Ten Must-Read Articles for Your Memorial Day Weekend Lounging Pleasure

Break out the white shoes, everyone -- summer is here! Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and it's time to do all those Memorial Day Weekend-y things: barbecue, lie by the pool (or on the beach) with a trashy novel and a stack of fashion glossies, get a wicked sunburn. Actually, this list of great reads from the latest issues of our favorite fashion mags has a preventative cure for that last one -- and might we recommend picking up some pain-relieving aloe gel, with menthol and lidocaine, just in case you do get a sunburn. It pretty much saved our life after a trip to Galveston last weekend.

If you are hitting the pool, we highly recommend grabbing at least Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to keep you busy. But if you're planning on lounging in the a/c, watching Law & Order marathons and surfing the Web, check out the ten must-read articles we have compiled for your reading pleasure.

Vanity Fair

It may be a stretch of the imagination, but someone else has done all the work in the Impossible Conversation slideshow. A fun read with beautiful illustrations to boot.

Gorgeous nudes of the incomparable Marilyn Monroe from the set of her final movie, Something's Got to Give.


Resort 2013 is here! Peruse all of your favorite designers, from Bottega Veneta to Zac Posen.

If you have Olympic fever (we do), the article Wonder Women: Team USA's Female Olympic Athletes is a must-read. The photos are pretty gorgeous, and we get to know a few female Olympians competing for America. Get to know some of the men in Country Strong.

Looking for literary poolside/beach reads? Vogue compiled a Hit List: Six Summer Novels to keep us entertained.


It's wedding season! Elle shows us how to get a soft, fresh look in Flower Girl: Wedding Makeup Tips -- great whether you're the bride or not. (Author's note: The bumble+bumble Surf Spray noted in the first slide is a must for summer here in Houston, when really -- what's the point in doing your hair at all between May and October?)

If you're looking to escape the Houston heat this summer, check out Paradise Found: The Top Spa Retreats.

Harper's Bazaar

Protect yourself with HB's selection of Summer's Most-Wanted Sunscreens.

Straw accessories are all the rage, and HB has found 10 Under $100: Raffia Extras that won't break the bank this summer.

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Christina Uticone