Hellloooooo! So I have been wanting to do this post for a while but have been waiting because A) most of you can't really go to the beach yet, B) for authenticity reasons I wanted to have these photos taken at an actual beach, and C) I haven't actually gone to the beach in weeks. Anyway, this past Sunday I had no plans today and my friends annoyingly didn't change that so I said heck with them, I am just going to go to the beach... Even if it's just by myself.
Hashtag the lonely life.
For starters, my bag is actually a backpack from Billabong girls so it's a wee bit tiny. I thought this would be annoying at first because the straps are kind of awkward but it actually works out perfect because it sort of rests mid back which is great for hiking purposes. For example when I went to slippery slides a few weeks back, I had to wade through a stream and I was the only one who didn't have to hold my bag over my head.
I am actually surprised how much I have been loving this bag lately and how much use I have been getting out of it... Most of the time I bring a tote or something to the beach but I must admit it's nice having something that zips up so the sand stays out!
Towel: First up comes the most awesomely obnoxious towel in the world. For some reason all my beach towels end up being ground cushioning for my dad's weird furniture hobby so I had to get a new one recently. In all honesty it's the crappiest of crap towels but it's pretty and not heavy when it's wet so that's alright for me!
Hat: Yet another flamboyant piece, this time in a form of a hat. My friend got this at Aero for something crazy like $1 and her head is a pea head or something because it didn't fit her... She ended up giving it to me. Not sure how I feel about it but I guess people like it because out of the two times I've worn it I've gotten compliments from strangers?
Sarong: The "background" of these photos is something you call a sarong or padeo. I literally just got this one last week and this was my first time taking it out! I can't believe I forgot to get a full picture of it but guys... It's literally SO beautiful. I absolutely love these things! I used to have a whole bunch but my brother slowly kept on stealing them all but let me tell you sarongs are so versatile! I use them on the beach, whether on the ground (so I don't get my towel sandy) or to wear them as a coverup, and instead of bringing a whole bed ordeal when I went to a small camp thing last year, I just brought a sarong as a sheet and my throw blanket.
I got this one from a local shop in my neighborhood and are hand painted/hand made. Every single one is absolutely gorgeous! Seriously so in love with mine!
Reading Material+ Miscellaneous: I usually don't bring anything to read but obviously this was mandatory since I was by myself. Lorde is amazing and so is F. Scott Fitzgerald.
SPF: I hate getting tan for some reason. I don't know if it's because I was born chocolate-y but I hate getting darker and I hate getting burned (You wouldn't think I get sunburned but I do). My favorite sunscreen in the world for the beach is the Neutrogena Beach Defense. It smells amazing (for a sunscreen) and I haven't gotten burned since using it (however I do re-apply every few hours).
The little white cylinder is SPF in stick... The packaging came off but I think it's by Banana Boat? I use this one specifically for my face.
Sunnies: My Smith sunnies say hi again. Seriously love these buggers to death.
H2O: Water is obviously a must. I bought a liter thinking it would be hot today and I would be drinking a lot I barely even drank half. Ugh.
Makeup Wipes: Sometimes
I don't feel like taking off my makeup I am too lazy to take off my makeup (if I have any on) so I just keep some wipes just in case my mascara runs or something. These ones are from the Simple brand and I personally prefer these over the Neutrogena ones because they don't leave a weird oily residue.
No beach day would be complete without selfies so feast your eyes on the most awkward poser ever.... Otherwise known as me.
That pretty much wraps it up! Definitely let me know what you guys keep in your beach/pool bag and I hope you had a day as lovely as mine! I actually didn't mind being by myself... I slept for about two hours and then spent the rest of my time reading. It was pretty cloudy the entire day so I couldn't progress on operation GROTT (Get Rid of Tennis Tan) but either way... It was nice just relaxing. Took my new top out for a spin and I am loving it!
Going to finish this post off with these two photos which might give you a better look of my sarong... Plus I thought these photos were kind of pretty to not include. Just me? No? Yes? Maybe?