Monday, June 29, 2015

Beach Day Essentials | Guest Post from Bright on a Budget

Since M is on vacay and B is settling into her new apartment, we've invited one of our favorite bloggers, Tif from Bright on a Budget, to guest post today about her Beach Day Essentials! Make sure you visit Tif's blog and say hi!


Thank, B and M, for asking me to guest post while you're away, and hello to all of the Sequin Notebook readers!

Beach/pool season has arrived!  If you (like me) seriously doubted this season would ever arrive after the bone-chilling temperature of this winter, it's okay. We're on the opposite end of the temperature scale now, which means optimal time for hitting the beach!  So I've compiled a few of my beach day essentials that can do double-duty off the beach as well. . .besides the towel, but I guess you can use it at home as well:)

Here are my picks for fun and fashionable beach day must-haves:

Beach Day Essenitals
Beach towel // Straw tote // Sunscreen // Sunglasses // Bikini pouch
Floppy hat // Beach tunic coverup // Bow flip flops

The 1st item on my beach essentials list is sunscreen.  While I've linked to my favorite one above, I know everyone has different thoughts on what brand is best.  Regardless of which brand you use, just make sure you slather some on before getting in the sun:)  Sunglasses are also close to the top of the list, because without shades, it's going to be a loooonggg day out in the sun.  Mirrored sunglasses are everywhere right now, and I love the affordable option from Target shown above for less than $20!

Next up on the list are a beach towel, beach bag, and wallet/wristlet/pouch.  For a beach towel, I prefer a larger-sized beach towel like the above XL option from Target.  That way it covers my lounge chair or let's me stretch out in the sand without becoming a hot mess.  As for a beach bag, I like something big enough to fit all my items and that sand wipes off of easily.  This bag not only fits that bill, but it's on trend with the attached tassels.  Can I just go ahead and get everything with tassels, please?  And let's not forget something in which to stash your credit cards, phone, and other small items (like contact re-wetting drops and a lip balm with SPF).  I've had my eye on this Kate Spade "Beware of Sharks" number since the beginning of summer, and it just hit the sale section of the website!  Technically, it's a bikini pouch, but it's the perfect size to be a clutch and toss in your tote--versatility in action! Plus, if you shop using promo code SETSALE through July 7th, you'll receive an additional 25% off.

To wrap up my essentials, I've shared my picks for a beach hat, coverup, and flip flops.  Floppy beach hats have taken over Instagram, and this black-and-white will stand out in a crowd.  I adore the gauzy coverups from J. Crew, and the one above is in their sale section!  My advice is to grab it before it sells out.  It comes in three colors, but the white is my favorite.  Finally, my all-time favorite flip flops are from Roxy, as they tend to be very comfortable.  The cute bows on these add the perfect touch!

Whether you're at the beach or hanging by the pool, I hope these Beach Day Essentials add some flare to your wardrobe!  Will you be rocking any of these on your vacation?

Tif  is an attorney, mom, and dedicated bargain hunter blogging about style, beauty, and life at Bright on a Budget.  She is also one of the co-hosts of the High Five for Friday weekly linkup.  You can follow her on Instagram, Bloglovin', or GFC.

20 comments :

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    1. Thanks, Karly! I really liked how bold it is.

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  2. I can never manage to pull off looking chic on the beach, haha! Love your picks!

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    1. Well, sometimes I start out chic and go straight to hot mess as soon as my feet hit the sand.lol Thanks!

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  3. Great picks! I'm in desperate need of a cute floppy hat :)

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    1. Thanks, Della! You know Target is my go-to. When in doubt, check Target! It's usually cheaper there anyways:)

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  4. Looove that floppy hat!! Totally agree with these essentials!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thanks, Shelby! I think the hat really pulls everything together and takes it to the next level.

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  6. love that cover up! now all i need is a beach to go to ;)

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    1. Right?! Beach, please and thank you! The pool will work as well. And the J. Crew cover ups are fabulous.

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  7. Great picks girl, and always practice safe sun <3

    And loving that coverup!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! Sadly safe sun was NOT something I practiced when I was younger:(

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  8. That floppy hat is adorable and how fun is that bikini pouch! Great picks!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. The bikini pouch makes the perfect clutch! I just got mine in the mail yesterday:)

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  9. I just love that clutch. It's just so cute!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Got mine in the mail yesterday!!!

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  10. I love all of these picks!! So perfect for the beach!!

    Brittany,
    www.lawyerlookbook.com

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