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.

2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I always love to apply this to my skin after a day in the sun. It’s the oddest consistency—almost feels like Cool Whip, but it’s more hydrating than the richest creams. (Don’t you hate that sticky feeling after applying a heavy cream? Yeah, this does not do that at all.) It has colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, ceramides, licorice root, feverfew, and white tea—which, together, hydrates skin while defending it from free radical damage. 

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. 

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  1. June 22, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Definitely going to give that First Aid cream a go. I was in the sun all day Saturday and despite the SPF 70 I was rocking, I still got some color (and the dryness that comes with it)!

    26 and Not Counting

  2. June 22, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    I have used my J.McLaughlin tote for every visit to the beach this season! It's been perfect!

    • June 22, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Seriously! It's my favorite, but my handles are getting a little dirty… I need to see if it's washable!

  3. June 22, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Have you tried Sun Bum sunscreen? They have some really good products – my favorites are the face stick and conditioning spray. The price isn't bad at all.

    • June 22, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      No I haven't, but I might have to put that on my list to try next! Thanks for the rec! 🙂

  4. June 25, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I love the First Aid cream. You're right about the consistency though! xo

  5. June 30, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Loving that tote and hat, perfect for the beach or pool! Xo, Stephanie

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