Stuff I’m Into: Beach Essentials

Here’s a list of my beach side/pool essentials:

Whats in my beach bag

Sunscreen.  I’m a fanatic when it comes to protecting my skin so I lather up with lots of sunscreen. I’ve been using Banana Boat Sport sunscreen for years and love it because it’s not greasy or “lotion-y” feeling.

I also use Aveeno sunscreen for my face.  You can certainly use the Banana Boat on your face but I prefer using something that is specifically designed for the face.  I don’t think that’s strictly necessary.  My husband uses Banana Boat on his face and it works just fine.

I also use Banana Boat sunscreen lip balm because my lips burn easily if I don’t protect them. Does that happen to anyone else?  I ask because I’ve never known anyone to complain about this.

Makeup.  I keep my make-up very minimal and only wear tinted moisturizer on top of the sunscreen.  I like and currently use Laura Mercier or Aveeno.  Can you tell I’m a fan of Aveeno products?  They are a great line and who wouldn’t want to look like Jennifer Aniston?

Hats.  I’ve never really been a hat person because I don’t think that I look good in them.  You know how some people can wear them and look adorable?  Not me.  I started wearing one last summer and now I won’t go to a pool without one.  I happened to find the hat in the picture at TJMaxx last year and I have to admit that it’s pretty cute on me.

Shades.  It’s good to protect your eyes from the sun rays.  Not to mention the fact that sunglasses are super stylish.  For those of you familiar with my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been searching for new sunglasses to add to my lonely collection of one.  I finally found these Tory Burch ones that I’m absolutely in love with.

Footwear.  You can’t really wear your sneakers to the pool or beach so flip-flops are a must.  I treated myself to these Tory Burch ones a couple of years ago and they’re still going strong.

Entertainment.  I like to bring my kindle and magazines.  Do you have any book recommendations?

Beach Bag.  One needs a good bag to carry all this stuff in.  I bought this blue striped bag from Francesca’s last year and I love it.  I’ve even used it as a summery bag for an every day outfit.  I just bought this tote and it hasn’t come in yet.  I can’t wait to get it!

Who’s ready to hit the water?  Ciao!!


  1. Cathy Lasky says:

    Summer reads. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    Lian by Nora Roberts

    All books that will keep you up at night reading. Loved them

    1. Cathy Lasky says:

      Thats Liar by Nora Roberts

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