10 Summer Beach Essentials

April showers brought May flowers and June is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Time to hit the beach. Dude, you live in Chicago, not on a beach. Ah, so many forget we have Lake Michigan, and North Avenue Beach is a great place to cool down and chill out during the hot summer months. Today I’m sharing with you my 10 summer beach essentials. Everything you need to protect you skin, stay hydrated and look your best.

10 Summer Beach Essentials



Summer beach essentials are a must have unless you live with penguins…which yes they’re cute, but too cold for me.

1. Coola Sunscreen is the bomb. It protects my skin from the sun’s harmful rays and made from certified organic ingredients. It’s strong enough to protect yet delicate enough to sooth and moisturize your skin minus all the ingredients you can’t pronounce.

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 will moisturize and protect you lips. It also contains antioxidant-rich vitamins that defends your skin against wrinkle-causing free radicals and harmful UV rays.

3. Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil is seriously some of the best smelling body oil on the planet. It gives your skin this amazing sheen and contains four essential oils and vitamins E and C to nourish your skin. Are you guys seeing a theme here?

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! And please don’t tan. No one wants skin cancer. It’s just not worth it. Wow…starting out with more drama then Angela Chase pondering her love life with or without Jordan Catalano.

4. Sunnies…do I need to say anything else? Ummmm, yes. Yes, I do…I love these frames! A-MAZING!

5. These sandals are killing me. They have that grecian thing going on without all the straps that can pinch you.

6. I love a good beach toteand this one is perfection. Nothing too flashy, but less is definitely more here. Add in the book How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are and your level of chic just hit a new high.

7. Grab yourself a fancy refillable water bottle. I love the splash of color and did you notice it perfectly matches the trim on the beach cover-up? Ya, I know.

8. Ok, so this bracelet is technically not a summer beach essential, but I have to say, it does add a fun extra little pop of color.

9. For me a beach cover-up is a necessity. This one is lightweight enough to keep you cool in the hot summer sun but won’t cover your style.

10. I’m in LOVE with this beach towel. They had an orange one that said HAPPY, but it was sold out. Sad face. It’s made from yarn on a loom rather then screen-printed, so it won’t fade over time.

That’s it you guys! My 10 summer beach essentials! Did I miss anything? Do you have anything in your tote bag that you can’t live without? Please share!


  1. Grace @ The Big Reveal May 11, 2015

    Ooh! Love your beach essentials, but I have a serious problem. This means I have to put my Casper white body in a bathing suit, doesn’t it? Oh, the joys of summer:)

  2. Emily McCauley May 11, 2015

    Oh Frye sandals, how I want each and every one of you. Awesome beach bag choices friend 🙂

  3. Alexandria May 11, 2015

    I have a sandle obsession. One that my husband and our bank account can’t really handle. But I would love to own that pair. I love sugar lips and so does the husband, so i don;t think he’ll mind if I buy us any!

  4. mellissaa May 11, 2015

    This a great list! I can’t wait for the beach weather to roll around. I’ve been wanting one of those water bottles for so long but haven’t brought myself to actually buy one yet. Maybe this summer!

  5. Beth@FrugalFroggie May 11, 2015

    Great summer essentials. Gotta have sun screen for sure!!

  6. lauryn hock May 12, 2015

    That sugar lip balm looks right up my alley!

  7. Leilani May 12, 2015

    LOVE that beach coverup. In fact, I’d be tempted to wear it everywhere, not just the beach, which might get me into trouble. haha Looks simple enough to reproduce on my sewing machine, too.

  8. citymomloves May 12, 2015

    I love the picks! I need a new water bottle and I love the look of the one you posted.

  9. Diane @ Vintage Zest May 14, 2015

    I heart heart heart the beach coverup! I always see them in black or white, but never the two together. So pretty!

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