Beach Bag Essentials

Although the official start of Summer is still a month away, I’ve always considered Memorial Day weekend the start of Summer.  So in preparation for the weekend ahead, I want to share my beach bag essentials!  I always have my beach bag on standby so I can scurry on up to the beach at a moments notice and these are my must-haves for any beach day.

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For as long as I can remember I have always used either a Billabong back pack or a Vineyard Vines tote as a beach bag.  However, this year I am buying myself a woven tote because it is much easier to dump the sand out of than a bag with pockets.  It is also way cuter! I have narrowed my choices down to the following three bags.  The Kayu St Tropez tote (above) which comes in a handful of great colors.

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This fun Sundry bag.

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Or this Giselle tote. Each one is so cute but I have yet to make up my mind!

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When it comes to beach towels, I am always trying to find a huge blanket style towel that actually will absorb water. The Beach People towels have been on my radar for a few years now and this guy is officially mine.  They make a variety of great towels in tons of patterns and colors – which makes it hard to only buy one!

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My other choice for a nice and big beach towel is Serena & Lily.  The aqua color is perfectly beachy and the size is great for sharing!

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Now, being born and raised by the beach has given me years to test out all of the tanning lotions out there and there are only two that I use – and swear by.  Bain de Soleil Orange Gelee has been an integral part of my tanning routine for years now and it is amazing.  This stuff not only helps you tan it also seems to prevent me from burning.  Of course, it only has SPF 4 in it, so if you have fair skin then I recommend using a much higher SPF.

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Maui Babe is my other favorite tanning lotion.  This one literally smells like coffee beans, which I love!  It does a great job of helping you achieve a dark tan.  The only complaint I have is that the color gets all over your swimsuit when you apply it.  The color washes out, but I would recommend the Bain de Soleil on the days that you are wearing a white swim suit!

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As much as I love a deep dark tan on my body, I never play around with my face and neck.  My sister always makes fun of me because by the end of the Summer by body is ten shades darker than my face. However, I am trying to protect my face and prevent any sun damage – which could lead to premature aging.  Neutrogena makes my favorite face sunscreen.  I have been using this for several years and not only does it work well, it also doesn’t make my skin break out. I also use their Ultra Sheer Stick for my lips.

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To provide additional protection and to help keep the sun out of my eyes, I found this perfect cotton sun hat from JCrew.  They have several great hat options – each for a great price!  I particularly love this hat because it is soft and made from cotton which won’t make my head itch.

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One thing that you will never catch me on the beach without, is a pair of sunglasses.  I typically like my Ray-Bans the best for the beach because they are polarized and sturdy.  However, I also love a cute pair of shades that match my bikini, so sometimes fashion out weighs practicality.

The most important item in my beach bag will always be my water.  I am honestly not a fan of the Swell water bottles because they don’t hold more than a bottle and a half of water.  I drink a ton of water each day – especially when I am out in the sun.  I recently discovered these awesome BKR water bottles which actually hold a liter of water.  The little spiked guy is so cool, but, at the moment, the spiked collection only comes in the 500mL size.  So for the time being I’ll stick to this pretty blue bottle and stay hydrated!

Two additional items that I keep in my beach bag at all times are It’s A 10 leave in conditioner and Off bug spray.  The conditioner helps prevent my hair from turning into dreadlocks and of course, the bug spray always comes in handy when the wind suddenly switches and sends the bugs right at you!

I know this was a long post, but these are truly the essentials when it comes to packing a bag for the beach.  Fingers crossed the weather is nice this Memorial Day weekend so I can grab my bag and head off to the beach!

XO

Bikini Season – Part II

As I mentioned in my last post, there truly is no limit to the amount of bikinis you should have.  With all of the amazing options out there, it’s impossible to choose just a few.  So, I have a few more suits that I am adding to my list for this Summer!

Vitamin A has always been one of my favorite bikini brands.  They have the best quality swimwear and some of the cutest beach coverups!  This particular suit comes in a variety of colors but I am a major fan of this blue.  My favorite part is the braiding detail on the straps – it adds that extra little something that makes this suit amazing!

I have mentioned my obsession with Andi Bagus in previous posts and how much I love all of their products.  This top can be worn with the ties in the front which is super cute or it could be worn as an actual top – not just a bikini top.  They offer a wide variety of bikini bottoms that you could pair with this top.

These bottoms are my favorite.  Since the top is the statement piece, I want my bottoms to be subtle, and these are perfect.  You can buy the top and bottoms in almost any color but this periwinkle is perfection!

Next up is this feminine suit from Marysia.  I discovered this brand on Instagram about a month ago.  They have a small collection of suits but each one is beautiful.  This suit comes in white, pale pink, and black.  Each color looks so amazing that I truly cannot decide which one I want the most!

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Another great Insta find was Molly J Swim.  This top is perfect for girls like myself – lifetime members to the itty bitty titty club!  I am not normally a fan of pink but this “dusty rose” color is so pretty and would look great with a tan.

Now all I need is for Summer to get here so I can break out all these great bikinis!!

XO

Bikini Season

Bikini season is right around the corner and I could not be more excited!  Each year my bikini wish list is a mile long and it is sooo hard to decide on which ones I want the most.  This year I am starting early, and I have already begun checking off my list.

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Can you tell I like navy?

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This bikini is from JCrew but I actually mixed & matched this set.  The Friday top is currently 30% off and the Star bottoms are on clearance with an additional 30% off!  If I were you I would scurry on over to JCrew ASAP and check out the bikini selection.  They have excellent quality swim suits for unbelievable prices!

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This Melissa Odabash bikini was another gift from my Aunt.  Melissa Odabash makes some of my favorite bikinis.  I have several of her bikinis and they are perfectly cut for just the right amount of coverage.  Also, the quality is amazing and they hold up extraordinarily well in the Summer sun – totally worth the money.

These are my first two bikinis for the upcoming Summer season and I have several more waiting to join them.  Stay tuned for my next picks!

XO