Monday, March 12, 2012

what's in my beach bag?

{Sorry for the bad quality, there is horrible lighting in my room here!}

1. H&M Striped Cross-Body Bag {from spring 2011}: OK, so I bought this bag last spring because someone in my sorority {my grand-daughter actually - my chapter does Mom/Daughter} got this bag in one of her baskets during Mom/Daughter week. I knew I was going on vacation a few weeks later so I headed to H&M and bought one for myself.  I couldn't help it!  I love it though because it's shape and size are perfect for toting things around.  It's got tons of pockets to hold your little essentials and a big enough space to hold your larger items.

2. Amazon Kindle FireStephanie Johnson Medium Flat Pouch: I'm a Kindle user and I love my Kindle Fire. I am disappointed, however, at how poorly I can read in the sun.  It claims that it's better in that sense than the iPad but I beg to differ.  I keep it in my Stephanie Johnson case which is a great size for it since there is still a little extra room for me to fit other things in there.  Currently, I just finished reading the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy and have moved onto the third.  I love these books more than I ever thought I would and highly recommend them! {Edit: I take back what I said about the Kindle. I don't know if it is just how I positioned myself yesterday by the pool, but the screen was incredibly clear today while I was on the beach.  I had no problem reading my book on my Kindle Fire today.}

3.  Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses: I actually bring three sunglasses on me while on vacation.  It usually just depends on the day and my mood on what I happen to be wearing that day.  The other two I've brought me are this Michael Kors pair and my prescription Ray-Ban New Classic Aviators.

4. Neutrogena Wet Skin sunscreen: Sunscreen is so, so, so important!  I'm not one to burn easily but I don't like walking around in the sun without it.  I do not want to take any chances when it comes to my skin so I like to apply it often and whenever I start to feel like I may be burning a little.  It's important to apply sunscreen before you start your day and often while you're out in the sun since it usually washes away with sweat and water.  Go here to sign the sun savvy pledge started by Alison and Danielle!

5. Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera + Case: I don't actually use my camera too often {I did for this picture though!} but this is a much better quality digital camera than what I've had in the past.  Not sure of the brand of the case since I actually got it for free with the camera when I ordered it from Best Buy.

6. Neutrogena UltraSheer Liquid Sunscreen and ChapStick LipShield 365 + Clinique case: I use different sunscreens for my body and my face since I like to use a higher SPF on my face.  This Neutrogena sunscreen is a daily one that is great to use under your make up.  I also buy a chapstick with a high SPF and I've found that ChapStick and Banana Boat make ones that are great and smell good too!

7. Magazines: While I would rather read books while on vacation, I do bring a few with me on trips.  This time, I actually brought six which I thought was a bit excessive.  Given how the Kindle Fire seems to work in the sun, I'm actually glad I brought so many.  My mom gave me this trick of keeping them in the clear plastic case that bed sheets come in when purchased and it works so well in keeping them dry and in good condition.  If you've kept those plastic cases and have no idea what to do with them, I recommend using them for this!


  1. Loving what is in your beach bag! You have me wishing for warmer days with no rain! xo

  2. That H&M bag is soooo adorable! I seriously wish there was an H&M in Savannah :( And hey, you can never have too many magazines... I skim through them so fast though I almost feel like it's a waste. Cute sunglasses! :)


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