Summer Ready OC
Credit: Timothy Kwon
Summer Ready OC
Credit: Timothy Kwon

8 Ways to Get Ready Summer-Ready in South OC—Brows and Bronzing Included!

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Summer? Is that you? Sure, we’ve had a little rain this year, but the clear skies are back, and those epic rays we know and love are finally here to stay. Us Southern Californians function best when the weather is warm, so it’s high time we come out of hibernation and hit our usual summertime spots. It’s spring, after all, which means our favorite time of year is only a season away. So let’s get into prime sunshine-soaking shape with these eight essentials for pre-summer prep.

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Get in Motion

Motion Fitness

Summer Ready OC
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With locations in Irvine and Laguna Hills, Motion Fitness is more than just another gym—it’s a community of individuals with the goal of building strength and stamina through plenty of sweat. Each day of the week has a different focus to engage, endure, explode and exhaust. The vibes are high, the music is hot and the work is hard—but the endorphins from this heart-pumping, 50-minute workout will have you buzzing all day long. Motion Fitness specializes in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) while integrating custom soundtracks and playlists, so you can groove while you move. Plus, the Laguna Hills Motion Fitness is situated right next to the brand new Coffee Dose clubhouse and is less than two miles from the Irvine Spectrum—shopping date at Vuori anyone?!


Uno Dose Lattes

Coffee Dose 

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Be sure to grab a clubhouse breakfast bagel or honeycomb ricotta toast, which are both exclusive to this Coffee Dose location. You’ll need a little sustenance after your sweat. The new clubhouse is just as Instagram-friendly as the flagship and doesn’t require any kind of membership—all are welcome. They are serving up all the fan favorites like The Mary Matcha and The Keto Queen. If you want to keep up with your health kick after your class at Motion Fitness, try out The Burner, which is a brain-boosting blend of drip coffee, MCT oil and grass-fed butter. We also recommend The Detox, a moody-looking elixir of activated charcoal, raw almond milk, wild local honey and your choice of espresso or matcha. 

High Brow Behavior

The OC Esthetician

Geneva Shaw, founder and face behind The OC Esthetician, will help you get summer ready with treatments that pair perfectly with salty hair and sun-kissed skin. A lash lift and brow tint will go a long way during those long summer days to make you look effortlessly cool and collected on those no-makeup beach days. Give your brows a major upgrade with a lamination to enhance their natural shape—you can then say sayonara to spending your mornings filling and fluffing. Plus, her dreamy studio will put you in total relaxation mode. 


50 Shades of Spray

Sugared + Bronzed 

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Repeat after me: if you can’t tone it, tan it. These are words to live by and the reason to book your next spray tan at Sugared + Bronzed in Dana Point. Everyone looks better with a tan, plus it can act as a base for those real rays you end up soaking up on the sand. Be sure to exfoliate before your tan for long-lasting results, and consider investing in their sunless tanning mists to prolong your glow. We are all about skin protection these days, so sign us up for all the spray tans.


Give Good Face

Facial Works

Facial Works has changed the game by making facials more approachable with their walk-in service. Their facial bar is a quick and effective way to get an on-the-go glow when you’re in a time crunch. In 40 minutes, a skin specialist will hydrate, decongest and anti-age skin so you can walk out ready for your close-up. They also offer more customized facial options in private treatment rooms for people who want to invest a little more in their moneymaker. Facial Works has four Orange County locations, but we love the Irvine Spectrum spot because you can grab a drink at Habana before or after.


Athleisure Love


Vuori is the crème de la crème of workout gear, mixing function with fashion for athleisure that can stand up to a grueling workout or make you look comfortably trendy for a coffee run. Their fabrics are buttery soft with rich colors and classic patterns. They have a brick-and-mortar location at Irvine Spectrum, which means you can swing by after your foray to Facial Works and before you grab some soft serve at viral SomiSomi.


Suit Up for Summer


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Who doesn’t love a sustainable girlie? Gear up for summer with some eco-conscious swimwear from Zonarch, a female-founded company that is serving up summer staples like their Yoko one piece, Joni bikini, Billie shorts and Garcia hoodie. Shop local at this OC company this summer and upgrade your underwater wear. Zonarch doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar store, but you can browse online on their website.


The Tone Rangers

California Contour Clinic

The final step to getting souped up for summer is visiting California Contour Clinic to take advantage of their various body-sculpting services, such as ultrasonic cavitation and Emsculpt. These state-of-the-art technologies assist with diet and exercise to accentuate your body’s natural curves as well as tighten and tone. California Contour Clinic also offers wellness regenerative medicines like infrared sauna, red light therapy, cold plunge, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Emsella (moms, this one’s for you!).

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.


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