Beauty & The Beach: 7 Hot Weather Must-Haves

We're not quite sure how it happened, but it's August. And many of us have big plans to leave the city for the coveted annual summer vacation. If you're one of these lucky ladies, you're probably wondering, "What do I pack?"

We know that staying gorgeous on the go can be slightly overwhelming. No one wants to pack their entire make-up case for a week-long trip. But, what if you forget something?

The good news is that whether you're off to the shore or the lake, or even another city—we've got you covered.

These Are So Clutch!

Jimmy Choo Jasmine Clutch, $1,695

The mixture of white and coral on this python skin clutch gives it a simple, classic look. We love the use of silver hardware against the warm color to give it more of an edgy appeal! If you have the money to splurge on something this fantastic, and are in need of a chic day clutch, we say hail to the Choo!

Proenza Schouler PS1 Pochette Leather Clutch, $895

Beat the Heat: Easy Breezy Trendy Pieces

It’s been a hot summer thus far and the heat and humidity just keeps getting higher, and higher, making it a difficult task to dress your best. But don’t fret! We’ve selected a few trendy pieces that we think you’ll love and will help to make this hot and humid summer an easy one. Beat the heat this summer and keep cool with these stylish pieces. You’ll be able to look your best and stay right on trend for the hot months to come!

Jewel Strap Pleated Cami Crop Top, $56

This elegant mint green color is all the rage this summer! With the light polyester make up, and the pastel color, this breezy little number will keep you cool while out and about!

Boot it, Don’t Suit it: Men’s Summer Fashion Don’ts

This summer there are some great trends for men to don; from 3.1 Phillip Lim’s ombre obsessions, to Louis Vuitton’s work and sportswear, there seems to be inspiration everywhere for men to go mad with fashion this season. However, before you get started on your summer shopping, or try bringing out those super short jorts (jean shorts) you men all seem to love when the warm weather comes, we are having a ‘What Not To Wear’ moment at Glam Damn It and for your own sake (as well as your partner’s) suggest you check out our men’s summer fashion don’ts before you realize you might be sporting one of them.

Summer Steals + Deals: L.A's Upcoming Sample Sales

What: Shop the avant-garde prespring pieces and deconstructed T's of Raquel Allegra at her upcoming sample sale. All items will be up to 60% off for just two days so don't miss out!

When: Thursday, June 7th- Friday, June 8th

Thursday 10 AM-3 PM; Friday 10 AM-2 PM

Where: 834 S. Broadway, 4th FL (see map)

Trending Tresses: Fresh Styles for Summer 2012

The clothes weren't the only thing standing out on the spring/summer ’12 runways; from unique ponytails to radical roots and funky hair accessories, fashion-forward hairstyles stole the shows. After combing through this season’s hair trends, we picked out our top five favorite looks that we're excited to try out in the coming months. No matter what your hair length or texture, we guarantee you can pull off at least one of these stunners!

Extreme Colors

That’s right ladies, we said it, extreme color is a DO for summer. Dip-dyed locks, brightly dyed roots, and radical ombrés were all over the runways. A fun (and temporary) way to incorporate this trend is by using hair chalk. We suggest Kevin Murphy’s COLOR.BUG which is available in colors including purple, orange, and pink. Buy it here.

Hot Shorts: Men's Swimwear Trends for 2012

The ladies don’t get to have all the fun on the beach this summer; when you think of sexy swimwear your mind probably goes straight to bikinis, right? Wrong. This summer the men-folk get to have some fun in their bathing suits. That’s right- it’s not just the briefs vs. trunks debate anymore. Today men have lots of trendy options to choose from, making the yearly quest for trunks a simple task.

See our picks of the hottest shorts of the season and similar, budget-friendly options!

Short + Graphic

Trending: Graphic Totes Galore

Graphic prints and patterns are always a great way to add some spunk to your style. They have been showing up on a multitude of frocks, from skater/snowboarder T’s, to denim, to chic dresses, and our current favorite, accessories. We are loving the look of the funky, graphic totes for summer and their ability to bring an outfit to life. With the bold statement that a bright, graphic bag makes, an otherwise plain outfit can really gain some great character. Mix them with other prints and patterns for a mad fad look, or go the simplistic route with black or white from head-to-toe, and they'll make a real pop on your ‘blank canvas’ ensemble.

5 Fashionable Beach Attire Must-Haves

Prepping for a day at the beach should be easy and worry-free. All you really need are the essentials to ensure a fun-filled day. This includes cool hats, a great beach bag, a swimsuit you’re comfortable in, and a big cozy towel to dry off with. We’ve rounded up a few unique pieces that will make you the most stylish gal on the shore or pool deck.

Weekend Fedora HAT ATTACK

It goes without saying, but as much as we yearn for the sun, we need to protect ourselves from it as best as we can. Lucky for us, there are several ways to stay sun-safe and remain stylish. Take this classic straw fedora for example, which features a distressed, striped cotton ribbon. Not only is it cute, but it will also keep those highlights looking fresh all summer long.

Dots Done Right: How to Wear Polka Dots this Summer

The classic polka dot pattern is back in a big way. The pattern, made famous by Minnie Mouse and itsy-bitsy bikinis, is showing up on everything from hats and dresses, to underwear and umbrellas. Which means, for those of you who are pattern-shy, there is an easy way for you to incorporate them into your wardrobe too! No need to mix patterns if you don’t feel like it; these hot spots look great on their own.