BuyDayFriday: Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s almost here, JetSetters! Here are the “shore things” I’m packing in my beach bag.

IMG_9777The Best of Us

Sarah Pekkanen’s novel is the perfect beach read, as frothy and refreshing as a perfectly blended mojito on a sweltering summer day. Crack the cover and follow four longtime girlfriends and their husbands on a life-changing trip to Jamaica, where secrets are revealed, marriages are tested, and, yes, weed gets smoked.



photoTheodora & Callum scarf

I picked up one of these linen and viscose blend sarongs at the Viceroy Anguilla last month and have worn it at least twice a week ever since. Large enough (40” x 78”) to be worn as a dress, you can also use it as a beach blanket, or wear it as a headscarf or skirt. I’ve been using mine as a chill-chasing wrap on the plane, and wearing it artfully looped around my neck to jazz up a plain white tee.



IMG_9433Caribbean Soap & Sundries Lotion Bar

The sun, wind, ocean spray and air-conditioning can play havoc with dry skin like mine, so I’m never without some sort of moisturizer. Newest in my arsenal: this frangipani-scented lotion bar that I snagged at the gift shop at Anguilla’s CuisinArt resort. Made with coconut oil, beeswax and sweet almond oil, it banishes the “ash” from my heels, cuticles, lips and hands. Best of all, it’s a solid so there are no issues getting it through airport security. (And since they're available online, you don't have to fly to Anguilla to get yours. But you should go, anyway.)



Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 2.59.03 PMBobbi Brown Beach

A whiff of this light fragrance instantly makes me think of sunshine, suntan lotion and lazy days on the sand. The scent dissipates pretty quickly, so I like to layer by using the shower gel and the lotion or body oil on top. (Because there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.)

What's in your beach bag?