I really should have titled this, “what’s in my boat bag,” because that’s where this bag went with me… not to the beach. (Otherwise, it would have been filled with lots of magazines & ipod speakers, which are my two main beach essentials.) When you’re out on the boat or at the beach/pool or wherever, the last thing you want is to be unprepared and to wish you had something that’s not in your bag. At the same time, you don’t want to be overloaded with stuff and feel unorganized. I think I’ve narrowed it down pretty well…

Ok, admittedly, some of these things weren’t as much beach bag contents as they are pre-sun necessities. Like number one, for example – Pureology Essential Repair Colour Max .  I always put this stuff in my hair before going out in the sun. It nourishes dry, color treated hair (me …me again), but it also provides UV protection. I put it on wet or dry hair, from the scalp to the ends. The second product is the Coola Sunscreen Spray, which is full of good-for-your-skin organic ingredients like cucumber, algae & strawberry extracts, and red raspberry seed oil. The third pre-sun necessity is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50, which is – wait for it – a daily anti aging primer with SPF 50. It’s amazing and the absolute perfect product to put on your face, especially on a day you’re going to primarily spend outside. Following that, I apply the BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. It’s lightweight, natural, and has the added benefit of SPF 20. I wear shade 09, by the way. I don’t normally promote wearing makeup to the beach, but this stuff is so light that you can’t see or feel it. And finally, something that stays in my bag all day is The Wet Brush. In a word… if you haven’t tried it, do. It’s like $8 and makes the biggest difference in detangling wet hair. I take it in my beach/boat bag because it tremendously helps in untangling wind-blown, salty hair.

tory burch rubber flip flops  |  saks fifth avenue tote  

Can’t forget the sunglasses! These Gucci shades are my absolute favorites (and they’re the ones I’m wearing in this Instagram pic)



  1. May 27, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Where did you get your bathing suit? I love the flattering top and colors! Thanks so much 🙂

  2. May 27, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    I use The Wet Brush daily! I need it to detangle my gnarly hair every time I get out of the shower.

  3. May 27, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    Coola sunscreen is my new favorite! I haven't tried the spray yet but I have the cucumber face lotion and plumeria body lotion and love the fresh scents and regular lotion-like texture (not sticky and greasy like other sunscreens!) I have a feeling I'll have to add the spray to my boat/beach bag too!

  4. May 27, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    First off, I just have to say that I love your blog! Second, while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, the Essential Repair line is now discontinued. Scoop it up while you can 🙂 I work for pureology though and really, really love the new(ish) colour fanatic. It's a leave in conditioner that doesn't way down my fine hair but has 21 amazing benefits! Happy boating, beauty!

  5. May 30, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    I just love peeks into others beach / boat bags! Have you tried the Loreal Sublime Sun? I use the tinted one and it has been my #1 go to on weekends when I am out in the sun….its light, doesn't give too much coverage but it does something to your skin that makes it look so amazing. Plus its mattefiying which is an added bonus 🙂 You should try it!!!

  6. May 30, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    WAIT!!! I told you wrong…its not the Sublime Sun…its the L'Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion SPF 50+….sorry.

  7. June 4, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    Hi! Just wondering where your bathing suit is from.. it's perfect! Thanks! 🙂

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