Saturday, July 30, 2011

on the beach you'll find them there in the sun and salty air, the girls on the beach

I am gearing up for a trip to the beach next week and I've gotten to thinking about how to survive the ocean. As I've said before I hate the ocean, but this time I'll be there with some friends from university so I'm going to buck up and give the beach a second try. While in the process of doing that, I've started contemplating my beach essentials. 
1. Retro-inspired swimsuits like this one from ModCloth, the 'Bathing Beauty' two-piece in black. I own this swimsuit, as well as the 'Beach Blanket Bingo' one-piece in black with white polka-dots and its two-piece version in red.
2. A wide-brimmed floppy straw hat to keep your eyes and skin shaded from those damaging sun rays.
3. A speaker to play music - I am partial to the Yuen'to Balloon USB portable speaker because it reminds me of a clown's nose. Also the sound is incredible.
4. A good book, like Fran├žoise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse, which I currently have stashed away in my bag.
5. Cute straw beach bags like this one from Tory Burch.
6. A good sunscreen - I love this Kiehl's Super Fluid formula because it doesn't pill like a lot of other sunblocks out there. And with an SPF of +50 I feel confident that I'm getting good protection.
7. A couple of pairs of oversized sunglasses - the bigger, the better I say! So these sunnies by House of Harlow 1960 more than fit the bill.

Do you have any summertime beach essentials? 

Title: "Girls on the Beach" (Beach Boys)

6 comments:

JessM said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have that exact same bathing suit but in red.
Gotta love modcloth :).

I hate the beach too, I only agree to go if I can dress like a fifties girl.

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Goodness, that's nearly the outfit I'm wearing today! Great choice. I love those sunblocks that last for 6 hours so no reapplying when you're out and about. x

Kirby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That bathing suit is perfect!

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

JessM - really?? is it the red with white polka dots because I have that one as well. or is it the solid red? either way, that's so cosmic!
i agree - the only way to go to the beach is to channel your inner bettie page and be a pinup by the sea!

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Vix - that's so funny! Though I bet yours is an authentic vintage swimsuit - you always have the most amazing vintage pieces.

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Isn't it though, Kirby? I want to wear this swimsuit only forever!