Being that Atlanta is completely landlocked and hot as you-know-whats (rhymes with malls) in the summertime, I try to take as many beach trips as possible (hence my last post and the reason for a W+P weeklong break). So I’m always on the hunt for the best products for my beach bag. I’ll get to those, but before I do, let me share with you the BEST BEACH BAG EVER: ENVIROSAX.


Here’s why they’re awesome:

1. At 1.4 ounces, they basically weigh as much as one almond.
2. They’re giant. In other words, they can hold your huge beach towel, six different sunscreens, and the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.
3. They come in pretty, bright colors. I had to have the Greengrocer Series tote in Watermelon (to match my new fave nail color, duh) which you see above.
4. They’re eco-friendly. You’re saving the earth one lay-out session at a time.
5. They’re freaking cheap–$9, whaaaa?
6. They literally fit in the palm of your hand (ideal for traveling)!

I picked mine up at EcoDenizen in Atlanta (very cool place–check it out), but you can also shop online. Like I mentioned, the Greengrocer Series is awesome for the beach, but I also love the Graphic Series, especially in the Marina and Surfrider prints.


And now…what to put in it:

Clinique Long Last Glosswear with SPF 15: You want glossy, kissable lips on the beach, but need to keep ’em protected (or they’ll burn and blister and you won’t be doing any smooching). This gloss is super moisturizing, comes in a slew of pretty colors, and boasts 8-hour staying power. As in, it will stay on even after a dip in the ocean. $15; available at Clinique counters and Sephora

Alterna Sun Recovery Spray: We gals do a number on our lovely lady locks in the summer. This high-tech, leave-in conditioner revitalizes sun-parched hair, enhances shine, and protects color-treated tresses. I like to use it on the beach after I get out of the water, but it’s also great to use as your regular conditioner before styling. $20; available at Sephora

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly: Say hola to the best aloe on the market, containing a whopping 99 percent of the pure stuff. Slather it on if you have even the slightest bit of redness, and even if you don’t, use it to extend the life of your tan. If you have dry skin like me, you’ll want to put moisturizer on over the Gelly. $4-$10, depending on size; available at Whole Foods and numerous other locations (check the website for locations near you)

Coola Mineral Suncreen Matte Finish Tint for Face: Let me start by saying that all the organic Coola sunscreens are so good for your skin, smell incredible (I die for the pina colada spray), and even improve the look of your precious epidermis. The mineral sunscreen for face is a secret weapon for a flawless complexion sans makeup (as if we’d wear makeup on the beach anyway) because of the matte finish and slight tint. And it’s SPF 30 so you’re fully protected. $36 (a little goes a long way, trust); available online and, in Atlanta, at RAW Bronzing Studio

It’s a shore thing.

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