Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Marianne: Beach Time! (plus the best sunscreen EVER!)

My family is heading to the beach soon so like Adrien, I have been packing my dream beach bag on my mind.

First up, I'd love to pick up some new towels, mostly because I'm obsessed with these beach towels from Pendleton. Did you know they made towel versions of their classic blankets? Obsessed, I tell you. I'd get two of the Chief Joseph print for Chris and I (it's so hard to choose, I also love this one and oooh this one too), and I'm loving these hooded towels for the kids--Lu would demand the pony print.

With towels taken care of, I need a positively massive beach bag. Sadly, cute (and on sale!) little beach totes are not going to withstand the needs of two adults and two kids, size definitely matters. My favorite workhorse tote is the classic Lands End canvas tote in their extra large size. It's massive, is easy to clean, and it's under $50 (in fact right now it's on sale for under $30!).

Now, ugh, a bathingsuit. Here's the thing, I JUST HAD A BABY. Trying on swimsuits is not happening, so I'm going with an old standby that I know will fit and that (I hope) makes the most of my added curves. The classic Esther Williams suit keeps me covered without making me feel like I'm wearing an old lady swimsuit.

I manage to lose or destroy my sunhat at the beach every year, so that needs replacing and I'm not about to spend a lot of money on it. I am liking this wide brimmed version from Roxy.

I found some Tory Burch Aviators at TJMaxx and they are perfect. Lightweight, flattering, with nice dark lenses.

I've been on the hunt for some leather flip flops all summer, and I finally settled on the Reef Gypsy Macrame. These are just great, comfortable, lightweight, the kind of shoes that will improve after being exposed to the salt and sand at the beach. Take note: I wear a 7.5 and ordered the size 8, they run a bit small and on the narrow side.

Lastly, I want to share with you guys the perfect sunscreen I found. First off, I have extremely sensitive skin on my face and I can only wear "natural" sunscreens. You know the problem with natural sunscreens? Almost all of them make your face look unnaturally white, and they are often greasy and shiny looking. I am a fairly vain person and I just hate it. Enter this product: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Light Sunscreen Fluid (whew, that's a mouthful!). This sunscreen fluid is tinted so it doesn't turn you white, and it soaks in and is much more matte than most sunscreens. It's not like makeup, but there is a tiny bit of coverage. It's pricey but a little bit goes a long way, and if you live a the pool and beach like me, it's so worth it.

I'd better get packing! Anyone else taking a trip at the end of summer?


  1. I'm making a mental note of the sunscreen - sunscreen for the face is so tricky. But I also want more info on the swimsuit! I'd love one, but I'm so hesitant to buy one online without trying on. They're raaaather dear. :(

  2. I second the recommendation for La Roche-Posay! I use the no-tint, SPF 60 sunscreen every day, and it leaves my skin silky and smooth enough that I skip primer and just wear foundation on top. Pricey, but so worth it!

  3. I love that suit. I'd been eying it for a while, but didn't want to buy without trying on. I finally caved and I am totally not sorry. For the first time maybe ever I feel comfortable and sexy in a swimsuit -- and I can actually swim in it. It's awesome. Am off to check out the sunscreen.