Summer’s almost here, folks. And before you can say “pina colada,” you’re going to be packing your bags and heading on that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming about all winter, am I right? But don’t pack your bags until you read this, because Paula Hermanny, the creator of ViX swimwear (if you don’t know, now you know. Best. Bikinis. Ever) is sharing the 7 things she won’t hit the beach without.

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1. Sunglasses
I love a light frame sunglasses like my Ray-Ban aviators.

2. ViX Visor
it’s a must have — it protects your skin, but let’s the sun hit your hair for those •natural* summer highlights.

3. EltaMD Sunscreen mixed with Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. It’s super light and easy to mix with a tinted moisturizer of your choice, since it’s hard to get a tinted sunscreen that matches your skin color.

4. An Easy Cover Up
Easy beach to restaurant cover up - I love our Tess dress in white for taking it from beach to restaurant and back again. I also love our Grazi dress in red or black.

5. The perfect sexy swimsuit with some kind of statement detail
I love our Laura bikini .

6. The Perfect Summer Sandal
I usually like a flat sandal in a neutral color that goes with most outfits or a pair of TKees in beige.

7. A Beach Bag or Clutch
I love this straw clutch and this straw and leather bag — you can use them day or night.

about paula

Being one of the first to introduce luxury swimwear to women in the US, Paula has been a leader and visionary since ViX Swimwear’s inception in 2003. From her humble beginnings, she had always envisioned creating her own collections, opening her own retail stores and having her name be recognized globally. Her determination has allowed her to execute her visions and introduce a piece of Brazilian beach culture to the American market.