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Beach vacation essentials, according to Liza Golden and Paloma Monnappa

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By Rahul Vijay  May 17th, 2017

The date your beach vacation officially starts is fast approaching and you’re still confused about what to pack. We’ve all been there. While there are numerous guides to decode what exactly your beach kit should include, it can get overwhelming at times. We asked two ‘It’ girls to spill on their summer essentials and here’s everything we learned.

Liza Golden-Bhojwani, model

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ELLE: Describe your summer style.

Liza Golden-Bhojwani: Anything that is cropped, high-waisted and in earthy tones.

ELLE: Your holiday essentials?

LGB: Bikinis, lip balm, sunblock and Havaianas flip-flops.

ELLE: Your all-time favourite holiday destination?

LGB: Bora Bora.

ELLE: Your current favourite swimwear trend?

LGB: I am obsessed with crochet bikinis right now.

ELLE: What do you keep in mind while buying a swimsuit?

LGB: I always make sure I refer to the size charts. I also tend to stay away from string bikini bottoms, as I don’t find them as flattering as other cuts on my body.

ELLE: Where do you shop for swimwear online?

LGB: Andi Bagus and Elsa & Rose.

ELLE: Beaches or pools?

LGB: Beaches.

Paloma Monnappa, Model/DJ/Actor


ELLE: Describe your summer style.

Paloma Monnappa: Sneakers, high-waisted shorts and crop tops.

ELLE: Your holiday essentials?

PM: Sunscreen, portable speakers and bikinis.

ELLE: Your all-time favourite holiday destination?

PM: Sri Lanka.

ELLE: Your current favourite swimwear trend?

PM: Retro swimsuits, crop top bikinis, one pieces and high-waisted bottoms. 

ELLE: What do you keep in mind while buying a swimsuit?

PM: I always buy swimsuits or bikinis that are functional so I can surf in them.

ELLE: Where do you shop for swimwear online?

PM: Triangl and Kittbae.

ELLE: Beaches or pools?

PM: Beaches.

Everything you need to carry with you on your beach vacation

Real Fit Lipstick in Elegant Lady Purple, Rs 920, Innisfree
Eau thermale sunscreen, Rs 1,200, Avène
Lycra bikini, price on request, Hermès
Suede shoes, price on request, Chloé
Chiffon dress, price on request, Kalita
Cotton kaftan, Rs 3,500, Marks & Spencer
Acetate-metal sunglasses, price on request, Dolce & Gabbana at Sunglass Hut
Crochet bikini, price on request, Zimmermann
Metal necklace, Rs 719, Lulu & Sky
Rubber flip-flops, Rs 1,600, Havaianas
Cotton hoodie, Rs 47,000, Off-white at

Summer reading essentials

Sorted your wardrobe and booked your surf lessons? Congratulations. Now make the most of your downtime with the coolest books of the summer.

'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' by Arundhati Roy

It's been two decades since the author of The God of Small Things published a novel, although Arundhati Roy has written several non-fiction books since then. Epic in scale, but intimately human in its concerns, the long-awaited story dazzles with its kaleidoscopic narrative approach and unforgettable characters. (June 6, Random House)


'Perennials' by Mandy Berman

Mandy Berman's debut adds to the "friendship novel" frenzy with a nostalgic summer-camp tale. After years of being summer BFFs, Rachel Rivkin and Fiona Larkin reunite at Camp Marigold as counselors. For these two young women, the hot holiday season sets their coming-of-age aflame. (June 6, Random House)


'Do Not Become Alarmed' by Maile Meloy

If you thought school parking-lot recriminations and judgments were brutal, think again: In this dark thriller, two couples venture ashore from a cruise ship, only to get lost—and also lose track of their children. Every parent's nightmare unfolds here in a way that'll make you grateful that it's not happening to you. (June 6, Riverhead)

'We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria' by Wendy Pearlman

A politics professor at Northwestern, Wendy Pearlman interviewed hundreds of displaced Syrians in the aftermath of the massive upheaval that followed the Arab Spring. The West has been repeatedly numbed to the human rights travesty of the authoritarian Assad regime—or worse, encouraged to think of its victims as outsiders—but these accounts fly in the face of that selfish idea. (June 6, Custom House)


'The Answers' by Catherine Lacey

The world exacts a particular price from women, simply for existing. Exhibit A: this novel's protagonist, Mary, who lives with a chronic, painful condition. To fund her treatment, she agrees to play the part of the "emotional girlfriend" to an actor in search of many partners to fulfil all his needs. (June 6, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

'Rich People Problems' by Kevin Kwan

You're probably already in the thrall of Kevin Kwan's juicy haute-society novels, starting with the destined-for-screen Crazy Rich Asians. He cements himself as the "rich people problems" scribe with the story of the Shang-Young family, headed towards its ailing matriarch's bedside—and her estate hangs beckoningly in the balance. (May 23, Random House)

'Surpassing Certainty' by Janet Mock

Writer and TV host Janet Mock described the process of writing her movingly open last memoir, Refining Realness, as "gradual and challenging." The trans advocate returns this June with a memoir of her twenties, accounting for her early experiences of both romance and a competitive media career. (June 13, Atria Books)

'How to Fall in Love With Anyone' by Mandy Len Catron

Mandy Len Catron provided everyone with their new favorite date-night opener in her viral New York Times piece "To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This." Is it possible to create the conditions for romance armed only with 36 questions devised by a psychologist? (Try it, and let us know.) Now, Catron expands upon the themes of love and relationships in a collection of essays destined to provide more conversational fodder. (June 27, Simon & Schuster)

'Policing the Black Man' edited by Angela J. Davis

The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown are among the greatest and most telling tragedies in recent American History. Renowned activist and academic Angela Davis has brought together essays from legal and criminology experts to shed light on a complex web of racial profiling, policing, and the justice system. (July 11, Pantheon)

'See What I Have Done' by Sarah Schmidt

Having spawned a ballet, an opera, a musical, and even a Lifetime series, Lizzie Borden's story has enthralled the public since she was acquitted for the brutal murder of her father and stepmother in 1893. Debut novelist Sarah Schmidt tackles the murk and silence in this old tale, imagining the cruel secrets of a respected family. (August 1, Atlantic Monthly Press)

'Apprenticed to Venus: My Secret Life With Anaïs Nin' by Tristine Rainer

Cuban-French writer Anaïs Nin was the queen of experimental, personal, erotic writing. She was also mentor to Tristine Rainer, who now offers an insider look at her relationship with the legendary bohemian—including overcoming her initial shock at Nin's bigamy to become a kind of romantic accomplice. (July 11, Arcade Publishing)

'Arbitrary Stupid Goal' by Tamara Shopsin

Blurbed by Miranda July, Tamara Shopsin's illustrated memoir will thrill lovers of '70s NYC culture. Shopsin's father, Kenny, is the idiosyncratic providore of Manhattan eatery Shopsin's (if you haven't seen I Like Killing Flies, the documentary about him, it would make a terrific companion piece). You'll love pulling a seat up to this table. (July 18, MCD)

'Goodbye, Vitamin' by Rachel Khong

Apart from having just published a cookbook/handbook/guidebook all about eggs (in fact, that's the title of the book), Rachel Khong also has her debut novel coming this summer. After Ruth's engagement dissolves, she finds herself living with her parents, whose declining faculties and familiar quirks threaten to overwhelm her. But it's with a good mix of humor and love that she's able to confront her father's flaws and illness. (July 11, Henry Holt)

'The Half-Drowned King' by Linnea Hartsuyker

Game of Thrones will be back on our screens by the time this epic Viking saga comes out, and it's a safe literary bet for those of us who enjoy a bit of Westeros action. Ragnvald Eysteinsson is betrayed by his avaricious stepfather, and in trying to gain back his rightful inheritance, he pledges his sword to a young warrior plotting to become the king. If you like your heroes noble and your struggles for power bloody, this one's for you. (August 1, HarperCollins)

'Sour Heart' by Jenny Zhang

Zhang, a poet of incandescent talent, is the first writer to be published by Lena Dunham's Lenny book imprint. Sour Heart's stories give voice to young Chinese women coming of age in New York City; they speak of wet dreams, changing one's name, karaoke, and familial love that only grow stronger as it springs from continent to continent, generation to generation. (August 1, Lenny)

'Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History' by Camille Dungy

Poet Camille Dungy's father, an academic physician, traveled often and took his family with him. Now, as Dungy herself travels the country with her daughter, she reflects on the experience of being a black woman and mother—the latter having been a huge influence on her writing. Her visit to the slave pens of Ghana evokes the blend of horror, mortality, and terrible tenderness she has previously captured in her poetry. (June 13, W.W. Norton)

'The Burning Girl' by Claire Messud

Incendiary stories about women are Messud's wheelhouse—just try The Woman Upstairs. This time, she addresses adolescence: the way it can become the strongest adhesive between two young women, Cassie and Julia, and also a springboard for the kind of betrayal that will hurt the most. (August 29, W.W. Norton)

'Girl in Snow' by Danya Kukafka

For the past couple of years, it has seemed like all we wanted to read about was "girls"—whether they were just The GirlsThe Girl on the Train, or pretty much any other iteration. Danya Kukafka brings us this year's version; she went from an editorial assistant to published author with her debut, a cool literary mystery to get you through the season's heat. (August 1, Simon & Schuster)

'Autumn' by Karl Ove Knausgaard

No, I'm not trolling you—if you think about it, the end of summer is actually a pretty good time to publish a book called Autumn. Readers of his "My Struggle" volumes will know that the Norwegian writer is gifted at spinning exquisite prose about quotidian minutiae. Here, the twenty-first century Proust is back with a collection of short pieces; it's the first in what will be a quartet of books based on the seasons. (August 22, Penguin Press)

'Dying: A Memoir' by Cory Taylor

Australian author Cory Taylor passed away last year of brain cancer. In just a few weeks before her death, she wrote this clear-eyed memoir, reflecting on the enduring taboo of death, voluntary euthanasia (which she considered, but ultimately rejected), and her aversion to "dying badly"—the kind of painful descent into dementia that her parents shared. (August 1, Tin House Books)

'The Futilitarians' by Anne Gisleson

After Hurricane Katrina, a group of friends found the balm for their collective loss and trauma: literature. Philosophy, Russian novels, American classics—all formed part of the Existential Crisis Reading Group's syllabus. Read along if you're in need of a little healing. (August 22, Little, Brown)


'What We Lose' by Zinzi Clemmons

"I was born as apartheid was dying." So begins this debut novel about Thandi, raised in Pennsylvania but wondering increasingly about her "other home country" of South Africa. She dives into a rediscovery of her mother's land, which serves as a kind of unsteady anchor for her, even as her mother passes away and she realizes she'll soon be a mother herself. (July 11, Riverhead)

'Sex and Rage' by Eve Babitz

If you're not desperate to read this book based on the title, I don't know what to tell you. Originally published in 1979, Sex and Rage paints with Babitz's signature hues: Los Angeles sky blue, jacaranda mauve, and cocktail pink. Its protagonist, the aimless Jacaranda, shares with her creator a bicoastal range, languid ambition, and a talent for passion. (July 11, Counterpoint)

'New People' by Danzy Senna

Engaged couple Maria, the "raceless" adoptee of a black mother, and Khalil (half black, half Jewish) joke that they're "like a Woody Allen movie, with melanin." It's the mid-1990s, and they're two prime examples of the "new people" eliding the seams of race. But as Maria becomes less comfortable with this neat categorization, she finds herself struggling with the bonds of her relationship, too, fixating on another man. (August 1, Riverhead)