Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Is HERE!

My favorite time of the year has officially arrived.

Long days, warm nights, campfires, ice cream, grilling, swimming... I mean, these are some of the best things in life, right?  It has been super warm here for June so even though yesterday was the technical first day of summer, I feel like it's been here for a while now.  I've rounded up a few of my warm weather must haves, all essentials to get you through the best season of the year.  I just need this baby to get here already so we can really get our summer fun started!


1. & 2.  Sunscreen: This Coola brand comes highly recommended and a pina colada scent is always enough to sell me.  I also mentioned previously that I was on the hunt for a great face SPF and have decided to try this one by La Roche Posay.  I'm a huge fan of their face wash, so it seems only natural to try the sunscreen.  It has great reviews, too.

3. Sandals: Beach sandals need to be three things - slip on, waterproof and easy to clean.  These Tory Burch Miller ones fit the bill in every way.  Plus they come in tons of fun colors!

4. Beach Towel: This popular John Robshaw Alabat beach towel is back from last year, so grab it while you still can.  I'm also intrigued by these round beach towels that seem to be everywhere - how pretty is this one? 

5. Good Music: Just laying out at the beach or pool can be a bit boring after a while, so good music (and a good book!) are definitely necessary.  The SunnyLife BeachSounds is both an AM/FM radio and has an AUX cable to be able to play music from your car or phone.  Plus it opens up into a little storage compartment which is nice and it's under $50 so it would make for a great gift.

6. Beach Bag: Obviously!  I am obsessed with these Mar y Sol bags this year (as is everyone), but this pom pom bag from Target is SO similar and adorable at a fraction of the price.

7, Sunglasses: I prefer cheap sunglasses when I'm at the beach because there is a very good chance I'm going to break them, leave them there, or lose them in the water.  Nordstrom's BP makes an awesome selection of cheap sunglasses and they actually hold up really well.  These knock off Ray Bans are only $12 and come in a bunch of colors!

8. Pool Float: Because this floating swan would make for great Instagram pictures, of course ;)

9. Sun Hat: It is so so so important to keep your face out of the sun.  I learned that the hard way after getting two identical dark spots on my face after our Hawaiian honeymoon.  I'm still working to get rid of them, so it's better to just prevent this stuff with a good sun hat and sunscreen.  This Phase 3 hat is currently 40% off!

10. On The Go Makeup: This Wanderleur blush + illuminator stick is constantly selling out, so you know it's good.  It's easy to throw in your bag for touch ups on the go.

And don't forget your swimsuit!  I rounded up a bunch of my favorite one pieces (for under $100) here and speaking of one pieces... for my tall friends: did you know that J. Crew is now making 'long torso' options?  Check them out here!  Happy Summer :)

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  1. I want that Wanderlust stick! I got the BP aviators and they're awesome! I love their under $15 section because they look so cute and you won't be upset if they break! Now you just need a baby!!!!

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  2. Bring on ALL of the summer stuff!!!
    I wonder if the Coola stuff would work for me. The Neutrogena sunscreen smells good, but it causes me to break out in a rash whenever I use it (which is ironic because Neutrogena is supposed to be good for skin?). I'm always nervous to try out new SPFs because of that!

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  3. Sunscreen is an absolute must, and we all need that swan floatie! How are you feeling gurlie? <3
    Green Fashionista

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  4. Love those aviators!
    ... how are you not having a baby right now?!?!?!?! ... you need to sit down & have a talk with this little strong willed girl of yours

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  5. Pina colada scented sunscreen sounds amazing! That beach towel is so pretty- I'm always on the hunt for the biggest one I can find!

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  6. Okay, so I have that facial sunscreen and I have to warn you - it turns a weird color on my face after a while. I love the texture/smell/finish, but when I wear it for a workout or other hot/sweaty activity, it turns a weird yellow color on my face. Its so bizarre - my face gets this color that looks like I am ill or covered in bruises. I don't know if it is reacting with another product I use or what. If you try it, let me know if this happens to you.

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  7. I had to log on to check if you had your baby yet! Love your Summer bag .. so fun! Hope there is baby news soon :)

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  8. I'm so excited summer is officially here!! Love all your summer-y items you picked :)

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  9. Ohh Nordstrom BP is the best for knock offs! I always feel like a teenager shopping in there, but there's such good (cheap) stuff! l cant believe that baby is still not here!! My step sister was due the 15th, so the day before you and no baby yet either! What is the deal guys lol?!

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  10. I really want that dang pool float. It just makes me smile and is such a great addition to the Summer fun right?

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  11. So important to keep your face out of the sun. I say this after getting fried this weekend because no one at the pool party brought sunscreen. They all thought I was joking when I said I need sunscreen so my freckles don't get bigger. Hello, so serious. We only get one face lol. Loving the pom pom trend this season.

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  12. Great picks! I can't live without sunglasses, and that Wanderleur stick looks awesome!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  13. One day I will purchase a pair of the Miller sandals, one day!

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  14. I love ALLLL these things!! And that pool float is amazing!!!

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  15. All of this- yes! Coola sunscreen smells SO good!

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  16. I pretty much want everything in this post! Definitely trying the La Roche Posay sunscreen, and thanks for mentioning the long torso swimsuits from J Crew. That's the hardest part for me with one pieces.

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  17. I wear my miller sandals pretty much allll the time! And I'm always up for a new sunscreen!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  18. Summer time means pool time! Our neighbor has one. I think we've gone over every single night! I need to find a good swimsuit though.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  19. I've wanted those TB sandals for forever and so glad I finally broke down and got them this spring. SO cute and comfier than my Jacks. And I want that tote!! Ahhh- so cute!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  20. I'm seeing those TB sandals everywhere and I think they are the cutest things ever. I swear, every single one of my students has a pair... ALONG WITH THEIR MOMS.

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  21. I'll take one of each, please! So many great items in this roundup! Xo, Stephanie

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  22. I love those TB flats and the swan float!

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