I might be a little late on the trend, but this is my first official “What’s in My Bag”! In the spirit of summer’s official arrival, I decided to give a sneak peek into the randomness inside my beach bag. With temperatures hitting over one hundred next week, it seems like no better time to sneak off to those cooler coastal breezes, too.
1. Top Shop leather ankle-wrap sandals: These comfy sandals are quickly turning into my go-to pair of summer shoes. The leather is soft and flexible, and I like to experiment with new ways of tying the pretty ribbons.
2. Film Camera: For the last five years, I’ve always had at least one film camera on hand in the summertime. The Holga 120 is my absolute favorite: with four different colors of flash and the ability to double-expose frames, I’m always bound to get a few fun ones. It’s made of plastic, too, so you get some pretty random light leaks in sunny weather. Here’s one below from a trip with hometown buddies at Lake Tahoe in a local’s fave spot called Hidden Beach; I’m second from right in the back!
3. Beach reads: Despite my current heavy reading load for grad school (hence the bookmarked copy of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success), I always make a rule to bring along at least one pleasure read to the beach. My current favorite is It by Alexa Chung, a delightfully random read of personal photos, doodles and fashion tips. It’s a collage book of sorts, so it’s a great read to pick up at random intervals between dips in the ocean.
Other Staff Recommendations:
Kaylie: “Anything written by a female comedian—Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling. Funny, inspiring and easy reads!”
Mary: “Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler was a perfect beach read.”
Jill: “I like to read yoga magazines and flip through People and US weekly.”
AmJ: “Anything by Christopher Moore!”
Chris: “Just finished The Big Burn. Not light, but it’s fascinating and cautionary especially with the dry weather this year!”
Emily: “13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. Love this book – it makes me think of all the places I want to travel to in Europe.”
4.Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses: Blame it on my desert roots in Nevada, but I never seem to go anywhere without at least two to three kinds of sunglasses. This is the first pair of Ray-Bans I ever received as a gift from my boyfriend a few years ago. They’re a total homage to the eighties! #eightiesforever
5. Pocket Etch-a-Sketch: Anyone who knows me well is aware of my obsession with Etch-a-Sketching. After I started attempting to replicate album covers on this little toy a few years ago, I almost never go anywhere without one of some kind. I’m up to three sizes at home, but this version will always be my favorite.
6. Here We Go Again Beeswax & Coconut Oil Lip Balm: This stuff is so addictive! We don’t sell it at the store, but we seem to almost always have it on hand for goodie bags and freebies. All the more reason to come in and see if you can score one, but watch out – you may never be able to go back to any other kind of lip balm.
7. Arcona Reozone SPF 40 Sunscreen: I’m big about protecting my face from the sun year round, and I’m hooked on this entire skincare line. This sunscreen is super light, it has a subtle tint and is water-resistant.
8. Top Shop String Bikini Bottoms: I like to mix and match bikini tops (or crop tops or tees for when it’s chilly), but these seem to go with everything. I’m a fan of adjustable sides, and they aren’t fussy under a pair of relaxed-fit cut-offs.
9. A.J. Morgan Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses & Silicone Case: I had the privilege of helping with one of the more recent sunglass orders at the store, and I don’t think I lasted a week before buying these! As soon as I started seeing the colored mirrored glasses on all the street style blogs of fashion week attendees, I put them on my list as a fun style to try sometime. The orange sunglasses case is also something we sold at the store last year. It’s the perfect size for my phone or iPod, too, and I never seem to lose it for that sweet neon color.
10. Raspberry Pashmina: This scarf was picked up on a trip from India by a relative, and it’s large enough to wear as a semi-blanket on cooler evenings. It’s a detour from my usual neutral color palette, and it’s a welcome departure from black.
So there you have it: a few staples for my seaside escapades. So tell us—water your shore-to-bring staples, ladies?