachel Au, Lifestyle Writer: Off-shoulder midi dress from Lisa Marie Fernandez
Swimsuits and sunnies are high on my list of must-haves when going on a summer getaway but the ultimate one that I definitely can't go without is a chic beachwear cover-up that plays the perfect double agent for both on the beach or strolling around town in the evening for dinner. In fact, this particular 'Mira' dress from Lisa Marie Fernandez is designed with the same off-the-shoulder silhouette as the label's best-selling bikini (already owned). Above all, the Japanese cotton-blend gauze makes for great comfort and the classic blue and white stripes is exactly that - timeless.
Tan Su Fen, Editorial Assistant: Crystal-embellished cat-eye sunglasses from Fendi
Sun's out, shades on. Sunscreen aside, the other absolute summer essential I'll be packing in my beach bag is a trusty pair of shades to keep those harmful UV rays away—ideally it'll be these gorgeous cat-eye sunglasses by Fendi. The retro feminine shape is made edgy by way of statement-making triangular crystal embellishments to the corners, making it chic, unique and effortlessly cool. Now, I'm just hoping my pint-sized face will be able to pull this off.