L.Space swimwear designer Monica Wise gives her summer essentials

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We’re continuing on with our quest for essential items for summer, and there are few who understand what you need to enjoy summer better than the swimwear designers featured in Surfing magazine's new Swimsuit Issue, so we decided to ask them to give us a list of their five essential items for summer. Up next is L.Space creative director and lead designer Monica Wise. (For our first designer interview, click here.)

Designer: Monica Wise
Line she designs for: L.Space
Location: Southern California

Wise has been designing swimwear for more than 10 years. A self-proclaimed beach girl at heart, she describes her sensibilities as “sophisticated beach chic/glam surfer girl,” and she says she gets inspiration from all her travels—she’s worked on the stunning beaches of France, Mexico, and Bali, to name a few—as well as her home along the California coast.

Here are her five essential summer items:

Mani/Pedi in Essie’s Camera: A bright, punchy coral pink nail polish shade that’s perfect for both fingers and toes.

Sunny days playlist: Nothing gets Wise excited for summer like a playlist packed with sing-along-at-the-top-of-your-lungs tunes.

Fresh cucumber slices: Picked up each weekend at her local farmers market, fresh cucumbers taste good with hummus or in ice water.

The transformative cucumber: photo courtesy of flickr/tom_focus

The transformative cucumber; photo courtesy of Flickr/tom_focus

Bike: A bike she can cruise around town in with her friends, visiting farmers markets or local watering holes, is a must.

City Bike-Domingo Deluxe: photo courtesy of State Bicycle Co.

City Bike-Domingo Deluxe; photo courtesy of State Bicycle Co.

Barbecue: A barbecue, friends, and some good cocktails on a summer night all combine to make what is probably Wise’s favorite thing about summer.

Wisebackyard

A backyard worthy of a barbecue

To find out Wise’s favorite weekend getaway and other fun tidbits about her, head over to Surfing magazine, where she was recently interviewed.

Don't forget to pick up a copy of Surfing magazines Swimsuit issue, on newsstands now! Or you can purchase a digital issue by clicking here.