What will you be carrying around in your bag this summer? As the season of minimalism it is time to empty your bag, clear out the rubbish and fill with the essential items for summer. If your bag is just too full of winter hoarding it might even be time to buy a new summer bag.
The summer is here and that means we can reduce the amount of make-up we wear by about 50-75%. Empty your bag of all the foundations, concealers, eyes shadows and blushers weighing it down. An all in one BB cream with illuminator is all you need in the summer months as well as light mascara and a lip gloss or lipstick.
If you need a new bag
With all this minimalising you might think you need a new bag and the trends have certainly changed from last year. Fashionistas are choosing trendy backpacks above oversized handbags or alternatively fitting all their bits and bobs in to a small clutch or even a bumbag. Yes, a bumbag. They are back on trend. For a trip into town or a day at the beach a tote or shopper is a great option and patterns range from monochrome to animal print, bright pink to studded. You can see a good selection of trendy bags and purses here.
We all want a healthy glow but there is nothing worse than the lobster look during the summer. Allow yourself to tan gradually by wearing a medium factor sunscreen of around 15 SPF, unless you are light skinned and go for a higher number and embrace your own colour. It is better to protect the skin you have than to risk it to reach a darker shade. If you find a BB cream with added SPF you only need a small spray-on sun lotion for your exposed parts.
For stopping by the park on your way home to having a book for lying by the pool, a good summer read is always part and parcel of the season. Current popular reads include Gone Girl and Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. Alternatively you could take the opportunity to read classic summer reads including The Magus or The Talented Mr Ripley.
Hand gel and tissues
Every clever good time girl knows that you need to be prepared. Keep a nifty antibacterial hand gel in your bag and a small pack of tissues for visits to the beach or days at the parks.
Phone or tablet
If you simply cannot live without your tablet then make sure you buy it a safe new case to protect it in your bag. If you need a phone upgrade for summer the Nokia Lumia 1020 is THE perfect summer gadget. The new Lumia is a bright and shiny yellow and offers 41 mexapixel camera to take all your summer snaps on.
Jemima is a fashion and beauty writer who has already scanned the internet and watched the fashion show for the latest bag trends. You can find a diverse selection of trendy bags and purses here from studded bum bags to on trend backpacks.