i’m still wishing for a little poolside lounge action, so i’ll dedicate today’s random finds to the rest of my beach bag essentials. it is, definitely, a random collection of goods, but all are utterly essential to a successful day of absolutely nothing.
sunscreen: my sunscreen needs are well-documented…this summer, i have hardly left the house without dousing every exposed surface with clinique’s new sun spf25 body spray. it doesn’t smell sunscreen-y, works for hours, and doesn’t upset my overly sensitive skin (unlike most drugstore brands, which tend to cause all sorts of skin problems in my life). plus, it’s easy and mess-free to reapply. what more can i ask for (other than perfect, non-burning olive skin)?
stylish straw hat: sure, it’s for sun-shielding…but also, i just think a big straw hat is a must for completing that chic poolside look. mine happens to be from j.crew, but i’m highly coveting this straw visor from le train bleu. i had some misgivings at first, but i’ve decided this has such sweet styling that the visor aspect just makes it fun, and my sources tell me it packs like a dream (the sitewide 40% off sale this week doesn’t hurt – use code dogdays). of course, if you’re more into hipster than chic, i’d go for the fedora (best if you have a narrow face, by the way), which is all the rage this year. don’t overspend, though…this version at urban outfitters is less traditional, but utterly fab.
post-plunge cosmetics: there isn’t much to be done, it’s true. but even if i’m skipping nearly everything, and bronzer’s utterly unnecessary after a day in the sun, i’ll still grab my always perfectly rosy, never sticky benetint lip balm and my new beachfront favorite high impact curling mascara from clinique. it doens’t quite do the job of my shu uemura curler, but in a pinch, it does give a bit more curl than other formulas. it definitely packs more punch than my daily standby, which is what i’m looking for when there’s no other makeup involved. and it won’t turn into raccoon eyes, even when you’re awash in chlorine and sunscreen.
h2o: if i don’t carry water with me at all times, i’m hardly coherent. i read about kor water’s stylish new bottles in gwyneth paltrow’s newsletter (go ahead, mock…she entertains me), and had to give them a try. love! they hold a ton, ice cubes are no problem, and the lid stays attached without hitting me in the nose when i drink – in fact, i can even open the lid one-handed when necessary. pure water bottle genius, if you ask me…and they even have motivational messages in the cap. i can hardly believe i’d suggest a $30 water bottle, but these ones really are fab. in fact, i may need a second one soon – the hubs keeps stealing mine!
and with that, i’m off to take an ice-cold shower and dream of being somewhere much more fabulous. happy virtual vacationing, everyone…see you next week!