Happy Summer—officially! It's a million degrees here and so the only time I'm found outside is if I am at the beach or out on the boat, or at least that's what I wish. So to kick off summer and to celebrate the heat, I thought I'd share some summer necessities for before, during, and after a day in the sun. I shared my beach bag necessities last year and after looking back at it, I definitely still stand behind everything I mentioned, but a few things have changed. Like the Coola sunscreen. I love it and still think it's worth all of it's expensive pennies, but I definitely have a more budget friendly favorite this year.
1. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen: Guys, this stuff smells so good. It absorbs quickly, is water repellent, and is under $8. It's undoubtedly my favorite drugstore sunscreen.
3. Vince Camuto Knotted Band Hat: I took this hat on our BVI vacation and wore it all the time ...every single day, actually. I kind of have a big head, so most hats that look all cute on other people look odd on me! This one fits so well and I'm obsessed with the shape because it's not a fedora, but not a large brimmed straw hat either. It's perfectly in between. The fact that it's under $20 doesn't hurt, either. You can see me wearing it here.
4. J. McLaughlin Sailor Tote: I went to an event at Charleston's J. McLaughlin store and the attendees were given these totes as gifts with our initials monogrammed on the front in orange thread—so incredibly generous! Well, I love this tote and have gladly used it as my beach bag since then. The reason I love it so much is because it looks like a canvas tote, but it's actually a nylon sailcloth, which repels water, making it perfect for the beach.
5. Wet Brush Earth Collection Bamboo Brush: I mentioned the Wet Brush in my post last year and I've used it every single day since then, except I've upgraded to this wooden edition. It's gorgeous! I don't use it only on wet hair, but also when my hair is just really, really tangly (like at the beach). It brushes through all those knots without breaking my hair. #lifesaver
Worth mentioning... I still stand behind these rubber Tory Burch flip flops—they are my favorite for beach days!
In summary, this guy and I have the same exact thoughts about this Carolina heat.