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FEEL FIT,
EVEN HOT,
BY THE POOL

Cassandra Grey’s guide to poolside envy in a matter of days.


Written ByCASSANDRA GREY
Photography ByNAJ JAMAI

Cassandra Grey’s guide to poolside envy in a matter of days.

FROM THE DESK OF CASSANDRA GREY
Re: Guide to poolside envy in a matter of days
June 18, 2019

Swimming pools, movie stars, endless sunshine. It is always summer in Los Angeles. There is even a song about how it never rains here, which may sound like paradise to you, but for me it’s problematic given that I am fairly certain I look like the best version of myself when, and only when, I am wearing a trench coat. I feel that I look very fit, even hot, in a trench coat. I may have recently invested in a new camel-colored Celine men’s current-season, classic trench coat made of wool and cotton. I say invested because it cost almost as much as a used Mercedes Benz, which, when I was a kid, seemed like the absolute nicest thing in the world money could buy. (I’m pretty sure I got that idea from a Janis Joplin song.) I think long and hard about spending this kind of money. I think about how many hours I have to work to make that kind of dough and then double that to account for California income tax. I think about how many items I will need to Marie Kondo and take to The Real Real to free up both the cash and the room in my closet. What can I say? Expensive but worth it.

We built VIOLET GREY on the belief that customers want to feel good about their purchase decisions. Our product is trust and our purpose is to provide you with a defensible edit of best-in-class products, inspiration, and tricks of the trade. We are successful when carrying that VIOLET GREY bag makes you feel just a little better about life.

To that end, please allow me to guide you through how to feel fit, and yes, even hot, by the pool. If you are in the best shape of your life and make your money as an Instagram bikini or speedo model, this guide is not for you. (But please DM me to tell me how you did it: What it was like, what happened, and what is it like now?) If you fancy the glamour of lounging by the pool, but don’t particularly like the idea of being practically naked, I am your girl and this is the guide for you!

I know we are all meant to believe beauty is on the inside, but I think when one is outside by the pool, this rule no longer applies. It's just rude to be out there with ashy elbows or cracks—literally cracks, eww!—on your feet. The good news is that it is no longer “in” to look any one way—thick, thin, curvy, dark, light, tall, petite, male, female, trans, young, less young, etc. It is in to be you and own who you are. Your body type is in. Any body type can achieve confidence, and confidence is always in style.

Below, the top-10 confidence-boosting body hacks I learned from the who’s who of Hollywood glam squads.

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I see it all the time: People ruining an otherwise stunning swim look with cracked heels and crusty feet. Do yourself a favor and shell out $35 for these exfoliating booties. You'll get baby-soft soles (and avoid side-eye glares) when you're lounging feet up in your cabana.

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Dr. Sturm in a necessity in my wardrobe and her dry brush is no exception. Start from your hands and feet and brush towards your chest to slough off dead skin, soften cellulite (the best bikini fix), and detox your lymphatic system.

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This detox potion remedies a multitude of skin woes. Puffiness from excess fluids? Check. Rough patches, eczema, and acne? Check, check, check. The secret is an exotic blend of mineral-rich salt from the Kalahari desert and nourishing South African seaweed.

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What I reach for when I've been lazy about exfoliating and moisturizing. It delivers a total body transformation with nourishing coconut powder, sea salt, and jojoba seed oil.

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When my team proposed I roll thousands of needles over my body I said, "No f*cking way." But then I heard how it smoothed dimples on your legs and bum, and made products penetrate better. Was it painful? Not at all. Did it smooth my a$$? You bet. Slather on some Agent Nateur Holi (Oil) Youth Body Serum beforehand and now we’re really talking results.

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This super hydrating body scrub was made famous by being a staple in Mrs. West’s bathing routine. A Malibu super babe, and former VIOLET GREY intern, invented and perfected this concoction in her kitchen using ingredients like brown sugar and vanilla. You end up smelling like a cookie. In my experience, everybody likes cookies. 

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No matter the shade of your skin, if your cellulite is shining thru, a little bronzer does a lot to help mask lumps and bumps. This formula gives you an instant bronzed glow, evens out your skin tone, and literally blurs imperfections—blemishes, spider veins, cellulite, age spots, all of it.

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How do you come to peace with dry, dull hair? You don't. Instead, I suggest you stock up on this restorative mask and slather it on your strands every week. I promise it will give you reinvigorated, healthy Hollywood hair all summer long.

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I heard makeup artist Melanie Inglessis call this body oil "the best thing on earth," and she is so right. It looks just as gorgeous in the bottle as it does on skin, giving you the kind of sun-kissed glow that only comes from a weekend in St. Barts.

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There's nowhere I'd rather be than in bed with Samantha and Jules watching Spiderman, 

but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to smell like I’m on a private island. One spray of this ocean-inspired, citrus-and-coconut-spiked cocktail transports me straight to the Mediterranean.

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Bonus: I think long-sleeve, one sleeve bathing suits just became a thing. VIOLET GREY doesn’t sell them (yet) but please allow me to recommend this number from Cover.