Toting Around…

Memorial Day typically kicks off the summer season, and this weekend many of us started our beach and pool routines.  I don’t know about you, but the one thing that sometimes detracts me from driving to the beach, as much as I love it, is all that stuff we have to bring with us. That’s why a few years ago I decided to look for the perfect beach bag, as large as I could find it, to help carry the million bottles of sunscreen, towels, snacks, and everything else I normally carry in my purse.  I also prefer bags that can be thrown in the washer (I’m a big Vera Bradley fan for this reason), or can easily be cleaned.  I’ve had tons of different beach bags in the past, as living in Miami provides us the opportunity to go to the beach a lot during the year, but here is a roundup of some of my favorite beach totes for Summer 2015:

beach totes

1) SCOUT 4 Boys Jumbo Zip-Top Tote,Captain Hooked pattern., $54.  Available in various other patterns too.

2) The New England Trading Company Recycled Sailcloth Bag, large, zipper top,, $120.  Available in various other patterns too.

3) Tommy Hilfiger Grommets Woven Rugby Stripe Tote,, $65.

4) Ashville Crocheted Raffia Tote from Calypso St. Barth,, $175.

5) Pink & Green Geometric Tote with Pockets from, $24.

6) Whale Mesh Beach Bag from, $36.

7) Vera Bradley Large Family Tote in Rio Squiggle pattern,, $58.  Available in various other patterns too.

8) Deluxe Utility Tote in the Bubble Bloom pattern., $50.  Available in various other patterns too.

9) Palm Tree Dockside Beach Bag,, $50.

What types of bags/totes do you use for your summer outings?  Do you have any favorites?

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Beach Essentials

Now that it’s summertime and many of us are going to the beach pretty regularly, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of must-haves at the beach. I always try to bring everything we might need for a long day, however I hate to carry things (like most of us), so most of these items make our trip to the beach a bit easier.

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1) Scout Beach Bag;; Original Deano style $37.50, comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and monogramming is also an option. I love these bags, as they are very durable and fit an abundance of items.

2) J.Crew Open-weave trilby hat;; $32.50, much better than sunglasses by avoiding raccoon eyes while tanning!

3) Tile Beach Towel;; $23.40, comes in a variety of colors, these are great, thick beach towels, which last a few years.

4) Ultra Hi-Boy 7 Position Beach Chair w/ Canopy;; $99.95, these are so practical, you can eliminate bringing a beach umbrella, one less thing to carry!

5) Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolada After Sun Moisturizer; $7; sold at various drug stores as well as Target and Wal-Mart. I’ve been using this after sun care moisturizer for years, and my entire family loves it!

6) Igloo 28-qt Island Breeze Wheeled Cooler;; $24.97, comes in others colors as well. These are great, and since it has wheels, it’s not as heavy to carry.

What are your beach must-haves?