|all ready to go//beach products|
i am a classic over-packer. this goes along with my ability to over-think, over-eat, over-buy, etc. if i pack just enough clothes to have one option each day of my trip, i will most definitely hate every single thing i brought and be miserable and have to buy more options. when i went to new york a few years ago, i brought what i (and my family) calls my baby hippo suitcase. it is a very fitting nickname. i drug that suitcase blocks and blocks from the train station to our hotel, and didn't regret it once. i had every item of clothing i could possibly want and three coats for the new york city winter weather.
beach packing is different, though. you don't bring a coat, and bathing suits don't take up too much room, but you need space for books. now that i have my nook, my bags tend to weigh about 30 pounds less, but i still pack for every possible event. my family goes to myrtle beach, the vacation spot of my mom's childhood and a place we have visited every summer since i can remember. it's tacky in parts, and we love it.
|summer reading//head wraps and sunnies|
here are some things i am bringing to the beach this year:
beach bag: this plastic, waterproof bag actually came as a free gift from clinique, my makeup brand of choice. i love this bag for the clear, bamboo handles and the ease at which i can dump sand out of it.
banana pouch: i really love this pouch from h&m. i use these types of bags at the beach to hold things like my phone and sunglasses while i am in the ocean.
beach book list: i have two new beach reads, 'the shoemaker's wife' and 'reading women,' two titles i can't wait to peruse while poolside.
sensitive skin sunscreen: i have crazy sensitive skin, so this clinique sunscreen is a lifesaver. it sprays on, which is fun and easy, and has proven itself summer after summer as my go to sunscreen.
new sandals: my mom picked up these fun brighton sandals for me a few months ago and i just love them. you always need a new pair of flip flops for a beach vaca.
beach towel: i love this oversized beach towel. the shark towel is nate's (of course).
headband/wrap: i absolutely hate having my hair in my face, especially poolside with the breeze. the black and gold polka dot head wrap comes from hay's in searcy, and is perfect for the beach or a university ball game. the green band with a bow was a gift from my mom. both are big enough to hold all of my hair back, but still look stylish.
sunnies: these sunglasses are oldies, but goodies, from forever21. they are pretty big, and definitely have a fun, 70s vibe. they are also tinted so even gloomy days look sunny.
hair products: i have two products i use at the beach. the first is moroccan oil that hydrates hair and protects from heat. the second probably takes away all of the good things the first brings, but i love sun in. it just gives my hair a boost to start turning blonde. this product is actually a bit hard to track down. i found this bottle in a dollar store (yikes), but it really works for my hair! and i only use it about once a year so, no harm??
face product: when i am not at the pool, i like to use a light moisturizer containing sunscreen. again, my choice is clinique. this moisturizer is lightly tinted and has 25 spf. i wear it under my regular makeup and it keeps me hydrated and protected from the sun.
what are your beach staples??